• Wednesday night brought us Game 3 of the NBA finals. Word came out early in the day that Cavs power forward Kevin Love would sit this one out with a concussion. With their backs against the wall could the Cavs channel some home court energy to get back into this series, or would the Warriors continue their double digit victories like Games 1 and 2 and take a stranglehold on the series? Let’s take a look a Thursday’s daily dish. 

    CAVS 120, WARRIORS 90

    The Good:

    The Cavs came out hungry in this one going up 9-0 in the first minutes of Game 3. They held an eight point lead at the half and then exploded in the third quarter where they extended their lead to 20.

    We knew LeBron James would bring it in Game 3 and bring it he did. James scored a game-high 32 points on 14-of-26 shooting. He added 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal and two blocks. James was all over the court in his 40 minutes of action and was dominant from start to finish.

    Kyrie Irving stepped up for the Cavs by scoring 30 points on 12-of-25 shooting. Irving came out hot in Game 3 and was able to hit some long distance jump shots. In one sequence he actually dribbled MVP Stephen Curry out of his socks. Irving added four rebounds, eight assists and one steal in 37 minutes of action. If Irving continues to play at this high level we will be in for a long series.

    J.R. Smith added some necessary secondary scoring by contributing 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting. He added five treys, four rebounds and three steals to close out his night. Smith did not play well during the first two games of this series so it was nice to see him bounce back with a strong performance in Game 3.

    Tristan Thompson chipped in a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Seven of those rebounds came on the offensive end and his defensive energy was highlighted by a couple of forced turnovers on Stephen Curry.

    For the Warriors, Harrison Barnes was the lone bright spot in an otherwise bleak effort. Barnes scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting. He added eight rebounds and three assists and scored some key buckets in the second quarter which kept the Warriors in the game at that point.

    The Bad:

    The Warriors came out completely flat in this one and while they did make a run in the second quarter the outcome was never really in question.

    The Splash brothers were uncharacteristically quiet shooting a combined 10-of-26 from the field. Stephen Curry scored a team-high 19 points but was limited to only two points at the half. At one point he had double the amount of turnovers (4) than points (2). Curry added three assists and two steals to round out his night.

    Klay Thompson only scored 10 points while connecting on 1-of-7 from the land beyond. Thompson was a team-high -27 on the court this evening and only added two rebounds, one assist and one steal to his line.

    Draymond Green played a team-high 36 minutes in Game 3 but only scored six points on 2-of-8 shooting. He did add seven rebounds and seven assists but admitted after the game that the Warriors had been bullied and he took full responsibility for that happening.

    The Takeaway:

    Ladies and gentlemen, we have ourselves a series. After losing Game 2 by 33 points, the Cavs bounced back with a 30 point victory of their own. The Cavs remained undefeated on home court during these 2016 playoffs and it will be interesting to see if the Warriors are able to bounce back in Game 4 and hand the Cavs their first loss at home. Friday night should be one for the ages.

Fantasy News

  • JJ Redick
    SG, New Orleans Pelicans

    The Pelicans have officially signed J.J. Redick.

    Redick heads to New Orleans on a two-year deal for $26.5 million. He's starting to get up there in years but his shooting figures to age gracefully, and he'll give the Pelicans a level of spacing that they haven't had in quite some time. Redick should be good for the usual fantasy production, which means you'll probably find a little profit at his ADP. He is unlikely to repeat his 30-plus mpg from the last two seasons considering the Pelicans' backcourt depth, however, so some steps back should be expected. But even as a sixth man, Redick's stat profile gives him a solid path to standard-league value.

    Source: New Orleans Pelicans

  • Goga Bitadze
    C, Indiana Pacers

    The Pacers have announced the signing of first-round pick Goga Bitadze.

    Bitadze's visa issues prevented him from playing in Summer League, but he has a chance at cracking the rotation in his first season. He will be playing behind Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis, however, which means it's unlikely he receives significant playing time. Bitadze's versatile game warrants attention in dynasty formats but he could require some patience.

    Source: Indiana Pacers

  • Kyle Alexander
    C, Miami Heat

    The Heat have signed Kyle Alexander to an Exhibit 9, 10 contract.

