NBA Player News 12/2: Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin and More

Daniel ShirleyContributor IDecember 2, 2010

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 Jon Wall returned to the court last night and managed 19 points and eight assists in 32 minutes. It’s clear that Wall can play when he’s healthy. Let’s hope health doesn’t remain a common theme for Wall.

The Lakers’ Pau Gasol left the court late in the third quarter with a sore hamstring. He re-entered the game in the fourth quarter, but his minutes remained limited. He’s currently listed as day-to-day, so keep an eye on him before you start him.

Joe Johnson of the Hawks will be out four to six weeks due to the arthroscopic surgery he is set to undergo for his injured elbow. This looks bad for the Hawks, and it’s definitely bad for his fantasy owners. I don’t own him in any league, so his loss is my gain. Sorry, Joe.

Yao Ming hopes to return to the court next Tuesday versus the Pistons. Honestly, they should just save him in case they make the playoffs somehow.


Games Notes

 A pair of Grizzlies had big nights in a loss to the Hawks last night.  

Zach Randolph had 19 points and 19 rebounds while Mike Conley scored 22 with nine assists.

Conley has scored 50 in his last two games. He’s shown signs of improvement all year long. If he can keep progressing, he could easily turn into more than a backup point guard by year’s end. If nothing else, sell high on him right now.

A lot of talk has been made lately about whether Oklahoma City is Kevin Durant’s or Russell Westbrook’s team. The answer is obviously Kevin Durant, but with Durant out of the lineup last night, Westbrook took charge.

In an overtime win, Westbrook eyed the triple double with 38 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists. I know people on 24-hour sports networks must come up with things to fill the space and make things interesting, but c’mon.

If Westbrook was a middle-of-the-road player, they would be calling for more talent around Durant. Because Westbrook is extremely talented, they try to downplay Durant’s role. Durant doesn’t seem like the kind of player this kind of thing will get to. Still, it’s very annoying.

In the rant about Durant and Westbrook, Jeff Green’s 37-point night was nearly lost in the shuffle. Well… it happened.

Jordan Farmar helped the Nets push the Thunder to overtime with 28 points and nine assists. That was his best game in a New Jersey uniform thus far. That said, I wouldn’t characterize this as the beginning of a trend.

Greg Monroe scored 15 for the Pistons on Wednesday night. Don’t pick him up!

Miami Thrice won last night, but they didn’t look too great doing it. I like Spoelstra and Wade. I nothing Bosh. Am I leaving someone out?

The Lakers continued their slump last night. Is Kobe taking too many shots, or is he just trying to compensate for a struggling lineup? To that, I posit another question: can a player like Kobe take too many shots? Either way, don’t worry Laker fans. It’s just a slump.

Blake Griffin had another monstrous game last night: 31 points and 13 rebounds. The stat lines only tell half the story, though. Make sure you see the highlights. He’s becoming a beast.

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