Week 24 Schedule: Games Played
5 Games: MIN
4 Games: CLE, DAL, DEN, MEM, NYK, OKC, POR, SAS, TOR
3 Games: ATL, BKN, BOS, CHA, CHI, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAL, MIA, MIL, NOR, ORL, PHI, PHX, SAC, UTA, WAS
2 Games: LAC
Jimmy Butler powered the Bulls to a 117-110 win over the Pelicans on Sunday, scoring 39 points on 14-of-26 shooting (8-of-10 from the stripe) to go with three triples, six boards, five assists, one steal, one block and just one turnover through 39 minutes of floor time. Butler has been going bonkers over the past two weeks, pumping out averages of 29.4 points, 6.4 boards, 8.7 dimes, 1.4 treys, 1.7 steals, 0.6 blocks and just 1.3 turnovers per contest on 55.1 percent shooting, which has been good enough for top-3 value in standard 9-cat leagues. He’s heating up at the perfect time and will likely be carrying a ton of fantasy teams to the promise land this season.
Giannis Antetokounmpo abused the box score during Sunday’s narrow 109-105 loss to the Mavericks, popping off for 31 points, 15 boards, nine assists, four steals, two blocks and five turnovers in 40 minutes. He went 10-of-18 from the field and 11-of-12 from the charity stripe to give him a sterling true shooting percentage of 66.6 on the evening to accompany his 32.9 usage rate, so, just another night at the office for The Greek Freak.
LeBron James triple-doubled during Sunday’s 135-130 double-overtime win over the Pacers, racking up 41 points, 16 boards, 11 assists, three 3-pointers, two steals, one block and just one turnover in 52 minutes. After this massive minute outing, it seems that there’s a pretty good chance that King James could hit the sidelines for rest purposes on Tuesday with a matchup against the 27-50 Magic, particularly with that game being the first of a back-to-back set and Wednesday’s game coming against the No. 1 seeded Celtics.
Paul George did all he could to try and secure the win for Indiana, but ultimately his 43 points, nine boards, nine dimes, three steals, one block and six triples were not enough. The Pacers are now on a four-game losing streak despite PG-13’s insane averages of 32.5 points, 7.0 boards, 4.5 assists, 4.3 triples, 2.5 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.5 turnovers on 49.5 percent shooting during that four-game span.
Stephen Curry drained nine more triples during Sunday’s 139-115 win over the Wizards, adding 42 points, eight assists, one rebound, one steal and one turnover in 36 minutes. Curry scored his points with incredible efficiency, going 15-of-22 from the field, 9-of-14 from beyond the arc and 3-of-3 from the charity stripe for an insane 90.1 true shooting percentage. He’s been the No. 2 stud in standard 9-cat leagues for a solid month now, and with Kevin Durant (knee) out at least another two games, owners can expect the gaudy stat lines to continue.
Russell Westbrook recorded his 40th triple-double of the season during Sunday’s 112-101 loss to Charlotte, scoring 40 points on 14-of-31 shooting (5-of-5 from the stripe) to go with 13 boards, 10 assists, seven triples, three steals and of course, eight turnovers in 36 minutes. He’s triple-doubled in over half the games he’s played in this season, and he needs just one more to tie Oscar Robertson’s single-season record.
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On the Radar
Taurean Prince scored 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting (2-of-5 from the stripe) during Sunday’s loss to the Nets, adding five boards, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer through 36 minutes as a starter. Aside from the lame shooting percentages, Prince has been playing well as a starter this season, owning averages of 12.6 points, 5.0 boards, 1.0 triple, 1.0 assist, 2.2 steals, 0.8 swats and 1.8 turnovers per game, so give him a look if those numbers work for your squad.
