March 30, 2017, 10:31 pm
It’s so late in the season that I can almost smell the playoffs. The real playoffs…not fantasy. Maybe that’s because I lost my matchup last week to essentially put an end to my fantasy season. In the event that you are having better luck than me, let’s take a look at last night’s games.
Nets (89) @ Pistons (90)
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was solid with 14 points, nine rebounds, one assist, one block. Brook Lopez was a bit off tonight with 11 points (4-for-17 FG), nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. Jeremy Lin had 14 points, five rebounds, four assists, one steal. Sean Kilpatrick led the Nets with 15 points in 23 minutes off the bench.
Ish Smith continues to start for the Pistons and posted 21 points, six rebounds, fix assists and one block. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal. Tobias Harris has been on a cold streak lately and that continued with eight points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block tonight. Andre Drummond posted one of his weirdest lines of the season with two points, 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks. The big man just didn’t feel like shooting tonight. It was Marcus Morris that picked up the scoring slack with 28 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks.
Lakers (104) @ Timberwolves (119)
The Lakers were led by Jordan Clarkson’s 18 points, seven assists, three rebounds and four 3-pointers. D’Angelo Russell contributed 14 points, six assists, three rebounds and three steals. Ivaca Zubac started but only played two minutes after suffering an ankle injury and might be out awhile. Julius Randle double-doubled with 12 points, 13 rebounds, one assist and one block. Tarick Black came off the bench for 15 points, nine rebounds and two blocks.
Ricky Rubio continues to thrive with 33 points, 10 assists, five rebounds, four 3-pointers and two steals. Karl-Anthony Towns added 32 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals, two 3-pointers and one block. Andrew Wiggins rounded out the trio with 27 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal. Gorgui Dieng continues to contribute in other ways with 11 points, 15 rebounds, six assists and three blocks.
Cavaliers (93) @ Bulls (99)
The Cavs are gonna catch some media heat with 3 losses in a row. They have fallen to the two seed and King James cannot be happy. He posted 26 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one block tonight. Kyrie Irving added 20 points, three assists, two rebounds and one steal. Tristan Thompson just missed a double-double with 15 points, nine rebounds and one steal. Kevin Love is still working his way back in to form with eight points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 21 minutes tonight.
The Bulls were led by Nikola Mirotic, who is hot right now, with 28 points, 10 rebounds, six 3-pointers, one assist and one block. Jimmy Butler added 25 points, six rebounds, fix assists, two 3-pointers and two steals. Robin Lopez double-doubled with 10 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and one block.
Clippers (124) @ Suns (118)
This high-scoring affair was closer than expected. Blake Griffin led with 31 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two 3-pointers and two steals. Chris Paul double-doubled with 29 points, 10 assists, five rebounds and one steal. Deandre Jordan added seven points, 17 rebounds, two assists and three blocks.
The Suns continue to focus on youth development with 33 points, nine assists, four 3-pointers, two rebounds and one steal from Devin Booker. Tyler Ulis double-doubled with 16 points, 13 assists, three rebounds and one steal. T.J. Warren also double-doubled with 14 points, 10 rebounds, one steal and one block. Marquesse Chriss continues to look good with 20 points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Rockets (107) @ Blazers (117)
James Harden looked great as usual with 30 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two 3-pointers and one steal. Eric Gordon started tonight and added 13 points, three 3-pointers and one assist. Trevor Ariza added 17 points, five rebounds, six steals and two assists. Patrick Beverley posted nine points, eight rebounds, three assists.
Damian Lillard is driven to make the playoffs with 31 points, 11 assists, four 3-pointers, four rebounds and two steals. Jusuf Nurkic continues to be nasty with 19 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and one steal. C.J. McCollum was off tonight with 12 points (4-for-15 FG), three assists and one rebound. Maurice Harkless added 17 points, six rebounds and two steals.