March 14, 2018, 2:40 am
Did we really just have 11 NBA games on a Tuesday night? Phew. In head-to-head leagues, blood was certainly drawn as 25-30% of matchups were all played in just one night. It’s a weird week to put it lightly, and it got weirder with all of the injuries. Let’s check in on big news around the NBA.
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CURRY SHUT DOWN UNTIL MARCH 20?
The Warriors released the equivalent of a Woj bomb on Tuesday and not many outlets really talked about it. In tiny font, the Warriors said that Stephen Curry (ankle) is out for Wednesday’s game against the Lakers and will be re-evaluated on March 20.
What? Hold the phone.
This comes as a shock to fantasy owners, as Curry has been resting but the injury report now says he will be re-evaluated on March 20, which is seven days away. In H2H leagues, desperate owners may need to make tough decisions. Curry has struggled with ankle issues in the past, and the 30-year-old is struggling with them again.
Perhaps he partied too hard for his #DirtyThirty.
That reminds me. Happy Birthday Steph!
KYRIE OFFICIALLY OUT ON WEDNESDAY
The Celtics put out their injury report and listed Kyrie Irving (knee) out with soreness.
This doesn’t come as a surprise, since Irving told reporters on Sunday night that he needs the “necessary time” to stay off of it. However, the indefinite timetable was at least confirmed on Tuesday that Kyrie should be out on Wednesday at the very least.
However, he was ruled out last week as well, but only missed one game. Unfortunately for owners, this seems like a day-to-day problem which hasn’t offered much clarity just yet. With the Celtics currently 6.5 games ahead of the Pacers for No. 2 in the Eastern Conference, it would be strange to push him to play, despite the plethora of Celtics injuries.
The Celtics play two more games this week after today, the next game being Friday in Orlando. If Irving doesn’t get on the plane, it’s possible he is ruled out sooner.
This is a fluid situation. Do what is best for your fantasy team at this time.
GEORGE, KUZMA ALSO SUFFER FROM INJURY SCARES
Injuries have certainly been the headline this week, and it’s only been two days.
Paul George went down with a hard fall on Tuesday night in a close game with the Hawks, leaving in the third quarter and not returning at all. The Thunder refrained from providing official updates, which had the fantasy community turned upside down.
Thunder coach Billy Donovan spoke to reporters first, telling the media that George suffered from a groin issue and his timeline was indefinite. He explained it could be “days or weeks or months.” Donovan further commented that George would be re-evaluated on Wednesday.
Those aren’t words that you want to hear about your fantasy player.
Shortly after that, George made himself available to the media. When asked if he would be ready for Friday’s game against the Clippers, George said that he expects to play and feels alright.
The silver-lining here is that the Thunder do not play until Friday, which gives George an extra few days to heal up. Hold your breath.
Speaking of holding your breath, Kyle Kuzma left Tuesday’s game against the Nuggets and went to the locker room. He returned shortly and played well to close out the game.
Kuzma (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday since the Lakers play back-to-back. Sometimes, schedule is king.
BIG MEN PLAY BIG FOR OWNERS ON TUESDAY
With an 11-game slate, there was an abundance of flashy lines left and right on Tuesday. Big men dominated in ultra-efficient lines, which deserved its own section. Check out some of the biggest lines from Tuesday:
-Karl-Anthony Towns shot 13-for-17 from the field and 8-for-8 from the line for 37 points, 10 boards, three assists, one steal, two blocks and a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc in 41 minutes. The Wiz had no answer for him all night in a 116-111 win.
-Anthony Davis gets listed second because he’s just too easy and leads the bunch every day. AD shot 13-for-26 from the field and 5-for-6 from the line for 31 points with 14 boards, three assists, two steals and five blocks in 39 minutes. This is AD’s 11th time finishing with five or more blocks this season. Beast mode.
-DeAndre Jordan was 11-for-12 from the field and 7-for-12 from the line for 29 points with 18 boards, five assists, one steal and two blocks in 37 minutes. The big iron man never lets down owners this time of year.
-Jonas Valanciunas shot 12-for-20 from the field for 26 points with 14 boards, one assist and one block in 27 minutes on Tuesday. He took advantage of the tanking Nets and went to work in a short amount of time. JV has rode the struggle bus a lot this season, but it’s times like this when owners find some joy.
-Rudy Gobert shot 9-for-12 from the field and 4-for-9 from the line for 22 points with 12 boards, one assist and two blocks in 31 minutes. The Jazz blew the quitting Pistons out of the water, or else Gobert could have done more.
-Julius Randle put on his big boy pants and took down the Nuggets in a big line. Randle shot 11-for-17 from the field and 4-for-7 from the line for 26 points, 13 boards and two assists in 39 minutes. From a basketball sense, he hurts teams more than he helps, but he will make a struggling team very happy this offseason.
LEBRON, WESTBROOK TURN IN TRIPLE-DOUBLES
What kind of dish would it be if we didn’t mention the triple-doubles? That’s how automatic it seems these days with these two.
LeBron James had a terrific Tuesday, shooting 7-for-14 from the field and 13-for-15 from the line for 28 points, 13 rebounds, 11 dimes, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes. This game got out of hand late, otherwise LeBron would have been more out of hand.
The King is averaging a triple-double over his last 15 games.
No one knows better about triple-doubles that Russell Westbrook, who added another one in his total on Tuesday night. Paul George leaving the game early probably helped, but he is who he is.
Westbrook poured in 32 points (12-for-20 FGs, 8-for-10 FTs) with 12 boards, 12 assists, one steal and one block in 35 minutes. The Thunder and Hawks were tied late, but Westbrook took over and looked like his MVP self to lead the Thunder on a 16-0 run late in the game.
Fantasy owners have come to expect this now.
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