April 12, 2017, 9:36 am
Tuesday tankfest was one of the sillier nights in the NBA, as eight of the 10 teams on the schedule have already been eliminated from playoff contention. It got so crazy that retired Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo nearly checked in to the game. As you can tell, silly season was in full gear. Only the Atlanta Hawks were playing for playoff seeding. Despite the oddities of Tuesday night, fantasy basketball was still going strong and we lived to tell the story. Let’s get in to Tuesday’s notes!
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LAWSON TRIPLE-DOUBLES IN COSTLY WIN OVER SUNS
Leave it to the Kings to win games when it’s not necessary. Their 129-104 thrashing of the Suns moved them back in to a tie with the Mavericks for the 8th and 9th spots in the upcoming NBA Lottery. Ty Lawson was the main culprit, as he triple-doubled in 31 minutes. Lawson shot 6-for-10 from the field for 22 points, 11 boards, 12 assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes. If you had him in DFS, congratulations.
Buddy Hield still wasn’t exactly putting up Steph Curry stats (yet, right Vivek?), but he did a solid impersonation in the victory. Hield was 12-for-20 from the field for 30 points with six boards, one steal and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes. He could pass the ball more.
With the loss, the Suns locked themselves in to the second-worst record in the NBA and should feel good about their pre-lottery chances. Tyler Ulis led the youth movement with a nice line, dropping 27 points (10-for-25 FGs, 4-for-6 FTs), four boards, six assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes. Ulis was a top-120 player over the final month of the season.
Marquese Chriss shot 8-for-19 from the field and 4-for-8 from the line for 22 points, seven boards, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes. He flirted with top-100 numbers in the final month and is on the radar in redraft leagues next year.
OLADIPO LEADS THUNDER TO VICTORY OVER WOLVES
With the Thunder locked in to a showdown with the Rockets in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, MVP candidate Russell Westbrook rested for the first time all season. That didn’t stop the Thunder from beating the Wolves 100-98.
Victor Oladipo hit the game winner on a runner with six seconds left to give the Thunder the lead for good. Oladipo finished with 20 points (8-for-16 FGs, 3-for-3 FTs), nine boards, six assists and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes. He was a popular DFS option sans-Westbrook.
Domantas Sabonis had one of his better games of the season, as he got the start and played 32 minutes with Taj Gibson and Andre Roberson also sitting on Tuesday. Sabonis shot 6-for-16 from the field and 6-for-6 from the line for 19 points with nine boards, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in the win. He will be buried on the depth chart to be an option in playoff DFS formats.
Big man Steven Adams put together a useful defensive line, scoring 10 points with eight boards, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 30 minutes. He was a major letdown at times for owners this season, finishing right around a top-100 rank.
With the loss, the Wolves stayed one game ahead of the Mavs and Kings for seventh in the lottery standings. Karl-Anthony Towns played 40 minutes, scoring 26 points (10-for-20 FGs, 4-for-4 FTs) with 12 boards, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in the loss. KAT will be a top-six pick in redraft leagues next season.
Andrew Wiggins missed the game winner at the buzzer and had a poor shooting night overall. Wiggins was 7-for-22 from the field and 3-for-6 from the line for 18 points with three boards, four assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes. His inefficiencies are what keeps him from being an early-rounder.
Gorgui Dieng was terrific in the loss, shooting 9-for-11 from the field for 19 points with eight boards, three assists, two steals and one block in 39 minutes. He finished right around his late-fourth round ADP. Dieng is who we thought he was!
HAWKS CLINCH 5TH SEED WITH WIN OVER AILING HORNETS
The Hawks blew out the Hornets 103-76 on Tuesday, officially clinching the fifth spot in the Eastern conference playoff picture. They are locked in to a first-round date with the Wizards, who they eliminated in the second round back in 2015.
Both teams spread the minutes around as a result of the blowout, with Dennis Schroder (8-3-9-1) logging the most time for the Hawks with only 26 minutes. Dwight Howard led the Hawks in scoring and rebounds with 19 points (7-for-9 FGs, 5-for-7 FTs), 12 boards, one assist and one block in 25 minutes. Despite his 53% free throw shooting and no 3-pointers, D12 finished top-90 this season.
Paul Millsap had an uneventful stat line, finishing with 10 points (5-for-10 FGs) and seven boards in 22 minutes. His fourth-round finish and fantasy playoff injury caps a disappointing end to the season.
The Hornets are locked in to the 11th lottery position, but they still rested Kemba Walker. No use in overworking their franchise player. Jeremy Lamb picked up the slack, scoring a game-high 21 points (7-for-18 FGs, 6-for-6 FTs) with five boards, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes. He finished inside the top-90 over the final two weeks of the season.
LAKERS RIP OFF FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN BEHIND WORLD PEACE
It was a great night for nostalgic Lakers fans, as coach Walton inserted Metta World Peace in the starting lineup for his last home game at the Staples Center. MWP finished the game with 18 points, four boards, one assist, four steals and four 3-pointers in 25 minutes. It has not been confirmed if his psychiatrist was in attendance.
Brandon Ingram did a little bit of everything with a 15-5-6-1 line in 28 minutes. He hasn’t taken the leap yet even with the opportunity. Dynasty owners are certainly frustrated. You have a hold another season.
The Lakers were without D’Angelo Russell (personal) for this one. We wish the Russell family our deepest condolences in this time of grief. Jordan Clarkson grabbed the reigns at point guard and dropped 15 points (5-for-8 FGs, 2-for-2 FTs) with three rebounds, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes. If given minutes, he is always worth a late draft pick.
The Pelicans were very shorthanded on Tuesday, resting DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and E’Twaun Moore. Jrue Holiday didn’t step up as much as DFS owners hoped, with just 14 points, four boards and seven assists in 29 minutes. He will be a mid-tier option at point guard next season.
Cheick Diallo put up one of the better games of his young career, shooting 9-for-10 from the field for 19 points with 11 rebounds and two blocks in 27 minutes. His upside was on display Tuesday.
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NO ROMO: TANKING MAVS LOSE TO NUGGETS
With the Mavs desperately needing a loss to move up the lottery ladder, the Nuggets took full advantage with a 109-91 win. Gary Harris was terrific, scoring 20 points with eight boards, eight assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 35 minutes. Keep him on your radar next season. He can’t be injured every season.
Nikola Jokic (seven points, eight boards, four assists, one 3-pointer) only played 20 minutes. The Nuggets didn’t want to force their franchise player to overwork himself in a meaningless game.
Speaking of meaningless, Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews sat this one out and will not travel with the team to Memphis on Wednesday. Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points and grabbed eight boards, but he will also not travel with the Mavs to play the Grizz. Get them out of your lineups.
Leave it to Mark Cuban to pull the ultimate marketing stunt: suiting up the retired Dallas Cowboy quarterback Tony Romo on the bench in uniform. In front of a sellout crowd, Romo warmed up with the team and dazzled the crowd with a few nifty shots (including this one over Devin Harris).
For what its worth, Romo did average 24.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game in a district where Caron Butler was also a star in high school. Butler thinks Romo could have played in the NBA. Cuban was going to put Romo in the game, but the NBA shut it down. The NBA allows Derrick Rose to play for a day, but apparently not Tony Romo. The Mavs still had their fun, as Romo went to check in with two minutes left, pranking Rick Carlisle.
I told you, its silly season.
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