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Beyond the Box: Harden's Feast

by Ethan Norof
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Stars of the Week


Kevin Durant, F Oklahoma City Thunder

28.5 pts, 6.0 reb, 3.0 ast, 2.0 stl, 2.0 blk, 3.5 TO, 4.0 3PM, 67.7% shooting, 87.5% FT shooting


James Harden, G/F Houston Rockets

28.7 pts, 6.0 reb, 6.7 ast, 2.7 stl, 1.7 blk, 4.3 TO, 3.0 3PM, 50% shooting, 95.8% FT shooting


Paul George, F Indiana Pacers

30.0 pts, 7.5 reb, 5.5 ast, 2.0 stl, 3.5 TO, 5.0 3PM, 55.6% shooting, 83.3% FT shooting


Russell Westbrook, PG Oklahoma City Thunder

28.0 pts, 6.3 reb, 10.0 ast, 3.8 stl, 0.5 blk, 4.3 TO, 1.0 3PM, 49.4% shooting, 88.9% FT shooting


Anthony Davis, F/C New Orleans Pelicans

26.0 pts, 18.0 reb, 1.3 stl, 2.7 blk, 52.5% shooting, 78.9% FT shooting


Stephen Curry, PG Golden State Warriors

27.5 pts, 6.0 reb, 6.0 ast, 3.0 stl, 4.3 TO, 4.0 3PM, 48.1% shooting, 100% FT shooting


Kyle Lowry, PG Toronto Raptors

21.7 pts, 3.7 reb, 7.0 ast, 3.3 stl, 1.7 TO, 3.3 3PM, 45.5% shooting, 88.2% FT shooting


Kemba Walker, PG Charlotte Hornets

25.0 pts, 3.3 reb, 5.7 ast, 1.7 stl, 1.7 blk, 3.0 TO, 2.0 3PM, 59.6% shooting, 87.5% FT shooting


Jimmy Butler, G/F Chicago Bulls

25.0 pts, 5.5 reb, 5.5 ast, 3.5 stl, 1.5 TO, 2.0 3PM, 50% shooting, 80% FT shooting


Chris Paul, PG Los Angeles Clippers

19.6 pts, 3.6 reb, 9.0 ast, 2.4 stl, 1.8 TO, 1.8 3PM, 52.1% shooting, 92.9% FT shooting


Kawhi Leonard, F San Antonio Spurs

22.8 pts, 8.3 reb, 3.5 ast, 1.8 stl, 0.8 blk, 1.3 TO, 2.8 3PM, 49.3% shooting, 80% FT shooting


Kevin Love, F/C Cleveland Cavaliers

25.5 pts, 11.8 reb, 0.5 stl, 0.8 blk, 3.0 TO, 4.0 3PM, 54.8% shooting, 81.8% FT shooting


Paul Millsap, F Atlanta Hawks

20.3 pts, 10.0 reb, 3.3 ast, 2.3 stl, 1.3 blk, 2.0 TO, 45.2% shooting, 88% FT shooting


Ish Smith, PG New Orleans Pelicans

18.0 pts, 6.0 reb, 10.7 ast, 1.3 stl, 2.0 TO, 1.0 3PM, 53.7% shooting, 87.5% FT shooting


