Giannis Antetokounmpo. Copy and paste this on Twitter and vote for him for the All-Star game already. He just hit the buzzer beater in MSG to clinch the win for the Bucks tonight well. Kevin Durant showed why he’s the best player in fantasy. And Carmelo finally had a good game without Porzingis. It’s not all good news tonight though, as Justise Winslow has been ruled out for the year with a torn labrum on his right shoulder. I’ll talk more in depth later on. Let’s get to the games first.
Hawks 111 – Magic 92
Kent Bazemore was the Hawks’ best performer tonight with 17 points, three triples and two steals in 27 minutes. It’s good to see him have a good game and maybe this is a good confidence booster. He’s been hard to own for the entire season due to his low field goal percentage but he’s been racking up his threes and steals lately and teams who are punting field goal percentage should give him a look. The swingman situation is the most confusing for the Hawks. Thabo Sefolosha played 28 minutes but only had eight points and five boards with one steal. Tim Hardaway Jr. had 12 points with two triples in 21 minutes. And it was Kyle Korver that got the least with 17 minutes with two points, three boards and seven dimes. After three straight games with double digits and at least three treys, Korver cooled off.
Elfrid Payton returned to the starting line up and I have no idea why Frank Vogel decided to issue this change after a win in MSG. It doesn’t make sense for altering your starting line up at this point. He played well though with 15-4-6 with three steals, a triple and a block. Aside from his percentages, he’s been pretty good lately. Aaron Gordon had a double-double with 15 and 10 with two triples in 25 minutes. No steals and no blocks this game but it’s a good sign that he’s knocking down his threes. He’s scored in double digits for his third consecutive game, which has only been done once this season. Consistency is an issue with Gordon but we’re hoping he’ll continue this. Evan Fournier returned from a heel problem and came off the bench for 14 points in 30 minutes. Jodie Meeks should be dropped. Serge Ibaka got ejected but he still managed to have 32 minutes with 11 boards and nine points.
Thunder 112 – Hornets 123
Nicolas Batum led the way with 28-3-4 with a triple and a block on 7-of-18 shooting. Batum is a triple threat and this game, he decided to be aggressive scoring the ball. The percentages have been regressing back to this season averages but the other tangible stats have been really good. He’s a lock as a top-50 player but I think his sell high window is closing. Cody Zeller (concussion) missed his second game so Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes shared the minutes. Hawes had 8-4-2 with a triple-two. It’s a fluke game and isn’t worth owning in any leagues. Frank Kaminsky had 17 points, six boards with two treys, two steals and a block. He’s as inconsistent as they come. He scored all 17 points in the first half with none in the second so that’s saying something.
Russell Westbrook had 33-15-8 with two steals and two triples but he was 10-of-31 from the field tonight. He also threw the ball at a referee’s head so if your league counts that stat, he’s probably leading the league in that category. He’s a physical specimen and is going to average a triple-double for the season. Steven Adams is stringing a few good games together now as he had 18 points, 12 boards, a steal and a block in 36 minutes. He’s ranked 44 in the last week and 39 in the last two weeks. He’s probably carrying you in field goal percentage this week as he shot an efficient 17-of-21 in the last two games. Enes Kanter also had a good game as he scored 22 points with eight boards with a triple but no steals and blocks again. He only played in 20 minutes and that’s the only problem that’s hindering him this season.
Bucks 105 – Knicks 104
It was all Giannis tonight after he hit a game winning buzzer beater after backing down Lance Thomas for at least seven seconds. The refs definitely swallowed their whistles on that one. Giannis finished with 27-13-4 with three blocks, a triple and a steal. He was 55.6 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from the line. A 8-cat line from the Greek Freak and he’s truly the second best player in fantasy. Malcolm Brogdon continued to start with Delly out and he finished with 12-6-8 in 38 minutes but he did struggle from the field. He’s returning top-85 value in the last two weeks. Greg Monroe played 31 minutes with 18-9-4 with three steals and a block. He’s outplaying Henson and is a top-75 player in the last two weeks. Meanwhile Henson only had two points and two boards in 14 minutes. Time to drop him.
Kristaps Porzingis missed his third straight game with a sore achilles and Carmelo finally had a good game with 30-11-7 with four triples and two steals. He’s been struggling shooting the ball and he’s also waving off plays from Jeff Hornacek but Melo’s Melo and he’s going to stay around. Mindaugas Kuzminskas had a good game and it’s his second out of three since Porzingis is out. He finished with 15 points, 4 boards, 2 triples, two steals and a block. Porzingis is day-to-day right now and if he misses anymore time, Kuzminskas is a good streamer for some threes. Joakim Noah had 16 boards and eight points with a steal and a block. That’s three straight games with double digit in rebounds and three of his last five games with at least 16 rebounds. He’s slowly finding his form but he’s been getting more minutes closing the game out with Porzingis out.
Bulls 106 – Cavaliers 94
After a 52-12-6 performance, Jimmy Butler cooled off with 20-6-8 with three triples and a steal on 7-of-20 shooting. Maybe carrying the Bulls without Dwyane Wade is tiring. He’s getting minutes like he was playing for Thibs again, averaging 38.3 minutes per game in the last two weeks. Doug McDermott provided some good floor spacing with 17 points, six boards and three triples in 32 minutes. If his shot is falling, you know Hoiberg would run with him but his threes have been pretty inconsistent this season. Nikola Mirotic had another good game with 16 points, four boards, three triples, a steal and a block. He’s always providing the triple-one stats but his field goal percentage needs a little bit of help. Luckily he shot well this game. With these two shooters getting hot, Robin Lopez only played 23 minutes with six points, five boards and a block. The Bulls needs shooters and they’re not going to get it from their point guard, shooting guard and small forward, thus they’re going to sacrifice the playing time of either Taj Gibson and RoLo and so far it seems like it’s RoLo.
