Week 25 Schedule
1 Game: MEM, NYK, PHO, TOR
2 Games: ATL, BKN, BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MIA, MIL, MIN, NOR, OKC, ORL, PHI, POR, SAC, SAS, UTA, WAS
A New Triple-Double King
Russell Westbrook set the new single-season triple-double record during Sunday’s thrilling 106-105 win over the Nuggets with trip-dub No. 42, racking up 50 points, 16 boards, 10 assists, five triples, one steal and just two turnovers in 37 minutes. Westbrook absolutely willed the Thunder to victory, helping his squad overcome a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit by scoring 18 points during the final 5:56 of regulation, and draining a 36-foot trey-bomb with time expiring to seal the deal for OKC. This was also Westbrook’s third 50-point triple-double of the season, which also set a new NBA record for the most such performances in a single season, and he got those points with remarkable efficiency, going 17-of-32 from the field and 11-of-11 from the charity stripe for a sterling true shooting percentage of 67.9 to accompany his gaudy 43.9 usage rate. I think one of the stronger cases for Westbrook to take home MVP honors this season is that he just set the triple-double record while only earning 34.8 minutes per game, which ranks No. 20 overall in the league. In fact, he’s logged 105 fewer minutes than MVP contender James Harden this season but has still managed to record 223 more points, 18 more steals and 212 more rebounds on the year.
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On the Radar
Yogi Ferrell scored 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting (2-of-2 from the stripe) to go with four boards, three 3-pointers, four assists and two turnovers through 32 minutes as a starter. Rick Carlisle confirmed on Sunday that Seth Curry (shoulder) is done for the year, so Ferrell should be flirting with minutes in the 30s to close out the year.
Dwight Powell busted loose for a career-high 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting (1-of-3 from the line) to go with four triples, five boards, two assists, two steals, one block and two turnovers in 32 minutes off the bench. Rick Carlisle announced on Sunday that Dirk Nowitzki will not play in Dallas’ regular-season finale against the Grizzlies on Wednesday, so Powell could be someone to consider throwing out there in DFS Wednesday night.
Channing Frye scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting Sunday, to go with eight boards, two treys, one steal and two blocks through 24 minutes as a starter. If Tristan Thompson remains on the sidelines for Monday’s game in Miami, Frye will be someone to consider as a streamer option.
Dragan Bender logged a season-high 35 minutes off the Phoenix bench on Sunday, finishing with nine points, eight boards, three assists, one 3-pointer, one steal, one block and three turnovers. He could be logging major minutes in Phoenix’s regular-season finale against Sacramento on Tuesday, so he might be someone to consider as a DFS punt play, particularly if Marquese Chriss (knee) is unavailable.
Derrick Jones Jr. scored a career-high 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting (4-of-4 from the line) to go with one 3-pointers, three rebounds, three steals and two turnovers in 28 minutes off the bench. He’s another guy who could be considered as a potential low-budget DFS target on Tuesday night.
Boban Marjanovic posted his second straight double-double during Sunday’s 103-90 win over the Grizzlies, scoring 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting (6-of-7 from the line) to go with 10 rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 23 minutes off the bench. The Serbian Giant will be logging minutes in the mid-20s for the final few games of the season, and with favorable matchups against Washington and Orlando to close out the year, he’s worth owning in most leagues.
Henry Ellenson went just 3-of-11 from the field during Sunday’s win, but he still managed to churn out a semi-useful stat line with nine points, nine rebounds, three triples, two assists and three turnovers in 28 minutes. He’s another guy who will be a fixture in the rotation for the Pistons to close out the year, and he certainly has some deep league appeal.
Ish Smith scored 11 points on 5-of-12 shooting (1-of-2 from the line) to go with seven dimes, two rebounds and three turnovers in 27 minutes. He’s a quality low-end point guard to own in deep leagues.
Larry Nance had a 10-point, 10-board double-double during Sunday’s win over the Timberwolves, adding six assists, one steal, two blocks and two turnovers in 34 minutes. He’s been a steady top-50 option for two weeks now with averages of 8.6 points, 8.7 boards, 1.9 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.3 blocks and just 0.9 turnovers per game on 49.0 percent shooting, so he’s got a ton of appeal in roto leagues.
Ty Lawson scored 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting (6-of-6 from the stripe) to go with two rebounds, 11 dimes, one steal and two turnovers through 28 minutes as a starter. Lawson saw a ton of opportunity on Sunday night with Darren Collison, Ty Lawson and Arron Afflalo all on the sidelines for rest purposes, and if a similar situation arises during Sacramento’s final two games, Lawson will be someone to look at as a punt play in daily leagues.
Skal Labissiere went 10-of-12 from the field and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe on his way to 25 points, six boards, three assists and two steals in 31 minutes. Labissiere is one of the few Sacramento players not prone to be rested every other day, and he’s been particularly hot over the past three with averages of 18.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.3 turnovers per contest on 65.6 percent shooting.
