• 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

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Giannis Antetokounmpo could not will his team to the win against Team LeBron on Sunday in what was the most competitive All-Star Game we have seen in quite some time.

    Antetokounmpo scored 25 points with 11 boards on 12-of-21 shooting. He had two clutch blocks on LeBron James to keep his team alive, but ultimately Team LeBron was able to overpower Team Giannis. Antetokounmpo's value is being dragged down by free-throw shooting and turnovers, but he remains a top-30 asset nonetheless.

  • Anthony Davis
    PF-C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Anthony Davis secured the win for Team LeBron on Sunday with a game-winning free throw.

    Davis scored 19 points with nine boards on 9-of-16 shooting. Kyle Lowry pulled him to the ground to send him to the line with a chance to win the game and AD delivered. Davis remains the No. 1 player in 9-cat formats and should have no issue maintaining that spot.

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Kawhi Leonard won the first Kobe Bryant All-Star Game MVP Award with 30 points as Team LeBron beat Team Giannis 157-155 on Sunday.

    Leonard came out the gate hot as he knocked down eight triples prior to the extremely competitive fourth quarter. He turned it up with some clutch steals down the stretch and helped Team LeBron secure the win. Leonard is a lock for top-10 value as we shift our focus to the second half of the season.

  • Derrick Jones Jr.
    SF, Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones Jr. won the Dunk Contest on Saturday in an epic showdown with Aaron Gordon.

    Jones and Gordon extended the Dunk Contest into overtime and treated us to some of the best dunks in recent memory. Jones put on a spectacular performance with one 360, between-the-legs dunk that was reminiscent of Vince Carter. Gordon dunked over Tacko Fall in his final dunk and put up dunks worthy of a trophy himself. Jones earned the nickname of Airplane Mode on Saturday and is an option at the end of your bench in 14-team leagues.

  • Buddy Hield
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    Buddy Hield beat Devin Booker and Davis Bertans with 27 points in the final round of the 3-Point Contest on Saturday.

    Hield had to hit the final shot to beat Booker by one point and take home the 2020 3-Point Contest trophy. Hield is third in made 3-pointers this season with 207. He has been on a roll lately and is a top-30 player over the past month while averaging 21.1 points and 4.5 threes per game. Hield should have a top-50 finish to the season.

  • Bam Adebayo
    C, Miami Heat

    Bam Adebayo beat Domantas Sabonis in the final round of the Skills Challenge to take home the victory on Saturday.

    Adebayo beat Spencer Dinwiddie, Pascal Siakam and Domantas Sabonis on his way to winning the 2020 Skills Challenge. Adebayo was able to showcase his talents on Saturday and has been a top-40 player in 9-cat leagues this season. He will have early-round value moving forward.

  • Evan Turner
    SG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Evan Turner is set to work out for the Clippers, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

    Turner is working on a buyout with the Wolves and Minnesota never had any intention of holding ET back from other work. He's only appeared in 19 games all season and would be at the end of LA's rotation, so there's minimal fantasy impact if Turner finds his way to the Clips.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Miles Bridges
    SF, Charlotte Hornets

    Miles Bridges took home the MVP Award of Team USA's 151-131 win over Team World in the Rising Stars game on Friday night, scoring 20 points, grabbing five boards, dishing out five assists and chipping in three steals.

    He hit some big shots, including a couple of three of three pointers (3-of-7 3PT). The MVP winner was not immediately obvious after the game and Bridges was the beneficiary of a wide open field. He is clinging to value in standard 12-team leagues and has been a little better of late, averaging 20 points and seven rebounds over the past two weeks. If you have an open roster spot, Bridges offers consistently average production if you need a space-filler.

  • Collin Sexton
    PG, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Collin Sexton played 20 minutes Friday in the Rising Stars game in Chicago, putting up 21 points, five rebounds and three assists.

    Sexton was not pleased about being left off the original roster for Team USA. He got an opportunity due to Tyler Herro's injury and had a good showing Friday evening. He has been very consistent thus far, holding top-125 value on the season and ranks in the top-75 over the past two months. Keep running him out there.

  • Brandon Clarke
    PF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Brandon Clarke was in the starting lineup for Team World in the Rising Stars game Friday night and put up 22 points on 11-of-15 FG and added eight rebounds.

    Clarke has the best shooting percentage out of all NBA rookies this season, sitting at a cool 62.3% from the floor. He didn't let up Friday, only missing four of his 15 shots. Clarke has sneakily almost cracked the top-75 in standard leagues this season and needs to be owned across the board. The Grizzlies are surprising everybody and currently hold a spot in the playoffs, so Clarke should maintain his value.