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Ron Baker finished with two points (1-4 FG), two rebounds and two steals in 20 minutes during a 113-110 loss to the Wizards.


Baker got his third start in a row on Thursday, and had basically zero game impact on the second leg of a back-to-back. After going scoreless against Boston on Wednesday, Baker ran around aimlessly looking for catch-and-shoot opportunities on the perimeter that never materialized. With Porzingis working his way back to full health, Baker hasn't done himself any favors to earn minutes in the near future.

Derrick Rose (NY)

Derrick Rose scored 20 points (7-16 FG, 6-6 FT) along with five rebounds and two assists in 31 minutes during a 113-110 loss to Washington on Thursday.


Rose looks rejuvenated this season, but he's nowhere near as explosive as John Wall is anymore, and it showed. While Rose was never the best on-ball defender, Wall torched him on a few possessions, and was the better facilitator all night. Rose was pretty efficient from the floor, however, and is averaging 21.0 points per game over his last six contests since returning from a mysterious one-game absence.

Kristaps Porzingis (NY)

Kristaps Porzingis came off the bench Thursday, tallying 15 points (6-11 FG, 3-3 FT), five rebounds, two assists and a steal in 29 minutes during a 113-110 loss to the Wizards.


Returning from a four game absence, Porzingis (Achilles) looked springy. With six and a half minutes to go in the fourth quarter, the Latvian giant sprinted down the court for a sky-skraping putback dunk out of nowhere to show that his Achilles is just fine. His shot looked a little out of tune, however, as he missed all three of his looks from beyond the arc. He'll look to polish things up against Phoenix on Saturday.

Carmelo Anthony (NY)

Carmelo Anthony posted 34 points (13-27 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 5-7 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists and a steal in 35 minutes during a 113-110 loss to Washington on Thursday.


Anthony shot the early favorite for "air-ball of the year" award early in the first quarter. He spun away from Otto Porter and caught the ball with his toes touching the restricted circle, and instead of finishing strong with a layup or dunk Anthony chose to shoot a jumper that fell well short of the rim. Although Madison Square Garden groaned in disbelief, Anthony caught fire for the rest of the game and hit the glass hard. Despite the gaffe, he shot the ball well and looks to keep the hot hand against Phoenix on Saturday.

Marcin Gortat (Was)

Marcin Gortat put up 12 points (6-12 FG), 12 rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes during a 113-110 win over New York on Thursday.


Gortat continues to put in work on the glass. He's failed to grab at least 10 boards in just two of his last 13 games, and has eight double-doubles over that stretch. Although he's 32 years old, Gortat is averaging a career-high 11.6 rebounds per game this season.

Otto Porter (Was)

Otto Porter scored 23 points (7-13 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 3-3 FT) and added six rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in 30 minutes during a 113-110 win over the Knicks.


Porter is in the zone right now. After hitting six threes against the Grizzlies on Tuesday, he cashed in another six on Thursday. Is this sustainable? Maybe for the time being. The swingman has hit a ridiculous 50.0 percent of 54 triples through 10 games in January after hitting 49.2 percent of 63 threes in December.

Bradley Beal (Was)

Bradley Beal was held to eight points (4-13 FG, 0-7 3Pt), five assists, two rebounds and a steal in 38 minutes during a 113-110 win over the Knicks on Thursday.


Beal struggled through another hapless game from beyond the arc, and is now just 1-14 from three in his last two games. For a player notorious for his fragility, this is a troubling sign. While the Wizards have not even hinted at an injury for Beal, and he seemed to have decent mobility on Thursday, fantasy owners should monitor his status closely.

John Wall (Was)

John Wall poured in 29 points (11-21 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 6-8 FT), 13 assists, five rebounds and three steals in 37 minutes during a 113-110 win over the Knicks.


This might be the best stretch of basketball John Wall has played in his career. The lightning-fast pass-first point guard is averaging 21.7 points in January on 46.4 percent shooting, down slightly from December (24.5 points on 49.1 percent shooting), and an astronomical 11.0 assists. When Wall is rolling like this, not only is he a top-flight fantasy value, he should be seriously considered in MVP talks.

Ricky Rubio (Min)

Ricky Rubio (hip) left Thursday's game in Los Angeles with tightness in his left hip, and is questionable to return.


The Spaniard didn't have a point on 0-3 shooting before leaving the game at halftime. Rookie Kris Dunn started the second half in Rubio's place, and would get the majority of his minutes if he remains out for future contests. Rubio has been hot lately, averaging 13 points per game in his last six, much higher than his 7.9 season average, as well as 12.8 assists per game, surpassing his 8.1 season average.

Seth Curry (Dal)

Seth Curry scored 15 points (6-11 FG, 3-5 3Pt) and grabbed four rebounds in 31 minutes during a 99-95 loss to Miami on Thursday.


Curry got the start again with Bogut (hamstring) still out, and coach Rick Carlisle opting for a smaller lineup. The extra spacing generated by playing Dirk Nowitzki at center, Wesley Matthews and Harrison Barnes in the frontcourt, and Deron Williams at point has allowed Curry to shine. He's scored in double digits in three of his last four games, and has leveraged his shooting with slicing drives to the rim. Since opposing bigs have to chase Nowitzki out of the paint, Curry has shown off some nifty finishes inside.

