Dose: Holy 'Ghostface Ilya'

Dose: Holy 'Ghostface Ilya'
Ersan Ilyasova put on a show Thursday and should have been in all lineups. We break down the lone NBA game and hit News & Notes in Friday's Dose.
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Jared Dudley returned from his kneecap injury on Thursday, scoring two points with one rebound, one assist and one turnover.

He had the worst shot you'll see all season with a backwards shot in the corner. We know that doesn't make sense, so click the link below to check it out. Dudley can be left on the wire in almost all leagues.
Mar 27 - 12:17 AM

O.J. Mayo returned to action against the Pacers on Thursday, scoring three points with one rebound, four assists and one 3-pointer.

He didn't look too bad considering his hamstring issue has bothered him for most of the post-break run. Still, Mayo is likely going to have a 20-minute cap for the next week or so. Keep him on the wire.
Mar 27 - 12:09 AM

Ersan Ilyasova scored a career-high 34 points on 12-of-14 from the field against the Pacers during a 111-107 win on Thursday, adding six rebounds, two assists, two steals and five 3-pointers.

He gets the fantasy equivalent of a Grammy for posting an effective field goal percentage of 103.6. Back in January, it was a winter war for Ghostface Ilya with his minutes per game at just 17.2. Now, he’s finally been consistent with at least 29 minutes in each of his previous five, averaging 17.0 points, 8.8 boards, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.4 treys on 45.9 percent from the field. He's spitting hot fire right now and is a must-start player.
Mar 26 - 11:11 PM

John Henson played 16 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday with eight points, two boards, one assist, two steals and two blocks.

It’s no coincidence that Henson played just 13.5 minutes per game in his previous two and Zaza Pachulia has exploded. Henson hasn’t topped 24 minutes in a game since Mar. 9 and he’s probably going to need a Zaza injury to be more than a one-category guy for his blocks.
Mar 26 - 10:59 PM

Zaza Pachulia played 32 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday with 12 points, six boards, three assists, two steals and three turnovers.

He came in red hot over his previous three, averaging 15.7 points, 13.7 boards, 5.7 dimes, 2.7 steals, 0.3 blocks and 3.3 turnovers on 58.8 percent from the field and 87.5 percent from the line. Perhaps the most important stat is 34.6 minutes per game in that span. Even though this game wasn't as great as his previous ones this past week, he’s a must-start player right now.
Mar 26 - 10:57 PM

Khris Middleton scored 17 points with three rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers against the Pacers on Thursday.

He’s been fantastic as a spot-up shooter all season, but he’s also been an above-average player in isolation. Middleton has seen his usage rate rise to 21.6 since the break, which is up from 18.4. What’s even more impressive is he’s logging 10 more minutes per game since the break — he now ranks first in total minutes played since the break. He’s emerged as an early-round guy in fantasy right now.
Mar 26 - 10:56 PM

Michael Carter-Williams fouled out in 29 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday, making 3-of-11 from the field for 13 points with five rebounds, eight assists, four steals and two turnovers.

He finally stopped shooting on Tuesday with just four shots from the field and he seemed to making a conscious effort to not force shots -- a very good thing. In his previous March games, Carter-Williams made just 28.1 percent on his shots from outside of the paint, which accounted for over 40 percent of his shot total. Plus, his turnovers are way too high at 4.0 per game in 33.3 minutes per game. What’s makes it even worse is that the 76ers are playing great ball right now without him.
Mar 26 - 10:55 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 16 points on 7-of-10 from the field against the Pacers on Thursday with four boards, two assists and one block in 43 minutes.

He’s really honed in on how to score, which explains why he’s been so much better with respect to efficiency like tonight. In his previous March games, Antetokounmpo attempted 69.4 percent of his shots in the paint. That helped him get to 49.7 percent from the field with averages of 16.6 points, 8.2 boards, 2.7 assists, 1.0 assists, 1.7 blocks and 0.2 treys. If he develops his jumper, the sky is the limit.
Mar 26 - 10:53 PM
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