• 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.

Fantasy News

  • Milton Doyle
    G, Chicago Bulls

    Milton Doyle, formerly of the Nets and Spanish club UCAM Murcia, has agreed to a partially-guaranteed deal with the Bulls.

    Doyle played 10 games with the Nets in 2017-18. He's facing an uphill battle but will try to earn a roster spot in training camp.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Joakim Noah
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Joakim Noah plans to join workouts with the Clippers this week, per Shams Charania.

    Noah hasn't been in the news since he was up for consideration with the Lakers, but he would be a nice bench pickup for the Clippers. They could use a big-bodied center to crash and bang in certain matchups, and Noah would fit in as a strong defender. We'll see if anything comes of this week's workouts.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Carmelo Anthony
    PF, Free Agent

    As of right now, the Nets are "very unlikely" to sign Carmelo Anthony, according to a report from Shams Charania.

    Brooklyn is more likely to sign players that they have worked out recently, with Charania naming Lance Thomas and C.J. Williams as possibilities. At least more people can complain about Melo being unsigned now.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Chuma Okeke
    PF, Orlando Magic

    According to Shams Charania, the Magic plan to redshirt rookie Chuma Okeke, who is recovering from a torn left ACL.

    Earlier in the summer Magic POBO Jeff Weltman said that he believed Okeke could return this season, but there's no rush for him to get back on the court. The 16th overall pick will be able to focus on rehab this season, and he's off the board in all redraft formats.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Chris Paul
    PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Though the Thunder are prepared to open the season with Chris Paul as a "veteran star and leader," Shams Charania is reporting that the Heat have "a level of interest" in CP3.

    The Heat and Paul were said to have mutual interest back when CP3 was first traded to Oklahoma City but the teams couldn't work out a deal. It is now expected that Miami will play out the start of the season and see how things are going before they make a big play for Paul, as acquiring his three years and $124 million would require a trade of major contracts. A deal would certainly improve Paul's fantasy outlook but as it stands he figures to stay on the cusp of early-round production as long as he's on the court, even for a Thunder team that's looking to the future.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Antonio Blakeney
    SG, Chicago Bulls

    Antonio Blakeney has agreed to a deal with Jiangsu in the CBA.

    Blakeney was let go by the Bulls a couple weeks ago. A strong scorer at the G-League level, he should be able to drop some huge games in China. We'd expect to hear his name on the mid-season free agency market if all goes well overseas.

    Source: Sportando

  • Furkan Korkmaz
    SG, 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.

    Source: Sixers.com

  • Nikola Mirotic
    PF, 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.

    Source: Eurohoops

  • Bruce Brown
    SG, 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.

    Source: Pistons.com

  • Kevin Durant
    SF, 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