April 9, 2017, 10:04 pm
Yes he did it! He finally did it. It seemed inevitable, but nonetheless jaw dropping when it actually happened. Kudos to the crowd in Denver for showing excitement and appreciation when it went down. Unfortunately for them, Westbrook cost the Nuggets the game and the playoffs. Westbrook’s 42nd triple-double wasn’t the only headline on an action-packed Sunday. In Atlanta the Cavs suffered an epic meltdown, while in NYC the Raptors looked to lock down the third seed in the East. There was more excitement taking place at the Masters where Sergio Garcia took home his first ever Major in a playoff against Justin Rose. For any sports fan Sunday was one of the greatest days ever. With a recap of all of Sunday’s NBA action, and with Run The Jewels’ “Legend Has It” playing in the background (cue the part “where the crowd goes”) here is Monday’s Daily Dish.
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RAPTORS 110, KNICKS 97
The first half was closer than it should have been. The second half was a better reflection of the blowout that should have transpired throughout the game.
DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 35 points on 11-of-15 from the field. He connected on 13-of-15 from the line but only added two rebounds without any assists, steals or blocks in the win. Despite the great scoring numbers the lack of other stats really limits DD’s fantasy appeal in standard leagues.
Kyle Lowry played a team-high 38 minutes (clearly to get his conditioning up for the playoffs) and put up a double-double scoring 17 points while adding 11 assists. Lowry shot 5-of-10 from the field and added seven rebounds, four triples, three steals and one block while also knocking down his three attempts from the line. Assuming he re-signs with the Raptors next season he’ll be a fine early second round selection in fantasy drafts.
Patrick Patterson came off the bench and led all Raptors players in bench scoring with 15 points. He added three rebounds, three triples and one assist in 29 minutes of action. Patterson only shot 39% from the field throughout the season so he’ll have to be better if the Raptors hope to make a deep playoff run again this season.
For the Knicks, Willy Hernangomez posted a double-double scoring 24 points to go with his 11 rebounds. He added five assists, three steals and one triple while shooting 9-of-15 from the field. Hernangomez should be considered a big part of the future for the Knicks and should be starter next season.
Ron Baker flirted with a triple-double scoring 11 points to go with eight rebounds and eight assists in 38 minutes of action. He added one steal and one triple and despite the rise in average minutes since D-Rose’s injury he hasn’t produced consistently enough to warrant consideration outside deep leagues.
DeMarre Carroll started for the Raptors but only connected on 1-of-6 from the field for three points in 23 minutes of action. He added two rebounds and one assist and will have to play much better once the playoffs roll along.
Jonas Valanciunas was limited to six points and seven boards in 20 minutes of action. He was a -12 on the afternoon and only connected on 3-of-8 from the field, well below his season average of 55%. He played well in the playoffs last season and the Raptors are hopeful that the big man can take the next step this year.
The Knicks were playing without Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis because of injuries. The bad here is for the NYC fans who have had to put up with another dismal season. Luckily for them only one game remains.
The Raptors improved to 50-31 on the season and reach 50 wins in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history. They close out their season on Wednesday with a road game vs. the Cavs. They are guaranteed a top-3 finish in the East but their opponent is yet to be determined. The Knicks dropped to 30-51 and will close out their abysmal season with a home date vs. the Sixers on Wednesday night.
HAWKS 126, CAVS 125 (OT)
Up 26 points in the fourth quarter the Cavs could not hold on to a lead and dropped back-to-back games to the Hawks in a crucial part of the season. With games vs. the Heat and Raptors still to go the Cavs could very well finish second overall in the East.
Paul Millsap returned to the starting lineup for the Hawks and promptly dropped 22 points on 5-of-11 from the field and 11-of-11 from the line. Millsap added nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and one triple in 36 minutes of action. He looks healthy and if the Hawks have any shot of making noise in the playoffs they will need Millsap’s production greatly.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21 points while shooting 7-of-15 from the field. Hardaway Jr. added nine rebounds, four assists and one triple and has really been an offensive bright spot for the Hawks this season.
Dwight Howard scored 19 points on 9-of-12 from the field. He added five rebounds, two assists and one block in only 24 minutes of action.
Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 45 points on 16-of-30 from the field. He added nine rebounds, eight triples, two rebounds and one steal in 45 minutes of action. The minutes raised some eyebrows as he had left Friday’s game with some discomfort in his knee but we assume that if he’s able to play heavy minutes it’s because he is healthy.
LeBron James notched his 13th triple-double of the season scoring 32 points while adding 16 rebounds and 10 assists. James shot 9-of-21 from the field and added one triple and one steal before fouling out on a questionable call. Still, he doesn’t seem to be overly concerned about the recent play and the King has certainly earned the right to be trusted.
Kevin Love posted a double-double scoring 11 points and adding 15 rebounds in 42 minutes of action. He shot poorly (4-of-14 from the field) but did add five assists, one triple and one block in the loss.
Taurean Prince was quiet scoring only seven points on 2-of-6 from the field. He added three assists, two triples and one block in the win.
