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Fantasy Sports Morning Alarm: December 13
Ben Scherr
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J.J. Barea Headshot

Barea managed 16 points (6-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds and six assists across 25 minutes in Tuesday's 95-89 win over the Spurs.

The veteran guard scored 14 of his 16 points after halftime to help the Mavericks mount a second-half comeback that ultimately led to victory. Barea now has back-to-back 16-point efforts and has proven to be a valuable source of offense off the bench while still offering solid production in rebounds and assists as well. Factoring in Tuesday's production, he's averaging career highs in scoring (12.2), rebounds (3.1) and three-point shooting percentage (39.0), while his 5.4 assists per contest is the third-highest figure of his career in that category.
9:38 am (EST)
Dwight Powell Headshot

Powell turned in 12 points (5-7 FG, 2-4 FT), 12 rebounds and one steal across 17 minutes in Tuesday's 95-89 win over the Spurs.

Powell's first double-double of the season and sixth of his career came at an opportune time, as his efforts were key to the Mavericks' second-half surge. The fourth-year big man scored on a pair of alley-oop passes from J.J. Barea on his way to generating his sixth double-digit scoring effort in the last nine games. Even though his minutes have fluctuated, the 26-year-old has proven to be a serviceable source of scoring and boards in deeper formats, and he's now averaging a career-high 5.3 rebounds through 27 games.
9:33 am (EST)
Wesley Matthews Headshot

Matthews registered 16 points (7-15 FG, 2-5 3Pt), five rebounds and four assists across 35 minutes in Tuesday's 95-89 victory over the Spurs.

The nine-year veteran is enjoying his best month of the campaign, as factoring in Tuesday's production, he's averaging 15.2 points on 48.6 percent shooting through six December contests. Matthews has drained multiple threes in eight of his last nine contests as well and has upped his overall usage, as his 12.3 shot attempts per game thus far this month represents a notable uptick from the 10.8 figure he's sporting for the season.
9:23 am (EST)
Harrison Barnes Headshot

Barnes contributed 17 points (8-17 FG, 1-3 3Pt), six rebounds and three steals across 35 minutes in Tuesday's 95-89 win over the Spurs.

Barnes once again earned the designation of top scorer for the Mavericks on the night, something that's become the norm thus far this season. The 25-year-old has scored under 20 points in four straight games, but he's shooting a solid 45.7 percent from the field in his first six December contests. Barnes also continues to offer above-average production on the glass, with the 7.4 rebounds he's averaging through his first 28 games easily a career-high figure.
9:18 am (EST)
Tony Parker Headshot

Parker (rest) supplied six points (3-9 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 0-1 FT), five rebounds, three assists and one steal across 24 minutes in Tuesday's 95-89 loss to the Mavericks.

Parker provided a relatively full stat line in his return from a night off for rest last Saturday against the Suns. The veteran point guard saw more than 20 minutes for the first time this season, as the team has managed him carefully in his return from a torn quadriceps muscle that delayed his season debut until Nov. 27. Factoring in Tuesday's production, Parker is averaging 8.3 points, 4.6 assists and 2.9 rebounds across 18.7 minutes in seven games.
9:13 am (EST)
Danny Green Headshot

Green (groin) tallied three points (1-6 FG, 1-4 3Pt), three rebounds, one assist and two blocks across 24 minutes in Tuesday's 95-89 loss to the Mavericks.

Green had missed last Saturday's contest versus the Suns due to groin tightness and saw his shot go cold in his return Tuesday. The 30-year-old has been slumping from the field overall in December, as he's now sporting an unsightly 34.1 percent success rate from the field, including 32.1 percent from three-point range, in six contests to start the month. With Kawhi Leonard (quad) now back in action, except to also see Green progressively return to more of the defensive specialist role he's played the last two seasons, a pair of campaigns in which his average shot attempts dropped from the 9.4 he'd posted in the 2014-15 season to 7.1 and 6.6, respectively.
9:06 am (EST)
Pau Gasol Headshot

Gasol (rest) was scoreless (0-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt) across 22 minutes in Tuesday's 95-89 loss to the Mavericks but hauled in nine rebounds and dished out two assists.

Gasol saw a notable drop in usage with Kawhi Leonard's return, as his two shot attempts represented his lowest number in that category this season. The veteran saw his average shot attempts go down to a career-low 9.4 in his first San Antonio campaign in 2016-17 while playing alongside Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge, so Tuesday's reduced offensive role could more or less be the norm moving forward. Gasol continued to offer excellent work on the glass, however, as factoring in Tuesday's production, he's now hauled in between six and 11 rebounds in 13 of his last 15 games.
9:00 am (EST)
Rudy Gay Headshot

Gay managed 21 points (8-11 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one steal across 27 minutes in Tuesday's 95-89 loss to the Mavericks.

Despite making a move back to the bench with the return of Kawhi Leonard (quad), Gay generated one of his most well-rounded efforts of the campaign. The 12-year veteran was red-hot from the field for the third consecutive game as well, as he's posted no less than a 63.6 percent success rate in that trio of contests. Gay's overall playing time and production is highly likely to be affected once Leonard is back to a full allotment of minutes, but he projects to still remain a viable multi-category producer -- albeit on a smaller scale than what he's demonstrated thus far -- for fantasy owners in both season-long and daily formats.
8:54 am (EST)
LaMarcus Aldridge Headshot

Aldridge produced 23 points (9-23 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 13 rebounds and two assists across 38 minutes in Tuesday's 95-89 loss to the Mavericks.

Aldridge still sported sky-high usage despite the return of Kawhi Leonard (quad), with his 23 shot attempts ranking as his second highest total in that category this season. The veteran big man has scored at least 20 points in four of the six December contests he's played, with three of those double-doubles. Aldridge has been rewarding fantasy owners thus far with production befitting his glory days in Portland, but his overall offensive involvement will undoubtedly take a hit to some degree once Leonard returns to a full workload.
8:49 am (EST)
Kawhi Leonard Headshot

Leonard (quad) posted 13 points (6-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt), six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 16 minutes in Tuesday's 95-89 loss to the Mavericks.

Making his long-awaited season debut after missing the first 27 games, Leonard looked to be in mid-season form over his modest amount of time on the court. The perennial All-Star made his first three shots and scored six of the Spurs' first eight points overall. He called it a night for good in the third quarter and will certainly be in line for progressive increases in minutes over the next several games. His next opportunity to build on Tuesday's performance will come when the Spurs tangle with the Houston Rockets on Friday night.
8:44 am (EST)
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