April 27, 2016, 11:11 am
Cory Joseph said it best, the Raptors were “saved by the bell” on Tuesday night. Solomon Hill hit a three-pointer to tie the game at the end of regulation, but the replay showed Hill got off the shot too late to send the game to overtime. DeMar DeRozan carried the Raptors with 34 points, leading the way for a massive 23-2 run to start the fourth quarter for a crazy comeback win. More on that below. Meanwhile, the Hawks and Celtics were in a blowout after the Hawks put up 74 points in the second and third quarters combined. The Pizza Man Isaiah Thomas went ice cold and left the game with an ankle injury late. It looks like he will avoid the all-star injury list in this postseason, as Thomas has vowed to play Game 6 on Thursday. Tied series were broken on Tuesday with the home teams now leading 3-2. Let’s take a look at recaps and some news and notes from around the association in Wednesday’s Daily Dish.
RAPTORS 102, PACERS 99
The Raptors saw themselves down 13 to start the fourth quarter at home in a crucial Game 5. A loss meant they would go on the road for an elimination game. Not on DeMar DeRozan’s watch. DeRozan scored 34 points (10-for-22 FGs, 12-for-13 FTs) with two threes, three boards, two assists and one steal in 39 minutes on Tuesday. He went to the line with 13 seconds left and nailed two free throws to pad the Raptors lead by three points, which turned out to be just enough. DeRozan was averaging 13 points per game in the first four contests, so the timing couldn’t be better for the Raptors. His 34-point effort ties Vince Carter for the most 30-point games in the playoffs for the Raptors at four each.
Raptors coach Dwane Casey messed with rotations all night, sitting Luis Scola all game in favor of a variety of stretch fours (including DeRozan), but especially Patrick Patterson. Patterson played 25 minutes in the win, shooting 3-for-10 from the field for seven points with one three ball, two rebounds and one assist. He wasn’t as effective as Casey hoped, so keep an eye on Scola moving back in to the rotation. Neither is worth strong DFS consideration.
A big reason for the Raptors’ struggles in this series has been the play of Kyle Lowry. He burned DFS owners again on Tuesday, shooting 3-for-11 from the field and 7-for-8 from the line for 14 points with one three ball, four rebounds, five assists and one steal in 36 minutes of play. Lowry had just one field goal at the half and had to be relieved that DeRozan was carrying the Raptors on his back to a victory. Owners in both DFS leagues and playoff leagues aren’t earning the value they paid for and have to hope that he breaks out of this funk. I’m betting that he will very soon.
DeMarre Carroll was also quiet in the victory, scoring five points (1-for-3 FGs, 3-for-4 FTs) with three boards and two steals in 25 minutes. Stay away in DFS.
The bench came up big for the Raptors behind the play of Norman Powell and Bismack Biyombo. Powell played 28 minutes on Tuesday, scoring 10 points on 4-for-11 shooting from the field and 2-for-2 from the line with four rebounds and two steals. Powell was key during the Raptors’ 23-2 run in the fourth quarter, scoring four of his 10 points and providing energy on both ends of the court. His 28 minutes are a playoff-high and a sign that coach Casey is showing trust in his rookie at a very important juncture in the series. Credit Casey to leave in Powell late in the fourth as his +16 led the Raptors. It will be interesting to see if Casey moves Powell to the starting lineup.
Casey sure wasn’t shy to stick with what worked, as Biyombo saw more minutes than Jonas Valanciunas. Biyombo shot 3-for-5 from the field and 4-for-4 from the line for 10 points with 16 rebounds and one assist in 23 minutes. Biyombo was cleaning up the boards during the 23-2 run (he had seven rebounds during that stretch), which explains Casey’s hesitation to change what was working. Valanciunas has had a terrific series, so owners have nothing to worry about. I’d still consider Val a high risk/high reward DFS option.
The Pacers looked well on their way to a key victory in the series until the fourth quarter when they blew a 13-point lead. Paul George was absolutely terrific, shooting 11-for-19 from the field and 12-for-12 from the line for 39 points with five threes, eight boards, eight assists, two steals and one block in 41 minutes. Each time he sat for rest, the Raptors roared back as George finished with a +15 in his 41 minutes, meaning the Pacers were a putrid -18 in the seven minutes when PG-24 sat on the bench. Expect George to lay it all on the line at home Friday night for Game 6. Get him in to those DFS lineups.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel sat both PG-24 and George Hill to start the fourth quarter, which ignited the massive Raptors comeback. Hill continued his hot shooting on Tuesday, going 5-for-9 from the floor and 1-for-1 from the line for 15 points with four threes, two boards, three assists, one steal and one block in 34 minutes. Hill came off of an excellent shooting display on Saturday when he went 9-for-11 from the field for 22 points. As a Hill owner this year, I’d be surprised if he keeps up this efficiency. He won’t be in any of my DFS lineups.
Hill and Monta Ellis seemed to have switched bodies in this series. Ellis shot 3-for-10 from the floor and 2-for-2 from the line for eight points with four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Ellis is shooting 34.6 percent in his last three games, two of which were Pacer losses. Good Monta needs to show up if the Pacers want a shot to even the series on Friday.
The Pacers noticeably played a ton of small ball. Near-savior Solomon Hill logged 30 minutes, shooting 3-for-4 from the field (3-for-3 from 3PT) and 2-for-2 from the line for 11 points with six boards. Hill hit a clutch three-pointer with 15.9 seconds left to close the gap to 100-99 just before DeRozan’s free throws expanded the deficit to three points. You already know what happened after that. Hill’s 30 minutes off the bench are a playoff high for him this postseason.
Foul trouble became a frustrating factor for owners invested in Ian Mahinmi on Tuesday. Mahinmi shot 1-for-2 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line for four points with six rebounds in 18 minutes. He picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter and had to stay on the bench for most of the second half. Despite his recent back injury, Mahinmi should bounce back and be serviceable for owners in Game 6.
Myles Turner logged most of the minutes at center in the Pacers small ball lineups with 35 total minutes. Turner came off cold shooting on Saturday (2-for-13 FGs, four points) but rebounded nicely on Tuesday. Turner shot 7-for-10 from the field for 14 points with eight boards, one assist and three blocks. He is starting to earn the trust of DFS enthusiasts and is an intriguing option moving forward.
The Raptors lead the series 3-2. The Pacers will be at home for Game 6 on Friday.
February 25, 2020, 12:09 pmMitchell RobinsonC, New York Knicks
Mitchell Robinson said that he has added 10 pounds to his frame since the start of the 2019-20 NBA season.
Robinson has put up top-40/60 value in 9/8 cat formats on the year despite playing only 22.6 minutes per game. Over the past month Robinson has averaged 8.3 points, 7.0 rebonds, 1.1 steals and 2.5 blocks on an astronomical .840 percent from the field. Robinson remains one of the highest-upside players to target in hopes that the Knicks finally let him loose down the stretch.
February 25, 2020, 11:42 amLuka DoncicPG-SF, Dallas Mavericks
Speaking to reporters after Monday’s game, Luka Doncic acknowledged that he is still trying to recover from the ankle sprain that sidelined him before the All-Star game.
“I mean, it bothers me sometimes. Obviously, it’s not healed 100%. That’s why I missed the game in Atlanta. It was swollen and, you know, I’m just trying to keep the swelling down.” The Mavs are trying to secure a playoff berth but it’s certain that they will be cautious with their All-Star guard. He was fantastic on Monday and owners can only hope that he won’t be missing many games down the stretch.
Source: Callie Caplin on Twitter
February 25, 2020, 10:46 amRodions KurucsPF, Brooklyn Nets
The Nets have recalled Rodions Kurucs from their NBA G League affiliate, the Long Island Nets.
