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Donovan Mitchell drops 36 points, Wendell Carter Jr. dominates Thunder

Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell

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On a nine-game Sunday, we didn’t add to the list of eight 50-point scorers this month, but there were still some star performances, while MVP candidates struggled. We started off with some blowouts and ended on a game-winning putback. Let’s dive into it!

Pacers 129, Trail Blazers 98

Even without Malcolm Brogdon, the Pacers had no problem taking care of Portland quickly. That resulted in every Indiana player playing well but limited the overall output of each guy.

Justin Anderson slid into the starting unit with Brogdon sidelined and played a season-high 36 minutes, which allowed him to score 18 points and collect six rebounds and four assists. While he made for a solid streaming option this game, Brogdon should be back next game, which eliminates Anderson’s value. Unless he gets another start, Anderson won’t be a valuable fantasy option moving forward.

Oshae Brissett finished with a team-high 24 points and nine rebounds while shooting 8-for-10 from the floor. This is the third straight game that his shot attempts have been in double digits. It seems as though he’s becoming more of a staple in the offense, which bodes well when he hits eight of his ten shots.

Lance Stephenson had 11 assists and three steals off the bench. He’s only a legit option when Brogdon and Chris Duarte are out, which has happened often lately. Though he won’t put up these numbers every time, he proved he still has it in the tank. Duane Washington Jr. has also been solid when Duarte is out, and he had 13 points and six assists in this game.

Both Goga Bitadze and Jalen Smith were questionable before the game and both ended up playing. In limited minutes, both were productive, though Smith does more in less time. They’re limited by each other, but both have been solid lately and should continue to be. If one of them ends up missing a game, the other should be in for a big night.

Justise Winslow was sidelined for this game as he continues to deal with an Achilles issue, so CJ Elleby slid into the starting unit. However, Elleby did do much with his minutes. He’s been a decent rebounder this season but doesn’t provide much aside from that.

Josh Hart turned in a very solid performance and managed to only be a -6 in a 31-point loss. He finished with a 26/3/4 line with three triples and two steals on 11-of-13 shooting. As long as Portland is dealing with injuries to Anfernee Simons, Jusuf Nurkic, and Damian Lillard, Hart seems to be the go-to guy. He’s providing 4th round value over the past two weeks.

Trendon Watford has also provided 4th round value over the past two weeks and turned in a 17/8/3/2/1 line with two triples. He’s up to 54% rostered, so if he’s available in your league, he can make a huge difference in the playoffs.

Kris Dunn finished with 11 points, nine assists, and three steals off the bench. He’s only got a few days left on his 10-day, but he can be a solid streaming option if Portland keeps him around.

Grizzlies 122, Rockets 98

Memphis had no problem taking care of the Rockets even without Ja Morant in the lineup. Morant is supposed to see the medical staff in Memphis in a few days, which could jeopardize his availability for their matchup with Brooklyn on Wednesday.

Tyus Jones started in place of Morant, finishing with 13 points, seven assists, and two triples. Jones’ value is limited to games that Morant doesn’t play, but he can be a healthy source of assists when he starts.

Morant’s absence allowed Desmond Bane to be more of a playmaker. Bane tied his season high with seven assists while scoring 24 points and adding five boards, three triples, and three steals. Bane has been great all year, but he’s been even better over the past few games, providing 2nd round value over the past week.

Dillon Brooks had his best game since returning from injury. He finished with 20 points and three steals. His return couldn’t have come at a better time, and he seems to be rounding into form. He’s provided 12th round value since he returned.

Garrison Mathews started in place of the ill Eric Gordon again, this time missing his only triple. His value is limited to 3-pointers, so it’s awful when he can’t even get you one.

Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. both shot the ball poorly in this game. That’s the growing pains you deal with when you have young guys. Hopefully, they can be more consistent next season.

Christian Wood only played 21 minutes and finished with 12 points and seven rebounds. Hopefully the Rockets can keep some games closer so Wood can produce more.

If you’re still in the fantasy playoffs and starting any other Rockets, bravo to you.

Magic 90, Thunder 85

Wendell Carter Jr. looked like a man among boys in this game. He was flawless, aside from the five turnovers. He finished with a line of 30/16/2/2/1 with two triples. He joins Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard as the only players in franchise history with at least 30 points and 15 rebounds on 80% shooting in a game. That’s decent company.

RJ Hampton was the only Magic player to shoot above 50% from the floor. However, he hasn’t been an excellent fill-in for Jalen Suggs, who was sidelined with a bone bruise in his right ankle.

Chuma Okeke turned in his typical, well-rounded performance off the bench, finishing with a line of 8/11/2/2/1 with two triples. His numbers have been down the past two weeks, so hopefully he can build off this and get back on track.

Mo Bamba put up a 7/10/1/1/1 line. Incredibly enough, that’s the first time he’s finished with double figure rebounds in back-to-back games since November.

