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Dose: Myles Turner bonanza

Tuesday, December 11, 2018


There were 11 games on Monday night and enough news to produce a 10-page Daily Dose. So I’m just going to focus on the hard-hitting, lineup impacting stuff. At least, that’s my goal. Follow me on Twitter by clicking here!

 

We realized after posting the Dose that the Memphis-Denver game was missed. Quickly, Monte Morris went off with a big stat line and Gary Harris is going to be out for awhile. Morris looks like a great pickup right now. Additionally, Mason Plumlee started for Paul Millsap, who is going to miss about two months with a broken big toe, and had 12 points, 10 boards, a steal and two blocks. He's not a must-own player, but he's worth a look, and can be a sneaky in assists, as well. Juancho Hernangomez wasn't huge, but I still like him going forward. And JaMychal Green had a double-double with a block for the Grizzlies, making him worth a look. 

 

Pacers 109, Wizards 101Myles Turner did it again with a season-high 26 points, 12 boards, five blocks and two 3-pointers, and he might be on the best tear of his career. This was arguably his best game ever, and one of his blocks likely saved the game for Indy. Finally! Yes, it might be a sell-high moment, but as a Turner apologist and supporter, I’m not trading him. Bojan Bogdanovic had 22 points, Tyreke Evans finally came through with 18 points, six boards, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer, and Darren Collison double-doubled with 10 points and a career-high 17 dimes as all five Pacers starters scored in double figures. Victor Oladipo (knee) is hoping to practice today, which would hurt Evans, but I still think Evans is worth a look. He can’t stay irrelevant forever.

 

Otto Porter Jr. left the game with a right knee contusion and didn’t return. If he’s going to miss time, Kelly Oubre and Jeff Green would pick up his slack, while Tomas Satoransky is already starting, and filled in at point guard for John Wall (heel) last night. Austin Rivers got a start last night with Wall out and had 13 points, two 3-pointers and four assists, but isn’t worth a look once Wall is back. The problem is that we don’t know how long Wall will be out, but Wall felt better and went through his pre-game routine last night, which is good news for his owners. Oubre had a season-high 23 points, five boards, three steals, a block and a 3-pointer on 9-of-14 shooting, and was already a guy worth owning before OPJ went down. Pick him up. Bradley Beal had 30, which is not surprising given the absence of Wall.

 

Sixers 116, Pistons 102Jimmy Butler went down with a groin injury after just 10 minutes in a win over the Pistons and didn’t return. Groin injuries are not good in the NBA, so Butler’s week is in jeopardy. Furkan Korkmaz replaced him in the lineup and had 18 points, seven boards, a steal and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes, making him worth a look in deeper leagues. Mike Muscala scored 10 points and T.J. McConnell had 14 points, four boards, six assists, two steals and two 3-pointers, but both of them are hard to trust, even if Butler misses time. Joel Embiid returned after a day of rest and looked refreshed, scoring 24 points in the win. He’ll also see a boost if Butler misses time.

 

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Blake Griffin was given the day off for rest, missing his first game of the year, while Luke Kennard got the start over Glenn Robinson III (ankle, MRI coming) and went off for a career-high 28 points, eight boards and five 3-pointers in his best game of the year. Jon Leuer started for Griffin and eight points, while Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson both played well for the Pistons. Bruce Brown’s been starting for Reggie Bullock (ankle), but didn’t do much. Kennard’s the guy to target here, but there’s a very good chance he turns out to be nothing more than a one-hit wonder.

 

Celtics 113, Pelicans 100Marcus Morris blew up for a season-high 31 points, four boards, four assists and five 3-pointers, Jason Tatum had 21 points and six boards, and Terry Rozier got the start for Kyrie Irving (shoulder) and had 10 points, seven boards, six assists, two steals and a 3-pointer. Marcus Smart started, but was very quiet in 29 minutes, while Jaylen Brown stayed hot off the bench with 19 points, seven boards and four 3-pointers. Daniel Theis started for Al Horford (knee), but had just six points and five boards in 22 minutes. Rookie big man Robert Williams had career highs of seven points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, but keep in mind that Horford and Aron Baynes were both out.

 

Anthony Davis looked good despite his hip injury and had 41 points, seven boards and four steals, Julius Randle stayed hot with a 20 & 11 double-double, and Jrue Holiday cooled off with seven points after a monstrous game last time out. Tim Frazier had eight points and 10 assists in another start for Elfrid Payton (finger surgery) and is worth a look with Payton due to be sidelined for another month. The Pelicans’ bench didn’t do much in this one. Nikola Mirotic left with a sore right ankle and didn't return, so he's iffy for the rest of the week, further bolstering Randle's value.

 

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Kings 108, Bulls 89 – De’Aaron Fox went off with 25 points and a fun stat line, Willie Cauley-Stein double-doubled, and Iman Shumpert and Buddy Hield each scored 14 points in the win. Nemanja Bjelica scored six points in 21 minutes, and it’s time to move on from him, as Marvin Bagley came through with 16 points off the bench. He didn’t do much more than the scoring, but now that he’s healthy, Bjelica is in trouble.

 

Zach LaVine led the Bulls in scoring with 19 points and Lauri Markkanen added 13 points, six boards, a steal and a 3-pointer on 5-of-16 shooting, but they were the only two Bulls in double digits. The Bulls recently benched the entire starting five down the stretch and coach Jim Boylen appears to be at odds with his team, as the starters considered boycotting practice recently. The Bulls looked awful and it would appear that Boylen needs to figure this out quickly, or he’s going to lose the team, if he hasn’t already. Bobby Portis (9 points, 8 rebounds) and Kris Dunn (9 points, 6 assists) returned from their injuries, but the results weren’t all that exciting. I’m not dropping anyone good to pick them up.

 


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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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