February 16, 2018, 3:21 am
‘Twas the night before All-Star Break and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…
That’s what you’d think to expect given a light, two-game slate. Well, think again. What was stirred up last night, you ask? The NBA history books. How? Well, Nikola Jokic recorded the fastest triple-double in the past 20 years (14 minutes and 33 seconds). Yup, in the that’s just in the first half. But he didn’t stop there. After was said and done, and shot, and passed, and rebounded, Jokic finished the game with 30 points, 15 rebounds and 17 assists. Just a reminder that our friendly neighborhood Joker loves to finish seasons strong. This performance could just be the tip of the iceberg. You’ve been warned.
Jokic’s historic night helped propel the Nuggets to a 134-123 win over the Bucks. The Nugs were on fire from downtown, shooting 24-of-40 shots from long range. Jamal Murray hit five threes en route to his 26 points, while Gary Harris did “Gary Harris things” 28 points and five triples of his own. Even Wilson Chandler decided to stuff the stat sheet with a low-end line.
Giannis Antetokounmpo did his best to lift the Bucks with a 36/11/13 triple-double of his own. While Eric Bledsoe was solid with 27 points, eight dimes and five steals. Their heroics fell short as the Nuggets simply outgunned them all night long.
The other game on tap was not as statistically exciting nor all around impressive. The Lakers collapsed in the fourth quarter, allowing the Timberwolves to sneak by with a 119-111 win. The surprise of the night came from Ivica Zubac, who came out of nowhere to drop 19 points and 11 boards off the bench. What? Yeah. Add him? Nah. (at least not yet).
Julius Randle continues to play well in the post-trade-deadline era 23 points, nine rebounds, two steals and a block. Isaiah Thomas, on the other, has not been playing too well since landing in L.A., kind of like Brook Lopez. Unlike Lopez, Thomas might recover from his seven-point game on 20 percent shooting from the field. Thomas is a buy-low, while Lopez looks like he’s doomed to just suck for the rest of the season. With Thomas still unable to poach backcourt minutes, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope delivered an uncharacteristic double-double with 17 points, 11 boards and six assists.
Speaking of uncharacteristic performances, Taj Gibson, yes Taj Gibson, led the Timberwolves in scoring with 28 points and seven rebounds. Karl-Anthony Towns played clean-up duty on the glass with 19 boards and 10 points.
Andrew Wiggins is on a suck streak with back-to-back terrible outings, while Jimmy Butler did his thing. Jeff Teague has been playing well lately, recording a second straight game where he scored 20 points or more.
That’s it folks! The NBA pre-ASB cutoff is here. Hopefully, a lot of our injured stars will get to make their returns after the ASB. See you all on the other side…
September 20, 2019, 8:49 pmOG AnunobySF, Toronto Raptors
Coach Nick Nurse intends to put OG Anunoby "back out there in a primary role."
With Kawhi Leonard vacating the starting small forward spot, Anunoby is the leading candidate to take the role. Before the arrival of Leonard, Anunoby started 62 games in his rookie season. Last season he started 6 out of 67 games, and missed the entire playoffs due to an emergency appendectomy. He averaged 7.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks over 20.2 minutes per game, while shooting 45.3 percent from the floor, 33.2 percent from 3-point range and 58.1 percent from the free-throw line. He can be picked up as a late round flier in drafts.
Source: The Athletic
September 20, 2019, 4:03 pmDaryl MaconPG, Miami Heat
The Heat have signed Daryl Macon.
Macon getting picked up by another NBA squad after a solid Summer League campaign is not a shocker. If he were to crack the rotation he would post a nice assist rate, but it is unlikely Macon will be getting playing time unless something goes terribly wrong for the Heat this season.
September 20, 2019, 1:10 pmTahjere McCallF, Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks signed Tahjere McCall from their Summer League team.
This is just a depth signing for the Hawks. He shouldn't see much court time on the NBA floor if he makes the main roster out of camp
Source: Kevin Chouinard on Twitter
September 20, 2019, 11:58 amThabo SefoloshaSF, Houston Rockets
Marc Stein is reporting that the Rockets will sign Thabo Sefolosha.
Sefolosha was among the names at a recent mini camp, and he should make for a nice fit as a defensive stopper off the bench. The Rockets have a pretty thin group of reserves so we'd expect Sefolosha to be a regular rotation player, which puts him on the board as a steals specialist in deep leagues.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
September 19, 2019, 3:22 pmTyler ZellerC, Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets have signed C Tyler Zeller to the training camp roster on Thursday.
Zeller played all of six games last season with the Hawks and Grizzlies. Zeller will try to latch on as a third-string C for the Nuggets' deep frontcourt. Zeller is off the fantasy radar.
Source: Chris Dempsey on Twitter
September 19, 2019, 3:03 pmLuke KennardSG, Detroit Pistons
Coach Dwane Casey said that he is not sure if he will start Luke Kennard or have him run a lot of the second-team offense.
In addition, Casey mentioned that Kennard dealt with some knee tendinitis earlier this summer. Kennard is likely competing with Bruce Brown Jr. for the starting two-guard spot. We'll see how the rotation starts to shape in the preseason, but both players will get minutes either way.
September 19, 2019, 2:53 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Coach Dwane Casey revealed that although the team's training staff is easing him into things, Blake Griffin (knee) is back on the court and playing.
Coach Casey added that the team expects Griffin to be at 100% with "no lingering effects." It looks like Griffin is progressing nicely in his return and should be all systems go for the start of the season. With Griffin's extensive injury history, the team may manage him more this year. Coming off a career year, he's expected to be an early middle-round selection.
September 19, 2019, 2:44 pmVictor OladipoSG, Indiana Pacers
Coach Nate McMillan said that Victor Oladipo (knee) probably wouldn't play on opening night.
Videos have surfaced this summer of Oladipo doing on-court work, and by all accounts, he is progressing well. Coach McMillan said that Oladipo isn't playing live yet and it would seem he still has hurdles to climb. Even when Oladipo does return, he will likely be facing minute restrictions and frequent days off, at least initially. Jeremy Lamb figures to be the biggest beneficiary of Oladipo's absence.
September 18, 2019, 10:18 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
In an interview Wednesday, Magic head coach Steve Clifford said he could see Nikola Vucevic improving across all areas of his game, and echoing his player's belief that he is in his prime.
One of the areas Clifford thought Vucevic could improve upon was his 3-point shooting percentage, and also seemed to indicate that he could contonue to up his play on defense. He's unquestionably solidified himself as the anchor of this team, and the Magic as a whole are likely eyeing to improve upon their momentum as a rising young playoff team in an Eastern Conference that looks pretty weak after the top four to five teams. Expect Vucevic to produce safe second-round value this season.
September 18, 2019, 9:18 pmDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Suns General Manager James Jones said in a recent interview that Deandre Ayton is capable of playing PF if needed.
One could chalk this up to either Ayton continuing his development in becoming a more dynamic offensive player, or the Suns covering up for the lack of depth on their roster at PF. In reality it's likley a mix of both, and is a positive for Ayton's value heading into this season. If he does end up spending meaningful time at the four, it would not bode well for the value of Dario Saric, who is already barely going at the end of drafts in 9-cat leagues.