December 15, 2017, 5:29 am
There were a lot of big lines in fantasy on Thursday night. One of them, belonged to his highness, the King, LeBron James. Not to be outdone, Kevin Durant and Andre Drummond dropped some impressive stats of their own as well. Amid all of that big-named value, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson dropped a career-high 25 points with a sick line of his own. In the end, a very favorable matchup against the Kings paved the way for Karl-Anthony Towns deliver fantasy’s line of the night.
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A Unicorn Hurts His Knee
Kristaps Porzingis is dealing with a sore left knee and it forced him to miss most of Thursday night’s game against the Nets. KP is questionable for Saturday but his injury status has him with a day-to-day tag. If Porzingis should miss any games, look to Kyle O’Quinn and Michael Beasley to deliver some deep-league value.
Even though the Knicks took this one down 111-104 against the Nets, fantasy eyes turned to Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and his career night. RHJ exploded for 25 points, seven boards, four steals and two blocks. His teammate, Spencer Dinwiddie jumped in with the festivities and dropped a 26-7-7 night of his own.
To the Beat of a Drummond
Andre Drummond dominated the Hawks in the paint with his 19 boards, that also came with 12 points eight dimes, two steals and two blocks. But we expect that from a guy like Drummond. He made our collective jaws drop when he made all four of his free throws though. Props go to the big man for all the hard work he’s put into improving from the line. His efforts have been paying off for his owners this season.
He was not the only big man to put a smile on fantasy owners’ faces. Hawks’ John Collins made his return and dropped 15 points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block in 20 minutes off the bench. Both Taurean Prince and Dennis Schroder had off nights and that’s why the Hawks were not as competitive in this one as the Hawks fell to the Pistons 91-105.
It’s Good to Be King
LeBron James and Kevin Love dismantled the Lakers 121-112. James recorded a trip-dub with 25 points, 12 boards and 12 assists. Love scored 28 points and pulled down 11 rebounds with a full stat line. Jose Calderon played like it was 2007 and caught fire from downtown (5-of-8), which led to his 17-point, 6-assist performance. It was a nice game, but too soon to call out or a grab on Calderon.
Dwyane Wade came back from one of his usual injuries and scored 10 points in 23 minutes off the bench.
Brandon Ingram wowed us 26 points, six boards and six dimes. Lonzo Ball had an 8-cat special with 13 points, eight rebounds, 11 rebounds, two steals and six turnovers. Kyle Kuzma won the Laker PF lottery for the day and scored 20 points in 31 minutes off the bench.
It’s Even Better to Play the Kings
The Timberwolves steamrolled over the Kings 119-96. Karl-Anthony Towns had the best performance in fantasy on Thursday with 30 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, two treys, a steal and five blocks. Jimmy Butler also fared well with 21 points, seven rebounds, nine dimes, two steals and two blocks of his own. That was sick. The Kings were outmatched and outclassed. Old men George Hill and Zach Randolph were their best performers, which speaks volumes, of sad stories, tragedies, of how awful the Kings are this season. Shame. Hopefully, this rebuilding project of theirs comes to fruition in the next 2-3 years.
Bell Cosplays as Draymond Green
Jordan Bell started and had a Draymond-esque line with eight points, six rebounds, eight assists and two steals. Too bad we won’t see more of this from Bell when Green returns. He’s a nice project to watch as he develops his game.
Speaking of developed games, the Warriors topped the Mavericks 112-97 largely thanks to the 36-point, 11-rebound game of Kevin Durant. He’s been great while the Dubs wait on Stephen Curry and his injured ankle. Klay Thompson had himself an efficient 25-point game and Omri Casspi came out of nowhere and dropped his own double-double with 17 points and 11 boards.
Dirk Nowitzki did his best to keep the Mavs in this one with 18 points and nine rebounds, Sadly, there’s only so far Nowitzki’s best can take teams this 2017-18. Harrison Barnes was ”meh” 16 points and Wesley Matthews struggled with his shot, connecting on just 25 percent of his attempts from the field.
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