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Basketball Daily Dose

Dose: Quadruple OT Tankfest

by Jared Johnson
Updated On: March 2, 2019, 12:46 pm ET

Quadruple Overtime!?

In a game that involved very little defense, rookie Trae Young erupted for a career-high 49 points on 17-of-33 shooting (9-of-11 from the stripe) to go with six trey-bombs, eight boards, 16 dimes, one steal, one block and nine turnovers across 56 minutes in a losing effort to the Bulls. The two tanking teams combined for 329 points during the quadruple overtime game, which accounted for the third-highest scoring total in NBA history, and this was just the 15th time in NBA history that a game required at least four overtime periods to reach a final verdict.

On the other side of the floor, Zach LaVine went off for a career-high 47 points (17-of-35 FGs, 7-of-11 FTs), nine boards, nine dimes, six triples, two steals and eight turnovers in 56 minutes. Otto Porter recorded 31 points (10-of-25 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), 10 rebounds, seven 3-pointers, four assists, one steal and three turnovers in 55 minutes; and Lauri Markkanen posted a 31-point, 17-board double-double to go with three treys, two assists, one steal, one block and one turnover across 54 minutes. Luckily, the Bulls are off until Sunday, and their next back-to-back set isn’t until Tuesday-Wednesday, so there’s a chance the Bulls’ stars won’t be hit with a random rest day. That said, after logging so many minutes in a win, LaVine, Markkanen and Porter owners would be wise to just confirm their statuses prior to Sunday’s tip. Markkanen may be in the most danger of sitting, as he mentioned after the game that he was experiencing flu-like symptoms and felt his heart racing at times.

 

38-Claw

Kawhi Leonard powered the Raptors to a 119-117 win over the Trail Blazers, popping off for 38 points on 14-of-22 shooting (8-of-8 from the stripe), to go with three rebounds, five assists, two 3-pointers, three steals and two turnovers in 34 minutes. Leonard has been excellent when on the floor this season with top-5 value on the year on a per-game basis, but when you take into consideration all the missed games, he drops to top-20 status. The Raptors do have a Sunday-Monday, back-to-back set at the end of next week, so Leonard may only be available for two of Toronto’s three games in Week 21.

 

Bledsoe, A Milwaukee Man

Fresh off inking a four-year, $70 million extension with Milwaukee, Eric Bledsoe guided the Bucks to a 131-120 win over the Lakers on Friday with 31 points, nine boards, five dimes, two triples, one block and just one turnover across 31 minutes. He finished on 12-of-24 shooting from the field and was a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe to give him a sterling 57.1 true shooting percentage to accompany his robust 35.1 usage rate. Bledsoe probably could have made more money on the open market, but he’s been a perfect fit in Milwaukee and will now give them some more flexibility when they attempt to re-sign Khris Middleton as a restricted free agent this summer.

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Boring Buyout

Pau Gasol was bought out of his contract with the Spurs on Friday and is expected to ink a deal with the Bucks. He’ll help bring some depth to their frontcourt, but it’s unlikely he’ll earn enough minutes to make a difference in fantasy hoops.

 

Time Served?

Josh Jackson came off the bench (likely as a punishment for missing a team organized autograph, meet-and-greet session) and hit 2-of-8 shots on his way to six points, three rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 22 minutes. Dragan Bender got the start ahead of Jackson but finished with eight points, two boards, two triples, one steal and one turnover across 17 minutes, and he’ll likely return to a reserve role on Saturday against the Lakers with Jackson replacing him.

 

On the Radar

Robin Lopez double-doubled across 40 minutes on Friday, finishing with 11 points (5-of-8 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal, three blocks and one turnover. Lopez wasn’t interested in being bought out by Chicago, so he’ll finish the year with the Bulls, which is excellent for his rest-of-season outlook with how much Jim Boylen loves him. Over the past seven games, RoLo has been averaging 33.8 minutes a night to go with 16.9 points, 5.4 boards, 1.6 dimes and 2.1 swats per contest on 61.3% shooting from the field and 79.2% from the stripe, which has been good enough for fifth-round value in 9-cat leagues. He’s worth a look if you need a center.

Kevin Huerter snapped out of his funk on Friday, scoring 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting to go with three 3-pointers, two rebounds, one steal and zero turnovers through 30 minutes as a starter. The rookie has been inconsistent this season, but he’ll see nothing but opportunity down the stretch, so he could have some value in deep leagues as a 3-point specialist.

