November 29, 2016, 11:03 pm
Per Elias, Tuesday night was the second time in NBA history (January 1969) where all teams with a worse record defeated the team with the better record in one night (minimum six games played, 15+ games into the season). We saw the Nets shock the Clippers in one of the most exciting games in the young NBA season. More on that below. The Greek Freak tangoed with the King in Milwaukee in a fun one. Tuesday was wacky with upsets, boxscore outbursts, injuries and more. Let’s recap a wild Tuesday night.
KILPATRICK GOES BONKERS IN BROOKLYN
Tuesday’s wacky upsets centered around an entertaining scorefest in Brooklyn, as the Nets toppled the Blake Griffin-less Clippers 127-122 in double overtime. Sean Kilpatrick exploded on the scene for 38 points (14-for-34 FGs, 6-for-8 FTs) with 14 rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 47 minutes. His outburst comes on the heels of a 22-5-3-2 line on Sunday. Sound the alarm. Kilpatrick has strung together four straight games and is a top pickup until further notice, or at least until Jeremy Lin (hamstring) returns.
It was a superb night for Brook Lopez owners as well, as BroLo shot 11-for-20 from the field for 27 points with eight boards, four dimes, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers in 43 minutes. He is a stud when he finds his way on the court. Trevor Booker was also a fantasy steal yet again, shooting 7-for-13 from the field for 15 points with 11 boards, five assists and four steals. He is posting top-30 value so far and keeps rolling every night. If youare aboard the Booker train, congrats.
There were plenty of monster lines to go around on both sides of the ball on Tuesday. Chris Paul triple-doubled in 45 minutes, scoring 26 points with 10 rebounds, 13 dimes, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers. He is throwing elbows in the top-five ranked fantasy players and plans to stay.
DeAndre Jordan cleaned up the glass with 21 points and 23 rebounds (18 offensive) with one block in 45 minutes. There was plenty of mop of duty without Blake Griffin around. It wasn’t enough, as the Clippers dropped their third straight on this eastern road trip. They haven’t won a game since I ran in to them in Jerryworld on Thanksgiving. I bring all the bad luck.
ANTHONY DAVIS DOES IT AGAIN IN WIN
The Brow erupted again on Tuesday, leaving the baby Lakers dismantled in a 105-88 victory. Anthony Davis went off for 41 points (14-for-27 FGs, 12-for-14 FTs) with 16 rebounds, three assists, four steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 41 minutes. This marks the third game where the Brow has put up 40+ points and 15+ rebounds and it is still one month into the season. The rest of the NBA has yet to pass that feat once. Trailing only Kevin Durant, Davis is your second fantasy stud in command.
Jrue Holiday earned his first start of the season, sliding in next to Tim Frazier (six points, five assists). Jrue was special on Tuesday, posting 22 points with two rebounds, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes. The wait was well worth it for Jrue owners.
The Lakers were without Nick Young for all but two minutes on Tuesday, as Uncle P went down with a strained right Achilles. He is set for an MRI tomorrow in Chicago and is unlikely to play against the Bulls. The backcourt was left for the taking by a trio of characters, Jose Calderon (two points, six assists), Jordan Clarkson (nine points, three boards, two assists, one steal, one 3-pointer), and Lou Williams (16 points, three rebounds, four assists, one steal, two 3-pointers. I prefer Lou Williams of the three.
THE GREEK FREAK OUTSHINES HIS KING
When new blood meets old, it’s always a fun comparison. Giannis Antetokounmpo tied a career-high with 34 points (13-for-19 FGs, 7-for-10 FTs), adding 12 boards, five assists, five steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes. He repeatedly took the ball to LeBron James (22 points, four rebounds, four assists) and looked like a 13-year vet, poised and confident. It’s safe to say that the Greek Freak saved his best for the King in a massive upset.
Jabari Parker was a solid sidekick, scoring 18 points with four boards, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer. The young Bucks took it to the Cavs from all angles on Tuesday, emphasizing athleticism.
Only the usual Cavs trio cracked double-digits in scoring on Tuesday. Kyrie Irving dropped 20 points with two boards, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers. Kevin Love double-doubled with 13 points, 13 rebounds and two 3-pointers. They got no help off the bench in this one and hope to quickly move this game out of their minds.
January 21, 2020, 11:50 pmBoban MarjanovicC, Dallas Mavericks
Boban Marjanovic was extremely efficient (5-for6 FGs, 2-for-2 FTs) on Tuesday, producing 12 points, seven rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 16 minutes vs. the Clippers.
