It's been a few weeks since we've checked in on news and notes around the NBA. As we power through Week 13, every team – if it hasn't already – will cross the halfway point of the season. Mid-January can be a monotonous portion of the NBA calendar, but the All-Star break, as well as the trade deadline, loom in the not-so-distant future.
Let's take a look at some of the top fantasy storylines around the league in Week 13:
The Brooklyn Nets got Kyrie Irving back from injury Sunday against Atlanta, marking the star guard's first appearance in nearly two full months. Irving's shoulder injury dragged on and on without much of an update, but he looked crisp in his return, scoring 21 points on 10-of-11 shooting in just 20 minutes of action as the Nets cruised to a 22-point victory.
Obviously, Irving's return is huge for a team that gradually slid down to the No. 8 spot in the East, but the Nets still have a nice, 5.5-game cushion between themselves and the Hornets at No. 9. For fantasy owners, Irving's return couldn't come soon enough. On a per-game basis, Irving has been a top-five value in some formats this season. The problem, of course, is that he's only played in 12 games.
While one star is back in action, the Timberwolves are still waiting on the return of Karl-Anthony Towns, who's now missed more than a month with a rather mysterious knee issue. Minnesota has been