April 20, 2016, 9:30 am
Tuesday night saw a soft two-game slate where the home teams blew out the visitors. The Hawks buried the Celtics in the early minutes of the game behind hot shooting from Kyle Korver, who redeemed himself after shooting 0-for-7 from beyond the arc in Game 1. Credit to Korver for a short-term memory. More on that below. The second game on Tuesday night seemed like a replay of Game 1, as Pop got ample rest for his starters in another blowout win. All you need to know is that Tony Allen led the Grizzlies in scoring with 12 points. Yep, it was that kind of night. Let’s get to the recaps of Tuesday night’s games in our Daily Dish:
HAWKS 89, CELTICS 72
If there was a way to declare a win in the first few minutes of a game, the Hawks came really close on Tuesday night, as they took a 24-3 lead in just over six minutes into the first quarter and never trailed in this one. Fans were still trying to find their seats while Kyle Korver hit his fourth three-pointer of the game to take a 21-point lead early. Korver finished with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting and five threes, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. When he’s on, he’s on.
The Hawks set a franchise playoff record for blocks in a game with 15 swats. Al Horford led the block party with five of his own, finishing with 17 points (6-for-11 FGs, 2-for-2 FTs) and three treys, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and five blocks in 30 minutes. He was terrific on Tuesday. As usual, Horford and Paul Millsap trade off stud games so Millsap was not his best in Game 2. Millsap went cold with a 1-for-12 line from the field (0-for-5 3PT) for four points, seven rebounds, one assist and four blocks. If you told the Hawks that Millsap would be 1-for-12 and score just four points and blowout the Celtics, they’d take it in disbelief.
Hawks fans would be even more skeptical if you told them that Kent Bazemore shot 2-for-14 from the field in the win as well. Bazemore finished with five points, nine boards, four assists and two steals in 29 minutes. He found other ways to help the Hawks with his hustle. Jeff Teague only had to play 27 minutes in the blowout, shooting 5-for-9 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line for 13 points with six assists, one rebound, two steals and one block. Teague has been huge for owners over the last month.
The Celtics went extremely cold from the field, shooting 31.8% as a team. Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart combined to shoot 2-for-20 for just five points total, but tried to help fantasy owners by other means. Crowder was 1-for-9 from the field for two points with seven boards, three assists, four steals and two blocks in 34 minutes. Smart was 1-for-11 from the field for three points with one three ball, two boards, three assists, one steal and two blocks. The Celtics need a lot more offense if they want to extend this series.
Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics in scoring but wasn’t too efficient either, as he shot 4-for-15 from the field and 7-for-8 from the line for 16 points with one three ball, three rebounds, two assists and one block. These certainly don’t look like the Celtics who beat the Warriors a few weeks ago.
The only Celtics starter who shot over 40% was Amir Johnson, who shot 6-for-11 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line for 14 points with eight rebounds and one block in 20 minutes. Evan Turner came off the bench for 12 points with five boards, three assists and one block in 33 minutes. The Celtics will look to defend home court on Friday in Boston.
SPURS 94, GRIZZLIES 68
Game 2 went a lot like Game 1, as the Spurs blew out the Grizzlies and had 11 players play over 13 minutes each on Tuesday night. Pop has certainly gotten as much rest for his bunch as he could in these first two games. Kawhi Leonard was only needed for 26 minutes, shooting 4-for-10 from the floor and 5-for-5 from the line for 13 points with three boards, two steals and one block. LaMarcus Aldridge also only played 26 minutes, shooting 5-for-11 from the field for 10 points with eight boards and four blocks.
It has to be a great feeling as a Spurs fan knowing that Patty Mills can lead the team in scoring and you win by 26 points. Patty Mills saw 19 minutes in Tuesday’s win, scoring 16 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field and 2-for-4 from the line with four threes and two assists. Mills is coming along strong off the bench with all of these blowouts in the first round.
The Spurs are such a well-oiled machine these days that Tim Duncan only had to attempt one shot in the blowout win. Duncan was 0-for-1 from the field and 3-for-4 from the line for three points with nine boards, four assists, one steal and one block in 26 minutes. Tony Parker didn’t have to do much in this one either, as he scored six points with four assists, one rebound and one steal in 22 minutes. The Spurs did so well that the third musketeer Manu Ginobili got 14 minutes of playing time, scoring eight points with one three, one assist, one rebound and one steal. The dynasty will be just fine once this trio leaves.
The Grizzlies picked up exactly where they left off on Sunday. Zach Randolph struggled again with 5-for-17 shooting, making his totals a putrid 8-for-30 from the field this series. That’s the power of Pop. Z-Bo finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and one steal. Matt Barnes didn’t help in the shooting department either, going 3-for-11 from the field for nine points with one three ball, six boards, two assists and one steal.
It has to be a poor offensive night if Tony Allen leads your team with 12 points. Allen played through his hamstring injury for 21 minutes, shooting 4-for-7 from the field for 12 points with three rebounds, one assist and two steals. With all of the injuries to Memphis this season, they are probably just happy to be here. Game 3 is 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.