Harrison Barnes (Dal)

Harrison Barnes contributed 15 points (7-14 FG, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and a steal in 34 minutes during a 99-95 loss to the Heat on Thursday.


Barnes had the hot hand in the first half, scoring 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting. His mid-range game, the bread and butter of his attack, was sharp and Miami had a hard time contesting the rangy forward's shot. But James Johnson put the lockdown on Barnes in the second half, when he went just 1-for-6. Barnes simply has a tough time generating offense when his mid-range pullup isn't falling, and he doesn't offer enough else to be an above-average fantasy option.

Wesley Matthews (Dal)

Wesley Matthews scored 18 points (7-14 FG, 4-9 3Pt) and added five rebounds, a block and an assist in 36 minutes during a 99-95 loss to the Heat on Thursday.


Matthews looks to have finally regained some of the strength and mobility he lost when he tore his Achilles tendon back in Portland. Although he started off January with a mini-slump, scoring less than 10 points in three straight games, Matthews has bounced back and put up 18-plus points in three out of his last four. For the first time in years, he passes the eye test; his jumper has lift again, and he isn't the slowest wing on the floor anymore.

Dirk Nowitzki (Dal)

Dirk Nowitzki put up 19 points (7-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-5 FT), four rebounds, two steals and an assist in 29 minutes during a 99-95 loss to the Heat on Thursday.


Father time has finally caught up to Nowitzki, it seems. The 18-year veteran is averaging just 13.6 points per game, his lowest tally since his rookie year. More importantly as it pertains to his fantasy value, he's played only 17 out of 42 games this season, and is only seeing 25.2 minutes of court time when he does play. However, the legendary forward, has played in all eight January games so far, an encouraging sign for fantasy owners.

LeBron James (Cle)

LeBron James scored 21 points (8-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 5-8 FT) and added 15 assists, nine rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 39 minutes during Thursday's 118-103 win over the Suns.


The 15 assists match James' season high. This marks the third time this season that he has missed a triple-double by only one rebound - he has completed three triple-doubles. Since the Kyle Korver trade, James has taken significantly fewer field goal attempts. Before the trade, James was averaging 18.8 field goal attempts per game. Since Korver arrived, however, he has attempted only 14.8. While James is still contributing across the board, his scoring has decreased with the fewer shot attempts Korver has only been with the team for five games, but this is an important trend to watch moving forward.

Tyler Johnson tallied 23 points (7-13 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 7-9 FT), two assists, a rebound and a steal in 27 minutes during a 99-95 win over Dallas on Thursday.


Johnson is in full-attack mode the minute he steps on the floor, and it's paying big dividends. After Thursday's explosion, the third-year guard is now averaging a career-high 16.0 points in January. Although he's not a playmaker by any stretch of the imagination – Johnson is dishing a career-low 1.3 assists per game – he's really grown into his role as an undersized 2-guard scorer off the bench.

James Johnson (Mia)

James Johnson finished with five points (1-6 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes during a 99-95 win over Dallas on Thursday.


Johnson's abnormally hot three-point shooting returned to the norm Thursday, as he missed all three of his attempts, but he bought himself court time in the waning moments of a tight game by putting the clamps on Harrison Barnes. Barnes was just 1-5 in the final quarter, and Johnson was the single biggest reason for that. It's vital for Johnson's fantasy value to get consistent playing time even when he shoots poorly.

Hassan Whiteside (Mia)

Hassan Whiteside recorded 13 points (6-12 FG, 1-1 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and a steal in 28 minutes during a 99-95 win over the Mavericks on Thursday.


Despite facing a team that starts the lead-footed Dirk Nowitzki at center, along with a small-ball frontcourt of Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews, Whiteside struggled around the rim, an area he usually dominates. He was 0-2 in the fourth quarter, and bizarrely went away from his favorite post-up spot on the left block in favor of a midrange jumper and an awkward hook. Whiteside may be averaging career highs in minutes (33.7), points (17.3) and rebounds (14.2), but he needs to consistently take advantage of smaller lineups with his size.

Channing Frye (Cle)

Channing Frye scored 18 points (6-11 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and added 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal in 30 minutes during Thursday's 118-103 win over the Suns.


Kevin Love (back) was out, and his minutes were split mostly between Frye and James Jones. Frye made the most of his extra time, recording his first double-double of the season. He's averaging 2.1 threes per game in only 19.0 minutes per game. If Love misses more time, Frye is worth using in a lot of settings, especially for three-point-needy managers.

Goran Dragic (Mia)

Goran Dragic scored 32 points (11-15 FG, 4-4 3Pt, 6-10 FT) along with six rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes during a 99-95 win over Dallas on Thursday.


Dragic was unstoppable in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 points in the period and hitting two clutch threes with the shot clock wasting away. The Heat offense stalled big time down the stretch, particularly when Hassan Whiteside couldn't find success rolling to the rim, but Dragic bailed them out on multiple consecutive possessions. The 30-year-old veteran is now averaging 21.5 points on 51.7 percent shooting in January.

Danuel House (wrist) has been cleared to participate in non-contact drills and practice layups as of Thursday, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports.


Though House still doesn't have a timeline for returning to practice, this is a good sign for him and the Wizards. He'll likely be assigned to the D-League once he's allowed to practice to regain his conditioning before rejoining the Wizards, but should be able to step on an NBA court again before the season is over.