March 25, 2016, 9:29 am
From buzzer-beaters to birthday boys to one-man shows, there was a lot the NBA schedule had to offer on this five-game slate for Thursday night. In case you weren’t able to catch the action, HoopBall has you covered with the Daily Dish.
Pelicans 84, Pacers 92
Decimated by injuries the Pelicans received more bad news on Thursday afternoon when they got word that Jrue Holiday would be missing the night’s game due to blisters on his foot. With a starting lineup of Toney Douglas, Alonzo Gee, Dante Cunningham, Alexis Ajinca, and Omer Asik, the Pelicans surprisingly hung around but the Pacers were too much for them to handle in this one.
In 37 minutes played, Ajinca had 22 points and nine rebounds in this one and rewarded any fantasy managers who took the risk on him when both Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson went down. Not to take anything away from Ajinca but the star in this game was the birthday boy Myles Turner as he had a career game scoring 24 points to go along with 16 rebounds and three blocks for the Pacers. Turner carried the Pacers to a big win on Thursday night which put them half a game ahead of the Pistons for the seventh playoff spot and two games ahead of the Bulls who are on the outside looking in.
The only negative to the otherwise important win for the Pacers was that Paul George went down in the third quarter with a leg injury. George is listed as day-to-day and if he does happen to miss any time, look for C.J. Miles to benefit from a fantasy perspective as he finished tonight with 19 points on 7-14 shooting with three made 3-point shots in place of George.
Notable mentions: Tim Frazier scored a career-high 18 points for the Pelicans in this one
to go along with five rebounds and five assists. Look for Tim to continue to put up solid lines as long as he is getting upwards of twenty minutes of playing time a night. Asik had another double-digit rebounding night but hasn’t been providing much else outside of rebounding and points even with the extra playing time.
Cavs 95, Nets 104
LeBron James was a one-man wrecking crew on Thursday night, but it wasn’t enough to top the lowly Nets as he got no help from his teammates. LeBron carried the Cavs into the fourth quarter with a three point lead but the Nets outscored the Cavs 24-12 in the quarter. James scored 30 points on 13-of-14 shooting in the first three quarters but couldn’t hit a shot in the 4th and finished with 30 points on 13-of-16 shooting with six boards, five assists and one steal.
Kevin Love managed a double-double but missed all five of his 3-point attempts. Kyrie Irving had an awful game as he shot 6-of-22 from the field, 1-of-8 from three and finished with 13 points, five rebounds and four assists. Overall, this was just a poor game for Cleveland as they allowed the Raptors to get to within two games of first place in the Eastern Conference. Look for Cleveland to bounce back from this loss in their game on Saturday against the Knicks.
For the Nets, Brook Lopez continued to deliver as he has all season long. Lopez finished with 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting to go along with seven rebounds, five assists, and one steal. Another notable Nets player in this one was Shane Larkin who made his way back into the starting lineup and finished with 16 points and seven assists. If you are looking for a guard who is a good source of points and assists look no further than Larkin who has an upcoming five-game week for the fantasy playoffs.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson played well last night in just his second game back from an extended absence due to an ankle injury. RHJ finished with 10 points, seven rebounds, two assists and three steals in just under 17 minutes of action. He too is a sneaky pickup in advance of the upcoming five-game week for owners looking for a cheap source of rebounds and steals.