What’s up Razzballers? We had a doozy of a game last night in Toronto between the Raptors and the Warriors. I don’t typically like to give the lede to players on the losing team, but this was the best game in a night of great games, and DeMar DeRozan was the star of the show. He was a big reason the Raptors were even competitive as he went for 42/5/3 on 17-for-31 FG (0-for-4 3P, 8-for-10 FT) and two TOs. This was in a game the Raptors lost by just two after being down 81 to 54 (!) at halftime. The end was a big clusterfrick too. No other Raptor played more than 30 minutes, as the almost-comeback was mostly led by DeMar and the bench since Kyle Lowry was out with injury. Anyway, here’s what else I saw last night in fantasy basketball:
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Fred VanVleet: 13/5/4/1 on 5-for-9 FG (3-for-6 3P) with two TOs in 21 minutes as he was also an instrumental part of the Raptors comeback. He’s been filling in capably while Kyle Lowry is day-to-day, and might be worth a stream if Kyle misses additional time.
OG Anunoby: 17/3/2 on 5-for-7 FG (1-for-3 3P, 6-for-6 FT). He’s just a deep league guy at this point, but he’s really intriguing for dynasty.
Serge Ibaka: Returned from suspension to post 14/5 on 5-for-12 FG (2-for-5 3P, 2-for-2 FT) and one TO in 29 minutes.
Jonas Valunciunas: 12/9/3 on 3-for-8 FG (6-for-6 FT), three TOs and a huge dunk.
CJ Miles: 8/2/1 on 2-for-9 FG (2-for-7 3P, 2-for-4 FT) and one TO off the bench. He missed a pair of clutch FTs as well as an ill-advised three late in the game. He’s just a deep-league THRAGNOF.
Steph Curry: 24/6/9/1 on 6-for-12 FG (2-for-7 3P, 10-for-12 FT) and one TO. Statistically, it was pretty much business as usual for the Warriors’ fearsome foursome.
Draymond Green: 14/3/8/0/1 on 5-for-10 FG (2-for-6 3P, 2-for-2 FT).
Klay Thompson: 26/3/0/2 on 11-for-16 FG (2-for-5 3P, 2-for-2 FT).
Kevin Durant: 25/6/5/0/1 on 10-for-18 FG (3-for-6 3P, 2-for-2 FT) and one TO.
Kyle Kuzma: 18/10/3/1 on 8-for-13 FG (1-for-2 3P, 1-for-2 FT) and two TOs off the bench as he continues his stellar rookie campaign.
Brook Lopez: 8/3/2/1 on 3-for-11 FG (2-for-6 3P). His descent from a 20PPG guy just a year ago is so disappointing.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: 17/5 on 5-for-8 FG (2-for-3 3P, 5-for-8 FT) and one TO.
Jordan Clarkson 19/3/4 on 9-for-18 FG (1-for-4 3P) and one TO.
Dennis Smith Jr: 23/2/3/1 on 8-for-19 FG (3-for-9 3P, 4-for-4 FT) and three TOs in a season-high 39 minutes. He’s extremely talented and his second half looks very promising as the Mavericks aren’t playing for anything but player development.
Harrison Barnes: 17/5/3/2 on 7-for-21 FG (1-for-5 3P, 2-for-2 FT) with one TO.
Wesley Matthews: 17/1/4 on 5-for-10 FG (3-for-6 3P, 4-for-4 FT). Pretty THRAGNOF-y.
Yogi Ferrell: 11/10/4/1 on 5-for-14 FG (1-for-10 3P) in 42 minutes. Yogi typically produces when given minutes and JJ Barea went down with injury last night. He’s worth a pickup if JJ misses any time.
Russell Westbrook: 25/10/7/2/1 on 10-for-27 FG (0-for-3 3P, 5-for-7 FT) and only three TOs. What, no triple double?
