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Dose: Durant's Triple-double

Monday, November 19, 2012


 

Klay Thompson was awful again on Sunday, hitting just 2-of-8 shots for four points.  I joked on Twitter that I am anxiously awaiting for fed up owners to start dropping him so I can scoop him up, but I don’t think you want to be the guy that drops him (yet).

 

Jared Sullinger played 27 minutes for 16 points and five rebounds Sunday for the Celtics, while Brandon Bass was quiet in 17 minutes.  I think the changing of the guard is officially underway and I dropped Bass across the board after his five-game week ended.

 

If there’s a more fun starting five in fantasy than the Trail Blazers, let me know.  All five guys are laying it down every night, and all five of them (Wesley Matthews, Damian Lillard, J.J. Hickson, LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum) are usually posting dynamic stats.

 

Joakim Noah nearly joined Durant and Kobe with a triple-double, but finished up with 16 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists in 41 minutes of a loss to Portland.  And as you probably already guessed, Carlos Boozer was invisible, which happens when Noah is hot.  Boozer got his on Saturday though, with 22 points and 12 rebounds, when Noah had four points and seven boards in that one.

 

Houston’s Chandler Parsons stayed hot and had 24 points and four 3-pointers, and is must-own/start in all leagues right now.

 

Dwight Howard went off again and I think it’s time to sell Pau Gasol, as there simply aren’t going to be many rebounds left for him after Dwight gets done with the glass every night.

 

Kevin Love practiced on Sunday (5-on-0) and while no one is saying it, my guess is he’ll play before December gets here.  Nikola Pekovic (ankle) went through an actual practice and I’m guessing he plays on Wednesday.

 

Saturday Headlines

 

Dwyane Wade was out for the Heat, missing his second straight game with a foot injury.  With two games this week, it’s probably best to just bench him in weekly leagues, unless we get a good report Monday afternoon.  They don’t play until Wednesday, so I doubt we know much on his status today.

 

Andrew Bynum confirmed that he did the latest damage to his knee while bowling, and while I’m sure there’s a great joke about gutters here, it’s not funny.  Just like his hair.  If I owned him, I’m pretty sure I’d either trade him for a six-pack of Natty Light, or just move on.  He may not play until January.  Cut him at your own risk.

 

Kyrie Irving somehow had 26 points, zero rebounds and zero assists in a loss to Dallas, which probably says more about the dudes he’s passing it to than himself.

 

Jordan Crawford replaced Bradley Beal in the Wizards’ starting lineup and had 20 points and eight assists.  As was documented in Waiver Wired, he is worth a pick up in all leagues right now.  I didn’t mention Trevor Ariza in WW, but he had 16 points and nine boards, and is playing better again, while Kevin Seraphin is simply too unreliable at this point.

 

Derrick Favors and Randy Foye started for the Jazz, sending Gordon Hayward and Marvin Williams to the bench, but it’s hard to say how long it will last.  Favors and Hayward should still be owned in all leagues.

 

Byron Mullens had 18 points, nine boards and two 3-pointers for the Bobcats and I’m ready to run him out into weekly lineups with four games.  Kemba Walker’s another must-start for Charlotte, while Ramon Sessions also looks like a safe play.  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was good MKG on Saturday, but has been up and down.

 

In Milwaukee, Samuel Dalembert is hot, while Ersan Ilyasova and Larry Sanders are still ice cold.  Mike Dunleavy played well on Saturday, but is still too inconsistent for my blood.

 

DeJuan Blair started and finally produced, going off for 19 points, eight boards, two steals and a block in a Spurs win against Denver, but I need to see him do that a few more times before taking the bait.

 

The Suns are talking about lineup changes, with Jared Dudley, Michael Beasley and Luis Scola being the possible losers.  Just keep an eye on the situation (and on Markieff Morris and Shannon Brown).

 

I don’t have room to breakdown the Injury Report here today, so click on this link to check out the entire list before finalizing your lineup.



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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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