April 10, 2018, 11:34 pm
Greetings Hoop-Ballers! Welcome to the final day of the regular season. If you are still with us, congrats on staying relevant. For most Roto leagues, today is where champions are crowned. Yes, it will be a mess out there. Good luck to you!
If you are in a crazy head-to-head matchup, congrats on getting this far. Crush the competition.
There is something bittersweet about it being the last day of the NBA season. It went by so quickly, didn’t it? On one hand, the NBA playoffs should be a nice treat. Both sides have glaring storylines which should make for an entertaining battle. LeBron James is a fourth seed, so that’s new. On the other hand, regular season fantasy basketball is over. That’s a bummer.
Yet the show must go on. Tuesday night was the last look for a few teams. Let’s check in on what went down on the eve of the regular season finale.
SIXERS WIN FIFTEENTH STRAIGHT GAME
The Sixers took care of the Hawks 121-113, winning a franchise record 15th game in a row. They were a bit shorthanded, as Joel Embiid (face) sat out once again, though he is close to a return. Dario Saric (lip, tooth) played just 13 seconds before he was elbowed in the face and did not return. Consider him questionable for Wednesday’s finale.
J.J. Redick was the unlikely hero in this one, shooting 9-for-17 from the field for 28 points with four boards, five dimes and six 3-pointers in 33 minutes.
Ersan Ilyasova filled in admirably for Saric, putting up a 26-8-2-1-2 line with four 3-pointers in 31 minutes. This just shows how deep and real the Sixers are this season for a playoff run.
With the win, the Sixers remain in the driver’s seat for the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference over the Cavs. The Sixers take on the Bucks today, who are also fighting for playoff position and a first-round draft pick. Something’s gotta give.
WIZARDS DOWN CELTICS, WANT MORE
Everyone wants the Celtics round one. Who can blame them? The Raptors have the best record, the Sixers are white hot after winning 15 straight, and the Cavs have LeBron James. Despite all of that, the Celtics are down Kyrie Irving, Marcus Smart and Gordon Hayward, just to name a few.
The Celtics are locked in to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Coming in to Tuesday, the Wizards were in 8th but a win over the Celtics moves them back into a tie with the Heat for the 7th seed. They wanted it.
They got it.
The Wizards kept their end of the bargain to fans with a 113-101 win over the Celtics, giving them a much better chance at a rematch. The Heat and Wizards are tied for the 7th seed. The Wizards take on the Magic, while the Heat play the Raptors tonight.
John Wall led the way with 29 points (9-for-16 FGs, 7-for-9 FTs), 12 dimes, seven boards, three steals, three blocks and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes. After the game, Wiz coach Scott Brooks said Wall is “most likely not” playing in Orlando due to the back-to-back set. Wall surpassed 5,000 career assists in the game, but he will have to wait right there for the regular season.
Otto Porter Jr. (leg strain) is also doubtful for Wednesday, as he left Tuesday’s game early.
The Wiz will have to chase a higher seed short-handed.
SUNS OUT, TANKS OUT
The Suns and Mavs called an end to their seasons a day early (thankfully) and engaged in shear tank-foolery. The Mavs needed this one desperately, so they blew a 10-point halftime lead to give the Suns a win.
DFS hero Alec Peters went off for 36 points, nine boards, two assists, one steal and eight 3-pointers in 28 minutes. This is silly-season at its finest. If you had Peters anywhere, go buy a lottery ticket. Fast.
Alex Len closed out his last day on the Suns roster with 18 points, five boards, six assists and one block in 27 minutes. He goes into free agency ready to get injured elsewhere. Probably overpaid, too.
The Mavs played Aaron Harrison for 48 minutes, if that is any indication on how much they cared to win on Tuesday. Harrison finished a -27 +/- on the night.
Congrats Mark Cuban on a top-5 lottery ball.
JAZZ DEMOLISH WARRIORS BY 40
The Jazz began the with a 33-16 lead after one quarter, but quickly turned this game into a snoozefest by half with a 62-33 lead. They won all four quarters, dominating for a 119-79 embarrassment of the defending champs.
Rookie of the Year candidate Donovan Mitchell came into the game wearing a hoodie which gave the dictionary definition of “Rookie,” in effect taking a shot at Ben Simmons for technically being in the NBA for a second season.
Mitchell backed up his hoodie with another superb performance, shooting 8-for-12 from the field for 22 points, three boards one assist, two steals and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes.
The stingy Jazz defense held true to form, holding the Warriors to 34.9 percent shooting from the field. Klay Thompson lowered that figure, shooting 9-for-27 from the field for a 23-1-1-1 line with three 3-pointers. He missed several open shots.
Kevin Durant mailed it in too, shooting 5-for-12 from the field for 13 points, four boards and one assist with no cash counters in 29 minutes.
The NBA playoffs are about to get really good.
That will do it for Wednesday’s Daily Dish. Be sure to follow me on Twitter, I’m @RiazD. Don’t forget to follow all of our breaking news and rumors @HoopBallFantasy. Congrats again on an awesome season!!
April 24, 2019, 6:54 pmClint Capela - C - Houston Rockets
According to head coach Mike D'Antoni, Clint Capela (illness) is feeling much better ahead of Wednesday's matchup against the Jazz.
