Pelicans Beat Thunder
The Thunder needed to win this game to secure the No. 2 seed over the Clippers, but couldn’t get it done. Russell Westbrook was resting, while Reggie Jackson played through a neck injury. He hit just 1-of-7 shots for four points, so I’m hoping he wasn’t in your lineup. Kevin Durant did Durant-like things with 25 points and a full stat line, but they’ll be trying to beat the Pistons on Wednesday. Caron Butler had 19 points off the bench, and I expect Westbrook to play on Wednesday, as the Thunder are still trying to clinch the No. 2 seed.
We reported that Tyreke Evans was doubtful to play due to a knee injury, because that’s the report we were given, but he ended up playing. And not only did he play, he had a career night, going off for 41 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and three steals in 42 minutes, becoming the first Pelicans player to ever go for 40-8-8. The next highest scorer for the Pelicans was Luke Babbitt with 12 points. If Evans plays on Wednesday, he looks like a good player to use in daily leagues, but we probably won’t know his status until just before game time.
Memphis Beats Phoenix, Grizzlies In, Suns Out
The Grizzlies beat the Suns, ending their playoff hopes in the process. The Grizzlies are still playing for position, but are locked into the playoffs and enough may be enough. Memphis got a season-high 32 points and nine boards from Zach Randolph (where was that on Sunday?), 18 points and eight boards from Marc Gasol, and 14 points and seven assists from Mike Conley. Mike Miller got hot off the bench for 21 points and five 3-pointers on 8-of-11 shooting, but don’t count on him going forward. Courtney Lee was terrible, missing all four of his shots and failing to score, and the Grizzlies aren’t exactly clicking on all cylinders right now, despite the win.
The Suns got 21 points form Markieff Morris, while Channing Frye, Miles Plumlee, Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic all scored in double figures. They tried their best, but their season is essentially over. They get the Kings in a meaningless game on Wednesday, and I’d guess that Dragic will rest, while they could turn Gerald Green loose for one last hurrah.
Warriors Clinch 50-win Season, 6th Seed with Win Over Wolves
The Warriors won a hard-fought battle with the Timberwolves and clinched the No. 6 seed. That means their final game is meaningless, so you can expect plenty of Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes, Marreese Speights and Steve Blake in their finale on Wednesday. The Dubs had a 50-win season and Draymond Green had a career night with 20 points, 12 rebounds, four steals, two blocks and four 3-pointers. He looks like an excellent play when the Dubs play the Nuggets in Wednesday’s meaningless finale. The biggest news for the Dubs is the loss of Andrew Bogut, who has a fractured rib. His status for the playoffs is unknown, but either way, the Warriors will be leaning heavily on Jermaine O’Neal, who had 10 points and four rebounds in 21 minutes last night.
Stephen Curry and Kevin Love both put on a show last night, but unfortunately for daily-league players, most of their work was done in the first quarter, and first half. Curry had 32 points, 15 assists, three steals and seven 3-pointers, while Love racked up 40 points, 14 rebounds, nine assists and five 3-pointers. The Wolves season has long been over, but it feels like they wanted to play spoiler tonight. This is just a guess, but I’ll be surprised if Love plays on Wednesday against the Jazz. This just felt like his swan song. Gorgui Dieng had 14 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks, while Corey Brewer added 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting in the loss.
Lakers Take Jazz
The Lakers beat the Jazz behind 41 points from Nick Young. It looked like they were trying to get him 50, as the LA abandoned an offense to give the ball to Young, letting him fire at will. He hit 14-of-23 shots and 6-of-11 3-pointers on the night, while Jordan Hill had 21 points and six boards, Jodie Meeks had 23 points and two 3-pointers, Wes Johnson had 12 points and a full stat line, and Robert Sacre added 12 points and nine boards in the loss. Young, Johnson, Meeks and Jordan all look like decent plays again on Wednesday against the Spurs.
All five Jazz starters scored in double figures, led by Alec Burks with 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Enes Kanter double-doubled, and all five Jazz starters played well, which isn’t surprising since the Lakers only seemed to be focused on feeding Young the ball. The Jazz get the Timberwolves on Wednesday, so Burks, Kanter, Trey Burke, Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward could all come through again in that one.