January 22, 2018, 2:49 am
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It was another light Sunday card with only four games on the schedule, but there was plenty of fantasy goodness as well as some drama. As always, we’ll break down the games below right after we hit on some quick injury updates.
Likewise, as tweeted by GrizzliesPR, JaMychal Green will miss Monday’s contest in Philadelphia. Deyonta Davis is the likely starter in his place and could be a decent pickup for as long as Green is sidelined.
Finally, CBS is also reporting that Kris Dunn will be out of the Bulls’ Monday matchup with the Pelicans. Jerian Grant started in the last game and finished with 8-6-6 and is worth adding for owners hurting for a point guard.
Magic – 103 at Celtics – 95
Orlando pulled off a miracle in Boston as they outscored the Celtics 32 – 12 in the third quarter and held on to beat the best team in the East.
You can’t fault Kyrie Irving though, as he put up 40 points on 14-of-23 from the floor and added seven boards, five dimes, five 3-pointers and a block.
Jayson Tatum also went just 4-of-11 for nine points but pulled down 10 rebounds and chipped in one assist, one block, one steal and one 3-pointer.
Marcus Morris rejoined the starters and scored 12 points with five rebounds, one assist and a steal and is worth scooping up where available in case he sticks with the first unit.
The Boston bench was a non-factor, but Daniel Theis looked decent in his 11 minutes, finishing with just four points but he added five boards, two assists and two blocks.
He’s worth a speculative add for deep league owners desperate for a center as he seems to have passed Aron Baynes in the rotation.
On the Magic side, Aaron Gordon’s poor shooting continued as he made just 5-of-17 from the floor but pulled down 13 boards for a 10-13 double-double with four assists.
He made some bad decisions on offense, but he should figure it out soon and this could be a buy-low moment if owners are frustrated with his poor field goal percentage.
Elfrid Payton scored 22 points on 9-of-16 with six boards, two assists and a steal. He shot 4-of-6 from the line, but only turned the ball over once and has had back-to-back good scoring outputs.
Evan Fournier also had a nice game with 19 points, three rebounds, three assists, three 3-pointers, one steal, one block and two turnovers on 8-of-19.
Bismack Biyombo has his quietest game since taking over as the starter with just four points, three blocks and nothing else, but with Nicola Vucevic still weeks away he should continue to start.
Jonathon Simmons fared only slightly better offensively with his nine points, but he did chip in two rebounds, four assists, a steal and two blocks on 4-of-7 shooting.
Knicks – 107 at Lakers – 127
The battle of the big market teams was a classic East Coast/West Coast shootout, with both teams shooting over 50 percent. In the end it was the team from Manhattan that missed the mark, getting outscored 18-30 in the fourth quarter.
Jordan Clarkson led the way for the Lakers with 29 points and 10 assists off the bench with six rebounds and three steals on 12-of-19 from the floor.
He has benefited from the absence of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who could be back as soon as the next game, so Clarkson’s value could take a hit.
Alex Caruso got 30 minutes in the absence of Ball (and because of the terrible play of Ennis) and double-doubled with nine points, eight assists, four boards and two steals.
He could potentially get decent run if Ball continues to miss games and might be a nice dart throw in deep leagues.
Brandon Ingram rounded out the starting five with 10-2-3 on just 4-of-11 from the floor and has really suffered with the loss of his point guard.
It was The Usual Suspects for the Knicks as Kristaps Porzingis shot 7-of-13 and finished with 17 points, four boards, one assist one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.
Tim Hardaway Jr. matched him in scoring and added three boards, a block and five 3-pointers and looks to be recovered from his injury.
Michael Beasley matched them in just 13 minutes off the bench as he continued to provide instant offense with the second unit while fellow reserve Frank Ntilikina continued to struggle with just seven points and three assists.
Courtney Lee got in on the scoring with 16 points, one rebound, two 3-pointers and two assists and has scored at least 16 in three straight games with two 3-pointers in each.
Nets – 101 at Pistons – 100
I never thought I’d say this, but the game of the day was between Brooklyn and Detroit.
It all came down to a last second shot by Spencer Dinwiddie, who finished with a game-high 22 points on 9-of-13 from the floor with four boards, five assists and four 3-pointers.
