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.
That will do it for Wednesday’s Daily Dish. Be sure to follow me on Twitter, I’m @RiazD. Check me out on Fantasy NBA Tonight ($) where we recap Tuesday night games and answer any and all questions you have live!! Also, don’t forget to follow all of our breaking news and rumors @HoopBallFantasy. Happy Hump Day!!