Nikola Jokic played just 15 minutes with two points, five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one block against the Nets on Friday.
Do not panic. Brook Lopez caught Jokic with a rip move to give him two fouls in the first two minutes tonight. This isn't the first time we've seen Jokic have major fouling issues and his coach knows it. "e need to play him at least 30-32 minutes a night," Malone said. "He needs to stop with those silly fouls in transition." Yes, Jokic has not been good since Mason Plumlee arrived, but that's more of a coincidence due to foul trouble and just poor play. Jokic should still be considered an elite fantasy option.
Mason Plumlee went off against the team that drafted him in 23 minutes off the bench on Friday, scoring 12 points with 12 rebounds and eight assists against the Nets.
Revenge game? Plumlee basically out-Jokic'd Nikola Jokic with some terrific passing in the post. As you might expect, coach Mike Malone loved what he saw. "He was unbelievable tonight," Malone said. "This is the Mason Plumlee that we envisioned." The coach added how much he liked the screens set, which was his calling card in Portland. He's not going to unseat Jokic and the foul trouble for the young superstar explains the added minutes for Plumlee. Jokic and Plumlee have played together for just three minutes in the last two games combined, so that's a negative for MP. Plumlee is worth a look, but he's not going be this good.
Danilo Gallinari (groin) scored 20 points with eight rebounds and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Nets on Friday.
He was listed as probable for this game, but that's the status quo for the Nuggets following an injury. Gallinari did not play in the final 15:30 of this game because the Nuggets had the game in the bag, so Gallo likely would've been over 30 had this game been close. He'll be an injury risk, but his value is at its best on the Nuggets compared to another contender.
Wilson Chandler scored 24 points off the bench against the Nets on Friday, adding three rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes.
Kenneth Faried (back) was hurt in this game and could miss more time, so Chandler could be getting even bigger minutes. He is back to playing almost all power forward and coach Mike Malone will likely keep him in the second unit because Chandler wanted a consistent role. The fact that he didn't get traded is great for his fantasy value.
Jamal Murray struggled again as the backup point guard, making 3-of-14 from the field for nine points with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Nets on Friday.
He was the backup point guard up until garbage time and even played the five garbage-time minutes next to Emmanuel Mudiay, who did not play at all in the first three quarters. Murray has at least two more games as the backup point guard, but he still hasn't done much with this new role. His dynasty value looks nice, but not so much in re-draft.
Darrell Arthur played 13 minutes with two rebounds, one assist and three steals against the Nets on Friday.
Kenneth Faried (back) went down in this game, so Arthur could be looking at minutes the next time out. He has some injury concerns of his own, so leave him on the wire.
Emmanuel Mudiay scored two points with one assist, one steal, one block and one turnover in five minutes against the Nets on Friday.
He didn't check in until the Nuggets were up 120-98 with 4:52 left in this game. Mudiay is not expected to be in the rotation for the next couple games, and possibly longer than that.
Gary Harris scored a career-high 25 points with two points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and four 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Nets on Friday.
Yeah, it was against the Nets, but Harris is on a roll and his coach gave him some credit. "I think Nikola [Jokic] loves playing with him because that is one of his favorite targets because Gary is in constant motion," coach Mike Malone said. Harris has been above his season scoring average in each of his last six games with 16 or more on terrific efficiency in each, as well. His terrific second half last year was no fluke and he looks like a mid-round guy going forward. Harris probably deserves more mainstream love as one of the best 22-year-old guards in the NBA.