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Tuesday, November 14, 2017


The Monday night slate in the NBA featured 18 teams in action, so it was a busy start to the fantasy week. And for mid-November, there were some memorable games, too. The Cleveland Cavaliers had 'angry LeBron' in action, and that's never good for anyone, while the Philadelphia 76ers were coming of age on the left coast with a big road win. In addition, up-and-coming squads faced off in Milwaukee and in Salt Lake City. It was a busy night, so let's get started.

 

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Monday's Fantasy Five

 

Devin Booker did everything in his power to help the Suns, but they came up just short against the Lakers at home. He had the highest scoring night in the NBA, dropping in 36 points on 14-of-27 from the field, including 4-of-9 from behind the arc. In addition, he chipped in with four rebounds, three assist and he only turned the ball over three times despite playing 38 minutes. He is on quite the roll lately, posted 35 or more points in back-to-back games, while hitting the 30-point mark in three of the past four. He has 26 games in his career with 30 or more points, tying Steve Nash for 15th-most in franchise history, and he's just getting started.

 

Joel Embiid turned in the first 30-15 performance of his career, finishing with 32 points, 16 rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot over 36 minutes. He connected on 11-of-20 from the field, and hit 1-of-5 from behind the arc. That's OK, as he wasn't needed from long distance, as Robert Covington stepped up with 31 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals while hitting 5-of-8 from behind the arc. The Sixers young, homegrown 'Big Three' also featured Ben Simmons, who posted 22 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, a steal and a blocked shot. But it was Embiid who was the fantasy player of the night for the Sixers, and he finished plus-23 in the four-point win against the Clips while staring down Blake Griffin for the highlight reel.

 

Lou Williams used to be one of the youngsters running the show in Philadelphia, spending his first 455 NBA games in the City of Brotherly Love. He is now 31 years old, and a 12-year veteran, but he can still bring it against these young guns. He dumped in 31 points on 9-of-19 shooting, including an impressive 5-of-10 from the perimeter, and he chipped in with 8-of-10 from the charity stripe. Williams filled up the stat sheet with seven rebounds, five assists and five steals across 38 minutes as his strong November continues. After averaging 13.2 PPG, 3.8 APG and 1.8 RPG over six games in October, Williams is averaging 21.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG and 3.0 APG with 1.3 SPG in seven outings in November, and he now has double-digit point totals in 10 in a row.

 

Enes Kanter got under the skin of LeBron James, going chin to chin for a discussion which likely involved a few bad words, perhaps some in Swiss or Turkish that the King didn't understand. The big man was coming to the aid of rookie Frank Ntilikina, who bumped into the superstar and touched off some angry words and a shoving match in the first quarter. While Kanter likely helped to light a fire under LeBron, who went for 23-12-9 in an amazing comeback victory at Madison Square Garden, Kanter did pretty well for himself and fantasy owners. The big posted a season-high 20 points while gathering 16 rebounds and four assists. It was a big-time performance for a guy who might now be Public Enemy No. 1 in Cleveland. Look for the good times to roll for Kanter, who will square off against the Utah Jazz next. He'll be in good shape against a soft middle, since he won't have to face Rudy Gobert (knee).

 

The last spot on the fantasy five is a tie. Tim Hardaway Jr. was amazing for the Knicks, as Kanter wasn't the only stud at MSG against the Cavaliers. He bagged 28 points with 10 rebounds, five assists, four 3-pointers and two steals across 32 minutes, and he had an excellent celebration shimmy, too. Seriously, put in 'Hardaway Shimmy' on Twitter and you'll catch the video. Tyreke Evans didn't have the moves like THJ, but was scorching the nets with 11-of-16 shooting off the bench, posting 27 points, six rebounds and three assists across 33 minutes. That's six straight games with 20 or more points off the bench in Grind City.

 

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Fantasy Game of the Night

 

If you were looking at the slate before the night started, the battle between the Atlanta Hawks and New Orleans Pelicans likely wouldn't have been your prediction for the fantasy game of the night. However, there were a slew of outstanding fantasy performances. Kent Bazemore led the way for Hotlanta, knocking down 7-of-15 from the field, including 3-of-7 from behind the arc, and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. He ended up with 22 points, seven assists, four rebounds and three steals while turning the ball over just one time across 30 minutes. DeWayne Dedmon continues to be a force down low, hitting 5-of-5 from the field for 11 points while adding six rebounds. He is averaging 14.2 PPG and 8.4 RPG over his past five outings. But perhaps the most surprising contribution came from Tyler Cavanaugh, who was 6-of-7 from the floor, including 4-of-4 from behind the arc, finishing with 16 points. The former George Washington standout just signed a two-way contract a week ago, and he might have played his way into the rotation, at least in the short term.

 

On the NOLA side of things, it wasn't just the usual suspects holding it down in the 106-105 win. Anthony Davis was doing his thing, posting 13 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, four blocked shots and two steals over 38 minutes, and DeMarcus Cousins was good for 22 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists and three steals to make their fantasy owners proud. But how about E'Twaun Moore and Darius Miller? Moore, the starting shooting guard, was good for 24 points on 11-of-18 shooting, and he chipped in with four assists, two rebounds and a steal while knocking down a pair of treys. Miller was more of a one-trick pony, scoring 21 points with five 3-pointers and 8-of-11 shooting overall. He didn't contribute much in other departments, but that's six straight games with at least one triple. If you need some cheap 3-pointers, Miller could quench your thirst.

 

Quick Hits: It was vintage D-Wade at MSG on Monday. Dwyane Wade erupted for 15 points on 7-of-15 shooting, while adding eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot. It's just one game, but it shows he still does have something left in the tank. … Kyle Korver was doing what he does best - knock down triples. He bagged three treys, finishing with 21 points in 29 minutes. … John Wall hit 8-of-9 from the floor, including 4-of-4 from behind the arc, going for 21 points, nine assists and an impressive plus-23 rating against Sacto. … Mike Scott was 3-of-4 from 3-point land, and 3-of-4 on his 2-point buckets, too, going for 15 points and five rebounds in 26 minutes. … Giannis Antetokounmpo could be in the fantasy five every night, but he just missed tonight. He was still good for 27 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocked shots against Memphis. … Kentavious Caldwell-Pope gets overshadowed in La La Land, but he posted a solid 15 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals over 34 minutes with four 3-pointers. Teammate Brook Lopez also chipped in with 15 points and 10 boards in a win in the Valley of the Sun. Don't forget Jordan Clarkson, too, as he was impressive. He hit 11-of-19 from the field, including a trio of triples, going for season-best 25 points. … Dragan Bender posted a career-high 15 points. … Karl-Anthony Towns is another guy who does it night in and night out, going for 24 points and 13 rebounds. He was a trio of Wolves doing the heavy lifting in scoring, as Jeff Teague chipped in with 22 and Jimmy Butler hit blackjack with 21. … Donovan Mitchell continues to impress, posting 24 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals. He has four 20-point games in seven November outings, and he has hit at least one 3-pointer in nine straight.

 




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