With Dwight Powell likely lost for the season, Marjanovic should see a few extra minutes. And that's really all he needs to provide decent fantasy value. However, even with Kristaps Porzingis out for the past ten games, Boban played in just six. Keep in mind that he's unlikely to play in nearly every game even if his minutes get bumped into the 15-minute range.
January 21, 2020, 11:43 pmDelon WrightPG, Dallas Mavericks
Delon Wright was nearly invisible in the box score on Tuesday vs. the Clippers with two points, one rebound, two assists and one steal in 12 minutes.
Wright's minutes have been under 15 per game for three straight games now after a stretch of five games of over 20 minutes. He's frustrating to own, but when he's getting over 20 minutes, he's putting up standard-league value. If his stat set isn't interesting to you, feel free to leave him alone, but there's always a chance he gets back to the mid-round player he was in Memphis last season.
January 21, 2020, 11:36 pmMaxi KleberPF, Dallas Mavericks
Maximillian Kleber played 32 minutes in a loss to the Clippers on Tuesday, providing eight points on 4-of-7 shooting, five rebounds, one assist and two blocks.
Kleber was back on the bench with Kristaps Porzingis returning to the lineup, but Dwight Powell went down with what looks to be a season-ending injury, so he's right back to a 30-plus minute role. That load has had him inside the top-100 lately due to his blocks and threes skill set. He's worth an add in case he's still out there in your league.
January 21, 2020, 11:30 pmLuka DoncicPG-SF, Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic filled up the box score once again on Tuesday with 36 points on 12-of-26 shooting, 10 rebounds, nine assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes as the Mavs lost to the Clippers 107-110.
Doncic made just 9-of-14 free throws, though one miss was intentional. The free throws have dipped a bit closer to last year's sub-par mark lately. If he can right the ship there, Doncic should have a great chance at finishing the season as a top-10 player.
January 21, 2020, 11:23 pmKristaps PorzingisPF-C, Dallas Mavericks
Kristaps Porzingis returned from a 10-game absence on Tuesday and struggled to get his shot to fall, putting up 10 points on 4-of-17 shooting with nine rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.
Porzingis' minutes were slightly limited, but 27 minutes right out of the gate is encouraging. Dwight Powell looks to be done for the season after an Achilles injury tonight, so Porzingis may be needed to pull some additional weight in the second half of the season. He should be a top-50 player down the stretch.
January 21, 2020, 11:17 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers to a 110-107 road win over the Mavs on Tuesday with 36 points (12-of-29 FGs, 11-of-12 FTs), 11 rebounds, two assists, three steals, two blocks and a three in 36 minutes.
All that with just one turnover for Leonard, too. Leonard may sit a game out every other week or so, but he's been the top player on a per game basis over the last month. His number will likely get dialed back a bit when Paul George returns, but there are few better when Leonard takes the floor.
January 21, 2020, 11:09 pmLandry ShametSG, Los Angeles Clippers
Landry Shamet made five 3-pointers as part of an 18-point, three-rebound, one-assist performance in 36 minutes in a win over the Mavs on Tuesday.
Shamet his all three of his freebies and attempted eight 3-point shots and no 2-point shots in this one. Shamet's performance from distance is the only reason to stream him from time to time. He's an excellent free throw shooter, but he doesn't get to the line often enough for it to help much.
January 21, 2020, 11:03 pmMaurice HarklessSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Maurice Harkless (sore lower back) returned from a one-game absence on Tuesday and barely played against the Mavs, accumulating just one rebound and four fouls in nine minutes.
Even in a start due to Paul George's continued absence, Harkless disappointed. He's worth streaming if you need a steal or a block, but as he's shown, even a starting role doesn't guarantee a good game for Harkless.
January 21, 2020, 10:18 pmPatrick BeverleyPG, Los Angeles Clippers
Patrick Beverley will not return to Monday's game against the Mavs due to a sore right groin.
Beverley's night ends with nine points (3-of-5 shooting), four rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers in 15 minutes. When Beverley missed time recently, the Clippers filled his role with a combination of players, including Derrick Walton Jr. If Beverley misses more time, Paul George will likely be back to pick up some ball-handling slack, as well.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter
January 21, 2020, 10:05 pmDwight PowellPF, Dallas Mavericks
Dwight Powell (right Achilles injury) is expected to have suffered a season-ending torn right Achilles tendon.
That was the worry right away after the non-contact injury occurred. The Mavs will miss Powell. Look for Maxi Kleber and possibly Boban Marjanovic to pick up some of the slack. But, this will most likely have an effect on all of the rotation, even down to the guards.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter