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Dose: Wall Returns in Style

Sunday, April 1, 2018


It was another entertaining Saturday in the Association, highlighted by John Wall returning to the Wizards lineup in grand fashion, Andre Drummond dominating the paint once again, and Trey Burke remaining red-hot.


After recapping the important storylines from yesterday, we’ll wrap up the Dose by taking a quick look at a handful of players that are facing injury issues for Sunday’s games.


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Wizards 107, Hornets 93:
John Wall (knee) hadn’t played a game in more than two months, but didn’t show any signs of rust on Sunday afternoon. Wall scored 15 points and dished out a game-high 14 assists in 33 minutes. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, that's the highest assist total in NBA history in a player’s first game back after an absence of at least 60 days. Wall also added three rebounds, two 3-pointers and a steal. Coach Scott Brooks did say that Wall would NOT play on Sunday, the back end of a back-to-back. However, Brooks told reporters that the team is "open" to Wall playing in back-to-backs going forward. Washington has three sets of back-to-backs over the final seven games of their season. Tomas Satoransky will draw another start at point guard on Sunday. Satoransky scored six points with three rebounds, four assists and one steal in 26 minutes off the bench vs. Charlotte.


Otto Porter injured his ankle on Thursday and was originally listed as questionable for this contest, but ended up playing, and played very well. Otto tallied 26 points (on 10-of-15 shooting), 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and six 3-pointers in 38 minutes… Bradley Beal also knocked down six treys. Porter and Beal are the first pair of Wizards’ teammates to each have at least six made triples in a game since Antawn Jamison and Gilbert Arenas each had six on Dec. 6, 2008. Beal finished with 22 points (on 8-of-14 shooting), four rebounds, three assists and two steals… Mike Scott scored 15 points with four rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes off the bench… Kelly Oubre struggled mightily vs. Charlotte. He shot just 2-of-14 from the field for nine points with five rebounds, one assist and two steals… Markieff Morris (illness) left after 10 minutes and was unable to return. If he is unable to suit up Sunday, Mike Scott and Kelly Oubre will inherit most of his minutes.


Dwight Howard had another strong game on Saturday, contributing 22 points, 13 rebounds, one steal and one block in 31 minutes. It was his fifth straight game with a double-double. Over these past five contests, Howard is averaging 22.8 points and 17.8 rebounds, while shooting 57.7 percent from the floor… Kemba Walker was awful in this one. He didn’t score in the first half and finished just 3-of-9 from the floor for seven points with four rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes… Jeremy Lamb (left foot soreness) was a late scratch. Malik Monk soaked up some of Lamb’s playing time and scored 17 points with one rebound, three assists and three 3-pointers in 24 minutes… Willy Hernangomez had 11 points and nine boards in 17 minutes off the bench.


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Detroit Pistons 115, New York Knicks 109:
Andre Drummond dominated both ends of the floor once again in the Pistons victory on Saturday. Drummond, fresh off a monster 24-point, 23-rebound gem on Thursday, scored 22 points and pulled down 17 rebounds on Saturday at MSG. He also chipped in two assists and three blocks. He even made 6-of-8 from the free-throw stripe. Over Detroit’s last five games, Drummond is averaging a staggering 18.6 points, 19.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.0 blocks. Many teams that win a fantasy championship this season with have Andre Drummond to thank… Reggie Jackson scored 17 points with two rebounds, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes. Jackson has been solid since his return. No word as of yet if the Pistons will play him in the second night of a back-to-back on Sunday at Brooklyn… Anthony Tolliver continues to play well filling in for the injured Blake Griffin (ankle). Tolliver totaled 17 points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes.


The Knicks were missing three of their rotation players on Saturday: Enes Kanter (back, right wrist), Frank Ntilikina (illness) and Courtney Lee (left midfoot inflammation). However, Kyle O’Quinn (strained left hip) returned to the lineup and replaced Kanter in the starting five. O’Quinn finished with eight points, 15 rebounds, three assists, one block and two turnovers in a season-high 32 minutes. Luke Kornet logged 16 minutes off the bench and chipped in three points, four rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer… Troy Williams made his first start with the Knicks and tallied 11 points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.


