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Dose: Lou Williams stays in LA

Thursday, February 8, 2018


The Pelicans and Pacers game was rained out, ruining DFS dreams world-wide, Dejounte Murray and Tyler Ulis were injured, and Lou Williams is staying put in the LAC. Follow me on Twitter by clicking here!

 

Sweet Lou

 

Lou Williams agreed to a three-year extension with the Clippers on Wednesday. So much for him being dealt and being a dead duck, right? This could mean that DeAndre Jordan is staying put and if you still own Williams, you likely dodged a bullet. Additionally, the Knicks sent Willy Hernangomez to the Hornets for Johnny O’Bryant, and the Knicks will reportedly waive O’Bryant, meaning Michael Beasley and Kyle O’Quinn’s newfound fantasy value is safe, at least for now. O’Bryant still feels like a guy who’s going to be traded.

 

Bizarre-land

 

The court at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans was gathering water due to a roof leak so the game was postponed, with no makeup date yet set. "It's not a chance you want to take," Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. "Both coaches went out and looked at the floor and looked at the conditions and just really felt that you didn't want to take a chance of these players going out there playing on the floor with the possibility of a leak happening in the course of a 2½-hour game in an area where there's going to be a lot of action right around the free throw line.”

 

OK then. I guess DFS players relying on those guys (I was one of them) are out of luck, and the game will be made up down the line. As for the date, we don’t yet know, but it would be lovely if it turned the Pacers and Pelicans into five-game teams during the fantasy playoffs, assuming you own some of them. And if you owned Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday or Victor Oladipo last night, the only word that properly describes the feeling is BUZZKILL.

 

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Wednesday’s Injury Front

 

Kevin Durant Warriors – Durant is listed as questionable for Thursday’s game against the Mavericks, but given the fact they’re playing the Mavs and the Warriors are in cruise control for the playoffs, this certainly gives Golden State the option to bench him tonight, without ramifications. My guess is KD plays, but if you use Durant in season-long or FDS, you might want to keep a close eye on the Rotoworld Newsfeed throughout Thursday’s trade deadline drama.

 

Dejounte Murray Spurs – Murray suffered an ankle injury on Wednesday night and there is no timetable for his return, according to coach Gregg Popovich. Murray walked off under his own power, but if he’s going to miss games, Tony Parker and Patty Mills would see a boost. As you already know, Pop doesn’t give a hoot about your fantasy team, but we still do. If you own Murray, it’s probably best to hang on for now, unless there’s a hot free agent you’ve been wanting to grab.

 

Eric Gordon & Ryan Anderson Rockets – Both players were out last night and Gordon could possibly be shut down through the All-Star break, while Anderson is day-to-day with a sprained ankle. Gerald Green is the big winner here, while P.J. Tucker will continue to play incredible minutes without doing much at all. Tucker played a team-high 41 minutes last night and finished with three points, five rebounds, one assist and nothing else after laying a proverbial egg in his previous game, as well. Give me a break. Green had 12 points, three boards and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes and is the Rocket I want to own in the wake of all these injuries.

 

Tyler Ulis Suns – Ulis started again with Devin Booker (hip) out, but lasted just nine minutes before leaving with back spasms. Josh Gray stepped up in his place with 31 minutes and 16 shots, but hit just four of them for nine points, four rebounds, seven assists and four steals in 31 minutes. If you’re in a 30-team league, pick up Gray, and if you’re in a 12-team league, think about putting him on your radar in case these injuries linger. He’s a much more attractive DFS play than a fantasy stream.

 

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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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