Ben McLemore scored 18 points on 6-of-15 shooting to go with three rebounds and three 3-pointers in 24 minutes off the bench. He’s also been hot over the past three with averages of 16.3 points and 3.3 triples on 50.0 percent shooting, so he’s on the radar as a potential deep league, 3-point specialist.
Carmelo Anthony (knee), Kristaps Porzingis (back) and Lance Thomas (hip) did not play on Sunday, and now they’ll have just one final opportunity to suit up for the home crowd at Madison Square Garden, Wednesday vs. the 76ers. I feel like Melo could get out there with it potentially being his last game as a Knick, and Jeff Hornacek wouldn’t rule out Porzingis suiting up for the regular-season finale, but Thomas looks to be done for the year.
Tristan Thompson (thumb) missed his third game in a row on Sunday and he should be considered questionable for Monday’s game in Miami. If he’s out again, Channing Frye will earn another start and Kevin Love will be forced into heavy minutes.
Dion Waiters (ankle), Josh McRoberts (foot) and Luke Babbitt (hip) are questionable to play Monday vs. the Cavs. The Heat need to win their final two games of the season in order to advance to the playoffs, so there’s definitely some incentive for these guys (particularly Waiters) to try and get out there. If Waiters is able to give it a go, he’d cut into Josh Richardson and Wayne Ellington’s minutes, and Babbitt’s return would likely result in James Johnson heading back to the bench. McRoberts hasn’t played since December, and his playing status is irrelevant in fantasy hoops.
Derrick Favors (knee) and Rodney Hood (knee) will not play Monday vs. the Warriors, while Gordon Hayward (quad) and George Hill (groin) are questionable. If none of these guys can give it a go, Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles would make for the most enticing DFS targets.
Andre Roberson (knee) was back in the starting lineup on Sunday following a one-game stint on the sidelines, and he finished with two points, two boards, one assist and no other statistics through 18 minutes of floor time. He belongs on the waiver wire in most leagues. Alex Abrines (knee) did not play, and he’s likely done for the year. Doug McDermott also sat out Sunday’s game with a knee issue, and he should be considered questionable for Tuesday’s game in Minnesota.
Evan Fournier (calf) is questionable to play Monday vs. Chicago. The Magic are playing for Ping Pong balls, so there’s no incentive at all for Fournier to play at less than 100 percent. If he’s out, Jodie Meeks could draw the start, and new additions Patricio Garino and Marcus Georges-Hunt could find minutes in the rotation.
Dennis Schroder (foot), Kent Bazemore (knee), Paul Millsap (rest) and Dwight Howard (rest) were all back in action on Sunday following a one-game absence, but there’s a chance all these guys could hit the sidelines again for one game of Atlanta’s upcoming Tuesday-Wednesday back-to-back set.
Kenneth Faried (back) did not play Sunday and he should be considered questionable for Tuesday’s game in Dallas. Will Barton (foot) was available but didn’t actually step foot on the court, although chances are he’ll be able to get back out there on Tuesday.
Jameer Nelson (calf) missed his second game in a row on Sunday and considering he was spotted sporting a walking boot, I doubt he plays again this season with the playoffs no longer a reality for the Nuggets. Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay will continue to split the point guard minutes in his absence, but both those guys have been too inconsistent for use in standard leagues.
Harrison Barnes (rest) missed his first game of the season on Sunday, but he’ll be back in action for Tuesday’s matchup with the Nuggets.
Rick Carlisle confirmed on Sunday that Seth Curry (shoulder) will not play again this year, so he’ll end his first full season as a Maverick with averages of 12.8 points, 2.7 dimes, 2.0 triples, 1.1 steals and 1.3 turnovers per contest on 48.1 percent shooting. Those numbers were good enough for top-80 value in standard 9-cat leagues, so he’ll be on the radar as a late-middle round pick in next year’s drafts.
Eric Gordon and Trevor Ariza were rested on Sunday, but they’ll both be good to go for Monday’s game against the Clippers. Lou Williams is going to get his rest day on Monday, which should open up some minutes for Bobby Brown.
Matt Barnes (ankle) will not play Monday vs. Utah, but with Kevin Durant (knee) back in action, his playing status is irrelevant. Stephen Curry (knee) is probable for Monday’s game, and with him expected back in action, Shaun Livingston will return to the bench. Klay Thompson could pick up a rest day on Monday night, and we should have more information on that following Monday morning’s shootaround.
Danny Green (quad) is not being listed on the injury report for Monday’s game against the Trail Blazers, so maybe he’ll be able to get back out there following a five-game absence. If he is able to give it a go, Kyle Anderson would return to the bench and Jonathon Simmons would see his minutes reduced to the teens. Dejounte Murray (groin) will not play Monday, and he’s very likely done for the season.
Marquese Chriss suffered a knee contusion during Sunday’s win over the Mavs, and he should be considered questionable for Tuesday’s game in Sacramento.