It was an extremely entertaining Saturday evening in the NBA, highlighted by another triple-double from LeBron James, a monster all-around performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo and another 20/10 gem from Rudy Gobert.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo went off on Saturday night, delivering a genuinely freakish stat line. Giannis finished with 33 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, two treys, four steals, and two blocks in the Bucks victory over the Hawks. It’s his second straight game with at least 30 points, ten boards, sevens dimes and two thefts. The Greek Freak has carried quite a few fantasy teams to the playoffs this year. Let’s hope he can close out the season by leading us to an elusive championship. The Bucks play four times next week.
Taurean Prince remained red-hot on Saturday. Prince tied his career-high (set just six days ago) by scoring 38 points. He also added eight rebounds, one assist, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes. Over Atlanta’s last four games, Prince is averaging 30.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 5.0 (yes, five) made 3-pointers per contest, while shooting 50 percent from the floor and 95.5 percent from the stripe. Can’t possibly ask for much more from the young Hawk.
The Cavs were extremely short-handed on Saturday, playing without Rodney Hood (back), Larry Nance Jr. (hamstring) and Kyle Korver (personal), so LeBron James decided to put the team on his back and do it all. King James notched his 15th triple-double of the season, and 70th of his career, by scoring 33 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and handing out 12 assists. He also tacked on two treys, two blocks and a steal. Over the Cavs last 12 games, James is averaging 29.3 points, 11.0 rebounds, 9.4 assists and 1.4 steals. Ridiculous. LeBron, who has yet to miss a game this season, is just the sixth player in league history with 70 career trip-dubs. The other five are Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, Jason Kidd, Russell Westbrook, and Wilt Chamberlain.
James Harden just missed a triple-double of his own on Saturday night. Harden hardened his case for MVP in the Rockets victory over the Pelicans, finishing with 32 points, 11 boards and eight assists, to go along with four triples, two steals and two turnovers.
The Bulls were missing several starters on Saturday, which allowed Denzel Valentine to slide into the starting lineup. Valentine responded with his best game as a pro, finishing with a career-high 34 points, seven rebounds, six assists, eight(!) 3-pointers and a blocked shot. Valentine is the first player in Bulls franchise history with at least 34/7/6 and eight treys in the same game. In fact, according to Basketball-Reference, only 12 players in NBA history matched those numbers in each of those categories in a game.
LaMarcus Aldridge has been a major reason why the Spurs are back on track. San Antonio has won three straight games, and Aldridge has scored at least 24 points in each contest. In Saturday’s much-needed defeat of the Timberwolves, Aldridge poured in 39 points (just two shy of his season high) and added ten rebounds, two assists and two blocks. He shot 14-of-22 from the floor and 11-of-12 from the charity stripe.
Rudy Gobert has been an absolute beast this week. He’s had at least 21 points, 12 boards and two blocks in each of Utah’s three games. He put the cherry on top of the sundae Saturday night, tallying 22 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks and one turnover. Rudy shot 7-of-8 from the floor and 8-of-10 from the charity stripe. He’s been a real difference-maker, and possible league winner, this entire month.
After scoring a career-high 25 points on Friday, Quinn Cook set a new career-high on Saturday night by pouring in 28. Cook also chipped in four rebounds, four dimes, two steals and two turnovers in 40 minutes. It looks like he’s a must-start in DFS as long as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are sidelined. Cook's 28 points were the most for any player on a two-way contract this season.
Draymond Green just missed a triple-double, tallying 25 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists, four treys, a steal and a block. Just a dominant all-around performance on both ends of the floor by Draymond to help carry the Warriors past the Suns.
On the Radar:
Jabari Parker tallied 15 points, three rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday. Two of his buckets came on highlight reel dunks, which showcased his returning explosiveness. He’ll have some ups-and-down over the final few weeks of the season, but his stock is rising. He’s a player to target in dynasty leagues… Khris Middleton had 23 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two triples in 37 minutes.
Marcin Gortat had been particularly unproductive of late coming into this weekend. He was averaging just 4.3 points (on 35.3 percent shooting) and 5.0 rebounds in 20.7 minutes over the Wizards previous four contests. However, he showed signs of life on Saturday, finishing with 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block in 25 minutes. He shot 6-of-8 from the field and a nailed all six of his free throws… Tomas Satoransky tallied 12 points (on 5-of-7 shooting), a game-high eight assists and five boards in 36 minutes. Enjoy each start before John Wall (knee) returns to the lineup.
Andre Drummond scored 18 points, pulled down 22 rebounds, and blocked two shots in 37 minutes on Saturday. It was his league-leading seventh game this season with at least 18 points and 20 boards. No other player has more than five such contests.
Victor Oladipo struggled on Saturday, missing nine of his 16 field goal attempts and turning the ball over four times. He scored 18 points, with four rebounds and four assists. However, the league-leader in steals did record three thefts… Lance Stephenson scored a season-high 25 points in 25 minutes off the Pacers bench. He also chipped in five rebounds, five steals and two treys.