Clint Capela has been struggling ever since he came down with this virus. He seems to be close to 100% according to his head coach. If Capela can get close to his season averages of 16.6 points on 64.8% shooting while grabbing 12.7 rebounds and blocking 1.5 shots per game, then the Jazz will have an even tougher to task to take down the Rockets on Wednesday in order to force a Game 6 back in Utah.
Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter
April 24, 2019, 3:24 pmJaMychal Green - F - Los Angeles Clippers
JaMychal Green will remain in the starting lineup in Game 5 on Wednesday.
Green logged 22 minutes in the same role in Game 4, though it's not surprising that the Clippers will stick with the same group considering Ivica Zubac's tough fit in this matchup and Montrezl Harrell's fit in his current role.
Source: Andrew Greif on Twitter
April 24, 2019, 2:11 pmNate Tibbets - Team - Trail Blazers
The Suns have been given permission to interview Blazers assistants Nate Tibbets and David Vanterpool for their vacant head coaching position.
The Cavs have already been connected to the duo from Portland, and Tibbets interviewed for the Hawks' gig last summer. The Suns reportedly fired Igor Kokoskov so they could make Philadelphia assistant Monty Williams their top target before the Lakers got too deep into talks, but Phoenix will be looking at multiple candidates. It's a nice roster to work with but we can't imagine anyone will be too eager to work with the team's ownership group.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
April 24, 2019, 2:00 pmDraymond Green - F - Golden State Warriors
Draymond Green admitted that his right wrist has been hurt for "a while."
Green added that he got hit there in Game 4 and "it pissed it off" and said that he's going to play through any pain in the postseason. It's not like teams weren't sagging off Green on the perimeter already, but if his wrist continues to hamper him in any way we may see opponents get very aggressive in their defensive efforts on Golden State's other players. Green is going to have lots of open jumpers presented to him for the rest of the postseason.
Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter
April 24, 2019, 1:57 pmJarrett Allen - C - Brooklyn Nets
Jarrett Allen will work on extending his range to the 3-point line this summer.
Him and every other big man. Allen went 6-for-45 on 3-pointers this season, so he's got some work to do. He's a quality young player who can protect the rim, but Allen isn't quite strong enough to crash and bang with the league's true behemoths and not quite gifted enough offensively to be anything more than a threat on the roll. It's a great base from which to work, however, and it's good to know that Allen is going to be putting in the work to make himself more of a weapon as the Nets look to build on a nice campaign.
Source: Bryan Fonseca on Twitter
April 24, 2019, 1:55 pmMarcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics
On Wednesday Brad Stevens said that Marcus Smart (torn oblique) is "doing great."
That's nice, but it's not much of an update. Smart was able to do some light shooting and treadmill work yesterday but we're still not expecting to see him until the tail end of the second round at the earliest. His tenacity and perimeter defense will be missed dearly in Boston's matchup with the Bucks.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
April 24, 2019, 1:48 pmKyle Lowry - G - Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry suffered a dislocated finger on his right hand in the first half of Tuesday's Game 5 but was able to pop it back in and return to the game.
Lowry swiped at the ball and ended up hitting Evan Fournier's leg with his hand, which caused the injury The fact that he was able to return to the game, even in a blowout, bodes well for his status for the second round. It may affect his shooting to some degree but Lowry has been playing facilitator more often anyway, and we wouldn't expect his performance to suffer. After a scoreless Game 1, Lowry was all over the floor for the Raptors as they locked in and simply outclassed Orlando.
Source: The Athletic
April 24, 2019, 11:50 amJeff Hornacek - Team - Sacramento Kings
Sam Amick of the Athletic is reporting that former Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek had an interview with the Kings for the lead assistant coach job.
Sacramento has already hired Luke Walton to be their new coach but the news about the sexual assault allegations he faces might put his status in danger. Walton should be able to assemble his coaching staff once he is out of the woods but we should know more once the NBA concludes with their investigation of the matter.
Source: The Athletic
April 24, 2019, 11:11 amLuke Walton - Team - Sacramento Kings
Sam Amick of the Athletic is reporting that Luke Walton still has the Kings’ support, despite the sexual assault allegations the newly-hired coach is facing.
The Kings are working with the NBA to investigate allegations made against Walton by his former colleague at Time Warner Cable, Kelli Tennant. The report adds that the two sides are moving forward with their working relationship and there doesn’t appear to be any momentum toward firing Walton, who was hired earlier this month just three days after he parted ways with the Lakers. The Kings confirmed that they were not aware of the accusations until TMZ reported the news and that they will wait for the facts before making a decision on Walton’s future. The investigation has been delayed because all parties haven’t been able to access Tennant’s lawsuit so more information should merge soon.
Source: The Athletic
April 24, 2019, 10:49 amJaren Jackson Jr. - F/C - Memphis Grizzlies
Jaren Jackson Jr. said that he wants to improve his "motor," his ball-handling skills and his shooting mechanics entering year two and he hopes to work with Kevin Garnett over the coming months.
Jackson and Garnett spent time together last summer and again in February when Garnett visited Memphis to feature Jackson’s game for his segment on TNT. "He has a work ethic that is a throwback that I'm very appreciative of," Garnett said in the segment. "I love working with him. He is the future. I look forward to him becoming the leader of Memphis." The rookie had an impressive season before getting shut down due to a bruised thigh, averaging 13.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.4 blocks, 0.9 steals and 0.9 triples per contest. He has tremendous upside and owners in dynasty leagues should feel great about him.
Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal