Games Played Week 6
4 Games: DEN, DET, HOU, IND, MIA, MIL, OKC, ORL, POR, UTA
3 Games: ATL, BOS, BRK, CHI, CLE, DAL, GSW, LAC, MEM, NOP, NYK, PHI, PHX, SAS, SAC, TOR
2 Games: CHA, LAL, MIN, WAS
There was an error in the Games Played list in Waiver Wired, and I apologize for the oversight. ATL plays just three games this week, while the Nuggets play four.
I spent the entire day Sunday driving across the country, over the river and through the woods if you will, arriving home around midnight after 11 hours in the car. My plan was to walk up to my office, sit down and crank out Monday’s Dose. But when my 18-year-old son called my wife on Friday to tell her he wrecked her car (don’t worry, he wrecks all of our cars so we’re kind of used to it), he failed to mention that our modem/router had been down for several days. There’s not much I can do about that in the middle of the night, so I’m resorting to Plan B, which means I have no plan. I’m just going to use my phone for the info for this column, type it into Word and then maybe head to McDonald’s to post it. Add in the fact it’s 2 a.m., and that I sat in stop-and-go interstate traffic with an insane six-year-old kid all day, and this may be one of the most (or least) interesting Dose’s I’ve ever written.
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And as if my day and night wasn’t going quite poorly enough, the first thing I see when I check my phone is…
Anthony Davis fractures his left hand
Really? I went heavy on Davis this year and he’s been a blast to own. We still don’t know how much time he’ll miss, but this is one of those injuries that will shake owners to the core. I’m right there with you, but the last thing you want to do is give up, and at least the injury was to his left hand. Hit the waiver wire, pick up some pieces and keep the car moving forward. I’m expecting him to be out for an extended time period (a month?), but have absolutely nothing to base that on, including internet access, but let’s just call it a gut feeling. Ryan Anderson (31 points, seven 3-pointers) will explode in AD’s absence and you should be doing cartwheels if you own him. This is some really sad stuff, as Davis was breathing new life into the NBA and fantasy hoops, and there are no winners with this news. Especially my League Freak team, which got blasted 8-0 thanks to having Davis, Bradley Beal, Jordan Hill and Nene in my lineup. Weekly lineup leagues and injuries just don’t mix.
Pau & Farmar go down, Hill stinks
In addition to Davis, Farmar and Hill both got me tonight, but at least I’m lucky (or smart) enough not to own Gasol this year. Pau will have an MRI on his sprained right ankle on Monday and if he’s going to miss time, Hill will definitely be worth hanging onto. Hill was awful Sunday with just two points and six rebounds, and has been quiet in three straight. An ankle injury may have something to do with that, and while I think he might deserve to be dropped in some leagues, I’m definitely holding him until we find out what’s up with Gasol’s injury. Farmar lasted just four minutes before leaving with a hamstring injury and I’m guessing he’s going to miss some time, although initial reports are that it’s a moderate strain. Xavier Henry blew up for a career-high 27, but can’t seem to put it together consistently, while Robert Sacre came out of nowhere for 12 points, seven boards, two steals and three blocks, and is another guy who might benefit from the absence of Gasol. But with Kobe Bryant looking more and more likely for Friday, all it’s hard to imagine the inconsistent Henry doing this well for much longer.
Batum’s tribute to R.E.M.
R.E.M. has a classic tune called 9-9 and Nicolas Batum wrote his own jam on Sunday with nine points, nine rebounds, nine assists, one steal and one 3-pointer. Yeah, the R.E.M. song is missing a ‘9,’ but I couldn’t help myself.
21 the Hardaway
Tim Hardaway Jr. set a career high with 21 points, hitting five 3-pointers and 6-of-10 shots in yet another loss for the Knicks. Iman Shumpert played just 21 minutes, and given how bad the Knicks are, along with Shumpert’s struggles, Hardaway’s role could increase soon. Just keep an eye on him. Andrea Bargnani went off on Sunday with 17 points, seven rebounds, two steals and six blocked shots, and I’m proud to own him in a few leagues.
