Five games on a Tuesday night. We got triple-doubles from Westbrook and LeBron again. Knicks won a game with Melo being the man. The Pelicans won a game with Boogie and Davis on the floor without any benching or foul troubles. The Warriors survived a scare from the Sixers while Draymond continues to campaign for Defensive Player of the Year. Unfortunately, we got some injuries to Kristaps Porzingis, Sean Kilpatrick and some ankle rolls for Anthony Davis and Jeremy Lin. We’ll cover all that below so let’s get to it.
Pistons 96 – Cavaliers 128
It wasn’t a close game at all. The biggest lead was 38 points and the Cavs pretty much blown them towards the end of the first quarter. LeBron James messed around with a triple-double with 16-11-12 with triple zero’s in 28 minutes. It’s the least minutes he’s played since December 23rd and I’m sure the Cavs would want more games like this for LeBron but unfortunately, he’s only played below 30 minutes three times this season. Kyrie Irving led the team in scoring with 26 points, six dimes and four triples in 30 minutes. He’s been one of the most consistent players in the league and this is his 16th consecutive game with 22 or more points. Richard Jefferson started again and had another solid game. The 36-year old finished with 16 points , four triples and two steals in 26 minutes. That’s back-to-back games with 16 points and four triples but he’s never strung two solid games together since forever. Deep leagues can now give him a look but I doubt he can keep this up. There’s also news about Kevin Love returning soon since he’s doing 3-on-3 workouts as of now. He’ll probably be back at the end of next week so leagues with INJ list can now start stashing him.
Tobias Harris continued to be in the starting lineup and he was the best player for the Pistons tonight. He finished with 17 points, two boards, a triple and a steal in 26 minutes. Since being moved to the starting lineup, he’s averaging 20.0 points, 6.0 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.3 triples and 1.3 blocks. He averages more shots when he’s in the starting unit but it isn’t that big of a bump. Reggie Jackson had another off night with six points and six assists in 20 minutes. The low minutes is largely due to him not playing well and the Pistons being blown out early. It’s been up and down for Jackson this season but standard league owners should continue to roll with him. Handcuffing Jackson with Ish Smith would be a good idea. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had another poor game with 11 points on 3-of-10 shooting with no triples. That’s back-to-back games without a triple for KCP and that’s not good for a guy who hits 2.1 threes on 37.3 percent from three. He’s a top-130 player in the last two weeks and is slumping as of late. If he keeps this up, he’ll do more harm than good for your playoff run.
Pacers 81 – Knicks 87
A surprising win by the New York Knickerbockers when they should be losing games to get a better draft position. Carmelo Anthony led the team with 22 points, 13 boards with three treys and a steal. Melo’s been pretty disappointing lately and is a shutdown candidate since he came out saying that it’s impossible for the Knicks to make the playoffs even though it’s not mathematically impossible. Kristaps Porzingis left the game with a thigh contusion after crashing into Monta Ellis. The Knicks have their final game of the week on Thursday and he’s questionable to play. He finished the game with 11 points, three boards, three blocks with a triple and a steal in 25 minutes. Willy Hernangomez played big minutes off the bench as KP was out. He had a double-double with 13 and 16 with four assists, three steals and a block in 31 minutes. He should have another good game on Thursday if KP misses time.
The Pacers are trending down but they’re fortunate enough to still be in the playoff race since their competition is not taking advantage of this. Myles Turner finally broke out of his slump with a double-double of 17 points, 13 boards and three blocks. This is his first double-double since January 29th and we’re all expecting better results for the second year stud. He’s still a top-25 player for the season but he’s hit a wall for the month of March which hurt his value a little bit. Paul George was the second and last player in double digits for the Pacers. He finished with 22 points, 10 boards and three triples. This is his third consecutive double-double and his fourth in five games. The Pacers are one of the worst rebounding teams in the league since their bigs aren’t that capable of grabbing boards. That means more rebounds for George. Thaddeus Young barely did anything in 37 minutes. He finished with four points and six boards and isn’t returning much value unless you’re in need of his steals. He’s worth dropping if there are better options on the wire as he’s ranked 246 for the last 10 games in 9-cat.
Thunder 122 – Nets 104
Russell Westbrook padded his stats tonight. His assist numbers were getting low and it was in jeopardy of getting below 10.0. So he decided to hand out 19 dimes and to bump up his season averages. He added 25 points, 12 rebounds, two triples, two steals and a block as well and it’s his third straight triple-double. Keep doing you Russ. Alex Abrines had a solid game with 13-3-3 with three triples, two steals and a block in 26 minutes off the bench. He barely saw any minutes prior to this game since Victor Oladipo is healthy. He got some garbage time tonight so he’s not worth an add. Enes Kanter and Taj Gibson both dropped 17 points. Gibson added eight boards, a steal and a block in 24 minutes. He’s seeing consistent minutes in the low 20’s and the production is pretty sporadic to make him a standard league asset. Kanter added five boards, two dimes and a steal in 19 minutes. He’s a per-minute monster but with the Thunder being so deep in bigs, Kanter will have a hard time seeing minutes close to the 30’s.
