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Nikola Mirotic Headshot

Mirotic scored 22 points (7-16 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 5-7 FT) while adding eight rebounds, two assists and a steal in 29 minutes during Friday's 115-109 win over the Bucks.

He's now scored at least 22 points in three straight games since being thrust into the starting lineup to replace Lauri Markkanen (back), averaging 25.0 points, 8.3 boards, 3.0 three-pointers and 1.0 steals over that brief stretch. Markkanen isn't expected to be sidelined for much longer, but Mirotic has made a strong case to remain in the starting five, or at least in a prominent role in the frontcourt rotation, even after the rookie is back in action.
12:02 am (EST)
Justin Williams Headshot

Williams recorded a goal, an assist and four shots through 18:47 of ice time (1:43 on the power play) during Friday's 5-4 overtime win against Buffalo.

The two-point showing has Williams in range to take a run at 20 goals and 60 points, and he's got off to the rock-solid start in somewhat quiet fashion. He's locked into a top-six role with power-play time, so there's no reason to expect the established scorer's numbers to dip significantly moving forward.
12:01 am (EST)
Bobby Portis Headshot

Portis scored 27 points (9-16 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 7-7 FT) while adding 12 rebounds and a steal in 29 minutes off the bench during Friday's 115-109 win over the Bucks.

Just two games after establishing a new career high with 23 points against the Celtics, Portis raised the bar again with his performance Friday, adding in his third double-double of the season for good measure. The third-year forward still isn't providing consistent offense from the Bulls' second unit, but with Lauri Markkanen (back) sidelined, Portis is getting a chance to show his potential as a scoring threat.
Yesterday 11:58 pm (EST)
Jordan Staal Headshot

Staal registered a goal and an assist through 21:05 of ice time (1:43 with the man advantage) during Friday's 5-4 overtime win against Buffalo.

Staal went 13 consecutive games without a multi-point showing entering Friday, and he registered just a single goal and assist during the slump. As a result, this was obviously welcomed production from the veteran center. His eight goals and 19 points are serviceable numbers in deeper settings, but his game-to-game inconsistency can be especially frustrating in particular formats.
Yesterday 11:57 pm (EST)
Mario Chalmers Headshot

Chalmers scored 16 points (6-10 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT) while adding four steals, three rebounds and an assist in 32 minutes off the bench during Friday's 96-94 win over the Hawks.

While Andrew Harrison was in the starting backcourt for the Grizzlies alongside Tyreke Evans, it was Chalmers who saw the bigger workload, putting together his best scoring performance in almost a month. The veteran guard's court time has dwindled recently, but if he can put together a hot streak the minutes are there for the taking with Mike Conley (Achilles) apparently behind schedule in his recovery.
Yesterday 11:52 pm (EST)
Gabriel Fontaine Headshot

Fontaine scored twice in AHL Hartford's 7-3 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday.

Fontaine parlayed an unexpectedly strong training camp into an expanded role with the Wolf Pack and the results have been positive. He has just four goals and no assists on the season, but Fontaine is known for his hockey IQ and penalty killing prowess as opposed to putting up points and he has excelled in those areas. Mature beyond his 20 years of age, Fontaine isn't far away in helping the Rangers in a depth role.
Yesterday 11:51 pm (EST)
Henrik Zetterberg Headshot

Zetterberg managed two assists -- including a power-play helper -- in Friday night's 3-1 home win over the Maple Leafs.

Detroit's captain extended his point streak to three games, heavily rewarding those who stayed patient with him during a campaign that's been riddled by inconsistency so far. Zetterberg skated to a minus-3 rating in two of the last three heading into Friday's action, which suggests that he's not getting nearly enough defensive support from his teammates. Nonetheless, this was a huge win for the Winged Wheel, and Big Z will look to carry the team on his back for what promises to be a grueling four-game road trip that begins Tuesday evening against the Islanders.
Yesterday 11:49 pm (EST)
Jaccob Slavin Headshot

Slavin scored the game-winning goal in overtime and also collected an assist during Friday's 5-4 victory against Buffalo.

Slavin's an interesting player because he's highly regarded among the analytics zealots and quickly climbed into a prominent role with Carolina despite modest pedigree. With that in mind, it's not overly surprising that the third-year defender is having an underwhelming campaign after excelling through his first two seasons. Friday's game-winning goal and two-point showing is encouraging, but Slavin still has just three goals and eight points through 31 games, so fantasy expectations should probably remain in check for the immediate future.
Yesterday 11:47 pm (EST)
Tyreke Evans Headshot

Evans scored 22 points (9-15 FG, 4-5 3Pt) while adding three assists, two rebounds and a steal in 30 minutes during Friday's 96-94 win over the Hawks.

He seemed none of the worse for wear after missing Wednesday's contest with a minor hip issue. Evans is enjoying his best season in a long time, seeing a much higher usage rate than expected due to Mike Conley's Achilles injury, and his 18.3 points per game would be best performance in that category since he was a 19-year-old rookie for the Kings in 2009-10.
Yesterday 11:47 pm (EST)
Dennis Schroder Headshot

Schroder scored 18 points (5-18 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 7-8 FT) while adding 11 assists, five rebounds, two steals and a block in 37 minutes during Friday's 96-94 loss to the Grizzlies.

It was a solid bounceback effort for the point guard after he scored only nine points in Thursday's loss to the Pistons. The double-double was just his second of the season, but Schroder is still averaging a solid 19.6 points, 6.4 assists, 3.0 boards, 1.0 three-pointers and 0.9 steals over his last nine games despite the lack of support he's getting from a Hawks roster at the beginning of a full rebuild.
Yesterday 11:42 pm (EST)
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