Peter here, back from a work trip in Jamaica. JB was right when I needed to escape the cold of the Wizards losing season. Maybe they will bring back JaVale McGee and Javaris Crittenton!?!? One can only hope.
Fortunately, the Wizards were off on Tuesday so that meant I got to watch actually good teams, including an overtime game in Phoenix. Here’s your Tuesday recap:
Marquese Chriss – The 19-year-old notched a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds to go along with 1 block/steal/three each. He’s not consistent enough on a nightly basis, but is a name to watch in dynasty leagues, especially if he continues to do this:
Eric Bledsoe – The former Wildcat dropped 31 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals.
P.J. Tucker – P.J. flashed his all-around game with 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals. He just does a little bit of everything to warrant a look in deeper leagues.
Tyson Chandler – Turning back the clock, Chandler grabbed a monster 13 point, 23 rebound double-double. With back-to-back 20 rebound games, Chandler is a great add for anyone needing rebounds (12.2 rpg), but don’t expect much else (7.8 ppg, 0.5 bpg, and 0.7 spg).
Kristaps Porzingis – KP poured it on with 34 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocks, and 4 threes, before fouling out in overtime. How many other centers are getting that many threes and blocks each night?!?
Derrick Rose – We’ve heard this story before. Limited to just 10 minutes, Rose was unable to finish Tuesday’s game due to back spasms. Brandon Jennings (3 points, 5 assists) becomes a strong add should Rose miss any more time.
Kyle O’Quinn – O’Quinn came off the bench for a season high 22 points and 14 rebounds. Those in need of rebounds or blocks should give him a look. He’s averaged a double-double over the last two weeks (11.1 ppg, 10 rpg, and 1.4 bpg).
J.R. Smith – Kyrie Irving was a DNP (rest), forcing DeAndre Liggins into the starting lineup. Liggins did little (3 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists), but it was J.R. Smith who benefited the most. Smith dropped 23 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 threes. Off to a slow start to the season, hopefully this is a sign that Smith is about to go on one of his patented shooting streaks.
Kevin Love – Love double-doubled with 29 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 3 threes.
LeBron James – James did his usual thing with 23 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals. Since the Cavs will be playing the Grizzlies on back-to-back nights, Irving, Love, and James will reportedly not travel with the team to Memphis on Wednesday. There should be a lot of extra minutes for Iman Shumpert, Smith, Liggins, etc. on Wednesday night. Heck, with all those guys not traveling, you and I have a decent shot of playing.
Zach Randolph – With Marc Gasol being rested on the first night of a back-to-back, Randolph started in his place, posting 18 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 block. Gasol will be back on Wednesday so the starting spot will be short lived.
Serge Ibaka – Ibaka led all the Magic, scoring 29 points on 11-18 FG and 4-8 3PT. The scoring came with little else, as he failed to get a block and only grabbed 3 rebounds.
Evan Fournier – Fournier shot the lights out of the ball (11-15), on his way to 23 points and 6 assists.
Elfrid Payton – Still coming off the bench, behind D.J. Augustin (3 points, 3 assists), Payton posted a monster double-double with 26 points and 14 assists. Not known for his three point shot, Payton even went 3-3 from downtown.
Jodie Meeks – Meeks exploded for 20 points (7-10 FG, 4-6 3PT), 4 rebounds, and 2 steals off the bench for the Magic. He’s good for an occasional explosion off the bench, but should remain on the wire for most leagues.
Paul Millsap – There was nothing Millsap couldn’t do on Tuesday: 17 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, and 2 threes.
Dwight Howard – Howard cleaned up the glass on his way to 20 points and 16 rebounds. For leagues that count offensive rebounds, Howard grabbed 9 of them.
Andrew Wiggins – Wiggins helped Coacth Tom Thibodeau get the win in his return to Chicago. Wiggins finished with 23 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists
Karl-Anthony Towns – KAT posted a double-double with 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 blocks, but shot just 6-21 from the field. Maybe he shouldn’t shoot so many threes (1-8)!??!
Ricky Rubio – Rubio notched a double-double with 11 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds. His assist total has been down this year, as it was only the 3rd game Rubio had 10+ assists this season.
Zach LaVine – In 43 minutes, LaVine outran the Bulls up and down the floor. He knocked down 10-18 from the field for a 24/6/6 line.
Jimmy Butler – The Butler served up 27 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, and 1 blocks.
Dwyane Wade – Wade had a frustrating night (4-13 FG, 3-6 FT) that ended in an ejection, after arguing with referees with a few ticks on the clock. Despite the poor shooting, Wade finished with 12 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals.
Kevin Durant – 27/3/3 for the former Thunder.
Steph Curry – Chef Curry was cooking with 30 points, 7 assists, and 5 threes on Tuesday.
Klay Thompson – Struggling from three (2-8), Klay scored 17 points (6-16 FG) with 3 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 blocks.
JaVale McGee – With Zaza Pachulia out with a wrist injury, Shaqtin’ a Fool hall-of-famer, McGee, started, but only posted 9 points and 5 rebounds. It’s unclear when Zaza will be healthy enough to play, as this was his third straight missed game. McGee may “start” for the injured Zaza, but he played only 16 minutes, as Coach Steve Kerr preferred to go small.
Anthony Davis – There’s not much to say about AD that hasn’t already been said. Another day at the office: 28 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 5 blocks.
Jrue Holiday – Holiday shot poorly (3-12), but still managed a 10/8/6 line with 4 steals. Despite Holiday’s return, Tim Frazier has remained relevant. Coming off a triple-double on Sunday, Frazier scored 13 points (3-4 3PT) and dished out 8 assists off the bench.
Langston Galloway – Galloway has been filling up the scoring sheet lately, with his 5th straight double-digit performance. He finished with 20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, and 5 threes. If you need threes and scoring, ride him while he’s hot.
Maurice Harkless – Continuing to see plenty of minutes with Al-Farouq Aminu nursing a sore back., Harkless went for 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 steals. I’m okay with dropping Aminu and finding another contributor. He just can’t stay healthy.
Mason Plumlee – Plumlee threw down 18 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks.
Damian Lillard – Lillard scored 17 points and dished out 9 assists against the Thunder on Tuesday.
Evan Turner – E.T. chipped in 14/3/3 off the bench.
Russell Westbrook – Sure, it wasn’t a triple-double, but owners will still take it: 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Steven Adams – The crazy New Zealander contributed 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals.
Victor Oladipo – Nursing a sore wrist after a hard fall, Oladipo sat on Tuesday, giving Jerami Grant (11 points, 1 steal, and 1 rebound) a spot start. X-rays were negative so the absence shouldn’t last too long.