Saturday's nine-game slate provided plenty of highlights, including a triple-double from Giannis, 47 apiece from The Beard and T Young, and 39 points from Spencer Dinwiddie. Yet, Hassan Whiteside was arguably the brightest of all the stars that suited up Saturday night.
After recapping the important storylines from yesterday, we'll wrap up the Dose by taking a look at a handful of players that are facing injury issues for Sunday's games.
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Rudy Gobert dominated the paint from the opening tip to the final buzzer in Saturday's victory over the Hornets. He was 6-of-9 from the field and a perfect 5-of-5 from the stripe en route to 17 points to go along with a game-high 19 rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks in 37 minutes.
Spencer Dinwiddie's incredible run continued Saturday, as he poured in 39 points with six rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes. Dinwiddie sparked an incredible comeback win for Brooklyn, scoring 16 of his 39 in the fourth quarter. We expected Dinwiddie to play well when Kyrie Irving (shoulder) went down, but no one could have foreseen this. Dinwiddie had zero 30-point games over the first four years of his NBA career. He has three 30-point games over the last five days. Over the Nets past three contests, Dinwiddie is averaging 37.0 points and 6.0 assists per game. During this three-game stretch, Dinwiddie is averaging 13.0 points (on 60.9% shooting) in the fourth quarter alone.
Arguably the most surprising line of the evening was courtesy of DeAndre Jordan, who exploded for 12 points, 20 rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block in 26 minutes off the bench. He became the first player in team history and just the third player in NBA history with 12/20/6 as a non-starter. DJ's board-work has allowed him to carve out consistent fantasy value this season. Garrett Temple chipped in 25 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes.
Trae Young got lit up defensively, but fantasy GM's could not care less, as Young erupted for 47 points (14-of-30FGs, 16-of-19 FTs), eight rebounds, six assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes. Just 21 years old, Young is emerging as an offensive juggernaut. Over Atlanta's past four games, Trae is averaging a whopping 37.3 points, 7.3 dimes, 5.8 boards, and 4.0 triples. Insane numbers. Young didn't get much help from the other Hawks starters on Saturday, but Alex Len surprisingly had season-highs in points (23) and rebounds (14), with two blocks and three 3-pointers in 26 minutes off the pine.
Andre Drummond stuffed the stat sheet in a significant way on Saturday, racking up 19 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, five steals and two blocks in 37 minutes. Drummond has been a fantasy beast all season. Not only is he averaging a career-high and league-leading 16.5 rebounds a night, but he also averaging a career-best in steals (1.9) and matching his career-high in blocks (1.9).
Bradley Beal (36 points, eight boards, six dimes, three treys) did his part, but as usual, it wasn't enough as the Wizards got spanked by the Sixers.
Giannis Antetokounmpo quickly registered a triple-double in the Bucks blowout victory over the Knicks. He scored 22 points (on 8-of-10 shooting), grabbed 11 rebounds, and doled out ten dimes, to go along with two steals and two 3-pointers. The only thing preventing him from racking up bigger numbers was the Knicks' ineptitude. The Greek Freek posted the triple-double in his first 22 minutes of action. He's good.
With Jonas Valanciunas (foot) sidelined, Jaren Jackson Jr. started at center on Saturday and provided plenty of fantasy goodies. He scored 18 points and tacked on five rebounds, two assists, three steals, four blocks and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes. Jae Crowder totaled 17 points, ten boards, and five assists.
Kawhi Leonard tortured the Spurs Saturday night, tallying 26 points, seven boards, nine dimes, one 3-pointer, four steals and two turnovers in just 27 minutes. When he decides to grace us with his presence, Kawhi continually posts monster stats. However, Doc Rivers stated after the game that Leonard is unlikely to play on Sunday in OKC, the second night of a back-to-back for the Clips.
Hassan Whiteside has been Mr. Brightside for the Blazers this season. He was brilliant in Portland's victory over the Wolves, totaling 16 points, 22 rebounds, two assists, one steal, seven blocks and two turnovers in 38 minutes. In the process, Whiteside became the first player in franchise history with at least 20 points, 15 boards and seven swats in a single game. On the season, he ranks fourth in the NBA in rebounds per game (13.4), eighth in field goal percentage (61.1%) and leads the league in blocks (2.7). Sum it all up, and Whiteside ranks 8th overall in nine-category fantasy formats this season, ahead of superstars such as LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Congrats to those of you that drafted him.
Ho hum, 47 more points for James Harden, who was 15-of-27 from the floor and 8-of-9 on FTs Saturday night, with six rebounds, seven assists, one block and nine 3-pointers to boot. Russell Westbrook scored a season-high 40 points of his own, adding ten rebounds, five assists, one steal, eight turnovers and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes. Russ shot just 13-of-31 from the field but was 12-of-13 from the stripe. Clint Capela had 14 points (on 7-of-8 shooting), 17 rebounds, three assists and one block.
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On the Radar:
Andrew Wiggins scored 33 points on 13-of-24 FGs, with six boards, four treys and three blocks. Robert Covington struggled mightily, shooting 1-of-6 from the field for three points, five rebounds, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 30 minutes. Jeff Teague (18/6/8) had another strong game off the bench.
Donovan Mitchell was just 7-of-19 for his 20 points, but he did dish out a season-high nine assists to go along with four rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes. Bojan Bogdanovic scored a team-high 26 points with three rebounds, three assists and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes. Joe Ingles finished with 14 points and seven dimes but did commit eight turnovers.
Terry Rozier had another huge game for the Hornets on Saturday night. Fresh off a career-high 35 on Wednesday, Scary Terry poured in a game-high 29 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes last night. Devonte' Graham scored 22, but needed 22 FG attempts (7-of-22) to get there. Cody Zeller was bumped to the bench but still tallied 13 points, eight rebounds, one assist and two steals in 23 minutes. Cody Martin scored a career-high 11 points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes.
Starting in place of Blake Griffin (illness), Markieff Morris had season-highs in points (23) and assists (6) with one rebound and a career-high seven 3-pointers in 37 minutes. Morris is a reliable streaming option when Griffin is out. Luke Kennard (knee) returned to action on Saturday and scored 16 points with four rebounds, three assists and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes.
Bulls got solid contributions across the board in a win over the Pistons on Saturday. Zach LaVine led the way with 33 points, five 3-pointers, five rebounds, five assists, one steal and five turnovers across 37 minutes. Tomas Satoransky had 16 points, eight boards, five dimes, two triples, two steals and four turnovers in 38 minutes. Wendell Carter Jr. had a strong double-double (12 points, 13 boards). Coby White actually shot above 50% from the floor and finished with 19 points, five rebounds, one assist, five triples and two turnovers in 18 minutes.
Troy Brown Jr. scored 19 points on Saturday, to go along with five rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes. Over his last seven games, he's averaging 13.1 points (on 51.5% shooting), 5.6 boards, 2.4 dimes, 1.4 steals in 28.7 minutes. That's quality production in plenty of playing time. Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points with three assists and two 3-pointers, but was ejected from in the fourth quarter. Afterward, IT explained that he went in the stands to confront a fan who had cursed at him multiple times. We'll see if there is any discipline handed down from the league.