Jeremy Lin had his highest scoring game in a Nets jersey. He finished with 24 points, five dimes, two triples with a steal and a block in 26 minutes. He rolled his ankle in this one but stayed in the game. That ankle will probably swell up soon so stay tuned for Lin’s status. He still hasn’t seen a game with more than 30 minutes since his return from a hamstring injury. Caris LeVert had another solid game that teases us of his potential. He finished with 16-5-2 with three steals and a triple in 23 minutes as a starer. That’s two solid games from the rookie but the game before that, he dropped a dud of two points so that goes to show how inconsistent the rookie can get. Teams with a bye-week or can take a hit on their field goal percentage can make good use of LeVert. Sean Kilpatrick left the game after 7 minutes of play and they’re calling it a sore hamstring. That gives opportunities for LeVert, Randy Foye and Isaiah Whitehead.
Trail Blazers 77 – Pelicans 100
The Pelicans won a game without benching or DeMarcus Cousins in foul trouble. Boogie led the team in scoring with 22-9-3 with three steals and two blocks in 30 minutes. However, he shot 4-of-10 from the free throw line, which is way below his averages. The low minutes is particularly due to the game being blown out in the second half. Anthony Davis finished with 15 points, 15 boards, three blocks and two steals in 29 minutes. He twisted his ankle and went back to the locker room for an X-ray but was able to return afterwards. He should be good to go for their next game. Jordan Crawford cooled off a bit with 13 points and two triples on 5-of-11 shooting. He brings a good scoring punch off the bench for the Pelicans and has scored in double figures in all of his four games since signing with them. He’s worth a flier for points and threes but that’s about it.
This isn’t a good game for the Blazers to lose as the competition for the eighth seed is as tight as ever. Damian Lillard carried his own weight with 29 points and four triples in 31 minutes. He’s been scoring a lot of points, averaging 28.4 points and 2.7 triples but his lack of defensive stats, low field goal percentage with high turnovers are really hurting his value, making him a top-30 player in the last two weeks. C.J. McCollum dropped a dud with eight points on 4-of-12 shooting. This was his first single digit scoring game since November 9th and this isn’t good timing for teams in the playoffs. The Blazers are playing the Spurs tomorrow night and that’s another tricky matchup for McCollum. Jusuf Nurkic also disappointed with two points and eight boards on 1-of-8 shooting. He was really good before this game for the Blazers and even racked up career highs in basically everything in his short time in Portland. This is an off game for both Nurk and C.J. so look forward to them bouncing back tomorrow night.
Sixers 104 – Warriors 106
It was scary for the Warriors were down as many as 16 in the end of the third quarter. Draymond Green carried the Dubs to the victory with his defense and this game is his resume for defensive player of the year award. He finished the game with 20-8-8 with six blocks, four steals and a triple. He was everywhere, from applying full court pressure on T.J. McConnell to defending Jahlil Okafor in the same possession. He also gave Stephen Curry his birthday present. Curry finished with 29-6-5 with five triples and three steals on 8-of-23 shooting. He couldn’t buy a basket for majority of the game until he finally found his touch in the fourth and started hitting threes. Klay Thompson also had 28 points with five triples and he’s been the most consistent Warriors player since Kevin Durant’s been out. Matt Barnes scored 10 points, grabbed nine boards along with two triples, a steal and a block in 22 minutes off the bench. Steve Kerr went with him down the stretch to close the game out again and he almost blew the game by missing the dunk when they’re up three. That’s two consecutive games in double digits for Barnes and because of his ability to grab the triple-one, he’s worth adding in 14-team or deeper leagues.
The Sixers had a solid game but just couldn’t close it out in the fourth for the young and inexperience team. Dario Saric is the real deal. He finished with 25-7-6 with three steals, two blocks and two triples on 11-of-20 shooting in 37 minutes. The Sixers are running everything through him and he’s doing it efficiently. He’s crafty with the ball and he has many different ways of scoring yet he’s also unselfish. He’s good and because of his durability, he’s my ROY. Jahlil Okafor also had a good game and the Warriors were just too small or Zaza just couldn’t defend Okafor down in the block. Okafor finished with 22 points, six boards and four blocks. The blocks are surprising and it shows that when his shot is falling, he’s more motivated to play defense. That’s back-to-back games with 20 or more points and he should be owned in standard leagues. Richaun Holmes finished with 14 points, eight boards, two blocks with a steal and a triple in 21 minutes. He continues to share minutes with Okafor with Holmes getting the short end of the stick. Brett Brown went to Holmes to close the game out because of his defense. That was the correct call since Holmes hustled back and bothered Barnes enough to miss the dunk to give the Sixers the chance to win. Holmes is going to get a solid 20 minutes every night and his upside is just too high to leave him on the wire.