• With the playoffs in full effect, Wednesday night presented some opportunities for road teams to steal a game and ride momentum back home. Could Charlotte, Detroit or Portland take advantage of this scenario? Let’s take a look at your daily dish.

     HEAT 115, HORNETS 103

    The Good:

    The Heat took care of business on home court and have outplayed the Hornets in both games of this series so far.

    Dwayne Wade was the catalyst on Wednesday night scoring a team-high 28 points on 11-of-22 shooting. Wade added three rebounds, eight assists, one block and two steals to round out his evening.

    Hassan Whiteside also chipped in with 17 points and 13 rebounds. He added one assist, one steal and two blocks all while shooting a perfect 8-of-8 from the field.

    Off the bench, the Heat were led by their young duo of Justice Winslow and Josh Richardson. Combined, they were able to contribute 26 points on an efficient 9-of-15 shooting. They each played over 31 minutes of action and added three treys and some great defence.

    The Hornets were led by point guard Kemba Walker (29 points on 12-of-29 shooting) and big man Al Jefferson (25 points on 12-of-17 shooting). Combined they also contributed 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block.

    The Bad:

    The game was tied at 29 after the first quarter. The Hornets then proceeded to allow the Heat to score a record 43 points in the second quarter to take a 72-60 lead into the locker room.

    The Hornets not only lost the game but may have lost starting small forward Nicolas Batum in the process. Batum exited this one in the fourth quarter with what appeared to be a serious left ankle sprain. Coach Steve Clifford indicated after the game that he was “very concerned” with Batum’s injury. We’ll consider him questionable for Game 3 on Saturday night.

    Marvin Williams was held scoreless in this one going 0-of-10 from the field. He was also 0-of-2 from three-point land and 0-of-2 from the line. If Charlotte has any chance of getting back into this series, Williams will have to be much better.

    The Takeaway:

    The Heat have taken full control of this series by dominating the first two games. If Wade and Co. continue their high level of play, this series will not make it back to Miami. Game 3 goes on Saturday night in Charlotte. Expect a much better effort from the Hornets who have yet to flash their true colours.

     

    CAVS 107, PISTONS 90

    The Good:

    LeBron James, the playoff version, has been ridiculously good thus far. James has completely dominated at will and has single-handedly propelled the Cavs to a 2-0 lead in this Eastern Conference Quarterfinal.

    James played a game-high 40 minutes and scored 27 points (also a game-high) on 12-of-18 shooting. King James added six rebounds, three assists and three steals.

    Kyrie Irving added 22 points (8-of-18) in 34 minutes of action. He added four treys, four assists and two steals.

    J.R. Smith also eclipsed the 20-point mark with 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting in 34 minutes of action. Smith connected on 7-of-11 from the land beyond and also contributed five rebounds.

    For the Pistons, Andre Drummond was the only Detroit player to score at least 20 points. (Although all Pistons starters did score in double figures). Drummond shot 8-of-13 from the field for 20 points while adding seven rebounds, one block and one steal.

    Reggie Jackson played a team-high 37 minutes and added 14 points with four rebounds, six assists, three steals and one block.

    The Bad:

    Detroit’s starters were outscored 76-61 in this one and their bench only produced 19 points total. The Pistons will need some secondary scoring from the bench if they have any shot of competing in Game 3.

    Tristan Thompson disappeared in a limited 13 minutes of action on Wednesday night. After collecting two first quarter fouls he was never able to get it going. He finished his night scoreless with one rebound and one assist.

    The Takeaway:

    The Cavs only held a two-point lead at the half but were able to dominate in the third quarter and never looked back. With LeBron, Irving and Love all healthy it appears that this one could be over in four straight. Game 3 goes Friday Night in Detroit “rock” city.

Fantasy News

  • Cory Joseph
    PG, Sacramento Kings

    Nick Nurse said that reports of Cory Joseph missing the FIBA World Cup are “incorrect”.

    Nurse added that he spoke to Joseph on Wednesday and that the guard has his flights booked to China. Joseph was in Canada’s camp at home earlier this month, but did not make the trip to Australia and has missed the past four exhibition games. The situation has become a little bit murky but Canada Basketball keeps holding out hope that Joseph will rejoin the team before they depart for China, which doesn’t happen until Monday.

