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Dose: Brow avoids catastrophe

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Tuesday’s six-game night brought us a little bit of everything, like surprising stars, some disturbing duds, Aaron Gordon and DeMarcus Cousins explosions and, unfortunately, another Anthony Davis injury. Follow me on Twitter by clicking here!

 

Blazers 103, Pelicans 93Damian Lillard didn’t make his first shot until the third quarter after starting 0-for-9 but finished with 13 points and seven assists on 3-of-16 shooting. Not many players can shoot it that poorly and salvage a line, but Dame can. He also made his 3,000th career shot. Al-Farouq Aminu and Moe Harkless both struggled and while they’re not killing it this season, they’re generally worth owning in most 12-teamers. But if you need to drop someone, they might be on the radar if it means getting a hot free agent. Jusuf Nurkic was disappointing yet again, playing just 20 minutes and finishing with 12 points, seven boards and a block. He should be held in all leagues. C.J. McCollum got it done with 23 points and four 3-pointers, Ed Davis posted the 50th double-double of his career off the bench with 12 points, 10 boards and a block, and Caleb Swanigan made an appearance with five points, eight boards and a block after a DNP and nine-minute game. Just keep an eye on both of them if you’re in a deep league – especially Davis. He’s quietly averaging 8.8 points, 9.3 boards and a block thus far. Evan Turner hit just 4-of-12 shots but still had 13 points, seven boards, four assists, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer. He’s playing well enough to be used in 12-team leagues right now. Pat Connaughton hit a couple threes for eight points and six boards. He’s another guy with deep-league potential and has played 21 minutes per game over his last three. The Blazers won their 17th straight home opener last night, an NBA record.

 

Anthony Davis went down with a left knee injury after getting it banged a couple times by Moe Harkless and Damian Lillard, and lasted just six minutes. Replays showed potential for meniscus damage, but thankfully his MRI reportedly came back clean and he’s day-to-day with swelling and knee soreness, but no structural damage. We’ll know more on Wednesday, but if he’s going to miss time, both Dante Cunningham and Cheick Diallo will get some extra run. However, it’s hard to imagine them being worth adding in standard 12-team leagues. DeMarcus Cousins went off without Davis, racking up a season-high 39 points, 13 rebounds, a steal, three blocks and three 3-pointers. He’s double-doubled in all four games with at least 22 points and 10 boards in each of them. Jrue Holiday hit just 5-of-14 shots but still filled the stat sheet. He’s off to a slow start, but the signs are pointing to him getting it going. Jameer Nelson is getting run for the Pelicans, but isn’t a guy I’m looking at in 12-team leagues. Let’s just be thankful that Davis’ injury doesn’t appear to be too serious.

 

Magic 125, Nets 121 – Holy Aaron Gordon!! My guy went off for a career night with 41 points, 5-of-5 3-pointers, 14-of-18 from the floor, 14 rebounds and two assists. Yeah, he didn’t have a steal or a block, but who cares? I own him in 10 leagues and couldn’t be happier about it. Evan Fournier caught fire to hit 9-of-15 shots and two 3-pointers for a season-high 28 points, six boards, four dimes and three steals. He’s thriving with Elfrid Payton (hamstring) hurt and looks like a mid-round value. D.J. Augustin, starting for Payton at PG, did it again with 19 points, six assists, three steals and a 3-pointer. I own him in a lot of leagues, but he obviously will become a cut candidate once Payton is back in action. Ride him until it happens. Nikola Vucevic had 12 points, nine boards and three blocks, and Jonathon Simmons had 12 points despite the return of Gordon.

 

The Nets starters are simply a blast to watch. DeMarre Carroll is relevant again and had 17 points, six boards, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers (thanks, coach Atkinson!), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 18 points and a full stat line on 6-of-8 shooting, D’Angelo Russell went off for 29 points, five rebounds, one assist, two steals and four 3-pointers, and Caris LeVert added 15 points, eight boards, five assists and two 3-pointers in the loss. Trevor Booker cooled off with seven points and eight boards and may start to struggle with RHJ playing so well, not to mention the Jarrett Allen train that’s coming. Allen had just five points, three boards, a steal and a block in 15 minutes, but those minutes should start to rise. Allen Crabbe was disappointing with six points and a bummer line, but it was because his shot wasn’t falling (2-of-11). If you’ve been torn between LeVert and Crabbe, go with LeVert, with the starting job giving him the edge. Spencer Dinwiddie has been hot, but he had just six points and four assists tonight. I think I’m done with him in DFS for a while. Timofey Mozgov started and played 17 minutes for nine points, five boards, a block and a 3-pointer, but it’s only a matter of time before Allen overtakes him (hopefully).

 

Celtics 110, Knicks 89Jaylen Brown went off for 23 points, three 3-pointers, a steal and a block on 9-of-16 shooting, Jason Tatum had 22 points, two assists, four steals, two blocks and four 3-pointers on 9-of-15 shooting in another start, and Al Horford filled it up with 13 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, a block and two 3-pointers. Kyrie Irving’s struggles continued with 20 points and seven dimes on 5-of-13 shooting, but I still think he’s about to go beast mode on the league any day now. Brown should already be owned in all leagues and Tatum should join him after tonight’s big line. If Tatum’s still available, find a way to pick him up. I find it hard to believe that Marcus Morris (knee) will return and ruin Tatum, and he’s been fun to watch. It’s just too bad the Celtics can’t play the lowly Knicks every night. Terry Rozier came off the bench and hit just 2-of-7 shots, but they were both 3-pointers and he added six boards, six dimes and two steals in the win. He might take a hit once Marcus Smart (ankle) is back, but with Gordon Hayward’s season over, Rozier is still worth owning in all leagues.

 

The Knicks were a disaster, as Kristaps Porzingis hit just 3-of-14 shots for 12 points and five boards, and Tim Hardaway’s struggles continued with six points on 2-of-11 shooting. They’re both going to get it worked out, but I’ll admit I’m concerned about Hardaway’s early struggles. He’s shooting just 24 percent from the floor thus far, but he’s too good a player to struggle for much longer. I know it’s tempting to dump him and you can do so at your own peril, but I’d recommend trying to ride the storm out. Enes Kanter was great with 16 points, a season-high 19 boards and a block, and Willy Hernangomez is now an afterthought. Willy did play 11 minutes in garbage time and hit 5-of-6 shots for 12 points, one rebound and two steals, but this was a blowout. Ramon Sessions is starting at point guard but had just eight points, seven dimes and three steals, while Courtney Lee had a pedestrian 13 points, a 3-pointer, three assists and a steal on 6-of-10 shooting. The only Knicks I want a part of right now are Porzingis, Hardaway and Kanter.

 


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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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