James Harden and Draymond Green triple-doubled, Jimmy Butler scored 52 points without Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo by his side, and Giannis Antetokounmpo posted another big line. Stephen Curry was a bit underwhelming again, T.J. Warren bounced back with a big game, and we even had a Nurk Alert. Dose it up and follow me on Twitter by clicking here.
Bucks 98, Thunder 94 – Giannis Antetokounmpo was a monster once again, but did hit just 5-of-10 free throws. Eh, who cares? Jabari Parker had 19 points, six boards, a block and two 3-pointers, while both John Henson and Greg Monroe played well in the middle for the Bucks. Malcolm Brogdon had 12 points and five assists on 3-of-12 shooting, a far cry from his monster triple-double on Saturday, but hit a couple free throws to seal the win, and he should be owned in all leagues. Matthew Dellavedova missed his third straight game with a hamstring injury, but Brogdon might be able to hold his value, even when Delly is back. As for Monroe and Henson, I’d rather own Monroe right now.
Russell Westbrook had 30 points, seven boards, six assists and three steals, but hit just 9-of-28 shots. It’ll happen. Steven Adams was money with 20 points, eight boards, a steal and three blocks on 9-of-11 shooting, and Victor Oladipo looked great with 18 points, five boards, four assists, a steal and four 3-pointers in the loss. Enes Kanter was bad in this one, but has been playing well enough to be owned in most leagues.
Cavaliers 90, Pelicans 82 – Kevin Love fought through food poisoning and double-doubled with 12 & 11, LeBron James had 26 points and a full stat line, and starters Tristan Thompson, DeAndre Liggins and Jordan McRae combined for just eight points in the win. Kyrie Irving was out with a hamstring injury and is iffy for Wednesday. Channing Frye, Richard Jefferson and Kay Felder all played well off the bench, but I don’t trust any of them. Love ate some bad sea bass, but I’m guessing it was the fish, and not the heart of kicker Sebastian Janikowski.
The Pels got 20 points, 17 boards, a steal and three blocks from Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday double-doubled with 11 points and 13 dimes, and Buddy Hield scored 20 in another start. Hield has scored in double figures in four straight games and is averaging 13.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.4 3-pointers on 47 percent shooting over his last five games. He’s worth a pickup if you have someone you want to cut. Terrence Jones, Langston Galloway, E’Twaun Moore and Tyreke Evans were all quiet off the bench, and while all are intriguing right now, none of them is trustworthy.
Jazz 101, Nets 89 – Gordon Hayward scored 30, Rudy Gobert had 15 points, 16 boards and three blocks, while Shelvin Mack and Rodney Hood also scored 15 in starts. Derrick Favors had just six points in 18 minutes and didn’t look good. Hopefully he’s still healthy. The bench was useless and George Hill is now dealing with a concussion, meaning Mack is back in play in all formats until Hill is healthy again. Joe Ingles did play 28 minutes off the bench and had five points, nine boards, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer, making him worth a close eye in deep leagues.
Trevor Booker appears to have righted the ship with 17 points, 15 boards and a block in a revenge game against Utah last night, Brook Lopez had 14 points, six boards, two steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer, and Isaiah Whitehead had 12 points and six rebounds while filling in for injured Jeremy Lin. I haven’t cut Lin yet, but I’m getting close. Bojan Bogdanovic and Sean Kilpatrick both struggled and scored eight points, but Kilpatrick is still a must-own player in my book. The Nets bench didn’t do much of anything last night.
Magic 115, Knicks 103 – Serge Ibaka stayed hot with 22 points, six boards and two 3-pointers, and Jodie Meeks blew up for 23 points and six 3-pointers in another start for Evan Fournier (heel). Meeks has scored in double figures in four straight games with 13 3-pointers, but Fournier should be back sooner than later. And then there’s Aaron Gordon. He hit 8-of-19 shots and three 3-pointers for 22 points, six rebounds, six assists and a steal in 32 minutes. I still don’t really trust him, but he scored 30 the day after Christmas and is now averaging 15.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 47 percent shooting over his last five games. I gave in and picked him up across the board last night. Bismack Biyombo didn’t score in his 19 minutes, while Nikola Vucevic double-doubled (14 & 13) in another strong outing. Please start him, Orlando. This was Biyombo’s second game of the season without scoring a point and he was in foul trouble. Elfrid Payton had a 13 & 14 double-double as well, and hit 6-of-12 shots in 31 minutes. Make sure he’s not available.
Carmelo Anthony was the leading scorer for the Knicks with 19 points and seven boards, but hit just 6-of-17 shots. I was hoping for a lot more with Kristaps Porzingis sitting with a sore achilles. He’s day-to-day. Joakim Noah had eight points, 10 boards, two steals and two blocks in 33 minutes, making him worth a look in all leagues, Derrick Rose had 18 points and four assists in 28 minutes, and Courtney Lee returned to action with 14 points and a 3-pointer in 34 minutes. He killed Justin Holiday, who played just 14 minutes last night. Lance Thomas started for Porzingis, but had just 10 points and three boards, so don’t take the bait on him if Zinger misses more time.