Saturday’s seven-game slate was highlighted by Bradley Beal's first triple-double and Thomas Bryant’s perfect night in the Wizards wild triple-overtime win, Kevin Durant and Ben Simmons just missing out on triple-doubles of their own, and an incredible all-around performance from Paul George.
After recapping the important storylines from Saturday, we’ll wrap up the Dose by taking a look at a number of players that are facing injury issues for Sunday’s games.
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Ben Simmons poured in a season-high 26 points in the Sixers victory over the Raptors on Saturday, adding 12 rebounds, eight assists, and one block in 34 minutes. He was also incredibly efficient, shooting 11-of-13 from the floor. Simmons posted triple-doubles in two of Philadelphia's previous three contests and just missed another. He’s averaging 19.3 points (on 66.7 percent shooting), 10.3 rebounds, 9.5 assists and only 1.8 turnovers over the Sixers last four games… Joel Embiid bullied a Raptors frontline playing without Serge Ibaka (knee) and Jonas Valanciunas (finger), to the tune of 27 points (10-of-15 FGs, 7-of-9 FTs) 11 rebounds, one assist, one block, and one steal.
DeMar DeRozan was struggling heading into the weekend but snapped out his mini-slump by pumping in 28 points to go along with seven rebounds, eight assists, one steal, two blocks and one turnover in 38 minutes. DeRozan was averaging just 14.8 points over the Spurs previous six contests, but hopefully, this strong showing will get him back on track.
James Harden remained red-hot on Saturday, propelling the Rockets to victory while registering 39 points, four rebounds, ten assists, two steals and seven 3-pointers. With Chris Paul (hamstring) out of action, The Beard’s numbers tend to skyrocket to another level. Remarkably, this was the sixth straight games in which Harden has had more than 30 points and at least five assists and three made triples. Per Basketball-Reference, that’s longest such streak in NBA history… While Harden bombed away from deep, Clint Capela controlled the paint. CC scored 21 points, ripped down 23 boards and added two assists and one block in 35 minutes.
Bradley Beal recorded his first career triple-double in grand fashion, scoring 40 points, dishing out 15 dimes and grabbing 11 rebounds. He’s the first player in Washington’s franchise history with at least 40/15/10 and just the third NBA player this century t accomplish the feat, joining LeBron James, James Harden and Russell Westbrook. Beal had a lot of things working in his fantasy favor Saturday evening, as both John Wall (illness) and Otto Porter (knee) did not play, and the game vs. the Suns went into triple overtime. He sure made the most of it.
Thomas Bryant also posted an incredible all-around line in the Wizards wild win. He posted career-highs in minutes (36), points (31) and rebounds (13). Oh, and he didn’t miss a single shot the entire game! He was 14-of-14 from the field and 3-of-3 from the charity stripe. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the fifth player in NBA history to shoot 14-for-14 or better from the floor in a game and the first since Gary Payton in 1995. But other than that, it was a pretty standard night for Bryant. If you played him in DFS for some reason, go buy a lottery ticket with your winnings.
Devin Booker’s Suns had their four-game winning streak snapped in D.C., but Book did all he could, racking up 33 points, a career-high 14 assists, four rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in a career-high 55 minutes. Over the last 40 years, the only other Phoenix players to post at least 33 points and 14 dimes in a game were Steve Nash and Kevin Johnson… Deandre Ayton logged “only” 39 minutes before fouling out but still scored a career-high 26 points and hauled in 17 rebounds.
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Kevin Durant fell just short of a monstrous triple-double on Saturday, scoring 29 points, grabbing 12 rebounds an dishing out eight assists. He was 9-of-18 from the floor, 3-of-5 from downtown and a perfect 8-of-8 on free throws. The only negative was his five turnovers.
DeAndre Jordan tied his season-high of 23 rebounds and tacked on 12 points, five assists, one block, and two steals in 36 minutes. He’s just the third Maverick to ever pull down at least 23 boards and dish out at least five dimes in the same game. Unfortunately, DJ did miss six of the ten free throws he attempted.
