August 10, 2016, 10:39 am
Tuesday had plenty of notable moments with two Olympic games being played. Spain was considered a favorite to potentially challenge Team USA in Rio but are currently 0-2. Dario Saric is a monster? Ricky Rubio needs to change his identity.
Today’s plan is to highlight the smaller news first and end with a grand finale — minus the fireworks.
Perry Jones III is headed overseas on a one-year contract. Euro hoops are a totally different style of play so this may actually prove to be beneficial for Jones. He’s notably remembered for his 32-point scoring output when KD missed time in 2014. Well, maybe most don’t remember but I do Perry, I do.
The legend Ray Allen is potentially mulling a comeback attempt. While this seems unlikely, Allen is known for his competitiveness and his 3-point record is in serious jeopardy. We heard this rumor last year and nothing came of it so take it with a grain of salt. A comeback would definitely be a site to see for fans but it’s still relatively unlikely at this point.
On a much more serious note, Enes Kanter is currently involved in a very serious family matter. It appears he has been disowned by his Mother and he hasn’t been in contact with his Father or siblings in quite some time. This all stems from Kanter’s support of the Gulen movement. Fethullah Gülen was allegedly the leader of the coup held in Turkey weeks ago. To prove how serious the matter is, Kanter’s Dad said, “I would not have taken Enes to the U.S. for the basketball camp where his talent was discovered had I known that it would come to this point.” While Kanter defended his position by saying “I would sacrifice my mother, father and whole family for Gulen’s sake.” Crazy stuff. Don’t be surprised if we hear Enes Gulen soon.
Now for the notable performances in today’s Olympics.
Ricky Rubio: Notable? I should’ve made Rubio his own separate category: Embarrassing performances.
Pau Gasol: Gasol had a mediocre performance but will be remembered negatively for the final few seconds. Sadly for him, scoring a game-high 13 points and recordig four blocks will never be remembered from today’s action. Gasol had the chance to seal the game but missed both of his free throws. In the ensuing possession, Brazil was able to manage a crazy tip and score the game-winning basket. Don’t worry, it’s only mostly your fault.
Nikola Mirotic: Another disappearance from Mirotic as he went 0-for-4 from downtown. Like Rubio, he has been a massive disappointment thus far. Because of Spain’s inability to finish games, they must win their next three games in order to advance. Maybe if Mirotic actually knew how to properly box out, Spain would be the likely candidate to advance. We know he was a liability at times in Chicago and his minutes down the stretch proved that. He’s been quiet inconsistent during his time in the NBA, though he still holds value as he can get hot in a hurry.
Marcelo Huertas: Though Huertas has the least fantasy value out of all these players but his performance is well worth mentioning. Saying he outplayed opposing guard Ricky Rubio is a massive understatement. Huertas finished with 10 points, seven assists and four boards. His zero turnovers through 31 minutes are perhaps the most impressive part of the entire game.
Huertas was mocked and judged by the DFS community last season because he appeared to be an awful decision maker. Huertas improved vastly towards the end of the year but still has no fantasy value with the current Lakers roster. He still proved the DFS bullies wrong, be proud buddy.
The MVP of the day: Dario Saric — where do I start? Unbelievable performance. He finished with 19 points, 10 boards and seven assists. This is the first time in a few seasons where Philly will actually have a playing time conundrum when it comes to their talented players. Between Saric, Okafor, Noel, Embiid, Grant and Covington — someone will have to suffer a low minute total barring a trade. Saric has displayed his potential both days in Rio but he’s struggling with his 3-point shot.
He had the game-winning block against Spain and on Tuesday he carried the team on his back, on both ends! Watch out NBA fans, Saric may be the hero Philly needs and deserves. Trusting the process may finally pay off? At least we know Saric is clutch — right Gasol? Too soon.
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April 18, 2019, 1:13 amRicky Rubio - G - Utah Jazz
Ricky Rubio put up 17 points with four rebounds, nine assists and four steals in a loss to the Rockets in Game 2 on Wednesday.
He shot 7-of-17 from the field and had the unfortunate matchup against James Harden for much of this game. Harden hit him with a crossover that sent Rubio to the floor, but he missed the shot. The Jazz have been getting good performances from Rubio and Derrick Favors, but the inconsistent play from the remainder of their roster has left them with a two-game series deficit. The Jazz are heading back to Utah for Game 3 as they will try to steal their first game of the series.
April 18, 2019, 1:06 amDonovan Mitchell - G - Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell had another poor shooting night as he went 5-of-18 from the field on his way to 11 points in a Game 2 blowout loss to the Rockets on Wednesday.
