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Dose: The Kat's Meow

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


We’re in the midst of the NBA’s silly season and if you’re wondering what that is, just take a look at the box score for the Magic-Spurs debacle last night. Brutal. Also brutal is the fact that Stephen Curry is out for at least his next four games. Follow me on Twitter by clicking here. 

 

Big Names, Big Games

 

Russell Westbrook torched the Hawks for 32 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists, a steal and a block for his 21st triple-double this season, and the 100th of his career. He’s averaging 25.2 points, 10.1 assists and 9.6 rebounds per game on the season, but he’ll have to average more than 12 rebounds per game the rest of the way to finish the season with a triple-double average. I guess it’s possible, but I don’t see how he averages that many boards with the Thunder’s remaining 12-game schedule. Speaking of which, here it is.

 

Vs. Clippers, @ Toronto, @ Boston, Vs. Miami, Vs. Portland, @ San Antonio, Vs. Denver, @ New Orleans, Vs. Golden State, @ Houston, @ Miami and Vs. Memphis.

 

As of now, only the Spurs, Nuggets and Grizzlies aren’t in the playoffs, but the Spurs and Nuggets might end up there in a super tight race in the West. The bottom line is that the Thunder have a killer remaining schedule and Westbrook is going to have to go into videogame mode the rest of the way. Maybe 12.2 rebounds a night is possible.

 

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Anthony Davis blew up for 31 points, 14 boards, three dimes, two steals and five blocks in a tough win over the Hornets. Just like almost every other team in the West, the Pelicans need to win every night, which means they’ll need Davis to go off every night. And he’s doing just that, averaging 6.0 blocks along with everything else over his last four games. If healthy, he’s the best fantasy player on the planet these days.

 

Karl-Anthony Towns hit 13-of-17 shots, 3-of-3 3-pointers and 8-of-8 free throws for 37 points, 10 rebounds, three dimes, a steal and two blocks in a win over the Wizards. His last 3-pointer was basically a dagger, he’s yet to miss a game this season, and recorded his 58th double-double of the season, which leads the league. And if you look at fantasy rankings by total numbers, he’s the No. 2 player this season.

 

LeBron James had 28 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer in 33 minutes in a blowout win over the Suns. LeBron looks like a 23-year-old than a 33-year-old player right now.

 

DeAndre Jordan hit 11-of-12 shots and finished with 29 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, a steal and two blocks in Tuesday’s win. DJ is going crazy right now, averaging 17 points, 18.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocks over his last five games.

 

Nicolas Batum went crazy with 20 points, a 3-pointer, five rebounds, eight assists, four steals and three blocks in a loss to the Pelicans. He had 29 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, a steal and four 3-pointers on Saturday, and has really been looking for his shot lately, which is key. I don’t know what’s going to happen once the Hornets are officially eliminated from the playoffs, but I predicted a big finish from Batum and he’s starting to rack up some really impressive numbers. Here’s to hope he keeps it going.

 

D’Angelo Russell hit seven 3-pointers and scored 24 points last night - in the first quarter. He was pretty quiet after that, as the Raptors put the squeeze on him and he cooled off, but he still finished with 32 points, seven rebounds, a steal and two blocks. He had 26 points on Sunday and scored 20 a week ago tonight, so my thoughts about him being shut down at some point appear to be wrong. Then again, we still have a month left in the season and the Nets have nothing to play for. 

 

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Taurean Prince hit 9-of-20 shots and three 3-pointers for 25 points, eight boards, three assists, a steal and two blocks in 34 minutes. It took some time, but Prince has finally arrived, averaging 31.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 5.0 3-pointers in his last two games. Yeah, it’s a small sample size, but there’s no reason he shouldn’t go off the rest of the way for one of the league’s biggest tankers.

 

Markieff Morris hit 10-of-15 shots and three 3-pointers for a season-high 27 points, four rebounds and two assists last night. He had just four points in 19 minutes on Saturday, so this was possibly the surprise of the night.

 

Jonas Valanciunas dominated the Nets with 26 points, 14 rebounds and a block in 27 minutes. The Nets (and Mavericks) get dominated by opposing centers, but Valanciunas is killing it in March and has three more games this week.

 


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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2017-18 NBA season marks (at least) his 16th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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