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Daily Dose: It's a King Thing

Thursday, December 28, 2017


It was a very busy night on the hardwood in the National Basketball Association on Wednesday. The bright stars were shining, there was a blast from the past and we had several less heralded stars stepping to the forefront. It was a fun night for fantasy, as there were plenty of season highs and a few career highs, too. The good news is that we didn't have very many injuries, something which has been a problem over the past couple of weeks. That happens as we get deeper into the season, but it seems like the injury bug has been flying high lately. Let's get started!

 

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Wednesday's Fantasy Five

 

LeBron James and the Cavaliers continued their road trip in California's capital city, taking the court at the Golden 1 Center. The King was the golden one on Wednesday, although his point total of 16 did mark a season low. He finished with the 16 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds for his fifth triple-double in the month of December, but oddly enough he was outscored by the 40-year-old Vince Carter. It was the first time Vinsanity had outscored The King in 20 consecutive battles dating back to Dec. 14, 2007, when Carter was a member of the New Jersey Nets. There were a lot of people discounting LeBron's triple-double, but fantasy owners certainly aren't complaining. He is averaging 27.4 points, 10.6 assists and 8.2 rebounds with 1.9 steals per game through 13 December outings.

 

Rajon Rondo had a very, very unique stat line in his game against the Nets. He scored just two points, but was able to rack up a career-high 25 assists with seven rebounds in his 30 minutes on the floor. In case you were wondering, the single-game NBA record is 30 assists by Scott Skiles, then of the Orlando Magic. Skiles had 30 dimes in a 155-116 win against the Denver Nuggets on Dec. 30, 1990, while posting 22 points, six rebounds and two steals. It was a game when Jerry Reynolds came off the bench for 27 points, Greg Kite pulled down 10 rebounds and Terry Catledge dropped 25 points with 11 rebounds, while Michael Ansley came off the pine for 13 points and 13 rebounds. How about that blast from the past? Rondo's 25 assists were also the most in a single game since Jason Kidd accomplished the feat back in 1996. Rondo's two points were the lowest scored by any player with a 25-assist game, too, and he is the oldest player to drop 25 dimes in a game at 31 years, 308 days old.

 

Speaking of blasts from the past, since when does Lance Stephenson pull down 15 boards in a game? He had a giant stat line with 16 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and two steals in a 98-94 loss at home against the Mavericks. He finished 7-of-12 from the field while hitting 2-of-5 from behind the arc across 36 minutes. His previous season best for rebounds was 10, set back on Nov. 20 in Orlando and Nov. 12 at home against Houston, but he didn't have double-doubles in those games. He stepped into the starting lineup for the injured Victor Oladipo (knee), and did his best impressive of the All-Star. He has posted averages of 9.2 points, 5.4 assists and 2.9 assists in the month of December, and that's a little more realistic. Despite this big game he is more of a low-end fantasy option.

 

Anthony Davis and his teammates faces the Brooklyn Nets and their 27th-ranked scoring defense (110.7 points per game), and the Pels hung 128 on them. He met very little resistance from the Brooklyn bigs, hitting 11-of-19 from the field while going a perfect 4-of-4 from behind the 3-point line. He also added 11 rebounds, six blocked shots, two assists and a steal while going 7-of-8 from the free-throw line, putting up a giant fantasy stat line for his owners. What else is news? DeMarcus Cousins was right there enjoying the lack of defense, dumping in 27 points with 14rebounds, five assists, a blocked shot and a steal. And we already discussed Rondo. It's amazing with all of the fantasy talent on New Orleans that they're just 18-16. Even E'Twaun Moore got busy with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-5 from the perimeter.

