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Dose: LeBron-athon

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Tuesday night featured six games and it was a pretty quiet night on the fantasy front, although Michael Kidd-Gilchrist went down, LeBron James set a couple milestones, Giannis Antetokounmpo went nuts and we even had a Boban Marjanovic sighting in the wee hours of the night.

 

Cavaliers 129, Nets 123 – LeBron did it again, racking up a monster 31-12-11 triple-double and getting his team a win against a motivated Nets team. LeBron became the first player in NBA history to have a career with 30,000 points, 8,000 rebounds and 8,000 assists, and also became the oldest player in history (33) to average a triple-double in a month. Wilt Chamberlain held the record at 31 years of age back in the day, but LeBron bested him tonight, averaging a triple-double for the month of February, despite only have four actual triple-doubles this month. Yeah, he’s still pretty good. George Hill finally came through with a big game for the Cavs, scoring a season-high 26 points with three boards, five assists, three steals and three 3-pointers on 9-of-17 shooting in 37 minutes. He only had two points and one assist in his previous game and had done little to impress in Cleveland. Maybe this is the game that gets him going. Larry Nance bounced back from a dud with a double-double and a block, in part because Jeff Green was out with a sore lower back. Rodney Hood played the entire fourth quarter and scored 11 in it, but still only managed 14 points, four boards and zero 3-pointers. Hood’s been a mess and I’m glad I don’t own him, because it would be very tempting to drop him. But his minutes are trending up and he might finally be ready to start contributing for the Cavs. Kyle Korver had a big night with 18 points, but it was a fluke. Don’t bite.

 

For the Nets, starters DeMarre Carroll, Jarrett Allen, Spencer Dinwiddie, D’Angelo Russell and Allen Crabbe, and bench players Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Caris LeVert all scored in double figures and all played pretty well. Carroll is somehow keeping it going, although the return of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is likely to eventually hurt him. Roll with Carroll, but be ready to bail at the first sign of trouble. I’m not picking up RHJ or LeVert right now, but both are worth keeping a close eye on right now, and LeVert got loose for 18 points in 19 minutes. Allen was a little disappointing again with 13 points, five boards and zero blocks, but he played 28 minutes. The Nets have to eventually start resting the vets, right? And when it happens, Allen should be fun. Speaking of resting vets, Russell had a great game with 25 points and six dimes, but it’s hard to imagine him finishing out the season given the injury he’s coming off of. For now, just keep rolling with the guys who have been playing well: Dinwiddie, Russell, Crabbe, Russell and Allen, and keep a close eye on RHJ and LeVert. I wish the Nets were easier to figure out, but Kenny Atkinson just keeps trying to win games for a 20-win team.

 

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Wizards 107, Bucks 104 – There was absolutely nothing to learn about the Wizards tonight. Tomas Satoransky was in some foul trouble and didn’t do a ton in his 20 minutes, but he’ll be fine. Bradley Beal led the team in scoring, rebounds, assists and field goals made, but it’s one of the most boring box scores we’ve seen this season.

 

The Bucks got solid games from Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe and Jabari Parker, but Giannis Antetokounmpo had the line of the night with his 23 points, 13 boards, eight assists, three steals, season-high six blocks and a 3-pointer. Greek Freak, indeed. Parker has played really well in two straight and pretty well in four straight, and the Bucks only have two sets of back-to-back games remaining. My guess is Parker should play in 19 of the Bucks final 22 games, which is pretty good considering where we were a month ago.

Keep reading for some Boban love!

 

Clippers 122, Nuggets 120 – The Clippers finally let Boban Marjanovic play and he was a difference maker, finishing with 18 points, six boards, two steals and a block on 5-of-8 shooting in just 15 minutes, and also hit 8-of-9 free throws as DeAndre Jordan watched in horror. The Clips were down 82-63 in the third quarter when Boban came in and he went crazy, racking up a +/- of +27 in his 15 minutes of play. Wow. He could completely disappear going forward, but the guy makes free throws, is bigger than everyone else and might be the perfect answer to stop hack-a-DAJ going forward. If you want to pick him up, do it, but just beware this could end up being a fluke. But I hope it’s not. Austin Rivers had 17 and only hit 3-of-6 free throws, but also forced a turnover on a driving Jamal Murray with the game on the line. Tyrone Wallace started again and had 16 points, five assists and a steal after playing well against the Suns in his previous game, and, of course, Danilo Gallinari is hurt again. As long as he’s out, Wallace is worth a look. Lou Williams scored 25, Montrezl Harrell had 15 points, four boards and a block, while Jordan and Tobias Harris were quiet in this one. Harrell’s worth a look, but Boban and Wallace are the guys fantasy owners should be taking a hard look at right now.

 


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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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