In a battle for real life playoff implications, Hassan Whiteside tipped in Goran Dragic’s missed putback to give the Heat a 97-96 win:

It was just the tip, but sometimes that’s all you need, as the Heat went up a game on the Bulls and 2.5 games ahead of the Pistons for the final playoff spot in the east. Whiteside finished with 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Dragic added 28/4/4 on 9-16 shooting.

Oddly enough, it was the Heat’s first game-winning buzzer-beater since 2013, when a little known player by the name of LeBron James beat the Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

With the playoffs in full swing, every game matters, so here are the rest of your nightly notables:

Rodney McGruder – McGruder did a little of everything, posting 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals in place of Dion Waiters (ankle).

James Johnson – One of the fantasy pickups of the year, Johnson continues to rack up the stats off the bench with 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists. He also left Marcus Morris with nightmares on this dunk:

Andre Drummond – Drummond’s scoring has taken a hit recently, but the rebounding and blocks have remained, despite failing to box out Whiteside on the last play of the game. Drummond finished with 9 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 steals/blocks each on Tuesday.

Ish Smith – Smith already usurped the starting role from Reggie Jackson (knee), but with Jackson sitting, Smith had no competition for minutes. He posted 19 points, 6 assists, and 3 rebounds in 31 minutes. Jackson is day-to-day, but there have been rumors that the Pistons may elect to shut him down, especially if their losing streak continues.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – After scoring 25 points in his previous three games, KCP dropped 25 points and 5 rebounds, despite shooting 2-10 from the 3-point line. The up-and-down stats are frustrating, but hopefully Pope finishes the week strong.

Tobias HarrisJon Leuer (2 points, 4 rebounds) started in place of Harris on Tuesday, but Harris had the better line with 19 points, 6 rebounds, 4 threes, and 2 steals. The Pistons are doing anything to switch up their losing ways, but whether Harris starts or not shouldn’t affect his numbers.

Giannis Antetokounmpo – The season is almost over and I still haven’t figured out how to spell or say his name without looking it up. There’s always next season because he’s not going anywhere. 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists for one of the NBA’s best players.

Tony SnellOoooh, that Snell!?!? Snell came out of nowhere to score 26 points and 3 rebounds on 10-14 shooting and 4-8 from downtown. Still waiting on that break out season.

Malcolm Brogdon – Speaking of breakouts, Brogdon has been a fantasy boon this season and finished with a 14/10 double-double on Tuesday.

Greg Monroe – Monroe has been solid, despite coming off the bench this season. 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists for the big man in 25 minutes.

Kemba Walker – 26 points, 5 assists, and 4 threes for the former Huskie.

Frank Kaminsky – Owned in only 47% of leagues, Frank the Tank can be a solid waiver wire addition for playoff teams. He posted 20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 threes off the bench in the loss to the Bucks.

Jeremy Lamb – After scoring a combined 10 points in the previous 3 games (12.3 mpg), Lamb went H.A.M. for 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists.

Ersan Ilyasova – Ghostface Ilya grabbed double digit rebounds for the second straight night, finishing with 18 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 threes.

Dwight Howard – Howard joined Ilyasova with a 15/11 double-double with 4 assists and 4 blocks.

Dennis Schroder – Schroder hit back-to-back treys to start a 17-1 run, as the Hawks ended a seven-game losing streak. Those were the only threes he hit, but he added 27 points, 9 assists, and 6 rebounds.

Taurean Prince – Every time I see his name in the box score, I’m confused and think Tayshaun Prince is still playing! Well whoever the Prince is, he’s starting for Thabo Sefolosha (groin). He posted 15 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 three in his second straight start.

T.J. Warren – In his second game back from a foot injury, warren posted another 20-point game; this time with 24 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.

Tyler Ulis – Ulis picked up his second double-double in the last 4 games, with 15 points, 10 assists, and 6 rebounds. There’s no reason he won’t see 35+ minutes a night the rest of the season.

Dario Saric – Saric bounced back from a 3-15 shooting night to post 23 points (8-15 FG), 7 rebounds, and 1 three. That’s a bounce back that even Big Sean would be proud of.

Robert Covington – Covington joined Saric in eclipsing 20 points, finishing with 21 points, 13 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.

T.J. McConnell – Assists and steals. That’s what McConnell provides. 8 points, 10 assists, and 3 steals for the second year guard.