Paul George powered OKC to a victory over Utah and stuffed the stat sheet with 43 points (15-of-25 FG, 8-of-10 FT), 14 rebounds, six assists, five steals, one blocked shot and five 3-pointers in 40 minutes. That’s consecutive 40-burgers for PG-13, and he’s averaging 43.0 points, 13.0 boards, 6.5 assists and 2.5 steals over that two-game stretch. Pretty, pretty good. George is doing it all this season, and a has a legit chance to end the year in the top-five overall in nine-cat formats.
On the Radar:
Denver: Nikola Jokic complained to the refs in the third quarter of Saturday's loss to the Clippers and was quickly hit with two technicals, resulting in an ejection. At the time he was tossed, he had logged 21 minutes and totaled 19 points, six boards, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers… Jamal Murray finished with 18 points three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes… Monte Morris was efficient and effective once again. He was 6-of-9 from the field for 15 points with one rebound, five assists, one steal, one turnover and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes. Incredibly, that boosts his assist-to-turnover ratio on the season to 128-to-21.
Los Angeles: Tobias Harris and Danilo Gallinari each scored a game-high 21 points in a blowout victory over the Nuggets on Saturday. Harris tacked on seven rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers. Gallo added four boards, two dimes, three treys, and zero turnovers… Montrezl Harrell posted another strong double-double (20 points and ten boards)... Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had14 points, two rebounds, six assists and two steals. SGA continues to alternate good and bad games. Here are his scoring totals in the Clippers last ten contests: 7, 12, 8, 16, 7, 13, 2, 24, 4, 14. He’s yet to score in double-figures in consecutive games this month.
Philadelphia: J.J. Redick was solid on Saturday, finishing with 22 points (7-of-12 FGs, 4-of-6 FTs), three rebounds, five assists, and four 3-pointers in 28 minutes… Jimmy Butler scored only 12 points but rounded out his night by tallying seven rebounds, seven assists, one block and three steals in 29 minutes… Mike Muscala started in place of Wilson Chandler (quad) but was disappointingly quiet, ending up with just four points on 1-of-3 shooting in 18 minutes… Furkan Korkmaz scored 16 points with four boards and three steals in only 19 minutes.
Toronto: Pascal Siakam tied his career-high of 26 points on Saturday and tacked six rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 37 minutes. Siakam has been flat-out awesome this season, posting top-40 overall value in nine-category fantasy leagues… Kyle Lowry (back spasms, thigh contusion) was back in action after missing four straight games and looked good, finishing with 20 points, six rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block, and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes… Danny Green (left knee contusion) also returned to the lineup and scored nine points (on just 3-of-12 shooting) with three rebounds and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes… Greg Monroe drew the start at center and had only six points and eight boards in 22 minutes.
San Antonio: Derrick White scored only five points but did chip in five rebounds, five assists, one steal, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes… LaMarcus Aldridge had a quiet 18 points and six rebounds… Rudy Gay scored 13 points with eight rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.
Houston: P.J. Tucker recorded a season-high 16 rebounds on Saturday, and tacked on six points, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes… Gerald Green had 15 points but little else… Danuel House started but totaled just four points with three rebounds and one assist in 28 minutes.
Milwaukee: So, it turns out Giannis Antetokounmpo may actually be human after all. The Greek Freak posted a relatively pedestrian nine points, 13 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 34 minutes on Saturday. He was also just 3-of-12 from the floor. Giannis will look to bounce back on Christmas Day when he heads to New York seeking revenge against the Mario Hezonja and the Knicks… Khris Middleton struggled with his shot again (7-of-18 from the field and 2-of-11 from downtown) but tallied 18 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes… Eric Bledsoe was 4-of-12 shooting for his 17 points, six assists, three rebounds and one steal in 34 minutes.
Miami: James Johnson finally showed some signs of fantasy life in the Heat’s victory over the Bucks on Saturday. He logged a season-high 30 minutes and registered 11 points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals one block, one trey and zero turnovers. He’s probably floating around the wire in deep leagues and is worth a taking a flier on if you have room on your bench… Josh Richardson had 16 points (5-of-11 FGs), five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers… Dwyane Wade finished with 13 points (4-of-9 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), eight rebounds, three assists and one steal in 27 minutes… Hassan Whiteside scored 11 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in 28 minutes.
