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Dose: McCollum hangs 50 on CHI

Thursday, February 1, 2018


C.J. McCollum dropped 50 on the Bulls in just three quarters, Marquese Chriss announced his comeback tour with a 15 & 12 double-double and Terry Rozier did his best James Harden imitation with a triple-double in his first NBA start, finishing with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Oh, and some guy in Cleveland is now talking about joining the Warriors, so my head may explode.

 

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Don't Hurt 'Em CJM!

 

C.J. McCollum racked up a career-high 50 points in just three quarters on Wednesday, as the Blazers torched the Bulls 124-108 in an ugly blowout. The Bulls won the fourth quarter 33-22, which should give you an idea of how badly this went for Chicago. McCollum needed just three quarters to hit 18-of-25 shots, 6-of-9 3-pointers and 8-of-8 free throws for his 50, and added five rebounds, two assists and a steal. Damian Lillard was quiet in this one, finishing with just 13 points and seven assists, as this was the McCollum show from the opening tip. Jusuf Nurkic had 12 points, nine rebounds and a block, but left the game with a bruised left quad. If he can't go on Friday, Ed Davis, who had just four points, seven boards and two blocks, will be a strong stream play. With CJM going crazy, there wasn't much left for the other Blazers' starters last night.

 

Bobby Portis came off the bench as the Bulls rolled out a small lineup and had eight points, 10 rebounds, a steal and a block on 4-of-15 shooting. Lauri Markkanen (personal) and Nikola Mirotic (trade rumors) didn't play, so we had high hopes for Portis, who played 28 minutes. Even though he failed to come through, missing all six of his 3-point attempts, now is the time to pick up Portis, as Mirotic is surely gone. Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 23 points and three 3-pointers in just 22 minutes.

 

LeBron the Warrior?

 

ESPN's Chris Haynes dropped a "Woj-bomb" last night when he reported that LeBron James is willing to join the Warriors if they can give him a max-deal this summer. The Cavs got a much needed win over James' former team, the Heat, last night, and he had 24 points, 11 boards and five assists, while hitting just 8-of-21 shots. Me and the Rotoworld boys are preparing for yet another "Summer of LeBron," and the Cavs have quietly won three of their last four games. Jae Crowder started in place of injured Kevin Love and had 11 points, seven boards, a steal and a 3-pointer, while Channing Frye added 16 points, four boards, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers on 6-of-9 shooting off the bench. Frye looks like the add with Love down indefinitely with a broken left hand, but Crowder should also make some noise if he continues to start.

 

Terry Curl

 

Kyrie Irving (quad) and Marcus Smart (hand) were both out last night, forcing Terry Rozier into his first NBA start. I rolled him hard in DFS and he came through with the first triple-double of his career, which happened to come in his first start. He made history, joining Tony Wroten (shoutout to The Welsh and Bogman) as the only other player to triple-double in his first NBA start. He had 17 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes, and as our blurb says, he should "clean up" as long as Irving and Smart are out. The Celtics play again on Friday and Sunday, and have four games next week, so go get him. Marcus Morris played well off the bench and finished with 20 points and a couple 3-pointers, but had to be helped off the court with a hip injury last night. The Celtics clobbered the Knicks and you should print out the Knicks' box score, take a quick look at it, and throw it in the garbage, which is exactly where it belongs. They were really bad in this one.

 

Batum Goes the Dynamite

 

Kemba Walker torched the Hawks for 38 points, Frank Kaminsky started for Marvin Williams (ankle) and had 11 points, a 3-pointer and a steal on 4-of-10 shooting, and Dwight Howard got some more revenge with 20 points and 12 boards, but it was Nicolas Batum who put on the real show against the Hawks. He had 10 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and a 3-pointer for his first triple-double of the season. He only attempted nine shots, hitting four of them, or his line could have been spectacular. Batum is finally starting to bring it, averaging 13.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five games, so the buy-low window is officially closed. Kaminsky should be better than this on most nights that Williams is out with his ankle injury.

 

Miles Plumlee started at center again for the Hawks, but played just nine minutes, while John Collins got 21 minutes off the bench. Collins had just 12 points, three boards and a block, but I still think he's going to take off in the near future. Kent Bazemore and Marco Belinelli did the heavy lifting for Atlanta, and while I don't trust Belinelli enough to add him, Baze has scored at least 22 points in three of his last four games, and had 25 points, two rebounds, five dimes, one steal and three 3-pointers on 8-of-11 shooting last night. Taurean Prince missed both his shots and failed to score, and while I still love him, it might be time to dump him for a hot free agent. He's averaging just 8.0 points on 31 percent shooting over his last five.

 

Selden Seen

 

Wayne Selden made another start for the Grizzlies and racked up 24 points, two steals, a block and six 3-pointers for one of the best games of his career. With Mike Conley and Mario Chalmers hurt, and Tyreke Evans now shut down until he's traded, Selden has quickly become a must-own player. He's averaging 20.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 4.5 3-pointers over his last two games, and has played at least 30 minutes in three straight. Go get him. Jarell Martin, Dillon Brooks and Andrew Harrison are also worth a look in Memphis, and Harrison has been particularly good lately, averaging 12 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.0 3-pointers over his last three games. Selden looks like the guy to grab, followed by Harrison and Brooks. In case you missed it, the Grizzlies have officially shut down Evans until he's traded, which is a total fantasy buzzkill. And the chances of Evans having as big of a role as he had in Memphis with his new team are slim to none. Sorry, folks.

 

The Pacers have won three straight and got a 15 & 11 double-double out of Myles Turner, who added three blocks in his long-awaited return to the starting lineup. All five Indy starters scored in double figures, with Bojan Bogdanovic leading the way with 21 points. Domantas Sabonis went to the bench and had 10 points, seven boards and two steals. He's not as fun coming off the bench, but should hold some fantasy value, while Bogdanovic is outplaying his Sacramento namesake (Bogdan Bogdanovic) these days. Welcome back, Myles Turner!

 


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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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