October 30, 2019, 12:54 am
Every season we have to remind ourselves there is no “off night” in the NBA. Even with just three games on the schedule, there was plenty going on Tuesday to wet your appetite. Jimmy Butler is back, South Beach edition. Anthony Davis is superhuman. But first, the basketball world almost fainted with a spooky Trae Young injury. Let’s get right into it.
Trae Young sprains ankle, may miss two weeks
In the second quarter of Tuesday’s Hawks-Heat game, Trae Young drove to the basket and landed awkwardly on the foot of Justise Winslow, twisting his right ankle and heading to the floor. He was in serious pain, slamming the floor with his fist in frustration. Trainers assisted him to the locker room where Young was quickly ruled out for the contest, never a good sign.
Fortunately, X-rays came back negative right away, but an MRI is scheduled for Wednesday. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, early indications are Young may miss two weeks with a right ankle sprain. The Hawks won’t push their rising star.
In the short term, your biggest beneficiary is John Collins, who saw a usage spike immediately and finished with 30 points (10-for-17 FGs), seven boards, four assists, one steal, one block, and five 3-pointers. It was easily his best game of the season, after seeing a 3.5 percent usage rate spike sans Trae Young. Kevin Huerter could see a usage bump as well while he slowly works back to full health.
DeAndre’ Bembry is also a short-term beneficiary with Young out. He started the second half and has a well-rounded fantasy skill-set when given the opportunity. Bembry will be a nice stream for Thursday’s rematch against the Heat.
Jimmy Butler debuts in Heat win over Hawks
Instead of changing diapers, Jimmy Butler was changing teammates, this time in a Heat uniform for his debut in South Beach. He looked solid, putting up 21 points (5-for-11 FGs) with five boards, two assists, three steals and one 3-pointer. It wasn’t the night you drafted him for, but he didn’t have to do too much in a game the Heat controlled most of the night. Jimmy Buckets will be just fine.
Tyler Herro stole the show from Butler, breaking a Heat rookie record with 29 points (7-for-9 FGs) off the bench (previously held by Michael Beasley with 28 points). Herro added seven boards and two assists with three 3-pointers in 29 minutes to go with his stat line. If you were worried Jimmy Buckets would slow Herro’s roll, think again. Herro is getting plenty, if not more, usage on the second team for this to be an issue. Use his proudly, but don’t expect him to shoot so well.
Big Bam Adebayo was terrific yet again, rattling off a 17-10-3-2-3 line. He is looking every bit valuable this season, putting up early-round numbers so far. Expect Adebayo to sustain top-50 numbers all season.
What soreness? AD puts up 40/20 on one shoulder in three quarters
Speaking to reporters before Tuesday’s game, coach Frank Vogel casually mentioned Anthony Davis has some shoulder soreness and wasn’t a sure thing to play against the Grizzlies. AD was seen shooting with tape on his shoulder in pre-game warmups when it was announced he’d give it a go.
Davis made sure to bring his daily routine of heading to the locker room during the game in Lakerland, causing fantasy owners and fans to have their first big freak out of the year. If you are new to this, welcome, and just know you aren’t alone here.
All of that was for naught, as one good shoulder on Anthony Davis is better than just about everyone else. AD ended up being needed for only 30 minutes, sitting out the entire fourth quarter, and looked absolutely superhuman. AD put up 40 points (7-for-17 FGs, 26-for-27 FTs, yes you read that right) with 20 boards, two assists, and two blocks.
AD’s bum shoulder will be interesting to keep an eye on this season. Owning him in fantasy is never for the faint of heart.
Mavs upset Nuggets
The Dallas Mavericks took on the 3-0 Nuggets on Tuesday and handed Denver their first loss of the season in a tight 109-106 win. Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis were a combined 7-for-26 from the field for 22 points, and yet the Mavs’ bench came up big to lead the team to victory.
Maxi Kleber scored 14 points (6-for-12 FGs) with seven boards, one assist, one steal, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes. He is worth holding in standard leagues.
Dwight Powell (hamstring) made his season debut, but Rick Carlisle noted his minutes would be monitored due to the high altitude and it being his first game game. He finished with an ugly four points and four boards. This is your moment to buy-low, as Powell has top-80 potential this season.
Nikola Jokic triple-doubled with a 10-10-10-3-0 line. His slow start continues. Send a few buy-low offers to the Jokic owner in your league. He is a borderline MVP candidate and will put up first round numbers in due time.
Paul Millsap exploded with 23 points and eight boards with four 3-pointers. He won’t lead the Nuggets in scoring on most nights, so your sell-high window on Millsap has arrived.
Gary Harris (16-5-4-1) and Will Barton (19-11-1-1) were also very useful. Both guys have posted top-50 seasons in previous years, something they are capable of achieving on this team. You can do much worse with guys on the end of your bench.
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