Without Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the Thunder really struggled to put the ball in the basket.

Aleksej Pokusevski finished with a solid line of 7/7/5/2/2. However, he took 20 shots and only made three. Three. And he turned it over five times. Yet, somehow, he finished as a +17. Just some insane numbers that you won’t see often.

Isaiah Roby had the best performance for Oklahoma City, finishing with an 11/10/3/3/2 line. He’s struggled the past few games, so it was nice to see him get back on track as he slid back into the starting unit.

Hopefully SGA will return from this ankle soreness next game so we don’t have to see these kinds of stat lines anymore.

Pelicans 117, Hawks 112

The Pelicans took over 9th place in the West because of the work their bigs did. Jonas Valanciunas, Jaxson Hayes, and Willy Hernangomez all double-double for New Orleans, combining for 55 points and 34 rebounds. Valanciunas always dominates the Hawks down low. He’s averaged 19.3 points and 13.7 rebounds in just 30.3 minutes per game when he’s played the Hawks since 2020. Hernangomez’ minutes mirror JV’s so he only had 15 minutes to finish with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Unfortunately, he’s only a consistent option when JV isn’t playing. He doesn’t get to play the Hawks every game, so he won’t always double-double in such little time. However, he has managed to provide 12th round value over the past two weeks in just 17.6 minutes per game.

With Devonte’ Graham out, Jose Alvarado played 24 minutes off the bench. He finished with a 15/4/4 line with three steals. He’s been a steals menace lately, but he’s really stepped up and proved himself as a worthy streaming option whenever he sees extended minutes.

C.J. McCollum struggled with his shot but still managed 25 points and eight assists. He’s been a solid playmaker lately but really had to be in this game with both Graham and Brandon Ingram out.

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Trae Young returned from a one game absence with a quad injury and was rather inefficient. He still double-doubled with a 21/5/10 line with three triples, but he turned it over seven times and shot 5-for-14. It may have had something to do with the injury still bothering him, or it could’ve been the defense of Herbert Jones. Either way, he should bounce back next game.

Young’s return sent Delon Wright back to a bench role. He proved he’s an excellent streaming option when Young doesn’t play, but he showed in this game that he’ll still be solid as a backup. He made all of his shots and finished with an 8/5/3 line with two steals. He’s not providing top tier numbers as a backup, but he’s well-rounded and efficient.

After a few games in a row of being a consistent source of triples, Kevin Huerter has been awful the past two games, missing all 10 of his 3-point attempts and shooting 2-for-16 overall. Hopefully he can get back on track, but thankfully Bogdan Bogdanovic has been solid off the bench. He’s seemingly taken over the hot hand that Huerter had, as he’s been excellent over the past two games after a few poor shooting nights in a row.

Suns 127, Kings 124

With Cameron Payne sidelined with an illness, Phoenix started Elfrid Payton at point guard. However, that experiment didn’t turn out to be a fruitful one, and Monty Williams only played him 18 minutes. However, in that time he had three steals and two blocks. Hopefully Payton will be back next game so we can get some assists, but Payton provided in the defensive categories.

Aaron Holiday ended up seeing more minutes than Payton despite coming off the bench. He also led the team in assists with seven.

Jae Crowder returned to the lineup, which pushed Torrey Craig to the bench. Craig had been unbelievable over the past two games but dropped back to reality in this game. He still came away with 10 rebounds and two steals.

Mikal Bridges played 50 minutes because of the overtime and tied his season-high with 27 points.

Devin Booker fouled out after posting a 31/7/5 line in 37 minutes. Landry Shamet ended up playing 31 minutes and scored 21 points with five triples. He hasn’t been consistent this season, but when he’s on, he’s on.

Davion Mitchell played big minutes for Sacramento with De’Aaron Fox sidelined again. Mitchell set career-highs with 28 points and nine assists in 46 minutes while tying his career-best with four triples. Mitchell really benefited from Fox’s absence, though he’ll likely revert to providing most of his value through steals and triples.

Domantas Sabonis injured his knee in the fourth quarter but posted an 18/12/6 line before exiting. That allowed Damian Jones to finish the game. He posted a 13/7/1/2/1 line and appears to be in line for some extra minutes if Sabonis ends up missing time.

Jazz 108, Knicks 93

Donovan Mitchell made his return to the lineup felt with a 36-point performance that included seven triples. Mike Conley got the night off for rest, so Mitchell took his spot. With Conley likely back next game, Nickeil Alexander-Walker should return to a bench role. He had been solid the past two games before shooting 0-for-6 in this one.

The star of Adam Sandler’s Hustle got another start in this game. Juancho Hernangomez finished with three steals and two triples. He’s mostly limited to those two categories, but he’s provided value in Bojan Bogdanovic’s absence. Sandler’s movie will be released on June 10th.

