T.J. Warren breaks thumb Wednesday
T.J. Warren | PHO
(October 23, 2014 3:16 AM EDT)
Suns rookie forward T.J. Warren suffered a small crack in his left thumb on Wednesday, and has no timetable on a return.
This hurts the Suns' in the depth department a bit, but should have no fantasy implications.
Source:
Jon Bloom on Twitter
J.J. Redick scores 13 before being tossed
J.J. Redick | LAC
(October 23, 2014 1:55 AM EDT)
J.J. Redick hit 4-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, four rebounds and three assists before being ejected from Wednesday's preseason win over the Suns.
Redick argued a foul call late and got a little too demonstrative for the official's liking. He was hit with a couple quick techs and sent to the locker room. Redick was well under control and shouldn't face any harsh punishment, so look for him to be ready to roll for the regular season.
Chris Paul hits 12-of-18 shots for 34 points
Chris Paul | LAC
(October 23, 2014 1:52 AM EDT)
Chris Paul returned from a night of rest and hit 12-of-18 shots, four 3-pointers and 6-of-6 free throws on his way to 34 points, five rebounds, nine assists, four steals and a block in Wednesday's gritty win over the Suns.
Both teams treated this as a real game, which was a nice change from some of the other games tonight. CP3 was fantastic, and if he could score like this on a more consistent basis, we'd be more likely to tell you to take him before guys like Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook.
Struggling Matt Barnes goes 0-for-5
Matt Barnes | LAC
(October 23, 2014 1:50 AM EDT)
Matt Barnes disastrous preseason continued on Wednesday when he missed all five of his shots to finish with two points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal.
He was 0-for-4 from downtown and has now hit just 3-of-36 shots in the preseason and exactly one 3-pointer. The good news is that he's (hopefully) getting all of this poor shooting out of his system when the games don't count. The bad news is that his confidence simply has to be taking a hit. As long as he's starting at SF for the Clippers, he'll retain his sleeper status. But if he doesn't fix his shot soon, Chris Douglas-Roberts could start to threaten his hold on the job. CDR wasn't great tonight, scoring just three points in 24 minutes.
Blake Griffin returns for 35 points
Blake Griffin | LAC
(October 23, 2014 1:46 AM EDT)
Blake Griffin came off a day of rest and racked up 35 points, seven rebounds, two steals and no blocks on 14-of-26 shooting on Wednesday.
Griffin looked great tonight, but didn't block a shot (as usual), and struggled from the line at 7-of-13. His free throw shooting really took a positive jump last season, and while this line doesn't put us in panic mode, it does give us pause. Griffin is going to be a solid late-first, or early-second round pick in all formats. Owners just have to hope tonight's free throw shooting isn't indicative of what's to come.
Spencer Hawes posts 8 & 10 in start for DJ
Spencer Hawes | LAC
(October 23, 2014 1:44 AM EDT)
Spencer Hawes started for DeAndre Jordan (rest) on Wednesday and had eight points, 10 rebounds and two steals in 36 minutes.
As long as Jordan is healthy, Hawes is going to struggle to see enough minutes to make much of a fantasy dent.
Gerald Green scores 23 off Suns bench
Gerald Green | PHO
(October 23, 2014 1:42 AM EDT)
Gerald Green had 23 points, five rebounds, a steal and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.
He scored 21 on Tuesday, but the odds are stacked against him for heavy minutes. Marcus Morris has played well at small forward, while P.J. Tucker could resume a starting role after he serves a suspension over the first three regular-season games. And any hopes of Green getting big minutes at shooting guard have been crushed by the return of Eric Bledsoe and the arrival of Isaiah Thomas. Green can play, and could still be a sneaky fantasy pick this season, but he's not worth investing in until the very late rounds of drafts, if at all.
Goran Dragic quiet while Bledsoe goes off
Goran Dragic | PHO
(October 23, 2014 1:39 AM EDT)
Goran Dragic was quiet on Wednesday, hitting just 2-of-8 shots for four points, two rebounds, four assists and two steals in 26 minutes.
He missed all three of his 3-point attempts and what's more disturbing about his line is that Isaiah Thomas played just 17 minutes off the bench. Eric Bledsoe got hot and scored 27 points, and these three guards are going to cause a lot of headaches for their owners, as they'll likely take turns getting hot on any given night.
Eric Bledsoe lights it up for 27 in loss
Eric Bledsoe | PHO
(October 23, 2014 1:35 AM EDT)
Eric Bledsoe hit 6-of-12 shots and three 3-pointers on his way to 27 points, one rebound, two assists and two steals on Wednesday.
He also hit 12-of-14 free throws, and looked fantastic tonight. However, Goran Dragic stunk, finishing with four points on 2-of-8 shooting, and Isaiah Thomas played just 17 minutes off the bench. This three-headed guard in Phoenix isn't going away any time soon, and while all three players are going to be worth owning, they're also going to cause a different hot hand from night-to-night. It was Bledsoe's turn in this one, while Thomas was hot coming in. Goran, you're up.
Miles Plumlee goes for 8 & 8 in loss
Miles Plumlee | PHO
(October 23, 2014 1:32 AM EDT)
Miles Plumlee had eight points and eight rebounds in 18 minutes on Wednesday.
His brother, Mason, is a better fantasy option while Brook Lopez is out for the Nets, but Miles has a starting job in Phoenix until further notice.

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