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.
September 22, 2019, 9:20 pmFurkan KorkmazSG, Philadelphia Sixers
After an injury-plagued sophomore campaign for the Sixers, Furkan Korkmaz knows this season will be crucial for his future and he is hoping to make big strides this year.
The one thing Korkmaz has going for him is his shooting ability and that is something the Sixers could surely utilize on this roster. It did not click last season, but Korkmaz will get another chance to prove his worth at some point this season. Still, it is hard to picture him coming out of the gate with a big role on opening night.
September 22, 2019, 9:08 pmNikola MiroticPF, Milwaukee Bucks
On Sunday, Nikola Mirotic dropped 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting for Barcelona.
Mirotic's opening appearance for his new EuroLeague club, Barcelona, resulted in a victory, and he did not have to work too hard for most of his buckets at the Supercopa Endesa versus Valencia. Mirotic should find quick success during his return to European basketball, but NBA fantasy players will surely be missing his presence stateside.
September 22, 2019, 8:56 pmBruce BrownSG, Detroit Pistons
Coach Dwane Casey spoke highly of Bruce Brown’s defensive play, calling him an ‘elite defender.’
Brown remains in contention for a starting spot with the Pistons, but he is not a high-usage player, and the Pistons have stocked up with offensive threats such as Derrick Rose and the immortal Joe Johnson. It will be tough for Brown to rack up enough touches or minutes this season.
September 22, 2019, 8:41 pmKevin DurantSF, Brooklyn Nets
There is some optimism in league circles about Kevin Durant's (Achilles) chances of playing this season, according to Brian Lewis of the New York Post.
Looking back on Durant's decision to return during the Finals, the Nets may want to exude caution when considering KD's return to action. However, Durant is pursuing his rehab with a sense of purpose, and it would be great to see him get back on the court this season. We'll keep you posted when a real timeline on Durant's rehab emerges. This news does not make him a target on draft day for standard leagues.
Source: New York Post
September 22, 2019, 10:40 amLarry Nance Jr.PF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Larry Nance Jr. is the presumed favorite to start at PF heading into training camp according to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com.
Fedor went on to speculate that Nance Jr. could see a lot of time at the four while Kevin Love starts at center and Tristan Thompson and John Henson compete for back up minutes behind those two. Any uptick in playing time would be a huge boost to the per-minute dynamo that Nance Jr is, and a starting role with a new coaching staff bodes well for that. He's trending in the right direction.
September 21, 2019, 9:45 pmKevin KnoxSF, New York Knicks
Coach Fizdale told the Knicks players that no starters have been determined and players had to earn their minutes.
Kevin Knox will battle with veteran Marcus Morris for the starting small forward spot. Knox has been working on getting his body stronger to be able to take on more contact on drives to the basket. Last season as a rookie, he averaged 12.8 points on a putrid 37 percent from the field. Knox will look to get more looks closer to the basket and increase his field goal percentage to more respectable levels. Knox provided little else outside of points and rebounds last season and will need to improve his shooting and defense to be considered a standard-league player.
Source: New York Post
September 21, 2019, 5:13 pmBol BolC, Denver Nuggets
According to Nick Kosmider of The Athletic, Bol Bol could spend his entire rookie season in the G-League.
Bol Bol was not drafted to be an immediate impact player, but just fell too late fore the Nuggets liking. The 44th overall pick needs to bulk up and show that he could take the bumps and bruises before having his chance on the big stage.
Source: Nick Kosmider of The Athletic
September 21, 2019, 9:21 amKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
After speaking with Doc Rivers and Lawrence Frank, Dan Woike's takeaway is that Kawhi Leonard's "load management" will not be as strict as it was last year.
It was reported in July that Kawhi said he wants to play all next season fully and approach load management on a game-to-game basis so this is further confirmation that he will most likely play more than the 60 games he played last year but surely won't play all 82 either. Kurt Helin of NBC Sports speculates that this could be for several reasons. One could be that Leonard can take on more now that he is a little healthier while he believes the Clippers might also limit his per-game minutes to help him play more games. The other idea is that because the Western Conference is so deep, the Clippers will not be able to get a good seed if Leonard sits too many games. Fantasy wise, Leonard finished last season seventh in per game value but 18th in total value since he played only 60 games. Near the top of the second round would be a great place to snag him if he plays around 70 games this season.
Source: Dan Woike on Twitter
September 21, 2019, 8:31 amMalik BeasleySG, Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets want to extend Malik Beasley and Juan Hernagomez before the October 21 deadline.
The Nuggets already locked up one of their 2016 first-round picks (Jamal Murray) to a long-term deal and now want to do the same with their other two 2016 first-round picks, Hernangomez and Beasley. If not, the two will likely become restricted free-agents at the end of the season. Both players saw stretches of big minutes last season due to injuries but at full health, Beasley was around 20 minutes per game while Hernangomez was at around 10. Fantasy wise, neither player puts up big defensive stats but Beasley is a very efficient shooter with low turnovers, knocking down 2.0 triples per game last year, putting him near top-150 value at only 23.2 minutes per game. Hernangomez is a decent rebounder and knocked down 0.9 triples per game but he would need closer to 30 minutes per game to be a factor in standard leagues.
Source: Denver Post
September 20, 2019, 8:49 pmOG AnunobySF, Toronto Raptors
Coach Nick Nurse intends to put OG Anunoby "back out there in a primary role."
With Kawhi Leonard vacating the starting small forward spot, Anunoby is the leading candidate to take the role. Before the arrival of Leonard, Anunoby started 62 games in his rookie season. Last season he started 6 out of 67 games, and missed the entire playoffs due to an emergency appendectomy. He averaged 7.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks over 20.2 minutes per game, while shooting 45.3 percent from the floor, 33.2 percent from 3-point range and 58.1 percent from the free-throw line. He can be picked up as a late round flier in drafts.
Source: The Athletic