    Source: John Casey on Twitter

  • Tyronn Lue
    PG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting former Cavs championship-winning coach Tyronn Lue has agreed to join the Clippers as their top assistant coach to Doc Rivers.

    The Lakers and Clippers rivalry continues to heat up. Lue was very close to a deal with the Lakers in May to become their head coach, but the sides couldn’t reach an agreement. Lue now joins Kawhi Leonard as another person to spurn the Lakers this offseason.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • PJ Tucker
    SF, Houston Rockets

    P.J. Tucker says he is optimistic about signing a contract extension soon.

    The 34-year-old 3-and-D wing hopes to extend his deal with the Rockets, but a potential extension wouldn't begin until his age-36 season. Houston has him under contract for two more seasons at this point, so they may not be motivated enough to get something done this offseason. However, a maximum Tucker extension would only have him in the $10 million per year range. Even as a 37-year-old, that could be a great deal if he can keep up his current production. Tucker remains a sneaky source of threes and steals late in fantasy drafts or off the wire.

    Source: Kurt Helin on Twitter

  • Jaylen Adams
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    The Bucks officially announced the signings of guards Jaylen Adams and Rayjon Tucker on Tuesday.

    Adams and Tucker have their work cut out for them in their bid to claim a roster with the big club, as the Bucks have a reasonably deep guard rotation. Adams and Tucker are more than likely competing to get playing time in the G-League this season and can be ignored in fantasy.

    Source: NBA

  • Jeff Ledbetter
    G, San Antonio Spurs

    The Spurs have offered summer league guard Jeff Ledbetter an Exhibit 10 deal, but he is still mulling over his options which include playing in Europe.

    Ledbetter had a productive summer league and now finds himself with a chance to play for the Austin Spurs of the G-League. Ledbetter is sure to be staring at a bigger payday in Europe, so his choice will be an interesting one. We should have a decision soon.

    Source: Nicola Lupo on Twitter

  • Eric Mika
    C, Sacramento Kings

    The Kings announced on Tuesday that they signed summer league standout C Eric Mika to an exhibit 10 contract.

    The former BYU big man is now set up to play for the Stockton Kings of the G-League. The Kings have a deep big man rotation, and it's unlikely that we'll see much, if any, of Mika on the roster this season.

    Source: Sean Cunningham on Twitter

  • JA Morant
    PG, Memphis Grizzlies

    Ja Morant (right knee) said that he is completely healed from the minor knee surgery earlier this summer, saying he is "100 percent right now."

    Morant will look to get back into the swing of things in the coming weeks as he prepares for his rookie season. Morant has the talent and the role on rebuilding team and is undoubtedly going to cost a pretty penny in fantasy drafts.

    Source: Peter Edmiston on Twitter

  • Derrick Alston
    Team, New York Knicks

    The Westchester Knicks have named Derrick Alston as the new head coach, replacing Mike Miller who was promoted to join David Fizdale’s staff.

    Alston, a former NBA player, has been an assistant for Westchester for four years. Before that, Alston was a player development coach with the Rockets. This will be Alston’s first head coaching gig as he continues to move up the ladder.

    Source: Ian Begley on Twitter

  • Cory Joseph
    PG, Sacramento Kings

    Cory Joseph is not expected to play for Team Canada in the FIBA World Cup.

    Team Canada has been taking a beating the last few weeks with NBA guys continuing to pull out. This news won't have any effects on Joseph's role heading into the season, but it does create another dent in Team Canada's chances of making noise in the World Cup.

    Source: Doug Smith: Raptors on Twitter

  • Marcus Georges-Hunt
    SG, Free Agent

    Jay King of The Athletic is hearing that Marcus Georges-Hunt is in Boston working out with the Celtics for the next few days.

    Georges-Hunt last played in the NBA for the Wolves in the 2017-18 season. Last season Georges-Hunt was waived from the Celtics in mid-October and played nine games for the Red Claws. Georges-Hunt is a longshot to make the team and carries no fantasy relevance regardless of the outcome.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter