Kevin Durant was back to his old tricks with 41 points in a comeback win over the Hawks, Carlos Boozer came through with Joakim Noah sidelined, and the Suns threw a fantasy party in Philadelphia as Gerald Green went off for 30, while most of his teammates joined in the fun.
I won a 100-team FanDuel league with a team of Goran Dragic, Kyle Lowry, Gerald Green, Terrence Ross, Kevin Durant, P.J. Tucker, Derrick Williams, Markieff Morris and Spencer Hawes. I was out of money so I only won $50 on my $2 entry fee, but I’m back baby!
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Monday’s Game Recaps
Thunder & Durant Hold Off Hawks
Kevin Durant continued to play like the best player in the world with 41 points, the game-winner, and another full stat line as the Thunder pulled off a comeback win over the visiting Hawks. I’m not saying he’s better than Michael Jordan, but I would argue that Jordan never had a stretch of games where he looked as good as Durant has for the last month or so. He’s too long to stop, even with triple teams, and you can go ahead and give him the MVP Award right now. Durant has scored 20 or more in 19 straight games, 30 or more in 15 of his last 17, 40 or more in five of his last 13, and had 54 on Jan. 17. Wow. Serge Ibaka had nine points and three rebounds, but blocked a season-high six shots in the win, while Reggie Jackson added 18 points, five assists and two 3-pointers. Jeremy Lamb had 14 points in 18 minutes, meaning he’s worth keeping an eye on.
The Hawks got 23 points and another full stat line from the Eastern Conference Player of the Week, Paul Millsap. Shelvin Mack joined a posse of Hawks in double-digits with 15 points, seven assists and three 3-pointers, while DeMarre Carroll came through with 15 points and five steals while guarding KD, and should be owned in most leagues at this point. Kyle Korver hit three 3-pointers for 14 points, Mike Scott had 16 points and six rebounds, while Dennis Schroder and Lou Williams each scored 10 off the bench. As long as Jeff Teague is out with his ankle injury, Mack is worth using.
Suns Throw a Fantasy Party vs. Sixers
I said in Monday’s Dose to load up on Suns against the Sixers and may have never been so right. Gerald Green hit 10-of-12 shots and four 3-pointers on his way to 30 points and three blocks, while Goran Dragic, Miles Plumlee, P.J. Tucker and Markieff Morris all played well. And after racking up just one block in his previous 10 games, Morris had four of them against the Sixers, along with 13 points and three boards. . Using Philly’s opposition in daily leagues is always a good idea. Tucker played through a hand injury and looked good with 15 points, eight boards, two steals and a block. Hopefully some threes are coming in his three remaining games this week, but I’m not about to complain about that line. The rise of Morris has hurt Channing Frye, who had just seven points last night, but he didn’t help himself by missing five of his six shots. I’m still holding Frye for now, but Morris is the guy you want to be starting.
Michael Carter-Williams hit just 7-of-19 shots, but still had 22 points, 11 dimes, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer in the loss. Thaddeus Young had 21 points, three steals and a 3-pointer, but added just two rebounds on the night. Spencer Hawes came through with 18 points, nine boards, a block and two 3-poiners before fouling out, while Evan Turner added 18 points and a nice stat line. James Anderson started and played 32 minutes, but had just nine points to go along with eight boards and a 3-pointer. He’s as hit-and-miss as they come in the NBA.
Raptors Eke One Out Over Nets
Kyle Lowry went nuts again with 31 points, four 3-pointers, five rebounds, seven assists and five steals. There are still trade rumors out there about Lowry, but the Raptors will have a hard time parting with Lowry as long as he’s playing at such a high level. Terrence Ross cooled off after his 51-point explosion, but had 10 points, seven boards, a block and two 3-pointers, and is a decent option as long as DeMar DeRozan is out with his ankle injury. Jonas Valanciunas had 20 points and 13 boards on 9-of-14 shooting, but didn’t block a shot. Beggars can’t be choosers, I guess. Patrick Patterson played through a broken nose and had 15 points, three rebounds, a 3-pointer and the game-winning shot for the Raptors. He’s inconsistent, but when he’s playing well, Amir Johnson (8 points, 6 boards) takes a hit. Greivis Vasquez had 12 points, four assists and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes off the bench, and is still clinging to enough value that he’s worth hanging onto. That move would really pay off if Lowry is moved.
Paul Pierce went off despite a neck injury, hitting 10-of-16 shots and seven 3-pointers for 33 points, six boards, a steal and a block. He’s still got it, but unfortunately hasn’t been able to produce very consistently this season. He had six and 12 points in each of his previous two games. He also missed a game-winning shot at the buzzer. Andray Blatche had 20 points, six boards, two steals and a block off the bench, hitting 8-of-11 shots. He’s back. Mirza Teletovic cooled off with five points in 17 minutes after a couple big games, but is still a decent option if 3-pointers are your goal. Deron Williams had nine points and 11 assists off the bench, and can be benched on busy nights when you have other options at point guard, at least until he’s starting again.