Although the Thunder got destroyed on Saturday, Adams fell just one point shy of his second consecutive playoff double-double. Adams has also been more active on offense, taking more shots and everything. Adams could be a respectable DFS going forward. He's a cheap, solid DFS option. He'll see time on the floor and contribute in the rebounding category while he's improving offensively as well.
It was a brutal night for Westbrook missing five more shots than he had points. Maybe he should think about Mark Cuban’s comments some more prior to Game 2. It was Westbrook’s first playoff game this season in which he didn’t record a double-double. If the Thunder are going to upset the Spurs, they need both Kevin Durant and Westbrook to play four flawless games. Fantasy owners should expect something close to flawless for Westbrook in Game 2.
To put it nicely, Kevin Durant has not been good this postseason. As it has come to fruition more lately, Durant seems like a guy who always gets a pass when he and the Thunder don’t succeed. To put it simply, he needs to step up and play at the MVP level we’ve all grown accustomed to. He hasn’t reached 20 points twice in three games after scoring at least 20 in 63 consecutive games. It’s unacceptable. Fantasy owners can’t be happy either as there’s no way Durant is coming close to hitting his DFS value.
Ibaka was the most effective player on offense for the Thunder on Saturday. He scored a team-high 19 points but was only able to grab two rebounds. The insanely low number of rebounds was mostly because the Spurs didn’t miss from the field seemingly all night. The Spurs interior defense can be scored upon, especially with Ibaka’s ability to stretch the floor. This wasn’t a fluke and the Thunder are going to rely on him to score like this again.
The Spurs scored 124 points and Tony Parker only scored two of them. He did, however, dish out a game-high 12 assists. Parker was just finding his teammates constantly and they were doing the rest. Parker’s fallen to the Spurs third or fourth scoring option which absolutely kills any fantasy value he had. Parker’s 12 assists are a fluke and likely won’t happen again his entire postseason.
Playoff Danny Green is back, we see. Green is a career 40-percent three-point shooter who shot 33-percent from three in 2016. He struggled with his shot all year and was truly the only downfall of the Spurs team offensively. Saturday night was a whole different story as he missed only missed one shot, including knocking down 5-of-6 from downtown. Green hasn’t done this very often this season, so trusting him going forward in fantasy is not the smartest idea.
It was light work for Leonard who got in scored 25 points over 22 minutes and got out. Leonard has been fabulous this postseason, scoring 20-plus points in four of the team’s five playoff games. The two-time defensive player of the year will continue to be an excellent fantasy option because of Oklahoma City’s seemingly disinterest with playing defense.
It was like watching a man amongst boys on Saturday as Aldridge was incredible all night long. Not only did he score a personal playoff best 38 points, but he did so on 78-percent shooting. He likely would have scored more if they kept him in but the game was out of hand in the first quarter and Aldridge wasn’t needed any longer. If Aldridge continues to play like this, the series will be over in a heartbeat and fantasy owners will likely win some money with him in their lineups
With an eye on the future, Sacramento wants to hire a coach who will command the respect of their mercurial star. DeMarcus Cousins has talent but needs a strong presence to keep him on track. Patrick Ewing has moved to the front of the Kings wishlist due to his background of working with centers. Ewing has helped Yao Ming, Dwight Howard and Al Jefferson in his years as an assistant. It remains to be seen if Ewing gets the job, but his ability to help Cousins develop is an asset many other do not possess.
He is a game time decision for Sunday. He has said he plans to play but keep an eye on his status for Sunday. He is not a huge offensive or defensive performer, so his status is of little use in fantasy these days.