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot – With all the injuries the 76ers are dealing with, it’s no surprise that a near no-name guy like Luwawu-Cabarrot could go off for 17 points, 9 rebounds, 4 threes, and 3 assists. Trust the process, but just don’t trust him on your fantasy team.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – Jefferson should receive plenty of playing time to close the season, as the Nets look towards next year. He’s scored double-figures in three straight, adding 11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks on Tuesday.

Brook Lopez – Lopez dished out an uncharacteristic 6 assists to go along with 26 points, 9 rebounds, 3 threes, and 2 blocks

Jeremy Lin – Lin-sane describes his patient owners, who have somehow held onto him this long. He rewarded those owners with 11 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals.

John Wall – Wall had a double-double by halftime and poured it on in the 2nd half to finish with 34 points, 14 assists, and 4 steals. With the win, the Wizards clinched their first Southeast Division title in 38 years.

D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson – Russelll scored a team high 28 points and Clarkson added 22, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to the Wiz kids. Russell also added 9 assists, 6 rebounds, and 4 threes.

Ricky Rubio – Rubio’s sank 13-13 from the charity stripe, including 2 with under 5 seconds to go on a questionable call, to secure the T’Wolves win. He finished the game with 21 points, 10 assists, and 5 rebounds.

Andrew Wiggins – Wiggins didn’t quite have the stroke, shooting 6-17 from the field, but still managed 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 threes.

Gorgui Dieng – The Senegalese big man produced 19 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 2 threes.

Karl-Anthony Towns – KAT dominated the Pacers, finishing with a monster 37 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 threes.

Paul George – George did his best to match KAT, posting 37 points of his own, along with 7 rebounds, 4 steals, and 4 threes.

Jeff Teague – Teague dished out 10 assists, en route to a 20/10 double-double.

Monta Ellis – Regaining the starting role over C.J. Miles (6 points), Ellis has been playing better lately. He added 19 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists on Tuesday, but it’s a little too late for most fantasy owners.

Myles Turner – 15 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists for the second year center.

Draymond Green – Overcoming a sprained ankle that he left the game for, Green produced on the offensive to the tune of 19 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals.

Stephen Curry – Curry eclipsed 30 points for the first time in 11 games, as he recorded 32 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 threes, and 2 steals.

Klay Thompson – Fellow Splash Brother dropped 25 points (10-20 FG, 5-12 3PT) and grabbed 5 boards.

James Harden – Dealing with a sore left wrist, Harden didn’t have his shot, but finished with a 24/13/11 triple-double. Harden said after the game that he doesn’t expect to miss any games with the injury.

Clint Capela – Capela saw 30 minutes of action, posting 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 1 block.

Lou Williams – The sharp-shooting Williams didn’t make any of his 3-point attempts (0-5), but still chipped in 17 points and 3 rebounds off the bench.

C.J. McCollum – McCollum was feeling himself, scoring 39 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 threes, as the Blazers defeated the Nuggets to take a one game lead on the final playoff spot in the west.

Jusuf Nurkic – Nurkic went off for 33/16 and 3 blocks in a revenge game. Must be nice to be helping your new team, while at the same time hurting your old team’s playoff chances.

Damian Lillard – Lillard took a back seat to McCollum and Nurkic, but still added 19 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, and 4 threes.

Al-Farouq Aminu – Aminu chipped in 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 1 block off the bench for the Blazers.

Nikola Jokic – Jokic joked around for a near triple double with 17/8/8 and 2 blocks.

Wilson Chandler – Chandler added 17 points and 9 rebounds for the Nugs.

Jameer Nelson – After scoring just 18 points in the last four games combined, Nelson caught fire, smoking the Blazers for 23 points (8-11 FG, 4-7 3PT) and 4 helpers.

Gary Harris – Harris is finishing the season strong, with his best months coming in February and March. He posted 19 points, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

Kenneth Faried – Faried grabbed 14 rebounds and scored 8 points off the bench, but has seen no more than 20 minutes in the last five games. There are better waiver wire options receiving more minutes.

  1. OldMilwaukeePounders says:

    Hey Peter,

    Great write up! Anyone you are eyeballing for a stream tonight? I’ve got my eye on these guys:

    Solomon Hill v DAL, Taurean Prince @PHI, MKG @ TOR, Josh Richardson @NY

    Any recommendations or thoughts on those guys?

    Thanks, man!

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:

      @OldMilwaukeePounders: Depends on what you need and how risky you want to be. Prince should start again so he’s locked into the minutes and can help in threes, steals, and blocks, stats that are harder to find on the waiver wire. Richardson and MKG are fine, but they are safer options. Lower ceiling and higher floor than Prince.

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