Gameday Notes


11/20 Notes


  • Al Jefferson feasted on Jahlil Okafor’s defense, exploding for 26 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in just 30.5 minutes.
  • Jae Crowder now has 36 steals through 15 games (2.4/game).
  • Since his shoulder injury, Anthony Davis is averaging 26.0 points, 18.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 2.7 blocks on 52.5% shooting and 78.9% FT shooting. The Condor lives.
  • Ryan Anderson (30 points, six triples) has stayed productive with A.D. spending more time at center.
  • Ish Smith (17 points, 13 assists, 7-of-10 FGs) is making sure everyone notices his play before Tyreke Evans (knee surgery) returns.
  • Andre Drummond needed 29 minutes for 21 points (10-of-13 FGs) and 11 rebounds.
  • Marc Gasol recorded his first career triple-double (16 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) in a tough matchup vs. Dwight Howard (12 points, 15 rebounds, two blocks).
  • The Deron Williams Revenge Game: 23 points, six rebounds, eight assists, three steals, four triples on 7-of-13 shooting vs. Utah.
  • Brandon Knight roasted the Nuggets for 38 points, 11 rebounds, six dimes, two steals and a block to go along with six (!) 3-pointers on 11-of-20 shooting. It’s been a true breakout year for BK so far.
  • Mason Plumlee (18 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, 6-of-9 FGs) has emerged as one of the most undervalued assets at the center position in fantasy hoops.
  • Ed Davis (17 points, 15 rebounds) has two double-double performances in his last three games.
  • Even an “average” game from Blake Griffin is good these days: 21 points, seven rebounds, seven dimes, 50% shooting.
  • Kyle Lowry (25 points, five rebounds, five dimes, three steals, seven 3-pointers) is making his ADP look silly.
  • It would be nice to see the Lakers increase their effort to get Julius Randle (18 points, 12 rebounds, 6-of-9 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs) involved, but he has to stop being so predictable on the offensive end.
  • Jimmy Butler (28 points, nine rebounds, seven dimes, three assists, two triples) did everything he could against a dominant Golden State team, but the Warriors are even better this season, and part of that has to do with Harrison Barnes (20 points, nine boards, three triples) taking on a larger role in his contract season.


11/21 Notes


  • DeMarcus Cousins (29 points, 12 boards, six dimes, three steals three blocks, 13-of-15 FTs) literally does it all.
  • Rajon Rondo (13 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, three steals, three triples) is playing big minutes and producing like a fantasy stud. I’m not selling high…the Kings need what Rondo does. You’re punting FT%, but pairing him with someone like Andre Drummond makes that a non-issue.
  • Paul George (20 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals, three triples) is playing like he wants the MVP trophy.
  • Paul Millsap (14 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, four steals, two blocks) stays productive even when his shot (3-of-11 FGs) isn’t falling. That’s the sign of a good fantasy player.
  • LeBron James (19 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists) has 35 assists over his last four games. He’s more Magic than Michael, and it’s amazing to watch.
  • Kevin Love (25 points, 11 rebounds, one steal, one block) won’t be this valuable when Kyrie Irving returns, and Tristan Thompson’s new value (nine points, 16 rebounds, five assists) may stick around even after Timofey Mozgov (shoulder) returns.
  • Kristaps Porzingis (24 points, 14 rebounds, seven blocks, 8-of-12 FGs, two triples) is setting the expectation bar at brand new heights every game.
  • With Dwight Howard cleared for back-to-back contests, the Clint Capela (16 points, 14 rebounds) is just about over.
  • James Harden’s slow start (24 points, six rebounds, 10 assists, three steals, two blocks, three triples) is officially a thing of the past.
  • Jahlil Okafor’s offense (16 points, 11 rebounds) isn’t the problem in Philly.
  • Dwyane Wade abused the Sixers for 27 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block, and starting good players against a bad Philadelphia team usually results in a winning formula.


11/22 Notes


  • DeMarre Carroll (21 points, five rebounds, four steals) is locked into a critically important role with Jonas Valanciunas (hand) sidelined for at least another month.
  • DeAndre Jordan (13 points, 15 rebounds, five blocks) is beginning to find a consistent groove with an inconsistent Clippers team.
  • The Rondae Hollis-Jefferson show (nine points, seven rebounds, four assists, five steals, one block) is now open for all to see and enjoy.
  • I would not be even considering trading Eric Bledsoe (29 points, seven rebounds, six assists, four triples). The only thing that could potentially limit his ceiling is health, but I’m a believer.
  • Anthony Davis (32 points, 19 rebounds, two steals, four blocks) against up-tempo teams is always going to produce fat stat-stuffing lines.
  • Ish Smith (17 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one block) is a sell-high guy with Tyreke Evans’ return coming this week.
  • Damian Lillard loves playing the Lakers, and he abused D’Angelo Russell for 30 points, six rebounds, 13 dimes, two steals and a block.
  • Mason Plumlee (17 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block) is a guy I’m targeting in trades across the board.
  • D’Angelo Russell’s best game as a pro (13 points, nine rebounds, six assists, two triples) didn’t mean much to a Lakers squad desperately searching for direction.
  • Zaza Pachulia (12 points, 10 rebounds, six dimes, three blocks) is rewarding both the Mavericks and fantasy players after each took a low-risk gamble on him.
  • I’d be trying to sell high on Deron Williams (20 points, six rebounds, six assists) after a strong week. He will not be this good all year, and his health remains a major question mark.
  • Russell Westbrook (31 points, five rebounds, 11 assists, five steals) is from another planet. When that type of line doesn’t even surprise us anymore, it’s time to view Westy through a new lens.
  • Buy all of the stock in Nikola Jokic. The 20-year-old is very much for real, and he’s averaging 11.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals on 46.2% shooting as a starter.


