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Dose: Suns' Chriss goes down

Thursday, October 26, 2017


On the night of one of the best World Series games I’ve ever seen, the NBA featured 20 teams in action. While the injury damage was held to a minimum, our man Marquese Chriss went down, while the Lakers shocked the Wizards and the Nets topped the Cavaliers. Follow me on Twitter by clicking here.

 

Lakers 102, Wizards 99 OTBrandon Ingram (19 & 10) and Larry Nance (18 & 10) double-doubled, while Ingram also had three assists, a steal and a block in the win. Both players should be owned in all leagues at this point. Brook Lopez was very quiet with just nine points in 23 minutes, Lonzo Ball hit just 2-of-11 shots for six points, eight boards, 10 assists, a steal and a block, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit 5-of-13 shots and three 3-pointers for 14 points, six boards, five dimes and two steals. Off the bench, Julius Randle was big down the stretch on both ends and had 11 points, nine boards, three blocks and a 3-pointer, while Kyle Kuzma added 15 points, three boards and a 3-pointer. The three-headed power forward monster of Nance, Randle and Kuzma is going to be a bit of a timeshare nightmare, but Nance is the guy most worth owning right now, while Randle may be coming on. Jordan Clarkson played just 17 minutes for eight points, but I’m not too worried about him going forward.

 

For the Wizards, Bradley Beal led the way with 28 points and a full stat line, while Otto Porter Jr., Marcin Gortat (double-double) and John Wall all played fairly well. Kelly Oubre played 39 minutes despite the return of Jason Smith, but had just nine points, three boards and a block. The minutes were there, so just hold him if you own him. Ian Mahinmi left with an ankle injury and didn’t return.

 

Hornets 110, Nuggets 93Frank Kaminsky led the way off the bench with 20 points, four boards, a block and two 3-pointers on 9-of-15 shooting and looks like a nice pickup after putting up similar numbers in three straight. Dwight Howard had a 15 & 19 double-double, Kemba Walker scored 19 with five dimes and two 3-pointers, and Jeremy Lamb stayed hot with 16 points, five assists, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers. Hang onto him if you own him. Malik Monk had a career-high 17 points, two steals and three 3-pointers, but he’s more of a watch guy than a must-own player. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist debuted and scored just two points, while Marvin Williams was quiet with nine points, four boards, two steals and a 3-pointer. If you want to drop Marvin for Kaminsky, I down.

 

Nikola Jokic double-doubled with no blocks (8-of-11 shooting), Gary Harris scored 18 points with four 3-pointers, and Jamal Murray hit just 7-of-20 shots for a season-high 16 points and five dimes. He’s now 0-for-14 from downtown over his last three games, but it was nice to at least see him score some points. We’re still recommending you hold onto him. Paul Millsap was disappointing with just eight points and five boards, and Wilson Chandler had just seven points on 3-of-10 shooting (his season high is nine points). Chandler’s been a mitigated disaster thus far, while Millsap just had an off night. Will Barton was disappointing with nine points, but did have seven rebounds, six assists and a steal on 4-of-13 shooting, while Mason Plumlee came through with eight points, 10 rebounds and three steals off the bench. Just keep an eye on Plumlee and try to exercise patience with Chandler and Barton. Chandler can’t be this bad forever.

 

Rockets 105, Sixers 104Eric Gordon stayed hot with 29 points, five assists and five 3-pointers, and also hit the game-winning three to shock the Sixers. He’s must-own as long as Chris Paul (knee) is out, and maybe for the entire season. James Harden had a 27 & 13 double-double, Clint Capela had a 16 & 20 double-double with a steal and four blocks, and Ryan Anderson added 14 points and four 3-pointers in the win. Luc Mbah a Moute started in place of Trevor Ariza, who will miss at least the next two games with his foot injury, and had eight points, three boards, a steal and three blocks. He’s an interesting DFS option as long as Ariza is out. P.J. Tucker played 32 minutes off the bench in Ariza’s absence, but scored just three points with four steals and a 3-pointer.

 

Robert Covington, Joel Embiid and J.J. Redick all scored at least 20 points, while Ben Simmons kept it going with a 14-7-9-3-1 line. He’s quickly become a monster, while Embiid seems completely healthy to me. Jerryd Bayless played 31 minutes but hit just 3-of-11 shots, and it looks like Simmons will be the point forward with Markelle Fultz (shoulder) out for at least the next two games. I’m fine with kicking Bayless (or Fultz, for that matter) to waivers if you’ve got your eye on a hot free agent.

 

Pistons 122, Wolves 101Tobias Harris stayed hot with 34 points, six 3-pointers and a full stat line, and is one of the season’s early success stories. Starters Stanley Johnson, Andre Drummond (15 & 15), and Avery Bradley (20 points) all scored at least 15 in the easy win. Just keep an eye on Johnson, while it was nice to see Bradley finally do something. Reggie Jackson was disappointing with 10 points and four assists, while Ish Smith had two points and 13 assists off the bench. Can you say timeshare? Smith is worth a look, but tough to roster in 12-team leagues as long as Jackson is starting. Henry Ellenson had 14 points, five boards and two 3-pointers, but is only worth a look in deep leagues.

 

Karl-Anthony Towns had a 23 & 10 double-double, while Jeff Teague and Andrew Wiggins bounced back from an off night to score 18 and 21 points respectively. No other Wolf hit double figures in this one, and if you’re holding Gorgui Dieng, I think you can drop him. He’s simply backing up ironman KAT. And I’m not ready to drop Taj Gibson despite his six-point night. Jimmy Butler was out again with an illness, but Shabazz Muhammad was disappointing in the start.

 


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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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