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Dose: Durant's 50 not enough

Thursday, February 15, 2018


Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, James Harden and Russell Westbrook went off, Elfrid Payton triple-doubled for the Suns, and DeAndre Jordan and Damian Lillard had big nights on Wednesday. Dose wraps up an intense 14-game night.

 

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Kevin Durant had 50 points on 17-of-27 shooting, hitting six 3-pointers and 10-of-10 free throws for one of the most efficient lines you’ll see, but it wasn't enough against the Blazers. Draymond Green also had a big night with a full stat line, but the Warriors fell to the Blazers.

 

Anthony Davis went nuts with 42 points, 15 rebounds, three steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers, hitting 15-of-18 shots and 10-of-11 free throws. He tweaked his groin, but played through it, so hopefully he’s good to go. We’ll see.

 

Ben Simmons had an 18-12-10 triple-double with four steals and obviously enjoys life without Joel Embiid, who sat out with an ankle issue, although it was probably just rest.

 

Russell Westbrook had a 23-13-15-1-2 triple-double in a win over the Grizzlies, his 17th triple-double of the season. Paul George was efficiently awesome, while Carmelo Anthony and Steven Adams have seen better days. Adams was coming off a monster 22-point, 17-rebound game, but had just 11 points and four boards last night. Maybe you sold high on him on Wednesday afternoon?

 

James Harden had 28 points, nine rebounds, nine assists, two steals, a block and five 3-pointers in a win over the Kings. Rinse, repeat. Chris Paul hurt his hand, but played through it. I think he’s fine.

 

Elfrid Payton went off for 13 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer for his first triple-double of the season. I was hyping him after the trade deadline that sent him to the Suns, saying that he could become a triple-double machine, so this was a step in that direction. And welcome back, Devin Booker, who had 28 points and six 3-pointers after missing four games with a hip injury. He was in discomfort throughout the game, so I’m still a little concerned, but hopefully he can get right over the break. Josh Jackson bounced back after a dud in his last game with 22 points and a fun stat line, even though he came off the bench. I still love him, starting or coming off the pine.

 

Damian Lillard hit 14-of-25 shots, four 3-pointers and 12-of-12 free throws for 44 points and eight assists in a win over the Warriors - Stud. C.J. McCollum scored 29, Jusuf Nurkic double-doubled, and Al-Farouq Aminu flirted with a double-double in the win.

 

Kyrie Irving had 33 points, eight assists and five 3-pointers for the Celtics, but Boston lost to the Clippers. Marcus Morris had 13 points, 11 boards and three 3-pointers off the bench, making him worth a look, and Terry Rozier’s carriage still hasn’t turned into a pumpkin, as he had 13 points, seven assists and two 3-pointers. But Marcus Smart (hand) should be back after the break, which will hurt Rozier.

 

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John Collins started for the Hawks as Ersan Ilyasova, Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore all got the night off and had 11 points, 10 boards, a steal and two blocks in 31 minutes. Maybe this is finally our sign that the Hawks are going to let Collins play. And the fact he wasn’t completely embarrassed by Andre Drummond is also a good sign. Drummond still came through with 13 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks, but that was less much damage than he had been doing. Malcolm Delaney played well for the Hawks and is worth using any time Schroder is out.

 

Dwight Howard torched his former Magic mates for 22 points, 13 boards and two blocks as his dream season continues. Kemba Walker scored 20 with a fun stat line and Nicolas Batum came through with 14 points, five boards, seven assists, a steal and four 3-pointers after missing all 10 of his shots on Sunday. I still think Batum could finish up strong for the Hornets.

 

Kyle Lowry had 20 points, seven boards and 10 dimes for the Raptors, and is coming on again, and Pascal Siakam added 17 points, six boards, a steal and two 3-pointers. Jakob Poeltl added 10 points, seven boards and four blocks in 221 minutes, while Fred VanVleet and Delon Wright played well again off the Raptors bench. I’d rank these guys (minus Lowry) as VanVleet, Wright, Siakam, Poeltl. And for the record, C.J. Miles finally fell back to earth, as it was only a matter of time.

 

Hassan Whiteside played 29 minutes and had 16 points, 10 boards and three blocks. Hopefully he’s out of the doghouse and him playing fourth quarters won’t be news going forward.

 

DeAndre Jordan went off for a career-high 30 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks, dominating Al Horford in a Clips’ win. Queue Brad Stevens putting on his mad scientist hat to figure out how to beat the Clips if they happen to meet in the Finals.

 

Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Kyle Kuzma all went off for the Lakers and these are the guys, along with Lonzo Ball, you want to own down the stretch. Isaiah Thomas played just five minutes and got kicked out for arguing with Rajon Rondo, but he should also be good to go.

