Line of the Night: We know that Hedo Turkoglu (2.48) plays well when the offense flows through him, but last night’s game against the Mavs he took that concept to the next level. Hedo had a career-high 17 assists, adding 13 points and 5 steals win the win. Congratulations if you were able to grab Hedo when he was traded to the Magic; he’s averaging 6.5 assists and 5.3 boards a game with his new team.
Honorable Mentions: It was a great night for great duos. Kevin Durant (2.14) scored 40 points and grabbed 8 boards as the Thunder beat the Grizzlies, 109-100. Durant was 13-14 from the line in this one. Russell Westbrook – the Tango to his Cash – (1.94) scored 22, adding 11 assists and 3 blocks. Westbrook hit all 10 of his free throws.
Al Jefferson (2.01) and Paul Millsap (1.91) both rocked it in an overtime win over the Rockets. Jefferson scored 24 points, with 13 rebounds and 3 blocks, while Millsap (1.91) finished with 27 and 10 (12 of those points came in OT).
Finally, Al Horford (1.75) powered his way to 14 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks, while Josh Smith (1.65) took advantage of Tyler Hansbrough to score 27 points, with 10 rebounds and 6 assists.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Ersan Ilyasova (2.13). The 6-9 forward made his first career start at center in place of Andrew Bogut (who missed the game with a virus), and the results couldn’t have gone better. Ilyasova scored a career-high 22 points, adding 13 rebounds and 3 steals as the Bucks destroyed the Nets.
Ilyasova’s minutes have been all over the place the past couple of weeks (ranging anywhere from 17 to 40), but he is currently the team’s starting PF (when Bogut is healthy) and brings a nice fantasy skill set with him. As long as Drew Gooden remains out with plantar fasciitis, Ilyasova is worth a look in deeper leagues.
Chris Douglas-Roberts (1.58) has also been getting some extra run for the Bucks over their last two games. A night after scoring 30 against the Heat, Roberts dropped 24 on the Nets, shooting 9-14 from the field and racking up 3 steals. The Heat game went to OT and the Nets game was a blowout, so I’d want to see a little more from Roberts before picking him up.
With Gerald Wallace out for the Bobcats, second-year player Gerald Henderson (1.36) has been inserted into the starting lineup. After two so-so games as a starter, Henderson found a groove against the Wizards, doing his best Gerald Wallace imitation with 19 points, 9 boards and 3 blocks. Henderson is worth a pickup only if Wallace were to miss any significant time. However, Wallace is current day-to-day with an ankle bruise and could be back next week.
I have trouble putting the words DeShawn Stevenson (1.29) and good waiver wire addition together in the same sentence. But credit where it is due, the man has picked up his game with Dirk and Caron Butler out for the Mavs. Stevenson’s latest saw him go 6-9 from three and score 24 points in 35 minutes on the court. Once Dirk returns, Marion will slide down to SF and Stevenson will go back to splitting time at SG with Jason Terry, but for now take advantage of his extra play if you need threes.
Austin Daye (1.15) was a GMTR man crush to begin the season, but he was quickly squeezed out of the Pistons’ rotation when he couldn’t hack it playing out of position at power forward. In recent games, Tracy McGrady has been playing some PG/SG, and that has opened up minutes for Daye on the wing. He finished with 15 points and 6 boards in yesterday’s overtime win and he is worth at least keeping an eye on to see if he can carve out a consistent role going forward.
Speaking of Tracy McGrady (0.91), the man has been playing well recently. He returned to the bench last night after starting the last 4 games, but McGrady sill got over 37 minutes of run and finished with a slightly odd line of 9 points, 7 assists and 2 blocks. McGrady was always a skilled passer and he’s showing it recently – he is averaging 6.8 assists over his last 5 games. Now the question is can he actually stay healthy over a significant period of time.
Biggest Loser: If Mike Dunleavy (-0.44) had a superpower, it’d definitely be the ability to turn invisible. In fact, he can already do it on the basketball court whenever he wants, like in last night’s game against the Hawks, where Dunleavy was 2-5 from the field, scoring 6 points in 30 minutes of the court. He did have 7 boards which was nice, but put up 0’s across the board in everything else.
On Tap: Tyreke Evans is doubtful for today’s Kings game against the Raptors after rolling his ankle in Thursday game against the Denver Nuggets. If he does miss the game, Pooh Jeter should get some extra run.
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