October 30, 2017, 8:40 pm
It took some extra time, and the team nearly found themselves stranded on Waiters Island, but the Wolves were able to hang on and win 125-122 in overtime. This is already the Wolves’ fourth game decided by three points or less, and they are 4-0 in those games.
Dion Waiters was doing everything he could to will the Heat to victory, nailing tough shots down the stretch. He finished the game with 33 points, and scored 18 of the last 25 for his team. Ultimately, it wasn’t enough as his final heave hit the back of the rim and the Wolves could celebrate.
This game was sloppy, especially at the start. The Wolves looked sluggish, similar to early last week in their losses to the Pacers and Pistons. Luckily the team was able to pull themselves together when they needed to.
It was still another rough defensive game. The Wolves allowed the Heat to shoot 52.7 percent and gave up too many layups and dunks. The Heat committed 24 turnovers though, which limited their offensive upside. Most of the turnovers were generated as a result of the Heat forcing the issue as opposed to suffocating Wolves’ defense.
Overall, the Wolves didn’t seem engaged on defense the majority of the time. They were able to pull off a few stops, but this is still an area of concern.
Offensively, the team had a well-rounded game. It was choppy at times and there were some lucky rolls, but for the most part you will accept offensive performances like this one most nights. As a team, they shot 45.1 percent from the field, 47.8 percent from three-point range (11-of-23) and 91.4 percent from the line (32-of-35).
The 3-pointers and free-throws were likely the difference in this ball game. The Wolves got into the bonus early in the fourth quarter and took advantage of the opportunity.
Jeff Teague led the team in points with 23, adding 11 assists, five rebounds and six steals to complete a loaded line. He shot 7-of-18 from the field, 3-of-5 from three-point range and 6-of-6 at the line. His defense wasn’t great at times, and quit on a couple of plays that led to points. But this was still a game you will take out of Teague.
Karl-Anthony Towns scored an efficient 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting, grabbed 12 rebounds, and added three 3-pointers, three blocks, one steal and one assist. Towns did leave his feet unnecessarily for some help defense, which left rookie Bam Adebayo wide open for a number of dunks.
Adebayo finished his best game in his short career with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points on the night, but he was mostly quiet early in the game. As the Wolves’ started to show some life, Wiggins was the man providing the energy. He’s been maddeningly inconsistent thus far, sometime settling for long jumpers and not attacking.
We know when Wiggins is in attack mode, he is tough to slow down because he can pull off moves like this:
Good god, Andrew Wiggins pic.twitter.com/LwyMQYCSu2
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) October 31, 2017
When he’s settling, the offense tends to slow down as well. It’s no coincidence that the Wolves began to play better when Wiggins came alive late in the second quarter.
Jimmy Butler had a quiet night by his standards, with 16 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. He only shot 5-of-13 overall. On defense, he was beat more than a few times by Waiters late in the game. He looked a little bit gassed out there.
The bench was mostly ineffective for the Wolves, but Thibs did play Crawford in some late game situations again over Taj Gibson. Crawford finished with 13 points.
Looking forward, the Wolves play on Wednesday versus the Pelicans. It will be a battle of the Wildcat big men, with former Kentucky star Towns going against former Kentucky stars Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. It should be a fascinating game that promises to be another high scoring affair.
February 19, 2019, 4:41 pmJared Dudley - F - Brooklyn Nets
Jared Dudley (left hamstring strain) was scheduled to be re-evaluated on Tuesday.
Dudley has already made it known that he's planning to return right out of the All-Star break, so unless today's checkup revealed some kind of further issue we're expecting him to be ready for Brooklyn's two games this week. His biggest fantasy impact will be taking minutes from more intriguing players.
Source: Greg Logan on Twitter
February 19, 2019, 4:39 pmCaris LeVert - G - Brooklyn Nets
Caris LeVert will undergo an evaluation from the Nets medical staff on Tuesday.
There's no sign of any setbacks from LeVert but the team will obviously keep a close eye on him after he's returned from a dislocated foot. This shouldn't be anything more than routine maintenance, so fantasy owners don't need to worry about it.
