It was a weird night in the NBA.
You can listen to or watch my recap of the day’s action below, and also I preview all nine games on Tuesday.
Buddy Hield had himself a productive night, scoring 11 points with three steals and three triples and he is getting close to being a 12 team league guy. Donatas Motiejunas saw just 16 minutes, despite Anthony Davis succumbing to injury, while Terrence Jones played 14 minutes. It was a microcosm of their value. Jones produces at a better rate, but he is a worse player, while Motiejunas requires fairly significant run to crack the top 100. It leaves both guys out of 12 team league consideration, but I would add Motiejunas in 14 team leagues. Tim Frazier saw the court, playing five minutes, but that was solely because it was a blowout, so don’t read much into it. It was also encouraging to see Tyreke Evans play the most minutes he has for the season - 21. He scored 12 points with four assists, and he should likely be owned in most leagues.
Carmelo Anthony and Kyle O’Quinn both were ejected in this game, and the Knicks are a mess. The game was such a blowout that Kristaps Porzingis saw just 24 minutes while starting center Joakim Noah played just 18 minutes, grabbing ten boards. His minutes have been painfully low in the past three games.
Steven Adams is on a serious role. He scored 22 points in 36 minutes and is now a top 35 player in the last two weeks and barely outside the top 50 on the season. His stache brother, Enes Kanter, has also stabilized recently, and he also scored 20 points against the hapless Bulls. He grabbed 11 rebounds in 28 minutes and while he won’t get 28 minutes every night, I feel more confident now in Billy Donovan giving him 22 minutes a night than I was a few weeks ago. Donovan had some curious comments on Cameron Payne, saying he was limiting him to under 25 minutes, which raised my eyebrows. Maybe Donovan is looking for Payne to have a significant role as he ramps up his playing time? He is a 16 team league guy for now but someone I’m watching very closely.
Jimmy Butler was sick, too sick to play, and it showed. He scored just one point. He will be fine. On Rajon Rondo bobblehead night, in a game the Bulls were getting torched in with Butler unavailable in the fourth quarter, Rondo did not see the court. He can be cut in all standard leagues. Michael Carter-Williams was the Bulls’ second-leading scorer with 15 points and two assists but only played 24 minutes. If you grabbed him, he is fine to keep, but he is sliding away from relevance, especially if they give Butler the nominal point guard role. Both Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott were horrible, and this is why I don’t love McDermott as a standard league guy. But, with four more games this week, they are both guys to own, especially with Butler and Wade both out Tuesday.
Waiver Wire Player Of The Night
Brandon Jennings started in the weirdest of circumstances. At the time of writing, I have no idea where Derrick Rose is, nor does it seem that the Knicks do either after he failed to show up for the game.In his post-game press conference, Jeff Hornacek did say he expects Rose back with the team but refused to say anymore. Jennings is a speculative 12 team add if something is going to cause Rose to miss time. Jennings was good, scoring 20 points with four triples, four assists, and two steals.
Deep League/Dynasty Watch
I love what I see from Cristiano Felicio. He has outplayed Robin Lopez for big chunks of the season and is ahead of him in nearly all advanced statistics. He had himself and 11 and 11 double-double with three blocks in 24 minutes, while Lopez played 26 minutes. Lopez can be cut, but Felicio is an add in deeper leagues and could very well have standard league relevance down the stretch and heading into next season. Get on now, if you can.
Anthony Davis was fouled by Kyle O’Quinn, which sent him into the standard and he did not return, suffering a hip contusion. X-rays came back negative, and the game was a blowout so that he could’ve potentially returned, so I wouldn’t be too concerned moving forward. He was awesome Monday, before the injury. If he misses, Motiejunas and Jones would be the beneficiaries, but I doubt it would be for any longer than a couple of games.
Andrew Bogut suffered a hamstring strain, and he was unable to return. He is only a deep league guy, and Salah Mejri will likely fill in for him, with a little bit more of Dwight Powell and Dorian Finney-Smith.
Zach LaVine suffered a hip contusion, and he was unable to return to the game. If LaVine misses time, Brandon Rush and Shabazz Muhammad will be the likely beneficiaries, as well as Nemanja Bjelica.