Jeff Green went 4-of-9 from the field and 5-of-6 from the stripe on his way to 15 points, four rebounds, two 3-pointers, one steal, one block and zero turnovers across 33 minutes. He’s in a contract year and should continue to receive quality minutes on this Wizards’ team that is seriously lacking in depth, and with averages of 14.5 points, 3.7 boards, 2.5 dimes, 1.8 triples and 0.8 swats per game on 45% shooting from the field and 91.3% from the stripe over the past month, he should be owned everywhere. It’s worth noting that the Wizards have one of the best playoff schedules in the league.

Marcus Smart only missed once on Friday, going 6-of-7 from the field and 4-of-4 from beyond the arc on his way to 16 points, two rebounds, two steals and one turnover across 30 minutes. The scoring comes and goes with Smart, but his averages of 1.5 triples, 4.0 dimes and 1.7 swipes per contest make him worth owning in most leagues.

Moe Harkless had another solid outing, scoring 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting (1-of-2 from the stripe) to go with four rebounds, four assists and three steals over 27 turnover-less minutes. He’s finally feeling healthy and has really come alive over the past six games with averages of 12.6 points, 7.0 boards, 2.6 dimes and an elite 2.4 steals per contest on 56% shooting while only committing 0.8 turnovers a night. He’s been the primary beneficiary of Evan Turner’s (knee) absence and is worth owning in all leagues while he’s this hot.

Jake Layman netted 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting (2-of-3 from the stripe) to go with seven rebounds, one 3-pointer, one assist, two steals, one block and two turnovers in 27 minutes off the bench. He’s been a sneaky late-round guy over the past month with averages of 12.0 points, 4.8 boards, 1.2 triples, 1.0 block and 0.9 turnovers per game on 58.5% shooting, which puts him on the radar in deep leagues.

Cheick Diallo posted a 15-point, 11-rebound double-double in 21 minutes off the bench to go with one assist, two steals and zero turnovers. He’s been heating up over the past five games with averages of 12.8 points, 9.4 boards, 1.2 steals and 0.8 swats per contest on 79.4% shooting, and with Anthony Davis set to rest on Saturday, he’ll be someone to consider streaming in what should be an up-tempo matchup with the Nuggets.

Richaun Holmes registered 10 points, four rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and one turnover in 19 minutes off the bench on Friday. He’s not all that exciting, but he has some value as a low-end, shot-blocking specialist in deep leagues.

Mikal Bridges went 2-of-2 from the field and 2-of-2 from the stripe on his way to seven points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, four assists, three steals and one turnover across 28 minutes with the second unit. He tends to finish games with scoring in the single digits, but with 1.5 triples, 3.9 dimes and 2.3 steals per game over the past month, he’s been flirting with top-100 value. He should be owned in more leagues.  

Patrick Beverley hit 5-of-8 shots on his way to 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers, one block and two turnovers through 31 minutes as a starter. He’s been flirting with top-50 value in 9-cat leagues over the past month behind averages of 9.5 points, 6.5 boards, 3.9 dimes, 1.7 treys, 1.2 steals, 0.9 swats and 1.3 turnovers per contest on 51.8% shooting; give him a look.

 

Injury Report

Spencer Dinwiddie (thumb surgery) returned from a five-week absence and produced 15 points (6-of-13 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs), four assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and two turnovers in 23 minutes off the bench. He’s expected to be available for Saturday’s game in Miami, and maybe he’ll play a bit more than 23 minutes in that one. With Dinwiddie back in action, Shabazz Napier logged just four minutes with the second unit and he’s likely headed for some DNP-CDs.

Paul George (shoulder) will miss his second game in a row on Saturday in San Antonio, which should result in a ridiculous usage rate for Russell Westbrook with Markieff Morris earning another start. Saturday’s game will be the first of a back-to-back set, but with the next game coming against Memphis, there’s a chance we’ll see PG-13 sit that one out as well.

Anthony Davis will be rested on Saturday in Denver, which will likely result in Jahlil Okafor returning to the starting five with more minutes falling to Cheick Diallo, while Jrue Holiday and Julius Randle will be tasked with the heavy lifting on offense.

John Collins (flu-like symptoms) did not play Friday, which resulted in Omari Spellman getting the start, but he ended up rolling his ankle did not return after being helped to the locker room. I’d say there’s a decent chance Collins will be able to play on Sunday in Chicago, and he could be forced into major minutes if Spellman is out.

