November 27, 2016, 6:35 am
The Spurs aren’t as good as they were last year, but that doesn’t mean they still aren’t a fantastic basketball team. The Spurs notched their 10th victory on the road against the Wizards on Saturday night. As much love as the Clippers are getting right now the Spurs are, yet again, being overlooked as a true contender in the West. Kawhi Leonard’s ascension into quiet super stardom is the most Spurs thing possible and he’ll only continue to improve.
Now if you’re not too hungover from the NBA schedule on Friday or the copious amounts of beverages you’ve consumed it’s time to get up and serve the Dish.
Spurs 112 Wizards 100
Tony Parker scored a season high 20 points with only three assists in 27 minutes, his days of fantasy relevancy are sadly over. Danny Green scored six with two 3-pointers and a block, he’s been the 52nd overall player in nine-cat since his return and he’s likely going to play even better than his current averages. LaMarcus Aldridge did his thing by scoring 24 points with seven boards and Kawhi Leonard added 19 points with five boards and three steals.
Markieff Morris was ejected for yapping after only 18 minutes. He finished with 12 points and a trickle of stats. He can be a frustrating player due to his inconsistency but he’s got plenty of minutes and very little depth around him. Bradley Beal had a good night by scoring 25 points, though he needed 23 shots to do it and only hit 11 of them. He added six boards, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers for one of his better well rounded lines so far this season. Otto Porter’s 51% field goal will come back to Earth eventually, as will his 18.6% rebounding rate. He’s going to be a top 50 player but don’t expect second round production.
Knicks 102 Hornets 107
Kristaps Porzingis continues to ascend his offensive game and scored 25 points with six rebounds as he got to the line to make 9-of-11 freebies. Carmelo Anthony’s shot was just not falling as he hit only 7-of-25 from the field and ended with 18 points and eight rebounds. Derrick Rose continues to take way too many shots as he hit just 6-of-20 in this game for 20 points with eight assists. Rose is actually the 126th player in nine-cat on the year, which given is an improvement on his previous years. Keep an eye on Willy Hernangomez who has been productive in limited stretches lately. He’s a candidate to earn major minutes if the Knicks go into the tank.
Nic Batum sat with an eye injury, and it doesn’t look like it’ll keep him out long. Frank Kaminsky played a whopping 35 minutes in his start at power forward with Marvin Williams (knee) gone at least another week. He produced with 14 points, five boards, three assists and a pair of 3-pointers. As long as he’s playing this well he should be owned, and despite people’s hate for the Frank the Tank it was no secret he was a solid offensive player coming out of college. Kemba Walker balled out as usual and he’s been fantastic yet again this season. MKG posted a low end line of 11 points with eight boards and no other stats while Cody Zeller nearly fouled out but posted 11 points with 10 boards and two blocks.
Grizzlies 110 Heat 107
Troy Williams was a preseason stud for the Grizzlies and made the most of his surprising start in this game by scoring 18 points with three boards, two assists, and two 3-pointers. We’ll see what the Grizzlies do moving forward but his game is fantasy friendly and he should be monitored as the shooting guard spot in Memphis is pretty wide open night to night. Marc Gasol dropped 28 points with three boards and six assists. Mike Conley continues to excel in his new system despite the frustrations of being rested and scored another 21 points with seven assists. JaMychal Green scored 11 points with seven boards and canned three 3-pointers, he’s a decent low end guy to own. Tony Allen started at small forward and scored 11 with eight boards.
Dion Waiters lead the Heat with 28 points, and it’s not a shocker the Heat lose a home game when they’re relying on a hot Dion Waiters to close out the game. Waiters scored 28 points with five boards and six assists, so he’s worth owning at the moment. I still think he’ll slip into utter irrelevancy as soon as the Heat have their starting lineup back. Tyler Johnson scored 12 points with four boards and two 3-pointers. I espoused my love for Johnson’s game on the Wednesday’s pod and I continue to believe he’ll end up as a top 75 value on the season. Hassan Whiteside had a solid game with 15 points, 12 boards and two blocks. James Johnson continues to play well and earned 32 minutes, he should be owned until Justice Winslow is back.
Pistons 88 Thunder 106
The Pistons can be one of the more boring teams on a night to night basis for fantasy purposes because they’re such known quantities. All the Pistons starters played above 30 minutes in this one and all of them broke double-digit scoring, though three of them had only 10 points. Andre Drummond had a quiet night as Steven Adams more or less handled him and he only came down with eight boards while being a team low -22 in plus/minus. Tobias Harris scored 21 points with four boards and three steals and was the only decent fantasy line on the whole team. The only news is that Darrun Hilliard received time over Stanley Johnson, who was suspended a game and could be in Stan Van Gundy’s doghouse for a long while.
Russell Westbrook triple-doubled with 17 points, 13 rebounds, 14 assists and five turnovers. He also only shot 8-of-22, and this is pretty much what you expect out of Westbrook, which is insane as Westbrook is now averaging a triple-double on the season. Victor Oladipo is finally playing well and scored 18 points with six boards, two assists and three 3-pointers. He’ll be good this year but keep the second and third round fantasy at bay. Steven Adams was great against Drummond and ended with 16 points and nine boards. Anthony Morrow got hot and scored 21 points, and that won’t happen again for awhile.
Timberwolves 102 Warriors 115
Zach Lavine scored a whopping 31 points by shooting 13-of-24 from the field with five of those coming from the three point line. Unfortunately he isn’t adding much else, he didn’t even have a free throw attempt in this game, all while being by far the lowest plus/minus on his team at -19. The shooting will regress and I’m interested to see if he can maintain mid round value when that happens. Ricky Rubio was benched down the stretch again in favor or Tyus Jones who played just 13 minutes. If there is a Rubio trade it looks like Jones is the guy, for now, over Kris Dunn. Andrew Wiggins is still struggling with his shot and went 6-of-15 from the field (1-of-6 from three). Just give him some time.
Kevin Durant blocked a career high six shots to go along with 28 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three 3-pointers. Stephen Curry poured in his own 34 points with eight boards, six assists and four 3-pointers. Klay Thompson scored 23 points with six boards, two assists and four 3-pointers. Draymond Green sat this game out as precaution after injuring his ankle on Friday night versus the Lakers. An MRI showed nothing serious so the Warriors may just take it easy on him for another game. Kevon Looney started in his place and was more or less invisible in 18 minutes. The Warriors studs will all get solid bumps in production if Draymond sits anymore.