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Dose: Down Goes Pau Gasol

Monday, March 24, 2014


5 Games: POR

4 Games: ATL, BRK, CLE, DET, IND, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIN, NOP, NYK, OKC, PHX, SAS, TOR, UTA

3 Games: BOS, CHA, CHI, DAL, DEN, HOU, MIL, ORL, PHI, SAC, WAS

2 Games: GSW

 

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Sunday night was quite eventful for me. Despite missing two games from Kyle Korver and one from Anthony Davis, I managed to hang on for a tie against the LeBron James owner in League Freak, where we start just six players. My dominant bench won me the tiebreaker so I’m moving on to the Final Four, where I’ll lock horns with the Kevin Durant owner this week. I’m really not looking forward to just three games from DeMarcus Cousins and owning the unplayable Russell Westbrook, so I may have to get creative with my lineup. Boogie was sure huge on Sunday though, going off for 32 points, 12 boards, four assists, two steals and a block on 14-of-19 shooting. All of that was great, but I just needed the rebounds, and then had to sit and watch Paul Pierce play for the Nets. Pierce didn’t have a great night and finished with just four rebounds, despite that game going to overtime, giving me the eventual win by a grand total of four rebounds for the week.

 

I’m still alive in a couple other league’s playoffs, have all four of my NCAA Final Four teams left (with Virginia winning it all over Louisville), and even won some daily money despite having a goose egg from Wilson Chandler. It might be time for me to buy some lottery tickets.

 

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Sunday Headlines

 

Jarrett Jack Did What?

 

While Boogie Cousins was doing serious work in my League Freak lineup, Jarrett Jack was doing work on my bench. I feel like I’ve been writing about Jack in Waiver Wired every week since the start of the season, and while he’s shown some hope of breaking through, it never really happened until Sunday night. Jack torched Sir Raymond Felton for 31 points, five rebounds, 10 assists, a block and a 3-pointer on 13-of-19 shooting in 42 minutes. The Cavs stopped the Knicks eight-game winning streak and Jack has never looked better. Felton will take a lot of the blame for the Jack explosion (much of which happened in the fourth quarter), but still had a nice fantasy line himself, with 14 points, six rebounds, eight assists, three steals and three 3-pointers for the Knicks. Waiters had 22 points and two 3-pointers and with four games next week, and no Kyrie Irving in sight, both Cavs guards look like strong fantasy options. Luol Deng made a surprise return from his sprained ankle and scored 13 points off the bench, but I don’t really trust him. C.J. Miles was out of the lineup again with a sprained ankle, but he’s not really a factor after playing a total of two minutes since Feb. 21. Carmelo Anthony scored 32 for the Knicks, but missed all five of his shots in the fourth quarter, helping the Knicks blow a 17-point lead. Iman Shumpert sat out on Sunday with the flu, not that you noticed.

 

Pau Gasol Hospitalized With Illness

 

Pau Gasol left Sunday’s game with nausea and dizziness, received three liters of fluids in an ambulance and was then taken to the hospital for observation. It doesn’t sound like this is anything life threatening, but it might be enough to shut Gasol down for a bit. I’ve been joking/hinting that a mysterious back injury was coming for Gasol, as it is just hard for me to imagine him making it through the rest of the season with nothing to play for. However, this illness doesn’t sound like a joke and I hope that Gasol makes a quick recovery. We’re still awaiting information on Gasol’s condition and outlook, but you shouldn’t be surprised if this is enough to end his season. Which leads me to…

 

Jordan Hill Did What?

 

With Gasol limited to just 19 minutes, Jordan Hill made the most of his return to the starting lineup, racking up a career-high 28 points, 13 rebounds and a block while hitting 9-of-15 shots and 10-of-13 free throws in a win over the Magic. I dropped Mike Dunleavy to pick Hill up, as he appears to finally be back in Mike D’Antoni’s good graces. Big men usually don’t stay there for long, so I’m just hoping that Mike D will give Hill four more games worth of big minutes, although I haven’t actually decided if I’m going to use him or not. Jodie Meeks scored 13 with two 3-pointers and six steals, and Nick Young racked up 26 points and two 3-pointers off the bench, but I don’t know that you can trust any single player on the Lakers right now, as Mike D can’t seem to make up his mind on most nights.

 

Kevin Love With Another Monster Line

 

Kevin Love went nutso again on Sunday with 36 points, 14 rebounds, nine assists, two steals and three 3-pointers. He just missed a triple-double, but became the first player since Russell Westbrook in 2010 to drop that kind of line. Please, Kevin, keep playing through the end of the season.


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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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