Heat: James Johnson had 12 points and blocked two shots. … Dragic had nine rebounds and eight assists. … Miami finished with a 70-62 advantage in points in the paint. … Heat players wore black patches reading MSD in white to honor the victims of the shooting last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Coaches wore Stoneman Douglas lapel pins with the school’s symbol, the head of an eagle. “It’s an absolute honor for us to wear these,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I know I speak for everybody in that locker room and everybody in the organization — we are so very inspired by the leadership and courage and absolute fearlessness of the kids and young men and women. … Such a tragic event, but we hear their voices loud and clear, and we are behind them.”
As of right now, I can tell you that the organization is conducting itself as if Leonard won’t be returning to the fold for the rest of this season. That’s not to say that’s what’s going to happen. But with each passing day, Leonard’s prospects for a return this season are diminishing significantly.
The notable example this year is Jimmy Garoppolo, the quarterback the Patriots traded to the 49ers at midseason. Garoppolo’s going to get the same payout the rest of the Patriots get, because of a clause in the CBA that protects players like him.
If a player was on a Super Bowl team’s roster for at least eight games and isn’t on another team in the same conference at the time of the Super Bowl, he gets the full share that all of his ex-teammates get. Because the 49ers are in the NFC, Garoppolo is eligible to get paid big, and he’ll make either $56,000 or $112,000.
At his salary — and on this massive slate especially — I’m looking for 50-plus fantasy points. With Davis being an absolute beast without DeMarcus Cousins, Karl-Anthony Towns averaging over 60 fantasy points per game vs. Houston this season, Nikola Jokic entering the break on fire, and even the dirt cheap Hassan Whiteside, who beats out Drummond in both player efficiency rating and usage rate in a great matchup for big men, out there tonight, Drummond is the odd man out for me.