Ersan Ilyasova was quiet off the bench shooting 2-of-10 from the field for only six points. He added eight boards and one steal in 21 minutes off the bench.
J.R. Smith shot 3-of-10 for the Cavs for only nine points in 34 minutes of action. He added four rebounds, three triples and two assists in the loss.
Richard Jefferson, Iman Shumpert and Deron Williams combined for five points off the bench.
The Hawks improved to 42-38 and continue to hold onto the fifth spot in the East. They close out their season with games vs. the Hornets (home) and Pacers (away). The Cavs meanwhile dropped to 51-29 and find themselves once again tied with the Celtics atop the East. The face the Heat on the road on Monday night before closing out the season vs. the Raptors at home on Wednesday night.
THUNDER 106, NUGGETS 105 (GAME OF THE DAY)
Who is Semaj Christon. This will be the answer to the question of who did Russell Westbrook pass the ball to to reach his 42nd triple-double of the season and surpass Oscar Robertson’s 55-year-old record. Oh yeah, the Nuggets also lost this game in heart-breaking fashion and in the process handed the eighth seed in the West to the Blazers.
— NBA (@NBA) April 10, 2017
Russell Westbrook scored 50 points with 16 rebounds and 10 assists. He shot 17-of-32 from the field, 11-of-11 from the line and added five triples, one steal and oh yeah, another game winner. If he’s not the MVP it will be a damn shame (with no disrespect to James Harden, Kawhi Leonard or LeBron James).
Enes Kanter scored 15 points off the bench in only 17 minutes of action. He added eight rebounds and one assist and will need to be huge off the bench in the playoffs if the Thunder look to upset the Rockets.
Steven Adams posted a double-double scoring 10 points and adding 10 rebounds in the win. He added two assists and one steal in 27 minutes of action.
Danilo Gallinari did all he could to keep the Nuggets’ playoff hopes alive. He scored a team-high 34 points on 12-of-20 from the field. He added 10 rebounds, four triples, three assists and two steals in 38 minutes of action.
Nikola Jokic scored 23 points on 8-of-16 from the field. He was limited due to foul trouble but did add six rebounds, three assists, one steal, one triple and one block. Look for him to go in the first round of fantasy drafts next season.
Wilson Chandler also posted a double-double scoring 17 points and adding 10 rebounds in the loss. He connected on 5-of-10 from downtown and added two assists and one block in 42 minutes of action.
Victor Oladipo shot 3-of-15 for eight points in 33 minutes of action. He added six rebounds and two assists in the loss and will need to be better as Westbrook cannot be expected to do everything for the Thunder.
Andre Roberson scored only two points in 18 minutes of action. Although he is not counted on for his scoring he will need to perform better against the high-octane offence of the Rockets.
Gary Harris shot only 1-of-8 from the field for two points in 36 minutes of action. He also added five assists in the loss.
The Thunder improved to 46-34 and will close out their season on Tuesday vs. the Wolves (road) and Wednesday vs. the Nuggets (home). With nothing to play for they may choose to rest Russell for one of those as they look ahead to their matchup vs. the Rockets. The Nuggets fell to 38-42 and were officially eliminated from postseason action. They close out with two road games vs. the Mavs and Thunder.
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SUNS 124, MAVS 111
A meaningless game between Western Conference bottom feeders turned into a high scoring affair as the second half turned into a pick up game between some of the youngest players in the NBA.
Despite only playing 23 minutes Devin Booker still put up 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting. He added three assists, two rebounds and one triple before sitting down for good with eight minutes left in the third quarter.
T.J. Warren shot a perfect 8-of-8 from the field for 21 points to go with seven rebounds, two triples and two steals in 29 minutes of action. Warren has been one of the most pleasant surprises this year for fantasy owners.
Tyler Ulis continued his stellar play scoring 20 points and adding 10 assists in 33 minutes of action. He added three rebounds, two triples and one block in the win. Ulis has played great ball over the last two weeks, flirting with top 90 value in that span. The Suns will have to make some tough decisions this offseason with regards to their backcourt.
Yogi Ferrell led the Mavs with 21 points on 8-of-16 from the field. He added four rebounds, four assists and three triples in 32 minutes of action.
Dwight Powell started the second half with the Mavs resting their veteran players after the break. He also scored 21 points on 8-of-14 from the field to go with five rebounds, four triples, two assists, two steals and one block in the loss.
The only negative that comes from this is the lack of defence, but playing your young players can lead to high scoring games which makes it exciting for the fans.
Derrick Jones Jr. was limited to 17 minutes after locking knees in this one. He was playing well before leaving connecting on 3-of-4 from the field for nine points.
The Suns improved to 24-57 and continue to hold down the 15th seed in the West. They close out their season on Tuesday night in Sacramento vs. the Kings. The Mavs meanwhile dropped to 32-48 and will close out their season with a home tilt on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets and a road game on Wednesday vs. the Grizzlies.
ROCKETS 135, KINGS 128
Speaking of high scoring these two teams combined for 263 points! The Rockets were without Trevor Ariza, Eric Gordon and Nene Hilario and were still able to pull this one out.