Chris Paul had a vintage-CP3 evening on Saturday, finishing with 21 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three 3-pointers, three steals and two turnovers in 33 minutes… Clint Capela posted another efficient double-double (13 points and 11 rebounds) and also blocked three shots in Houston’s win over New Orleans. Incredibly, the Rockets are now 37-2 this season when Harden, Paul and Capela are all in the lineup.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a game-high 25 points as the Knicks snapped their nine-game losing streak by beating the Hornets at MSG. THJ knocked down four treys and also added three rebounds and three assists. The Knicks also had four reserves score in double-figures. Frank Ntilikina scored 15 points, Trey Burke had 14, Troy Williams tallied 13 and Isaiah Hicks finished with 12 points (and eight boards).
It was a very forgettable evening for the Hornets, as they were whipped by the Knicks 124-101. Kemba Walker was nearly invisible, finishing with 10 points (on 4-of-10 shooting), one rebound and two assists in 25 minutes. Dwight Howard was the only Charlotte starter that managed to post a respectable line, contributing 14 points and 13 rebounds in 27 minutes.
Damian Lillard powered the Blazers to their 12th straight victory Saturday night. Dominant Dame scored 24 points to go along with seven rebounds, eight assists, one steal, three blocks and three 3-pointers.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored a game-high 23 points on Saturday, with five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one turnover in 32 minutes. He's been consistently solid over his last five games, averaging 18.6 points (on 58.1 percent shooting), 8.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.0 steals… D'Angelo Russell also turned in another fine performance in the Nets rare win. Russell had 22 points, six assists, four rebounds, four 3-pointers and three turnovers in 29 minutes. He’s scored 20-plus points and made at least four treys in three of the Nets last four games... DeMarre Carroll double-doubled for the second straight night. After 18 points and 11 rebounds on Friday, he posted 19 points and 12 boards Saturday evening.
Yogi Ferrell set a career-high by handing out 12 assists on Saturday. He also added 12 points, five rebounds and two 3-pointers… Dwight Powell returned to the starting lineup on Saturday and finished with 18 points (on 7-of-10 shooting), five rebounds, two assists, two 3-pointers, and one steal in 29 minutes.
Ante Zizic was solid as the Cavs starting center Saturday vs. Chicago. He scored 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting and grabbed six boards… Jeff Green had 21 points, four boards, two dimes and two treys… Jordan Clarkson scored 19 points in 32 minutes off the bench.
Anthony Davis finished with 26 points, 13 rebounds, one assist and one block in the Pelicans loss to the Rockets on Saturday. That qualifies as a disappointing night for The Brow, especially considering how hot he’s been of late… Jrue Holiday had 19 points, eight assists three steals and two blocks. The only negative number on his stat sheet was the seven turnovers he committed.
Josh Jackson exploded for a career-high 36 points, six boards, four dimes, two treys, two steals and a block in 36 minutes off the Phoenix bench on Saturday night. That’s three straight games with at least 17 points for Jackson. With T.J. Warren (knee) potentially missing some time, Jackson will be flying off waiver wires.
Saturday was a terribly disappointing night for the Nuggets, as they allowed the Grizzlies to snap their 19-game losing streak at Denver’s expense. Nikola Jokic was seemingly the only Nugget that came to play. Jokic scored 17 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, four steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer. Jamal Murray shot just 5-of-18 from the field for 16 points with three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Will Barton also struggled with his shot, converting only three of his 12 field goal attempts and finishing with eight points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 34 minutes.
Marc Gasol’s Grizzlies finally registered a win on Saturday. Gasol scored 14 points with six rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes... Tyreke Evans was just 6-of-19 from the floor but finished with 20 points, three rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers... Dillon Brooks scored a game-high 24 points to go along with five rebounds, one assist and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes. Brooks has been a surprisingly consistent scorer for a couple of weeks now. Over Memphis’ last seven games, Brooks is averaging 20.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.6 triples.
Donovan Mitchell was at it again on Saturday. He scored 28 points with two rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in a win over the Kings… Joe Ingles had another solid all-around game, scoring 14 points to go along with seven rebounds, nine assists and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes… Ricky Rubio had 14 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer.
Harrison Barnes (rest) did not play Saturday, the second night of a back-to-back for Dallas. Barnes had started 67 of the Mavs first 69 games this season. This was his first time being rested, but possibly not his last. Dallas has two more sets of back-to-backs over their final 12 games.
J.J. Barea (left rib muscle strain) sat out Saturday’s game vs. the Nets. The Mavs next game is Tuesday against New Orleans, so we should have an update on Barea’s status early next week.
Nuggets coach Mike Malone told reporters that Gary Harris (knee) could be out at least "3-4" games. Yuck. Denver has provided very few details as to the exact nature of the injury. Malone hasn’t even clarified where on the left leg the injury lies. This places Harris owners in a very tough spot during the fantasy playoffs. It’s possible we get some more information prior to roster lock on Monday afternoon in weekly leagues.