Enes Kanter (threat of dictator) did travel to Toronto for Friday’s game, but he’ll rejoin the Blazers in Charlotte for their game on Sunday.

Evan Turner (knee) missed his fourth consecutive game on Friday and he is currently without a timetable to return.

T.J. Warren (ankle) did not play Friday and considering he still hasn’t gotten in a full practice, I’d expect him to miss Saturday’s game against the Lakers as well.

Goran Dragic (calf), James Johnson (knee), Hassan Whiteside (hip) and Kelly Olynyk (ankle) are questionable for Saturday’s game against the Nets, while Derrick Jones Jr. (knee) is probable. If Johnson, Whiteside and Olynyk are forced to the sidelines, Bam Adebayo will get all the run he can handle and he’d be someone to think about targeting in DFS.

Domantas Sabonis (ankle) will miss his third consecutive game on Saturday and he should be considered questionable for Tuesday’s game against the Bulls. His minutes will be divvied up between Myles Turner, Kyle O’Quinn and T.J. Leaf, with Turner offering the most upside.

Tyreke Evans (food poisoning) is questionable for Saturday’s game, and if he’s out again, Doug McDermott will see a slight uptick in minutes.

Evan Fournier (illness) was unable to practice on Friday, but he’s expected to travel with the team to Indiana for Saturday’s game, so there’s a chance he won’t miss any game-time action. Owners can expect to get another update following shootaround.

Kevon Looney (pelvic soreness) and Klay Thompson (knee soreness) are questionable to face the 76ers on Saturday. If both those guys are out, Alfonzo McKinnie could get another start and the rest of the starters will see a slight uptick in usage.

Joel Embiid (knee) will miss his fifth game in a row on Saturday and he should be considered questionable for Tuesday’s game against the Magic. Jonah Bolden should earn another start and there will be more minutes available for Amir Johnson and Mike Scott with Embiid on the sidelines. Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris will also be a bit more involved in the offense.

Ricky Rubio, who missed Thursday’s game with tightness in his left hamstring, is being listed as probable for Saturday’s game against the Bucks. If he is able to get back out there, Donovan Mitchell will slide back over to the two-spot with Royce O’Neale returning to the second unit.

Terry Rozier (knee) returned from a one-game absence and produced six points, three boards, two assists, two steals and one turnover in 18 minutes off the bench. He’s basically only worth owning as a handcuff for Kyrie Irving owners.

Aron Baynes (foot) did not play on Friday, but he got in a solid workout on Wednesday and Brad Stevens said during his pregame interview that Baynes is close. Maybe he’ll be able to get out there for Sunday’s game against the Rockets, which will result in fewer minutes for Daniel Theis.

Tim Hardaway Jr. (illness) was unable to practice on Friday and is questionable for Saturday’s game against the Grizzlies. For what it’s worth, Rick Carlisle said he’s hopeful that THJ will be able to get out there, but if he’s out, Courtney Lee or Dorian Finney-Smith could get the start and Luka Doncic will see an uptick in usage.

Lance Stephenson (toe) did not play Friday and he should be considered questionable for Saturday’s game in Phoenix.

Sterling Brown (wrist) and George Hill (groin) did not play Friday and they should be considered questionable for Saturday’s game in Utah.

Kevin Love will be rested on Saturday against the Pistons with it being the first game of a back-to-back set, but he’ll be back in action on Sunday. Tristan Thompson (foot) and Ante Zizic (concussion) will join Love on the sidelines Saturday evening, which should lead to big minutes for Larry Nance Jr. and Marquese Chriss. Thompson wasn’t able to practice on Friday and still doesn’t seem close.

Kyle Anderson (shoulder) and Jaren Jackson Jr. (thigh) will remain on the sidelines for Saturday’s game vs. the Mavericks, while Avery Bradley (knee) and Ivan Rabb (heel) are probable. Rabb’s return will likely push Bruno Caboclo back to the second unit.

Bryn Forbes (calf) is questionable to play on Saturday against the Thunder, and if he is forced to the sidelines, that would likely result in Rudy Gay returning to the starting five.

Frank Ntilikina (groin) is going to begin ramping up his activities as he attempts to come back from a groin injury, but he remains without an official timetable to return and is unlikely to be an impact player down the stretch.

Jared Johnson

A hoops fanatic, Jared Johnson has been a member of the NBC Sports Edge team since 2013. Follow him on Twitter @Jae_Tha_Truth, and feel free to send him your questions regarding trades, draft strategies and all things fantasy basketball.