James Harden posted his 21st triple-double of the season. It’s a shame that his numbers have been somewhat overshadowed by Westbrook’s accomplishments but the Beard has put up some incredible numbers of his own. Harden scored 35 points with 15 assists and 11 rebounds in the win. He added five triples and one steal in 36 minutes of action. Between Harden and Westbrook they have combined for 63 triple-doubles this season, simply amazing!
Ryan Anderson chipped in with 21 points of his own shooting 7-of-9 from the field (6-of-8 from 3-point land). He added one rebound and one steal in 23 minutes of action.
Lou Williams scored 18 points off the bench. He only connected on 5-of-15 from the field but did add four rebounds, two assists, one triple and one block in the win.
Skal Labissiere posted another gem for the Kings scoring 25 points on 10-of-12 from the field. He added six rebounds, three assists and two steals and will be a popular pick in drafts next season. Let’s hope the Kings don’t mess around with this kid.
Ty Lawson double-doubled scoring 20 points and adding 11 assists in the loss. Lawson added two rebounds, one steal and a perfect 6-of-6 from the line in this one.
Willie Cauley-Stein also double-doubled scoring 16 points and adding 10 rebounds in 25 minutes of action. He shot 6-of-12 from the field and added 4-of-4 from the line with one block in the loss.
Patrick Beverley has a quiet game scoring only nine points with three rebounds, four assists and one steal. Beverley has the potential to fill up the stat sheet so it was disappointing to see him under perform with Ariza and Gordon both out for this one.
The Rockets improved to 54-26 on the season and will take on the Thunder in the first round of the playoffs this year. They close out the season with games vs. the Clippers (road) and the Wolves (home). Look for players to be rested for those. The Kings dropped to 31-49 and will look to finish the season on a high note with games vs. the Suns (home) and a final game vs. the Clippers (road).
PISTONS 103, GRIZZLIES 90
Yes the Grizzlies are just playing out the schedule at this point since they know they will be facing the Spurs in the first round, but let’s not ignore the solid play of the Pistons’ bench in this one.
Boban Marjanovic came off the bench and posted another double-double. He scored 14 points and added 10 rebounds in 23 minutes of action. Please Stan just FREE BOBAN already!
Henry Ellenson connected on only 3-of-9 from the field but hit some huge 3-pointers down the stretch and ended up scoring nine points with nine rebounds, two assists and three triples in the win.
Reggie Bullock scored 14 points and connected on 4-of-7 from downtown. He added four rebounds and one steal in the win.
Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 15 points on 5-of-8 from the field. He added two rebounds, three assists and one steal in 23 minutes of action.
13 Grizzlies players played at least eight minutes in this one.
Stanley Johnson played 27 minutes off the bench for the Pistons but was limited to five points on 2-of-8 from the field. He added four rebounds and three assists in the win.
Only Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and JaMychal Green scored in double figures for the Grizzlies.
The Pistons improved to 37-43 but are only playing for pride at this point. The host the Wizards on Monday night before closing out their season with a road matchup vs. the Magic on Wednesday night. The Grizzlies dropped to 43-38 and are locked into the seventh seed in the West. They will host the Mavs on Wednesday night before preparing to take on the Spurs in the first round of the playoffs.
LAKERS 110, WOLVES 109
This game had it all. Double-doubles, 40+ point scorers, a Metta World Peace sighting and even a buzzer beater to cap off one of the most exciting Sundays in the Association.
Six Lakers scored in double figures led by Tyler Ennis‘ 20 points off the bench. He shot 7-of-9 (including 4-of-5 from downtown) to go with five assists, two rebounds and one block in only 23 minutes of action.
Larry Nance Jr. posted a double-double scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds in 34 minutes of action. He added six assists, two blocks and one steal in the win. Nance Jr. has flirted with double-doubles in four straight games and is flirting with top 90 value in the last two weeks.
D’Angelo Russell only shot 6-of-19 from the field but did score 16 points to go with four rebounds, four assists, three steals, two triples and of course, the game-winning triple at the buzzer.
Karl-Anthony Towns posted a monstrous 40 point/21 rebound game in the loss. Towns shot an incredible 17-of-21 from the field to go with four assists, one steal, one block and one triple in the loss. After starting the season slowly KAT is playing at a top 4 value right now and will be taken early in drafts next year.
Not to be outdone, Andrew Wiggins posted a game-high 41 points on 13-of-26 from the field. Wiggins added two rebounds, two triples, one assist and 13-of-14 from the line. If Wiggins could ever improve on the defensive stats he would be a fantasy stud.
If you thought it couldn’t get worse for Brandon Rush, well you were wrong. Rush played 30 minutes in this one but only chipped in one block to his line.
The Lakers won their fourth in a row and have really sucked at tanking. They improved to 25-55 They close out with a home date vs. the Pelicans on Tuesday and a road matchup vs. the Warriors on Wednesday evening. The Wolves meanwhile dropped to 31-49 and will host the Thunder on Tuesday night before travelling to Houston to finish off the regular season.
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