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Dose: A Brow Beating

Sunday, February 11, 2018


It was another entertaining Saturday evening in the Association, highlighted by an unprecedented performance courtesy of Anthony Davis, as well as brilliant production from Joel Embiid, Rajon Rondo and Nikola Mirotic.


After recapping the important storylines from Saturday, we’ll wrap up the Dose by taking a quick look at a handful of players that are facing injury issues for Sunday’s games.


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Nightly Notables:
The Nets-Pelicans matchup was a double-overtime thriller that led to some monster stat lines. Yet, Anthony Davis was by far and away the star of the night. AD exploded for 44 points, 17 rebounds, two assists, three treys, six steals, and three blocks in 50 minutes. According to Basketball-Reference, Davis is the first player in NBA history to tally more than 40 points, more than 15 boards, more than five steals and more than two blocks in a single game. Davis has now scored at least 38 points in three of the Pelicans last five games. When healthy, he's arguably the preeminent fantasy player on the planet.


Rajon Rondo messed around and posted a triple-double on Saturday, finishing with 25 points (on 11-of-16 shooting), ten rebounds and 12 assists over 42 minutes. He appeared to ding his left shoulder with two minutes left in regulation and headed to the locker room, but was back on the floor for the start of the first overtime and showed no signs of discomfort once he returned.


Not to be outdone, Nikola Mirotic scored 21 points, grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds and blocked five shots (matching a career-high) while logging a career-high 49 minutes in the Pels victory. The early returns from Mitotic in New Orleans have been very promising. He’s undoubtedly a big part of the Pelicans plans and is poised for a strong second half of the season.


Over on the Nets side of the ledger, Spencer Dinwiddie led the way, finishing with 24 points, four rebounds, ten assists, three steals and two 3-pointers. It was Dinwiddie’s fifth straight game with at least nine assists. The only blemish on his nightly resume was his 5-of- 22 shooting from the floor, although he was a perfect 12-of-12 from the stripe… The Nets attempted a franchise record 59 3-pointers on Saturday. Allen Crabbe accounted for 18 of those attempts. Crabbe totaled 28 points, six rebounds and eight made triples… D'Angelo Russell had his best game since returning from knee surgery. He netted 21 points and added nine rebounds, five assists, one steal, five turnovers and five 3-pointers in 32 minutes.


Joel Embiid’s numbers have been phenomenal since stepping foot on the floor last season. The only issue, of course, was his inability to stay on the floor. Well, Embiid is starting to combine his production with, dare I say, durability. And that’s a very scary combination. After tallying 24 points and 16 boards in a victory over the Pelicans on Friday night, Embiid was back at it again on Saturday. He poured in 29 points, blocked three shots and matched his career-high from the night before by pulling down 16 rebounds. Embiid was questionable coming in due to an ankle injury, but he battled through and played in both ends of a back-to-back for the second time this month. Embiid has racked up at least 24 points and ten boards in four straight games and is averaging 26.0 points, 13.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks over that four-game stretch.


Giannis Antetokounmpo had a standard Greek Freak line on Saturday, finishing with 32 points, five rebounds, five assists, one steal and two blocks. It was the 11th time this season Giannis has recorded at least 30 points, five boards and five dimes in the same game. LeBron James and Russell Westbrook are the only two players in the league with more 30/5/5 games this season.


Julius Randle was at it again on Saturday. Randle scored a game-high 26 points (on 10-of-14 shooting) and added eight rebounds and a team-high seven assists. Over the Lakers last seven games, Randle is averaging 19.9 points (on 58.5 percent shooting), 8.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 29.9 minutes. With Larry Nance Jr. now in Cleveland, Randle’s playing time is even more secure over the second half of the season.


Nikola Jokic is no joke when it comes to assists. Jokic, who tallied 21 points, nine rebounds and eight assists on Saturday, has dished out at least five dimes in 11 straight games. Dating back to the start of the 2018 calendar year, Jokic is one of only eight players (and the only center) averaging over seven assists per contest.

 

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On the Radar:
Khris Middleton had a very impressive all-around game in Saturday’s win over Orlando, finishing with 21 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals and five turnovers across 36 minutes… Eric Bledsoe finished with 18 points, three rebounds, eight dimes and two triples.


