March 16, 2016, 3:00 am
Tuesday featured a mild six-game slate in NBA action, but there was nothing mild about Bojan Bogdanovic matching his jersey number for 44 points. The Croatian sensation caused quite a stir around the Twitterverse on Tuesday night. Bed, Bath & Biyombo was open for business again in back-to-back nights and he is a fun one to follow this week. Meanwhile, Giannis Antetokounmpo was on triple-double watch again but Jason Kidd couldn’t possibly want Alphabet to eventually catch him in triple-doubles someday. More on that below. Fortunately, there was only one significant injury tonight as Kenneth Faried (back) did not return. It’s Darrell Arthur’s time to shine. Let’s take a look at Tuesday’s Daily Dish:
Magic 116, Nuggets 110
The Magic were down Nikola Vucevic (groin) and Elfrid Payton (elbow) tonight, but they weren’t needed in a Magic win. This makes five-straight games for Vucevic sitting out, and with the Magic playing for next season, the Magic don’t have much incentive to rush him back. If you are in a head-to-head playoffs league, I’d cut him if he’s pronounced out again vs. the Hornets on Wednesday. Payton is starting a streak of his own on the injury front, missing his third straight. Give him a much shorter leash than Vooch. Don’t hesitate to move on.
Jason Smith did his best Vooch impersonation with his first double-double of the season on Tuesday in 28 minutes off of the bench, shooting 10-of-15 for a season-high 25 points and 13 rebounds. Don’t expect outbursts such as this one, but as long as Vooch is out, keep trusting Smith. Evan Fournier also had some fireworks of his own in this one, tying a career-high 30 points on 11-of-19 from the field with five threes, three assists, three rebounds, one steal and three turnovers. For owners who were patient through Fournier’s tough stretch last month, reap your rewards.
With Payton out and C.J. Watson (illness) under the weather tonight, Brandon Jennings (Achilles) returned and got the start at point guard. Jennings did made the most of his opportunity with a double-double in 27 minutes, shooting 3-for-7 for 12 points with one three ball, 11 assists, three rebounds, one steal and one turnover. He isn’t usually this efficient, but if you are in need of a cheap point guard at this time of the season, he can be worth a flier. Beware of Skiles, though.
Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon were up to their usual tricks, performing on par with expectations for owners on Tuesday. They have a nice 4-4-4 schedule in these three weeks. Dewayne Dedmon earned a start at center, but he put up a dud. Jason Smith is the player you want with Vooch sitting. Ersan Ilyasova (leg) was available tonight and did see 21 minutes, but he didn’t produce much. Since he came to Orlando, he has tailed off significantly in value. Super Mario Hezonja also saw an unproductive run off of the bench. Neither Ersan nor Mario are worth owning.
Starting for the Nuggets doesn’t mean much these days, as the bench saw similar minutes as the starters. That might be partially due to the injury of Kenneth Faried in this game, as the Manimal tweaked his back and did not return. This comes off of a perfect 11-for-11 game in his last outing. If Faried misses an extended amount of time, Darrell Arthur is the your add. Arthur played 28 minutes for 13 points, one three, four rebounds, two assists and one steal. Stay tuned for updates on Faried as we find out more.
D.J. Augustin had a very useful night with three steals, dropping 12 points, eight assists, and four rebounds to supplement. He is posting mid-round value over the last two weeks and benefits from the Nuggets’ 4-4-4 schedule during Weeks 21-23. Sign me up. Emmanuel Mudiay saw less minutes than Augustin, but still kept his effectiveness with 14 points, two threes, four assists and two rebounds. Keep using the rookie.
Nikola Jokic was up to his usual ways, going for 14 points, six rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and 3-for-3 from the line. Jokic is posting fourth-round value over the last two weeks in a modest 27 minutes per game. Not to mention, Jokic is an asset from the free throw line at nearly 87 percent on close to four attempts per game. Gary Harris continues to lead the Nuggets in minutes each night and has risen to a superb fourth round value as well. Be glad you have him. Meanwhile, Will Barton picked up his shooting efficiency for the first time in a while with a 5-for-8 game and scored 15 points with four rebounds in 32 minutes off of the bench. Hold on to Barton a bit longer.
Joffrey Lauvergne also saw significant minutes in 23 minutes off of the bench for 12 points and eight rebounds. He is clearly ahead of Jusuf Nurkic right now. King Joffrey still isn’t a recommended pickup unless you are in a deeper league and need desperate big man stats.
Pacers 103, Celtics 98
The Pacers are 26-5 when they hold their opponents under 100 points this season. They made sure to halt the Celtics just shy tonight. Paul George was a big reason, as he bounced back from a 3-for-15 night on Sunday to provide a full line tonight with 25 points, two treys, seven boards, four assists, four steals and one block. I’m sure owners weren’t panicking after Sunday’s game and they sure aren’t now.
Monta Ellis continued to roll as well with 16 points, two threes, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals. Ellis flies under the radar in fantasy basketball, putting up top-50 numbers since the all-star break. He has also quietly recorded a steal in 33 out of his last 34 games. I wouldn’t want to be on a subway cart with Ellis because he will pick your pocket.
George Hill (sore toe) was a game-time decision and ended up drawing the start on Tuesday. He must still be feeling “uncomfortable” as Hill put it after Sunday’s loss, as he shot 2-of-9 for 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and one block on Tuesday. He has struggled to shoot the ball lately, but at least he is fighting to play for his owners. Hill missed two uncharacteristic free throws late in the game, but recovered on the next possession to knock down his next two. His soreness doesn’t look to be going away anytime soon, so watch his status closely each game night.
The Pacers front court shared the wealth on Tuesday. Lavoy Allen and Jordan Hill played more minutes than Ian Mahinmi and Myles Turner, but that won’t be a trend moving forward. Pacer coach Frank Vogel was likely trying to keep his bigs fresh tonight. Mahinmi was the best of the bunch, shooting 5-for-10 for 13 points and six rebounds in his 24 minutes. Jordan Hill did come out and score 15 points for owners, but he didn’t do much else. Mahinmi and Myles Turner are the big men to own for the Pacers.
With Jae Crowder (right ankle sprain) missing his first of many games, everyone in the fantasy community was interested to see how the Celtics would come out tonight. They elected to start Marcus Smart to keep defensive intensity, and it didn’t work much as Paul George had his way. Smart played 32 minutes, but he had a very average line by his standards, shooting 4-for-12 for 12 points, four rebounds, two points and one steal. With a high volume of minutes, Smart is worth owning in standard leagues for his defensive stats.
Evan Turner, who was the best guess to replace Crowder in the starting lineup, disappointed with just six points, five rebounds and five assists tonight in 27 minutes. You can still trust him despite Tuesday’s effort. Jonas Jerebko also saw a lot of action at forward in 26 minutes, shooting 7-for-12 for 17 points, two threes, threes rebounds and two assists. Put Jerebko on your watch list in deep leagues.
Isaiah Thomas continued to roll with his second-round value, scoring 21 points with eight assists, six rebounds, two steals and one block to go along with an 8-for-8 night at the line. Jared Sullinger double-doubled in 30 minutes, going for a 15/11 line with three assists and two steals. Amir Johnson also posted cheap big man stats with eight points and nine rebounds, but he isn’t on the radar in standard leagues. Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) almost gave it a go tonight, so watch his status closely in the coming days. He will likely be limited in his return, but he could get to fantasy relevance pretty quickly.
September 14, 2019, 7:27 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
In a recent fan question session Bucks' GM Jon Horst hinted towards signing Giannis Antetokounmpo to a supermax extension when eligible.
Horst mentioned that he cannot technically discuss an extension until he is eligible, but said Antetokounmpo will be a Buck for a long time. The Greek Freak will be eligible next summer and is all but sure to get a supermax extension.
Source: Fox Sports Wisconsin on Twitter
September 14, 2019, 2:53 pmTacko FallC, Boston Celtics
Tacko Fall (mild knee sprain) is expected to miss one week after a collision in workouts.
