April 11, 2016, 8:34 am
We are all witnesses of a historic season by this season’s Golden State Warriors, as they secured their 72nd win of the regular season in San Antonio for the Spurs’ first home loss of the season in a 92-86 win. Stephen Curry led the way with 37 points on 13-of-22 shooting (4-of-9 3PTs, 7-of-7 FTs) with five rebounds, five assists and two steals in 35 minutes. Curry has now made a three-pointer in 151 straight regular season games, extending his own NBA record. Comparisons to the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls will live on forever, but make no mistake, this team is special in its own way. The Warriors will chase history for their final regular season game on Wednesday at home against the Memphis Grizzlies.
While the watch for 73 is on, the NBA continues in the background. Playoff spots and playoff positioning is at stake, much to the joy of fantasy owners with players fighting to play every minute. Sunday featured a nine-game NBA slate. Let’s take a look at yesterday’s studs and duds:
The Rockets have been playing desperate for a month and James Harden is proving it to fantasy owners. Harden erupted again on Sunday for 40 points (14-for-31 FGs and 6-for-8 FTs) with six threes, 13 assists, four boards, and four steals in a 130-110 win over the Lakers. He has carried many to fantasy championships this season with his incredible stat lines down the stretch. Houston has two games left this season and you can absolutely count Harden to play a ton in both and have an extremely high usage rate. Enjoy.
It is nice to be able to still write about Kobe Bryant having a great night while I still can. Kobe showed flashes of his former self in a vintage line, shooting 10-for-22 from the field for 35 points, four threes, two boards, one assist and two steals. “I remember my first ever game against him,” said Trevor Ariza, who was assigned to Kobe for most of the night. “He had 40. My last one he had 35, so I guess I got a little better.” Kobe expects to play in the Lakers’ final two games. Use him if you are feeling nostalgic.
Picking on the studs from desperate teams is a theme at this point of the season. Add the Utah Jazz to the list. Gordon Hayward stuffed the stat sheet, shooting 8-for-16 from the field and 4-for-4 from the line for 22 points, nine boards, five assists, two steals, two threes and one block. Rudy Gobert double-doubled for the Jazz with 16 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks. His mid-round value has remained steady over the last two weeks. Derrick Favors was a late scratch due to right knee soreness and Trey Lyles (22 points, four threes, six rebounds, two assists) was excellent in his place, but you can’t rely on him unless Favors is out again. The Jazz will be battling for a playoff spot to the bitter end, so keep using their studs.
Since the Wizards were eliminated over the past week, shutdowns have occurred left and right. Marcin Gortat seems to be the last man standing and has quickly become the main beneficiary on offense. Gortat was an outstanding 10-for-11 from the field for 21 points, 13 boards, four assists and one block in 31 minutes on Sunday. He did have doctors take a look at his back a few weeks ago, so monitor his status for the Wizards’ two remaining games in case they decide to shut him down as well. If Gortat continues to play, expect more of the same gaudy numbers.
The biggest shutdown on the Wizards was John Wall, who will not return this season. Ramon Sessions has taken over Wall’s point guard duties and needs to be owned in leagues everywhere. Sessions did his best Wall impression with 15 points, 11 assists, five rebounds, one steal and one three ball in 36 minutes for Sunday’s 113-98 win over the Hornets. With two games left, use and abuse this opportunity for Sessions.
Blake Griffin had his best game since his 45-game absence, posting 17 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and two steals in 33 minutes of play in Sunday’s 98-91 win over the Mavs. Patient owners should be extremely satisfied with the amount of minutes and productivity. You can expect Doc Rivers to rest Blake in one of the Clippers’ remaining two games this week, so proceed with caution.
The Heat finally gave Hassan Whiteside a start on Sunday. Whiteside shot 5-for-7 from the field and 8-for-8 from the free throw line for 18 points with 15 boards, one steal and two blocked shots. His rise in free throw percentage has vaulted him to a first round fantasy asset since the all-star break. Whiteside will get a fat paycheck this offseason.
August 19, 2019, 9:31 pmJerryd BaylessPG, International
Jerry Bayless has signed a deal with CBA club the Sichuan Blue Whales.
Bayless may have a little bit left in his tank. However, given his mileage, it's unlikely that the 10-year veteran will be making a return to the NBA any time soon.
