November 14, 2018, 12:59 am
Just when a three-game slate on the schedule looked like a quiet Tuesday in the NBA, the Warriors had to dominate headlines. Trouble in paradise? More on that below. Did the Cleveland Cavaliers blow out another NBA team? Let’s check out what went down!
KD AND KLAY HOLD DOWN THE FORT AGAINST THE HAWKS
The Hawks led by three points at the half but it still wasn’t enough to beat the Warriors, who were without Steph Curry (groin) and Draymond Green (suspension), in a 110-103 loss on Tuesday.
After a wild loss to the Clippers on Monday night in which Draymond Green didn’t pass the ball to Kevin Durant in the final moments, beef went down between KD and Green which resonated in the locker room. Durant skipped his media session and left the locker room in a hurry, shaking his head and ignoring reporters. The Athletic’s Shams Charania tweeted that Draymond challenged KD’s impending free agency after he was challenged about his late game antics. The Warriors announced on Tuesday that Draymond Green was suspended without pay for the Hawks game in order to cool off.
Make no mistake, Durant and Klay Thompson’s free agency will be in the back of the Warriors minds all season, no matter how much they deny it. That is the reality of the NBA, with “pre-agents” plotting their next moves, whether it be internally (LeBron James) or externally (Jimmy Butler). Durant seems like the internal type. The Knicks and Lakers will hold their breath with Warriors fans alike.
It didn’t matter, as the Warriors took care of business against the Hawks. Kevin Durant shot 9-for-23 from the field and a perfect 11-for-11 from the line for 29 points with six boards, three assists, two steals and one block in 37 minutes on Tuesday. It wasn’t as efficient as he hoped, but at least he got the ball when he clapped for it.
The other remaining All-Star, Klay Thompson, shot 8-for-19 from the field for 24 points with five boards, four assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes. There was plenty of usage to go around.
Quinn Cook stepped up with 18 points, four boards, six assists and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes. Much like last season, Cook should be owned when Curry is out.
Taurean Prince led the Hawks with 22 points, four boards, four assists and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes. The opportunity to buy-low on Prince has sailed fast.
Trae Young had a rough night, shooting 2-for-12 for just four points with five boards, nine assists and three steals in 28 minutes. This will be the worry with Young, as he can be very streaky. You have to ride it out.
KEMBA GOES COLD AGAINST THE CAVS
That’s right. The Cavaliers dominated the Hornets and shut down Kemba Walker completely for a 113-89 blowout win. Kemba Walker shot 2-for-16 from the field for seven points, four rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes on Tuesday against the Cavs. Yep! Kemba, the fifth ranked player coming in to Tuesday, put up just seven points in an absolute stinker against the lowly Cavs. DFS owners were certainly spurned and season-long owners now have to deal with Walker only playing one more time this week. Hey, no one’s perfect.
The lone bright spot for the Hornets with Hoop Ball Sixer Jeremy Lamb, who dominated the boxscore in one of his best games of the young season. Jeremy Lamb shot 8-for-16 from the field and 5-for-5 from the line for season-high 22 points, six boards, two assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes. He is maintaining top-70 value in 9-cat leagues and is looking every bit like a steal on draft night. Kudos to our premium subscribers!
As for the winning side, the point guards were terrific for the Cavs if you can believe it. Collin Sexton shot 7-for-18 from the field for 16 points with five boards, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes. He is settling into his starting role and it’s starting to show up in the boxscore. Sexton did a little bit of everything tonight, which is encouraging to see from a fantasy perspective. He is worth a flier in standard leagues.
Jordan Clarkson shot 9-for-15 from the field for 24 points with five boards, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes off the bench. He has strung together top-120 value with double-digit points and solid efficiency this season. The 24 points are a season-high. He should be able to maintain end-of-the-bench value in standard leagues.
The Cavs dominated the boards in the frontcourt all night. Tristan Thompson shot 5-for-6 from the field for 11 points with 21 boards and five assists in 28 minutes. He is putting up top-80 value since Kevin Love left the lineup, leaving all of the rebounds to be vacuumed up. There are higher upside guys to own on your waiver wire but if you are in a bind for short-term value, you could do worse in standard leagues.
Larry Nance shot 3-for-6 from the field for seven points with 12 boards, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer on Tuesday. He played 35 minutes at power forward as a starter, which is encouraging to see. Nance has the tools to pepper in stats in all categories, making him worth holding in standard leagues.
ROCKETS RALLY TO WIN IN DENVER
After an ugly 5-7 start to the season and drama revolving around cutting Carmelo Anthony, the Rockets went in to Denver and finally looked like themselves for a 109-99 win. The big three accounted for 67 points.
Clint Capela led all scorers with 24 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the field, nine boards, two assists and one block in 36 minutes. He had a knee injury coming in to the game, so it was nice to see it being a thing of the past.
James Harden was inefficient but effective, shooting 7-for-16 from the field for 22 points with five boards, 11 assists, three steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes. He was 2-for-10 from beyond the arc, so it’s impressive the Rockets got past a solid Denver team.
Chris Paul came in to the game shooting 40.5%, but had his second efficient game in a row. Paul shot 7-for-12 from the field for 21 points with five boards, four assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes. Paul was rumored to have an elbow injury bothering him, which explains his poor shooting in the first month of the season, but the last two games mean he looks to be over it for now. The buy-low window on CP3 is gone.
On the Denver side, Nikola Jokic was a bit slowed by Capela but still managed a useful 14-12-7-2 line. He wasn’t able to score at will with Capela clogging the lane. Jokic is living up to his first round value.
Paul Millsap incredible grabbed zero rebounds in a 13-0-1-2-0 line. He is a shell of his all-star self in the fantasy basketball world and currently sitting outside the top-100. His name has some trade value. Use it or lose it.
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