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The weekend was actually jam packed with news, and if you missed Saturday’s Daily Dose, check it out by clicking here. And if you missed Waiver Wired, just hit the link.
4 Games: Celtics, Cavaliers, Mavericks, Warriors, Rockets, Pacers, Clippers, Lakers, Pelicans, Timberwolves, Sixers, Suns, Spurs, Raptors, Jazz.
3 Games: Wizards, Kings, Blazers, Knicks, Thunder, Magic, Grizzlies, Heat, Nuggets, Bobcats, Hawks, Nets.
2 Games: Bulls, Pistons, Bucks.
Hello, My Name Is Russell
Russell Westbrook actually played on Sunday night, and played well. He had 21 points, four boards, seven dimes, one steal and hit 11-of-14 free throws in the win. He also hit just 5-of-16 shots on the night, but more importantly, he looked a lot like Russell Westbrook. Get him in your lineup ASAP. While Reggie Jackson was solid with 10 points and five assists in 28 minutes, I’m fine with moving on to a hot free agent.
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Dragic Wrecks Ankle Sunday
Goran Dragic may have ended up being the story of the weekend for dubious reasons. He suffered a sprained left ankle on Sunday night and I’m going to go ahead and call it severe, even though I’m not a real doctor. My guess is he could miss three to four weeks with the injury, and that is mostly based on how much pain he was in when he was half-carried to the locker room by teammates. If he does miss significant time (and I think he will), Gerald Green should reap the benefits, while Eric Bledsoe will slide over to point guard. As if we didn’t already love Bledsoe enough, right? And Green went off for 21 points, eight rebounds, a steal and five 3-pointers last night. Green’s not a must-add, but could be a nice bonus player for you if you’re ahead of the pack.
I had a draft with some of my rock and roll buddies on Sunday night and the results were kind of crazy. Drafting a week into the season creates some serious reaching. Here are a few tidbits.
5. Anthony Davis, 10. Russell Westbrook, 15. Damian Lillard, 24. Klay Thompson, 29. Michael Carter-Williams, 34. Eric Bledsoe, 44. Andre Drummond, 47. Victor Oladipo, 53. Lance Stephenson, 80. Bradley Beal, 91. Miles Plumlee, and 111. Vitor Faverani. It was ‘reach city’ and I was happy to have been included in the madness. I ended up with Westbrook, Lillard, Bledsoe, Millsap, Boozer and Kanter, and couldn’t be happier about it. I’m not sure what my point is, but I thought you’d enjoy seeing where some so-called sleepers are going in current drafts.
The Nuggets are looking at making some changes to the starting lineup so don’t be surprised if Kenneth Faried replaces J.J. Hickson at PF, while Anthony Randolph could be replaced by a guy like Jordan Hamilton in the starting lineup. Just know changes are coming. I’m still fine with holding Hickson, as he should play a major role off the bench if he ends up there.
MCW & Oladipo
He went at No. 29 in our draft and the hype machine is up and running. I own him in several leagues and am not selling high. I plan on riding him until he breaks, and he backed up his incredible opening night with 26 points, four boards, 10 assists, three steals and two 3-pointers. If you don’t know whom I’m talking about, it’s Michael Carter-Williams – the starting point guard for the Sixers and the early favorite for Rookie of the Year. Sorry, Victor Oladipo. Oladipo is making his own noise though, and had 19 points, six boards, four assists, two steals and seven turnovers on Sunday night.
Nicolas Batum recorded the first triple-double of the season on Saturday with 11 points, 12 boards, 11 assists, a steal and a 3-pointer. The Blazers play just three times this week, but Batum, Lillard and Aldridge should be in your lineups. Lillard is on fire after going for 25 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three more 3-pointers on Saturday.