Saturday's eight-game slate provided plenty of highlights, including Russ Westbrook pouring in 41 points in Boston while Jayson Tatum racked up 32/15/5 for the Celtics, Ja Morant dominating the Lakers and Mitchell Robinson registering a career-high.
After recapping the important storylines from Saturday, we'll wrap up the Dose by taking a look at players that are facing injury issues for Sunday's games.
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When we drafted Mitchell Robinson in the second or third round back in October, this is what we were expecting! Mitch Rob erupted for a career-high 23 points (11-of-16 FGs) to go along with 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 29 minutes against the Bulls on Saturday. Despite continuing to come off the bench, Robinson is averaging nearly 27 minutes a night over the Knicks' last seven games. During this seven-game stretch, he's averaging 12.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 1.1 steals, while shooting 78% from the floor. Yes, 78%. The only knock on Mitch Rob is his FT% has dipped this season, and he was just 1-3 on Saturday.
Trae Young was at it again on Saturday night. The sophomore sensation scored 25 points, dished out 15 assists (vs. just two turnovers) and grabbed four rebounds. Incredibly, that was his sixth career game with at least 25 points and 15 dimes, which is the most among all players in league history before turning 22 years old. In fact, Luka Doncic is the only other sub-22 years old with multiple such games. John Collins did his thing as well, finishing with 24 points (on 9-of-15 shooting), ten boards, four assists, three triples, two blocks and a steal. De'Andre Hunter chipped in 22 points on 8-of-13 attempts with four rebounds and a career-high-tying six 3-pointers in 38 minutes. Kevin Huerter also had a solid game, finishing 19 points (6-of-10 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), four rebounds, a career-high with eight assists, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.
C.J. McCollum has done everything in his power to keep the Blazers afloat with Damian Lillard (groin) sidelined, but it hasn't been quite enough. McCollum poured in 35 points (14-of-26 FGs) and tacked on five rebounds, five assists, two steals, and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes in a loss to the Hawks on Saturday. Since Dame went down, CJ is averaging 31.8 points, 5.4 boards and 9.0 dimes, but McCollum is 1-6 without Lillard this season. Hassan Whiteside continues to post monster numbers as well. He racked up 21 points (9-of-14 FGs, 3-of-6 FTs), 13 rebounds, one steal and three blocks.
Domantas Sabonis just missed his fifth triple-double of the season on Saturday, as he finished with 18 points (8-of-13 FGs), 13 rebounds, nine assists, two steals and one blocked shot in 42 minutes. One of the league's unappreciated young up-and-comers, Sabonis finishes February with a stellar per-game average of 19.8 points (on 56% shooting), 11.3 rebounds and 6.0 assists. T.J. Warren scored a game-high 30 points on an ultra-efficient 14-of-20 shooting performance and added three rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.
Andre Drummond (left calf) was back in business on Saturday night. After missing two straight games due to the calf issue, and posting underwhelming stat lines since his trade to Cleveland, fantasy GM's got a vintage Drummond performance on Saturday. He poured in 27 points (shooting 12-of-21 from the field and a perfect 3-of-3 from the stripe) to go along with 13 rebounds, four assists, four steals and one swat in 36 minutes. Here's hoping he can build on that momentum going forward. Kevin Love also had a flashback to more productive days, finishing with 20 points (6-of-9 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), 12 rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one three-pointer in 37 minutes. It's the first time he's had at least 20/10/7 since October 26th, the second game of the season.
The shorthanded Grizzlies had lost five straight games since the All-Star break and badly needed a win Saturday night, but we're hosting the mighty Lakers. No worries, as Ja Morant put the team on his back and carried them to victory. The electrifying rookie scored 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting, matched his career-high by handing out 14 helpers, and added six rebounds, one steal and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes. Jonas Valanciunas also played a crucial role for Memphis, tallying 22 points, 20 rebounds, two assists and no turnovers in 31 minutes. That's 55 rebounds in just over 24 rebounds for JV, who ripped down a career-high 25 boards on Friday.
Russell Westbrook's incredibly efficient and effective winter continued on Saturday, as he poured in 41 points while shooting 16-27 from the floor. He also tacked on eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 43 minutes. Russ has now scored 20+ points in 30 straight games. He averaged over 33 points in February and shot 55% from the field and 40% from behind the arc. Robert Covington has also been posting prodigious numbers since landing in Houston. RoCo registered a career-high 16 boards to go along with adding 16 points, four triples, one steal, three more blocks and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes.
