February 12, 2018, 4:00 am
While the Cavs were introducing four new major pieces to their roster, the best team in the East added one minor piece and kept on rolling over the opposition.
There were eight games on Sunday’s schedule, so let’s get right to it.
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RAPTORS – 123 AT HORNETS – 103
In the early game, the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors went into Buzz City and took care of business, beating the Hornets easily.
DeMar DeRozan broke out of his mini-slump and shot 10-of-19 from the floor and finished with 25 points, eight dimes, two boards, one steal and a block.
Kyle Lowry only took 3-pointers in this one, making four to finish with 12 points, seven assists and three rebounds while backup Fred VanVleet scored 10 with four dimes and three boards in 17 minutes.
Jonas Valanciunas continued making it rain from deep as he went 2-of-2 from downtown and finished one rebound shy of a double-double with 21 points and two assists in 24 minutes. He’s really turned a corner this season and looks poised to provide nice fantasy value after the break.
C.J. Miles had a huge game off the bench as he came in and went 8-of-11 from the floor with 6-of-9 from deep for 24 points and is worth scooping up for owners in need of 3-pointers.
Kemba Walker led the way for Charlotte with 23 points, nine dimes, two rebounds, a steal and a block and should be a solid top-30 player the rest of the way.
Dwight Howard logged a double-double with 17 points, 13 boards and three assists on 7-of-11 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the line.
The rest of the starting five couldn’t get anything going, highlighted by Nicolas Batum going 0-of-10 from the field.
He did chip in five assists, one rebound and a steal but that field-goal percentage is hard to stomach.
CAVS – 121 AT CELTICS – 99
The new-look Cavs spoiled Paul Pierce‘s party by putting a beating on Boston.
LeBron James had a scare early when he had to leave after hurting his knee. He came back in to post his third double-double in as many games with 24 points, 10 dimes, eight boards, one steal and a block on 9-of-20.
It’s best to wait and see with Osman in standard leagues because Rodney Hood, who went 6-of-11 for 15 points with three 2-pointers in 16 bench minutes could supplant him in the starting five soon.
George Hill dropped into the starting five right away and scored 12 points with three rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers and should be the starting point guard going forward, although LBJ will do most of the facilitating on offense.
As for the other newcomers, both Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr came off of the bench, but both saw over 20 minutes. Clarkson went 3-of-4 from downtown and finished with 17 points, three rebounds, one assist and two steals while Nance was quiet offensively and scored just five with four boards and three dimes.
It will take them a few more games to get the rotation sorted out, but the early signs point to this being a good deadline for the Cavs, as The KIng’s new teammates looked ecstatic to be on a legitimate championship contender.
It was a forgettable game for the Celtics, as even Kyrie Irving was “quiet” and finished with 18 points, five assists. three rebounds and one 3-pointer.
Marcus Morris scored 17 on 6-of-12 with three rebounds, three triples and one rebound, but the rest of the starting five failed to reach double figures.
Al Horford scored just nine points but still helped fantasy owners by handing out six assists to go with six boards, two blocks and a steal.
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown went a combined 6-of-20 and finished with nine and five points respectively. Tatum has been a bit quiet lately and will benefit from the All-Star break. This could be a good time to float a buy-low offer.
The team-high was actually from Terry Rozier, who shot 6-of-15 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the line for 21 points, nine boards, five assists and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes off the bench. He’s worth picking up if he happens to be available as long as he’s getting starters minutes.
PISTONS – 115 AT HAWKS – 118
Detroit lost one they needed to get to keep their playoff aspirations alive. They currently occupy the ninth spot and losses like these aren’t going to help them move up.
Reggie Bullock continued his strong play with 20 points, five rebounds, two assists and three from deep and if he happens to be available in your league, pick him up.
Blake Griffin scored 23 points with seven boards and six assists but he did it on 7-of-21 from the floor. He still the focal point of this offense so his production should remain constant the rest of the way.
Andre Drummond had another double-double with 25 points and 15 boards on 8-of-14 from the floor and 9-of-13 from the line. He only had two assists in this one but also had three blocks and a steal.
Stanley Johnson and Ish Smith combined for 10 points and that’s pretty much the reason Detroit lost. They need better production from their starters and will be happy when Reggie Jackson returns to the fold to help carry the scoring load.
James Ennis played 23 minutes off the bench and scored 14 with four boards and a couple of steals while Anthony Tolliver scored 12 with four assists and three triples in his 22 bench minutes and both can be useful in very deep leagues.
Dewayne Dedmon got the start for the Hawks and responded with 20 points, 13 boards, one assist, three steals and a block and coach Bud said that he plans to stick with this starting unit for now so Dedmon’s owners will be glad to hear that.
Dennis Schroder scored 23 with seven dimes, two steals, three rebounds and three turnovers on 7-of-13 from the field and 9-of-12 from the line.
