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.
July 16, 2019, 12:38 amDaniel TheisPF, Boston Celtics
The Celtics have rescinded their qualifying offer to big man Daniel Theis, making him an unrestricted free agent.
This is move is to maximize the team's remaining cap space. Theis will eventually be signed to a deal using his Early Bird Rights. Theis will have value as a deep-league source of blocks. He will be competing with Robert Williams to backup starting center, Enes Kanter.
Source: Keith Smith on Twitter
July 15, 2019, 10:52 pmKelan MartinSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Kelan Martin led the Wolves in their 92-95 loss against the Grizzlies on Monday with 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting while adding three 3-pointers, five rebounds and an assist.
Martin helped the Wolves claw back into the game with a big third quarter, but the team just fell flat. He was by far the best player on the Wolves tonight, but it's still uncertain as to whether or not tonight's performance was enough to push him onto an NBA team to start next season.
July 15, 2019, 10:51 pmKeita Bates-DiopSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Keita Bates-Diop scored 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting with four rebounds, an assist and a 3-pointer in Monday's loss to the Wolves.
Bates-Diop was outplayed by his fellow benchmates in this one, but nailed a clutch 3-pointer to bring the Wolves within a single possession late in the fourth. He's struggled with consistency which is why it'll be hard to envision him having an impactful role to start next season.
July 15, 2019, 10:50 pmNaz ReidC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Naz Reid scored eight points on 3-of-13 shooting while adding 10 rebounds, two dimes, a steal and a block in Monday's loss to the Grizzlies.
Reid has been fairly impressive throughout the Summer League, but tonight he just couldn't buy a bucket. The silver lining is that he had the best plus-minus (plus-0) out of all the starters.
July 15, 2019, 10:49 pmBrandon ClarkePF, Memphis Grizzlies
Brandon Clarke led the Grizzlies to their 95-92 Summer League championship win over the Wolves on Monday with 15 points on 4-of-9 shooting while chipping in a 3-pointer, a game-high 16 rebounds, four assists, a steal and three blocks.
What a monster stat line. Clarke was named Summer League MVP prior to tonight and he lived up to the name. He's hyper athletic with a high motor and has a great feel for the game on both ends of the floor and it looks like his talent should win out and earn him a regular spot in the rotation alongside Jaren Jackson Jr. Keep an eye out for him in the later rounds on draft day, especially in dynasty leagues.
July 15, 2019, 10:49 pmBruno CabocloSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Bruno Caboclo scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting while adding three 3-pointers, four rebounds and two blocks in Monday's win over the Wolves.
Caboclo looked great tonight on both ends of the floor and even hit his stride from beyond the arc tonight. There's some optimism for him heading into this season as the Grizzlies are fielding a lengthy roster like Milwaukee and a rebuild situation is perfect for him.
July 15, 2019, 10:48 pmGrayson AllenSG, Memphis Grizzlies
Grayson Allen scored 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting while adding five rebounds and an assist on Monday.
Allen still wasn't all that great in this one and if we're being honest, he hasn't shown much to prove himself to be a rotational player. The Grizzlies could still give him a spot on the team to start the regular season, but nothing has stood out from Allen as his saving grace would have been shooting, but tonight he went 0-for-3 from deep.
July 15, 2019, 6:35 pmJJ RedickSG, New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans have officially signed J.J. Redick.
Redick heads to New Orleans on a two-year deal for $26.5 million. He's starting to get up there in years but his shooting figures to age gracefully, and he'll give the Pelicans a level of spacing that they haven't had in quite some time. Redick should be good for the usual fantasy production, which means you'll probably find a little profit at his ADP. He is unlikely to repeat his 30-plus mpg from the last two seasons considering the Pelicans' backcourt depth, however, so some steps back should be expected. But even as a sixth man, Redick's stat profile gives him a solid path to standard-league value.
Source: New Orleans Pelicans
July 15, 2019, 5:49 pmGoga BitadzeC, Indiana Pacers
The Pacers have announced the signing of first-round pick Goga Bitadze.
Bitadze's visa issues prevented him from playing in Summer League, but he has a chance at cracking the rotation in his first season. He will be playing behind Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis, however, which means it's unlikely he receives significant playing time. Bitadze's versatile game warrants attention in dynasty formats but he could require some patience.
Source: Indiana Pacers
July 15, 2019, 5:44 pmKyle AlexanderC, Miami Heat
The Heat have signed Kyle Alexander to an Exhibit 9, 10 contract.
An Exhibit 9 contract is for one year at the minimum, and they cannot be signed by teams until there are 14 players on the roster already. In essence, it's the sort of contract that can help hard-capped teams (like Miami) in the case of preseason injury, where a similar injury to a player on a different contract would have larger cap ramifications. An injured player's salary becomes fully guaranteed until he recovers, while an Exhibit 9 player can be waived at a cost of $6,000 to the team. Alexander averaged 4.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in Summer League. Look for him to spend his season in Sioux Falls.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter