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Rondo Triple-Doubles

Monday, December 8, 2014


Games Played Week 7

 

4 Games: ATL, BRK, CLE, DEN, GSW, IND, LAC, MIA, MIN, NOP, NYK, OKC, PHX, POR, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA, WAS

3 Games: BOS, CHA, CHI, DAL, DET, ORL, PHI, HOU, LAL, MEM

2 Games: MIL

 

There were seven games on Sunday, when the Hawks stayed hot, the Lakers got crushed with a new starting lineup, Rajon Rondo triple-doubled, and the Thunder got full stat lines from Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Follow me on Twitter by clicking here.

 

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Boston 101, Washington 93

 

Boston got a balanced attack that featured four starters in double figures, while new starting center Tyler Zeller had eight points, eight rebounds and a block in 27 minutes. Rajon Rondo was one of the stories of Sunday with his 13 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists and three steals in dominant performance over John Wall. He hit just 5-of-17 shots and while the Rotoworld crew wasn't very high on Rondo coming into the season, he's having a nice year thus far. Jeff Green stayed red hot with 25 points, while Marcus Thornton was one of the surprises of the day with 21 points, three 3-pointers and two blocks in just 17 minutes. I wish we could trust him. Kelly Olynyk played just 16 minutes and failed to score, but I bet he’s back to being relevant at some point in the next few weeks.

 

The Wizards got 17 points, 14 assists, three steals, three blocks and six turnovers from Wall in the loss. Kris Humphries is relevant again and had 14 rebounds and a block to go along with his eight points, Paul Pierce scored 16 against his former team, and Rasual Butler stayed red hot with 22 points and six 3-pointers in 30 minutes. Butler and Humphries were prominently featured in Waiver Wired this week.

 

Atlanta 96, Denver 84

 

The Hawks stayed hot and held the Nuggets to just 36 first-half points. Jeff Teague cooled off and had just nine points and seven assists against Ty Lawson, while Dennis Schroder managed just seven points and three assists off the bench for his worst game in a couple weeks. Ty Lawson has a way of making guys look bad, but hit just 1-of-10 shots for four points and 10 assists. Paul Millsap led the way with 23 points, four steals and four 3-pointers, but also had just two rebounds. Al Horford was a little better than normal with 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. And since that represents a good game for Horford, you know how poorly he has played recently. He’s still learning how to play with the Hawks and Millsap after missing most of last season.

 

Denver got 29 points, 10 rebounds and four 3-pointers out of Wilson Chandler, Timofey Mozgov double-doubled with 14 points, 11 boards and two blocks, and J.J. Hickson had four points, nine rebounds and a block on 1-of-6 shooting in a start for Kenneth Faried (illness). Faried is day-to-day and I’d recommend benching him until he gets this thing figured out, while Hickson probably deserves to be left on the waiver wire for now. Danilo Gallinari was awful again, missing all six of his shots in 14 minutes. It looks like Chandler could stay relevant all season, as Gallo isn’t doing much of anything.

 

Memphis 103, Miami 87

 

Jon Leuer, who didn’t even play on Friday, got hot for 20 points, 12 rebounds, two steals, a block and two 3-pointers. I have no idea why or how this happened, but Marc Gasol was struggling and finished with just two points, six boards and seven assists on 1-of-6 shooting. Ignore Leuer unless you’re in a 20-team league, and even that might be pushing it. Courtney Lee hit 7-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers for 17 points in one of his better games in recent memory, while Vince Carter never got off the bench on Sunday.

 

Miami welcomed back Luol Deng, who had 13 points and five rebounds in 27 minutes after missing time with a bruised hand. They also welcomed Josh McRoberts to the party, as he had a season-high 14 points, five rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers on 6-of-8 shooting. Finally! Maybe this means he’s finally about to become reliable and productive, but I’ll believe it when I see it. Shawne Williams played just 12 minutes and with the rise of McBobby, it’s time to move on.

 

Oklahoma City 96, Detroit 94

 

Kevin Durant is back and led the Thunder with 28 points and a fat stat line, while Russell Westbrook just missed a triple-double with 22 points, 11 rebounds and seven dimes. Serge Ibaka was effective with 13 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks, but it was pretty painful to own any other OKC’ers, including Reggie Jackson, who had just four points on 2-of-9 shooting. The good news is that he played 28 minutes, which means he just had a tough night of shooting against the Pistons.

