October 24, 2017, 8:25 pm
Coming off an energetic, last second win on Sunday, this game looked to be another high scoring affair, but a winnable one. There’s no such thing as a “must win” at this time of year, but this was a type of game teams like to secure. Playing at home, with a back-to-back looming on the road, against a team with one eye towards the future.
Then Jimmy Butler was a late scratch, and everything sort of unraveled from there. The Timberwolves’ defense never looked sharp, the offense fell back into more disjointed than flowing, and the overall intensity was just not there like it was on Sunday.
Not to discount the Indiana Pacers, they are a solid team with a top of the line offense. The Wolves’ allowed them to shoot 66.7 percent as a team, and gave up 130 points which actually isn’t their season-high (140 points). They were clearly the better team tonight.
This was a disappointing performance for the Wolves though. It’s not easy to recover after losing your best player, but to come out flat is not a good look for the guys still available to play. They’ll have to have a short memory and bounce back tomorrow night.
Karl Anthony-Towns had a mismatch in the post tonight, and he took advantage of it, leading the Wolves in scoring with 28 points on 12-of-17 shooting, with seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks. His double-double streak ended, but there were frankly not many rebounds for him to gather defensively.
Unfortunately, he was also taken advantage of defensively. Sabonis was a perfect 7-of-7 shooting for 15 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
Andrew Wiggins followed up his career game with a forgettable one, scoring seven points, with four rebounds, two assists and one steal. His defense was also poor, though he had a tough matchup with Oladipo.
Teague was quiet with two points on 1-of-7 shooting, and seven assists. He was unable to slow down Darren Collison, who had a monster line of 15 points, 16 assists, five rebounds, and two steals.
Bjelica had a nice game off the bench, scoring 18 points with four threes. Not all of this was in garbage time, as he was a focal point in the Wolves’ mid-game comeback. Thibs is likely trying to find a way to get him more minutes.
Overall, this was a type of game where the tape gets thrown out the window. A bounce back win tomorrow on the road will do a lot to help ease the painful loss.
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.
February 18, 2019, 5:08 pmMilos Teodosic - G - Los Angeles Clippers
Milos Teodosic will reportedly sit out the rest of the 2018-19 season.
Teodosic was never as good as the hype but he was fun to watch pass. Hopefully he can keep his career going overseas.
Source: Nikola Stojkovic on Twitter
February 18, 2019, 5:06 pmKevin Knox - F - New York Knicks
Knicks owner James Dolan is seriously considering selling the team according to The Ringer's Bill Simmons.
The team outright denied the report today but surely Knicks fans are rolling their eyes over that, and hoping that Dolan sells the squad with no haste.
February 17, 2019, 11:20 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard (knee soreness) suited up for the All-Star Game on Sunday and scored 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting in 19 minutes of action in a Team LeBron win over Team Giannis.
He added five rebounds, five threes and two assists to the box score. Leonard has been in and out of the lineup for the Raptors quite a lot this season, but hopefully he can have a healthy second half of the season. If he can stay on the court, he should continue to hover around top-5 value in all formats. Expect Leonard to return for the Raptors' first game after the break ends.
February 17, 2019, 11:19 pmGiannis Antetokounmpo - F - Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo hit 17-of-23 shots on Sunday to score an All-Star game-high 38 points and 11 boards in the 164-178 loss to Team LeBron.
Steph Curry logged 29 minutes with 17 points but it wasn't enough as his teammates Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson combined for 51 points tonight. Giannis was second on his squad in minutes with 27 and everyone should be well rested coming out of the All-Star break.
February 17, 2019, 11:11 pmKyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics
Kyrie Irving (right knee strain) put up 13 points on 6-of-13 shooting with nine rebounds and six assists in a Team LeBron win over Team Giannis in Sunday’s All-Star Game.
He hit a 3-pointer and made some clutch plays down the stretch to help his team seal the win. Irving missed two games from this injury and should be good to go after the break for the Celtics and is a top-10 option for the remainder of the season.
February 17, 2019, 11:08 pmKevin Durant - F - Golden State Warriors
Kevin Durant added some hardware to the mantle at home by taking Sunday night’s All-Star game MVP trophy.
Durant scored 31 points with six triples in the come from behind victory for Team LeBron 178-164 over Team Giannis. Durant got into it with Joel Embiid a few times, while swatting two shots in their matchup.
February 17, 2019, 11:03 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis made an appearance in the All-Star game on Sunday, logged only four minutes.
Davis finished with five points in four minutes, all in the first half, while appearing disinterested in giving it his all. Now owners will have to wait and see if the Pelicans try to shut him down despite the NBA’s insistence that he’s on the court if he’s healthy.