Washington: When a game goes into triple overtime, there will usually be plenty of remarkable numbers across the board. The Wiz-Suns game was no exception. Tomas Satoransky, starting for John Wall (illness), had 17 points, four rebounds, nine assists, one steal and two 3-pointers… Trevor Ariza logged a whopping 54 minutes and posted 14 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, three steals, five turnovers and one 3-pointer. The only negative on his ledger was the 5-of-18 shooting… Jeff Green tallied 20 points (including a pair of clutch free-throws) eight rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers in 49 minutes.
Phoenix: T.J. Warren played 53 minutes in the triple-OT thriller, ending up with 28 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers… Kelly Oubre scored 20 points with five rebounds, one steal and three 3-pointers in 42 minutes against his former teammates in Washington… De'Antony Melton drew another start but was only on the floor for 20 of the game’s 63 minutes. He finished with 10 points, two rebounds, three assists, three steals and two 3-pointers.
Golden State: Stephen Curry was surprisingly inaccurate on Saturday. He was just 7-of-22 from the floor, including 6-of-17 from distance, for his 22 points, five rebounds and five dimes… Jonas Jerebko poured in a career-high 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting in just 21 minutes, to go along with six boards, three dimes, one steal, and two triples… Draymond Green had 14 points, ten rebounds, five assists, and two blocks… Klay Thompson (14/5/4) was just 6-of-15 from the floor and missed all five of his 3-point attempts.
Dallas: Wes Matthews (right foot soreness) was questionable for Saturday’s game, but suited up and shot well. He scored a season-high 25 points (9-of-15 FGs) with three rebounds, four assists, one steal, and seven 3-pointers in 36 minutes… Jalen Brunson got another start at point guard and scored 10 points with two rebounds, three assists, three steals, and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes.
OKC: Russell Westbrook just missed another triple-double (eight points, 12 rebounds, nine assists) but was wildly erratic from the floor, missing 14 of the 17 shots he attempted. Over the Thunder’s last five games, Russ is shooting just 30.9% from the floor and 61.1% from the foul line… Steven Adams registered another double-double with 15 points and ten boards… Jerami Grant produced 15 points (6-of-11 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs) with seven rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one three-pointer in 39 minutes.
Utah: Rudy Gobert (20 points, ten boards, one block) has recorded four straight double-doubles… Donovan Mitchell scored 20 points (7-of-17 FG, 4-of-6 FT) with nine rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes. However, Mitchell went to the free-throw stripe with the Jazz down two and less than two seconds remaining but clanked the first… Derrick Favors ended his night with 16 points (7-of-15 FG), five rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocked shots and one three-pointer in 28 minutes.
Luka Doncic (hip) gave Mavs fans and fantasy owners a major scare when he went tumbling into the crowd after a layup attempt in the third quarter of Saturday’s loss to the Warriors. Luka remained in the game but sat out the final six minutes of a tight contest. Fortunately, coach Rick Carlise said he doesn't think the injury is serious. Doncic said he'll have to wait and see how he feels on Sunday before determining his status moving forward. He had 19 points, three rebounds, five assists, one block, one steal, and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes before exiting.
Dennis Smith Jr. (right wrist sprain) was inactive for Saturday's game against the Warriors. Smith has not been sidelined for eight of the Mavs previous nine contests.
Serge Ibaka (knee) did not play Saturday vs. the Sixers. It was the third straight game on the shelf for Serge, who is dealing with swelling in his right knee. The Raptors have downplayed the severity of the injury, so hopefully, we get some good news by early next week.
Kawhi Leonard rested on Saturday vs. the 76ers, after pouring in season-high tying 37 points on Friday night. However, encouragingly, coach Nick Nurse said that Kawhi would likely play in both sets of back-to-backs starting in January.
Malcolm Brogdon (rest) was ruled out of Saturday's game vs. Miami. Brogdon had missed two games last week due to a hamstring injury. However, he returned the Bucks lineup on Wednesday and Friday. Yet, the Bucks decided to hold him out on the second night of a back-to-back. He is expected to play on Tuesday in a Christmas Day matchup at noon in New York vs. the Knicks.
