October 24, 2018, 1:49 am
You know, we go into some light Tuesday nights thinking “It’s really a night off for the NBA. Not much can happen.”
When will we learn our lesson? The Pistons and Sixers played an absolute wild one in Detroit, where we saw our first 50-point scorer of the season. More on that below. We also have some injury news to get caught up on. There truly is never a dull moment in the NBA, is there? Let’s check in on the news from Tuesday!
GRIFFIN DROPS 50 POINTS IN WILD OVERTIME WIN OVER SIXERS
Blake Griffin went bonkers on Tuesday night in Detroit, scoring a career-high 50 points with 14 rebounds, six assists, one block and five 3-pointers in a 133-132 thriller over the Sixers on Tuesday. Your sell-high window on Griffin has begun. Chase top-30 value.
After J.J. Redick (30 points, six treys, six rebounds, six assists) nailed an and-1 3-pointer with five seconds left to put the Sixers up 132-130, Griffin took matters into his own hands. The scorching hot Griffin drove hard and got fouled, making the bucket and the free throw for a three-point play to win the game with one second left. Griffin’s 50-point game is the first 50-pointer this season.
Ben Simmons (back) sat this one out for the Sixers, so Joel Embiid had to do the heavy lifting. Embiid dropped 33 points with 11 boards, seven rebounds and three blocks in 39 minutes.
Simmons’ absence also meant Markelle Fultz got to start, but he completely underwhelmed owners with just 13 points, six rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes. He is going to be increasingly frustrating to own for fantasy owners. No thanks.
The 3-0 Pistons take on the Cavs on Thursday in Detroit.
KRIS DUNN OUT FOUR-TO SIX WEEKS
The fantasy community wasn’t too happy to hear that new dad Kris Dunn has an MCL sprain which will keep him out 4-to-6 weeks. If you own an IL spot or play in a weekly lineup league, you can stomach holding on for now.
If you play in a daily roster league, it all depends on your situation. You most likely struggled Week One since Dunn was out a few games to become a father. I would hold another week to see if you can stomach another shorthanded week in head-to-head formats. If you start out with less than six category wins the first two weeks combined, you will probably have to sell him at a high discount or cut Dunn immediately.
The obvious pick up here is Cameron Payne, who is shaky but sees the biggest boost in value with Dunn out. He should be looked at in deep leagues. The Bulls play Wednesday, Friday and Saturday of this week, so he is worth adding just to get a large amount of games in a short amount of time with some playing time upside.
JOHN COLLINS (ANKLE) TO BE RE-EVALUATED NOVEMBER 4
The Atlanta Hawks announced John Collins (ankle) will be re-evaluated on November 4th.
The news puts a damper on the progression of Collins, especially since the re-evaluation is still two weeks away, and there are no guarantees on coming back then. Much like the Kris Dunn (MCL sprain) injury, owners will have to weather the storm depending on if they have an IL spot. If not, Collins is hopefully back soon so you have to stick with him.
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October 22, 2019, 8:51 amJaren Jackson Jr.PF, Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies have exercised the third-year options on power forward Jaren Jackson Jr. and shooting guard Grayson Allen, the team announced in a news release on Monday.
Jackson was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 draft and averaged 13.8 points and 4.7 rebounds last season as a rookie. He and rookie point guard Ja Morant are expected to lead the Grizzlies into the post Mike Conley and Marc Gasol era. Allen meanwhile, was traded to the Grizzlies as part of the package for point guard Mike Conley and is coming off an impressive preseason, making a case for a starting sport.
October 22, 2019, 8:45 amLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
The Bulls have exercised their fourth-year option on forward Lauri Markkanen and the third-year options on center Wendell Carter Jr. and small forward Chandler Hutchison.
All three now have their deals guaranteed through the end of next season. Markkanen averaged 18.7 points and 9.0 rebounds in 52 games last season, shooting 43 percent from the field. WCJ meanwhile battled injuries for much of last season, but still appeared in 44 games and averaged 10.3 points and 7.0 rebounds. Hutchison had a rookie season to forget after appearing in 44 games and averaging just 5.2 points and 4.2 boards
Source: NBC Chicago
October 22, 2019, 8:33 amJosh JacksonSF, Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies have declined the fourth-year option on small forward Josh Jackson, according to Chris Herrington of the Daily Memphian.
The decision will now make the No. 4 overall pick in 2017 an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Jackson was traded from the Suns to the Grizzlies this past offseason but he will begin the season with the Memphis Hustle of the G League. He is entering his third NBA season after averaging 11.5 points and 4.4 rebounds in 79 games last year with the Suns, but he should be left in the waiver wire for now.
Source: Daily Memphian
October 21, 2019, 9:09 pmRodney McGruderSG, Los Angeles Clippers
Rodney McGruder (right ankle sprain) has been listed as out for Tuesday's matchup with the Lakers.
McGruder has been out for a few weeks but might be close to returning based on the fact that he had been questionable for the opener until recently. With Paul George out for a while, McGruder could see regular minutes once he returns.
October 21, 2019, 8:54 pmDevontae CacokPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Devontae Cacok and Demetrius Jackson have been waived by the Lakers.
Cacok had some nice summer league and preseason games, but it'll be tough for him to crack an NBA rotation. Demetrius Jackson has played in just 26 NBA games since being drafted in the second round three years ago.
October 21, 2019, 8:44 pmDerrick Walton Jr.PG, Los Angeles Clippers
Derrick Walton Jr. made the final Clippers' roster and has signed a one-year, non-guaranteed deal.
Walton has bounced around for quite a while, having played overseas last year. He's unlikely to get many minutes, but he could potentially get a championship ring if he sticks around.
Source: Andrew Greif on Twitter
October 21, 2019, 8:01 pmShamorie PondsPG, Toronto Raptors
Shamorie Ponds will join the Raptors on two-way deal after being waived by the Rockets on Saturday.
The rookie out of St. John's will get a shot with the Raptors, or more likely their G League affiliate. In fantasy, there's no need to keep an eye on Ponds unless the Raptors find themselves in tear-down mode. He had some amazing college numbers, so there's a chance he finds success in the league.
Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter
October 21, 2019, 7:16 pmJoe InglesSF, Utah Jazz
Joe Ingles has signed a one-year extension worth $14 million to remain with the Jazz through 2021-22.
Ingles has thrived as a member of the starting lineup the two last seasons. Last campaign he averaged 12.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 1.2 steals while shooting 39 percent on threes. He should have top-90 value going forward.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
October 21, 2019, 6:56 pmAnthony DavisPF-C, Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis will not have his minutes restricted to begin the season, according to Lakers head coach Frank Vogel.
Expect a fluid situation as the season goes along, but the Lakers plan to unleash their big acquisition. Davis should be the top pick in many leagues this season. His production has always been elite, but it will be interesting to see how Davis meshes with new teammates in games that count.
Source: Bill Oram on Twitter
October 21, 2019, 6:51 pmLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
Lakers coach Frank Vogel stated that LeBron James will not face a minutes restriction to begin the season.
This is good news for LeBron owners, but the situation may change as the season progresses. King James won't even be the first Laker taken in most fantasy drafts, but he is still a worthy pick within the top 10-12 selections.
Source: Bill Oram on Twitter