We’ve got a busy ten games for us to enjoy the start of the weekend. Unfortunately, there’s a ton of injury news to talk about which will be mentioned in the talking points section below. But we do get some good news such as Jrue Holiday returning with “style” and helped the Pels get their third win in their last five games. We also got a lot of blowout games and that means a lot of star players sat out in the fourth. Let’s take a look at the happenings of tonight’s games.
Stud of the Night: After missing a game, Anthony Davis returned to his usual beast self and earned the stud of the night honours. He had a monstrous 38 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 blocks, 2 steals and 2 triples and 2 turnovers. He also shot 14-22 from the field and 8-10 from the line. The Blazers’ front court had no answers for Davis and he was just feasting with those floaters inside the paint. Even with Jrue Holiday’s return, Davis had to do everything for the Pelicans to scrap out the win. His quad issue doesn’t seem like it bothered him tonight and he also recently had some problems with his back as well. However, he’s only missed one game for the season, which is good news. He’s the best fantasy player right now in 9-cat and owners just need to continue to hope he’ll stay healthy.
Kyrie Irving – 25 points (11-15 FG), 11 assists, 3 triples and a steal with no turnovers. This was a season high in assists for Uncle Drew tonight and considering he did that with no turnovers is a little spectacular. The Cavs started blowing the game out in the first quarter so LeBron took a back seat to this game with Kyrie leading the way. Don’t expect the assists numbers to be this high up for him. Kyrie was also very efficient from the floor and after a string of cold games, Kyrie has now shot 50 percent or more in his last three games and his small buy-low window should be gone by now.
LaMarcus Aldridge – 23 points (10-14 FG, 2-2 FT), 6 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals and a triple with 2 turnovers. Aldridge is slowly ramping up his workload for the recently. He’s been averaging 20.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 1.7 steals and 1.7 blocks while shooting at 59.1 percent from the field in the last three games. The rebounding numbers are a concern and that’s partly because he’s been guarding opponents stretch four when him and Gasol are on a he floor together. His minutes also got a bump because Dedmon has been missing games which leaves a very thin front court for the Spurs. What’s encouraging is that him and Gasol is meshing well together on offense.
Kevin Durant – 23 points (10-13 FG, 2-4 FT), 10 rebounds, 7 asssits, 3 steals, a triple and a block with 2 turnovers. He had Avery Bradley defending him and Avery Bradley is a 6’3 guard marking a 7′ footer. It was a mismatch from the beginning. His carried on his efficient shooting and his efficiency is off the charts this season, making him a better fantasy player than Durant of last year. He has an absurd true shooting percentage at 67.1 percent this season. He’s leading the league at field goal percentage volume by a heck of a margin and should be doing fine in both percentages every week. The Dubs has a game tomorrow night and there is a possibility for Durant to get a maintenance day.
DeMarcus Cousins – 38 points (12-29 FG, 12-14 FT), 13 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals, 2 triples and a block. He almost led the Kings to a comeback win against the Clips. Boogie is trying to will his team to victory by doing everything on the floor but that’s three straight losses for the Kings now. During that span, Boogie is averaging 32.3 points, 13.0 boards, 5.3 assists, 2.0 triples, 1.7 steals and 1.0 blocks. He’s a monster at the counting stats department. However he’s only returning top-25 value for the season and that’s mainly due to his turnovers and percentages. Boogie is a ticking time bomb and as the losses keep piling up, trade rumours are going to get heavier. Good news is that he hasn’t missed a game yet and has been looking healthy this season.
Dud of the Night: There are many players who dropped a dud or an egg tonight but that’s mainly because of injuries so I’m going to exclude those. Kyle Korver is mentioned here again. He dropped a dud with 5 points with a triple on 29 minutes of action. He got more minutes than his season average and that’s mainly due to Sefolosha out with a knee issue. However, his threes and shooting seem like hit or miss again this season. He’s a good specialist to own because of his reputation but he’s only returning top-130 value this season and that’s not quite good enough for Korver.
Waiver Wire Gems:
Cody Zeller (32% owned) – 23 points (9-10 FG, 5-7 FT), 3 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals in 31 minutes. Zeller is the sure-fire starting center for the Hornets, ahead of Hibbert. He should be owned in more than 32% of the leagues. He’s a low end big man but he has the potential and minutes to do well as the roll man in Kemba and Batum’s pick and rolls. He’s a big with decent percentages, boards and an occasional block. The free throw percentage should be a fluke as he’s been averaging over 73.0 percent for the past three season in the league. He’s been averaging 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 1.3 blocks in 25.3 minutes for the past 3 games. He’s also shooting at 66.0 percent from the floor for the season. Go pick him up, he’s a must-own.
Tony Allen (3% owned) – 11 points (5-6 FG, 1-1 FT), 3 rebounds, 2 steals and a block in 18 minutes. Allen returned from his groin injury and looked good. His minutes were restricted but he gave good energy and effort from the bench. He’s a specialist if you’re in desperate need of some steals but the Grizzlies seem to be really cautious with players who are returning from injuries so he might sit out in back-to-back sets to prevent the chances of aggravating his injuries.
