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It has been an up-and-down season for many players with local ties. There have been plenty of injuries that caused players to miss significant time while others struggled to find consistent minutes.

There have also been some positives, as Delon Wright is finally back on the floor, Joel Bolomboy made the D-League all-star game and Damian Lillard is still a scoring machine.

Here is a look at how players with local ties have performed in the NBA and D-League recently.


David Foster, Utah, Los Angeles D-Fenders

Although his minutes have been limited, Foster has been a solid rim protector for the D-Fenders with at least one block in 12 of the last 13 games. One of his best games came in a 138-129 win over the Salt Lake Stars, when he recorded six points on 3 for 4 shooting from the field. He added three blocks and two rebounds in 12 minutes.

In 20 games, he is averaging 2.8 points on 49.1 percent shooting with 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 11 minutes.

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Jimmer Fredette returned to Shanghai in time to carry the Sharks to a massive 107-99 overtime win over the Shenzhen Leopards to square the best-of-5 series at one game apiece.

After a tough shooting night, Fredette got the magic going in the closing seconds of regulation as he split two defenders and got to the rim with 2.2 seconds left in regulation for the difficult lay-up to give the Sharks a 92-90 lead. Jeremy Pargo answered for the Leopards at the buzzer with the would be game winner with the off-balance shot from the 3-point line. Pargo sprinted down the floor and up the tunnel in celebration, but upon a lengthy review (we’re talking like 10 minutes where the refs looked at the monitor at the scorers table, the playback on one of the video cameras filming the game and even a cell phone or two), it was clear that his foot was on the line, making it a game tying shot.

Following the long delay, Pargo got the Leopards on the board first in the extra session with a step-back baseline jumper, but Zhang ZhaoXu answered with the 3-point play to give the Sharks the lead. After a defense stop, Fredette took over as he scored eight straight points to bring home the win. He started it out with a left-wing three off the dribble to push the Sharks’ lead to 98-94. He added another three from the right side just seconds later to give Shanghai a 7-point cushion.¬†After another defensive stop, he hit a running floater from just inside the foul line to extend the lead to 103-94 before the Sharks closed out the game at the foul line.

All told, Fredette finished the night with a game-high 39 points on 14 for 39 shooting from the floor, including 4 for 17 from beyond the arc and 7 for 8 from the foul line. He also contributed 10 rebounds, two assists and a steal in 44:04.

Guerschon Yabusele added 27 points on 10 for 17 shooting from the field, including 3 for 6 from distance with 10 rebounds and three assists. Liu XiaoYu also came up big in the win with 21 points – including four clutch free throws down the stretch – while adding nine rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Gu QuAn paced the Leopards in the tough loss with 23 points and seven rebounds, while Li Muhao managed 22 points on 9 for 13 shooting from the floor while grabbing 12 rebounds.

Pargo chipped in with 22 points on 9 for 22 shooting with seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals while Maciej Lampe recorded a double-double as he finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks.

The Sharks and the Leopards are back in Shanghai on Wednesday night for game 3.

Jimmer Fredette and the Shanghai Sharks got back in the win column and got a measure of revenge from an early season loss with a 104-87 win over the Beikong Fly Dragons on Friday.

Fredette led the way for Shanghai with 35 points on 13 for 31 shooting from the floor, including 4 for 12 from beyond the arc and 5 for 5 from the foul line. He added nine rebounds (four on the offensive end), and three assists in 35:45.

Guerschon Yabusele also had a big night for the Sharks as they improved to 30-7 on the season. He finished with 19 points on 6 for 10 shooting from the field and 5 for 7 from the free-throw line to go along with 10 rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and a pair of steals in 33:31.

Errick McCollum paced the Fly Dragons offensive attack with 36 points on 10 for 26 shooting from the floor and 15 for 17 from the foul line while chipping in with eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Esteban Batista added 15 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and two blocks as the Fly Dragons dropped to 9-28.

On the season, Fredette is averaging 36.3 points on 47.9 percent shooting from the floor, including 40.5 percent from 3-point range and 92.5 percent from the foul line. He also contributes 8.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.6 steals in 38.9 minutes.

Fredette and the Sharks have just one regular season game remaining – and it’s a big one – against the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. The Lions are 29-8 on the year and tied for third place in the CBA standings.

They are led by Courtney Fortson and Elijah Holman. Fortson is averaging 28.5 points on 47 percent shooting from inside the arc to go along with 8.4 assists, 7.1 rebounds and 2.6 steals in 38.9 minutes while Holman adds 17.5 points on 63 percent shooting from the floor and 77 percent from the foul line. He also manages 9.6 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steals in 27.2 minutes.