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Date Player
10/23/2017 Jameer Nelson, NO, PG
Jameer Nelson scored five points Sunday on 2-of-4 shooting as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 119-112. Nelson grabbed one rebound and dished out five assists, tallying a plus-minus of +4 in his 24:07 of playing time. He tacked on one steal. Nelson went 1 of 3 from 3-point range.
10/23/2017 Dante Cunningham, NO, F
Dante Cunningham scored six points Sunday, going 3 of 6 from the field, as the New Orleans Pelicans topped the Los Angeles Lakers 119-112. Cunningham pulled down four rebounds and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +9 in his 26:26 on the floor. He tacked on one steal.
10/23/2017 E'Twaun Moore, NO, G-F
E'Twaun Moore scored 19 points Sunday on 8-of-9 shooting as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 119-112. Moore grabbed two rebounds and did not have an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of +18 in his 32:37 of playing time. Moore went 3 of 4 from 3-point range.

Analysis: Moore didn't score at all in 26 minutes in Friday's loss to Golden State, but barely missed on this night while playing a key role in the Pelicans' first win. The serviceable guard will have moments like this one, though they'll probably be occasional on a team built around Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.
10/23/2017 Jrue Holiday, NO, PG
Jrue Holiday scored 14 points Sunday on 6-of-11 shooting as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 119-112. Holiday pulled down five rebounds and dished out six assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +4 in his 38:10 on the floor. He tacked on four steals.

Analysis: This was easily Holiday's best performance of the young season after he managed just 17 points on 7-of-27 shooting through the first two games. The combo guard has been playing off the ball more in the early going, which will likely lead to reduced assist totals, but keep in mind he finished in the NBA's top 20 in steals per game last season.
10/23/2017 Darius Miller, NO, G-F
Darius Miller scored six points Sunday on 2-of-6 shooting as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 119-112. Miller did not grab a rebound nor have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +3 in his 13:03 on the floor. He tacked on one steal. Miller went 2 of 5 from 3-point range.
10/23/2017 Ian Clark, NO, G
Ian Clark scored 14 points Sunday, going 6 of 9 from the field, as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 119-112. Clark grabbed two rebounds and dished out two assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -16 in his 23:32 on the floor. He added two steals. Clark went 2 of 5 from 3-point range.

Analysis: Clark posted a second consecutive 14-point effort off the bench and has gone 6 of 9 from 3-point range during that stretch. The offseason addition is going to have a larger role than he did on a loaded Golden State squad, making him someone fantasy players should at least monitor as a 3-point source.
10/23/2017 DeMarcus Cousins, NO, F-C
DeMarcus Cousins scored 22 points Sunday on 8-of-17 shooting as the New Orleans Pelicans topped the Los Angeles Lakers 119-112. Cousins pulled down 11 rebounds and dished out eight assists, tallying a plus-minus of +6 in his 35:33 on the floor. He added two blocks. Cousins went 1 of 6 from 3-point range.

Analysis: Cousins took a few less shots than he did during the season's first two games but made up for it by increasing his assists while recording a third straight double-double. Averaging 28.3 points, 11.7 rebounds and five assists through three outings, the volatile big man should be able to maintain his usual numbers in his first full season playing alongside Anthony Davis.
10/23/2017 Anthony Davis, NO, F-C
Anthony Davis scored 27 points Sunday, going 9 of 18 from the field, as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 119-112. Davis grabbed 17 rebounds and dished out three assists, tallying a plus-minus of +8 in his 39:00 of playing time. He added three blocks and three steals. Davis went 1 of 5 from behind the arc.

Analysis: Few have had better opening weeks of the 2017-18 season than Davis, who's averaging a terrific 31.7 points, 17.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks through the Pelicans' first three games. The superstar forward has corralled at least 17 boards in each of those contests and is starting to expand his game beyond the 3-point line as well, as he's knocked down 5 of 11 trey attempts thus far.
10/23/2017 Julius Randle, LAL, F-C
Julius Randle scored 11 points Sunday, going 5 of 6 from the field, as the Los Angeles Lakers fell to the New Orleans Pelicans 119-112. Randle grabbed two rebounds and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +2 in his 24:05 of playing time. He added two blocks and one steal.
10/23/2017 Kyle Kuzma, LAL, F
Kyle Kuzma scored a career-high 20 points Sunday, going 7 of 13 from the field, as the Los Angeles Lakers fell to the New Orleans Pelicans 119-112. Kuzma grabbed six rebounds and had two assists, tallying a plus-minus of +2 in his 30:26 of playing time. He tacked on one steal. Kuzma went 2 of 6 from behind the arc.

Analysis: The rookie is proving his strong preseason was no fluke by averaging 14.3 points on a .607 field goal percentage through his first three games, and he nearly brought the Lakers back from a 22-point deficit by netting 15 second-half points. Kuzma has already cemented himself a place in the team's rotation and is a player to keep an eye on in the coming weeks and months.
10/23/2017 Brandon Ingram, LAL, G-F
Brandon Ingram scored seven points Sunday, going 3 of 9 from the field, as the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the New Orleans Pelicans 119-112. Ingram grabbed two rebounds and had four assists, tallying a plus-minus of +16 in his 24:18 of playing time.

