While Stephen Curry is currently facing the worst field goal percentage in a calendar month of his career, Joel Embiid, who was second in the MVP voting last season, continues to argue for ultimately winning the trophy.
On Tuesday night, the Philadelphia 76ers center scored 42 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to go along with four assists and blocked four shots in a win over the New Orleans Pelicans. This was Embiid’s fourth straight game with at least 35 points and 10 rebounds, making him only the fourth player to have such a streak since the merger.
In the past two seasons, Embiid could only play in 51 games. However, it looks like he’s made the necessary changes this season to pay huge dividends to those fantasy managers who selected him on draft day.
Tobias Harris also shone for the 76ers, scoring 33 points and taking down 11 rebounds in 39 minutes of play. Philadelphia continues to use him as one of their best offensive options behind Embiid, and he has rewarded them by scoring more than 17 points in seven of his last eight games.
Gary Trent, Toronto Raptors: 32 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal
OG Anunoby, Toronto Raptors: 24 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block
Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics: 0 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal
Spencer Dinwiddie, Washington Wizards: 5 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals
Dejounte Murray scored 19 points, with 10 assists, five rebounds and three steals in 24 minutes for the San Antonio Spurs in a stunning win over the Rockets. He was a leading all-round player in the league this season, with three triple-doubles and five double-doubles in January. Jakob Poeltl added 18 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks for Spurs in just 21 minutes.
With his 33 points last night against the Nets, LeBron James now has 18 straight games of 25 points, tying for the fifth longest run in Los Angeles Lakers history. Anthony Davis returned to the floor after missing 17 games due to a sprained left knee. He scored eight runs in just 25 minutes and kept the nets 2-of-10 from the field when he contested a shot.
Jonathan Kuminga fared well in the Golden State Warriors’ victory over the Mavericks, scoring 22 points, five rebounds and four 3-pointers in just 18 minutes of play. That said, due to his inconsistent minutes even with Draymond Green out, Kuminga is not one you should rush to add to your roster. Klay Thompson’s sore knee didn’t stop him from playing. He scored 15 points, added two rebounds and six assists. The good news? Thompson shot more than 50% of the field for the first time this season.
Karl-Anthony Towns of Minnesota scored 17 points and grabbed 17 rebounds with four blocked shots, but it was Jarred Vanderbilt who really impressed with 13 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. It was his sixth double-double of the season. Vanderbilt (available in 79.5% of ESPN leagues) must be picked up immediately. Speaking of double-doubles, Jusuf Nurkic of the Portland Trail Blazers now has six straight games where he’s reached that bar. On Tuesday, he scored 20 points against the Timmberwolves and added 14 rebounds in just 32 minutes.
On Tuesday, Nikola Jokic of Denver had 28 points, 21 rebounds and nine assists against the Pistons. He joined Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson as the only players in league history to score 150 points, 70 rebounds and 50 assists over a five-game period. For Detroit, Cade Cunningham had a career game, scoring 34 points with eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals, four blocks and six three-pointers. The rookie became just the third player in the past 40 years to lead his team in all six of those statistical categories in the same game.
Amir Coffey of the LA Clippers recovered from Sunday’s underpowered game with 29 points, five rebounds and two steals in 37 minutes against the Wizards. Coffey (available in 96% of ESPN leagues) is to be busted with Paul George who may be out for the season.
Early in his game, Tim Hardaway Jr. of the Mavericks the fifth metatarsal of his left foot. He will be out for a while, but Jalen Brunson will benefit immediately. Brunson has averaged 15.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game. For those in deeper formats, check out Dorian Finney-Smith, who averaged 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 13 games this month.
Jalen Smith, Phoenix Suns: With Deandre Ayton (ankle), Jae Crowder (wrist) and JaVale McGee (knee) all ruled out, Smith has a chance to succeed against the Jazz. While only averaging 14.0 minutes per game this season, Smith has managed to produce 19.0 points and 15.7 rebounds per 40 minutes, so the expected extended minutes should help his numbers tonight.