It was a busy 11-game Monday, as the Bulls were awful, shooting just 28 percent against the Kings, which was a record low for a Sacramento opponent. And Joakim Noah was ejected, and then left the court in absurd style, while Kyle Lowry left with a sore knee. Follow me on Twitter by clicking here. Let’s Dose.
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Pacers 98 Magic 79
Danny Granger led the Pacers in scoring for the first time this season, but did it with just 16 points. I’m still not a fan of him in fantasy. Paul George and Lance Stephenson (12 rebounds, 5 assists) each had 15 points, and despite the odd scoring distribution, the Pacers still crushed the Magic. The big news, if you want to call it that, is that George Hill saw just 19 minutes, hit 1-of-8 shots and finished with just two points and three assists. C.J. Watson played 26 minutes and had a nice line with 12 points, but the job is still Hill’s, and he’s not injured.
Arron Afflalo scored 20 with four treys and Nikola Vucevic double-doubled, while Victor Oladipo had 11 assists and four steals, but just six points. Jameer Nelson (knee) was out again and is day-to-day for his next one.
Wizards 100 Blazers 90
John Wall filled the stat sheet once again, Trevor Ariza stayed hot with 20 points and four more 3-pointers, and Kevin Seraphin came out of nowhere with 19 points and five rebounds, as Trevor Booker missed this one for personal reasons. Bradley Beal scored 13 and had a decent line, if you ignore his 5-of-16 shooting, as the Wizards got a very quality win over the Blazers.
Damian Lillard scored 25 with six boards, eight assists and two 3-pointers, and could be ready to get hot again after a cold streak. LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 & 10, while Nicolas Batum crawled out of his shell and scored 18 points, although he also had five turnovers. Robin Lopez had 12 points, nine boards and four blocks, but Wesley Matthews was the big disappointment with just nine points on 4-of-10 shooting. If Batum were to shoot it 12 times a game, Matthews would probably have more nights like this one. And as usual, the bench was invisible with six points.
Nets 108 Sixers 102
Paul Pierce torched the Sixers for 25 points and hit 14-of-14 free throws, Shaun Livingston had 13 points, six rebounds, eight assists and a career-high seven steals, and Deron Williams added 21 points, six assists and three 3-pointers. Mirza Teletovic hit five 3-pointers and scored 20 points, and most of what I just mentioned happened because Joe Johnson (knee) and Andray Blatche (hip) didn’t play. Livingston’s steals were shocking, but he did average 1.5 of them in January. I picked him up and threw him in several lineups this week, but this might be as good as we’ll see from him all year. Teletovic is pretty inconsistent, but I decided to drop Derrick Williams and pick him up in one league tonight. Kevin Garnett had a nice game, for being Kevin Garnett, but that still resulted in just six points and seven rebounds, although he backed it up with two steals and five blocks in 21 minutes. The minutes and knees just aren’t enough for me to consider him.
The Sixers welcomed back Michael Carter-Williams and he had 21 points, three 3-pointers and a nice line, Thaddeus Young actually didn’t have a steal, and Tony Wroten managed to score 18 points with six rebounds, despite the return of MCW. Evan Turner was quiet with just nine points, and like teammate Young, would likely take a hit if he’s traded.
Heat 102 Pistons 96
LeBron James just missed a triple-double with 24 points, eight rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and two blocks, while Dwyane Wade played in his fourth straight game and had 30 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and six turnovers on 13-of-19 shooting. He looks good to go until the Heat play back-to-back next Tuesday and Wednesday. Shane Battier, who went nuts in his last game, had just three points last night.
The Pistons got 17 points and 11 rebounds from Greg Monroe, who is heating up, and Brandon Jennings did it all with 26 points, seven assists, three steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers. When he’s on, he’s really on. Rodney Stuckey returned from a dizzy spell and scored 20 off the bench, while Andre Drummond was solid with 12 points, 12 boards, two steals and two blocks. Josh Smith continued to be both good and bad with 12 points, six boards, six assists and three steals, but also had six turnovers and hit just 5-of-20 shots.
Bucks 101 Knicks 98
Brandon Knight had 25 points, seven assists, four 3-pointers, and the game-winning dagger, while Khris Middleton looked good again with 19 points, four rebounds, three assists and five 3-pointers. As long as he sticks in the starting five, it looks like it’s time to pick him up – especially since Caron Butler went down with a high ankle sprain during the game. Larry Sanders had eight points, 11 rebounds and a block, and may finally be ready to get it going, while Ersan Ilyasova had 13 points, eight boards and a 3-pointer. Zaza Pachulia had 12 points and seven boards in 18 minutes, adding another piece to the puzzle that is the Bucks. And the fact they beat the Knicks tells you just how bad New York is struggling.
Carmelo Anthony scored 36 with five 3-pointers and J.R. Smith hit 9-of-17 shots and six 3-pointers for 30 points, and is really rolling right now. Tim Hardaway Jr. cooled off, hitting just 2-of-10 shots for seven points, but still got 28 minutes. He’ll bounce back. Outside of Melo’s 36 the rest of the starting lineup totaled just 18 points.
Spurs 102 Pelicans 95
Boris Diaw started and played 32 minutes (second highest on the team), but hit just 2-of-8 shots for five points. He will bounce back. Tim Duncan (6 blocks), Tony Parker and Marco Belinelli were the only Spurs in double digits, but that didn’t stop them from beating the Pelicans. The news here is that Danny Green returned from his hand injury and played like…Danny Green. He hit just 1-of-7 shots for seven points, seven rebounds, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer. Feel free to pick him up, but you might want to glance at his game log on the season before setting your expectations above sea level.
The Pelicans got 17 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks from Anthony Davis, but he hit just 6-of-21 shots against the defense of Duncan. Eric Gordon scored 19, Al-Farouq Aminu and Brian Roberts were disappointing, and Anthony Morrow came out of nowhere for 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting in 22 minutes. Keep an eye on him, but don’t expect him to do this again anytime soon. The news is that Tyreke Evans left the game with a rib injury and didn’t return, which helps to explain Morrow’s night. It doesn’t sound serious, as Evans was expected to return, so consider him day-to-day for now.