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Dose: Wizards Waiver Wire

Thursday, January 3, 2019


Karl-Anthony Towns bounced back in the second half, Thomas Bryant kept it rolling, Jaren Jackson Jr. had a coming out party, Anthony Davis cleaned the glass, D’Angelo Russell and Aaron Gordon were in a giving mood, Mike Conley hurt his shoulder, the Grizzlies are fighting, Joel Embiid is good at basketball, Ben Simmons, Andrew Wiggins, Gordon Hayward and Elfrid Payton broke through and the Lakers and OKC entertained the late-night crowd on Wednesday night. 

 

Wizards 114, Hawks 98Thomas Bryant kept it going with 16 points, a career-high 15 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 39 minutes, and should officially be owned everywhere at this point. Markieff Morris was out again with his neck injury, but the center job seems to be Bryant’s at this point. Tomas Satoransky came through with a 14-11-7-2 near triple-double, and is also in must-own territory, and Otto Porter Jr. returned from his knee injury and scored nine points in 14 minutes off the bench. OPJ, who’s been out for about three weeks, is worth a pickup if he’s sitting out there in your league, assuming you have someone to cut. Jeff Green scored 22 with six boards, six assists and four 3-pointers, but you have to think OPJ ruins him in the near future, right?

 

For the Hawks, John Collins was solid with 21 & 8 (no blocks, again) and Dewayne Dedmon was back from his two-game absence with a knee injury, finishing with just six points, nine boards, a steal and a block in 27 minutes. Alex Len went off for a season-high 24 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, and while he was the better center tonight, I don’t think you can touch him with Dedmon healthy and starting. Trae Young’s been hot, but hit just 2-of-8 shots for five points, nine assists and four turnovers in the loss. DeAndre Bembry and Kevin Huerter were effective, but not stellar in this one.

 

Heat 118, Cavaliers 84 – The Heat won this game easily, but the box score wasn’t very pretty. Josh Richardson came through with 24 points, five assists and four 3-pointers, Derrick Jones Jr. had a fun 13-7-2-2-1 line with three 3-pointers, and Tyler Johnson had 16 points, four rebounds, four assists, three steals and a 3-pointer off the bench. I wish the Heat would start Jones Jr. over James Johnson, but it’s yet to happen. Justise Winslow hit just 3-of-11 shots for 10 points and seven assists, but is still as must-own as they come. I’m also really into owning Jones Jr. and Ty Johnson, as well. Dwyane Wade sat this one out with an illness, which likely helped both Jones Jr. and Richardson. Dion Waiters (ankle surgery) played for the first time in a year and had seven points, but you’d have to be in a pretty deep league to be giving him a look.

 

The Cavaliers box score looks brutal. Tristan Thompson and Rodney Hood were back from their injuries, but didn’t do anything special, Larry Nance disappeared on the bench with six points in 22 minutes, but also had five boards, six assists, three steals, and a block, and Cedi Osman, Collin Sexton, Alec Burks and Jordan Clarkson were all pretty quiet. This team is a disaster and guys are going to cancel each other out at almost every position, but I still kind of like Nance, Osman and Burks out of this bunch.

 

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Mavericks 122, Hornets 84Luka Doncic had 18 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers, and Dennis Smith Jr. came through with 18 points, seven assists, three steals and three 3-pointers. Many owners were on the verge of cutting him, or already had, so this was nice to see. DSJ’s been tough to own again this season, but still has enough upside to finish the season on a high note. The Mavs had lost nine straight road games, but DSJ and Doncic got it done tonight. If DSJ can start playing well alongside Doncic, as the Mavs are hoping, look out.

 

For the Hornets, Willy Hernangomez started, but lasted just 18 minutes, finishing with six points, 10 rebounds and a block. He wasn’t really in foul trouble, and I’m not ready to give up on him after this one. But it was a bit disappointing. Kemba Walker hit just 4-of-14 shots and the days of him leading the league in scoring are over, and Devonte Graham started for Jeremy Lamb (hamstring) and scored 10, while Malik Monk played just five minutes after going off for 21 points in 24 minutes on Monday. Apparently, no one is worth trusting in Lamb’s absence. If Willy didn’t do it for you and Thomas Bryant’s available, feel free to make the move, but I still think Hernangomez has a chance to do some big things over the next few weeks.

 

Nets 126, Pelicans 121 – D’Angelo Russell had 22 points, five boards, a career high-tying 13 assists, two steals, a block and two 3-pointers in one of his better games ever, and only committed one turnover. Jarrett Allen somehow got 31 minutes and had a double-double with two blocks (more minutes, please), and Joe Harris scored 21 with three 3-pointers. Rodions Kurucs started again, but had a quiet night, while Ed Davis, DeMarre Carroll, Shabazz Napier and Spencer Dinwiddie all had nice games off the bench. The Nets I’m interested in owning are Russell, Allen, Harris and Dinwiddie. The rest are a bit of a crapshoot, at least in my mind. Allen Crabbe’s going to miss another week, which should be good news for guys like Kurucs and Carroll.

 

So the Pelicans lost on the road again, and are now 17-22 on the season and 4-16 on the road. They also play seven of their next 10 games on the road, and if they don’t right the ship soon, they’re going to fall all the way out of the playoff hunt. And if that happens, the Anthony Davis shutdown watch will become real. Davis, who was back from his illness, went crazy with 34 points, a franchise-record 26 rebounds, three blocks and two 3-pointers, and all five starters were great in the loss. Julius Randle had 21 points, a steal and two blocks, Elfrid Payton got back into form with 25 points and seven assists, Jrue Holiday scored 20 and E’Twaun Moore stayed hot with 16 points and two 3-pointers. The bench did nothing, and when I say nothing, I mean scored a total of five points, and all five Pelicans’ starters are probably worth owning right now, although I don’t really trust Moore. The Nets bench outscored the Pels’ bench 55-5.

 


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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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