Andre Snellings ESPN
For the first time in his career, LeBron James was ejected from an NBA basketball game on Tuesday night. This was significant for several reasons, one of the most important was how weird it was. James was drafted in 2003 and played his 1082.
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This streak without ejection covered more than four presidential election cycles. If the streak was a person, I would be in high school for now. James' ejection streak had extended to more games of the regular season than Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird or Michael Jordan played throughout his career. Therefore, to say that it is rare and shocking that James is expelled is a great understatement.
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And exactly why James was expelled? The referee said that he only made a technical foul, but James' combination of an air blow in the direction of the official, accusing the referee and saying some words of choice before leaving led to the expulsion. James said he "simply" said what he had to say and then walked away, which is generally allowed, but that the referee decided to throw it away.
I just saw Chris Webber, Isiah Thomas and Kevin Mchale tell some funny stories about the certain word that absolutely can not be said to a referee, Webber hypothetically called that word "apple", and all three agreed to that LeBron must have released some "apple" bombs that have been launched so fast. There may be some truth in this, because we have all seen James demonstrably protest a call and charge the arbitrators before and, often, not even receive a technical foul, let alone an expulsion. Then … maybe he said an apple too many.
Regardless of the notoriety, the expulsion of James only had slight ramifications of basketball fantasy for the night. James was in the middle of a monster game at that time, having scored 21 points with 12 rebounds, 6 badists, 5 steals, 3 points, a block and 2 turnovers in 28 minutes before the third quarter.
On the other hand, there was only 1:59 left in the third quarter at that moment, and the Cavs were eliminating the Heat. James' night may have been close anyway, since only one Cavalier player played more than his 28 minutes anyway. Even a comeback from the last Heat fell short in a double-digit loss, the Cavaliers got their ninth consecutive victory, and James' owners still have a pretty strong game. If James were to choose a game and a way to be expelled for the first time, this would probably have been the one he had chosen.
Results of table
Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers: 38 points (10-16 FG, 14-17 FT) , 9 rebounds, 4 triples, 2 badists, 2 steals, 3 OT in 25 minutes  Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat: 19 points (7-7 FG, 5-5 FT), 6 rebounds, 2 badists, 1 block in 18 minutes
Kris Dunn, Chicago Bulls: 24 points, 8 badists, 4 steals, 4 triples, 4 rebounds, 1 block, 4 A
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards: 8 points (2-11 FG, 4-6 FT), 6 badists, 2 rebounds, 1 block, 1 TO
Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets: 7 points (3-7 FG), 6 rebounds, 6 badists, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 3 points, 2 TO
Tyson Chandler, Phoenix Suns: 1 point (1-2 FT), 5 rebounds, 2 badists, 1 block
It is expected James had made big numbers against his old team, and was on his way before being expelled, but his teammate Love stole the show with a monster line that included 32 points scored just in the first half.
Dunn (available in 74.8 percent of the ESPN leagues) again showed his positive side on Tuesday, while continuing to get in shape as one of the Bulls & # 39; guards of the future. His teammate Justin Holiday (available in 59.8 percent of the leagues) was also big on Tuesday, becoming a line of 25 points, 5 badists, 6 triples, 2 steals, 3 blocks and 1 change of the ball himself. Both are worthy of adding in the deeper leagues, as they can produce in a meager Chicago Bulls perimeter.
Hbadan Whiteside has been playing few minutes lately (22.8 minutes in his last five games) while dealing with his knee injury, and Adebayo (available in 99.6 percent of the leagues) took advantage of his 18 minutes off the bench with a great line Adebayo had not played in the previous three games or much this season, but this monthly high in minutes led him to have a pretty big statistic to wonder if he won more minutes.
Beal earned my endorsement as a player to build around on Tuesday, as the absence of teammate John Wall and a weak defense of the Timberwolves seemed to be about to generate large numbers. Instead, he could not find his shot and his teammate Otto Porter Jr. (22 points, 8 boards, 4 3) took over. Kelly Oubre Jr. (available in 80.6 percent of the leagues) also played well, and is consistent enough to be worthwhile in deeper leagues.
At the other end of the spectrum, I was very close to choosing Jokic as the player will fade on Tuesday because his opponents, the Jazz, have allowed the least number of fantasy points in the opposite centers, even in the games since Rudy Gobert fell. Instead, I went with Whiteside because of his recent limited minutes, but Jokic proved that he would have been worthy of the fading with a thin statistical line. The badists are still good, as the Nuggets run much of their offense through their big man on top of the key, but the points and rebounds left much to be desired.
The rotation of the great men of the Suns is in all types of flow at this time. In his previous game, Chandler and Greg Monroe started, with Alex Len getting a DNP-CD. On Tuesday, Chandler started but converted a weak line in 18 minutes, Monroe received a DNP-CD and Len (available in 77.3 percent of the leagues) dominated with 13 points, 18 rebounds and an badist in 30 minutes from the bench. None of the three is reliable at this time, but Len is my choice for the second half of the season if / when the Suns commit to a youth movement.
Jeff Teague missed another game with an Achilles tendon injury, and Tyus Jones (available in 97.2 percent of the leagues) converted another complete game into place with 12 points, 7 badists, 4 rebounds, 2 triples and a steal with 0 turnovers. Teague is day-to-day, but a pain in the Achilles tendon can persist, so Jones could end up being worth a short-term addition in the deeper leagues if he has a spare thread groove.
Devin Booker returned from losing a game with a toe injury, and erupted by 33 points, 9 rebounds, 5 triples, 4 badists and 2 blocks / steals combined. Booker can still be up and down, but when his shot is on, he is one of the most explosive producers in the league.
Gobert's injury is not new, but his continued absence has paved the way for his teammate Derrick Favors to return to play. finds its almost elite level years ago. Favors showed that again on Tuesday with a monster of 24 points, 9 rebounds, 5 badists, 3 blocks, 1 steal effort in which he made 12 of 16 shots from the ground. Favors is still surprisingly available in 32.2 percent of the ESPN leagues.
Analytics Advantage for Wednesday
The Dallas Mavericks have allowed their opponents 797 defensive rebounds through 21 games, the most in the NBA. Meanwhile, his Wednesday opponents, the Nets, have a paper player who bounces on Trevor Booker (available in 82 percent of the ESPN leagues) who is in line for extra minutes if Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (doubtful , ankle) sits down. This could make Booker an interesting transmission option for Wednesday.
The best players to see tonight
There is another ex-summit of the big man from the UK superstar in New Orleans tonight, with Karl-Anthony Towns arriving in town to face Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. In his last match, Big KAT got into fouls problems and turned a terrible game. Can he recover this time or will his elders in the UK get the best of him again?
Ben Simmons sprained his ankle at the end of his last game and is cataloged as a playtime decision for tonight. Will he play? If not, that could configure T.J. McConnell (available in 84.6 percent of the leagues) and / or Darío Saric (available in 42.3 percent of the leagues) will have strong nights in his absence. When Simmons sat down this weekend, McConnell exploded for 15 points, 13 badists, 7 rebounds and 4 steals / blocks combined in 37 minutes against the Magic.
The Memphis Grizzlies play their first game since head coach David Fizdale was fired. The Grizzlies are in the midst of a losing streak of eight games, most with offense in distress, and that led their best player, Marc Gasol, to speak before the shooting. Often, the teams have a short-term increase under a new coach, so they might look interesting in the fantasy against the Spurs tonight.