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Dose: Middleton drops 43

Thursday, November 2, 2017


After a crazy 12-game night of NBA action, this will be a quick-version of the Daily Dose. If you don’t see the guy you’re looking for in today’s column, check the news blurb feed, as space is very limited here. Follow me on Twitter by clicking here.

 

Sixers 119, Hawks 109 - Joel Embiid tied his career high with 30 minutes and had 21 points, 12 boards, six assists, three steals, three blocks and a 3-pointer in the win. He’s healthy and if he stays that way and the minutes keep creeping, he’s going to have a monster season. So far the reward has clearly outscored the risk. Ben Simmons just missed a triple-double with a monster 19-13-9 line, J.J. Redick was back, Dario Saric was quiet in a start (1-of-9 shooting) and Jerryd Bayless was sent to the bench. Robert Covington, Amir Johnson, Bayless and T.J. McConnell all played well, and McConnell might be worth a look on your wire.

 

Mike Muscala and Kent Bazemore were duds in starts, Taurean Price double-doubled, Dewayne Dedmon came close and Dennis Schroder had a big game in the loss. Luke Babbitt scored 16 off the bench, but can be ignored, Marco Belinelli hit just 2-of-11 shots, and John Collins played just 14 minutes. Eventually the Hawks are going to have to take the training wheels off and let Collins play.

 

Hornets 126, Bucks 121Michael Kidd-Gilchrist left early with an illness, Dwight Howard double-doubled, while Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb played well in starts. The story out of Charlotte was rookie Malik Monk going for a career-high 25 points and five 3-pointers in just 23 minutes. The absence of MKG helped him tonight, but Monk has quietly scored in double figures in four of his last five games. Just beware that Nicolas Batum should be back in a few weeks, which would also hurt Monk.

 

John Henson started over Thon Maker at center and had four points, 10 rebounds, six assists, a steal and a block in 29 minutes. Greg Monroe (calf) is going to be out for a couple weeks. Who knows what Jason Kidd will do, but if you’re hurting at center, Henson could be a nice addition for at least the next couple weeks. Khris Middleton scored a career-high 43 points with five 3-pointers on a night when Giannis Antetokounmpo was actually human, while Malcolm Brogdon and Tony Snell played well in the loss.

 

Pacers 124, Cavaliers 107 – The Pacers got a big win over LeBron James and the Cavs behind another double-doubled from Domantas Sabonis. Myles Turner should be back from his concussion soon (please?), which will slow the roll of Sabonis. However, I still think he’s worth adding in all leagues. Thaddeus Young, Bojan Bogdanovic, Darren Collison and Victor Oladipo all came through for the Pacers, who got very little production from the bench.

 

LeBron and Kevin Love double-doubled, Derrick Rose scored 19 points on 9-of-13 shooting, and Jeff Green stayed relevant with 15 points, a couple steals and a 3-pointer. Green is playing well enough to be added in deeper leagues, averaging 12.4 points, 3.2 boards, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and 0.8 3-pointers on 51 percent shooting over his last five games. Dwyane Wade played just 17 minutes and I’m glad I don’t own him anywhere. Tristan Thompson went down with a calf injury and left the arena on crutches. An MRI is coming and this injury helps Love and Green.

 

Suns 122, Wizards 116T.J. Warren scored a career-high 40 points with 10 boards and a fun stat line, Devin Booker scored 22 with five assists and three 3-pointers, and Mike James overcame 1-of-10 shooting for 10 points and six assists. Alex Len fouled out in just 15 minutes, Tyler Ulis hit 1-of-6 shots, and Marquese Chriss had nine points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer. I see a lot of hating on Chriss in my Twitter feed, but I’ll take this line every time out.

 

Otto Porter was out with an illness, Jason Smith was quiet in a start, and Kelly Oubre disappointed with eight points, two 3-pointers and not much else. Bradley Beal had a season-high 40 points with six triples and John Wall filled the stat sheet on a 21-point night. Mike Scott had 12 points and eight boards off the bench, but is only worth a look in very deep leagues. The return of Markieff Morris (suspension) will hurt him.

 

Heat 97, Bulls 91James Johnson was a late scratch after lineups locked due to a sore knee (he’s traveling with the team), while Josh Richardson hit just 1-of-7 shots for three points. I still love Richardson, as well as Johnson, despite some bumps in the road. The big news for Miami (and me) was the return of Hassan Whiteside, who had 13 points, 14 rebounds and a 3-pointer after missing five games with a sore knee. Fire him up for Friday vs. the Nuggets. Dion Waiters picked up Richardson’s slack with a 13-7-7 line and Tyler Johnson had 19 points, three boards, two assists and a steal. He’s been too inconsistent to hold, but that sounds weird to say after looking at Richardson’s lines. Stick it out with J-Rich. Kelly Olynyk played just nine minutes, which is weird given that Johnson was out. Then again, he also had five fouls.

 

Lauri Markkanen had 25 points, eight boards, two steals and two more 3-pointer and has been a joy to watch and own. Robin Lopez scored a season-high 22 points and has hit double figures in every game, and David Nwaba made the most of his start with four points, 11 boards, a steal and two blocks. He started over Paul Zipser, so just keep an eye on Nwaba in case he sticks. Starter Jerian Grant had seven points and eight assists, while Kris Dunn had 11 points, seven boards, five assists and two blocks off the bench. The timeshare is on, but I’d rather own Dunn than Grant.

 

Celtics 113, Kings 86Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown each scored 22 in the blowout win, while Al Horford was quiet in his 26 minutes. He still had a 7-7-6-1-1-1 lie, despite not scoring much. This was a garbage-time special, which helped Daniel Theis double-double in just 18 minutes.

 

The Kings were bad, as only George Hill (10 points, 2 assists) and Buddy Hield (17 points, 7 rebounds, 2 3-pointers) hit double figures. This game was over halfway through the fourth quarter, so there’s not much to learn from it.

 


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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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