Source: Greg Logan on Twitter
February 19, 2019, 4:33 pmRay Spalding - F - Phoenix Suns
The Suns are expected to sign Ray Spalding to a 10-day contract.
Spalding was the 56th pick in last summer's draft but only appeared in one NBA game this season with the Mavs. He was waived at the trade deadline with Dallas taking on one more player than they sent away, and will look to make an impression in a crowded Phoenix rotation. His college numbers (12.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.7 blocks in 27.7 minutes per game) make him a name to file away in deep dynasty leagues.
Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter
February 19, 2019, 11:44 amMarShon Brooks - G - Chicago Bulls
Marshon Brooks has agreed to terms with the Guangdong Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to Sportando.
Brooks played 29 games for the Grizzlies this season averaging 6.6 points and he is expected to replace Malcolm Delaney. Leave him on the waiver wire.
February 19, 2019, 11:35 amKristaps Porzingis - F/C - Dallas Mavericks
Mark Cuban said that Kristaps Porzingis won't play this season, even if the Mavs somehow are able to make the playoffs.
The Mavs want to put their world-class training staff, led by Casey Smith, to work, strengthening Porzingis’ body the rest of this season and throughout the summer to hopefully prevent similar injuries in the future. And after all, given the amount of money the Mavs could be committing to KP this summer, a max salary of $158 million, there is no need to risk something happening to him in a season where making the playoffs seems unlikely. Kristaps remains a great stash in redraft leagues.
February 19, 2019, 11:23 amLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
Joe Vardon of The Athletic is reporting that the Lakers are "somehow a little concerned" about LeBron James.
LeBron hasn’t been showing the same speed or overall movement lately and the team is concerned that he’s not fully recovered from the groin injury that cost him to miss a career-high 18 games. The Lakers are in the 10th place in the Western Conference, three games behind the Clippers for the eighth and final playoff spot and they will need LeBron to be healthy for the rest of the season. James is averaging 26.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 7.6 assists in 35 minutes per game, while his shooting percentage (51 percent), 3-point percentage (35 percent) and free-throw percentage (68 percent) are all down from last season. He is still returning borderline top-15 value in standard leagues and owners can only hope he doesn’t suffer a setback.
Source: The Athletic
February 19, 2019, 9:49 amMichael Beasley - F - Los Angeles Clippers
Ex-Lakers forward Michael Beasley is finalizing a deal to play with Guangdong Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
Beasley returns to a league he is familiar with after an up and down season with the Lakers where he failed to produce consistently. It’s the smart thing to do since the Chinese team is offering him a lucrative deal and we wouldn’t expect to see him play again in the NBA, at least this season. Drop him if you haven’t already.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
February 18, 2019, 8:24 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
There are people within the Pelicans organization that feel Anthony Davis has played his last game with the franchise.
This is according to Scott Kushner of The Advocate who also reminds us that AD says he wants to continue playing. This is just a reminder that Anthony Davis can realistically be anywhere from the most valuable to the least valuable player in fantasy for the rest of the season. The Pelicans are also tied for the fewest games during the head-to-head playoffs.
Source: Scott Kushner on Twitter
February 18, 2019, 7:55 pmCorey Brewer - G/F - Sacramento Kings
The Kings have signed Corey Brewer to a second 10-day contract.
Brewer has yet to make an appearance with the Kings, so there’s no fantasy relevance here. He would need a few wings to go down to even make him a potential streamer.
Source: James Ham on Twitter
February 18, 2019, 5:10 pmChandler Parsons - F - Memphis Grizzlies
Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff said he's open to giving Chandler Parsons (knee) some playing time going forward.
"I think it’ll be good that we’re coming out of the break and we’ll have a few days to practice just to get him on the court, get him back with the group, see where he is," Bickerstaff said. "It’s been a while since he’s played as well. So it’ll be good to have him on the floor, get up and down a little bit, see where he is physically and mentally and then we’ll go from there." This is softer than the Shams Charania reports about returning to the Grizzlies lineup, which were curious at best, and owners should take a wait and see approach to his playing time. He hasn't been playing for multiple reasons.