With training camp two weeks away, Fall should be ready to roll by then. He is currently on an Exhibit 10 contract, battling for the final roster spot with Javonte Green (partially guaranteed) and Kaiser Gates (Exhibit 10). Fall is an intriguing talent at 7'7" but is not expected to be fantasy relevant in his first season even if he does make the team with the Celtics already carrying four center eligible players on guaranteed contracts.
Source: Jared Weiss on Twitter
September 14, 2019, 12:14 pmNicolas BatumSG, Charlotte Hornets
According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, Nicolas Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist have been informed that, "The agenda is youth and development."
The article adds that both players will have a chance to compete for minutes but the Hornets' top priority will be to develop their younger players which bodes well for Dwayne Bacon, Miles Bridges, Devonte Graham, P.J. Washington and Willy Hernangomez. Miles was already putting up near top-100 value to close the season at around 25 minutes per game while the rest of the players could all produce fantasy value if given the minutes so they should at least be put on the watch list to see how the preseason plays out.
Source: Charlotte Observer
September 14, 2019, 10:26 amBogdan BogdanovicSG, Sacramento Kings
Bogdan Bogdanovic finished with 32 points on 10-of-17 shooting and drained seven triples as Serbia topped Czech Republic 90-81 to finish in 5th place.
Bogdanovic also added four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block and was certainly one of the most impressive players in the tournament. Although he has the talent to be a successful full-time starter, the 27-year old will likely be relegated to a similar 25-27 minute, off-the-bench role he played last season with Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes and newly added Trevor Ariza also on the wings. Nikola Jokic also did his usual thing this game with seven points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. Boban Marjanovic and Nemanja Bejlica were not really involved in this one, playing only two and eight minutes, respectively.
September 14, 2019, 7:40 amDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell scored 16 points with 10 assists as US beat Poland 87-74 on Saturday to finish seventh place in the tournament.
Mitchell was an efficient 5-of-6 from the field and 4-of-4 from downtown but the bigger story of course was USA's disappointing showing as this was only the second time that they finished outside the top-3 in the FIBA World Cup since 1978. Kemba Walker (neck), Jayson Tatum (ankle) and Marcus Smart (hand/quad/calf) all sat out the final game as they now have two weeks to rest before the start of training camp.
September 13, 2019, 12:54 pmEvan FournierSF, Orlando Magic
Evan Fournier scored 16 points to lead France in their semifinal loss to Argentina by the score of 80-66.
This was a really poor showing all around in an elimination game by the French team. Fournier scored an inefficient 16 and was joined by Frank Ntilikina's 16 as two of just three French players in double figures.
September 13, 2019, 12:51 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert was invisible in France's loss to Argentina in the semifinals of the FIBA World Cup, scoring just three points and pulling down 11 rebounds in 29 minutes.
This just wasn't enough from Gobert, who couldn't impose his will against a weaker Argentina squad on paper. Joining him in the "forgot there was a game" club was Nicolas Batum, who consistently finds a way to do nothing in heavy minutes. Batum's line in this one was a paltry three points (1-of-6 shooting), five boards, one assist and a block.
September 13, 2019, 12:42 pmPatty MillsPG, San Antonio Spurs
Patty Mills was the star for Australia, scoring 34 points and hitting four triples against Spain, but Australia fell in double overtime 95-88.
Mills did as much as he could but he just didn't get enough help from his supporting cast. Joe Ingles couldn't find the basket and only had four points (to go along with 10 rebounds and seven assists). With that off night of shooting from Ingles, the Aussies needed someone like Matthew Dellavedova (six points) or Aron Baynes (six points) to step up.
September 13, 2019, 12:39 pmRicky RubioPG, Phoenix Suns
Ricky Rubio approached a triple-double in the semi-final win over Australia with 19 points, seven boards and 12 assists in 38 minutes.
It was another big line for Rubio in the semis, who has been a stalwart for this Spanish run to the finals. He was inefficient from the field (6-of-19) but ran the offense well and should be a factor again in the final game.
September 13, 2019, 12:35 pmMarc GasolC, Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol carried Spain to the FIBA World Cup Final in a double-OT win over Australia, finishing with 33 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Gasol had a great outing to lift Spain here and they should have a great shot at winning the title against Argentina. We'll see how this high workload summer affects him going into the new season.