Dennis Schroder scored 28 points, grabbed three boards, and dished out nine dimes to lead the Hawks to a 117-115 victory over the Cavaliers. He did turn the ball over six times and did not accumulate any defensive stats, but we still love him. The Mitchell family still loved their little Dennis, even though he caused mischief whenever and wherever he went. Now, things are looking promising going forward. His usage rate is at 31%, he’s hoisting up almost 19 shots per game, averaging over 21 points, and dishing out six dimes a game. Granted, it was against the Cavs, a team with Derrick Rose and Jose Calderon starting at point that gives up fantasy manna to the position. HINT: play all point guards against the Cavs. With that said, The Menace is a top-50 player and should finish there when all is said and done.
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Here’s what else I saw yesterday:
James Harden went biggidy bonkers, dropping a 56 burger on the Jazz. He also dished out 13 dimes and pilfered two, but only grabbed two boards. After averaging 8.1 boards last season, he’s only grabbing 4.6, which is in line with his career average. I don’t get how he can play with that beard. It must get so nasty during the game. Keep in mind that I only have to shave a three inch area on my face like once a month. The Stocktonator had no fear of the matchup with Utah and loved Harden yesterday.
Kevin Love had to leave the game after only playing 18 minutes due to an undisclosed illness. He was taken to the hospital but has been released. Love was released but the illness was undisclosed. That’s terrible news for hate, but excellent for ignorance. The Cavs will probably play more small ball with LeBron James at center perhaps? Jae Crowder and Jeff Green at forward? Channing Frye and Ante Zizic could see an increase in minutes when the Cavs field a more traditional lineup. Frye played 10 minutes and Zizic received two minutes of run yesterday.
LeBron James scored 26 points, grabbed five boards, dished out 13 dimes, pilfered one, and blocked two in 40 minutes! As a Lakers fan, I’d appreciate if the Cavs didn’t completely nuke LeBron this year. As I’ve mentioned in prior posts, LeBron is set up for a huge fantasy season. The Cavs are that bad.
Dwayne Wade scored 25 points, grabbed 11 boards, dished out six dimes, and blocked one in 32 minutes! That’s the first time he played over 25 minutes since the first two games of the season. Wade found the Foutain of Youth. Gabrielle Union must have fantastic juice. Or he purchased that DeLorean that was for sale on Craiglist. I’d imagine that Wade gets more run with Love down. LeBron’s going to need all hands on deck.
Kyle Korver scored 25 points and grabbed five boards, shooting 5-for-11 from downtown. Aye Aye Captain!
John Collins scored 12 points, grabbed 13 boards, dished out one dime, and blocked two in 24 minutes. Slowly, but surely, it’s happening guys. It’s like the tectonic plates of the Pacific Ring of Fire. They move ever so slowly, with one plate subducting under another, until the build up of energy needs to be released in explosive fashion. Basically the opposite of a 15-year-old boy experimenting with his sock for the first time. I’ve already re-posted that twice now. I’m just going to continue copy and pasting until the eruption finally happens. Reminds me of waiting for Mt. St. Helen’s to erupt back in the day.
Marco Belinelli grabbed one board and dished out one dime in 19 minutes. Well, that was fun.
Isaiah Taylor scored 14 points, grabbed two boards, dished out three dimes, blocked one, and pilfered one in 26 minutes. With Malcolm Delaney down with an injury, Taylor has played 26 and 25 minutes the past two games. He’s making a legitimate case for that backup point guard position.
With Ersan Ilyasova and Mike Muscala out, Luke Babbitt got the start and delivered 17 points, three boards, two dimes, one steal, and one block in 42 minutes! He went 4-for-8 from downtown. He can shoot, but when the Hawks are healthy, he won’t get enough minutes to be viable.
Taurean Prince scored 17 points, grabbed five boards, dished out one dime, and pilfered one in 36 minutes. Prince may never be a king, but he gets the minutes and stuffs the stat sheet.
Justise Winslow got the start and scored two points, grabbed two boards, and pilfered one in 17 minutes. Thanks for playing.
Josh Richardson scored 14 points, grabbed two boards, dished out four dimes, and pilfered three in 35 minutes. I’ve seen a lot of people wanting to drop JRich recently. His offensive game may not be consistent, but he contributes nightly across the board, especially in the defensive categories. He’s played less than 30 minutes only once this season.