Remember when I said Kyrie only had a cramp in that hamstring, well that little cramp caused him to miss three games already. Kevin Love also missed out tonight with that food poisoning from that sea bass as well. This means LeBron James had to do the majority of the carrying. He finished with 31-8-7, a triple and a steal. His minutes have been really high, averaging 37.1 minutes per game when last year he was averaged 35.6 minutes. Jordan McRae had another scoring outburst with 21 points, two blocks and a triple. He’s not going to score when Love and Irving returns and does not really have any fantasy value even though he scored 20 points or more in two of his last three games. Meanwhile Channing Frye started for Love and had 15 points, five boards and three triples. He’s finding his stroke after a couple of duds but when Love returns, Frye is only going to be a three point streamer and a gamble on most nights.
Heat 107 – Kings 102
The Heat had some unfortunate news with Justise Winslow out for the season with a torn labrum. He’s going to miss the year and Spo’s going to stick with Dragic, Richardson and McGruder as the starting line up. McGruder isn’t really worth owning though as he’s there for defensive purposes. Meanwhile, I think James Johnson is going to be the biggest benefactor from Winslow’s injury. JJ can play all three positions from small forward to center. When the Heat was fully healthy, Spolestra would run a three-guard lineup with Winslow at the small ball four. Now JJ is going to get majority of those minutes. JJ finished ith 14-6-6 with three blocks and two triples. That’s the upside and kind of stats the point forward is going to bring. Tyler Johnson is also going to get some more run as well and he finished with 23 points, six boards, two triples and two blocks. He’s been really good. Wayne Ellington is going to get some run but he’s more of a deep league guy for threes. Hassan Whiteside is out again and who knows when he’s back. Willie Reed struggled with foul trouble against Boogie and only had six points, three boards and two blocks.
The Kings almost came back in this game led by the bench. The bench scored 61 points with four players in double digits. Garrett Temple had a good game with 15 points and three steals. Anthony Tolliver had 14 points and a triple. Ty Lawson finished with 15 points and six assists. After a brief stretch of good games, Lawson’s cooled off as of late. DeMarcus Cousins had a subpar game and dealt with foul trouble as well. He only had 13-6-4 on 4-of-15 shooting. Rudy Gay continues to miss games and he really needs to play if he wants to get traded to another team and earn a good paycheck next summer. He only played a single game since December 14th and that hip issue is really bothering him. He’s listed as doubtful or questionable every game and hasn’t been in shoot arounds in the morning so he’s not that close to coming back yet.
Blazers 117 – Warriors 125
Kevin Durant showed us why he’s the best player in fantasy with 30-5-4 with three blocks, three triples and two steals on 56.3 percent shooting and made all nine of his attempts from the line. The numbers speaks for itself. Stephen Curry had 35-7-5 with five triples and a steal. He hasn’t scored 30 or more points since December 13th. Realistically, he’s a buy-low option but I doubt owners would want to let go of Curry as they probably used a top-3 pick on him. Draymond had a typical line of 9-7-11 with two triples and three steals. Zaza Pachulia had 13 points, three boards, three blocks and a steal in 19 minutes. He’s a 16-team league and maybe a stretch for a 14-team league.
Damian Lillard missed his fifth straight game and he’s one of the most durable players in the league. This ankle of his must be really bothering him. C.J. McCollum is probably a popular pick in DFS and rightly so. He finished with 35-9-5 with four triples and two blocks. Mason Plumlee had 16-10-4 with three steals and a block. He’s a top-80 player in the last two weeks and a top-70 player in the last week. He’s dishing assists from the center position and the combination of assists and blocks is a really really really rare combination. Al-Farouq Aminu had 12-7-5 with two triples and two steals and shot 4-of-7 from the field. It’s probably his best game this season and he’s been hard to own.
Grizzlies 106 – Clippers 115
No Chris Paul again and the Clippers managed another win. Austin Rivers had his once in a while good game with 28-4-7 with two triples, a steal and a block. The Clippers started three guards tonight with Felton, Rivers and Redick tonight. Rivers isn’t really worth owning in standard leagues but deep leagues might want to think about adding him for some sporadic scoring punch. Raymond Felton also had a good game with CP3 out with 14-4-6 and four steals. He continues to be solid in Paul’s absence. Jamal Crawford continues to make me eat my words with 22 points and three triples as I recommended dropping him this week in Adds & Drops. DeAndre Jordan had 18 and 20 with two blocks. Who says he can’t play without Chris Paul?
Good news on JaMychal Green as his X-rays is negative when he got hit really hard on his face. He’s now day-to-day as his eyes were swollen shut. Jarrell Martin started in his place but did nothing much really and Zach Randolph also didn’t do much but scored 13 points and three boards. Marc Gasol had 23-4-6 with two triples, two steals and a block. He should be an All-Star this season. Noway he doesn’t make it. James Ennis started in Chandler Parson’s place, with eight points, six boards three steals and a block. He isn’t really worth owning when Parsons is playing but when he’s out, he’s a 14-team guy.
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