James Ennis filled up the stat sheet in another start sans JaMychal Green (shoulder) on Sunday, tallying 14 points (5-of-10 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), eight boards, four assists, two triples, one steal, one block and two turnovers in 37 minutes. Brandan Wright was also effective through 32 minutes as a starter sans Marc Gasol (foot), registering 16 points (7-of-10 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs), three boards, two assists, one block and three turnovers. Wright is worth owning as a deep league shot blocking specialist, while Ennis is more of a streamer option.
Emmanuel Mudiay was able to log 32 minutes off the bench on Sunday with both Will Barton (foot) and Jameer Nelson (calf) on the sidelines, and he finished with 17 points (4-of-9 FGs, 9-of-10 FTs), four boards, nine dimes, one block and two turnovers. Mudiay is rarely that efficient, but if Nelson is forced into an extended absence, he could find himself earning meaningful minutes again in Denver. He’s someone to consider as a speculative pickup in deep points leagues, but those in standard formats can probably use a wait-and-see approach here.
Thomas Robinson double-doubled in 20 minutes off the bench on Sunday, scoring 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting (2-of-5 from the stripe) to go with 10 boards, two steals, one assist and two turnovers. He was able to pick up some extra minutes with Tarik Black (knee) joining Ivica Zubac (ankle, done for the year) and Timofey Mozgov (shutdown) on the sidelines, and if Black needs to miss some additional time, Robinson will make for a strong pick up just about everywhere.
Larry Nance Jr. also had a double-double during the Lakers’ 108-103 win over the Grizzlies, scoring 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting (3-of-4 from the stripe) to go with 13 boards, one assist, one 3-pointer, three steals, one block and one turnover in 40 minutes of floor time. Nance has been starting at center since Zubac hit the sidelines, and over the past two he’s produced averages of 10.0 points, 9.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.5 steals, 0.5 blocks, 0.5 triples and 1.0 turnover per game. Nance can be a sneaky mid-round when given the minutes due to his ability to bring a little bit of everything to the box score without hurting you in any one area, so he’s someone to consider as a potential pick up in most leagues.
Timothe Luwawu busted loose for a career-high 23 points on 7-of-15 shooting (6-of-6 from the stripe) to go with three triples, three boards, one steal and three turnovers in 36 minutes. He’s been hot over the past four games, owning averages of 16.0 points, 6.5 boards, 2.3 treys, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.8 turnovers per game on 40.4 percent shooting, and it looks like the 76ers are ready to turn TLC loose for their final five games of the season with Robert Covington (knee) done for the year. Just know that consistency is likely going to be an issue for the 21-year-old rookie out of France, so he’s more of a deep league guy.
Shawn Long had a nice showing in 18 minutes off the bench, ending his evening with nine points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and one turnover. Despite only averaging 16.8 minutes a night over the past eight games, he’s actually managed to flirt with mid-round value in standard 9-cat leagues behind averages of 10.9 points, 4.8 boards, 0.8 triples, 1.0 steal, 0.6 blocks and 1.0 turnover per game on 64.8 percent shooting. He’s on the radar as a potential deep league streamer for those seeking a boost in 3-pointers and field goal percentage.
Josh Richardson bounced back from Friday’s two-point disaster on Sunday, scoring 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting (1-of-2 from the stripe) to go with four trey-bombs, three boards, one assist, one steal, three swats and one turnover in 38 minutes. He’s definitely inconsistent, but over the past seven games, he’s emerged as a mid-round guy in 9-cat leagues with averages of 11.4 points, 1.7 triples, 2.1 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.7 blocks and 1.4 turnovers on 41.1 percent shooting. Richardson should be owned in way more than just 33 percent of Yahoo! Leagues.
C.J. Miles drained five more triples during Sunday’s double-OT loss to Cleveland, adding 27 points (8-of-13 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), six boards, two assists and one steal in 34 minutes. Yes, he can fall off at a moment’s notice, but he’s been hot over the past four with averages of 15.8 points, 2.8 triples, 3.3 boards, 1.3 dimes and just 1.0 turnover per contest on 45.5 percent shooting. If you need a 3-point streamer, Miles looks like a solid option.