January 28, 2018, 2:16 am
We just can’t get a break from the bad news in the NBA. Just a day after finding out that DeMarcus Cousins is going to miss the remainder of the season, it looks like Andre Roberson may be missing the rest of the year as well due to a possible patellar tendon injury. Besides the grim news, there was an exciting showdown between two elite point guards and some nice comeback wins in the Association.
Thunder 121 @ Pistons 108
Carmelo Anthony scored his 25,000th point on a free throw and ended the game with 21 while Russell Westbrook and Paul George chipped in their standard lines, Russ with a triple-double and PG with four treys and three steals. Andre Roberson went down with a leg injury and the preliminary report from Woj is that it’s a ruptured patellar tendon and that his season is over. This is a huge blow to the Thunder in reality, but it doesn’t change anything in regards to fantasy value.
The Pistons got 34 minutes from Reggie Bullock and he’s solely a 3-point specialist. Tobias Harris played well again and so did Andre Drummond, but tonight he shot 2-for-6 at the line. It’s a great year to own Drummond though as he’s picking up defensive counters and leading the league in rebounds.
Magic 112 @ Pacers 114
Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon chipped in 21 and 22 points respectively, but the Magic lost this game in the second half, squandering a 17-point lead. They really miss Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon’s shooting has suffered due to his absence. Tonight he picked it up, shooting 9-for-20 from the field, but he went 3-for-8 at the line.
Thaddeus Young is back on track and Dan Besbris is all smiles while Victor Oladipo lead the charge for the Pacers to storm back and take this game behind his 25-5-6-1 line. Domantas Sabonis had another decent line, but Myles Turner returned to action and posted a dud in 11 minutes. He has another couple games of value while Turner gets flow back.
Hornets 91 @ Heat 95
Dwight Howard had a monster 20 & 16 game with four blocks and 6-of-7 foul shooting while Kemba Walker added 31-6-5 and trade rumors around him should be ignored for fantasy purposes as he’ll be fine no matter what the situation is.
Another comeback story for Saturday was Miami taking this game after being down 15 thanks to solid play from Josh Richardson and the bench. Bam Adebayo, Kelly Olynyk and Wayne Ellington all produced standard league lines tonight and displayed the depth on the roster for the Heat while Justise Winslow had a game-high plus-25 rating. Ellington is a guy who should be owned in all leagues and drilled a 3-pointer to lift the Heat to a victory with four seconds left. If he’s not in the 3-point contest it’ll be an atrocity.
Wizards 129 @ Hawks 104
Washington played with a lot of hustle and ball movement without their star John Wall, who sat this game out with a sore knee. Wall’s knee is a minor concern right now, but it seems like he just can’t get into a solid rhythm due to either team dysfunction or injuries. Otto Porter got back on track while Bradley Beal did his thing and has been the most consistent Wizards player this season. Markieff Morris scored a season-high 23 points, but we’re not sounding the alarm on him just yet.
At,anta was overpowered in this game from the get go, but Tauren Prince provided a serviceable line and should be owned everywhere while Dewayn Dedmon continues to be steady with 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting. John Collins tacked on two blocks and is a solid high-upside stash due to the fact that he’s producing now and can be in line for a couple extra minutes per game down the line.
Mavs 89 @ Nugges 91
The Mavs are playing relatively well as of late, challenging strong teams but haven’t come up with many Ws and tonight was the same story. You can’t really trust any of these players to provide consistent value, but Harrison Barnes turned out another well-rounded line with 22 points, six boards and two triples. He’s not doing this consistently enough to get him into the middle round valuation though.
Jamal Murray came off the bench for the Nuggets while Will Barton replaced him in the starting lineup, but he still logged 31 minutes and closed out the game. He’s been on a tear lately and Paul Millsap isn’t due until mid-February. Fantasy studs Nikola Jokic and Gary Harris were what owners expected on Saturday, the Joker dropping a triple-double and Gary Harris with three triples, two steals and 8-of-16 shooting towards 24 points.
Nets 97 @ Wolves 111
Jahlil Okafor played 24 minutes off the bench and dropped a 21 & 6 line on 9-of-14 shooting but this would seem to be an anomaly and is a wait and see situation as Okafor is barely a standard league guy even if he averages minutes in the 20s. The rest of the Nets box score is a wasteland and they got outmatched big time by the Wolves.
Jimmy Butler returned from a four game absence and went straight to work with 21-6-5-2-1 but shot 4-for-14 from the field. He’ll knock off the rust soon and is a fine top-10 option. Andrew Wiggins enjoyed playing against the Nets with another solid line but is a definite sell-high as a one dimensional point scorer. Karl-Anthony Towns tacked on to his league leading 43double-doubles with 16 & 19 to go with three blocks.
Celtics 105 @ Warriors 109
Kyrie Irving started off 7-for-7 and finished shooting 13-for-18 with 37 points and five 3-pointers. He loves playing against Golden State and was dueling with Stephen Curry and almost taking home the dub in Oracle. Al Horford chugged along with 15-13-3-1-2 and two triples and played stellar pick and roll defense, he isn’t talked about enough in regards to Boston’s success.
Draymond Green and Kevin Durant did their usual thing while Klay Thompson struggled and the Warriors came back into this game on the heels of a signature Stephen Curry barrage in the third quarter. Constant pick and roll and off-ball motion screens were set for the Chef who ended the game with 49 points on 16-of-24 shooting with eight 3-pointers. The efficiency and volume of triple he’s hitting is almost equal to that of his unanimous MVP season and owners are thrilled.