November 1, 2016, 11:21 pm
It’s a good thing that fantasy owners do not have to care about the result of the team’s games. We saw Anthony Davis put up consecutive 50-16-5-7-4 and 45-17-3-2-2 lines to start the season in losing efforts for the Pelicans and suffered a similar fate tonight. James Harden went off in a loss to the Cavaliers on Tuesday in his best Brow impersonation. More on that below. Meanwhile, the Cavs trio were all smiles against the nonexistent Rockets defense. We had a rare nine-game slate on Tuesday night. Let’s get in to the action!
THE BEARD GROWS IN NOVEMBER
No shave November is upon us and it’s time to fear the beard. Harden was unconscious last night, shooting 13-of-20 from the field and 10-of-14 from the stripe for 41 points, 15 assists, seven boards, one steal, five 3-pointers and one turnover in 38 minutes. He will rarely turn in a 15:1 assist to turnover ratio, but 9-cat owners will take it. He is on another level this season for 8-cat owners and is settling in to his first round value in 9-cat leagues. With the Rockets forfeiting defense yet again, Harden is in prime position to remain a stud all season.
Harden’s effort wasn’t enough to lift the Rockets over the Cavs, however, as they are now 4-0 to start the season. Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 32 points, four assists and four 3-pointers with a dagger from deep to end the game. LeBron James was on triple-double alert again, going for 19 points, 13 boards and eight assists. Kevin Love added a season-high 24 points with five boards, two steals and one blocked shot. The trio was not hungover from their Halloween party.
J.R. Smith is getting comfortable wearing a shirt, as he hit five treys for 15 points on Tuesday. He is a category specialist for owners and it’s nice to see him do his job.
EMBIID ATTEMPTS TO MAKE UP FOR REST
The Sixers announced that Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor will be resting every other game for each other. For Embiid, that just means that he needs to double the pleasing for fantasy owners in each outing. Embiid dropped 18 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and four blocks in 25 minutes on Tuesday night. Eventually, it will be nice to see Embiid play full weeks and outdo his mid-round ADP. Enjoy your sleeper.
Dario Saric broke out for his best game of a very young career. Saric was 9-for-15 from the field for 21 points with three boards, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes. The Sixers made a rare early season trade to acquire forward Ersan Ilyasova, but don’t expect Ilyasova to impact Saric’s playing time, if Ilya even stays with the Sixers after his acquisition. Hang tight with Saric.
It was a scoreless night for Robert Covington, but he did manage to grab owners five boards with three steals, two blocks and one assist in 28 minutes. RoCo is better at scoring but it’s nice to see him help big on defense in a rough night.
Serge Ibaka put an end to the Magic’s 0-3 draught to sink the Sixers in a battle of the winless teams. Ibaka hit two key free throws after T.J. McConnell was called for a flagrant foul with 1.4 seconds left with the game tied. Ibaka finished with 21 points, four rebounds, two blocks and one 3-pointer. I still don’t like his chances to finish near his second round ADP. I’d sell high.
Nikola Vucevic put up 24 points and 14 boards in the win. He suffered a scare when he hurt his arm in the third quarter and winced in pain, but he played through it. Since he finished the game, it looks like a false alarm, but keep an eye out.