• Week 3 – we are starting to get a better feel for minutes, usage and averages.  Certain players are performing as expected and others are disappointing fantasy owners.  As usual, Thursday nights are pretty slow with fewer games but we still got some exciting box scores to make up for it.  Let’s see what last night had in store for us.

    Pelicans (112) v. Bucks (106)

    The Pelicans finally did it.  The grabbed their first win of the season as they rolled in to Milwaukee.  It may sound cliche to say, but Anthony Davis had another solid night in what is now the norm for him.  Davis had a stat line of 32 points (12-for-25 FG, 8-for-8 FT), eight rebounds, four blocks, two steals and two assists.  He just has to stay healthy.

    Davis was supported by E’Twaun Moore with 20 points, three assists, two 3-pointers, two rebounds and a steal.  Tim Frazier double-doubled with 15 points, 10 assists, five rebounds and a steal.  Terrence Jones got the start and logged 34 minutes while posting 10 points, seven rebounds and a block.  Buddy Hield is currently coming off the bench and not doing too much.  Solomon Hill played 31 minutes off the bench and added eight points, six rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block.

    On the other end, Giannis Antetokounmpo double-doubled with 17 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal.  Jabari Parker was a stud tonight with 33 points, nine rebounds, three 3-pointers, one assist, one steal and one block.  Matthew Dellavedova provided value with 12 assists, seven points and five rebounds but had an off shooting night.  Everyone else was pretty quiet for the Bucks, including Greg Monroe with eight points in 20 minutes off the bench.

    Warriors (125) v. Nuggets (101)

    This game was a blowout and all of the Nuggets starters took the hit as a result.  No starter played over 30 minutes for Denver and left fantasy owners frustrated.

    Nikola Jokic had four points, three rebounds and two assists; Gary Harris had 11 points, three assists and two rebounds; Gallinari had 11 points, two assists and one rebound.

    Denver’s bench got all the minutes and didn’t have much to show for it.  Kenneth Faried got 30 minutes and posted eight points and 11 rebounds.  This looks like a good night to forget for fantasy owners of these Nuggets starters and don’t look too much in to the minute distribution with their bench.

    Steph Curry is hot right now and inching back up in to the number one player conversation.  He had 33 points, seven assists, seven 3-pointers, five rebounds and a steal.  Kevin Durant tied Michael Jordan’s record for consecutive 20-point games in his last outing and failed to break it tonight with only 18 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two blocks and a steal.

    Draymond Green had 13 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals.  Klay Thompson had 19 points, three 3-pointers, three assists and two rebounds.

    Lakers (101) v. Kings (91)

    The Kings continue to show how bad they are with a blown lead in the fourth quarter.

    DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals.  Things got interesting between him and Julius Randle (15 points, eight rebounds, five assists) late in the game and Cousins even got in his face after the game was over.  I don’t foresee a suspension coming, but Cousins is an easy target for the NBA so keep an eye out.

    The point guard battle for the Kings is still ongoing with Ty Lawson adding 11 points, two steals, two 3-pointers and not much else in 25 minutes.  Darren Collison had an off shooting night with six points (2-for-11 FG), nine assists, two steals and two rebounds in 23 minutes.  Collison should be the starter sooner rather than later.

    Lou Williams was the Lakers leading scorer with 21 points off the bench.  Nick Young (16 points) and D’Angelo Russell (17 points) did their part as well and Mozgov had a pretty nasty alley-oop dunk that will surely be on the highlight reel.

    Game of the Night

    Bulls (98) v. Heat (95)

    The media was happy to hype up Wade’s return to Miami and the game ended up being a close one.

    Rajon Rondo looked good with 16 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, two steals and a 3-pointer with only one turnover.  Dwyane Wade returned to Miami with 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and one steal.  Robin Lopez finally showed up tonight with 16 points (8-for-20 FG), nine rebounds and one block in 38 minutes.  Jimmy Butler led the way with 20 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals.

    The power forward position was split tonight with Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic getting about 22 minutes each.  Mirotic had 10 points with five rebounds and an assist.  Gibson added eight points and three rebounds.

    For the Heat, Hassan Whiteside was a monster with 20 points, 20 rebounds, three blocks and a steal.  Goran Dragic only played 22 minutes because of an ankle injury.  Keep an eye out for updates as to how long he will be out because the Heat have some stud guards waiting in the wings in Tyler Johnson (14 points, eight rebounds, four assists) and Josh Richardson (16 points, four 3-pointers).

    Justise Winslow played well with 15 points, six assists, five rebounds, four steals and three 3-pointers.  Dion Waiters added 16 points, six assists, four rebounds, two 3-pointers and one steal.

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