Heat 126, Warriors 125 – The Heat shocked the Warriors on Wednesday, getting solid stat lines from starters Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow, Bam Adebayo and Kelly Olynyk, and reserves Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade, who ended up being one of the heroes of the night with a crazy game-winning shot at the buzzer. Hassan Whiteside (hip) sat this one out, allowing Adebayo to start, and Adebayo came through with 11 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 32 minutes. It sounds like Whiteside will miss more games, and is now on a shutdown watch, meaning you should think seriously about picking up Adebayo. Olynyk is hot, Winslow is back and Dragic scored 27 points, meaning all of them should be on the fantasy radar. And Wade, whose final shot was kind of epic, scored 25 points with a full stat line, basically had his best game of the season. If you want to roll the dice on Wade, go for it, but he could be rested on Thursday in a back-to-back.
DeMarcus Cousins (rest) sat out but Kevon Looney didn’t score in the start, and Draymond Green was really quiet before fouling out. Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry all played well, and Jordan Bell made a little noise with 10 points, six rebounds, a steal and a block, but he’s still too shaky to be added in most leagues.
Bucks 141, Kings 140 OT – The Bucks got a 26-12-13 triple-double from Eric Bledsoe, Malcolm Brogdon had 25 points and four 3-pointers, Khris Middleton had a 21-6-7 stat line with two steals and a 3-pointer, and Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) returned from a one-game absence for 17 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes. He was on a minutes limit, but at least he’s playing. Nikola Mirotic finally got hot off the bench for 21 points, eight boards and five 3-pointers, and he’s now quietly scored in double digits in three straight. Maybe he’s ready to get on track for the Bucks, who have won six straight games. Middleton was cramping up, but should be fine.
The Kings lost Marvin Bagley to a left knee strain and he’ll have an MRI. If he’s out, Harrison Barnes and Harry Giles should be the main beneficiaries. I’m guessing Bagley is going to miss some time. Buddy Hield had 32 points on 29 shots, Bogdan Bogdanovic had a 28-8-8 line with two steals, a block and five 3-pointers (wow), De’Aaron Fox had a 17-6-9 line, Willie Cauley-Stein had 10 points, nine boards and a block, and Barnes came through with 15 points, 14 rebounds, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers in 41 minutes. Harry Giles broke out for 18 points, seven rebounds and a block, and might be worth a flier with the Bagley injury.
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Hawks 131, Wolves 123 OT – Trae Young continued his incredible play with 36 points, eight boards, 10 assists and two 3-pointers. He also hit 16-of-17 free throws, and I’ll admit it – he’s playing better than Luka Doncic right now. John Collins went off for 34 points, eight boards and two 3-pointers, but didn’t have a steal or a block. However, he did attempt to rip the rim off the backboard several times last night. DeAndre Bembry came off the bench for 16 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks and a 3-pointer for one of his best games in recent memory, while Taurean Prince, Dewayne Dedmon and Kevin Huerter were all disappointing. Vince Carter scored 17 off the bench with three 3-pointers, but I simply cannot recommend him as a pickup, especially when you consider he’s 10 years older than Minnesota’s head coach. Kent Bazemore was 0-for-12 off the bench in just 14 minutes, but had been playing well.
Karl-Anthony Towns hit a career-high five 3-pointers on his way to 37 points, 18 rebounds and two blocks, Andrew Wiggins scored 21, Josh Okogie scored 15, and Derrick Rose added an 18-6-6 line off the bench. Jeff Teague sat out with a sore knee and has missed two games, and Tyus Jones had seven points and 11 assists in the start. Teague’s injuries have been brutal this season, but this one doesn’t sound serious. Dario Saric hit 1-of-11 shots, but I’m sticking with him through the slump. Luol Deng left with an Achilles injury and didn’t return.
Rockets 118, Hornets 113 – James Harden played with a sore neck and scored 30, but hit just 10-of-29 shots, Clint Capela came through with 23 points, a career-high 17 rebounds, a steal and a block, and Chris Paul double-doubled in the win. P.J. Tucker and Gerald Green each scored 15 points, while Kenneth Faried finally sank, playing just eight minutes and scoring two points after suffering a hip injury. It was only a matter of time before he faded, and the fade was drastic. I’m cutting him if I own him, assuming there’s a hot free agent to pick up in his place.
For the Hornets, Kemba Walker scored 35 points and Nicolas Batum (great stat line and great defense on Harden), Marvin Williams and Cody Zeller all scored in double figures. Jeremy Lamb came off the bench for a monster line of 18 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers, despite hitting just 5-of-15 shots.
Wizards 125, Nets 116 – Bradley Beal scored 31 points with a fun stat line and averaged 30.9 points in February. Trevor Ariza had a 23 & 10 double-double, Bobby Portis had a 10 & 12 double-double, Jeff Green scored 15, and Thomas Bryant came off the bench for 18 points, five boards and a block in the win. Tomas Satoransky added seven points and 10 assists in 31 minutes, and Jabari Parker had nine points, 14 rebounds, five assists, two steals and a 3-pointer in 21 minutes, hitting just 3-of-9 shots. Bryant has been hot and is the pickup here, assuming Dwight Howard’s not going to come back and ruin him at some point.
The Nets got 28 points and seven assists from D’Angelo Russell, Shabazz Napier had 22 points (and not much more) off the bench, and Jarrett Allen had 12 points, six boards and three blocks in another start. They were the only three Nets in double-digit scoring, as Joe Harris, Caris LeVert, Ed Davis, DeMarre Carroll and Allen Crabbe all had quiet nights. The Nets are really deep, and it’s going to be tough to rely on guys, other than Russell, from night to night. And Spencer Dinwiddie is getting closer to a return, which will further cloud this picture.
Blazers 97, Celtics 92 – Damian Lillard scored 33 points and starters Moe Harkless, Jusuf Nurkic and C.J. McCollum all scored in double figures. Harkless double-doubled, and has been playing really well over his last five games, and Al-Farouq Aminu has been struggling, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the two trade places very soon. Neither one of them is very trustworthy at this point, but there’s no denying that Harkless is hot. The bench was bad in this one and Jake Layman, my guy, played just 12 minutes in the win. If you’re holding him and want to drop him for a hot free agent, I’m not going to stand in the way. Enes Kanter won’t travel to Toronto on Friday due to visa issues, so prepare to fire up Nurkic for that one.
Kyrie Irving scored 31 and starters Jayson Tatum, Al Horford and Marcus Smart all scored in double figures, but his was another rough night for the Celtics, who lost their fourth straight game. They’re now the No. 5 seed in the East, and it looks like that may be where they are at the end of the regular season. Gordon Hayward was really quiet off the bench, while Jaylen Brown had 10 points and 10 rebounds in 30 minutes. Both of them are going to be very tough to trust down the stretch. Terry Rozier was out with a sore knee, resulting in a nice line for Smart.