Analysis: Ingram was coming off a 25-point effort on Friday, though it came against the disheveled Suns. He's gone 6 of 24 from the field for 19 points over the Lakers' two other games. The 2016 No. 2 overall pick still has some work to do before becoming the fantasy force many had envisioned.
10/23/2017 Lonzo Ball, LAL, PG
Lonzo Ball scored eight points Sunday, going 3 of 13 from the field, as the Los Angeles Lakers fell to the New Orleans Pelicans 119-112. Ball grabbed eight rebounds and had 13 assists, tallying a plus-minus of -24 in his 36:24 of playing time. He tacked on one steal. Ball struggled from behind the arc, coming up empty on all five of his attempts.

Analysis: Ball's shot is still very much a work in progress, as he's hit just 34.8 percent of his field goal attempts and gone 5 of 17 on 3s through his first three NBA games. The sky's the limit once he improves that aspect, though, as the ballyhooed rookie has already shown his passing and rebounding skills are top notch. He's averaging 9.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists thus far.
10/23/2017 Brook Lopez, LAL, C
Brook Lopez scored seven points Sunday on 2-of-8 shooting as the Los Angeles Lakers fell to the New Orleans Pelicans 119-112. Lopez pulled down six rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of -9 in his 17:34 on the floor. He added two blocks and one steal. Lopez went 1 of 3 from behind the arc.
10/23/2017 Josh Hart, LAL, SG
Josh Hart scored five points Sunday on 2-of-3 shooting as the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the New Orleans Pelicans 119-112. Hart grabbed four rebounds and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +21 in his 14:38 on the floor. Hart went 1 of 2 from behind the arc.
10/23/2017 Larry Nance Jr., LAL, PF
Larry Nance Jr. scored six points Sunday, going 3 of 6 from the field, as the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the New Orleans Pelicans 119-112. Nance Jr. grabbed three rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of -10 in his 14:59 on the floor. He added one steal.
10/23/2017 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, LAL, SG
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points Sunday, going 7 of 11 from the field, as the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the New Orleans Pelicans 119-112. Caldwell-Pope grabbed two rebounds and added an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of -19 in his 30:55 on the floor. He added one block and two steals. Caldwell-Pope went 2 of 4 from 3-point range.

Analysis: KCP was quite sharp in his Lakers' debut, delayed by a two-game suspension for pleading guilty to a DUI back in the spring. The former Piston seems to have a real chance to surpass his previous career-high scoring average of 14.5 points per game, as he figures to be used fairly heavily on a Lakers team that really wants to push the pace.
10/23/2017 Jordan Clarkson, LAL, G
Jordan Clarkson scored 24 points Sunday, going 10 of 18 from the field, as the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the New Orleans Pelicans 119-112. Clarkson did not grab a rebound but had five assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +4 in his 25:32 of playing time. Clarkson went 3 of 6 from behind the arc.

Analysis: One of the game's top sixth men, Clarkson is off to a great start by averaging 19.7 points on a 51.1 percent shooting rate - including 7 of 14 on 3-pointers - through three games. He'll need to maintain a similar pace to become a fantasy fixture, though, as the fourth-year pro isn't special in any another category with the possible exception of steals.
10/22/2017 James Johnson, Mia, F
James Johnson scored 14 points Saturday, going 5 of 10 from the field, as the Miami Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers 112-108. Johnson pulled down four rebounds and dished out eight assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +3 in his 29:44 on the floor. He added five blocks. Johnson went 1 of 5 from 3-point range.

Analysis: With Hassan Whiteside out with a bruised knee, Johnson took over as Miami's defensive post presence by finishing one block shy of a single-game high. The versatile forward has grabbed eight rebounds in each of the Heat's first two games as well, though he'll need a few other injuries to become anything more than a complementary scorer.
10/22/2017 Goran Dragic, Mia, G
Goran Dragic scored 23 points Saturday, going 9 of 13 from the field, as the Miami Heat topped the Indiana Pacers 112-108. Dragic grabbed five rebounds and had three assists, tallying a plus-minus of -1 in his 32:09 of playing time. Dragic went 2 of 2 from 3-point range.

Analysis: After going 6 of 17 from the field in Wednesday's season opener, Dragic was on fire on a night the Heat needed him to be. The Slovenian averaged 20.3 points per game last season and figures to remain one of the league's better scoring point guards.
10/22/2017 Kelly Olynyk, Mia, F-C
Kelly Olynyk scored 13 points Saturday, going 5 of 10 from the field, as the Miami Heat topped the Indiana Pacers 112-108. Olynyk pulled down nine rebounds and had four assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -3 in his 27:19 of playing time. He added one block and two steals. Olynyk went 3 of 5 from 3-point range.

Analysis: The former Celtic is usually good for around 10 points and five rebounds as a bench option in Boston, and so far it's been mostly more of the same with a move to South Beach. He has delivered pretty solid all-around numbers through two games with the Heat, having tallied 23 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists.
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