Line of the Night: Yesterday’s marquee fantasy match up saw the Denver Nuggets head to Golden State, so the only real question was which player from these two teams would have the LotN. And the answer is Dorell Wright (2.35), who played 43 minutes and finished with 23 points , 4 threes, 11 rebounds, 8 assists, AND 4 steals in the win. That’s a pretty damn good near triple-double line and a pretty nice bounce back game from Wright after he only scored 9 points in the Warriors previous game.
Honorable Mentions: A solid all-around performance from Tim Duncan (2.07) in a win over the Raptors. Two games after only playing 13 minutes in a blowout win, Duncan had 16 points, 7 boards, 6 assists, and 5 blocks in only 26 minutes. Duncan’s minutes keep shrinking, but at least he’s maintaining some level of efficiency.
On a night where Chris Paul couldn’t shoot straight (he was 4-15 from the floor), David West (1.76) had a huge double-double with 32 points and 15 rebounds. JaVale McGee (1.50) also had a monster double-double against the Bucks with 16 points, 17 rebounds, and 3 blocks. It’s definitely an encouraging line as it seems he’s fully recovered from the flu.
Nice to see Ramon Sessions (1.65) finally owned in over half of Yahoo leagues (he’s at 56%). The Cavs may have lost again, but with lines like this – 20 point, 6 rebounds, 12 assists, and 5 steals – Sessions’ ownership numbers should be more like 110%.
Finally, Dwight Howard (1.17) finished with 30 and 17 for the Magic, and was even a half decent 14-19 from the line. Unfortunately, he still had a team high 5 turnovers.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: DeJuan Blair’s (1.66) on-again, off-again love affair with huge double-doubles heated up again as Blair tied his career high with 28 points, adding 11 rebounds, and 2 blocks for the Spurs in a win over Toronto. Blair has now double-doubled in 5 out of the Spurs last 6 games and his minutes have been much more consistent during that span. A consistent DeJuan Blair is a scary good thing, and that makes him worth a look if you play in one of the 55% of leagues that he’s currently available in.
Pick Up Lines: Sasha Vujacic (1.59) scored a season high 25 points, going 5-7 from three and 9-14 overall. Considering it was his first double-digit scoring performance in about two weeks, just leave him as a free agent for… say… the rest of his career. A similar story saw Marco Belinelli (1.59) lose his starting job to Willie Green and sit the first half against New Jersey. He then proceeded to hit 5 threes and finish with 17 points all in the second half. In the start Green (0.24) scored the emptiest 19 points you will see all season – adding a single rebound to his line. Neither are worth owning in normal leagues.
Reggie Williams (1.18) has put up two solid games in a row for the Warriors. That might not sound like much, but it’s been since the end of December since that last happened. Williams scored 18 off the bench against Denver, finishing 4 threes, and 6 assists. I really, really wanted to like him this year, but it’s crazy that Williams (a scorer who isn’t scoring for the most part) is currently owned in 32% of Yahoo leagues.
It’s probably not cool to own Timofey Mozgov (1.11) unless your league counts posterizations as a stat cat, but I’m telling you to keep an eye on him. Thanks to Ronny Turiaf’s inability to stay injury free for more than about 10 seconds, Mozgov has started the last two games at center for the Knicks and he scored 18 points and added 6 rebounds in 22 minutes against his nemesis the Clippers. The Knicks’ tendency to run small does sometimes leave Mozgov as the odd Russian out, but the kid has skills and will be worth owning in fantasy leagues if he gets consistent minutes.
Erik wanted to mention Jose Juan Barea (0.69) in our last podcast as a waiver wire recommendation. I argued that Peja’s return would push Barea back to the bench and limit his minutes again. I was correct about the bench thing, but Barea continues to score in bunches for the Mavs even in a bench role. Against the Kings, he scored 20 on 8-12 shooting in only 22 minutes. I still don’t like his minutes situation going forward, but I can’t argue with his productivity.
Biggest Loser: In what will probably go down as my worst move of the season, I swapped Baron Davis for Gilbert Arenas (-0.92) with Erik in one of the “experts leagues” that we both play in together. The trade seemed like a win at the time; Davis was hurt while Arenas was putting up his usual solid, if inefficient, scoring numbers with the Wizards. But since being shipped off to the Magic, Arenas has been piling up crap like this more often than not: 2 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists on 1-7 shooting from the field. Arenas is droppable in normal size leagues if you haven’t mercifully done so already.
Dirk Nowitzki (-0.74) also had a rare off shooting night after jamming his wrist on Monday. He finished 4-14 from the field and scored 10 points, with 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Hopefully the wrist is not a lingering issue for Dirk owners.
I think there are a few reasons why Doug Collins wants to try out Andre Iguodala in a point forward role for the Sixers, but the most obvious is that Jrue Holiday (-0.64) has been playing like Billie Holiday lately. His latest line against the Magic included 3 points on 1-5 shooting, with 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 29 minutes. He’s been held to 6 points or less in 3 of his last 4 games and doesn’t have more than 4 assists in any one of those games.
And that leads me to the stat of the night courtesy of Liberty Ballers, “Holiday is averaging only 12.3 points and 5.7 assists on 40.9% shooting during the 40 games Iguodala has played, while averaging 17.8 points, 8.6 assists on 50% shooting during the 12 games Iguodala has missed.”
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