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Dose: Down goes Giannis!!

Thursday, March 22, 2018


Giannis Antetokounmpo got hurt, the Clippers, Cavaliers, Pelicans, Sixers, Nuggets and Spurs all got big wins, and James Johnson laid an egg on Wednesday.

 

Clippers 127, Bucks 120 – The Clippers beat the Bucks after Giannis Antetokounmpo got hurt, as DeAndre Jordan went off for 25 points and 22 rebounds, and Tobias Harris, Milos Teodosic and Austin Rivers all played well for the Clippers. Montrezl Harrell is still intriguing, but has been a human disappearing act and had 13 points in just 11 minutes. He’s not trustworthy right now. As for Teodosic, he had 15 points, four assists and four 3-pointers, and has played very well in three of his last four games. He’s worth a look.

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo was the injury of the night, leaving the game early with a sprained right ankle and failing to return after just 12 points and a handful of stats (including three blocks) in 17 minutes. The Bucks won’t have an update on Giannis until Thursday, at the earliest, and owners have to pray that it’s not serious. He left the arena with a slight limp, but was not on crutches, nor in a walking boot. This is scary stuff for both the Bucks and fantasy owners, but there’s a chance he’s ready to go on Friday. Then again, they’re playing the lowly Bulls that night, so it would make sense for the Bucks to hold him out of that one. If you think the fantasy playoffs suck this year in the NBA, I’m right there with you. The healthiest team is going to win, and there aren’t many healthy teams out there right now. Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe and Jabari Parker all shined for the Bucks in the loss, but there’s not a clear pickup if Giannis is going to miss time.

 

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Cavaliers 132, Raptors 129LeBron James and Kevin Love had big games, and Jeff Green, Jose Calderon and George Hill all played well in the win. I cannot believe that Calderon is relevant right now, but he started at shooting guard (for Kyle Korver-personal) and had 14 points, four assists and four 3-pointers in 27 minutes. The only Cavs I trust right now are LeBron, Love and Green, but Hill, who had 22 points and zero assists, is intriguing after hitting 10-of-11 shots. Then again, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him hit 1-of-11 the next time out. If you played Calderon last night you should go play the lottery today. Love hurt his knee late in last night’s game, but all indications are that he’s OK. Watch for updates if you own him. Kyle Korver’s brother sadly passed away, which is why Calderon started, so Calderon could continue to start for as long as Korver and Rodney Hood (back) are out. But he’s still very difficult to trust. Condolences to Korver and his family.

 

Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas all played well and Jakob Poeltl, Fred VanVleet and Delon Wright played well off the bench for the losers. I don’t think Poeltl is a pick up, but VanVleet had 16 points, five assists, three steals and four 3-pointers, and Wright had 12 points, five assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers. VanVleet has been hurt, but looked good in his return, making him a possible pickup in fantasy, while you know I like the idea of playing Wright right now.

 

Sixers 119- Grizzlies 105 - All five Sixers starters scored in double figures and the bench players didn’t do much of anything. In other words, it’s status quo in Philly. On a non-fantasy note, the Sixers pulled into a tie with the Pacers with the win, and now sit as the No. 4 seed in the East, which would give them homecourt advantage in the first round. If it ended right now, the Sixers would play the Pacers.

 

The Grizzlies box score looks like garbage, with only Deyonta Davis, who I’ve been hard on, coming through with 16 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. And even then he didn’t have a steal or a block in his 21 minutes. Marc Gasol played, but hit just 2-of-8 shots for five points and six boards, while Andrew Harrison and Jarell Martin hit a combined 2-of-11 shots for a lost night. JaMychal Green and Dillon Brooks were serviceable, and Mario Chalmers came out of nowhere for 10 points, four boards, five assists and a steal and two 3-pointers, but this was basically a lost cause for the Grizzlies. Whether Gasol plays on Thursday is anyone’s guess.

 

Hornets 111, Nets 105 – I’m pretty sure the only humans who cared about this game were fantasy players, but Dwight Howard still went bonkers, dropping a 32 points and a career-high 30 rebounds on Jarrett Allen and company. He didn’t have a steal or block, hit just 12-of-21 free throws and picked up his 16th technical foul, but I think he can be forgiven, at least by anyone not living in Los Angeles, Orlando or Atlanta. The 16th technical means he’s facing a one-game suspension, but that still gives him averages of 15 points and 16 rebounds over a two-game stretch, and owners can possibly switch someone else in his place for Thursday’s game vs. Memphis. Willy Hernangomez and Frank Kaminsky will benefit from his absence tonight, but I can’t say I’d trust either of them. Kemba Walker couldn’t shoot, but had 24 points after hitting 11-of-11 free throws and Jeremy Lamb started for Nicolas Batum (Achilles) and had 17 points and seven rebounds. Lamb’s a solid add right now while Batum is out.

 

The Nets' box score is a disaster to look at, but DeMarre Carroll, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Jarrett Allen, D’Angelo Russell, Allen Crabbe and Caris LeVert all did something, along with Joe Harris and Quincy Acy. Allen was the most promising Net last night with six points, nine boards and four blocks, but it paled in comparison to what Howard did to him.

 


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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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