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Dose: CP3 Down, is he out?

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


There were seven games on Tuesday with big lines from Anthony Davis, James Harden, Dennis Schroder, Jusuf Nurkic and Al-Farouq Aminu, an injury scare from Chris Paul and a dud from Taurean Prince. Additionally, Marcus Morris hit a big 3-pointer to beat the Thunder, the Hawks stunned the Jazz with a win at Utah, and the Rockets stopped the Blazers’ winning streak at 13 games.

 

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Chris Paul had a great game against the Blazers and helped to keep Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum in check, as the duo hit just 9-of-32 shots and went 0-for-12 from downtown. The Blazers still almost got the win, despite the struggles of their guards, but in the end James Harden’s 42 points were too much. The bad news is that Paul appeared to come up lame, grimacing with less than two seconds remaining as he appeared to tweak his left hamstring going after a loose rebound. He stayed in the game and knocked down a couple clutch free throws, but then sat on the scorer’s table for the final inbounds play. Maybe I’m overreacting, but hamstring injuries are not good and Paul was clearly in pain and limping. He told Dennis Scott that he was fine after the game, saying that “winning makes everything feel better,” but I think he was just trying to put on a happy face. My guess is he misses Thursday’s game against the Pistons, but that’s just a guess on my part. If I owned Paul, I’d be praying that he only misses one game at this point, while it’s still entirely possible that he might not miss any time at all. But I don’t feel good about it. If CP3’s out, it just means more goodies for Harden, Eric Gordon and Gerald Green, as if Harden needs any more help to dominate in the fantasy playoffs. Here’s to hoping that I’m overreacting.

 

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John Collins sat out for the Hawks with a sprained ankle and is day-to-day. His absence likely helped Dewayne Dedmon go off for 15 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer in a shocking win at Utah. If Collins remains out, look for Taurean Prince to bounce back, and for Dedmon and Mike Muscala to continue to play well. Prince hit just 3-of-13 shots and was 0-for-6 from downtown after hitting 20 of them in his previous four games. He’ll be fine on Thursday against the Kings.

 

T.J. Warren (knee) and Devin Booker (hand) were both out last night, allowing Josh Jackson to double-double and Troy Daniels to score 18 with four 3-pointers. As for the Alex Len explosion of 19 points, 12 boards and three blocks, I guess the blame falls on Andre Drummond’s defense. This bodes well for Clint Capela on Thursday, as he didn’t do much last night. Warren and Booker are day-to-day.

 

Kyrie Irving isn’t on the Celtics road trip and he might not play again in March due to his knee injury. Terry Rozier is a must-own player, while Shane Larkin deserves a look in his absence.

 

Draymond Green (pelvis) says his injury’s not serious, but we’ll know more after Friday’s shootaround. Kevin Durant’s (ribs) out for at least another 8-10 days, Klay Thompson’s (thumb) out for at least 10 more days, and Stephen Curry (ankle) is due back on Friday. Ouch.  

 

DeMar DeRozan rested on Tuesday and Kyle Lowry had a big game, but the rest of the Raptors box score was a mess. I was expecting more from Delon Wright last night, but he just 10 points, five boards, four assists, a steal and a block. I still like the idea of using Wright right now, with or without DeRozan and Lowry.

 

Kawhi Leonard will not play on Wednesday and I have no idea when we’ll see him again. As usual.

 

Derrick Favors was out last night with a sore knee and Jae Crowder posted a dud with eight points and six boards on 3-of-10 shooting. But Crowder’s the guy you want to use if Favors misses more time.

 

Nicolas Batum is doubtful tonight with a sore Achilles and we don’t know when he’ll play again. Jeremy Lamb is the pickup.

 

Kris Dunn has been ruled out for tonight with turf toe and Cameron Payne is the play in his absence. Denzel Valentine should also be an interesting play for the Bulls now that he’s hot and Zach LaVine is very iffy with knee tendinitis.

 

Gary Harris will be out through the weekend, clearing the way for Will Barton, Wilson Chandler and Jamal Murray to all shine for the Nuggets.

 

Marc Gasol is iffy tonight due to an illness, but I don’t trust Deyonta Davis if he’s out. JaMychal Green and Jarell Martin are more attractive plays to me.

 

Hassan Whiteside and Dwyane Wade are ruled out tonight, clearing the way for Kelly Olynyk, James Johnson, Bam Adebayo, Wayne Ellington and Tyler Johnson to all stay hot for the Heat.

 

Jrue Holiday was out with an illness last night and Rajon Rondo went crazy for the Pels, while Ian Clark scored 19 points as well. Both guys are worth starting right now, with or without Holiday.

 

Derrick Rose sprained his ankle on Tuesday and is day-to-day for the Wolves, not that you were counting on him in fantasy leagues. 

 


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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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