October 31, 2017, 10:07 pm
Happy Halloween Hoop-Ballers!! It’s hard to believe that we are already in Week 3 in the NBA. Back in my day, I would be trick or treating on opening night. By now, we have a solid grip on the value of our rosters. As always, players are in and out of lineups (Although it seems like it’s at a higher clip this year right? Maybe we say that every year?) so there are always new flavors of the month.
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Tuesday night brought in a light four-game slate. Nothing got too spooky on us, except the Dodgers forcing a magnificent Game 7. Hats off to them. That’s all you will hear from me about baseball for a while. Let’s check out what went down last night in the NBA.
PACERS BLOWOUT KINGS WITH EASE ON TUESDAY
It’s been less than three weeks and Domantas Sabonis is already making a name for himself this NBA season. With Myles Turner still in concussion protocol for what seems like forever, he has taken advantage of the opportunity and carved out a nice role. Once Turner comes back, possibly this week, Sabonis should still see the floor for his usual 25 minutes and have the opportunity to remain useful. Sabonis shot 5-for-6 from the field for 12 points with 16 boards and five assists in 25 minutes as a starter. He led the way to a 101-83 victory over the Kings.
Victor Oladipo was a victim of the blowout box score, playing just 28 minutes for a 14-4-2-1-1 line with one 3-pointer. The Pacers had eight players play over 20 minutes but no players reached 30 minutes of playing time. It happens. Darren Collison fell victim as well even in a revenge spot, scoring just three points with two assists and one steal against his former team. He would like to forget that stat line.
Thaddeus Young had a useful line with 15 points, four boards, four steals and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes. The steals will always keep him relevant in fantasy.
The add here is Bojan Bogdanovic, the better Bogdanovic in this game, who put up another nice line in the starting lineup for the Pacers. Bogdanovic shot 6-for-13 from the field for 17 points with three boards, four assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes. He should be owned in standard leagues.
The Kings had a night to forget nearly across the board. George Hill looks out of place on this team. He finished with eight points on 4-of-12 shooting with six boards and two assists. This isn’t exactly what the Kings had in mind.
De’Aaron Fox went back to the bench and had the best line of the night for the Kings. Fox shot 9-for-18 from the field for 18 points with four boards, five assists and one steal in 27 minutes. Give it time. It will come.
BOOKER’S 30 TOO MUCH FOR NETS
If you were out of breath watching these two teams run up and down the court, I don’t blame you. The Suns filled up the stat sheet as most Nets opponents do, en route to a 122-114 victory in Brooklyn. Devin Booker led the way with 30 points on 11-of-22 shooting from the field with seven rebounds, four assists and five 3-pointers in 35 minutes. He scored 34 across the country in Portland on Saturday. Booker is quickly becoming one of the premiere young scorers in the NBA.
The Mike James and Tyler Ulis saga continued once again. James won the battle handily on Tuesday, shooting 9-for-16 from the field for 24 points with three boards, five assists, four steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes. I would sell high if possible. I can’t fathom why the Suns would be playing a 27-year-old point guard down the stretch once the season is lost. Ulis stayed relevant with 11 points, two rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes. You can practice patience here, but the real fear is that Eric Bledsoe could be traded at any moment for a point guard in return.
T.J. Warren was excellent in the win, shooting 7-for-12 from the floor for 20 points, 11 boards and one block in 25 minutes. His stat set needs some work to bring his ranking a lot higher, but the potential and opportunity are there.
The Nets lost on a valiant effort by D’Angelo Russell, who shot 11-for-21 from the field for 33 points with six boards, four assists and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes. He has every opportunity to spread his wings in Brooklyn.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was solid as well, scoring 21 points (8-for-16 FGs, 5-for-7 FTs) with seven boards, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 30 minutes. When he gets playing time like this, watch out. The clock is his only enemy.
