Toronto 116, Indiana 91
Umm, nothing for the Pacers? Myles Turner had a bad game with three points in 29 minutes, but that’s pretty much it.
Jonas Valanciunas didn’t play in the fourth yet again, but finished with 11 points, 13 rebounds and one block in 24 minutes.
With no JV and a big lead, Jakob Poeltl scored 12 points with seven boards, one steal and two blocks in 23 minutes.
Norman Powell is struggling with 11 points in 14 minutes on Sunday. P.J. Tucker also played 26 minutes and guarded Paul George. Tucker scored nine points with four rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer. DeMarre Carroll did some damage in 18 minutes with 12 points, six boards, two assists, one block and four 3-pointers.
What it means
Turner has seen a handful of bad games lately, but you still have to start him this week.
We really didn’t learn too much on JV. He continues to be a top 100 kind of player with very limited upside these days.
I really want no part of the Toronto wings not named DeMar DeRozan. Just too matchup dependent.
Portland 115, Miami 104
Damian Lillard is one of the hottest players in the NBA, scoring a season-high 49 points with one rebound, five assists and nine 3-pointers. He probably won a few fantasy matchups this week. Lillard Savings Time!
Noah Vonleh actually had another good game with 11 points, seven boards, one assist and one steal.
Jusuf Nurkic is just ridiculous with 21 points, 12 boards and three blocks.
Dion Waiters (ankle) was on crutches and is out indefinitely.
Josh Richardson scored 10 points during his 33 minutes as a starter, adding one rebound, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.
James Johnson is a beast with 24 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals, two blocks, two 3-pointers and no turnovers.
After the game, coach Erik Spoelstra said he won’t commit to his starting lineup.
What it means
All our watches are stuck on "Lillard Time" right now. Here’s his shot chart since the break:
That’s good for a 33.3 usage rate and a 63.8 true shooting percentage. He is as hot as he’s been all year and looks like he wants to carry his team to the postseason.
Our Nurk Alert notification system is malfunctioning. Just too many. He’s been unreal.
Vonleh’s recent play is just another weapon for coach Terry Stotts. That means the whole forward rotation is even messier than before. I’d rather look for almost anyone else over Vonleh, Al-Farouq Aminu, Evan Turner, Allen Crabbe and Moe Harkless right now.
While Richardson wasn’t great for Miami, he can really do it all and coach Erik Spoelstra likes his defense. I’d strongly consider adding him with Waiters possibly out for the regular season.
James Johnson is making a strong bid for Most Improved Player. He also benefits with Waiters out.
San Antonio 118, Sacramento 102
The Kings did not play Arron Afflalo, Ben McLemore and Tyreke Evans.
The Kings broadcast has said Malachi Richardson could play Wednesday.
Darren Collison was awful with two points, two rebounds and four assists in 24 minutes.
Kosta Koufos played just 15 minutes with five points and five boards.
Rookie time. Skal Labissiere was effective once again with 14 points, seven boards and one assist. Georgios Papagiannis followed up his Saturday double-double with six points, 10 rebounds, one steal and one block in 24 minutes.
Kawhi Leonard scored a season-low 12 points with two rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes. Pau Gasol picked up the slack with 22 points and nine boards.
Davis Bertans started, finishing with two points and one rebound in 15 minutes. Dewayne Dedmon played 12 minutes off the bench with six points, four rebounds and one steal.
What it means
The Kings youth movement is 100 percent on. If I owned any King not named Skal Labissiere, Willie Cauley-Stein, Georgios Papagiannis or Buddy Hield, I’d be dropping them right now. Malachi returning could even throw another wrench in the situation for the veteran guards.
Papa G looks for real. The Kings are feeding him inside on halfcourt sets and it looks like that’s going to be a staple for their offense in the near future. I would obviously prefer to own Skal or WCS, but Papagiannis looks like he’s part of the next crop of pickups in competitive leagues. He’s a strong rebounder, he has looked more mobile and he’s a solid free throw shooter. All of these are great signs. Plus, I'd bet Koufos gets several games off for "rest."
The Spurs are the Spurs, so there really isn’t much to take away from here. There’s no way you should be worrying about Kawhi’s subpart 3-of-12 shooting line. He’s allowed to have a bad game, you know?
Cleveland 125, LA Lakers 120
D'ANGELO RUSSELL IS BACK! He scored a career-high 40 points with two rebounds, six assists, two steals and seven 3-pointers.
Ivica Zubac isn't going away, scoring 10 points with six rebounds, two assists and one block.
Brandon Ingram also kept it going with 18 points, six boards, one assist, one block and one turnover.
Tristan Thompson went to the locker room with a mouth injury and did not return. It sounds minor.
The Cavs had their big three return. Kyrie Irving an OK game, scoring 46 points with two rebounds, three assists and six 3-pointers.
What it means
D'Angelo Russell apparently needs to start. Coach Luke Walton trusted him with some key minutes and his fantasy owners can finally breathe easy. I think Ingram is probably worth an add in most leagues. Coach Luke Walton trusts him now.
You have to love what you're seeing out of Zupac. Buy his album in all leagues.
While Kyrie was great, he'll have more rest coming.