I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but over the last 2 weeks, Carmelo Anthony (2.55) has increased his scoring from a season average of 22 points to over 31 points including games with 39, 42, and 43 (and last night’s triple-double that seems like it should have won Line of the Night: 35 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 steals). Well, the Celtics played the Knicks last night and evidently Paul Pierce (2.84) decided he’d had enough and he was going to show Carmelo that he could score 43 points too.
Line of the Night: Paul Pierce (2.84) scored the aforementioned 43 points on 4 threes, 11-19 from the field and a huge 17-18 from the line. He also had 2 steals and only 3 turnovers compared to Anthony’s 5. If you originally drafted Pierce as a Small Ball SF, then that kind of game is exactly what you’re looking for. Not sure that it’s exactly what the Celtics are looking for, though, as they ended up losing to New York. (Anthony, by the way, is #2 on the Player Rater over the last 2 weeks)
Honorable Mentions: Greg Monroe (2.32) only had 12 points, but he led the Pistons in what might be the biggest ass-whooping I’ve ever seen. The Pistons won by 39 points, but if you look at the box score, the Cavs outscored them by 11 in the 4th quarter. Yes, that means they had a 50 points lead (100-50 as a matter of fact) at the end of the 3rd quarter. How bad is Luke Walton feeling right now? Going from clinching a playoff spot to losing by 39… ouch. Anyway, in only 27 minutes, Monroe was 4-4 from the line and added 13 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 blocks. Teammate Brandon Knight (2.20) played almost 30 minutes, ending up with 28 points, including 4 threes, and 11-12 from the field while adding 7 assists.
Paul George (1.97) only had 9 points (on 3 threes) but added 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals to make the Player Rater like him. Danny Granger (1.46) was the one who took on the scoring load for the Pacers with 24 points (6 threes), and 6 rebounds.
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Meanwhile, Tim Duncan (1.51) scored 19 points (9-14 from the field), with 8 rebounds, and 2 steals in the second game of a back-to-back (SEGABABA) but the Spurs play again tonight, (and it’s against the Kings) so if you’ve got daily changes, keep an eye out for any word that he might be sitting. Seems like a very good time for it. In fact, with one more game against the Lakers and then two sets of back-to-backs against the Cavaliers, Blazers, Suns, and Warriors, I wouldn’t expect more than 3 games out of Duncan for the rest of the year. Who knows, though, maybe Poppovich will get worried that they’ll be rusty going into the playoffs…
Finally, Mike Conley (1.49) led the Grizzlies to a win with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals.
Injury of the Night: Rajon Rondo (1.30) played 38 minutes to end up with 13 and 13 with 2 threes and 6 rebounds, but evidently he took a hard fall and was down on the ground for about 3 minutes and then getting treatment after the game. Since the Celtics play again tonight, check for news on his status if you’re in a daily changes league. If he doesn’t play tonight, I would think he could rest up and play again on Friday.
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Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Speaking of guys who are playing well over the last 2 weeks: J.R. Smith (2.38) added another 25 points (7 threes), and 6 assists to push himself to #12 over that time span (45% owned). With that high of an ownership rate, though, he’s probably not available in the super competitive leagues that the elite readers of GMTR play in.
Pick Up Lines: When I was looking through last night’s game photos for that picture of Carmelo and Pierce, I kind of wondered why there were so many shots of Steve Novak (2.19) looking like he just farted while the captions said that he actually just made a three pointer. Well, Steve made 8 threes going 8-10 from the field en route to 25 points (19% owned). There are certainly guys I could recommend less highly, so I guess the fact that Novak seems all but guaranteed to make at least 2 threes a game is worth something if you need threes and points and not much else.
I’m going to cut out any flowery prose and just say, here’s three guys who should be owned: Jose Barea (1.63): 28 points (5 threes), 5 rebounds, and 8 assists (42% owned, so, he’s probably already taken, but definitely worth checking on); Avery Bradley (1.07): 17 points (5 threes, 6-9 from the field) – #67 on the Player Rater over the last week, but only 14% owned; Matt Barnes (0.69): 16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists – #18 on the Player Rater over the last week, but only 18% owned. Barnes obviously is only good until Kobe comes back, but he should be out at least one more game, and if you’re micromanaging enough to still be paying attention at this point, take a look at Barnes.
Biggest Loser: Antawn Jamison (-1.63) was a huge part of the 50 point loss (sorry, it should be classified as a 50-point loss; there should be some kind of mercy rule in the NBA where if you’re down by 50 at the end of the 3rd quarter then you don’t have to finish the game). Jamison had 3 points on 0-10 from the field along with 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 turnovers. The team as a whole shot 34%, so Jamsion wasn’t the only one having an off-night, but everyone else who took a shot at least made one.
Daily rankings and stats come from the GMTR H2H Player Rater (beta version). They are based on the stat Wins Above Replacement Player (WARP) an estimate of the number of wins a player produces per week in H2H leagues over a replacement (waiver wire) player.
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