Steven Adams: 14/11/1/3/4 on 7-for-11 FG and three TOs. So close to a rainbow, but alas it wasn’t meant to be.
Carmelo Anthony: 7/10/1 on 3-for-14 FG (0-for-5 3P, 1-for-2 FT). Yikes.
Paul George: 17/8/0/1/1 on 6-for-14 FG (2-for-5 3P, 3-for-4 FT) with two TOs.
Dwight Howard: 11/17/0/1/3 on 4-for-9 FG (3-for-6 FT). The late-career renaissance continues. He didn’t even turn the ball over!
Nicolas Batum: 12/3/2/1/1 on 4-for-13 FG (2-for-7 3P, 2-for-3 FT) and four TOs. As Dwight gets better, Nic gets worse. It wouldn’t be surprising if Nic’s elbow troubles from earlier in the season are still bothering him. I’m still holding for now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Nic ends up sitting out a few games down the line.
Kemba Walker: 19/3/2/1 on 5-for-17 FG (2-for-7 3P, 7-for-8 FT) and five TOs. Kemba’s a star, but with the Hornets’ struggles this season, I also wouldn’t be too surprised if Kemba gets traded later on. If it happened, it would open up minutes for Michael Carter-Williams and Malik Monk, as well as Batum.
Marvin Williams: 16/9/4 on 6-for-9 FG (3-for-5 3P, 1-for-1 FT).
John Wall: 23/3/16/2 on 9-for-24 FG (0-for-2 3P, 5-for-6 FT) and eight TOs. The assists were super good and the turnovers were super bad. But the Wizards beat the Nets and that’s all that matters.
Bradley Beal: 24/4/6/3 on 10-for-23 FG (4-for-10 3P) with two TOs. Standard stuff.
Otto Porter: 12/9/1/1/1 on 6-for-13 FG (0-for-2 3P) and one TO. It’s good to have him back!
Kelly Oubre: 17/3/1/1 on 5-for-6 FG (3-for-4 3P, 4-for-5 FT) and one TO off the bench. He was scoring well with Porter out, but now he’s mostly just a deep-league asset.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson: The post-hype mini-breakout continues as he went for 22/4/7 on 9-for-15 FG (0-for-1 3P, 4-for-5 FT) with three TOs. Great to see the assists.
Caris LeVert: 12/8/8/1 on 5-for-16 FG (1-for-7 3P, 1-for-2 FT) with five TOs. He may have almost triple doubled, but it was an otherwise pretty ugly line. But you’ll take it!
Jarrett Allen: 16/8/1 on 6-for-10 FG (4-for-5 FT) with one TO. He’s not worth adding yet, but he’s one to keep an eye on as the Nets look to develop their younger guys down the line.
Spencer Dinwiddie: 13/6/4/1/1 on 4-for-16 FG (2-for-10 3P, 3-for-3 FT) and two TOs. The line was nice, but the efficiency was ugly. D’Angelo Russell’s return isn’t too far off, so while Dinwiddie’s season has been a dream so far, it might not last. They’ll probably play together a good bit, but that’s still a big chunk of usage that might be taken from Spencer’s hands. I’d consider selling high if I could.
Kris Dunn: 18/8/8/3/3 on 7-for-13 FG (1-for-5 3P, 3-for-4 FT) with two TOs. Enormous rainbow from the kid as he leads the Bulls to the win, and his turnaround from last year has been phenomenal. He’ll be highly sought-after in drafts next year for sure.
Zach Lavine: Made his long-anticipated Bulls debut to the tune of 14/0/2 on 5-for-9 FG (3-for-4 3P, 1-for-2 FT) with one TO in only 19 minutes. His minutes will be capped for the time being, but he looked good last night and will be fully unleashed in due time.
Lauri Markkanen: 19/4/1/3/1 on 7-for-15 FG (4-for-7 3P, 1-for-1 FT) and one TO. The Bulls’ young future looks very promising.