 

Kris Dunn was finally back from his concussion and had eight points, three boards, three assists and a steal in 20 minutes. Say goodbye to Jerian Grant, who had six points and seven assists in 23 minutes, although Grant might still get some occasional run for the tanking Bulls.

 

Mario Hezonja stayed hot with 21 points, 10 boards, two steals and a 3-pointer, and has been crushing in the absence of Aaron Gordon. Just hold him until he cools off.

 

Andrew Harrison went off for a career-high 28 points, two rebounds, three assists, a steal and hit 5-of-5 3-pointers and 10-of-16 shots for the Grizzlies, despite Tyreke Evans having a nice night. There’s a lot to say about the Grizzlies, so here we go. My personal opinion is that they will eventually bench their veterans and play the kids, but we just don’t know when it will happen. Harrison is worth owning everywhere right now, while I don’t trust Tyreke Evans or Marc Gasol further than I can throw them. The pickup order in Memphis is: Harrison, Dillon Brooks, Jarell Martin, Deyonta Davis. I would not be surprised if JaMychal Green, Marc Gasol and Evans see a minutes hit starting right after the All-Star break. But this is all just stuff in my head, as the Grizzlies swear they’re going to keep trying until the end. No way.

 

Ryan O’Neale had 19 points, five boards, two steals, a block and three 3-pointers in a start for the Jazz. He’s been playing well for several weeks and officially deserves a close look from all fantasy owners. Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Joe Ingles and Derrick Favors all played well alongside O’Neale in the starting five, and Jae Crowder added 15 points and seven boards off the bench. I’d rather have O’Neale than Crowder.

 

Tim Hardaway Jr. FINALLY came through for the Knicks, draining 14-of-24 shots and six 3-pointers for 37 points, five boards and two steals in 40 minutes. We’ve been waiting patiently, so thanks, THJ. He scored 38 back on Nov. 22, but had really been struggling in February until last night. Pick him up if you have someone to cut. Enes Kanter had 24 & 14, and Michael Beasley had 16 points and 11 boards on 8-of-24 shooting in a loss to the Wizards.

 

Tomas Satoransky played through his head injury and had nine points, 11 assists, three blocks and a 3-pointer in 33 minutes for the Wizards. He’s a must-start player until John Wall is back from his knee surgery. Ian Mahinmi had 17 points, eight boards and three blocks in 26 minutes off the bench as rumors of Marcin Gortat’s discontent continue. Just keep an eye on Mahinmi.

 

D.J. Augustin had 16 points, four assists, a steal and four 3-pointers for the Magic, while Shelvin Mack added eight points, seven rebounds, three assists, a steal and two 3-pointers on Wednesday. Both players are going to have value as the only point guard options in Orlando, but I still like DJA better.

 

James Johnson had 22 points, four rebounds, five assists, a steal and two 3-pointers on 8-of-10 shooting for the Heat. He’s been quiet, but still has the ability to come through for fantasy owners.

 

DeMarre Carroll came through with 21 points, 10 boards, four assists, a steal, a block and five 3-pointers for one of his best games of the season for the Nets. He’s hard to trust, but was big last night. Allen Crabbe stayed hot with 24 points, eight boards and five 3-pointers, and is a must-own player, and D’Angelo Russell finally put a dent in Spencer Dinwiddie with 18 points and nine assists off the bench for the Nets. And despite Russell’s big game, Dinwiddie still came through with seven points, six boards, five dimes, two steals and a block, despite missing all seven of his shots in 33 minutes. He’s fine.

 

Bogdan Bogdanovic had 20 points, four boards, five assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes. He’s got a good chance for a big second half for one of the league’s worst teams (Kings), along with De’Aaron Fox (facial stitches), Willie Cauley-Stein and possibly Justin Jackson. Jackson had 12 points, five boards, four assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes, and is a guy I like adding for a late-season run if you have someone you want to cut. JaKarr Sampson started in place of Zach Randolph (rest) and seven points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes. If the Kings shut Z-Bo down, Sampson could make some noise. If you’re looking for late sleepers, the Kings are a good place to start.

 

Darius Miller hit 6-of-8 shots and four 3-pointers for 19 points, four boards and four assists for the Pelicans. That’s one of his better games, but he’s locked into the rotation and is worth a look if you need threes.

 

Cory Joseph went off for 15 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer in another start for Darren Collison, and should continue to be an intriguing player for the Pacers as long as Collison is out. Joseph had been terrible, but Wednesday’s line was not a fluke, as Co-Jo can play.

 

Marco Belinelli made his Sixers debut and had 17 points and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes, but it’s hard to imagine him keeping this up as long as J.J. Redick is healthy.

 


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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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