Hello, my name is Tyreke
Tyreke Evans had a season-high 24 points and a full stat line on Sunday and has now scored in double digits in nine straight. And with Anthony Davis going down, the numbers should only get better.
Hello, my name is KD
My six-year-old loves the movie Thunderstruck and can randomly be heard shouting “KD!” from the backseat of the car for no apparent reason, other than the fact that he loves him some Durant. His owners love him too, especially after he blew up for a massive triple-double that included 32 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists, four steals and four blocks on Sunday. No words.
Steph & Klay dominate Kings
Stephen Curry had 36 points and 10 dimes in Sunday’s win over the Kings, while Klay Thompson hit a career-high eight 3-pointers and scored 28 points in the win. Andrew Bogut, as usual, was solid again and I am very impressed with his play, and the fact that he’s been able to stay on the court this season.
Marcus Thornton came out of nowhere for 21 points and five 3-pointers on Sunday. He’s been pretty irrelevant for a couple weeks now, but maybe the Kings are showcasing him for a trade. Or, maybe they figured out that they need him if they are going to be a good team. Either way, last night’s game puts him back on the fantasy radar in a big way.
Stephenson still plugging away
Lance Stephenson had seven points, 10 rebounds and six assists in Sunday’s win over the Clippers, and continues to make Pacer fans forget about Danny Granger’s knee and calf problems. As for Granger, I just don’t think he’s going to be healthy this season and the starting job should be Stephenson’s all year, as far as I’m concerned.
Nash to practice
Steve Nash is expected to practice with the Lakers on Tuesday, meaning he could be nearing a return to the lineup. It will hurt Steve Blake when it happens, although Farmar’s injury may be enough to keep Blake going, even if Nash regains the starting job at some point. But like Andrew Bynum, it’s hard to imagine Nash being able to stay healthy over the long haul. I’m not rushing to pick him up, nor am I crawling to do so.
CP3 returns with double-double
Chris Paul returned to action after missing Friday’s game and had another double-double with 17 points, 10 dimes and just one turnover in a loss to Indy. His hamstring is fine, so play him.
MCW swipes six
Michael Carter-Williams had six steals to go along with 15 points, six rebounds and six assists on Sunday. I’m not going to lie. For me, outside of Anthony Davis, he’s been as fun to own as any player in the league thus far.
J.J. not feeling so Dy-no-mite!
J.J. Redick will be out anywhere from six to eight weeks with a hand and wrist injury, which is too bad, as he was playing very well for the Clippers. Jamal Crawford had 20 points on 6-of-19 shooting Sunday and 31 points in his previous game, so make sure he’s not available in your league. With Redick out, Crawford should be ready to get all the minutes he can handle.
Andre Drummond exploded for career highs of 31 points, 19 rebounds and six steals, and also added a couple blocks against Spencer Hawes and the Sixers. Drummond has been a blast to own thus far, but owners have also been hoping for a crazy breakout game. And they got it on Sunday. Of course, he hit just 7-of-18 free throws, but who cares?
Valanciunas sighting – finally
Just as it looked like Jonas Valanciunas might be benched, he started and finally did something, as in 18 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. This was the type of line we were expecting on a regular basis from JV when the season started, but it took more than a month for it to happen. Hopefully this is the start of a nice run for the big man. Tyler Hansbrough started over Amir Johnson, and while he played 34 minutes, he had just seven points and five boards. That was enough to ruin me in a FanDuel league, but I’ll live. I wrote about Hansbrough potentially starting in this week’s Dose, and I expect him to be better than this on most nights. And it’s also possible that splitting up Amir and JV will help Valanciunas going forward. It certainly can’t hurt.
If you need me on Monday, I’ll be getting a wrecked car fixed, buying some new equipment from my ISP and getting ready for another busy week. If you want to keep real-time track of stupid stuff like that, as well as breaking NBA news, just follow me on Twitter by clicking here. I know I still owe you a Season Pass Live Chat from last week, and we’ll work it in ASAP. However, there’s a good chance it won’t be happening on Monday, as I originally envisioned. However, plan on another one on Thursday at 1 p.m., as usual.