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Tim Duncan doubled up in the Game 5 win over the Thunder Thursday with 22 points and 12 rebounds to go with two assists and a blocked shot in 30 minutes of action.

Duncan and the Spurs took back the paint in Game 5 as they shoot 71% from there on Thursday after failing to exceed 48% from in the key in the two previous games. With the win, the Spurs took a 3-2 series lead and will look to close things out in their next game on Saturday in OKC.ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Chris Paul will work out on the court Thursday according to Clippers head coach Doc Rivers.

Paul could still miss Game 3 in Los Angeles, but at the very least he appears to be making progress. If Paul cannot play, Austin Rivers will see heavy minutes yet again. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Scooter Gennett went 1-for-5 with a home run and two RBI on Wednesday night vs the Dodgers.

Finally Gennett broke through, as his home run on Wednesday night was his first of the season, and arguably his only important hit of the season. Right now the numbers just aren’t there for the young second baseman, so unless he turns things around, consider Gennett unstartable.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Adam Lind went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, two runs, and two RBI, on Wednesday night vs the Dodgers.

On Wednesday night, Lind connected with a hanging breaking ball in the first inning off Dodgers starter Joe Wieland for his fifth home run of the season. Quietly, Lind has become one of the more serviceable fantasy options at first base, as his slash line sits at an impressive .323/.396/.591, while his five home runs and 15 RBI are just enough power to render him an imposing bat in the middle of the Brewers order. It is tough to tell how long he will be able to maintain this type of production, but the promising sign is that once upon a time, Lind was a legitimate threat in the batters box while playing in Toronto, so he might just be returning to form.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Adrian González went 3-for-4 with a double in loss on Wednesday night vs Milwaukee.

A-Gon swatted himself another three hits on Wednesday night, raising his average to a very impressive .376 on the season. His overall stat line so far on the year makes him an early front-runner for the NL MVP, so anyone who drafted him got very solid value in the top half of their fantasy drafts. Expect the hits to just keep on coming for the veteran first baseman.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Joc Pederson went 2-for-4 with two home runs on Wednesday night in loss vs the Brewers.

Young Joc has caught fire. His power stroke has been on par with teammate and slugger, Adrian González, as he has now tied him for the team lead with nine dingers, seven of which have come in the last nine games. Although he is only batting .272, there isn’t a much better fantasy option in the outfield right now considering his current hot streak and .423 on base percentage.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Francisco Rodríguez picked up his sixth save of the season on Wednesday night vs the Dodgers.

K-Rod notched his sixth save of the season on Wednesday night, as his scoreless ninth inning effectively shut the door on the Dodgers late inning comeback attempt. After struggling a bit early on in the season, Rodríguez has settled down recording five consecutive scoreless saves. It appears, now that K-Rod has hit his stride, along with the Brewers as a collective unit, he might be a solid buy low fantasy option at the closer position.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Wily Peralta allowed two runs and seven hits over eight innings on Wednesday night in win vs the Dodgers.

Peralta impressed on Wednesday night, as his strong effort led the Brewers to victory over the vaunted Dodgers lineup. The win was his first of the season and lowered his ERA to 3.92. Since mid-April, when he made consecutive starts with four or more earned runs allowed, Peralta has really settled down, making a legitimate case for a top tier waiver wire pickup. If you need starting pitching help, his stock just keeps trending upward, so now might be the time to pick up Peralta.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Joe Wieland gave up six runs on six hits, and four walks across 4 2/3 innings on Wednesday night as he picked up the loss against the Brewers.

Wieland received baptism by fire in his major league debut on Wednesday night, as the Brewers tagged him for six runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings. If the Dodgers weren’t so strapped for pitching, Wieland might not have another chance to start. It is still unclear if they are going to give him another go around within the next five days, or if they are going to search for a Ryu/McCarthy replacement via free agency or deeper in their system. In any event, keep Wieland far away from your fantasy rosters.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Dwight Howard scored 24 points (8-11 FGA, 8-21 FTA) while grabbing 16 rebounds with four blocks and three assists as the Rockets won Game Two over the Clippers, 115-109.

Howard was abysmal from the line again, but that is to be expected. The center was able to lead the team in rebounds and provided great defense at the rim. Howard will a big part of the game-plan that will help Houston get to the Western Conference finals as James Harden won't be able to do it all himself. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Mark Buehrle says his aches and pains are no different than any other season.

Apparently Buehrle isn't hurt, he just isn't any good. Even after a nice start Wednesday he still has just 14 strikeouts in 33 innings this season. The best thing for the Blue Jays would probably be for Buehrle to go on the disabled list, but it looks like that isn't going to happen. Analysis: Steve Pimental

James Harden netted 32 points (7-17 FGA, 15-15 FTA) while hitting three three-pointers and picking up seven assists and three rebounds in the Rockets' 115-109 win over the Clippers.

Harden awoke in the fourth quarter, scoring 16 points and leading Rockets to the big Game Two win. He was perfect from the line in a game which Houston shot 64 free throws and helped to get Houston even. One thing that Harden needs to be better at it is turning the ball over. He had seven in Game Two and another nine in Game One, so there is room for improvement in the series. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Jamal Crawford struggled, going 6-for-22 from the field and 1-of-8 from deep, en route to 19 points (6-7 FTA), five rebounds and five assists in the Clippers' 115-109 loss.

It wasn't the type of performance that Clippers fans were looking for from Crawford, who played 36 minutes with Chris Paul out of the line-up. He and Austin Rivers shouldered the point-guard duties so they might be in trouble for playing time if CP3 is ready to go. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Blake Griffin went 13-for-22 from the field, scoring 34 points (8-11 FTA) and pulling down 14 rebounds to go with four assists as the Clippers fell to the Rockets, 115-109.

Griffin did all he could to get the Clippers back to LA with a 2-0 lead, but fell short. He will hope that Chris Paul is healthy enough to play in Game Three and shoulder some of the offensive duties. He has turned into an absolute beast in all parts of his game, but can Blake lead the Clips to postseason success? That's the open question that'll be figured out in the next two weeks. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Kyle Gibson went six scoreless innings and gave up just four hits and two walks as he improved to 3-2 on the season with a win over Oakland.

Gibson's pitch to contact strategy has worked really well over his past three starts, giving up just two runs and going 21 innings. His past two starts have seen just eight hits, with five strikeouts as he has been able to get groundballs. He still seems like a fantasy-limited option, but if he can continue to limit the hits, Gibson might be an option for streams in deep leagues. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Danny Santana was 3-for-4 with a single, double, and triple to go with three runs on Wednesday night.

Falling just a homer shy of the cycle, Santana has been able to put together a solid week, going 8-for-19 in his past five games with four extra-base hits. There's not a ton of fantasy value coming from the nine-hole of the Twins' lineup so let Santana have his nights and remain on the waiver wire. Analysis: Rob Trayah

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