11/23 Notes


  • You can get way more for Kevin Love (34 points, eight rebounds, six triples, 11-of-18 FGs) than you paid on draft day. Do it now. I’d also sell high on J.R. Smith (26 points, six 3-pointers) before Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert (wrist) return.
  • The three-headed monster of Rajon Rondo (14 points, eight rebounds, 20 assists, four steals), Rudy Gay (28 points, 10 rebounds) and DeMarcus Cousins (30 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks, two 3-pointers) has been breathing hot fire of late.
  • Kemba Walker (39 points, six rebounds, five dimes, two steals, three blocks, 16-of-23 FGs) and Nicolas Batum (18 points, 10 rebounds, eight dimes, two steals, one block) have made those with them on the roster very happy this season.
  • Carmelo Anthony (21 points, eight rebounds, four steals) and Kristaps Porzingis (20 points, 14 rebounds, two blocks, three triples) are developing a nice chemistry between them.
  • Jahlil Okafor (25 points, 12 rebounds, two blocks) badly outplayed Karl-Anthony Towns (six points, two rebounds, two blocks, 19 minutes) in a matchup of the No. 1 vs. No. 3 pick.
  • Andrew Wiggins (32 points) has been doing a lot of scoring, but he’s not doing much else.
  • Markieff Morris (28 points, eight rebounds, four dimes, two triples, 12-of-15 shooting) caught fire with Eric Bledsoe (knee) out of the lineup.
  • Kawhi Leonard (24 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, four steals, one block) is a man possessed this season, but veteran teammate Tony Parker (20 points, eight assists, three steals, 10-of-13 FGs) has played extremely well.
  • When Kevin Durant (27 points, six rebounds, four steals, three triples) and Russell Westbrook (20 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, 10-of-10 FTs) combine to shoot 15-of-23 from the field, it’s probably going to be a long night for the opposition.


11/24 Notes


  • Avery Bradley (25 points, three steals, four triples, 10-of-17 FGs) has been playing well with Marcus Smart (leg) out of the lineup.
  • The Year of Prince Paul? Both Millsap (25 points, nine rebounds, one steal, one block) and George (40 points, eight rebounds, four dimes, two steals, seven 3-pointers) say yes.
  • As soon as someone offers you an inflated deal for C.J. Miles (32 points, eight 3-pointers), you should be screaming “deal” like you were talking to Howie Mandel.
  • DeAndre Jordan (18 points, 11 rebounds, one steal, four blocks) had the reverse box score with a 3-of-4 performance from the field, but just 12-of-25 from the charity stripe.
  • Danilo Gallinari couldn’t buy a basket (2-of-10 shooting), but he exploded for 20 points and 18 rebounds vs. the Clippers thanks to 15-of-17 from the line.
  • The Blazers need to give Ed Davis (12 points, 13 rebounds, three steals, two blocks) more minutes with Meyers Leonard (shoulder) still out, and Mason Plumlee (11 points, 17 rebounds, two blocks) is making the Nets look silly for selling his stock so low.