Mario Hezonja continued his fine play on Saturday, scoring a team-high 23 points (on 8-of-16 shooting) to go along with three boards and three steals in 35 minutes. Super Mario has seen increased opportunities with Aaron Gordon (hip) sidelined and has made the most of it. Hezonja has scored in double figures in six of the Magic’s last seven games… D.J. Augustin drew the start at point guard in Orlando’s first game since trading Elfrid Payton, and finished with 11 points, four rebounds and five steals in 23 minutes. However, Shelvin Mack outplayed him in this contest. Mack recorded an impressive double-double, finishing 19 points, 10 assists, four rebounds, two steals, two treys and four turnovers in 28 minutes off the bench. Augustin is still the preferred add in my opinion, but his fantasy upside will be capped if Mack continues to play well off the bench.


Dario Saric had 10 points, nine rebounds, five assists in 32 minutes on Saturday. He’s averaging 17.4 points (on 50.8 shooting), 7.2 rebounds, 3.2 dimes and 2.4 triples over his last five… Ben Simmons recorded another double-double (14 points, five rebounds and 10 assists), but did commit four turnovers… T.J. McConnell had 17 points (on 6-of-7 shooting), eight dimes, three treys and two steals in 26 minutes off the bench.


DeAndre Jordan scored 10 points, snatched a game-high 21 rebounds and added two assists, one block and three turnovers on Saturday. It was his eighth 20-rebound game of the season. Andre Drummond is the only player with more (11)… Lou Williams, fresh off his contract extension, had 23 points, four rebounds, six assists, and four 3-pointers. However, he was just 9-of-21 from the field and also turned the ball over seven times.


Tomas Satoransky poured in a career-high 25 points to go along with three rebounds, six assists, two steals and five 3-pointers in 37 minutes in the Wizards win on Saturday night. That’s the good news. The bad news was that his night ended prematurely. Satoransky was fouled hard by Bobby Portis (who assessed a flagrant 2 foul and ejected) with just over two minutes left in the contest. Satoransky crashed two the floor and was taken to the locker room while bleeding from the right side of his head. He entered the conclusion protocol, but coach Scott Brooks sounded optimistic after the game. We should have an update on Satoransky’s condition shortly.


It was a rough night for Wizards point guards on Saturday. Tim Frazier suffered a nasal fracture in the first half and did not return. Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted out early on Saturday that the Wizards would consider signing free agent Derrick Rose, who was bought out by the Jazz. Now, with Frazier and Satoransky both potentially joining John Wall (knee) on the sidelines, rolling the dice on Rose makes a plenty of sense… Bradley Beal had a rare off night, finishing with just seven points (on 3-of-13 shooting), two rebounds and six assists.


Isaiah Thomas didn’t score more than 14 points in the first half in any of his 15 games as a Cavalier. Well, he topped that number Saturday in his debut for the Los Angeles, tallying 16 points in his first two quarters as a Laker. Thomas didn't start, but finished with 22 points and six assists in 31 minutes. His fantasy stock had bottomed out in Cleveland, but should bounce back a bit in L.A…. Kyle Kuzma had 12 points and 15 boards in 32 minutes off the bench.


Draymond Green stuffed the stat sheet as usual in Saturday’s victory over the Spurs. Green finished with 17 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot… Kevin Durant was surprisingly unproductive, tallying just 10 points, six rebounds and six assists across 29 minutes… Stephen Curry (ankle) had 17 points, eight assists, four rebounds and two steals in 29 minutes, but appeared to tweak his ankle in the contest. Fortunately, he told reporters he was “fine” after the game.


Wilson Chandler finally showed some signs of life on Saturday, scoring a season-high 26 points to go along with three rebounds, three assists and a steal. Chandler entered the night averaging just 5.5 points over his last four games… Will Barton (ankle) tallied 25 points, five boards and five assists. He rolled his ankle at one point, but returned to the game shortly thereafter and was able to log 42 total minutes. Afterward, he reporters that the ankle "hurts, but I'll be fine."


Dragan Bender scored a season-high 23 points (on 9-of-15 shooting) in Saturday's loss to the Nuggets. He also added eight rebounds, four assists, three 3-pointers, two blocked shots and a steal… T.J. Warren netted 31 points with five rebounds and two assists over 42 minutes… Elfrid Payton made a positive first impression in his Suns debut, racking up 19 points with nine assists and six rebounds over 35 minutes… Josh Jackson stayed hot on Saturday, finishing with 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots. Jackson has scored at least 13 in seven straight games, and is averaging 19.0 points, 6.9 boards, 1.1 treys and 1.6 blocks over that seven-contest stretch. He should be universally owned at this point.


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