December 6, 2016, 10:29 pm
Any talk of Marc Gasol‘s foot injury seems long gone these days. Owners were weary on draft night and choosing him wasn’t for the faint of heart. Gamblers have been rewarded. Gasol keeps posting top-25 numbers and Tuesday night was no different. More on that below. Tuesday night didn’t quite have a 60-point scorer like Klay Thompson, but John Wall gave it his best shot. Let’s take a look at Tuesday’s headlines in a six-game slate:
WALL’S 52 NOT ENOUGH FOR MAGIC TRICKS
John Wall scored 52 points. The Magic starters scored 51 points. The Magic won 124-116. That can’t be right.
It was. Elfrid Payton was 9-for-12 from the field and 4-for-4 from the line for 25 points with nine assists, three steals, three blocks and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes off the bench. It was easily Elfrid’s best game of the season. Quick! Sell-high!
Bed, Bath & BISMACK BIYOMBO came up big on Tuesday with 14 points, 13 boards and three swats in 31 minutes. The Magic are 4-2 with Biyombo starting at center, including a nice win over the Spurs. That trend bodes well for his opportunity in teh starting lineup. Keep rolling him out there.
Jeff Green broke out for 20 points, three boards, one steal and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes off the bench. He is on a nice four-game roll during the Magic win streak and is worth a speculative add if you have room. Jodie Meeks showed up in the boxscore with 18 points. Ignore him.
The Magic spoiled a magnificent outing for John Wall, who dropped 52 points (18-for-31 FGs, 11-for-14 FTs) with four rebounds, eight dimes, three steals and five 3-pointers. Good thing a Wizards loss doesn’t affect fantasy basketball. It all counts the same.
Bradley Beal chipped in with 19 points (7-for-18 FGs, 2-for-4 FTs), three boards, three assists and three 3-pointers. He has finally cooled off. That’s the Beal we know.
MELO TAKES HIS TALENTS TO SOUTH BEACH
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 35 points (13-for-27 FGs, 6-for-7 FTs) with four boards, two assists, one block and three 3-pointers in a 114-103 win over the Heat. Melo was a game-high +25 on Tuesday in an efficient outing. Make that four straight wins for the Knickerbockers.
Kristaps Porzingis took a backseat with 14 points, 12 boards and one blocked shot on Tuesday. It happens.
Back spasms took Derrick Rose out of the game in the third quarter. He was quickly ruled out and did not return. He has stayed relatively healthy this season and has made an appearance in every game. You knew this was coming.
The Heat only have nine healthy players, which miraculously includes Josh McRoberts and Udonis Haslem. Josh Richardson (ankle) sat this one out and will not be apart of the Heat’s upcoming three-game road trip, ruling him out for this week. Dion Waiters (groin), Justise Winslow (wrist) and James Johnson (shoulder) will not travel either. December 12 is the earliest these guys might come back.
That left Rodney McGruder cracking the starting lineup. He put up five points, five boards, four assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes. You can do better with a roster spot. Tyler Johnson is the better play, as he scored 13 points with five boards, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes off the bench.
Goran Dragic dropped 29 points, four boards, seven dimes, two steals and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes. He did wince as he stretched his shoulder late in the game but played through it. With the Heat dropping like flies, I’d monitor his status for Wednesday. Hassan Whiteside shouldered the load down low as usual, scoring 23 points with 14 boards, one assist, one steal and three blocks in 38 minutes. These two are all the Heat can count on right now.
MARC GASOL CARRIES GRIZZ OVER SIXERS
The shorthanded Grizzlies took down the Sixers 96-91 in a close win. After a monster stat line in 46 minutes on Monday night, Gasol shot 9-for-17 from the field for 26 points with 12 boards, three assists, one steal and two blocks in 34 minutes. It’s encouraging to see Gasol play 46 minutes one night and 34 minutes the next. Rest easy Marc Gasol owners. The recovery is complete.
JaMychal Green stepped in for a solid night with 13 points, 10 boards, three assists, two steals and one block. He also hit 9-of-10 free throws which was handy. Green is posting top-50 numbers over the last few weeks and is showing no signs of slowing down as the Grizz need a compliment to Gasol. After Trevor Booker, JaMychal Green is a candidate for add of the year through December.
Zach Randolph (personal) rejoined the Grizzlies after missing the last seven games for personal reasons. Z-Bo was back to his normal self with 12 points and 14 boards in 22 minutes off the bench. He is a decent source of rebounds but not much else. Make him the last guy on your bench.
The beaten-down Sixers played only nine guys tonight and couldn’t muster enough for a win. Ersan Ilyasova dropped his best line of the year with 23 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, one steal, two blocks and four 3-pointers. He attempted 13 from beyond the arc, which goes a long way to tell you why the Sixers lost.
Dario Saric shot 6-for-12 from the floor for 17 points with seven boards, one steal and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes. Make that two nights in a row with identical lines. At least he’s consistent.
With Joel Embiid (rest), Jahlil Okafor (illness), and Robert Covington (knee) out, the Sixers started Richaun Holmes at forward. Holmes shot 5-for-13 from the floor for 10 points with six boards, two assists, one steal and three blocks in 34 minutes. He was a decent DFS play but not worth a long-term option. Nothing to see here. Look for Sixers reinforcements to return on Thursday.