March 29, 2016, 12:44 am
What a Monday night for basketball. The Raptors failed to reach the 50 win mark after getting manhandled by Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Co. Also, for the first time in NBA history two D-league teams squared off against two NBA teams (or so it seemed) as San Antonio and Sacramento rested the majority of their stars against Memphis and Portland respectively. With 10 games on the Monday night slate, here’s your daily dish.
HEAT 110, NETS 99
The Heat won a game that they were fully expected to win. After a tight first half, Miami took full control of this game with a strong second half.
The Heat were led by the usual suspects of Dwayne Wade (14-of-19 for 30-2-9-2-2 with 4 turnovers) and Hassan Whiteside (12-of-16 for 27-8-1-1-1).
Goran Dragic (illness) sat this one out and Josh Richardson seemed like an intriguing DFS option. He did not disappoint. Richardson shot 6-of-9 for 16-5-3-2-1 in 38 minutes of action. With three games remaining in what may be Championship week for a lot of our readers, Josh Richardson makes for one of the sexier pick-ups as you claw your way to the top spot in your league.
The Nets on the other hand were simply playing for pride. However, along with the Bulls, they are the most intriguing team this week as they have five games scheduled for week 23.
The Nets were led by Brook Lopez who scored 26 points on 12-of-20 from the field. He also chipped in four rebounds but was tied for the team high in turnovers with four.
Thaddeus Young also chipped in with a solid line of 20-9-3-3-1 while shooting 10-of-12 from the field.
Lopez and Young are must starts whenever the Nets play, but keep a close eye on youngsters Hollis-Jefferson and Kilpatrick who may be thrust into action this week with four remaining games on their schedule.
THUNDER 119, RAPTORS 100
Russell “Triple Double” Westbrook was back at it again on Monday night, this time, taking his show North of the border. For the 16th time this season Westbrook went off for a triple double shooting 10-of-16 from the field, while rewarding his owners with a line of 26-11-12-1.
Not to be outdone, Kevin Durant chipped in 34 points of his own to go along with eight rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one block on 11-of-27 from the field.
On a night when Drake was on hand to possibly showcase the city of Toronto to Mr. Durant, Westbrook and CO. quickly took control of the game quieted the crowd.
For the Raptors, DeMar DeRozan led all scorers with 19 points to go along with two rebounds and five assists. Norman Powell also chipped in with a decent line of 18 points, four rebounds, two blocks on 7-of-13 shooting.
Kyle Lowry had an uncharacteristically quiet night scoring only 14 points on 4-of-14 shooting and it was revealed after the game that he had fluid drained from his elbow. This is definitely something to keep an eye on as coach Casey has not been shy about resting his key players over the last couple of weeks. If there is any concern to Lowry’s health the team will play it safe and Cory Joseph becomes an intriguing pick up with three games remaining this week.