And in case you didn’t know, that means: Yesterday was Thursday. Tomorrow is Saturday. And Sunday comes afterwards. I’m pretty sure yesterday was also technically St. Patrick’s Day, but that’s not really funny, and all the NBA does for that is make players who don’t normally wear green jerseys wear them so that the Sterninator can wring more money out of the fans for his owners.
Some day, the extras in this video will use the fact that they were in this video as one of their Two Truths and a Lie. Of course it will be way too obvious that it has to be one of the truths, because who’s going to want to lie and say they were in that?
Okay, and now, while I will probably listen to the song a few more times before I get sick of it, I’ll never mention it again here.
Line of the Night/Waiver Wire Line of the Night: It’s like if you play for Mike D’Antoni, you suddenly become a three-point expert. Not only does D’Antoni push the pace in a very fantasy-friendly way, but he last night, he coached the Knicks to a franchise-record 20 three-pointers. Toney Douglas (2.16) ended up with 29 points by making 9 of those 20 threes and ended up with Line of the Night by going 10-14 from the field. As a Bulls fan who’s been on the wrong end up of that kind of performance by the Knicks, I know how the Grizzlies fans are feeling after their 21 point loss. (Do I need to say how it feels, or can you all imply from the context? Okay, then… sometimes it feels like being a Toney Douglas owner on the day when you get 1-14 from the field instead of 10-14 and 9 threes.)
Honorable Mentions: Speaking of 21-point losses, Gerald Wallace (1.81) helped the Blazers nearly double that margin with 17 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. The Blazers beat the Cavs by 41. Ouch. Yes, Cavs fans are feeling much worse than Grizzlies fans, and that’s been going on all season, not just on this particular Friday. Chauncey Billups (1.56) is now officially back for NY, going for 18 points (6-6 from the line), 8 assists, and 2 steals. Carmelo Anthony (1.16) was part of the Knicks three-point barrage making 3 of them to end with 28 points. Kim Kardashian’s boytoy Kris Humphries (0.94) had 13 points, 16 rebounds, and 5 blocks. After tapering to “just pretty good” Hump has bounced back in March with 5 double-doubles, and now has 7 in a row. Perhaps Kim showed him what a double-double is supposed to look like?
Derrick Rose (0.81) led the Men in Green – Chicago Chapter with 21 points, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. LaMarcus Aldridge (0.75) put up a double-double of 20 points (9-10 from the field) and 11 rebounds. Brook Lopez (0.75) had 22 points and a season high 8 rebounds. (Yes, I’m being snarky about the rebounds because he’s only averaging 6 a game. I drafted him and Bosh in the 2nd and 3rd round of one of my leagues this year and they dropped a combined 5.1 rebounds per game. That’s like 15-20 rebounds per week. I haven’t had the heart to go back yet and see how many extra wins I could have picked up in that category with 15 more rebounds a week.)
Pick Up Lines: Rudy Fernandez (1.54) got some extra PT in the blowout win and while he only managed 13 points, he had 5 assists, and busted out his usual fantasy weapon with 3 steals (16% owned). He’s probably not worth picking up at this point, and since Blazers fans love him, they’d be kind of stupid to send him anywhere else, so his prospects aren’t great for next season either, unless Brandon Roy shows some mercy and decides to just end his NBA career and hang out on a beach with Greg Oden and their piles and piles of cash.
Since there were only three games last night, we’re scraping the peanut butter jar for the last little remnants here now…
Manny Harris (0.56) was a good fantasy play for the Cavs for a stretch this season, but he’s just not getting the PT now. He did end with 10 points, and 2 steals, but that’s not going to help a team in the playoffs unless you are rolling real deep.
Jared Jeffries (0.51) is another non-helper with 5 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals.
And while Patrick was downing a different Young in favor of just about anyone else, Sam Young (0.48) can probably be excluded from any potential pick ups as well. His 11 points were the result of 4-6 shooting, but Shane Battier actually looked half decent for the first time since rejoining the Grizz, and he’ll probably continue to push Sam Young’s playing down. It’s pretty clear from Young’s game log that unless he’s getting more than 30 minutes, he’s struggling to find his way.
Biggest Loser: While there was quite a bit of “badness” going on last night, I’m going to go as far up as Deron Williams (-0.22) because he’s probably starting in most fantasy leagues still and he really shot a lot of owners in the foot last night. Or perhaps I should say he just shot at their feet because with his 1-12 from the field I’m not sure he could actually hit his target. Williams ended up with 5 points, 4 rebounds, 11 assists, and 4 turnovers. Hopefully that’s enough to win the Assist battle because he’s made it a lot harder to come up with the FG% category.
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