Alan Williams (1% owned) – 15 points (6-7 FG, 3-4 FT), 15 rebounds, 2 steals and a block in 26 minutes. Williams only played a total of 9 minutes prior to this game so this came out of nowhere. Earl Watson gave him some run since Tyson Chandler was out due to personal reasons and was outplaying Alex Len this game. Surprisingly, the second unit of the Suns played tremendously well and helped them to the win. Williams probably earned himself some minutes in the rotation but I doubt this will last. If you had him for your DFS team tonight, please let’s be friends.
Suns vs Pacers
- Devin Booker rolled his ankle and didn’t return to the game. He seemed like he could return but since the second unit was blowing the Pacers out, there was no need of that but you might want to stay updated.
- T.J. Warren did not return to the game because of some illness. He didn’t look like his usual self but the Suns still came out with the win.
- Paul George didn’t play and will get an MRI for his ankle to check things worsen. He sprained it last week and is still feeling some soreness. C.J. Miles started for the game but injured his knee after hyperextending it in the first quarter. He didn’t return and would get an MRI soon. Don’t drop him just yet.
Hawks vs Hornets
- Dwight Howard returned from a quad injury but got ejected by throwing an elbow at Cody Zeller and received a flagrant-2. There isn’t any news on whether he’s going to get suspended or not so keep an eye out. Mike Muscala gets a good bump if he does miss time
- Batum had his third good game in a row with 24/10/4 with 4 triples and 2 steals. Owners should be happy that he’s found his rhythm. Marvin Williams’ shooting continues to struggle but he’s still giving a good source of threes and rebounds.
Pistons vs Cavaliers
- Everyone looked pretty bad except Jon Leuer. He had 15 and 7 and he’s only owned in 35% of the leagues. Drummond’s been disappointing with 8 and 10 and he’s only averaging 12.3 points in his last three games. If you’re punting FT% and don’t have him, he might be a good buy low option.
- LeBron returned with 21 points but took the backseat tonight. J.R. Smith returned from his ankle injury and started with 9 points, 3 triples, 2 steals and a block. Thompson has another solid performance with 8 and 14 with 4 blocks.
Warriors vs Celtics
- Curry cooled off with only 16 points and 2 triples. Draymond flirted with another triple double with 11/8/8 and a triple one. Klay found his stroke after a poor performance against the Raptors with 28 points and 3 triples.
- Avery Bradley is a double double monster and is kind of surprising. Marcus Smart felt some ankle pain and the Celtics said it’s an ankle contusion. Smart already had some ankle issues before the season started so things may not be looking so good. He is travelling with the team for the road trip ahead though.
Nets vs Thunder
- Lopez continues to show off his 3-point shooting with 22 points and 4 triples. He also added 2 blocks and a steal. His rebounding numbers are a little concerning from a 7-footer. Randy Foye moved ahead of Kilpatrick into the starting line up. I’m thinking you can cut Kilpatrick now for a better free agent in standard leagues.
- Westbrook added to his triple double tally with 30/11/13 but it was all popcorn stats today. Dipo is finally gaining some steam with 26/5/6 and 3 triples. Owners should be smiling brightly after a slow and inconsistent start.
Blazers vs Pelicans
- Both McCollum and Lillard had inefficient nights, shooting a combined 15-of-42 from the field. After a hot start, the young Blazers are cooling off and Dame and C.J. are directly correlated with their performances.
- Jrue Holiday returned from his personal leave and is wearing some funky goggles. He played 23 minutes off the bench with 21 points and 7 assists with a triple one. Not a bad start Jrue.
Grizzlies vs Dallas
- It was a low scoring game for both teams. Conley cooled off with 8 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists. Marc only had 11 and Z-Bo had 10 and 8.
- Mavericks scored 64 points as a team and no one’s worth mentioning.
Raptors vs Denver
- DeRozan had another 30 point game but was pretty inefficient at doing it. Terrence Ross dropped 16 points and 4 triples and closed the game out for the Raptors. He’s a good streamer for threes.
- Jurkic combined for 51 minutes tonight and got majority minutes of center with a few minutes together as 4 and 5. Both did alright and changes could be coming. Wilson Chandler is beasting with 25 points and 10 rebounds with 3 triples.
Spurs vs Lakers
- Kawhi stuffed the stat sheet with 23 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 triples and 2 steals. Danny Green shown signs of Green from two years ago with 10/4/6 with 2 triples and 2 steals.
- Sweet Lou and Uncle P carried the scoring load with DLoading out. Jose Calderon started in his place. Williams had 24 points with 2 triples and 2 steals while Young had 22 points with 4 triples. Jordan Clarkson also added 20.
Clippers vs Kings
- Redick’s hot shooting continues with 26 points and 6 triples. If you can get an early/mid round for him, I’d do it. Blake led the team with 27/7/6 while Paul continues to struggle from the field with only 9 points while adding 8 rebounds and 11 assists. And I also don’t like DJ’s cornrows.
- Lawson got the start ahead of Collison with 15/6/7. It’s a toss up between the two but Joerger did play the two point guards together for a while. Matt Barnes added a versatile line with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 3 triples, a steal and a block.
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