Danilo Gallinari left the game after 13 minutes due to a bruised hip. Mamma Mia! Gallinari has played over 70 games in a season just twice in his nine year career. Wes Johnson replaced Gallinari and ended up playing 33 minutes. He scored six points, grabbed five boards, dished out one dime, and blocked one. I only get excited about Wes because I hear Gus announcing a game in my head.
Blake Griffin was good. No, he was great as usual. I wanted to write about Blake again because he has three blocks on the season! I know he’s never been a block guy, but man….He’s 6′ 10″ 251 pounds and jumps over cars.
Lou Williams scored 22 points, grabbed two boards, and dished out two dimes in 30 minutes. Lou tied Blake for the team lead in shot attempts with 18. He’s the NBA version of mercenary assassin.
Marcus Morris returned to action for the Celtics and scored 12 points, grabbed seven boards, dished out one dime, and pilfered two in 23 minutes. We have to see how Brad Stevens maps out the rotations and allocates minutes. There’s limited upside here. It’s as if you’re only getting half a glass.
Kyrie Irving scored 11 points, dished out five dimes, and pilfered one in 28 minutes. The Celtics are too good and well-coached! It’s messing with Kyrie’s fantasy value! While Kyrie always has the potential to explode, he’s more than likely going to settle into a predictable range. It’s like….missionary on a nightly basis. Yes, it’s good but….you know what I’m saying?
Marcus Smart scored 11 points, grabbed eight boards, dished out eight dimes, pilfered three, and blocked one in 29 minutes. He still can’t shoot (4-of-12 from the field), but he stuffs the stat sheet.
Evan Fournier scored six points, grabbed four boards, and dished out two dimes in 36 minutes. He shot 2-of-14 from the field. Evian had been on such a torrid run, scoring over 20 points in eight of nine prior games. Gotta give Jaylen Brown a ton of credit for tainting that water. Speaking of Brown, he also took care of business on the offensive end, scoring 18 points, grabbing seven boards, dishing out one dime, and pilfering two in 28 minutes. He is so good.
Jonathon Simmons got the start but only played 21 minutes. He scored 14 points, grabbed three boards, and dished out one dime. He’s cooled off a bit after a hot first week, but he has the potential to drop 20 any night with a couple of boards and assists.
Jonathan Isaac played 29 minutes, thanks to Simmons moving to point guard for the injured Elfrid Payton and DJ Augustin. Isaac scored nine points, grabbed six boards, and blocked two. He’s versatile and can play multiple positions. With that said, he’s raw and will play around 20 minutes when Elf returns. At 6′ 10″, Isaac should not be running around burning calories. They need him to eat all the leftovers from the concession stands.
Terrence Ross scored nine points and pilfered one. He shot 2-for-12 from the field. Ross is the Billy Hamilton of fantasy basketball. He’s sexy with his hops and dunking ability, but he can’t shoot. What would the equivalent of “Can’t steal first” be?
Markieff Morris scored 10 points, grabbed four boards, and pilfered two in 17 minutes. It’s going to take time for him to get up to speed, but his prospects are better than his other half over in Boston.
John Wall did not start due to a shoulder injury. It doesn’t sound serious and Wall should be back soon. In his place, Tim Frazier got the start and scored four points, grabbed two boards, dished out eight dimes, and pilfered one in 31 minutes. The main beneficiary of the Wall injury was Bradley Beal, who scored 38 points, grabbed five boards, dished out four dimes, and pilfered one in 39 minutes. He went 16-of-26 from the field and 4-of-6 from downtown.
Jonas Valanciunas only played 18 minutes due to foul trouble. Too bad it wasn’t sweet.
Kyle Lowry was ejected after picking up two technical fouls in the second quarter. I wonder which football game it was that he wanted to watch.
Norman Powell scored 19 points, grabbed a boards, dished out two dimes, blocked two, and pilfered two in 34 minutes. So far, for three games in November, Powell is playing close to 30 minutes per game and averaging 14.5 points. He’s shooting 61% from the field, making 1.5 threes, pilfering one, and chipping in 2.5 boards and assists. I’ve always like the athleticism from Powell, but he’s been inconsistent. If he gets the minutes, he can be an asset.
Ryan Anderson scored six points, grabbed five , dished out one dime, and blocked one. There is a glitch in the Matrix, Mr. Anderson. Here are his home/road splits for points scored since D’Antoni came to town:
Marquese Chriss played 19 minutes and scored three points, grabbed three boards, and dished out two dimes. Dragan Bender played 20 minutes and also scored three points, grabbed four boards, and dished out two dimes. Jay Triano must be a RBBC kind of guy.
