Shabazz Muhammad SG/SF MIN 6 Hrs
Muhammad led the Timberwolves in minutes played Sunday in a loss to the Pacers, and scored 21 points (8-18 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-6 FT).
Muhammad now seems to be an every-day starter for the Timberwolves, especially with Corey Brewer, who was traded to the Rockets, gone. Muhammad could be worth a pickup, considering he's been taking the most shots for the Timberwolves. He's scored 21 or more points in each of his past four games, and is averaging 18 points per game this month on 52.7 percent shooting.
Troy Daniels G HOU 6 Hrs
Daniels made a brief debut for the Timberwolves in a loss to the Pacers on Sunday, appearing in less than a minute and missing the one shot he took.
Over time, Daniels will obviously see more time. He just came to the Timberwolves in a trade that sent Corey Brewer to the Rockets on Friday. Daniels is nothing more than a three-point specialist, which fills a need for the Timberwolves, but isn't very useful to fantasy owners.
C. J. Watson PG IND 6 Hrs
Watson (illness) returned to the starting lineup Sunday after missing a game, only to score just seven points (3-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt) in 29 minutes.
This was just Watson's 12th game of the season, so it's certainly possible he's still working some things out, considering he missed the first month of the season with a foot injury. This month, Watson is shooting just 41 percent, and is probably only worth using in deeper leagues for now, especially with a George Hill return inevitable.
Tobias Harris F ORL 7 Hrs
Harris had a wrap on his right hand following Sunday's loss to the Sixers and said he hurt his pinkie, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel. reports.
The injury doesn't look to be anything serious, but keep an eye on Harris' status over the next few days. Orlando's next game comes Tuesday against the Celtics. The Tennessee product had 17 points and four rebounds in 38 minutes Sunday.
Kobe Bryant SG LAL 8 Hrs
Coach Byron Scott indicated after Sunday's loss to the Kings that he may consider resting Bryant for a game or two, Sam Amick of USA Today Sports reports.
Bryant has been one of the most inefficient players in the league this season and is shooting an atrocious 34.6 percent from the floor in the month of December. He's been especially bad in the Lakers' last two games, shooting a combined 11-of-45 from the floor with 12 turnovers. While the veteran isn't likely to push for rest, it would probably be in both his and the team's best interest, as his current level of play is virtually unacceptable for a player who attempts more than 22 shots per game.
Kyrie Irving PG CLE 9 Hrs
Irving scored 17 points (8-13 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 0-1 FT) with 12 assists in 37 minutes in the win over the Grizzlies on Sunday.
Irving had only made 37 percent of his field goals over his previous five games and had not hit better than half of his shots in any games since Dec. 4 against the Knicks. He is hitting just 23.4 percent of his 3-pointers in December.
LeBron James SF CLE 9 Hrs
James provided 21 points (9-15 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 4-6 FT) and 11 assists in 38 minutes in the win over Memphis on Sunday.
In his last five games, James has averaged 27.2 points on 56.5 percent from the field (56.3 percent on 3-pointers) with 8.2 assists. He did have five turnovers and has averaged 3.7 turnovers this season, but that just goes with the territory.
Dion Waiters SG CLE 9 Hrs
Waiters scored 21 points (9-16 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT) in 28 minutes in the win over Memphis on Saturday.
Waiters has sandwiched two 21-point games around Friday's four-point performance in seven minutes against the Nets. He could be useful in deeper leagues for points, but he is really struggling from the perimeter (26.7 percent on 3-pointers) in his last five games.
Kevin Love PF/C CLE 9 Hrs
Love (finger) provided eight points (4-9 FG) and eight rebounds in the win over Memphis on Sunday. He played 35 minutes.
Love was playing with a sprained finger and did not attempt a 3-pointer for the first time this season. He has been held to single digits in back-to-back games for the first time as a Cavalier. Keep an eye on him to make sure the finger injury doesn't keep his production down.
Anderson Varejao PF/C CLE 10 Hrs
Varejao scored 18 points (9-12 FG) with seven rebounds and two steals in 27 minutes in the win over the Grizzlies on Sunday.
Varejao has only scored in double digits twice in December. He continues to start, but is playing just 22.2 minutes this month. He is a good rebounder on a per minute basis, but Varejao is only playable in deeper leagues.