DeMarre Carroll (ankle) returned to action and got the start on Tuesday for the Nets. Carroll shot 4-for-11 from the field for 13 points with five boards, one assist, four steals, one block and two 3-pointers in a team-high 32 minutes. He looks to be every bit over his ankle injury and is one of the nicest surprises to fantasy owners early in this season.
THUNDER STRIKES IN MILWAUKEE
Blowouts seemed to be the theme on Tuesday night. The Thunder were no match for the young Bucks with a 110-91 thrashing. Russell Westbrook narrowly missed his triple-double with 12 points (5-for-12 FGs), 10 rebounds and nine assists in 26 minutes.
If you are wondering where all the points went, the Thunder had five guys in double-figures and no one over 30 minutes in the game. Paul George led all scorers with 20 points (8-for-17 FGs) with three boards, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 28 minutes.
Carmelo Anthony was solid with 17 points (6-for-14 FGs, 4-for-5 FTs), eight boards, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes. He remains the third option on offense.
Steven Adams was highly efficient with 14 points (7-for-10 FGs), 11 boards, two assists and one steal in just 17 minutes. He can get the job done in a short amount of time.
It was another nice night for Jerami Grant, who is worth watching in deeper leagues. Grant scored 17 points (5-for-9 FGs, 7-for-7 FTs) with four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 27 minutes. He is a great source of defensive stats if you’re desperate.
The Bucks shot an awful 42% from the floor, which is why they got run out of the gym. Giannis Antetokounmpo was the only efficient Bucks, shooting 9-for-14 from the floor and 8-for-9 from the line for 28 points with eight boards, three assists and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes. Even in a blowout, he puts up monster lines. We are not worthy.
Khris Middleton couldn’t get it going offensively, as he shot 3-for-13 from the field for nine points with seven boards, two assists and two steals in 31 minutes. There’s no reason to panic here.
LAKERS SHOCK PISTONS IN LA
The way this season has unfolded, with the Pistons atop the Eastern Conference, the youthful Lakers would have no shot. The Pistons probably felt the same and were tricked on Tuesday night. It was all treats for the Lakers in a 113-93 blowout win.
Brandon Ingram put up a well-rounded fantasy line of 13-5-6-4-1 with one 3-pointer and 6-for-12 shooting from the field. He can do a little bit of everything, but it’s clear he has yet to be an alpha when given the opportunity.
Lonzo Ball had some sweet highlight passes but we don’t get awarded fantasy points for those. Ball shot 6-for-13 from the field for 13 points with six boards, three assists and two blocks in 27 minutes. Big Baller Brand does it again.
Larry Nance, Jr. was terrific, shooting 5-for-10 from the field and 4-for-4 from the line for 14 points with 12 boards, two assists and three steals in 27 minutes. Nance will make you dance.
The bench got ample playing time and made a difference in this one down the stretch. Julius Randle was a man on a mission in the second half, scoring 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field with seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in just 17 minutes. The Lakers bench is nearly as good as their starters. You would think they will make some moves for 2018 free agency at some point.
The Pistons struggled from deep all game, shooting 10-for-33 from beyond the arc. Tobias Harris was a big reason, as he shot 8-for-19 from the field for 18 points with four boards, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes. He is better than this.
Avery Bradley was also pitiful from downtown, shooting 0-for-5 in the game. He finished shooting 4-for-17 from the field for just eight points with five boards and one steal in 34 minutes. You can send over a buy-low, but he was terrific just one game ago.
Reggie Jackson continued his hot start with 18 points, seven boards, five assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes. Expect him to cool off a little and put up numbers closer to 2016-17.
It was a free-throwless night for Andre Drummond, who is sitting at exactly 70% from the charity stripe on the young season. He finished with 10 points (5-for-9 FGs), 12 boards, five assists and one steal in 35 minutes. He worked on his shooting form in the offseason and should finish closer to his 70% clip than last season’s awful 38.6% shooting from the line. That gives him a nice boost in value on the season, shying away from perennial category-killer status.
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