February 28, 2018, 2:36 am
This NBA season in particular has seen its fair share of big name exits and injuries. It’s nice to have some good news for a change! Paul Millsap, who sat out for 44 games after suffering a torn ligament in his wrist that required surgery, returned to the Nuggets on Tuesday. More on that below. It’s almost head-to-head playoff time and the stats are starting to magnify as we head to the stretch run. Let’s check out some of the headlines on a loud Tuesday night.
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PAUL MILLSAP IS BACK IN OUR NBA LIVES
It was hard not to root for certain players, especially with the emotion they show for the game. Millsap (wrist) came in as a game-time decision and, much to the detriment of DFS players, his coach would not tell anyone that he would play until minutes before tip-off.
Coach Malone told reporters that Millsap would hold an 18 to 24-minute time limit upon return, and he stuck true to his word. Millsap played just under 24 minutes, posting nine points, seven boards, two assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer. That’s not half bad given the circumstances.
Remember, Millsap joined the Nuggets this season so the chemistry is brand new, there are plenty of mouths to feed, and he is coming off of an injury. Temper expectations to the tune of top-75 value. Either way, it feels good to have him back.
VINTAGE FLASH: DWADE PUTS ON A SHOW IN SOUTH BEACH
Dwyane Wade stole the show on Tuesday night. In Miami. Man, it feels comforting to say that. After Heat fans welcomed Flash back with open arms, Wade delivered another vintage performance in an important matchup against the 76ers.
Wade shot 10-for-16 from the floor and 5-for-5 from the line for 27 points, one rebound, one assist, three steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.
More importantly, Wade sank the game-winner with 5.9 seconds left in the game to cap off a special night while wearing special shoes to honor victims in the Parkland shooting. The NBA is something special, isn’t it? What a treat.
Regardless of the outburst, Wade is still waiver-wire fodder in standard leagues. It wouldn’t kill you to have him on the end of your bench, but there are higher potential adds if you look the other way.
THE KING TRIPLE-DOUBLES THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY
It was a pretty eventful Tuesday if LeBron James is the third coolest thing going in a day. James exploded again in a 129-123 win over the Nets. He shot 13-for-25 from the field for 31 points, 12 boards, 11 assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes. This calls for more King James records.
James is now the first player in NBA history to grab 30,000 points, 8,000 boards and 8,000 assists, and he is only 33 years old. He also averaged a triple-double in the month of February, a feat he has never accomplished in a month. James finished February with averages of 26.6 points, 10.3 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game.
It was a wild month for LeBron and the Cavs to say the least, but we are all witnesses and better off for it. Long live the King.
THE GREEK FREAK PAYS OFF DIVIDENDS FOR OWNERS
Giannis Antetokounmpo had the line of the night, albeit in a 107-104 losing effort to the Wizards on Tuesday. Giannis shot 8-for-16 from the floor for 23 points, 13 boards, eight assists, three steals, six blocks and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.
Both season-long and DFS owners had to be pleased with all of the cash-counters Giannis poured in on Tuesday night. He was just one block shy of a career high, showing off his fantasy versatility.
It’s nice that he got to beast on a non-Anthony Davis night, so his sweet line didn’t get buried.
Giannis’ teammate Jabari Parker is starting to flex some fantasy muscles as well. Parker poured in a season-high 19 points with five boards, one assist and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.
The 27 minutes were a season high for Parker as well, showing a nice trend for Jabari just in time for playoff season. Parker should see his minutes restriction lifted soon, which will give him a nice boost in value.
KINGS ADD ONE IN THE TANKING COLUMN
The Kings earned loss 43 on Tuesday night, comfortably at the hands of the Blazers 116-99. After telling reporters on Monday that the younger players will see a lot of minutes moving forward, coach Joerger elected to play his old guys once again.
Zach Randolph played 28 minutes and Vince Carter stole 19 minutes, keeping the Kings floored just enough to lose the game. The Kings went nine deep, so those who dressed for the game got ample playing time.
Willie Cauley-Stein kept up his strong play, dropping 17 points with 10 boards, one assist, two steals and one block in 31 minutes. He has been as rock solid as they come on this squad.
Bogdan Bogdanovic continued his useful output, scoring 14 points with one board, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes. He should hold top-75 status moving forward.
With Z-Bo starting, Skal Labissiere came off the bench following his 20-point night on Monday. The tune was a lot different on Tuesday, as Skal scored six points with three boards and one block in 25 minutes. He will see his fair share of ups and downs to close out the season, but the potential is there. He is a borderline option in standard leagues.
MESS WITH THE BOBAN?
Boban Marjanovic rose from the ashes on Tuesday to carry the Clippers to a 122-120 victory. The Clippers were trailing by 19 late in the third quarter when Boban checked in to the game, and he ended a +27 on the stat sheet.
Boban shot 5-for-8 from the floor and 8-for-9 from the line for 18 points, six boards, one assist, two steals and one block in just 15 minutes.
We have seen this outburst before, as Boban has serious fandom in the fantasy community. We all want this to be a ‘thing,’ but the odds of it happening are in serious doubt. If you are in a deep league, he is definitely worth a flier if you have no other high potential options. However, this seems like an ignore in standard leagues. Crazier things have happened.
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