The return of D’Angelo Russell, who finished shooting 1-of-5 for three points with one assist, hasn’t slowed him down at all and he should maintain his value even as Russell works his way back into the starting rotation.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson flirted with a triple double as he finished with 21-8-7 and a block on 8-of-15 from the floor, 2-of-4 from deep and 3-of-4 from the line and bounced back nicely after putting up just 14 points in his last two games combined.
DeMarre Carroll was the third wheel with 16 points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers on 6-of-15 shooting. After a two-game hiatus, he has strung together six strong games in a row and the sell-high window is wide open.
Caris LeVert also saw reserve minutes in the 20s and contributed nine points, four rebounds and three assists on 2-of-7 from the floor and 5-of-9 from the line.
The Pistons’ starters collectively struggled on offense in this one, with only Tobias Harris putting up any significant points with a 20-7-5 line on 8-of-18.
Andre Drummond made just 3-of-8 from the floor and 1-of-2 from the line for seven points but pulled down 13 boards and handed out four assists to salvage his line a bit.
Ish Smith was the only other starter in double figures with 11 on 4-of-11 shooting with two rebounds, three assists, one steal, one steal and one 3-pointer.
Coach Stan Van Gundy turned to his bench for scoring and got it from Stanley Johnson, who dropped 18 with four boards on 6-of-11 from the floor and 5-of-5 from the line.
Rookie Luke Kennard got in on the action with 13 points, an assist and a block on 5-of-9 from the floor and 3-of-6 from downtown.
There’s a chance that Johnson could work his way back into the starting three spot at some point, so owners in deep leagues may want to get ahead of the crowd, but Kennard is best left on the wire unless Bradley goes down with an injury.
Pacers – 94 at Spurs – 86
Finally, we had a blue-collar rematch between the Spurs and Pacers, with San Antonio getting outworked and falling to Indiana again, this time in Texas.
It was the Victor Oladipo show in San Antonio as he led all scorers with 19 points on 8-of-14 from the floor and added four boards, three steals, one assist and one 3-pointer.
Thaddeus Young continued to get back on track with 14 points, seven boards, four assists, three steals and a block on 6-of-13 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the line.
Darren Collison continued to alternate single and double-digit scoring outputs with 15 points on 6-of-12 with two rebounds, four dimes and three steals.
Domantas Sabonis struggled and made just 2-of-8 from the field, but hit 5-of-6 from the line to finish with nine points, three boards, one assist and a steal. He’ll look to bounce back in the next one.
Bojan Bogdanovic hit double-digits with 10 points and added three rebounds, three steals and an assist while three bench players scored nine, with Cory Joseph, Al Jefferson and Lance Stephenson all hitting that mark.
The Story in this one was the Spurs inability to do much on offense, with Pau Gasol scoring a team-high 14 points with nine boards, four assists and three blocks on 6-of-8.
LaMarcus Aldridge shot an ugly 5-of-14 from the floor and finished 10 points, 10 boards, one assist, one block and four turnovers and has struggled with his efficiency in the last couple of games. He should right the ship soon so this could be a small buy-low window.
Fill-in Kyle Anderson was the only other starter in double figures with 10, and he came up big in the defensive categories with five steals and three blocks.
He should continue to start for as long as Kawhi Leonard is out, so owners in need of defensive stats should scoop him up, just don’t expect the scoring to increase much.
Dejounte Murray replaced Tony Parker in the starting lineup, but it was Parker who had the better scoring output with 12 points, three boards and five assists in 20 bench minutes compared to 8-7-4 with three steals and a block for Murray.
All four guards are hard to trust for fantasy purposes as it’s hard to know what coach Pop is going to do on any given night.
Davis Bertans saw 20 minutes off the bench and got up 12 shots but only made three and finished with seven points, three rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer.
He’s still worth holding in deep leagues if you’re in need of 3-pointers as eight of his 12 shots came from long-range, and one of these games he’s going to sink a bunch of them.
That’s it for this week. As always, thanks for reading and I’ll catch you next time.
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July 1, 2020, 8:28 pmDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Dave McMenamin of ESPN reported that Dwight Howard remains in his Atlanta-area home and the Lakers hope he will eventually join them in Orlando.
The Lakers do not plan to replace Howard on the roster. They are being patient with Howard, but if he decides to not play in Orlando the Lakers will likely look to sign another center.
Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 7:40 pmLuc Mbah a MouteSF, Houston Rockets
Shams Charania reported that the Houston Rockets plan to sign Luc Mbah a Moute for the Orlando restart.
Thabo Sefolosha announced on Wednesday that he will not participate in the Orlando restart, leaving the Rockets with a need for an additional three-and-D wing. Mbah a Moute played 61 games for the Rockets in 2017-18 and averaged 25.6 minutes per game, so he is familiar with their system. Mbah a Moute will be a low-usage player that the Rockets can plug in at the end of their rotation and will provide them more depth, which could be imperative for teams given the COVID-19 concerns surrounding this Orlando restart.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 7:31 pmDwight PowellPF, Dallas Mavericks
Dwight Powell has advanced in his rehab from a torn Achilles as he has been able to do some light shooting, agility work, and has been able to do some jogging on the treadmill.
Powell suffered a torn Achilles in January and has no chance of participating in Orlando's restart. However, it is always good news to hear a player reach a milestone in terms of their rehab. Powell may not play an NBA game until the 2021-22 season as he continues to recover from one of the toughest injuries in basketball. This is a situation that will continue to evolve over the next year or so.
Source: Callie Caplan on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 7:21 pmJaren Jackson Jr.PF, Memphis Grizzlies
Head coach Taylor Jenkins told the media that they are "looking good, feeling good" in regards to the health of Jaren Jackson Jr. (left knee), Brandon Clarke (right quad) and Justise Winslow (back soreness).
Jackson and Clarke missed nine and eight games respectively prior to the shutdown while Winslow has yet to play a game for the Grizzlies due to an ongoing back injury. This appears to be great news for the young team as they will be at full strength when the league does resume. Clarke and Jackson definitely have fantasy appeal as they both finished inside the top-80 on the season. Winslow has potential but he is the riskiest of the three based on a brand new situation and the back injury that has caused him to miss 53 games so far this season. It is probably best to avoid Winslow for the league resumption and re-evaluate his fantasy value prior to the 2020-21 campaign.
Source: Michael Wallace on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 7:03 pmThomas BryantC, Washington Wizards
Wizards center Thomas Bryant told the media that he is "100 percent healed" from a stress fracture in his foot and is doing everything on the basketball court ahead of the NBA resumption in Orlando.
Bryant struggled to stay healthy prior to the league suspension as he played in 38 out of 64 games while the team also had him on a strict minutes limit for several of the contests that he was able to play. He is an intriguing fantasy option for the NBA restart but his recent injury history should be considered at draft time.
Source: Fred Katz on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 6:03 pmCaleb SwaniganPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Blazers forward, Caleb Swanigan, has opted out of the resumption of the NBA season in Orlando.
Swanigan averaged 13.3 mpg for the Blazers across 20 contests and is off the radar from a fantasy perspective. He will join Trevor Ariza who will also be sitting out the NBA restart. There was very little likelihood that Swanigan would have been part of the rotation in Orlando with Jusuf Nurkić and Zach Collins returning from injury.
Source: NBC Sports Northwest
July 1, 2020, 5:56 pmThabo SefoloshaSF, Houston Rockets
Thabo Sefolosha will not participate in Orlando when the league resumes.
Sefolosha was a deep rotation piece for the Rockets as he only eclipsed the 20 minute mark once this season. There isn't much of a fantasy impact here as Sefolosha played in just two of the team's final nine games.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 3:52 pmJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
In regards to the health of Jusuf Nurkić and Zach Collins, head coach Terry Stotts said that "they both look great" and will be available for the restart of the NBA season in Orlando.
Nurkić was close to returning when the league was suspended while Collins was further away from playing basketball in March. However, the additional three months allowed Collins to recover as he has no limitations heading into the restart in Orlando. It is likely that they will find themselves in the starting unit while Nurkić is the more proven player in terms of fantasy production.
Source: Sean Highkin on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 3:29 pmMarvin Bagley IIIPF, Sacramento Kings
The Kings training staff believes that Marvin Bagley (left foot sprain) will be available for game action shortly.
Bagley hasn't appeared in a game since January. While Bagley would likely have a bench role, his return may cut into the playing time of teammates like Harrison Barnes and Harry Giles.
Source: Jason Jones on Twitter