Kurucs has fallen out of the rotation in the last few games and he is not worth holding expect from dynasty leagues.
Source: Chris Milholen on Twitter
February 25, 2020, 10:43 amDanilo GallinariSF, Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder held trade talks at the deadline with the Heat on a deal involving Danilo Gallinari, but he ultimately remained with the franchise and he is happy about it.
“I really wanted to stay here. It would be tough to leave such a great atmosphere, great teammates, a group that is winning," said Gallinari. "I wanted to stay.” Oklahoma has been one of the most pleasant surprises of the season and this has to do with Gallinari playing at a high level, averaging 19.1 points and 5.6 rebounds while making a career-high 2.9 triples per game. The Rooster is returning top-50 value for the season and the hope is that he can remain healthy until the end.
Source: The Daily Thunder
February 25, 2020, 10:33 amDerrick RosePG, Detroit Pistons
Brian Windhorst of ESPN said on Monday that there’s “no chance” that the Pistons will consider buying out Derrick Rose’s contract this season.
Rose is having a nice season with the Pistons averaging 18.0 points and 5.7 assists while shooting 48.6 percent from the field. Dwane Casey has been able to connect with the veteran guard who is under contract with the Pistons for next year as well. Windhorst added that the Lakers inquired for him at the trade deadline but it’s clear that he will be staying in Detroit. Rose is a must-own player in standard leagues even though there is the potential of a shutdown later in the season.
February 25, 2020, 10:22 amAndre RobersonSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Andre Roberson has returned to Oklahoma City after an extended rehabilitation period in Los Angeles, but it is not certain when he will play again as he continues to recover from a ruptured tendon injury.
The next step for Roberson is to go through a series of medical tests. He did not practice with the team but he worked out with development coaches after practice on Monday, running through situational drills on offense and defense. There is still no timetable for Roberson’s return and he can be safely ignored for now.
Source: The Oklahoman
February 25, 2020, 9:50 amEvan TurnerSG, Minnesota Timberwolves
The Celtics are looking at available buyout candidates who could immediately give their bench an offensive boost and Evan Turner would welcome a return to Boston, according to Sean Deveney of Heavy.com.
Turner is still a member of the Wolves, trying to determine what’s next. He worked out for the Clippers last week, before L.A. signed Reggie Jackson from the Pistons. He is someone to keep an eye on in deeper leagues as the Celtics are desperate for some reliable production from their bench.
February 25, 2020, 8:52 amDion WaitersTeam, Free Agent
The Lakers continue to evaluate the possibility of signing free agent shooting guard Dion Waiters, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.
“I don't know if Dion Waiters is an answer," Windhorst said on The Hoop Collective podcast. "They're going to give Dion a look. They had a meeting with him last week. I expect they will have a workout with him in the short-term and see what kind of condition he's in.” Waiters was waived by the Grizzlies in early February, just a few days after he was acquired in a trade with the Heat. The Lakers are believed to looking for a veteran backcourt player as they gear up for what they expect to be a deep playoff run. They are also said to have an interest in veteran shooting guard J.R. Smith, but none of these guys is expected to have any fantasy impact if signed.
February 25, 2020, 8:37 amKenny WootenPF, New York Knicks
Kenny Wooten will be out for a minimum of six weeks after undergoing surgery due to a torn ligament in his left thumb.
This likely puts an end to any chance of him playing for the Knicks this season. The defensive-oriented elite leaper was averaging 7.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.6 blocks on G League and it’s likely he plays with the team in the Summer League.
Source: NY Post
February 25, 2020, 1:31 amLou WilliamsSG, Los Angeles Clippers
Lou Williams cooled off in Monday's win over the Grizzlies, quietly chipping in eight points on 3-of-7 shooting with four rebounds, two 3s and six assists in 22 minutes.
Williams' subpar numbers are no cause for concern as the blowout nature of the game played a role in it. Expect him to bounce back with another big game soon.