• Derrick Rose returned from his mysterious one-game “disappearance”, while Russell Westbrook recorded yet another triple-double performance.

    John WallJoel Embiid, and Kevin Love stopped their owners’ hearts for a bit with some injury scares; and the Portland Trail Blazers are smoking hot right now.

    These are just some of the news bits that we have to digest from Wednesday night’s games.

    New York Knicks 97, Philadelphia 76ers 98

    Derrick Rose disappeared, was fined, and returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday. It was an okay game from a fantasy perspective with the “troubled” guard notching 25 points and four assists. He logged 32 minutes and popped Brandon Jennings‘ fantasy value (nine points, two assists) yet again. That said, I’d make sure I owned Jennings as a Rose handcuff, because he’s Derrick Rose.

    Kristaps Porzingis was limited to seven points in this one, making it back-to-back games that our fan favorite big man has failed to score in double figures. Considering how well he’s played so far this season, he’s probably earned a pass.

    Joel Embiid tweaked his ankle, but was able to return to the game; and you could feel his owners’ collective sigh of relief reverberate across the Universe. The hero of this game was T.J. McConnell who sank the game-winning jumper for Philly. Speaking of McConnell, he’s played well enough lately that he’s been worth an add for teams in need of an assists specialist.

    Nerlens Noel had a decent game in 21 minutes off the bench with 13-8 and two steals. Jahlil Okafor got another DNP-CD, and is looking more and more like the odd man out in the Philly big-man rotation. He’s still a hold for now.

    Memphis Grizzlies 95, Oklahoma City Thunder 103

    Russell Westbrook had another triple-double (his 18th for the season) with 24-13-12 and six turnovers. At this point, calling his 2016-17 season “impressive” is almost an insulting understatement. But yeah, these are an insane amount of trip-dubs he’s recording and we can’t help but point ’em out every time he drops a monster game. When he plays like this, AND gets any kind of decent support from his teammates, the Thunder are tough to stop.

    Speaking of support, Victor Oladipo (16 points, four treys) and Enes Kanter (19-13-3 off the bench) did their part, hence the win over the grindy Grizzlies.

    It’s almost absurd when think about calling nine points, seven boards, seven dimes, two steals, and two blocks; a “quiet night” for Marc Gasol, but there ya go. Mike Conley had a nice outing with 22 points, six assists, three triples, and three steals.

    Chandler Parsons played 32 minutes, but put up a “meh” performance with four points and 10 boards. He’s still not 100 percent, folks! So it’s fantasy bench-warming duty for him in the near future.

    Houston Rockets 105, Minnesota Timberwolves 119

    It was pretty surprising that the young cubs were able to bite a chunk out of the explosive Rockets squad, but credit has to go to Ricky Rubio (10 points, 17 assists) and Karl-Anthony Towns (23-18-5-3), who both took it to Houston in this one.

    Andrew Wiggins had a team-high 28 points, a couple of threes, and not much else. As usual. Shabazz Muhammad, was a DFS gem with 20 points out of nowhere. He’s not worth adding, except probably in very deep leagues where you can take advantage of his short-term production spike, while Zach Lavine is out with a hip injury.

    James Harden had a solid, Harden-esque game with 33 points, six boards, and 12 dimes. Ryan Anderson and Trevor Ariza, combined for 34 points and eight treys. Motrezl Harrell was quiet in 20 minutes of action with nine points and five boards.

    Washington Wizards 108, Boston Celtics 117

    John Wall hurt his wrist in this game, but thankfully the X-rays came back negative. We should know more if the medical staff requires an MRI. He still finished the game nine points, 10 assists, and seven rebounds.

    Bradley Beal did his best to keep his team in this one with 35 points and six triples, while Otto Porter Jr. had another efficient scoring night with his usual accompaniment of threes, rebounds, and steals (20-6-5-3).

    Avery Bradley missed another game, but the Celtics didn’t seem to miss him so much, especially in the fourth quarter when Isaiah Thomas took over the game and ended up finishing the night with 38 points, six boards, five dimes, and five triples.  Jae Crowder and Al Horford both did an amazing job at filling up the stat sheet and putting a wide smile on their owners’ faces.

    Orlando Magic 96, Los Angeles Clippers 105

    Nikola Vucevic returned to starting lineup, sending the struggling Bismack Biyombo back to the bench. Vucevic responded with big double-double performance, scoring 16 points, pulling down 12 rebounds, handing out four assists, and getting a steal and two blocks on defense. Aaron Gordon teased us yet again, with a 28-3-3 line and four treys. He’s notoriously been a slow starter, however the recent injury to Serge Ibaka could be what lights a fire under his butt to start delivering on his fantasy potential. He’s a candidate for a strong second half and is worth a buy-low play when he throws out a dud-game.

    Both Chris Paul,  DeAndre Jordan, and J.J. Redick were able to take care of business for the Clippers in this one for the win. CP3 had 18 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and three steals. DA had a sweet double-double (10-20) and a full line. Redick scored a team-high 22 points and hit three bombs from deep.

    Cleveland Cavaliers 86, Portland Trail Blazers 102

    Don’t look now, but the Blazers are on a hot streak as they downed no less than the Cleveland Cavaliers in convincing fashion.

    Kevin Love did hurt his leg in this game, so that’s worth noting. He finished with 17 points and eight boards. LeBron James filled up the stat sheet, like the fierce competitor that he is, with 20 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, a steal, and a block.

    Kyrie Irving was held to 11 points as he shot an awful 4-of-16 from the field.

    Al-Farouq Aminu had his second straight game where he got double digit rebounds with 11 points and 12 boards in this one. He’s worth adding in standard leagues now that it looks like he’s finally healthy and getting his game back.

    Speaking of adds, Allen Crabbe continues to be an impressive sixth man for Portland. He had 24 points and three treys in this game. His recent rise has hurt Maurice Harkless a bit and Crabbe’s run is worth riding even in standard leagues.

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