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Date Player
10/18/2017 Draymond Green, GS, F-C
Green will not return to Tuesday's season opener against Houston with a left knee strain near the end of the third quarter. He finished with nine points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists in 28 minutes.

Analysis: Green took a hard shot to his knee but stayed on to make two free throws that put the Warriors up 101-88 after three quarters, then immediately went to the locker room. The reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year's absence was a definite factor as the Rockets outscored Golden State 34-20 in the fourth to eke out a 122-121 win. For now consider Green questionable to play Friday at New Orleans.
10/18/2017 Zaza Pachulia, GS, C
Zaza Pachulia scored six points Tuesday on 2-of-2 shooting as the Golden State Warriors lost to the Houston Rockets 122-121. Pachulia grabbed three rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +8 in his 10:14 on the floor. He added one block.
10/18/2017 Shaun Livingston, GS, G
Shaun Livingston scored six points Tuesday on 2-of-5 shooting as the Golden State Warriors lost to the Houston Rockets 122-121. Livingston pulled down one rebound and had five assists, tallying a plus-minus of -14 in his 18:32 on the floor.
10/18/2017 Jordan Bell, GS, PF
Jordan Bell scored eight points Tuesday on 4-of-5 shooting as the Golden State Warriors lost to the Houston Rockets 122-121. Bell grabbed one rebound and added an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of 0 in his 11:46 on the floor.
10/18/2017 Patrick McCaw, GS, G-F
Patrick McCaw scored four points Tuesday, going 2 of 3 from the field, as the Golden State Warriors fell to the Houston Rockets 122-121. McCaw grabbed three rebounds and added an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of 0 in his 18:39 on the floor. He added one block and one steal.
10/18/2017 Clint Capela, Hou, F-C
Clint Capela scored 12 points Tuesday, going 6 of 10 from the field, as the Houston Rockets topped the Golden State Warriors 122-121. Capela pulled down four rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of -23 in his 18:10 on the floor. He added one block and one steal.
10/18/2017 Trevor Ariza, Hou, G-F
Trevor Ariza scored eight points Tuesday, going 3 of 9 from the field, as the Houston Rockets topped the Golden State Warriors 122-121. Ariza grabbed six rebounds and had five assists, tallying a plus-minus of -7 in his 37:39 of playing time. He added two steals. Ariza went 2 of 5 from behind the arc.
10/18/2017 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Hou, F
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored 14 points Tuesday, going 6 of 9 from the field, as the Houston Rockets defeated the Golden State Warriors 122-121. Mbah a Moute grabbed four rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +17 in his 23:23 of playing time. Mbah a Moute went 2 of 3 from 3-point range.
10/18/2017 Ryan Anderson, Hou, F-C
Ryan Anderson scored 13 points Tuesday, going 5 of 12 from the field, as the Houston Rockets topped the Golden State Warriors 122-121. Anderson grabbed eight rebounds and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +9 in his 33:17 on the floor. He added one block and one steal. Anderson went 3 of 8 from behind the arc.
10/18/2017 Nick Young, GS, G-F
Nick Young scored 23 points Tuesday, going 8 of 9 from the field, as the Golden State Warriors lost to the Houston Rockets 122-121. Young pulled down two rebounds and did not have an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of -10 in his 26:10 of playing time. Young went 6 of 7 from 3-point range.

Analysis: Young certainly had the hot hand in his Warriors debut as he built off a 2016-17 season in which he shot a strong 40.4 percent from 3-point range with the Lakers. He's a notoriously streaky shooter who can be a bit volatile for fantasy purposes, but opportunities will exist if he can maintain a role as a sixth man.
10/18/2017 Kevin Durant, GS, F
Kevin Durant scored 20 points Tuesday on 7-of-15 shooting as the Golden State Warriors lost to the Houston Rockets 122-121. Durant grabbed five rebounds and had seven assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +8 in his 37:38 on the floor. He added four blocks. Durant went 2 of 5 from behind the arc.

Analysis: Durant would have had two more, but his potential game-winning baseline jumper was ruled to have come just after the final buzzer sounded. The four-time scoring champion also had eight turnovers in what should be considered a slightly disappointing season debut by his standards.
10/18/2017 Stephen Curry, GS, G
Stephen Curry scored 22 points Tuesday on 8-of-18 shooting as the Golden State Warriors fell to the Houston Rockets 122-121. Curry grabbed five rebounds and had four assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +8 in his 29:33 on the floor. He tacked on one steal. Curry went 3 of 9 from 3-point range.

Analysis: Curry often deferred in the first half but picked up the pace in the second, netting 17 of his points in the final two quarters to salvage a good but not great fantasy night. It's a good bet he'll have a lot better ones going forward.
10/18/2017 Klay Thompson, GS, G-F
Klay Thompson scored 16 points Tuesday, going 6 of 14 from the field, as the Golden State Warriors lost to the Houston Rockets 122-121. Thompson pulled down six rebounds and dished out three assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -1 in his 38:10 of playing time. He added two blocks and two steals. Thompson went 4 of 7 from 3-point range.

Analysis: Thompson was hot early but struggled in the second half, hitting 2 of 7 field goal tries while netting just five points after the break. It's no real cause for concern, as the three-time All-Star trails only fellow Splash Brother Stephen Curry for the most made 3-pointers in the league over the previous three seasons.
10/18/2017 Chris Paul, Hou, PG
Chris Paul scored four points Tuesday on 2-of-9 shooting as the Houston Rockets defeated the Golden State Warriors 122-121. Paul pulled down eight rebounds and had 11 assists, tallying a plus-minus of -12 in his 33:04 on the floor. He added one block and two steals.

Analysis: Paul's highly anticipated Houston debut was a dud from a points perspective, though he certainly contributed in other areas. He's also dealing with a sore knee that may have affected his performance, something fantasy owners need to monitor with the Rockets in action again Wednesday in Sacramento.
10/18/2017 P.J. Tucker, Hou, G-F
P.J. Tucker scored 20 points Tuesday on 6-of-9 shooting as the Houston Rockets defeated the Golden State Warriors 122-121. Tucker grabbed six rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of 0 in his 28:40 on the floor. He added one steal. Tucker went 4 of 6 from 3-point range.

Analysis: The Rockets signed Tucker primarily for his defensive abilities, but he helped keep his new team in it by netting 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the first half. The 32-year-old should see a solid share of minutes as a key member of Houston's rotation, though keep in mind he's never averaged double figures in points in any of his previous six NBA seasons.
10/18/2017 Eric Gordon, Hou, SG
Eric Gordon scored 24 points Tuesday, going 9 of 16 from the field, as the Houston Rockets defeated the Golden State Warriors 122-121. Gordon grabbed one rebound and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +4 in his 29:23 on the floor. He added two blocks and one steal. Gordon struggled from behind the arc, coming up empty on all six of his attempts.

Analysis: Gordon couldn't get his outside shot to fall, but he was deadly from midrange while playing a key role in the Rockets' comeback from a 15-point deficit. The good news is he's still going to have plenty of scoring opportunities in Mike D'Antoni's fast-paced offense even with Chris Paul now in the fold.
10/18/2017 James Harden, Hou, G
James Harden scored 27 points Tuesday on 10-of-23 shooting as the Houston Rockets topped the Golden State Warriors 122-121. Harden pulled down six rebounds and dished out 10 assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +2 in his 36:24 of playing time. He added one steal. Harden went 4 of 9 from 3-point range.

Analysis: Last season's NBA MVP runner-up put up a stat line similar to his 2016-17 averages in his first game sharing a backcourt with Chris Paul. Harden still saw quite a bit of time at the point in the season opener, so fantasy owners shouldn't expect his assist numbers to take a significant dip if at all.
10/17/2017 Frank Ntilikina, NY, PG
Ntilikina (knee) reportedly should be ready for Thursday's opener.

Analysis: Knees issues limited Ntilikina during summer league and preseason play. The eighth overall pick is slated to go off the bench to begin his NBA career.
10/17/2017 Tony Allen, NO, G-F
Allen (ankle) should be ready to make his debut with the Pelicans on Wednesday.

Analysis: He spent the previous seven seasons with Memphis, and brings a solid veteran presence to New Orleans.
10/17/2017 Anthony Davis, NO, F-C
Davis (ill) has been under weather but still expected to play in Wednesday's opener.

Analysis: Davis is an elite fantasy producer, but this situation does not seem to be serious enough for him to miss time.
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