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Dose: Reggie Jackson goes down

Wednesday, December 27, 2017


The day after Christmas featured an eight-game NBA slate and several pretty fun games. Reggie Jackson had the injury of the night for the Pistons, while we also got some surprising news that Blake Griffin might be ready to play as soon as Friday. Here’s what you might have missed on Tuesday night while you were recovering from the big day. Follow me on Twitter by clicking here!

 

Pistons 107, Pacers 83 - The Pistons destroyed the Pacers, who looked like they were all dealing with a Christmas hangover. Tobias Harris outscored the Pacers in the first quarter by a score of 21-19, had 26 points at halftime, hit 10-of-11 shots and finished with 30 points, six boards, a steal and a career-high seven 3-pointers for one of his best games ever. He was struggling a bit coming in after a really hot start to the season, but hopefully this is a sign of things to come in 2018. Reggie Jackson went down with a right ankle injury and had to be helped to the locker room. X-rays were negative and it’s just being called a sprain, but he could miss some time here. Ish Smith, who had 12 points and three assists on 6-of-11 shooting, should be grabbed in most leagues in case Jackson is going to be out. Andre Drummond was also big for the Pistons, racking up 21 points and 18 boards in a dominant performance against Myles Turner and company. Oh, and Stanley Johnson hit just 1-of-8 shots, which was a banked in 3-pointer as the Pacers were making a run. It was a really bad shot and I still don’t know how it went in, or he would have been 0-for-8 on the night.

 

Literally every Pacer was disappointing, especially Turner (10 points), Victor Oladipo (13 points), Thaddeus Young (5 points) and Darren Collison (5 points, 0 assists). They should bounce back tonight against the Mavericks.

 

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Mavericks 98, Raptors 93Dirk Nowitzki turned back the clock for 18 points, seven boards, a steal, three blocks and a 3-pointer, and has yet to miss a game this season. He’s been a very pleasant surprise all season. Maxi Kleber stayed relevant with 15 points, eight boards, two steals, a career-high five blocks and two 3-pointers in another start. Kleber’s had some good games this season, but hadn’t scored more than eight points in his previous four games, so this was a surprise. He’s worth a look right now if you’re carrying some dead weight. Dennis Smith Jr. hit just 3-of-14 shots and can’t buy a bucket right now, hitting just 7-of-29 shots over his last three games. Cut him if you want, but I still think he’s got a chance to have a great second half. Yogi Ferrell failed to score after missing all five of his shots in 20 minutes, while J.J. Barea was the hero, hitting a couple clutch buckets late and finishing with 20 points, four assists and two 3-pointers. Barea should be owned everywhere, as he just won’t go away.

 

Jonas Valanciunas continued his Jekyll and Hyde imitation with 17 points and 11 boards, but hasn’t blocked a shot in three straight games. After playing just 16 minutes and scoring a total of six points in two straight games he had 12 points and six boards on Saturday before playing well last night. Maybe he’s finally ready to start playing, but he’s tough to trust right now. Kyle Lowry was great and Serge Ibaka double-doubled with three blocks, but DeMar DeRozan hit just 3-of-16 shots and zero 3-pointers for eight points. DeRozan had hit 13 3-pointers and scored a boatload of points in his previous three games, but fell back to earth last night. No one off the bench did anything particularly noteworthy for the Raptors.

 

Heat 107, Magic 89Josh Richardson kept it rolling with an efficient 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists and a steal on 8-of-14 shooting, but failed to hit a 3-pointer for the first time in nine games. He’s absolutely cooking right now, as is Jamal Murray for the Nuggets, so things have quieted down for the Rotoworld hoops crew’s Twitter feed over the last few weeks. Hassan Whiteside (knee) was finally back from a 13-game absence and played just 18 minutes in the blowout. He had seven points, eight boards, and looked pretty good, but didn’t get back into the game late with the score out of reach. Hopefully he’s rolling a week from now. Despite hitting just 5-of-16 shots, Tyler Johnson played very well through a sprained ankle and deserves a look right now, as Goran Dragic is dealing with a sore left elbow that contributed to him starting off just 2-of-12 last night. He finished with 14 points, six assists, two steals and a 3-pointer, and looked better after shedding his protective elbow brace.

 

Dion Waiters is out indefinitely with an ankle injury, which also helps Johnson’s outlook, while Wayne Ellington stayed hot with six more 3-pointers and 18 points. He’s scored between 13 and 18 points in his last three games, knocking down a ridiculous 17 3-pointers in them. Johnson and Ellington should be hot waiver-wire pickups right now. Kelly Olynyk had his second double-double of the season and a season-high 12 boards to go along with 15 points, three steals and two blocks. As long as James Johnson is out with his ankle injury, Olynyk should eat for the Heat. Bam Adebayo stayed relevant with eight points, nine boards, four assists, a steal and two blocks, but should continue to fall back into obscurity as Whiteside rounds back into form.

 

The Magic got Evan Fournier (ankle) back from an eight-game absence with an ankle injury and he had 14 points and a 3-pointer in 30 minutes. Jonathon Simmons fizzled with four points on 1-of-8 shooting, but will bounce back. Don’t drop him. Bismack Biyombo came through with three points, 12 rebounds and five blocks on 1-of-7 shooting, and that is Biyombo in a nutshell. Boards and blocks galore with no offense, and Nikola Vucevic is going to be out indefinitely with his broken hand. If you can handle the lack of offense, Biyombo is going to be a center to own over the next month, especially since the Magic have such limited options there. Hopefully Aaron Gordon will be back from his calf strain on Thursday. When that happens, Mario Hezonja (14 points in 32 minutes) is going to take a hit.

 


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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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