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Dose: Whiteside on Fire

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


It was a busy Monday with eight games and while we came out of it on the other side without too many injuries, there’s plenty of news to cover, including Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Hassan Whiteside going off, the Nets disappearing, and injury scares to Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Danny Green.

 

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Pacers 88, Magic 69 – The Pacers weren’t great individually, but had no problem with the Magic last night. Paul George and Myles Turner turned in disappointing lines, Jeff Teague filled up the stat sheet across the board, and Monta Ellis moved back into the starting lineup and scored 13 points. C.J. Miles led the team in scoring with 16 points, four 3-pointers, two steals and two blocks, and his move back to the bench doesn’t scare me. Pick him up. Kevin Seraphin came out of nowhere with six points, 10 boards, three assists, a steal and a block in 19 minutes, but hadn’t done anything prior. Just keep an eye on him. Turner set expectations very high with his 30 points and 16 boards on opening night, but is still playing very well. Just not insanely as good as he was in his first game of the season.

 

The Magic were a mess and Serge Ibaka didn’t have a 3-pointer or block for just the second time this season. He did have 13 boards, but hit just 3-of-13 shots for six points after blowing up for a career-high 31 points on Sunday against the Thunder, his former team. Jeff Green did nothing (again) in his new starting role, Nikola Vucevic hit just 1-of-10 shots for two points, 12 boards and a block, while Elfrid Payton and Evan Fournier were decent in the loss. I’d still rather own Aaron Gordon than Jeff Green, and Bismack Biyombo hit 4-of-4 shots for nine points, nine boards and three blocks, so think about grabbing him if you need boards and blocks. But I’d rather own Raptors’ backup center Lucas Nogueira.

 

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Knicks 93, Mavericks 77 – Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony both scored 24 points, while Joakim Noah played just 15 minutes and didn’t score. I have no interest in holding him, as I think he’ll be day-to-day and wildly inconsistent all season. Derrick Rose finally had a bad night on 1-of-6 shooting for three points, and you have to wonder if he’s due for a night of rest soon. Brandon Jennings had been playing well but did nothing last night, but still makes for a good handcuff for Rose if you have room. Justin Holiday went off for 16 points, four boards, two assists, two steals, a block and two 3-pointers on 6-of-7 shooting, and started the second half as the Knicks went small for matchup reasons. Just put him on your radar.

 

The Mavs got 20 from Harrison Barnes and welcomed back J.J. Barea from a night of rest, and he had 17 points, four assists and a 3-pointer. Dwight Powell played just 18 minutes and will take a hit with Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) due back any day now, while Seth Curry played 30 minutes off the bench. He had nine points, five boards, three assists, a steal and a 3-pointer, and has played 30-plus minutes in three straight games. If you own him, just hang on, and if you want to pick him up, now might be the time to do it. Justin Anderson nearly triple-doubled a game ago, but missed all 11 of his shots, five of which were 3-pointers. Keep a close eye on him, too.

 

Pistons 104, Thunder 88 – Marcus Morris struggled on 3-of-12 shooting and has hit just 5-of-23 shots in two of his last three games. He’ll bounce back soon. Aron Baynes started at center for Andre Drummond and might have been the DFS play of the night with 20 points and eight boards. Drummond’s injury isn’t thought to be serious. Tobias Harris and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope both played very well, while Ish Smith was solid in his 30 minutes. Jon Leuer had eight points, nine boards, four assists and a block off the bench, and has been playing very well off the bench, making him worth a look in most leagues.

 

Russell Westbrook went off for 33 points, 15 boards, eight assists and seven more turnovers, but the Thunder have lost four straight games. Remember when they were 4-0? Yeah, that was cute. Victor Oladipo (4-of-17 shooting) and Steven Adams (four points, 11 boards) both struggled, and Oladipo’s off nights would be easier to stomach if he was doing things in other categories, but he’s not. And Adams has been all over the place lately. Both will eventually get it going. Jerami Grant had 11 points, five boards, two steals and two blocks and is hurting Enes Kanter (10 points, three boards, one block). Grant is worth a deep-league look right now, especially if you need blocks. Oladipo and Adams need to figure it out and become more consistent if the Thunder want to start winning games again.

 

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Pelicans 106, Celtics 105 – The Pelicans won their second game tonight with a one-point win and Anthony Davis powered through his sore back with 25 points, 16 rebounds, four steals and two blocks, despite hitting just 7-of-22 shots. He’s OK. Tim Frazier had 10 points and six dimes, but will take a substantial hit with Jrue Holiday due back this week, and Buddy Hield started with E’Twaun Moore out with a toe injury and had five points on 2-of-7 shooting. Terrence Jones was nice with 15 points, 10 boards, a steal and two blocks off the bench, but I’d like him a lot more if Alvin Gentry would just make him the starter. I still like the idea of owning him right now. And Langston Galloway made the most of Moore’s absence with 21 points, two steals and three 3-pointers. He’s good for about one nice game a week, but is completely untrustworthy.

 

Kelly Olynyk started and had five points and eight boards on 1-of-8 shooting, and took seven 3-pointers. Al Horford is going to be back any day now, so Olynyk’s not the must-own player he was a couple days ago. Isaiah Thomas was money with 37 points, seven assists, a steal and three 3-pointers, Avery Bradley had 19 points, 10 boards and three treys, and Marcus Smart got it done with 15 points, six boards, three assists, four steals and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes. I love him in both season-long and DFS leagues.

 


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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 2017-18 NBA season marks (at least) his 16th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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