Jordan Clarkson drops 33 points as Lakers “Breakaway” from the Pacers on Friday night. Clarkson, “Because of You” Lakers were able to win a game while shooting 14.3% from the free throw line; an NBA record for lowest FT% in a win. Clarkson was the only Laker to actually make any free throws (2-for-3), while the rest of the team went 0-for-11. Despite this weird anomaly, the Lakers were able to “Walk Away” with a a victory against a pretty good Pacers team. The Pacers were coming off a back-to-back, but the Lakers have now won five of their last seven after a really rough stretch.
Anyway, here’s what else happened on Friday in Fantasy Hoops:
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Larry Nance Jr.– 10-11-3-3-2-0 on 5-for-5 “shooting.” Nance in your Pants didn’t miss one dunk last night! He’s a hold in 12ers.
Kyle Kuzma– 3-13-5-3-0-1-3. His shot’s been way off lately, but he’s been putting up way more D stats, so you’ve gotta believe he puts it all together at some point. He got 32 minutes, so Walton clearly has faith in him.
Damontas Sabonis– 15-14-1-0-2-0. Sabonis is putting in work with Myles Turner on the shelf. Racking up the ‘Bonis Points!
Victor Oladipo– 1-25-5-4-1-0-2. Victor Von Dunkenstein is still one of the steals of the year if you drafted him. Wish I did…
Willie Cauley-Stein– 7-11-0-2-0-3 on 2-of-10 shooting. The shooting is unusual as most of his points come off dunks, but he’s putting together a nice third season.
De’Aaron Fox- 1-16-2-6-0-1-4. Fantastic Mr. Fox has been playing really well since returning from injury a few weeks ago. Hopefully, you scooped him up if he was dropped. I know I didn’t! *Kicks self.*
Bogdan Bogdanovic– 1-15-4-3-1-0-4. He’s been playing really well the last two weeks and I would grab him if he hasn’t been added yet. He won’t bog down your percentages. Wink wink.
Vince Carter– 5-15-1-0-1-0-1. A must add in all leagues while he’s this hot! Seriously, shoutout to one of my all-time favorite players for still doing it at age 40. Not many guys left who were drafted in the 90’s. I think it’s just him, Ginobili, and Dirk right? Okay, Jason Terry too, but he barely plays anymore.
Zach Randolph– Scored four points in 19 minutes… Not a great revenge game in his return to Memphis. He’s droppable in 12ers. Definitely in anything shallower.
Dillon Brooks- Stayed hot, going 3-22-3-0-3-0-2. The Babbling Canadien has scored over 17 in his last three and might be worth a short-term add until he cools off.
JaMychal Green– 6-10-0-0-1-1 in 26 minutes. 0-for-4 from deep. He’s still a hold for me in 12ers, unless there’s a hot FA on the WW.
Otto Porter Jr.- 4-16-7-3-4-0-0. Otto-Mattic! No turnovers, four steals, and four 3’s? My pants just got tight.
Bradley Beal– 4-26-3-3-1-1-2. Solid line, but nothing spectacular for him. Have a Beal Parm sandwich.
John Wall- 2-16-3-11-1-0-5. Another Brick in the Wall. You’re probably punting, so this is nothing damning for your weekly outlook.
Kelly Oubre Jr.– 5-26-5-1-0-0-1. He played 31 minutes and looks to be locked in to 25-35 minutes per night. Eep-Kay Laying-Pay Oubre. Did I do that right?
Andre Drummond– 14-21-8-2-2-5. Eight assists? What the H!? He’s having a great season and his FTs are way up.
Ish Smith– 15-2-7-1-0-1. Should be a viable option at least until R-Jax comes back from injury.
Hassan Whiteside– 22-13-2-0-4-1. His minutes have been down from last year, but his blocks are coming around recently. Could be a slight buy-low. He shot 4-of-5 from the line last night and is shooting a hair over 73% on the year.
Kelly Olynyk- 2-12-5-3-0-1-1 in 25 minutes. The Missing ‘Lynyk is a hold for me in 12ers and probably 10ers.
Wayne Ellington– 2-10-3-1-2-1-3. With Tyler Johnson out, Ellington was expected to have some huge lines, but it didn’t quite come to fruition. Heat also took the Ell-ington to the Brooklyn Nets last night.
DeMarre Carroll– 3-26-6-1-2-1-1 on 9-of-12 shooting and 5-for-5 from the line. He’s been red-hot recently and is probably worth owning still in 12ers.
D’Angelo Russell- Returned from injury and didn’t do much in 14 minutes, but owners have to be happy that he’s finally back. The Nets will likely ease him back.
