All eyes were on the NBA on Tuesday night. Just messing. I’m sure most people were following along to see who would come out on top in the Presidential race. In the end, Donald Trump won.
Whatever your political affiliations, it’ll be different with the Donald in office. Barack Obama is a huge sports fan and loves basketball. It’ll probably be a while until we see another President filling out a bracket during March Madness, playing a game of H-O-R-S-E with Clark Kellogg, or clowning the Warriors when they were in town to celebrate their championship:
If nothing else, let’s be happy it’s over. It’s been a long and drawn out process. Now we can focus on things that really matter…like recapping Tuesday night’s games:
Kent Bazemore – Bazemore was clutch down the stretch knocking down key buckets for the Hawks every time the Cavs inched closer. He sealed the Hawks’ win with a step back jumper with less than 10 seconds to play. Bazemore finished the game with 25 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 threes.
Dennis Schroder – Another stellar night for the Hawks’ starting point guard: 28 points, 6 assists, and 3 threes.
Paul Millsap – Not as strong of an all-around game as usual (1 combined assist, steal, and block), but Millsap still posted 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 threes.
Dwight Howard – Howard left briefly for a busted lip, but managed to come back in to post 17 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 7 points. He dominated Tristan Thompson (0 points, 2 rebounds) and looks revitalized in Atlanta. He even did the #BazeGaze in the postgame interview.
LeBron James – After getting down double digits, James led a comeback in the 2nd half, before coming a few points short. He finished with 23 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and 2 threes.
Kevin Love – Love didn’t have his stroke from outside (0-4), but made up for it by knocking down 10-11 free throws to finish with 24 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.
Kyrie Irving – Irving scored 29 points to lead the Cavs, but shot just 11-27 from the field and 1-7 from downtown. This follows a 3-17 night on Saturday. Don’t panic. Irving is just in a little slump and should shoot himself out of it Plaxico Burress-style in no time.
Brook Lopez – Since when can Lopez hit threes!?!? He only made 3 threes prior to this season and knocked down 3-7 on Tuesday night. He was already a great fantasy center, but adding threes will only make him better. In addition to the threes, Lopez scored 26 points (10-16 FG, 3-7 3PT), grabbed 3 rebounds, and blocked 3 shots. Too bad he still got banged on by Karl-Anthony Towns (21 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists):
Trevor Booker – A popular pickup recently (up to 57% ownership), Booker posted 15 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals, and 1 block. He should be owned in all leagues while he’s playing this well.
Sean Kilpatrick – Another popular pickup (up to 53% ownership), Kilpatrick provided 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists off the bench. Go grab him if he’s available in your league.
Andrew Wiggins – 36 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and a whopping 6-7 from downtown. Nice to see him rebound from the 3-13 shooting performance on Saturday.
Zach LaVine – The reigning slam-dunk winner scored 17 points, but needed 16 shots to get there and contributed little else (2 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 three). He played 40 minutes so there’s no reason to worry. Kris Dunn, on the other hand, received 16 minutes (0/3/2 line), and was outplayed by Tyus Jones (12 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, and 5 steals) off the bench. It might be just one game, but is worth monitoring.
Danilo Gallinari – Gallo did a little bit of everything on Tuesday with 21 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 1 block, and 3 threes.
Emmanuel Mudiay – After scoring 24 in a quarter on Sunday, Mudiay continued his shooting streak with 23 points (7-13 FG, 8-10 FT), along with 7 assists and 4 rebounds. His turnovers and poor shooting will lower his value, but he’s still doing enough in the counting stats to help.
Marc Gasol – 19 points, 6 assists, and 1 block, but no basket was as important as the game winner:
Mike Conley – Conley shot poorly (4-15 FG, 2-4 FT, and 0-3 3PT), but contributed 10 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds, and 5 steals. Backup Andrew Harrison played 26 minutes, adding 10 points, 6 assists, and 4 steals off the bench, but don’t overreact to one game.
Vince Carter – Father Time turned back the clocks, dropping 20 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, and 3 threes off the bench. He’s been usable in very deep leagues, but he’s 39. Leave him on the wire in standard leagues.
