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!!
July 16, 2019, 3:29 pmRichaun HolmesPF, Sacramento Kings
The Kings have announced the signing of Richaun Holmes.
Holmes is set to make $10 million over the next two seasons. He'll push for minutes in a crowded frontcourt, but if it's a true meritocracy then he should quickly rise to the front of the pack. Last season he was able to deliver standard-league value in only 16.9 mpg, so he's someone to target late in drafts on the expectation that he gets more burn in Sacramento. It's a potentially messy situation but we have faith that Holmes will make the most of it for fantasy purposes. For the Kings, it's a straight up steal.
Source: Sacramento Kings
July 16, 2019, 2:03 pmMarcus MorrisPF, New York Knicks
The Knicks have announced the signings of Marcus Morris and Reggie Bullock.
Morris is on a one-year, $15 million deal while Bullock is coming in on a two-year deal worth less than $4.7 million annually, with a second season that isn't fully guaranteed. While both players began the offseason as potential standard-league targets, there's not much to see given the sudden depth of the Knicks roster. Morris will be one of five players who should mostly be playing power forward, while Bullock will slot into a busy backcourt and is already expected to miss at least a month of the season. New York's rotations are going to be a mess and we'd steer clear.
Source: New York Knicks
July 16, 2019, 1:43 pmReggie BullockSG-SF, New York Knicks
Reggie Bullock is expected to miss at least one month of the regular season, per SNY's Ian Begley.
Bullock, who initially agreed to a two-year deal worth $21 million, re-worked his contract to clock in at two years (with a second year that isn't fully guaranteed) for under the $4.7 million exception. There's no word on what exactly Bullock is dealing with, though he suffered from neck stiffness and plantar fasciitis in his right foot late last season. There's no need to monitor Bullock in standard leagues to open the year.
Source: Ian Begley on Twitter
July 16, 2019, 1:14 pmMarkelle FultzPG, Orlando Magic
Speaking to Sirius XM, Steve Clifford said that although there remains no timetable for Markelle Fultz (shoulder), he is making good progress.
Clifford said, "You know, right now we don't have a timetable for when he'll be back, but he's really doing a great job." Fultz simply wasn't ready to suit up, and even though we haven't really had any concrete updates on him since his last game on November 18, we're still expecting him to be ready to start the season. Fultz will make for a late-round flier on the chance that he finally gets healthy and puts it all together.
Source: Sirius XM NBA Radio on Twitter
July 16, 2019, 1:06 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin (left knee) has been cleared to start light basketball activities after undergoing arthroscopic surgery in late April.
Griffin dealt with left knee soreness in the season's final games and missed the first two games of the playoffs. His issues were dealt with quickly after the season ended and he should be ready for the start of the season. Look for Griffin to come off draft boards in the early-middle rounds after he put up a career season last year, though there might not be much profit margin at that price. There's a definite 8-cat lean as well.
Source: Rod Beard on Twitter
July 16, 2019, 11:59 amNicolo MelliPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Pelicans forward Nicolo Melli underwent knee surgery and will not participate in Italy’s training camp at the end of July, ahead of the FIBA World Tournament.
This comes out of nowhere and the only relative information we have is that Melli will be re-evaluated on a week-to-week basis. The Italian big should be fine for the Pelicans training camp where he will compete for the backup power forward minutes as long as the surgery is not anything too serious.
July 16, 2019, 11:32 amBam AdebayoC, Miami Heat
Bam Adebayo is envisioning himself as a better all-around player, with averages of 16.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists this upcoming season.
Adebayo, who turns 22 on Thursday, averaged 8.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 23.3 minutes while playing in all 82 of the Heat’s games last season. With the Heat trading center Hassan Whiteside to the Blazers earlier this month, Adebayo is expected to be the clear-cut choice at starting center and a fantasy breakout candidate.
Source: Miami Herald
July 16, 2019, 10:49 amReggie BullockSG-SF, New York Knicks
Reggie Bullock has agreed to sign a two-year deal with the Knicks for less than the $4.7 million exception.
It was reported that Bullock intitally had an offer for two years and $20 million so this is a considerable drop on the monetary terms. The two parties had to rework their agreement after unanticipated health issues that almost made the deal fall through. This is also the end of the domino that had Marcus Morris back off his initial agreement with the Spurs and sign a deal with the Knicks instead. New York seems to be loaded in the forward positions and it’s anyone’s guess who earns the minutes to become fantasy relevant next year.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 16, 2019, 10:24 amDragan BenderPF, Phoenix Suns
As Dragan Bender continues to explore the NBA market, the Cavs and the Raptors are among the teams that have inquired about the former lottery pick.
The European market also remains an option for the Croatian forward as CSKA Moscow and Fenerbache are monitoring his situation. Bender is still only 21 years old and teams around the NBA could still take a chance on him after what has been a disappointing NBA career so far with averages of 5.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in 131 career games.
July 16, 2019, 9:36 amRaul NetoPG, Philadelphia Sixers
Raul Neto could end up being Ben Simmons' backup to begin the 2019-20 season.
Right now, the two candidates to be the backup to starter Ben Simmons are Neto and former two-way player Shake Milton, a second-year combo guard who earned a lot of minutes at the point in the NBA Summer League. Neto started 53 of the 81 games in which he appeared as a rookie in 2015-16, but only started once over the past three seasons. He has averages of 4.8 points, 1.9 assists and 37.7 percent shooting from 3-point range in 14.2 minutes and it’s highly unlikely that he gains fantasy value even if he earns the backup job.
Source: Bucks County Courier Times