Domantas Sabonis (ankle) missed his second straight game on Saturday. He will be reevaluated early next week.
Omri Casspi (ankle) did not play Saturday after rolling his ankle in Friday’s loss to the Kings. An MRI confirmed the damage and Casspi will be out for around one week, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports. He was joined on the sidelines by Stephen Curry (ankle), Klay Thompson (thumb) and Kevin Durant (incomplete rib cartilage fracture)… Nick Young started on Saturday and scored 20 points with three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover in 42 minutes.
Rajon Rondo (rest) was rested on the front end of a back-to-back on Saturday. He’s fully expected to be back in the lineup on Sunday, when the Pelicans host the Celtics.
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters that Frank Jackson (foot) will not play this season. Jackson injured his foot over the summer and was never cleared to return to game action.
Solomon Hill (hamstring) could make his season debut on Sunday against Boston. He will be on a minutes limit as he works his way back into game shape. Leave him on waivers.
Myles Turner (ankle) was ruled out of Saturday’s contest. Turner injured the ankle in Thursday's loss to the Raptors, and at first, it was feared he was dealing with a high-ankle sprain. However, Turner informed reporters on Friday that it was only a low-ankle sprain and that he was "pleasantly surprised by the lack of pain." The Pacers next game is Monday vs. the Lakers. Al Jefferson started at center for the first time this season on Saturday and finished with 10 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in 26 minutes.
Allen Crabbe (illness) missed his second straight contest. The Nets next game is Monday vs. Memphis.
Dante Cunningham did not play Saturday. Cunningham took a shot to the face in the first half of Friday's loss to the Sixers. He left the court bleeding and did not return. He was diagnosed with a concussion on Saturday morning and has entered the NBA's concussion protocol.
Nerlens Noel (rest) did not suit up Saturday. Apparently, he has not yet been fully cleared to play in back-to-backs. Noel scored six points with six rebounds, three assists, five steals and three blocks in 27 minutes against the Raptors on Friday night.
Cody Zeller (knee) remains sidelined and did not play Saturday in NYC.
Courtney Lee (personal) was not with the Knicks on Saturday, as he attended a funeral after a death in his family.
Gregg Popovich said on Saturday that Kawhi Leonard (quad) has still not been cleared by Leonard's medical staff. The Spurs next game is Monday vs. Golden State, and it’s looking unlikely Kawhi can suit up for that contest.
Brandon Ingram (groin) has not yet gone through a full practice with the Lakers, which means it's unlikely he'll play on Monday vs. the Pacers. After Monday, the Lakers next game is Thursday at New Orleans.
T.J. Warren sprained his left knee in the fourth quarter of Saturday's loss to the Warriors. He is being listed as "day-to-day." Warren had nine points, three rebounds, one 3-pointer, one assist, two steals, one block and three turnovers in 30 minutes before exiting.
Lauri Markkanen (back) and Kris Dunn (toe) were ruled out Saturday. Markkanen has missed three consecutive contests due to a nagging back issue that has hampered him sporadically throughout the season. Dunn injured his toe in Thursday's win over the Grizzlies. X-rays came back negative; however, Coach Fred Hoiberg said Kris Dunn is dealing with "a turf-toe type injury." Yes, this is worrisome, as these types of injuries tend to linger. (And it’s safe to assume the Bulls will be happy have an excuse to rest their starting point guard.) Cameron Payne started in place of Dunn on Saturday and finished with 13 points and a career-high ten assists over 32 minutes.
Zach LaVine (knee) was also sidelined on Saturday. He is dealing with tendinitis in his knee and, as noted above, the Bulls are committed to the tank.
Nicolas Batum exited in the second half of Saturday’s loss to the Knicks due to left Achilles soreness and did not return.
Dennis Smith Jr.(ankle) sprained his left ankle while stepping on Spencer Dinwiddie's foot in the third quarter of Saturday night’s loss to the Nets. Smith was in a walking boot after the game, but will reportedly only have to wear it for one night. Fortunately, it doesn’t seem to be a serious injury. Speaking with reporters after the game, coach Rick Carlisle said the Mavs "dodged a bullet." Smith Jr. said that he plans on playing Tuesday in New Orleans. We should expect an update following the Mavericks practice on Monday afternoon.
J.J. Barea (left rib muscle strain) sat out Saturday’s game vs. the Nets. As noted above, Yogi Ferrell made the most of his increased opportunity by dishing out a career-high 12 assists.
Ryan Anderson (hip) returned to the lineup on Saturday. It was his first game action since February 25th. He finished with three rebounds, one steal, one block and zero points in 11 minutes off the bench. He will likely continue seeing limited playing time as he works his way back into shape.
John Collins tallied 15 points (on 6-of-8 shooting) and 12 rebounds in 26 minutes on Saturday before tweaking his ankle in the third quarter. He was unable to return to the contest.