Ersan Ilyasova had a good game with 19 points, five boards and two steals on 5-of-9 from the floor and 2-of-4 from deep.
Kent Bazemore, Tyler Dorsey and Malcolm Delaney each chipped in 10 points, but Bazemore is the only one with any real fantasy value. Taurean Prince had one the worst games of his career, going just 1-of-7 from the floor and finishing with two points and three assists.
Finally, we got nine points, three rebounds and three assists from John Collins, who saw just 19 minutes off the bench. Both players should be held, but owners should probably leave them on the bench for now.
KNICKS – 113 AT PACERS – 121
The Pacers defended their home court on the back of a 30-point near triple-double from Victor Oladipo. He padded his scoring line with eight boards, nine dimes, two 3-pointers, a block and six steals. He made 10-of-24 from the floor and 8-of-10 from the line and is going into the break as one of the biggest steals of the fantasy draft.
Bojan Bogdanovic made 4-of-7 from deep and finished with 20 points, three rebounds and two assists while Thaddeus Young broke out of his recent slump with 18 points, 11 boards, five assists, two 3-pointers and a block. We hope you bought on him before this game because the price just went up.
Myles Turner had a good-but-not-great 13 points, six rebounds and a block on 5-of-10 from the floor and Domantas Sabonis was terrible, making just 2-of-11 for six points but pulled in 10 rebounds and handed out three assists.
Turner is obviously a hold and hopefully he gets it going after the break, and as much as we want to hold Sabonis, we understand if you want to cut him for a more reliable option.
Lance Stephenson played 21 minutes off the bench and finished with 15 points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers. He could benefit from more minutes and it’s possible that if Cory Joseph continues to struggle in the starting five(two points), Lance could carve out a bigger role.
The Knicks held their own in this one with a solid performance from Michael Beasley, who finished with 16 points, 13 boards and three assists.
He’s going to get all the minutes and shots he can handle for the rest of the season.
Tim Hardaway Jr finally made some shots in this one(7-of-17)and finished with 17 points of his own while adding two steals, three assists, three triples and one rebound.
Not wanting to be left out, Enes Kanter also scored 17 points while adding 11 boards and one assist in his return after missing a couple of games to have an oral surgical procedure.
Emmanuel Mudiay made his Knicks debut and had a double-double in 29 minutes with 14 points and 11 dimes on 5-of-14 from the floor and saw more minutes than Jarrett Jack(8) and Trey Burke(8), but not as many as Frank Ntilikina, who got 31 minutes off the bench and scored 12.
Courtney Lee rounded out the starting five with 14 points and four assists on 4-of-9 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the line. He’s worth using in deep leagues for owners in need of some low-end scoring and 3-pointers.
GRIZZLIES – 92 AT THUNDER – 110
Tyreke Evans didn’t get traded at the deadline and so returned to the starting lineup and finished with 12 points, five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer on 3-of-11 from the floor.
It’s hard to trust him the rest of the way as he could either get injured or the Grizz could just opt to shut him down, so tread carefully.
Another surprise to survive the deadline is Marc Gasol, who scored a team-high 18 points, with six rebounds and two assists and is going to have a rough time for the next couple of months.
The best potential fantasy asset from this team could be JaMychal Green, who had a double-double in this one with 14 points and 12 boards while chipping in two assists, one steal and a block.
He should get plenty of burn down the stretch and can help owners in points and rebounds while shooting a decent percentage from the line.
Without 2/3 of their Big-3 the Thunder needed to get production from their role players and they got it from Alex Abrines with 16, Raymond Felton with 14 and Patrick Patterson with 14 points in their starting roles.
None of them will be much help outside of deep leagues one the Thunder are back to full-strength, which could be as soon as the next game.
Another deep league producer was Jerian Grant, who put up 14 of his own in 25 minutes off the bench. He too is probably best left on the wire.
This was the Paul George show and he shone to the tune of 33 points, eight dimes, three steals and one rebound on 5-of-10 from deep, 10-of-24 overall and 8-of-11 from the line.
Surprisingly Steven Adams didn’t do much in this one as the Thunder offense consisted of them basically just taking 3-pointers(29 attempts from deep) and he finished with just nine points and added nine boards, one assist, one steal and one block.
KINGS – 106 AT WOLVES – 111
Minnesota took care of business at home one and held off a Kings team that got 23 points from rookie De’Aaron Fox, who shot 8-of-16 from the floor and 6-of-8 from the line while chipping in two rebounds, two assists, three steals and five turnovers.
This is his team to run with the rest of the way and as such he should be the best source of fantasy production.
Bogdan Bogdanovic had decent game with 13 points, eight assists, three rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers and is probably the second player that should be on fantasy rosters the rest of the way.
