DeMarcus Cousins hit 11-of-19 shots and a 3-pointer on his way to 27 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, five steals and four blocks in 35 minutes of his Pelicans' debut on Thursday.
The bad news is that the Pelicans lost 129-99 and a lot of the starters sat out down the stretch in garbage time. Boogie was a beast tonight, and even avoided a technical foul despite getting tangled up with Nene occasionally. Anthony Davis was also impressive, but the rest of the Pels were a mess. But as of now, it looks like Boogie and the Brow are not going to do too much damage to each others stats.
Lou Williams came off the bench on Thursday in his Rockets debut and shot it at will, hitting 9-of-16 of them and seven 3-pointers for a team-high 27 points and two assists.
He scored 15 points in the fourth quarter of a 129-99 blowout win, so while it was a fantastic start for his career as a Rocket, it feels pretty fluky. And considering James Harden only scored 13, Trevor Ariza scored nine, and Patrick Beverley had just two points, Williams should have a tough time doing this again. Feel free to take a flier on Williams and hold onto him if you still own him, but we'll have a more realistic feel for his value going forward after a few more Rockets games.
Clint Capela came off the bench for matchup purposes on Thursday and had 15 points, eight boards and three blocks in just 19 minutes.
He'll be back in the starting lineup soon and hit 7-of-8 shots tonight. The Rockets didn't want him starting the night guarding DeMarcus Cousins and the Rockets won the game in a 129-99 blowout. Capela should be back in the starting lineup (over Nene) for their next one.
James Harden hit just 3-of-9 shots and 1-of-6 3-pointers for 13 points, 14 assists and three steals in 30 minutes of Thursday's 129-99 blowout win over the Pelicans.
Lou Williams went crazy in his Rockets debut with 27 points off the bench, but keep in mind the score was very lopsided and Harden's not going to stand by idly while Williams steals his shots. Sure, it's an auspicious start for the Harden in the Lou-Will era, but we're not concerned about Harden's short-term future.
Patrick Beverley played through his groin injury and hit just 1-of-3 shots for two points, but also had 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals in 30 minutes.
Beverley played just 13 minutes last Wednesday before the All-Star break, but the injury wasn't serious and he managed to return without missing a game. And despite the lack of scoring, thanks in part to Lou Williams scoring 27 in his Rockets' debut, Beverley still filled the stat sheet. Williams is going to hurt him a little, but as long as Beverley is starting for the Rockets, he should continue to offer some fantasy value.
Damian Lillard scored 33 points during a 112-103 win over the Magic on Thursday, adding five rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes.
It was Lillard time late in the game with Lillard scoring 24 points in the second half, including 17 points in the fourth quarter. This was Lillard's 40th game with at least 30 points in the last two seasons, which ranks sixth in the NBA in that span (Harden, Curry, Cousins, Durant and Westbrook). So far the loss of Mason Plumlee, one of the leagues best screeners and low-post passers, hasn't hurt Dame.
Nene started at center for the Rockets on Thursday and had nine points, three rebounds, two steals and a block in 19 minutes.
The move was matchup-based in order for him to guard DeMarcus Cousins, while Clint Capela came off the bench. The Rockets won this one in a blowout and Capela had 15 points, eight boards and three blocks off the bench, so there's no reason to panic if you own him. And there's also no reason to make a move for Nene, as he should be back on the bench in the next one.
Ish Smith came off the bench and hit just 2-of-12 shots for five points on Thursday, but also handed out 16 assists to tie his career high and helped the Pistons overcome an 18-point deficit to beat the Hornets 114-108 in overtime.
Smith clearly outplayed starter Reggie Jackson and got 33 minutes, finishing with a +/- of +20, while Jackson's number was a -20. Smith also got a bulk of the minutes tonight and it's clear by all the trade chatter that Stan Van Gundy was hoping to get rid of Jackson at the trade deadline. As of now, Jackson is still the starting point guard, but Smith should be picked up in most fantasy leagues in case SVG makes a move after tonight's performance.