Magic's Jeff Green: Sets season high with 20 points in win
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(1:55 am ET) Green scored 20 points (6-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 7-8 FT) and added three rebounds and one steal in 25 minutes during Tuesday's 124-116 win over the Wizards.

Green missed a game Sunday, November 27, when the Magic switched around their rotation. Green returned for the next game, and the Magic have won four of the five games since his return. They are unlikely to tinker more as long as this rotation is having success. Since the changes were implemented, Green is averaging 26.0 minutes, 14.0 points, and 3.8 rebounds, all of which are significantly higher than Green's earlier numbers this season. He is still only a borderline option in most deep leagues, but his value now is certainly higher than it was before Thanksgiving.

Magic's Jodie Meeks: Scores 18 points in just 16 minutes
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(1:40 am ET) Meeks scored 18 points (5-7 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT) and added two rebounds and one assist in 16 minutes during the Tuesday's 124-116 win over the Wizards.

It was Meeks' third appearance of the season, and his best one yet. In all three, he has played between 16 and 17 minutes. He seems to have replaced CJ Watson, who received his second straight DNP-CD. If Meeks maintains this role in the rotation, then he can have value in some deep leagues for his scoring and three point production, though he can be relied on for little else. Despite Tuesday's efficient showing, only once in his eight season career has he shot better than 42.5 percent from the field.

Magic's Elfrid Payton: Sets season high with 25 points
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(1:30 am ET) Payton scored 25 points (9-12 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT) and added nine assists, three steals, three blocks, and one rebound in 35 minutes off the bench during Tuesday's 124-116 win over the Wizards.

It was his highest scoring game of the season, and the first time he has broke double-digits in four games. This was the sixth game since Payton and Nik Vucevic moved to bench in favor of DJ Augustin and Bismack Biyombo, and the Magic have gone 4-2 during that stretch. In the first five of those games, Payton averaged 25.6 minutes per game. Given the Magic's recent success, it seems probable that Payton will continue to come off the bench, though it is possible that his minutes total will improve despite his reserve role.

Spurs' Tony Parker: Questionable for Thursday
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(1:05 am ET) Parker (thigh) could return for Thursday's game against the Bulls, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports. "It's not as bad as it was before," coach Gregg Popovich said. "He's probably 50-50 for Thursday. I would imagine after Thursday he'll be OK."

While there were some serious concerns over Parker's availability moving forward, it appears the veteran guard shouldn't miss much time and could be available as soon as Thursday's outing versus the Bulls. Coach Gregg Popovich indicated he's "50-50" for that contest, but we should see his status updated again following the team's morning shootaround Thursday. Nicolas Laprovittola drew the start at shooting guard in his place Tuesday, but will head to the bench as soon as Parker is ready to go.

Wizards' John Wall: Scores 52 in losing effort
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(12:50 am ET) Wall scored 52 points (18-31 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 11-14 FT) and added eight assists, four rebounds, and three steals in 42 minutes during Tuesday's 124-116 loss to the Magic.

Wall set his career high for scoring, but did not get enough help from his teammates to secure a win. This was the first time Wall had fewer than 10 assists in the past five games, but part of that is due to the poor shooting of his teammates - the rest of his team shot only 41.9 percent on the night. In his first nine appearances this season, Wall averaged 32.6 minutes, 22.9 points, and 8.4 assists. Since then, he has averaged 39.2 minutes, 25.2 points, and 11.1 assists. The early season limitations placed on Wall following his offseason knee surgeries are clearly over with, and Wall's recent pace would set career highs in minutes, points, and assists.

Pistons' Andre Drummond: Fourth straight double-double in Tuesday's win
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(12:45 am ET) Drummond scored 15 points (7-13 FG, 1-4 FT) while adding 10 rebounds, three blocks and a steal in 25 minutes during Tuesday's 102-91 win over the Bulls.

Some first half foul trouble limited his court time, but Drummond still recorded his fourth straight double-double and 15th of the season in 22 games. With Reggie Jackson now back in the lineup, the Pistons' center should start to see more easy baskets as opposition defenses have to pay more attention to the perimeter.

Pistons' Tobias Harris: Scores team-high 22 in Tuesday's win
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(12:35 am ET) Harris scored 22 points (9-16 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding seven rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in 40 minutes during Tuesday's 102-91 win over the Bulls.

It's the fourth time in six games that Harris has scored 20 or more points, and he's averaging 19.5 points, 5.8 boards and 2.0 threes over that stretch. Reggie Jackson isn't yet seeing big minutes as he works his way back from a knee injury, so Harris should continue being the Pistons' primary source of offense from the outside for the time being.

Wizards' Otto Porter: Post one of his worst games of the season
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(12:30 am ET) Porter scored seven points (3-4 FG, 1-2 3Pt) and added three rebounds in 27 minutes during the Tuesday's 124-116 loss to the Magic.

Porter picked up his second, third, and fourth foul in the first three minutes of the third quarter. After the fourth, he was taken out for just over 12 minutes, leading to Porter's lowest minutes total in the past seven games. Porter also wasn't playing well before getting into foul trouble, though his backup, Kelly Oubre Jr, was also ineffective. This was likely just a very bad night for Porter. In the six games before this poor showing, he averaged 35.7 minutes, 15.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.7 steals. His workload, as well as the rest of his production, are likely to return towards those elevated levels Thursday against the Nuggets.

Bulls' Taj Gibson: Double-double in Tuesday's loss
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(12:15 am ET) Gibson scored 11 points (5-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT) while adding 10 rebounds and two steals in 29 minutes during Tuesday's 102-91 loss to the Pistons.

It was his eighth double-double of the season, barely, but four of them have come in the last seven games. Over that stretch, Gibson is averaging 12.6 points, 8.3 boards and 1.0 blocks, and he's well on his way to setting a new career high in rebounding, topping the 7.5 boards per game he set as a rookie in 2009-10.

Magic's Bismack Biyombo: First double-double since moving into starting lineup
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(12:10 am ET) Biyombo scored 14 points (4-7 FG, 6-13 FT) and added 13 rebounds, three blocks, and two assists in 31 minutes during the Tuesday's 124-116 win over the Wizards.

Biyombo has started in six straight games, and seen at least 30 minutes in seven straight. This was his first double-digit scoring effort during that stretch. Even with the extra minutes, Biyombo remains an insufficient source of points for most fantasy formats. He maintains value primarily as a specialist for his ability to rebound and block shots - since moving into the starting lineup, he is averaging 9.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks.

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