Caris LeVert– 1-12-4-5-3-1-1 on 4-for-12 shooting and 3-of-4 FTs. His efficiency will always be a question, but he hit some clutch shots down the stretch and looks to be hitting his stride. If you can weather the storm of his bad percentages, he’s a fun player to own, and he’s still got a lot of time in his career to improve.
LaMarcus Aldridge– 1-17-14-2-1-2-0 on 6-of-25 shooting. Raptors did a nice job keeping him at bay last night, but he should be better most nights.
Kyle Anderson– 1-5-11-3-2-3-2. Kawhi Leonard is going to be out a while so adding Anderson isn’t the worst idea. It really sucks for owners who spent a top-15 pick Kawhi, as their fantasy seasons are probably lost.
Pau Gasol– 15-9-3-1-0-2. Keeps chugging along at mid-round value. The DNP CD’s are inevitable, but he usually comes at a decent value on draft day because of them.
Kyle Lowry– 4-24-3-3-1-1-2 on 50% shooting. The Bad Boy had a nice night in a very low scoring game. His scoring has been way, way down since last year. The one thing I could attribute it to is the addition of…
Serge Ibaka– 4-7-2-0-0-1. Not a great night for the Congolese blocks and 3-point shooting guy. He should pick it up, but that’s based on pure conjecture.
Devin Booker– 4-30-5-5-1-1-3. He’s improved his shot from last season and had another efficient game last night shooting 11-for-23 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. The Suns need to build around him.
T.J. Warren– 25-3-1-2-1-1 on 11-of-17 shooting. No 3’s, but that’s no surprise.
Tyler Ulis– 3-1-5-2-0-0 in 22 starters minutes. Strictly an assists specialist at this point, but he’ll chip in some steals and 3’s occasionally.
Isaiah Canaan– 4-16-1-6-1-0-4 in 26 minutes off the bench. It looks to be a pretty even split between him and Ulis. If you own both of them, they form a pretty decent point guard, but if you’ve gotta pick one, it’s Canaan for me right now.
Josh Jackson– 2-16-1-0-0-0-1. I saw this line and thought, “Hey, he’s finally putting something together!” Then I saw he only got 14 minutes and that took some of the luster off of it.
Nikola Jokic– 2-14-17-5-0-0-6. Not exactly a great assist-to-turnover ratio, but an overall decent line. It wasn’t enough to beat the lowly Suns at home in Denver though.
Jamal Murray– 5-30-5-2-1-2-1 on an efficient 10-for-17 shooting and 5-for-5 FTs. He missed the last game with a concussion and had been in a bit of a shooting slump before that, but he came back strong on Friday. He’s been having a strong sophomore season, so hopefully, you bought in.
Trey Lyles– 1-15-7-2-0-0-2. Trey-Bay-Bay! Got the start and got 28 minutes. Worth a hold in 12ers, but in anything shallower, you could probably do better.
Gary Harris– 4-16-5-4-3-0-2. Dirty Gary made your day once again and is tied for fourth in the League with 2.0 steals per game. I have a feeling that this was the last year you could draft him at a great value.
Kristaps Porzingis– 1-18-2-1-1-3-1 on 6-of-14 shooting. He doesn’t get many rebounds for a seven-footer, but that’s just a minor quibble.
Tim Hardaway Jr.– 6-31-5-3-0-0-2. Give me 31 the Hardaway! You like that awesome craps reference! I Almost made hime the lede, but Clarkson’s line seamed more special. Still, Hardaway has been good since returning from his injury and he’s a big part of what the Knicks are doing, whatever that is…
Courtney Lee– 2-18-5-1-2-0-0. It’s Courtney! It’s Courtney!
Rudy Gobert– 23-14-1-0-3-3. He got 30 minutes which is a good sign, but you’ll have to check if he’s starting tonight on the second night of a back-to-back.
Derrick Favors– 7-7-1-0-0-2. I want to drop him so badly, but this was his first game back with Gobert, and he still got 27 minutes. He also has a good chance of being traded in a few weeks, so it might be worth it to see how this all plays out for him.
Rodney Hood– 2-18-5-0-1-1-4. Last night, his owners were Hood-Rich.
Joe Johnson– 2-15-5-1-0-1-1. Wasn’t drafted in the 90’s, but 2001 is 90’s adjace. Something in the air last night had the old men fired up. Did AARP lower their rates? Actually, Johnson should have a decent sized roll moving forward with Thabo Sefolosha out for the season.
That will do it for the Friday Daily Notes! Drop a comment or question and as always, thanks for reading!