11/25 Notes


  • Jahlil Okafor (19 points, nine rebounds, four blocks) and Robert Covington (11 points, 14 rebounds, six steals, two blocks) deserve better than what the Sixers can offer. Covington is a criminally undervalued fantasy asset.
  • Isaiah Thomas (30 points, six dimes) is averaging 20.9 points, 6.1 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.6 3-pointers in 12 games as a starter.
  • The buy-low window on Carmelo Anthony (28 points, 13 rebounds, three triples) has been closed.
  • A new starting lineup was no problem for Tobias Harris (17 points, 10 rebounds, 4-of-6 FGs) or Nikola Vucevic (22 points, 12 rebounds, two blocks, 10-of-19 FGs).
  • Marcin Gortat, who has been a disappointment this season, is starting to turn it on over his last handful of contests. His 17 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks vs. Charlotte was among his best efforts of the season.
  • Nicolas Batum (16 points, seven rebounds, 11 assists, two steals, three triples) is a guy I’m happy that I “overrated and overdrafted,” while those who continue to discount Jeremy Lamb (18 points, seven boards, one steal, one block, two triples) are doing so out of sheer ignorance. This is a different situation—and a different player—than the one we saw in OKC.
  • What’s left to say about Andre Drummond? Another near 20-20 (18 points, 20 rebounds) with two steals and five blocks in a pre-Thanksgiving feast.
  • LeBron James (24 points, six boards, eight assists) and Kevin Love (21 points, 13 rebounds, five triples) have no choice but to carry the Cavs until Kyrie Irving is back.
  • James Harden (40 points, five rebounds, five assists, three steals, five triples, 12-of-19 FGs, 11-of-11 FTs) has a real case for the No. 1 overall fantasy pick.
  • Without DeMarcus Cousins (back), Rudy Gay (36 points, 13-of-21 FGs), Rajon Rondo (10 points, nine rebounds, 13 assists) and Omri Casspi (19 points, seven rebounds, two steals, three triples) had no problem producing…Casspi needs more minutes, and he should have signed for more than he did. He is an underrated player.
  • Khris Middleton’s last four games: 15.0 points, 3.8 assists, 1.3 steals, 2.0 triples, 46.5% shooting. His production is up, but minutes are down. I’d still try and buy low.
  • Paul Millsap (22 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, one block, 9-of-11 FTs) is not someone to sell off. This is the real deal.
  • Zach LaVine (18 points, five rebounds, six dimes, two triples) makes sense as a speculative add with Ricky Rubio dealing with ankle issues once again.
  • Gorgui Dieng’s last two games: 11.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 2.5 blocks…it’s a direct result of Karl-Anthony Towns struggling, so I’ll need to see way more to believe a resurgence is in order.
  • In a tough matchup vs. OKC, both Thaddeus Young (18 points, eight rebounds, three steals) and Brook Lopez (26 points, eight rebounds, two steals, two blocks) managed to produce stat-stuffing efforts.
  • Kevin Durant (30 points, five triples, six rebounds, five assists, three blocks) and Russell Westbrook (27 points, six rebounds, 13 assists, five steals) are the most dominant duo in basketball. The two combined to shoot 21-of-34 from the field.
  • Another great game from Kawhi Leonard (26 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals, four triples) has been our expectation, but Tony Parker (16 points, eight rebounds, eight assists) keeps producing right along with him…Parker has been a great value at the PG position so far this season.
  • Is there anyone better than Anthony Davis (26 points, 17 rebounds, two steals, two blocks, 11-of-14 shooting) when he’s feeling right?
  • In what could have been his last big opportunity, Ish Smith (20 points, five rebounds, 11 dimes, two triples) made sure to leave an impression.
  • The Brandon Knight (29 points, four rebounds, 10 dimes, four steals, four triples) experiment is working beautifully in Phoenix.
  • When Blake Griffin (40 points, 12 rebounds) and Chris Paul (24 points, five rebounds, eight assists, three steals, two triples) combine to shoot 28-of-38 from the field and the Clippers still lose to Utah, that’s a very bad look for a struggling team. Los Angeles had no answers for Gordon Hayward (33 points, seven rebounds, three steals, five triples). 
Ethan Norof
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