Injury Notes for Sunday’s Games:
Al Horford (knee) is probable vs. Charlotte on Sunday. Good news for Horford owners and Celtics fans. Al has missed each of Boston’s last seven games due to 'patellofemoral pain syndrome,' but is on track to return to the lineup. The shorthanded C’s need depth up front with Aron Baynes (hand) sidelined for at least a few more weeks.
Marcus Morris (knee) is questionable for Sunday’s matchup against the Hornets. Morris has been sidelined for two straight games. If he is unable to suit up on Sunday, a committee of Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown and Semi Ojeleye will likely continue to divvy up his minutes.
Jabari Parker (illness) practiced on Saturday and coach Jim Boylen said he would be available to play Sunday vs. the Cavs. Parker was banished from the Bulls rotation prior to his illness; however, with Bobby Portis (ankle) sidelined for a few weeks, it's possible that Parker sees a few minutes off the bench at power forward. That being said, it’s highly unlikely he’ll re-establish any sort of reliable fantasy value unless he is traded away from Chicago.
Cameron Payne (calf) was unable to practice on Saturday and is listed as doubtful for Sunday. Even when healthy, he's not a fantasy factor and should be left on waivers in all formats.
Kris Dunn (right ankle sprain) is listed as probable for Sunday’s contest vs. Cleveland. Dunn twisted his ankle in the first quarter of Friday's victory over Orlando but was able to return to the contest.
John Collins (left ankle) is questionable for Sunday against the Pistons. He looked great Friday night against the Knicks, tallying 17 points, 16 rebounds and four assists in 33 minutes. However, he did appear to tweak his ankle in the third quarter coming down for a rebound, although he never left the game or exited to the locker room.
Omari Spellman (hip) is doubtful for Sunday. Spellman hasn’t played since early in December and should be left on waivers.
Alex Poythress (ankle) is probable for Sunday. Poythress has been sidelined since mid-November, but could see some playing time off the bench of Collins is ruled out.
Nikola Mirotic (ankle) is listed as doubtful on the injury report for Sunday's game vs. the Kings. Mirotic has been sidelined for each of the Pelicans previous four contests, including Friday night's loss to the Lakers. Darius Miller has seen an uptick in playing time with Mirotic out of action.
Jonathon Simmons (right ankle) is questionable for Sunday’s game vs. Miami. He sprained his ankle on Wednesday and did not play on Friday. If Simmons is unable to play, Terrence Ross, Jonathan Isaac and Wes Iwundu will see extra playing time.
Brandon Ingram (ankle) and Rajon Rondo (hand) are both probable for Sunday against the Grizzlies. Ingram returned from a seven-game absence on Friday and scored 18 points with seven rebounds in 33 minutes… Rondo also returned from a lengthy absence on Friday and tallied eight points, four rebounds and nine assists.
JaVale McGee (illness) is questionable for Sunday. McGee has missed three straight games because of this illness. Ivica Zubac played very well (16 points and 11 boards) in a spot start on Friday night vs. Ne Orleans. Zubac would likely start, with Tyson Chandler off the bench, if McGee is out again.
Rodney Hood (left Achilles soreness) won’t play Sunday against the Bulls. Hood was limited to just 18 minutes on Friday night due to the Achilles issue. Alec Burks and Jordan Clarkson will see an uptick in playing time.
Dillon Brooks (left knee sprain), Omri Casspi (illness), JaMychal Green (left hamstring soreness), and Joakim Noah (right heel soreness) are all listed as questionable for Sunday’s game the Lakers. Mike Conley (hamstring) is probable.
Tyreke Evans (bruised right knee) is questionable for Sunday’s game vs. the Wizards. Evans was a game-time call on Friday and ended up being ruled out. A major fantasy disappointment this season, he has been unproductive and unreliable even when healthy.
Derrick Rose (left ankle) "walked through stuff" during Saturday's practice, according to Coach Tom Thibodeau, and will be a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup vs. Oklahoma City. D Rose exited Friday's blowout loss to the Spurs and was unable to return. Jeff Teague (ankle) has already been ruled out for Sunday and beyond, which means the Wolves will be very thin at point guard if Rose is unable to suit up. In that scenario, Tyus Jones would likely draw the start and play as many minutes as he could handle and would be a popular streaming/DFS target.