Mitchell shot just 1-of-8 from 3-point territory and 0-of-2 from the stripe. He also had five fouls and four turnovers while playing a team-high 37 minutes. He did add six assists and two steals, but this was a disappointing performance from the second-year rising star. Eric Gordon has been outshining him, but Mitchell has a chance to rectify things as the Jazz head home for Game 3.
April 18, 2019, 1:00 amDerrick Favors - F/C - Utah Jazz
Derrick Favors played well in his 22 minutes of action in a Game 2 loss to the Rockets on Wednesday, with 14 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.
Although Favors is putting up good numbers in such limited minutes, you should not expect to see him go above 25 minutes at all in this series. He shot 7-of-11 from the field and missed both of his attempts from deep. Also, the Rockets play a lot of small ball as PJ Tucker is their power forward, so Favors is often at a defensive disadvantage when on the court.
April 18, 2019, 12:56 amRudy Gobert - C - Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert did not have a great showing in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Rockets as he managed just 11 points and 12 rebounds on 3-of-6 shooting.
He made five of his seven attempts from the stripe and added one assist and two steals to the stat sheet. He did not record a block in this one which is rare to see from Gobert as he averaged 2.3 blocks per game on the season. Clint Capela has been defending Gobert well, which is making things a lot tougher on the Jazz to score and rebound the ball. Gobert will look to bounce back as the Jazz head home for Game 3.
April 18, 2019, 12:47 amRoyce O'Neale - F - Utah Jazz
Royce O'Neale played well on Wednesday in a Game 2 blowout loss to the Rockets as he had 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting with three triples and four assists.
O'Neale stepped up as Joe Ingles managed just seven points on 3-of-8 shooting with five steals. He saw 27 minutes of action in this one after seeing just 15 minutes in Game 1. He has guarded James Harden on numerous possessions thus far and it seems as though Harden goes at him every chance he gets. This may be the best game we see from O'Neale all series, but he has given the Jazz some solid run off the bench thus far.
April 18, 2019, 12:37 amJames Harden - G - Houston Rockets
James Harden dominated the Jazz in Game 2 on Wednesday as he triple-doubled with 32 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.
Aside from his eight turnovers, there was not much to complain about Harden’s performance. Rather, there were elements of Harden’s showing that deserve high praise such as his six triples, one block and toughness throughout the entire game. He would not back down from Ricky Rubio and actually crossed him up in the first half. The Beard is continuing his MVP-like season into the playoffs, which is no surprise given how truly great his 2018-19 campaign was.
April 18, 2019, 12:31 amChris Paul - G - Houston Rockets
Chris Paul put up 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting with two steals and two blocks in a blowout win over the Jazz on Wednesday.
He made just one of his six 3-point attempts and turned the ball over six times. However, he did add four rebounds and three assists to the box score as well. James Harden is clearly the dominating force for the Rockets, but Paul's stability will be crucial for the team to continue their playoff success.
April 18, 2019, 12:25 amEric Gordon - G - Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon outplayed Donovan Mitchell once again in Game 2 as the Rockets beat the Jazz 118-98 on Wednesday.
Gordon scored 16 points on an efficient 6-of-11 shooting and 3-of-6 shooting from long-range. He also contributed one rebound, two steals and one block to the stat sheet. Gordon is tasked with guarding Mitchell, which is the toughest defensive assignment on the Rockets and he is thriving in that role. He has held him to 30 points on 37 shots in the series thus far. This series could potentially end in four games if Gordon continues to play at this high of a level.
April 18, 2019, 12:17 amPJ Tucker - F - Houston Rockets
PJ Tucker drilled four triples on his way to 16 points in a blowout win over the Jazz in Game 2 on Wednesday.
He added two steals and four boards while converting five of his eight shots from the field. The Rockets have confidence in Tucker to fire from deep and he proved them right as he drilled four of his seven attempts from 3-point territory. Surrounding James Harden with 3-and-D wing players has been their formula for success and Tucker fits that mold perfectly. When Tucker is hitting his shots, the Rockets are likely to dominate the way they did tonight.
April 18, 2019, 12:09 amClint Capela - C - Houston Rockets
Clint Capela did not have to do much in the Rockets’ Game 2 blowout win over the Jazz on Wednesday as he had just seven points and 10 rebounds with three blocks.
He shot 3-of-4 from the field and added one assist and one steal to the box score. Although the numbers were down in this one, he did what he had to do in his 29 minutes of action as he kept Rudy Gobert in check as well. Capela is an important cog in the Rockets’ formula for success, so even when he is not scoring as much he is still impacting the game in other ways.