Jayson Tatum remained red hot on Saturday night, stuffing the stat sheet with 32 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, two steals, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 45 minutes. Tatum is shooting with unmatched swagger and playing the best ball of his career over the last few weeks. He finished February as the fifth player in the storied history of the Celtics franchise to average more than 30 points in a calendar month. (The other four are Paul Pierce, Larry Bird, Isaiah Thomas and John Havlicek.) Jaylen Brown has served as a spectacular sidekick for JT of late. Brown scored 22 points with five rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 44 minutes against the Rockets on Saturday. Brown and Tatum have now combined to score at least 50 points in five straight games. Not to be outdone, Marcus Smart had 26 points, five rebounds, seven assists, four steals and five 3-pointers in 45 minutes, and Daniel Theis added 8/15/3 with three blocks.
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On the Radar:
RJ Barrett was on fire early on in the Knicks win over the Bulls, as he tallied 17 points in the first half while shooting 7-for-8 from the floor and 3-of-3 from downtown. However, his teammates didn't look to feed him in the second half, and RJ finished with 19 points (8-10 FGs), four rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Bulls on Saturday. He also missed all four of his free throws. Taj Gibson (back) returned to action, and the starting lineup, and scored 17 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover in 19 minutes on Saturday.
Zach LaVine scored a game-high 26 points on Saturday but needed 25 shots to get there (10-of-25 FGs). Lavine was also just 2-of-5 from the FT line, while adding three rebounds, seven assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes. Wendell Carter Jr. (right ankle), who had been sidelined since January 6th, finally returned to action, tallying six points (1-of-5 FGs), nine rebounds, two assists and one block in 18 minutes. WCJ will remain on a minutes limit until he works his way back into game shape. After an all-time rookie record of three straight games with 30+ points off the bench, Coby White (back) made 7-of-17 from the field for 22 points with two rebounds, three assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes on Saturday. Denzel Valentine, who had missed each of the Bulls' previous seven games, returned to the lineup and scored eight points with three rebounds and two 3-pointers in 10 minutes.
The Heat utilized a terrifically balanced attack to beat the Nets on Saturday. Kendrick Nunn scored a team-high 21 points with four rebounds and three 3-pointers in 26 minutes. Goran Dragic had a solid double-double (19 points, ten assists and four 3-pointers) in 32 minutes off the bench. Bam Adebayo, of course, did it all. He tallied 16 points (7-fo-12 FGs), 12 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 32 minutes. Jimmy Butler had 16/6/8.
Caris LeVert (right hand contusion) popped up on the injury report Saturday afternoon but was able to suit up Saturday night. However, he played with a wrap on his shooting hand and converted just six of his 17 FG attempts en route to 15 points with three rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes. Brooklyn's Kyrie-less offense continues to flow through Spencer Dinwiddie, who scored 25 points with four rebounds, 12 assists and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes. Jarrett Allen was 7-of-8 from the field for 17 points with 11 boards in 28 minutes.
Victor Oladipo (left ankle sprain) was a game-time decision coming in but was cleared to play Saturday night. 'Dipo logged 29 minutes and tallied 19 points (7-of-15 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), three rebounds, one assist, three steals and two 3-pointers. Malcolm Brogdon ended his evening with 22 points (9-of-13 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), one rebound, eight assists and one steal in 35 minutes. Myles Turner had ten points, ten boards and four blocks.
The entire Lakers squad, including their two superstars, were flat in a shocking 105-88 defeat to the struggling Grizzlies on Saturday night. LeBron James (groin), returning from a one-game absence, finished with scored 19 points, eight rebounds, ten assists, one steal, one block, five turnovers and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes. He was just 8-of-18 from the floor. Anthony Davis had only 15 points, nine rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes. The Lakers play the back end of a back-to-back on Sunday vs. the Pels.
Trey Lyles made the most of an unexpected opportunity on Saturday and finished with a team-high 20 points (8-of-13 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), nine rebounds, two assists, four steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes. LaMarcus Aldridge (shoulder) was unavailable, and Jakob Poeltl (knee) logged just four minutes due to a first-quarter injury. As a result, Lyles saw a season-high 40 minutes of action.
Damion Lee handed racked up a career-high eight assists to go along with 20 points, five rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes. With Steph Curry (hand) expected to miss at least two more games, Lee has a chance to show out a bit more. Dragan Bender drew a start on Saturday and totaled 13 points (5-of-10 FGs), nine rebounds, four assists, one steal, three blocks and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes. Andrew Wiggins (upper back spasms) returned to action and had 17 points (6-of-20 FGs, 5-of-7 FTs), seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks.