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Date Player
10/28/2016 Blake Griffin, LAC, F-C
Griffin opened the season with 27 points and 13 rebounds in Thursday's win in Portland.

Analysis: Griffin shot just 9 of 22 from the field, but he was 8 of 9 at the free-throw line and made a 3-pointer after hitting just six in 35 games last season. He also chipped in three steals Thursday.
10/28/2016 Chris Paul, LAC, PG
Paul opened the season with 27 points in Thursday's win at Portland.

Analysis: Paul had only five assists, half his average from last season, but did grab five rebounds. He hit three 3-pointers in eight attempts, about double his averages from last season.
10/28/2016 Jamal Crawford, LAC, G-F
Crawford had 15 points and four steals in Thursday's season-opening win at Portland but struggled from outside.

Analysis: He finished 3 of 12 from the field, including 1 of 6 on 3-pointers, but did hit all eight of his free throws.
10/28/2016 DeAndre Jordan, LAC, C
Jordan showed in Thursday's season opener that his free-throw shooting has gotten no better, going 2 of 10 at the foul line.

Analysis: Jordan, who shot 43.0 percent from the free-throw line last season, shot just 2 of 7 from the field Thursday and finished with six points. He had 12 rebounds and only one block after ranking second in the NBA in both categories last season at 13.8 and 2.3, respectively.
10/28/2016 Maurice Harkless, Por, SF
Harkless got the start again Thursday following a dreadful season opener and came through with 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting to go with eight rebounds.

Analysis: Harkless hardly played in the fourth quarter against Utah on Tuesday, when he went scoreless with one rebound and only two field-goal attempts in 22 minutes.
10/28/2016 Damian Lillard, Por, PG
Lillard scored a game-high 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Thursday's loss to the Clippers.

Analysis: Lillard was 11 of 24 from the field after missing only seven attempts in the season opener. He's committed four turnovers in both games.
10/28/2016 Evan Turner, Por, G-F
Turner was limited to four points on 2-of-8 shooting with six rebounds Thursday.

Analysis: The high-priced backup is off to a bad start with his new team, going 3 of 15 from the field for seven points through two games. He did have five assists in the opener but had only one on Thursday.
10/28/2016 Kawhi Leonard, SA, G-F
Leonard is the first player to put together back-to-back 30-point, five-steal games since Eddie Jones did it for Miami in December 2002.

Analysis: Leonard followed his 35-point season opener with 30 in Thursday's win at Sacramento to go with five assists. He's made all 22 of his free throws. About the only thing he hasn't done well is shoot from 3-point range, going 1 for 8.
10/28/2016 LaMarcus Aldridge, SA, F-C
Aldridge was limited to 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting Thursday in Portland and grabbed just five rebounds.

Analysis: Aldridge was coming off a 26-point, 13-rebound season opener. The 6-foot-11 star forward has yet to block a shot.
10/28/2016 Randy Foye, Bkn, G
Foye is dealing with a hamstring injury.

Analysis: After missing the opener, it was reported that Foye will not play Friday.
10/28/2016 Tony Parker, SA, PG
Parker missed all six of his field-goal attempts Thursday as he finished with just four points and two assists in 25 minutes.

Analysis: It appears the 34-year-old's decline will continue following a major step back last season. His minutes are only slightly down, but his 6.5 points and 3.0 assists per game are barely half his averages from last season.
10/28/2016 Pau Gasol, SA, F-C
Gasol had seven points, six rebounds and three turnovers Thursday.

Analysis: Gasol is off to a poor start with his new team despite being the Spurs' starting center, shooting a combined 4 of 11 from the field with nine points and 10 boards through two games. He averaged 16.5 points and 11.0 rebounds last season with Chicago.
10/28/2016 DeMarcus Cousins, Sac, F-C
Cousins racked up 37 points and 16 rebounds in Thursday's loss to the Spurs.

Analysis: Cousins avoided foul trouble after that played a role in him seeing the floor for less than 25 minutes in the season opener. He's attempted 16 free throws in both games, making 26 of 32.
10/28/2016 Arron Afflalo, Sac, G-F
Afflalo was 3 of 9 from the field as he was held to seven points Thursday despite playing nearly 36 minutes.

Analysis: Afflalo was one of Sacramento's top offseason acquisitions but is off to a rough start, averaging 7.5 points on 5-of-16 shooting
10/28/2016 Dirk Nowitzki, Dal, F-C
Nowitzki missed Friday morning's shootaround with an illness.

Analysis: The Mavericks are hopeful that the aging star will be able to play Friday night's home opener against the Rockets.
10/27/2016 Jordan Clarkson, LAL, G
Clarkson came off the bench to score 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter as the Lakers held off the Rockets 120-114 in Wednesday night's season opener.

Analysis: Clarkson agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal to return to Los Angeles in the offseason. He started 79 games last season and averaged 15.5 points.
10/27/2016 D'Angelo Russell, LAL, PG
Russell scored 20 points in Wednesday's season opener.

Analysis: It could be the beginning of a breakout second season for Russell, the second overall pick in 2015 who averaged 13.2 points in 80 games - 48 starts - in 2015-16.
10/27/2016 Julius Randle, LAL, PF
Randle had 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists in Wednesday's season opener.

Analysis: The 2014 first-round pick averaged 11.3 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 81 games - 60 starts - last season.
10/27/2016 Brandon Ingram, LAL, SF
Ingram, the second overall pick in June, had nine points on 4-of-6 shooting and grabbed three rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench in his NBA debut Wednesday.

Analysis: The 6-foot-9 Ingram spent one season at Duke, averaging 17.3 points and 6.8 rebounds as an immediate star for the Blue Devils. Pro scouts were tantalized by his 41 percent shooting on 3-pointers, and his lanky frame only heightened the comparisons to Kevin Durant.
10/27/2016 James Harden, Hou, G
Harden had 34 points, a career-high 17 assists and eight rebounds in Wednesday's season opener.

Analysis: Harden could have more of these kinds of lines as coach Mike D'Antoni said he'll be used more at point guard this season.
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