Nikola Mirotic: Returned to post 16/6/1/1/1 on 6-for-13 FG (4-for-9 3P) and two TOs. He might get traded down the line (Jazz are rumoured to be the front-runners), but for the time being he’s still balling for the Bulls.
Tobias Harris: 7/4/4/2/1 on 3-for-14 FG (0-for-6 3P, 1-for-2 FT) with two TOs. Not great.
Andre Drummond: 21/15/4/2/3 on 8-for-13 FG (5-for-6 FT) and one TO. Great! Rainbow! Too bad it was in a loss. Drummond’s improved FT shooting has really opened up his passing. He’s a stud.
Avery Bradley: 26/3/1/2/1 on 10-for-19 FG (6-for-10 3P) and four TOs.
Reggie Bullock: 7/5/2 on 3-for-9 FG (1-for-1 3P), two TOs, and one missed layup that would’ve sent the game to overtime.
Lou Williams: 26/1/2/4 on 7-for-17 FG (4-for-9 3P, 8-for-9 FT) and two TOs as he led the Clippers to a trouncing of the Kings. This feels commonplace for LouWill these days.
Willie Reed: With DeAndre Jordan missing a game with injury for the first time in his career, it was Reed’s time to shine as he rainbowed for 14/13/2/2/2 on 6-for-6 FG (2-for-4 FT) in 26 minutes. He’s put up big numbers in the past when given time and I’d consider him a must-own while DJ is out (though that might not be long).
Wesley Johnson: 13/3/0/1/1 on 4-for-9 FG (3-for-7 3P, 2-for-2 FT). He’s pretty inconsistent, but with all the injuries affecting the Clippers, he’s a decent source for low end 3-and-D stats.
Montrezl Harrell: 17/6/1/2/1 on 7-for-12 FG (0-for-1 3P, 3-for-4 FT) and one TO in 22 minutes off the bench. He’s been hot lately, so you may as well ride him out.
Willie Cauley-Stein: 23/13/4/1/1 on 10-for-16 FG (1-for-1 3P, 2-for-4 FT) with two TOs. Huge game, albeit in a loss. WCS was never thought of as a great offensive prospect, but he’s had some really nice games this season and looks to continue it going forward.
George Hill: 2/1/4/0/1 on 1-for-4 FG (0-for-2 3P). Blech.
De’Aaron Fox: 17/1/10/2 on 6-for-17 FG (1-for-4 3P, 4-for-5 FT) and four TOs. George Hill isn’t really much of a threat to Fox’s playing time. Expect a big second half.
Bogdan Bogdanovic: 13/2/5/1 on 5-for-9 FG (1-for-2 3P, 2-for-3 FT) and one TO. Pick him up while you can.
Kawhi Leonard: 19/8/4/4/1 on 5-for-8 FG (0-for-1 3P, 9-for-11 FT) and three TOs in 28 minutes in his return. The Spurs won this in a blowout, and his 28 minutes led the team, so his shoulder shouldn’t be much of a concern for now.
Davis Bertans: 18/1/1 on 6-for-8 FG (6-for-7 3P). THRAGNOF!
Manu Ginobili: 8/2/1 on 4-for-7 FG (0-for-1 3P) and a glorious old man dunk.
Nikola Jokic: 23/9/7/2 on 8-for-13 FG (3-for-6 3P, 4-for-4 FT) and two TOs. Despite this, the Nuggets lost by 32.
Gary Harris: 18/2/2/2 on 6-for-16 FG (2-for-8 3P, 4-for-4 FT). The only other Nugget to score double digits.
Jamal Murray + Trey Lyles + Malik Beasley + Kenneth Faried: 9/12/3/1 on a staggering 3-for-28 FG (0-for-8 3P, 3-for-4 FT) with three TOs in over 72 combined minutes. Yes, that’s the combined line of four Nuggets players.
Anyway, that about does it for last night in fantasy hoops. As always, leave your comments/questions/concerns down below! Cheers.