August 19, 2019, 9:21 pmJ.J. BareaPG, Dallas Mavericks
The Mavs have officially signed veteran J.J. Barea to a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum.
Given his age (35) and the fact that he's coming off recovery from a torn right Achilles, we do not expect many fantasy-relevant minutes to be produced by the 12-year NBA vet.
Source: Tim McMahon on Twitter
August 19, 2019, 8:57 pmCam ReddishPF, Atlanta Hawks
In a survey conducted of the 2019 NBA rookies, Cam Reddish was voted as most likely to have the best career.
Reddish came through with 19 percent of the vote, which does point to an even spread across multiple nominees. The result of the survey comes as a bit of surprise considering all the pre-draft hype that accompanied Zion Williamson. For what it's worth, Zion was voted most likely to win ROY. On Reddish's end, we'd like to see him address his current stat set issues, mainly associated with scoring efficiency, before anointing him as a top-tier dynasty league draft target.
August 18, 2019, 11:21 pmBogdan BogdanovicSG, Sacramento Kings
Bogdan Bogdanovic scored a team-high 28 points in Serbia's 85-80 win over Greece on Sunday.
Serbia will be a tough team to beat in the 2019 FIBA World Cup thanks to Bogdanovic, Nikola Jokic and Nemanja Bjelica among others. Bjelica put up 18 points and 14 rebounds as well. They were able to beat Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 20 points. This is one of the teams that could sneak up on Team USA and pull out a win.
August 18, 2019, 10:36 pmJustin AndersonSG, Atlanta Hawks
According to The Athletic, the Wizards and Justin Anderson are trying to work towards a training camp contract.
Anderson averaged a career-low 9.6 minutes per game with the Hawks last season. The former first-round pick is looking to gain another opportunity on a thin Wizards team. He will likely not have much fantasy value if he manages to make the roster.
Source: Fred Katz on Twitter
August 18, 2019, 9:37 pmVictor OladipoSG, Indiana Pacers
Victor Oladipo is still rehabbing from his ruptured quad tendon in January, and is unsure if he will be an active participant at the Pacers' training camp when it opens in September.
Our last update from Pacers POBO Kevin Pritchard had Oladipo aiming for December or January, and that timetable still seems doable. He is taking his leadership role seriously, connecting with the Pacers' new players this summer, and it seems likely that he will make his presence felt this year at some point. Oladipo had an outstanding campaign two years ago, but even before the injury he was a disappointment last season. Fantasy owners should proceed with caution, we may not see Oladipo's top form this year.
Source: Indiana Pacers
August 18, 2019, 8:49 pmBol BolC, Denver Nuggets
Bol Bol stated that he has completely recovered from the left foot fracture that ended his college basketball career, and he is now working out twice a day for his upcoming rookie season with the Nuggets.
The multi-talented center could put up big numbers if given the opportunity with the Nuggets, but the risk for another injury is real. With that in mind, Bol is not expected to receive a lot of minutes this season. If that somehow changes, it would be exciting to see his rare combination of blocks and 3-pointers in action.
Source: Jim Slater of AFP
August 18, 2019, 7:26 pmDwight HowardC, Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies are allowing the Lakers to speak with Dwight Howard.
The news came out yesterday that the Lakers would seek permission and the fact that they were granted it suggests that Howard will not be on the Grizzlies for long. The aftermath of DeMarcus Cousins tearing his ACL left them in need of another center if they want to remain true to playing Anthony Davis exclusively at power forward. Joakim Noah is the other option on the Lakers' radar and has been a facilitator and role player in the past.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
August 18, 2019, 7:18 pmMoritz WagnerPF, Washington Wizards
Moritz Wagner has been cut from Germany’s FIBA World Cup team.
The move seems somewhat surprising given Wagner’s youth and notoriety, but Germany still has four NBA players on their roster despite cutting Wagner. The Wizards have plenty of depth in the frontcourt and Wagner is probably lower on the totem poll when it comes to receiving minutes.
Source: Dario Skerletic of Sportando
August 18, 2019, 9:33 amJonah BoldenPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Jonah Bolden has opted to withdraw from Team Australia in the FIBA World Cup.
Bolden becomes the fifth NBA player to skip out on playing for Australia in the World Cup, a trend that seems to be prevalent for several countries' national teams. Bodlen could be looking at an increased role as a backup center for Philly's thin bench this upcoming season. He is not expected to be a relevant fantasy option though.
Source: Fox Sports Australia