    An Exhibit 9 contract is for one year at the minimum, and they cannot be signed by teams until there are 14 players on the roster already. In essence, it's the sort of contract that can help hard-capped teams (like Miami) in the case of preseason injury, where a similar injury to a player on a different contract would have larger cap ramifications. An injured player's salary becomes fully guaranteed until he recovers, while an Exhibit 9 player can be waived at a cost of $6,000 to the team. Alexander averaged 4.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in Summer League. Look for him to spend his season in Sioux Falls.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Brandon Clarke
    PF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Rookie Brandon Clarke has been named the 2019 Summer League MVP.

    Clarke put the Grizzlies through to Monday's championship game with a game-winner in Sunday's semifinal matchup, and he'll look to put the finishing touches on his strong debut with another trophy tonight. He's averaged 14.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.2 steals and 1.6 blocks on .570 shooting across five games so far, all in only 21.4 mpg. Clarke has increased his stock as much as anyone in Vegas, though the presence of Jaren Jackson Jr. could make it hard for him to carve out huge minutes from the jump. Still, there's a chance that Clarke puts himself on the standard-league map and he can be considered a late-round flier in competitive formats.

    Source: NBA on Twitter

  • Mitchell Robinson
    C, New York Knicks

    Mitchell Robinson, Jarrett Allen, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Brandon Clarke and Kendrick Nunn have been named to the Summer League First Team.

    Robinson averaged 13.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.4 blocks in only 25.2 mpg in Vegas, and the hype train will continue to roll. Allen had a slow start to his Summer League but came around to dominate as a player of his caliber should. Alexander-Walker and Clarke showed out for the rookie class, with NAW finishing third in scoring at 24.3 points per game. Nunn put up 21.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.5 steals in his summer session and will look to crack the backcourt rotation in Miami this year.

    Source: NBA on Twitter

  • Rui Hachimura
    PF, Washington Wizards

    The 2019 Summer League Second Team is comprised of Rui Hachimura, Lonnie Walker, Anfernee Simons, Jaxson Hayes and Chris Boucher.

    Of the bunch, Hachimura looks the most likely to be fantasy-relevant this season. He's going to have a great chance to log minutes for a Wizards team that's short on depth at the forward spots. In three games in Vegas, Hachiumra averaged 19.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Walker is looking to crack the rotation after an injury-plagued rookie season but might have a hard time outplaying San Antonio's capable guards. Simons could slot into the Portland backcourt with the departure of Seth Curry while Boucher is the reigning G-League MVP and Hayes looks like an interesting long-term prospect next to Zion Williamson in New Orleans.

    Source: NBA on Twitter

  • JR Smith
    SG, Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Lakers should be considered an "unlikely destination" for J.R. Smith, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

    The Lakers are the only team that's really been tied to Smith, so that's not great for him. L.A. has done a decent job filling out their roster and no longer has a need for Smith, and his market figures to be fairly limited. Rebuilding teams are unlikely to see him as a typical veteran presence considering the Cavs told him to go home rather than sulk around their young players, and he has a lot to prove after last appearing in a game on November 18.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • D'Angelo Russell
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    Bob Myers says that the Warriors did not sign D'Angelo Russell just to trade him.

    Saying otherwise would surely draw the ire of the league and players association, so Myers' hands are sort of tied here. It's already been reported that the Warriors will try and move Russell when Klay Thompson returns, and that makes plenty of sense. That uncertainty is something to keep in the back of your mind when fantasy drafts open, but Russell is still going to come off draft boards in the middle rounds with a great opportunity in front of him while Thompson is out.

    Source: Nick Friedell on Twitter

  • Christian Wood
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    The Pelicans have waived Christian Wood, per Shams Charania.

    Wood was a dominant force in Summer League last season and that carried over into the G-League, where he averaged 29 points, 14 boards and two blocks. He burst onto the scene with some big games for the Pelicans late in the season, ending up with 16.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 0.9 steals and 0.8 threes in 23.6 minutes per night across eight contests with New Orleans. Unfortunately for him, the Pels added Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Derrick Favors and Jaxson Hayes to the frontcourt mix. Wood will be a name to watch in deep leagues on the chances that he lands in a favorable situation.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Miye Oni
    PG, Utah Jazz

    The Jazz have officially signed rookie Miye Oni to a contract.

    Oni was the 58th overall pick in the draft and figures to spend most of his year in the G-League, though he did have a few strong moments in Summer League, averaging 8.2 points, 2.8 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 25.4 mpg. The Ivy League Player of the Year is only a target in deep dynasty formats.

    Source: Utah Jazz