 

Tyreke Evans was on the injury report due to a knee injury, but he certainly didn't appear to have any ill effects of the ailment in the 109-99 victory against the Lakers. He continues to give interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff outstanding and consistent production, dropping 32 points with seven rebounds and seven assists while helping fantasy owners in rotisserie leagues with 14-of-15 shooting from the charity stripe. He has dumped in 20 or more points in six of his past seven, including each of the past four outings. He is averaging 27.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists with 1.3 steals per game over the past four outings. It's been a trying season in Grind City, but Evans has helped make the team somewhat competitive with Mike Conley Jr. on the shelf. It will be interesting to see if Evans can continue to give fantasy owners top-50 production once Conley is ready to return from an Achilles' injury sometime in January.

 

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Fantasy Game of the Night

 

The Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves battle into overtime, with the home team coming out on top in frigid Minneapolis by a 128-125 score. On the Denver side of the ledger, Nikola Jokic was solid across the board with 22 points, nine rebounds, four assists, two steals and a blocked shot. While his shooting was so-so at just 5-of-11 from the field, he was an efficient 11-of-12 from the free-throw stripe, which is pretty impressive considering how many other bigs struggle at the spot. Jamal Murray was good for 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds while posting just one turnover. While the Blue Arrow was just 8-of-20 from the field, there aren't too many fantasy owners complain about the overall line. Trey Lyles came off the bench to post 23 points and 10 rebounds with a blocked shot, making up for a lack of production from Wilson Chandler. Will Barton was also hot off the pine with 28 points, five assists and three rebounds, hitting 10-of-17 from the field, including 4-of-8 from behind the 3-point line.

 

For the home team, and the winning side, Karl-Anthony Towns was his usual productive self down low. He posted 14 points with 13 rebounds, six assist and four blocked shots while hitting 6-of-12 from the field and 2-of-3 from behind the 3-point line before fouling out in 30 minutes. Still, he posted a team-best plus-11 rating before hitting the showers. Jimmy Butler finished with a game-high 39 points on 10-of-20 from the field, while going 3-of-6 from behind the 3-point line and 16-of-18 from the free-throw line. He padded the line with five assists, four rebounds and a steal to make his owners very happy. Jeff Teague also chipped in with a double-double, going for 11 points with 10 assists across 36 minutes, while Jamal Crawford connected for 12 points in 26 minutes off the bench.

 

Quick Hits: Kyle Kuzma tweaked his right leg in Wednesday's loss, but he stayed in the game. Fantasy owners might have wished he rested. He was a dismal 4-of-22 from the field to finish with his first single-digit point total since Dec. 7. ... Bogdan Bogdanovic was impressive in a reserve role, hitting for 16 points, eight assists, four steals and three rebounds across 31 minutes off the pine. Head coach Dave Joerger had another one of his crazy lineups for matchup purposes, using Malachi Richardson in the starting five. He went for just four points, but Bogdanovic was way more productive and he nearly played twice as many minutes. … Willie Cauley-Stein also dropped 17 points with nine rebounds and four assists across 36 minutes off the bench. … Al Horford was good for 20 points and 11 rebounds in a win at Charlotte, hitting 8-of-11 from the field, including 4-of-6 from long distance. … Dwight Howard just missed out on the today's Fantasy Five, but his 12 points, 17 rebounds and two blocked shots were awfully impressive. Kemba Walker also went for two dozen points in a losing effort. .. Kristaps Porzingis had another outstanding effort, going for 23 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots. He is averaging 24.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots per game over the past three. … Caris LeVert was inspired off the bench, hitting 8-of-15 from the field, including 3-of-6 from the 3-point line, finishing with 22 points, seven assists and six rebounds in 32 minutes. His partner in crime off the bench, Nik Stauskas, was impressive with 21 points, including seven 3-pointers in just 24 minutes. … Russell Westbrook had a testy game against the visiting Raptors, and it's unlikely he and Jonas Valanciunas will be getting together for cepelinai, boletus or borscht anytime soon. Westbrook picked up 30 points, 13 assists, eight rebounds and two steals across 25 minutes when he wasn't mixing it up with the 7-footer from Toronto. … Jarell Martin of the Grizzlies posted a career-high 20 points in Wednesday's win against the Lakers. … Derrick Favors appears to be back to 100 percent health, as he was good for 17 points and 10 rebounds.




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