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Dose: Another A. Davis Scare

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


Maybe I’m bitter that my injury-riddled teams are out of the fantasy championship hunt, or maybe I’m bitter that my sure things let me down in DFS tonight, or maybe I’m ticked off because my kids are complaining about an upcoming trip to the beach, or maybe I’ve just had too much travel baseball in my life lately, or maybe the fact my NCAA brackets were trashed way too early pushed me over the edge. Whatever the case, when I look at some of the box scores from Tuesday night, I’m just sort of blown away. The Pacers, Warriors, Spurs, Wizards, Raptors, Bulls, Cavaliers and Mavericks all had fantasy nights to forget (for the most part), and the NBA’s silly season has taken a toll on me.

 

Having said that, Anthony Davis, Victor Oladipo, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday, Nikola Jokic, James Johnson and some other guys really came through last night and we’re going to take a look at each game. But I’ll warn you in advance, I really don’t even know what to do with some of these box scores. And I’m not going to lie – I’m pretty pumped to watch some baseball today, as the promise of a new fantasy season will help me forget about DeMarcus Cousins, Stephen Curry, John Wall, Gordon Hayward, Myles Turner, Nicolas Batum, Kevin Love, Seth Curry, Brandon Ingram, Mike Conley, Kawhi Leonard and any other injured or struggling player that may have caused us pain this year. Sorry to be a Debbie Downer, but man, this has been a rough year in the NBA for many of us. The good news is that the playoff races are exciting and the playoffs themselves will be fascinating to watch!

 

Heat 98, Cavaliers 79 – James Johnson, Josh Richardson and Kelly Olynyk all filled the stat sheet and Johnson, in particular, has been a bit of a beast for the last few weeks and should absolutely be owned. Unfortunately, many of us dropped him just before he started going off. The No. 7 Heat got a big win without Hassan Whiteside (hip) and Bam Adebayo (ankle) and are essentially assured of staying in the playoffs, but sit just a ½ game ahead of the No. 8 Bucks, who fell to the Clippers. You can be sure that Miami took some pride in hurting the Cavs, who are now just a ½ game up on both the Sixers and Pacers as they cling to the No. 3 seed in the East. Dwyane Wade also came through with a couple big blocks on LeBron James and had four blocks on the night to go along with his 12 points. Maybe he’s trustworthy again.

 

Kevin Love took a shot to the mouth and might have suffered a concussion. He’ll be re-evaluated today and if he’s going to miss time, I like Jeff Green, Larry Nance and Tristan Thompson (in that order) to step up. LeBron had an 18-6-7 line, Nance and Thompson hit double digits in rebounds, and that was about all that went right for the Cavs. They’re just trying to cling to having homecourt advantage in Round 1 and are praying that Love’s not going to miss much time, if any. Green returned from an illness and didn’t do much, but has been playing well and saw 31 minutes. He just couldn’t make a shot. The Cavs scored a season low in points and are now just ½ game ahead of the Sixers and Pacers for the No. 3 seed in the East.

 

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Blazers 107, Pelicans 103 – How about those Blazers!? I have so many friends in Portland and I’m happy for Steve, Janet, Joanna, Sam, Jake, Mike and anyone else I know in that area. They got a huge win over the Pelicans behind 41 points, nine boards, six assists, four steals and three 3-pointers from Damian Lillard, who will miss Wednesday’s game for the birth of his child. Given the fact the Blazers are still in a tight battle to hold onto homecourt, I’m guessing Lillard will only miss one game. Congratulations, Damian! Go see that baby, give your wife a kiss and get back out here and get it done! Al-Farouq Aminu and Jusuf Nurkic double-doubled and Evan Turner filled in for Moe Harkless and had 14 points, six boards and two 3-pointers, helping to make up for C.J. McCollum’s disappearing act (3-of-19 shots, 7 points). Harkless will have minor knee surgery leaving him out indefinitely and somehow the Blazers still have three games left this week. Go get Turner and make sure Aminu’s not somehow still available.

 

Anthony Davis went down with a sprained ankle and was rolling around on the floor in serious pain. I’ll admit that I panicked and thought the worst, but he walked it off and stayed in the game, doing a ton of damage thereafter and finished with 36 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, two steals and six blocks. What a stud. It might swell up tonight, so make sure he’s good to go for Friday against the Cavs. Luckily they don’t play Wednesday or Thursday, so he’s got time to get right. Jrue Holiday also beasted with a 21-11-11 triple-double, that included a couple of almost game-saving blocks. And let’s pour one out for Nikola Mirotic, who’s hit just 2-of-13 shots for seven points in his last two games played. He also sat out on Saturday. Buzzkill. Rajon Rondo was out again with a wrist injury and Ian Clark started, but had just eight points. Maybe Rondo can go on Friday?

 

Clippers 105, Bucks 98 – Milos Teodosic was another casualty last night as his foot problem raised its head again. He’s probably going to miss time so Austin Rivers and Lou Williams should rock, while we might get another dose of Tyrone Wallace down the stretch. DeAndre Jordan double-doubled, and Tobias Harris, Rivers and Williams all played well in the win. It was a big one for the Clippers, but they’re still at No. 9 right now, 1.5 games behind the Wolves.

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo (do I really still need to write his last name every time?) had 26 points, nine boards, seven assists, five blocks and a 3-pointer on 10-of-16 shooting and Khris Middleton played well with 22 points, seven boards, two blocks and three 3-pointers. Eric Bledsoe also had a nice stat line, but you know things aren’t going all that well when Jason Terry starts and scores 10 points for your team. The Bucks are going to make the playoffs, but we’ll have to see if they’re the No. 7 or 8 seed. Right now they’re No. 8, a ½ game behind the Heat.

 


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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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