Zach Randolph – Z-Bo also had a nice game off the bench, posting 16 points and 8 rebounds, but per usual, did little else (0 assists, steals, blocks).
Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum – One of the top backcourts in the league, Lillard and McCollum didn’t disappoint. Lillard dropped 38 (12-23 FG, 11-12 FT, and 3-8 3PT) along with 5 rebounds and 3 assists, while McCollum posted 33/6/7 with 4 threes.
Maurice Harkless – Harkless had his best game of the season with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 2 threes, and 1 block and steal each. Al-Farouq Aminu left the game early in the first quarter with a left calf strain and is unlikely to play on Wednesday. Harkless will be asked to shoulder some of the load with Aminu out. Noah Vonleh (5 points, 8 rebounds) and Mason Plumlee (10/5/5 line) will also see increased playing time at the power forward spot as well.
Eric Bledsoe – Bledsoe was an efficient 9-13 from the field and 11-12 from the line on his way to 31 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 threes.
Devin Booker – Well he didn’t score 38+ like he did in the previous two games, but 23 points on 8-18 shooting is still nice. He added 2 threes and 1 steal as well.
P.J. Tucker – Coming off the bench, Tucker had his best game of the season with 11 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 5 steals. He has the ability to be a contributor in all leagues, but I will need to see a few more games like this before I recommend a pickup. T.J. Warren (12 points, 3 rebounds) is locked in as the starting small forward.
Marquese Chriss – The 8th overall pick in the 2016 draft made his first career start. In 20 minutes, Chriss scored 7 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, and blocked 1 shot. The Suns are rebuilding so there’s no reason why Chriss shouldn’t start or receive heavy minutes here on out. He’s not a must own right now, but is a flier/stash in standard leagues for his ability to rack up defensive stats.
Harrison Barnes – Barnes carried the Mavericks over the Lakers, scoring 31 points on 11-18 FGs and 8-9 FT.
J.J. Barea – The diminutive point guard is off to a good start for the Mavericks this season. On Tuesday, he posted 18 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds, and 2 threes. Deron Williams (calf) was ruled out earlier, allowing Barea and Seth Curry (23 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 threes, and 3 steals) to dominate the backcourt minutes.
Dwight Powell – A preseason deep sleeper, Powell has been up and down to start the season, but managed 10 points, 5 steals, and 4 rebounds in 27 minutes on Tuesday. It helped having Dirk Nowitzki out again on Tuesday.
Julius Randle – Another double-double for Randle (15 points, 10 rebounds), but he was careless with the ball, turning it over 6 times.
D’Angelo Russell – Russell continues to start, posting 12 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 threes. Coming off the bench, Jordan Clarkson (22 points, 3 steals, and 2 threes) and Lou Williams (15 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds) contributed as well. It’s a crowded backcourt, but each should have enough value to help your team.
Nick Young – Luke Walton has liked what Young has done so far this season and has rewarded him with a starting position. In 29 minutes, Young knocked down 7-12 from the field to post 20 points, 3 threes, and 2 rebounds. Those needing threes could do worse.
Rudy Gay – Gay did a little of everything: 21 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, and 2 threes.
DeMarcus Cousins – Likewise, Cousins contributed across the board as well: 28 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. Since the Kings have slowed down their pace of play, his rebound totals may continue to be a little lower than previous years.
Darren Collison – Collison returned from his 8 game suspension to post 9 points, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Ty Lawson (0/2/2 line) started, but played 21 minutes to Collison’s 28. I expect Collison to overtake the starting point guard position before long. Lawson will still see minutes off the bench, but can be safely dropped in most leagues.
Anthony Davis – Still looking for the Pelicans’ first win of the season, there’s only so much that Davis can do: 34 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, and 4 blocks. Hopefully the high minutes (37 on Tuesday) doesn’t burn him out.
Buddy Hield –Hield will continue to see offensive opportunities for the Pelicans while Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans are out. Hield shot just 6-16 from the field to post 14 points and 2 rebounds. He won’t shot less than 30% from three all season. Better shooting days are ahead.