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Dose: Kyrie's Season Over

Friday, April 6, 2018


The Celtics winning a championship without Gordon Hayward was already considered a long shot, but it doesn’t make the Kyrie Irving news any less painful. We’ll break down his injury and more in this Daily Dose as we navigate the tricky waters ahead for the NBA’s “silly season.” If you’re somewhat new to fantasy basketball, remember to have your playoffs end in March because April is just a complete nightmare due to injuries, rest and tanking. For fantasy advice, find me on Twitter here!

 

 

Kyrie Irving out for the postseason

 

When Kyrie Irving initially underwent a “minimally-invasive procedure” back on March 24th, the Celtics gave him a 3-6 week timetable to return. That means we could’ve seen him at some point in the playoffs, but all that changed on Thursday morning when the Celtics announced that Irving underwent an additional procedure. This time around, two screws were removed from his patella after his doctors discovered a bacteria infection at the site of the injury — these screws were initially placed there after his knee fracture that he picked up in the 2015 Finals. 

 

The Celtics did add that Irving’s patella has “completely healed” and that his knee remains “structurally sound,” but they ruled him out for the postseason and gave him a 4-5 month timetable. This would put him back on the court in early August or September, meaning he should be ready to roll for training camp. 

 

Regardless, I already put Irving on my “never again” list for next season when Celtics GM Danny Ainge said a long time ago that he only expected Kyrie to be a “72- or 75-game player,” and it’s clear that this is something the superstar point guard will have to manage for the rest of his career. I still think he’ll have an ADP in the second round next season based on name value, skill and reputation alone, but that’s not a risk I’m willing to take, especially in head-to-head leagues. 

 

The Celtics still don’t know exactly when Marcus Smart (thumb) will be back, but he’ll be re-evaluated next week. It sounds like he’s targeting a return for the conference semi-finals, but they have to get there first. That means we’re going to see a heavy dose of Terry Rozier the rest of the way. Rozier has said many times that he sees himself as a starter in this league and he’s backed it up with his play, posting averages of 17.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.3 steals, 3.1 triples and 1.5 turnovers in 13 starts. That also includes his two-point dud vs. the Raptors while playing on a bad ankle. He's the real deal.

 

 

Waiver-Wire Pickups

 

Montrezl Harrell- He’s been one of the biggest surprises of the season and is currently third in field goal percentage, true shooting percentage and effective field goal percentage for the entire NBA. He had 17 points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 25 minutes against the Jazz on Thursday, and he also started the second half and spent time at both the four and five. The Clippers are dangerously close to falling out of the playoffs, so we could see a lot of Harrell at the expense of Jordan in the final three games. With per-36 minute averages of 23.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.4 blocks, the upside here is enormous. I’d also add Boban Marjanovic in a heartbeat once the Clippers were officially eliminated. 

 

Royce O’Neale- Jae Crowder only played five minutes because he was poked in the eye, but even though he’s not expected to miss additional time, O’Neale could be looking at a bump in minutes anyways with Ricky Rubio tweaking his hamstring. O’Neale can play several different positions, and even though he didn’t set the world on fire with eight points, five rebounds, three assists and one triple on Thursday, he did play a team-high 32 minutes. We’ve also seen what he can do as a starter with averages of 11.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.0 triples in four outings.

 

Dante Exum- As previously mentioned, Rubio’s hamstring keeps acting up and the Jazz may play it safe with the playoffs looming. Exum has been playing at a really high level since his return from his shoulder injury and is the next man up for Utah. He had 10 points, five assists, four rebounds, two blocks and one triple in 24 minutes on Thursday and will easily eclipse the 30-minute mark if Rubio misses time. Did I mention he also blocked Boban!? Add him now!

 

Jarrett Allen- He’s somehow available in 74% of all Yahoo Leagues. He’s now blocked at least one shot in five straight games, at least two blocks in four straight and had one of his best defensive games on Thursday with a career-high five blocks vs. the Bucks. He's an excellent source of FG%, rebounds and blocks and he can hit his free throws as well.

 

Tomas Satoransky- It’s a shame that he played just 15 minutes on Thursday, especially since he can play multiple positions. The good news for him is that John Wall will rest on Friday vs. the Hawks, making Satoransky a terrific streaming option. In 28 starts this season, Satoransky posted averages of 10.4 points, 6.0 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.0 triples.

 

 

News and Notes

 

MarShon Brooks agreed to a two-year deal with the Grizzlies late on Thursday night, though we don’t know the terms yet. He’s been outstanding in his first three appearances for Memphis, scoring a combined 70 points with averages 23.3 points, 3.7 assists, 2.0 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 3.7 triples in just 25.3 minutes. Tyreke Evans is probably a goner this offseason and Chandler Parsons can’t play 28 seconds without three straight weeks of resting, so not only is Brooks a must-start player for the final stretch, but he certainly has some intrigue for next season as well. 

 

After sitting out Thursday’s game, Damian Lillard said his left ankle sprain is feeling better and that he’s planning to play on Saturday vs. the Spurs. The Blazers are pretty much locked into the No. 3 seed barring a collapse, so it’s a great sign that he’s planning to be out there. This pretty much ruins the short-term streaming appeal of Shabazz Napier and Wade Baldwin. Napier was the more popular pickup for Thursday and disappointed with eight points (on 2-of-9 shooting), four rebounds, two assists, one triple and one steal in 29 minutes, while Baldwin impressed with 14 points, three assists, two steals and two triples in 32 minutes. Don’t trust either of them if Lillard plays. 

 

Jimmy Butler (knee) was in uniform and was available to play, but never saw the floor. If I had to guess, the Wolves played it safe just once more and I’d expect him to play on Friday night vs. the Lakers in a must-win game after they fell to the Nuggets 100-96. 





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