 

Andre Drummond stayed relatively hot with 16 points, nine boards, two steals and a block, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chipped in with 19 points, five assists, a steal and a 3-pointer to lead the Pistons. Brandon Jennings continues to play through his thumb injury and hit just 3-of-6 shots for six points and nine assists in 29 minutes. This looks like a good time to try to buy low on Jennings.

 

Dallas 125, Milwaukee 102

 

Chandler Parsons just missed his season high and broke out for 28 points, five rebounds, a block and four 3-pointers on 11-of-14 shooting. While his production has been a little shaky, he’s averaged 16 shots per game over his last five, so there should be more big games coming his way soon. Dirk Nowitzki added 21 points and Monta Ellis had 19 and a full stat line. The only other Mav in double figures was Richard Jefferson, who somehow scored 10 points in just five minutes off the bench. And yes, he’s still in the NBA in case you’d forgotten. Jameer Nelson started but played just 17 minutes for two points and five dimes, Devin Harris had six points and one assist off the bench, and J.J. Barea had nine points and nine assists in 23 minutes off the bench. And Raymond Felton hasn’t even joined the party yet.

 

The Bucks were way too balanced for fantasy purposes, as all five starters scored in double figures and were joined by Zaza Pachulia, who double-doubled off the bench. Larry Sanders was back in action with 10 points, nine rebounds, a steal and two blocks, Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with 18 points, and Brandon Knight, O.J. Mayo and Jabari Parker all played pretty well in the loss. Rolling with any Buck not named Brandon Knight is kind of risky, but Giannis and Parker have both been playing pretty well too.

 

Portland 103, New York 99

 

The Blazers struggled to finish off the Knicks, but took care of business in the end. LaMarcus Aldridge led the way with 24 points and 11 boards, Damian Lillard played through sore fingers for 20 points and a couple threes, but hit just 5-of-16 shots, and Wesley Matthews added 18 points and three more 3-pointers. Chris Kaman had eight points and four rebounds in 17 minutes, and has cooled off a bit lately.

 

The Knicks got 16 points, 10 rebounds and a couple blocks from Amare Stoudemire and he should be grabbed in leagues where he’s available, now that he’s starting. Carmelo Anthony’s back injury appears to be behind him for now and he racked up 23 points, 10 boards and a 3-pointer in the loss, while J.R. Smith woke up to score 20 with three 3-pointers off the bench. It’s impossible to figure out when Smith will show up, so I’ve stopped trying. Iman Shumpert actually made half his shots and scored 11 points, and could be ready to finally get it rolling again. Jose Calderon had just four points and three assists in 24 minutes, and has been completely unreliable after getting off to a hot start after he returned from a calf injury.

 

New Orleans 104, Lakers 87

 

The Pelicans, who were crushed by the Clippers on Saturday, took out their frustration on the Lakers in an easy win. Anthony Davis, as usual, ran the show with 23 points, six rebounds, a steal and two blocks, while Jrue Holiday was nice with 22 points and eight assists. No one else on the Pels scored more than 11 points, which was the number that Ryan Anderson and Tyreke Evans landed on. Omer Asik is back and healthy, but didn’t have a block to go along with his eight points and 11 rebounds. Luke Babbitt left with an ankle injury, which could open up more minutes for Dante Cunningham, who had seven points and six rebounds in the win.

 

The Lakers got just 14 points from Kobe Bryant, who hit just 6-of-18 shots, as usual. His shot is way off this season and his field goal percentage is awfully close to his age, which is not good. Ed Davis and Ronnie Price moved into the starting lineup and Davis responded with 12 points, seven boards and two blocks in 30 minutes. Pick him up. Price had just three points and three assists in the start, while Jeremy Lin had three points and four assists in 20 minutes off the bench. Yuck. I’m not dropping Lin in my deeper leagues, but I’m not starting him, either. Carlos Boozer had 12 points and six boards off the bench and Nick Young hit just 3-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 13 points. The Lakers are a disaster and at some point Kobe is going to have a meltdown.

 

DeMarcus Cousins is iffy for the entire week due to his illness. If he’s out, look for Reggie Evans to have a productive week for the Kings. Good luck in Week 7!



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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