Michael Beasley led the Knicks in scoring, pouring in 32 points to go along with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes. It’s his third straight game with at least 20 points, tying the longest such streak of his career. Over this three-game stretch, The Beas is averaging 27.0 points (on 55.6 percent shooting), 6.7 rebounds, 2.3 dimes and 1.7 treys… Trey Burke also remained red-hot in this contest. Burke dished out a career-high 15 assists and added 18 points, five rebounds, one steal, one turnover and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes. He’s been shockingly efficient and effective over the last two weeks. Burke is averaging 21.3 points, 7.8 assists, 3.2 boards and 2.0 treys, while shooting 53.0 percent from the floor and 40 percent from downtown. He’s been a blessing off the waiver wire.


Boston Celtics 110, Toronto Raptors 99:
The Celtics, who needed to knock off the Raptors on Saturday if they wanted a chance at finishing with the top seed in the Eastern Conference this season, walked away with the win. Marcus Morris led the way for the C’s, finishing with a team-high 25 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer, before getting ejected in the closing seconds of the game for talking trash… Jayson Tatum had an excellent all-around game as well. He tallied 24 points, six rebounds, four assists and zero turnovers. Tatum shot 9-of-16 from the floor, including 2-of-2 from distance, and made all four of his free throws… Terry Rozier cracked the 20-point plateau once again, scoring 21 points to go along with three rebounds, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes. Rozier has played over 30 minutes in each of Boston’s nine games since Kyrie Irving (knee) went down. Boston was even more shorthanded on Saturday, as Shane Larkin (illness) was sidelined…. Al Horford (ankle) returned to action and chipped in 14 points, five boards and a steal.


DeMar DeRozan paced the Raptors, scoring 32 points and tacking on seven assists, seven rebounds and a blocked shot. DeRozan came into this contest averaging just 18.8 points over his previous nine games, so it was nice to see him pour in 30-plus… Both Serge Ibaka (15 points and ten rebounds) and Jonas Valanciunas (13 points and 11 rebounds) posted solid double-doubles… Kyle Lowry struggled with his shot. Lowry was just 4-of-13 from the floor on his way to 11 points and nine assists.


Brooklyn Nets 110, Miami Heat 109 (overtime):
Caris LeVert did it all for the Nets in their victory over Miami. LeVert, who’s Michigan Wolverines advanced to the NCAA Finals on Saturday while the Nets game was tipping off, finished with 19 points, a career-high 12 rebounds and seven assists in 35 minutes off the Brooklyn bench… Rondae Hollis-Jefferson also had a superb all-around game for Brooklyn. RHJ contributed 20 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in 39 minutes… On the other end of the spectrum, we have D'Angelo Russell. DAR started and played the first 6 ½ minutes, but missed all five shots he attempted and turned the ball over twice. He never went back in the game. "I felt like those other guys came in and started to play great. You just go with it as a coach. It was just a feel," coach Kenny Atkinson told reporters after the game. Russell will look to get back on track Sunday vs. Detroit.


The Heat had seven players score in double-figures on Saturday. Goran Dragic tied for the team-high in points with 18, and also added eight rebounds, two assists and four turnovers… James Johnson also scored 18 points (on 7-of-10 shooting), to go along with six rebounds, five assists, one steal and two blocks… Kelly Olynyk had 16 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two treys… Hassan Whiteside, who logged only 20 minutes, tallied 14 points, six rebounds, one steal and two blocks. Whiteside was not happy about being benched late in the game and fumed to reporters afterward. "Man, it's annoying, you know. Why we matching up? We got one of the best centers in the league," Said Whiteside. "Why we matching up? A lot of teams don't have a good center. ... It's bulls--t. It's really bulls--t, man. There's a lot of teams that could use a center."


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