March 7, 2018, 1:26 am
We all started the season waiting for the annual rematch of the Warriors-Cavs, as the NBA has become a top-heavy product in recent years. The Rockets sure threw a wrench in all of that. On Tuesday, the Rockets won their NBA best 16th game in a row with a huge win over the Thunder, suffering their last loss on January 26th. They have an incredible 33-1 record when James Harden, Chris Paul and Clint Capela play together this season.
We might see some parody after all.
Several MVP candidates took the floor on Tuesday night. We will check on them, plus a few injury scares along the way. Let’s get to it.
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ROCKETS CRUISE TO 16 STRAIGHT WINS
The Rockets have reminded the league yet again that it’s not “the Warriors and everybody else” this season. They won an NBA best 16th straight game on Tuesday with an impressive 122-112 win over the Thunder.
James Harden is putting up MVP numbers on a nightly basis for both the Rockets and fantasy owners alike. Harden finished shooting 8-for-13 from the field and 6-for-7 from the line for 23 points, five boards, 11 assists, four steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes. For 9-cat teams, the 10 turnovers certainly hurt, but you probably punt turnovers as a Harden owner any way.
Chris Paul was also efficient from the field, shooting 7-for-14 and a perfect 6-for-6 from the line for 25 points, four rebounds, five assists, three steals and five 3-pointers in 33 minutes.
The Thunder trailed in this one throughout the game, but that didn’t stop Russell Westbrook from putting up solid numbers. Westbrook shot 15-for-27 from the field for 32 points, four rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one block in 39 minutes. He mirrored Harden with a nine-turnover game of his own, proving his 8-cat superiority.
Paul George was extremely rusty to start, but he finished with decent numbers after a hotter second half. George shot 7-for-16 from the field for 17 points with four boards, five assists and three steals in 38 minutes. With the Thunder fighting hard in a tight playoff race, expect their studs to play heavy minutes down the stretch.
AD HEROICS TAKE DOWN CLIPPERS
The fantasy world held their breath as they so often have in the second quarter when the Pelicans called a time out. Anthony Davis was wincing in pain and went to the locker room. TNT showed footage of Davis holding his ribcage and hunching over in disgust. It was the same song and dance as usual.
Davis stayed in the locker room during the half and received X-rays. Fortunately for the Clippers and all of the fantasy world, they were negative and he was diagnosed with a rib contusion. He wore some padding and trotted out in the second half.
What a spectacular come back it was, as Davis led the Pelicans to a thrilling 121-116 victory. Davis finished with 41 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, three steals, three blocks and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes. DFS and season-long owners rejoice.
The Clippers came up just short, missing key shots down the stretch. Lou Williams was off all night, shooting 9-for-20 from the field and 7-for-13 from the line for 27 points, three boards, 11 assists and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes. It was a rare inefficient night.
Montrezl Harrell did his best to make up for it, shooting 11-for-17 from the field for 26 points with eight boards, two assists and one steal in 31 minutes. With the Clippers playing four games every week over the next three weeks, Harrell needs to be owned in 12-team leagues.
OTTO INJURES HIP AGAIN
Otto Porter Jr. (hip) left in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s win against the Heat. Dwyane Wade essentially tackled Porter, causing Porter to hit his hip and remained on the floor for a few extra seconds in pain. Porter stayed in the game and even hit a three before leaving for the locker room during a timeout.
Porter finished with 12 points, five assists, five boards, ones teal, one block and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.
After the game, coach Scott Brooks told reporters that Porter is day-to-day and that the Wizards would examine him further at Wednesday’s practice.
Still, Porter has a history of hip injuries and this is something to watch for moving forward. If Porter misses any time, Kelly Oubre is a great add in standard leagues.
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