Zach Randolph scored 12 with six boards and should start as long as Skal Labissiere is out, and Willie Cauley-Stein will get the lion’s share of the center minutes, but only managed 10 points with seven boards in this one. There will be better games for him ahead.
Neither one can be trusted for any kind of consistent production.
The Wolves are the most predictable teams in fantasy and this was more of the same.
Karl-Anthony Towns led the way with 29 points, eight rebounds, six assists, one steal, three blocks and two 3-pointers on 10-of-17 from the floor and 7-of-7 from the line.
He’s pretty good.
Jimmy Butler made 5-of-9 from the floor and finished with 18 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and three turnovers on 5-of-9 from the floor and 7-of-9 from the line.
He too, is good.
Jeff Teague had a double-double with 12 points and 10 dimes but he’s been maddeningly inconsistent this season.
He’s a must own for his ability to have these games, but he can just as easily finish with six points and two assists.
Super-sub Jamal Crawford came off the bench for 12 points in 22 minutes because that’s what he does.
MAVS – 97 AT ROCKETS – 104
This game surprised no one as the Rockets did what they were supposed to.
What has been a surprise though has been the recent play of Dwight Powell, who got another start in this one and responded with an 18-point, 12 rebound double-double as he continued his upward trajectory.
He showed great chemistry with Dennis Smith Jr, who finished with a double-double of his own, posting 16 points with 11 dimes on 7-of-18 from the floor.
Powell could see a big jump in his minutes and role post-break as the Mavs continue to rest Dirk Nowitzki and play for a top draft pick.
Yogi Ferrell had a team-high 20 points on 7-of-14 from the field and added five rebounds, one assist, three steals and four 3-pointers.
He’s worth the flier, just don’t expect 20-point games to happen too often.
Harrison Barnes was abysmal from the field once again, making just 4-of-15 and finishing with 11 points, five rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer. Can’t live with him, can’t drop him.
It was business as usual for the Rockets as James Harden led the way with 27 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and four triples on 6-of-19 from the floor and 11-of-12 from the line.
Chris Paul was quiet early but had a big second half and finished with 25 points, eight boards, nine dimes, three steals and two from deep on 9-of-15 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the line.
Clint Capela tried to single-handily cost fantasy owners the free throw category as he went 4-of-11 from the stripe but made 6-of-10 from the field to finish with 16 points, 11 boards, three blocks and a steal.
Gerald Green got in on the action with 12 points off the bench, all on 3-pointers. He’s been hitting them with regularity lately so go ahead and plug him in if you need triples.
JAZZ – 115 AT BLAZERS – 96
The final game of the day saw the Jazz roll into Portland and put a hurting on the Blazers, led by rookie Donovan Mitchell and his 27 points, six boards, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers on 10-of-24 from the floor.
Joe Ingles made 6-of-9 from deep and finished with 24 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. We told you so.
Derrick Favors bounced back from a couple of single-digit efforts with 15 points, 11 boards, two steals and a block on 7-of-13 from the floor while Rudy Gobert had a double-double of his own with 12 and 11 on 3-of-9 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the line while adding three assists and two blocks.
The newest member of the Jazz Jae Crowder had a solid debut with 15 points, five rebounds, three dimes, three triples and one steal on 5-of-11 from the field in 29 minutes off the bench.
Those are useful numbers in most formats so owners can take a gamble on him to see how this goes.
As expected, Damian Lillard led the way for the Blazers with 39 points on 12-of-25 from the floor and 13-of-13 from the line while adding three rebounds, one assist, two 3-pointers and a block.
Jusuf Nurkic played just 14 minutes and didn’t score a single point, and only managed three rebounds and two assists while Ed Davis saw 29 minutes off the bench and grabbed 12 boards to go with eight points and a steal. He’s worth a long look in deeper leagues if he’s going to be getting the majority of the center minutes.
That’ll do it for this week, thanks for reading and I’ll see you on the other side of the All-Star Weekend.
July 7, 2020, 11:07 amMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart averaged a career-high 13.5 points and 2.4 triples to go with 4.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 0.5 blocks in 53 games for the Celtics, good for 51/44 value in 8/9-cat scoring formats.
Smart missed a few games while also testing positive for COVID-19 but he was definitely one of the good stories of the season surpassing his ADP value. His percentages remained brutal but he took advantage of the extra playing time due to the injury Kemba Walker sustained and solidified his role as a dynamic guard who contributes on both ends of the floor.
July 7, 2020, 10:24 amRomeo LangfordSG, Boston Celtics
First round pick Romeo Langford appeared in just 27 games in his rookie year in Boston battling an assortment of injuries and showing only glimpses of his talent while generating 449/448 value in 8/9-cat formats.
Langford averaged just 11.0 minutes per game and while Brad Stevens was very encouraging of his young guard, he struggled to remain healthy and failed to gain any momentum during the season. The Celtics will absolutely be patient with their rookie and he is someone to buy-low in dynasty leagues after a disaster first year.
July 7, 2020, 10:11 amJavonte GreenPF, Boston Celtics
Undrafted forward Javonte Green played in 44 games for the Celtics in his rookie year showing flashes of his potential as a 3-and-D wing and averaging 2.9 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.5 steals in 9.4 minutes per game and returning just 400/387 value in 8/9-cat scoring formats
Green was able to impress the Celtics after an outstanding Las Vegas Summer League that helped him secure their final roster spot. He didn’t have much fantasy value this year and his salary is not guaranteed beyond this season so it remains to be seen whether he has a place in the NBA.
July 7, 2020, 9:58 amTremont WatersPG, Boston Celtics
Rookie Tremont Waters played in just 10 games with the Celtics failing to make much difference, but he was impressive in the G League where he was named the Rookie of the Year for the 2019-20 season.
Waters averaged 18.0 points, 7.3 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 2.5 triples and 1.9 steals per game in 36 games with the Maine Red Claws. The Celtics had to sign him to a two-way contract due to roster limitations last year but the rookie has made his case for a more prominent role and he is a name to keep an eye on in dynasty formats.
July 7, 2020, 9:50 amVincent PoirierC, Boston Celtics
Vincent Poirier appeared in just 20 games for the Celtics in his first year in the NBA, averaging only 1.9 points and 1.7 rebounds in 5.7 minutes per game, good for 434/431 value in 8/9-cat scoring formats
The French big missed six weeks due to a fractured right pinkie but even when he was healthy he couldn’t secure any playing time and remained deep in the depth chart behind Robert Williams and Grant Williams. The Celtics signed him as insurance last year and it’s obvious that they didn’t have much expectations out of him in his first year playing away from home.
July 7, 2020, 9:37 amMeyers LeonardC, Miami Heat
Talking to the Miami Herald, Meyers Leonard said that his ankle has healed correctly and he is ready to play in Orlando and make a case for his next contract in the NBA.
Leonard, who started the first 49 games of the season before the injury, averaged 6.1 points while shooting 52 percent from the field and 42.9 from the 3-point line. He is an impending free agent, and even though he wants to remain in Miami, he is expected to have plenty of suitors after a productive year with the Heat.
Source: Miami Herald
July 7, 2020, 9:21 amGordon HaywardSF, Boston Celtics
After two years in which he struggled to return to his old form, Gordon Hayward looked fresh and healthy averaging 17.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.6 triples and 0. 8 steals while shooting .502/.392/.847 splits and returning 51/44 value in 8/9-cat scoring formats.
The versatile forward had a tremendous start to the season before missing a few games with a left foot injury that is reportedly still bothering him. Regardless, he still managed to play 33.4 minutes in 45 games and he should continue to be the wild card for a Celtics team that is looking to make some noise in Orlando next month. Hayward can opt out of the max contract that he signed with the Celtics a few years ago and it will be interesting to see if he feels like testing the open market.
July 7, 2020, 9:04 amBrad WanamakerPG, Boston Celtics
Brad Wanamaker averaged 6.6 points, 1.4 triples, 2.5 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 19.3 minutes off the bench, returning 241/245 value in 8/9-cat scoring formats.
With Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart missing time due to various injuries, the Celtics had to turn to Wanamaker for some much-needed help at the point guard position and the veteran delivered. His percentages though were ugly and he doesn’t really have a diverse fantasy game but Wanamaker proved to be a nice option in deeper formats. He is a free agent at the end of the season and he should be able to generate some interest around the league as a scoring guard who can hit the triple.
July 7, 2020, 8:51 amEnes KanterC, Boston Celtics
After signing with the Celtics as a free agent last year, Enes Kanter lost the starting job to Daniel Theis and played just 17.5 minutes in 51 games, good for 187/181 in 8/9-cat scoring formats.
Kanter failed to score in double-digits for the first time since 2013, but he collected 7.7 rebounds and blocked a career-high 0.7 shots per game. His lack of defensive efficiency was what forced Brad Stevens to move him to the bench and it looks likely that he continues to battle Robert Williams for the backup center minutes in Boston. He has a player option for next year and it will be interesting to see if he chooses to look for a better deal in the open market.
July 7, 2020, 8:27 amKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker’s numbers fell slightly in his first year in Boston, but he still managed to return top-50 value in just 50 games, ending up ranked as 43/42 in 8/9-cat scoring formats.
Playing with a much more talented group, the charismatic guard ended up averaging 21.2 points, 3.3 triples, 4.9 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 0.9 steals while shooting .421 from the field, .377 from behind the 3-point arc and .867 from the charity line. Health was the main issue for Walker who had to miss some time due to knee soreness but the recent break probably worked in his favor and he should be ready for the Orlando bubble.