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Dose: Lowry Triple-doubles

Saturday, October 28, 2017


It may have only been a seven-game night in the NBA, but that didn’t stop the drama from coming our way. The Spurs, Nets and Thunder all lost games we thought they would win. And Kyle Lowry triple-doubled, while Jamaal Murray continued to frustrate his owners. Oh, and Danny Green is who we thought he was. Follow me on Twitter!

 

Nuggets 105, Hawks 100Paul Millsap didn’t exact the revenge on the Hawks we were hoping for, but he had 16 points, six boards and a full stat line. He’s been disappointing, but it’s early. Nikola Jokic went off with 18 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and a steal, while Gary Harris hit 7-of-13 shots and a couple threes for 18 points and two steals. Jamal Murray was a major disappointment once again, hitting just 3-of-12 shots for six points and zero assists. I love the Rotoworld crew as much as the next guy, but I’m about ready to give up on him. Maybe Murray just can’t shoot. Emmanuel Mudiay had 16 points and four assists in 28 minutes, and while I’m not sold on Mudiay, I’m about done trying to find excuses for Murray. Put Mudiay on your watch list, or just pick him up if you need a point guard. Will Barton had 18 points, six boards, two steals and two 3-pointers off the bench, restoring faith in his owners. Wilson Chandler, on the other hand, was disappointing once again. Chandler started and played 23 minutes, but hit just 1-of-3 shots for two points and not much else. I don’t even know what to say, except that this game was typical of his entire season. Chandler’s going to get it going at some point, but if you’ve had enough, I get it. If you want to cut Chandler and/or Murray, be my guest. Just know that they may come back to haunt you later. Halloween is three days away.

 

Ersan Ilyasova was back for the Hawks and hit 3-of-11 shots for seven points in a start, while John Collins got just 14 minutes off the bench for six points and eight boards on 2-of-11 shooting. Look, the Hawks are tanking and starting an ineffective Ilyasova over Collins isn’t doing anyone any good. I still love Collins. Taurean Prince, Dewayne Dedmon and Dennis Schroder (welcome back) all played well for Atlanta, and Marco Belinelli came off the bench for 15 points and five 3-pointers. The Hawks need to realize who they are, turn Collins loose and put Dedmon on the bench. And no, I don’t think you should race to pick up Dedmon, despite the double-double. Get Alex Len instead. Dedmon’s numbers were pretty great (13 points, 10 rebounds, 1 block), but I’m still not buying. And playing Ilyasova over Collins in a tank year? Don’t get me started.

 

Rockets 109, Hornets 93James Harden triple-doubled, as expected, Eric Gordon scored 26 with six 3-pointers, and Ryan Anderson got hot for 21 points, six boards and six 3-pointers of his own. Luc Mbah a Moute played a team-high 41 minutes for 12 points, eight boards, two steals, three blocks and two 3-pointers, and we simply slept on him. Chalk this up as his best game of the season, as it won’t happen again. He’ll likely start one more game while Trevor Ariza recovers from his foot injury. Clint Capela was bad, playing just 17 minutes and finishing with seven points and six boards, but it’s not his fault. Capela will bounce back, so exercise patience.

 

Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist combined for just seven points, and I’m done with both of them. Yes, Frank Kaminsky was bad off the bench with just eight points on 3-of-11 shooting, but I trust him more than both of those guys. Dwight Howard extracted some revenge on the Rockets with 19 & 16, Kemba Walker scored 26 and Jeremy Lamb had 20 points, three 3-pointers, a steal and a block for the Hornets. I’m holding Lamb until we see Nicolas Batum back on the court.

 

Magic 114, Spurs 87Evan Fournier stayed red hot with 25 points, Aaron Gordon had 16 points and a full stat line, Nikola Vucevic had 15 points, and Jonathon Simmons had 17 points, four boards and three assists on 8-of-13 shots in 23 minutes in a revenge-game special. He won’t be this good most nights. As long as Elfrid Payton (hamstring) is out, start D.J. Austin, who had seven points and six dimes in 24 minutes. I’m not sure who saw the Magic blowing out the Spurs coming, but it happened. Weird. Fournier has been a beast all season and I don’t see him slowing down anytime soon.

 

The Spurs were run out of the gym last night, as only Pau Gasol (12 points), LaMarcus Aldridge (24 points, 11 rebounds) and Patty Mills (12 points on 4-of-14 shooting) scored in double figures. Danny Green was the disappointment of the night with three points on 1-of-5 shooting in just 18 minutes (guys, don’t talk about him, please!). The Spurs were never in this game and I’m giving Green a pass. I still think he’s going to have a big year. And yes, I’m in the ‘burned by Danny club.’ Dejounte Murray hit just 2-of-9 shots for seven points, four boards and four assists, which was at least better than his last game. Hang onto him if you own him. Murray will get it going again soon, but then again, these are the Spurs. This game was over halfway through the first quarter, which isn’t typical for Gregg Popovich.

 


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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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