Rudy Gay had his most productive game in a month and a half, finishing with a 13/7/1/1/2 line off the bench. Jordan Clarkson did his thing with 23 points off the bench.

In an up and down, weird season for Julius Randle, these last three games have been down ones. He had a 13/11 double-double on 6-for-21 shooting, and his night ended with a strange exchange with Rudy Gobert. Hopefully he’ll be able to bounce back soon for the sake of those who have him rostered in the fantasy playoffs.

RJ Barrett posted a 24/7/3 line in 43 minutes. Evan Fournier scored 17 points with five triples. Immanuel Quickley finished with a 16/4/4 line off the bench. No other Knicks were very productive. Mitchell Robinson played 26 minutes but only collected three rebounds.

Celtics 124, Nuggets 104

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown scored 30 points apiece as the Celtics dominated the first half against the Nuggets and cruised to a win. Tatum posted a 30/6/7 line with six triples, while Brown finished with 30 points and six boards.

Robert Williams only played 36 minutes, but he finished with an 8/9/4/1/2 line without missing a shot. He played effective defense against Nikola Jokic, which is never easy to do.

Payton Pritchard chipped in 17 points and five triples without hitting a shot. Over his past two games, he’s scored 31 points on 11-for-11 shooting with nine triples and 11 assists.

Derrick White struggled to produce fantasy value again. Over the past week, he’s provided 25th round value. I wouldn’t blame you for dropping him if there’s a pickup you need to make.

It’s been hard to find consistent value outside of Jokic on the Nuggets this season, but he even struggled in this matchup against the Celtics defense. “Struggle” for him is different from others. It means he only posted a 23/8/4/1/1 line. Give credit to Boston for limiting him, but that didn’t keep him from providing plenty of value.

Bones Hyland continued to be effective with an 11/3/4 line with two triples. He’s been the second best fantasy asset for the Nuggets over the past two weeks and is rostered in just 40% of Yahoo! leagues.

DeMarcus Cousins scored in double figures for the third straight game.

Mike Malone said that Jamal Murray isn’t close to playing in games, so if you were holding out hope for his return, now is the time to let go.

Raptors 93, 76ers 88

With Fred VanVleet sidelined for this game, the Raptors struggled to find playmaking. However, FVV should play against the Bulls on Monday.

Without their point guard, Toronto was still able to score enough points to win the game. Precious Achiuwa slid into the starting unit and finished with 21 points and nine rebounds. He’ll likely return to a bench role with FVV returning, but he’ll still see plenty of minutes. He’s played at 12th round value the past two weeks and is rostered in just 27% of Yahoo! leagues.

Here’s Gary Trent Jr.’s scoring totals for the past six games: 42, 8, 28, 7, 23, and then nine in this game. Seems safe to say he’ll bounce back against Chicago.

Chris Boucher played 39 minutes and finished with a 12/14 double-double, while Thaddeus Young added a line of 2/7/3/1/2 in 19 minutes.

The 76ers big three struggled to get their shots to fall in this game. Joel Embiid finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds, but shot 6-of-20 from the floor. Tobias Harris shot 2-for-9 from the floor. James Harden shot okay at 5-for-12 with a 17/9/8 line, but he turned it over six times. They also combined to shoot 0-for-11 from deep.

Matisse Thybulle ended up being the fantasy All-Star in this game. He scored in double figures with two triples for the second straight game while adding three steals and four blocks. He won’t always post those monsters defensive numbers, but he can usually provide a few.

Georges Niang added three triples and has now hit seven over his past two games.

Spurs 110, Warriors 108

Dejounte Murray had his second straight subpar performance, but the Spurs were able to get the victory thanks to Keldon Johnson’s last second shot. Murray still finished with a well-rounded line of 19/6/8, but he only shot 8-for-24 from the floor. Johnson has been excellent lately, but he shot poorly for the second straight game. He still finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, and five assists.

Josh Richardson returned from a one-game absence but didn’t return to the starting lineup. That didn’t bother him as he scored 25 points, which is the most he’s scored since being traded to San Antonio.

Joshua Primo got another start, so maybe he’ll remain a starter instead of Richardson. He hasn’t been a great fantasy asset this season, but he could end up being one next season.

Draymond Green’s return to the starting lineup was short-lived thanks to an ejection. He only played 18 minutes and finished with four points, six rebounds, and five assists.

Klay Thompson rebounded from his 1-of-11 performance from deep by scoring 24 points with six triples in this game. He’ll have a great opportunity to be the focal point of the offense and have his shot ready for the postseason by the time Stephen Curry gets healthy.

Jordan Poole scored 28 points, which extends his streak of 20-point games to nine. He’s playing at 2nd round value over the past two weeks and should keep that up as long as Steph is out. He’s a league-winner.