Tyson Chandler scored seven points, grabbed 14 boards, dished out two dimes, and pilfered one in 29 minutes. He’s played 29, 25, and 33 the last three games. It’s gotta be to increase trade value right? As long as he’s getting minutes, he’s viable.
Brandon Paul scored 11 points, grabbed two boards, dished out three dimes, and pilfered three in 27 minutes. Holla! He’s in there for defense and has produced when given the opportunity. Just be aware that he can play 30 minutes one night, then six the next.
Bryn Forbes scored 12 points, grabbed two boards, and dished out two dimes. He usually gets run when Manu Ginobli sits.
Myles Turner got the start but only played 24 minutes. He scored 15 points, grabbed four boards, dished out one dime, and blocked one. It will take some time, but he’s going to start making beautiful music very soon.
Victor Oladipo and Darren Collison both played 38 minutes. Dipo scored 17 points, grabbed five boards, dished out three dimes, pilfered two, and blocked one. He led the team with 21 shot attempts. Collison scored 15 points, grabbed five boards, dished out 10 dimes, and pilfered two. Minutes and opportunity equals Straight Cash Homie.
Domantas Sabonis scored 16 points, grabbed eight boards, and dished out three dimes in 29 minutes. Even with Myles, Sabonis got decent run. He’s deserved it with his play to begin the year. Nate McMillan said he’s going to have Sabonis and Turner play together, so we shall see how often that happens when Myles gets his full allottment of minutes.
Kristaps Porzingis scored 40 points, grabbed eight boards, dished out one dime, and blocked six m’fing shots! Yo, Blake!!! What’s up? The Knicks are 5-4 and PGod dishes out 1.0 dimes per game. Melo never dished out fewer than 2.6 dimes per game during his stint in New York. I did mention that we’d see Evil Porzingis this season. And I freaking love it!
Enes Kanter played 31 minutes. That makes back-to-back games with 30+ minutes.
It’s gotta be, right?
Frank Ntilikina scored 10 points, grabbed two boards, dished out seven dimes, and pilfered three in 24 minutes. I think it’s time to pick him up. He’s getting more minutes, is performing well, and Jarrett Jack is ahead of him on the depth chart. You can actually disregard the first two things and just focus on the last part.
Cody Zeller scored 16 points, grabbed nine boards, and blocked one in 22 minutes. Dwight Howard is still the guy in Charlotte, but the team has always liked Zeller. Well, I guess they didn’t like him that much or they wouldn’t have signed Dwight in the offseason, but whatever. He won’t supplant Dwight, but could be very, very productive if Dwight were to go down.
Jimmy Butler scored 13 points, grabbed six boards, dished out one dimes, and pilfered one in 30 minutes. He hoisted up six shots and now has a 20.5% usage rate on the season. I know people are going mental over Buckets right now, with good reason. Ask yourself this: Which would piss you off more? Trading Jimmy away and watching him return to form? Or holding onto Jimmy and having him perfom as he has been? Let’s meditate on the question….
Carmelo Anthony was ejected after a questionable Flagrant-2 foul. He played 23 minutes and scored 15 points and grabbed six boards.
Steven Adams scored four points, grabbed four boards, dished out one dime, blocked one, and pilfered one in 31 minutes. After a torrid start, he’s failed to score in double-digits the past two games. The four boards were a season-low. Adams will be fine. He’s getting the minutes.
Jusuf Nurkic scored 25 points, grabbed eight boards, dished out three dimes, blocked two, and pilfered three in 33 minutes. After a slow start to the season, Nurkic has been ballin the past three games. Some times it good to be a patient grasshopper.
Damian Lillard scored 36 points, grabbed three boards, dished out 13 dimes, and blocked one in 37 minutes. I just want an excuse to post Dame Dolla.
Dillon Brooks scored 13 points, grabbed three boards, and dished out one dime in 26 minutes. He’s been inconsistent, but he’s been getting minutes. Andrew Harrison, who started, only received nine minutes of run. It helps that Brooks can play multiple positions.
Tyreke Evans continues to ball the F out. 32 minutes, 26 points, one board, two dimes, and one steal. That now makes four consecutive games with 30 or more minutes.
Kyle Kumza scored 13 points, grabbed 12 boards, and dished out one dime in 37 minutes! Steal. Of. The. Draft.