In addition to Durant’s massive line, last night’s 12-game slate included a huge performance from Chris Bosh along with a real stinker courtesy of Michael Carter-Williams. With an action packed Friday to cover, let’s dive right in.
Durant’s colossal performance
Kevin Durant turned in an absolute gem on Friday night against Golden State, notching a career-high 54 points as the Thunder prevailed. The MVP candidate was outstanding, knocking down 19-28 shots, five of which came from deep, and 11-13 from the line. He added four rebounds, six assists, two steals, and one block for good measure, capping a fantastic fantasy showing. He turned the ball over five times but who cares when he’s dropping 54. Durant has been on fire in 2014, averaging over 36 points per contest. He’s scored over 30 points in eight of his nine games in January and over 40 three times. He’s without question the top player in fantasy and owners can just enjoy the ride.
Rondo is back
The Celtics star point guard returned from his ACL injury on Friday, playing 19 minutes in his season debut against the Lakers. Despite the restriction on minutes, Rajon Rondo still put up eight points, four assists, and two steals on 4-9 shooting. He showed flashes of brilliance in limited action and should ramp up his playing time over the next few games. Shockingly, due to the poor shape of the Eastern Conference, the Celtics are actually contending for a playoff spot which means that Rondo could help Boston sneak in. He should pay dividends for fantasy owners who stuck with him over the last three months.
While Rondo was making all the headlines, his teammate was doing all the scoring. Rookie Kelly Olynyk came off the bench and showed signs of life, scoring a career-best 25 points with five rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and one block. The big man was hot earlier this season but cooled off before Thanksgiving. Through December and January he was averaging just five points and 3.5 rebounds per contest so his upside has been severely limited. While this explosion is notable, owners should wait to see if he can do this again or at least produce anything resembling low end value before making a move.
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Bosh propels Heat
Although LeBron James did his thing on Friday against the Sixers, nearly notching a triple-double with 21 points, eight rebounds, and 10 assists, the bigger story was his teammate Chris Bosh. Filling up the stat sheet, Bosh notched 25 points on 11-18 shooting with six boards, four assists, two steals, and a season-high five blocks. He’s been locked in over his last two and with Dwyane Wade already ruled out for Saturday’s contest, the big man could go off once again.