I’m pretty sure the NBA scheduled the 4 games before the All Star break anticipating that they would be leading indicators for the upcoming playoffs. And while they were probably right (congratulations schedule planners), it seemed like it was only maybe half entertaining…
Line of the Night: Kevin Durant (2.72) put on another show, building his lead on LeBron for Fantasy MVP with 33 points (7-7 from the line), 6 assists, and 3 steals. I’m not sure if the best sports betting sites take wages on who will be GMTR’s Fantasy MVP, but you’ve probably got a 50/50 chance if you bet on Durant or …
LeBron James (2.30), who probably made his owners more happy by filling his box score a bit more: 20 points (6-6 from the line) to go with 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 steals, and 2 blocks. Chris Bosh (1.20) helped LeBron’s assist total by going 11-17 from the field for 25 points, while grabbing 8 rebounds. Meanwhile, the Heat destroyed Jeremy Lin, who will receive another type of honorable mention much later in this post.
In the Orlando-Atlanta first round matchup, Dwight Howard (1.44) only scored 12 points (5-7 from the field), but had 12 rebounds, 2 steals, and 5 blocks. It wasn’t enough, though, as Atlanta pulled off the upset, despite having the Biggest Loser on their side (see below).
Andre Miller (1.04) played only 27 minutes, but went 7-10 from the field for 20 points with 7 assists. When you see the Waiver Wire Line of the Night, you’ll probably put 2 and 2 together and get 114 points for San Antonio and only 99 for the Nuggets. Miller is still owned in 75% of leagues, which I guess says something about owner’s faith in Ty Lawson/Arron Afflalo, or else it just says something about fantasy managers’ laziness.
A man who is not lazy: Serge Ibaka (0.97), who scored 11 points to go with his 13 rebounds and 3 blocks. I wonder if he’ll be drafted in the second round next year by eager owners who want to grab those 3 blocks per game before anyone else.
I’m not sure why Tony Parker (0.95) played 35 minutes with the Spurs leading by 26 at the half going into the All Star Break, but I guess he maybe wanted to pad his assist numbers with 12 of them to go with his 16 points (4-4 from the line).
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: DeJuan Blair (2.36) had a team high 28 points (12-21 from the field, 4-4 from the line), along with 12 rebounds, and 2 steals (46% owned). That was Blair’s best game in a long time so the 46% there seems high to me.
Pick Up Lines: It makes more sense to me to leave Richard Jefferson (1.83) in the lineup when you’re up by a ton, and likewise, I wouldn’t expect 17 points (5 threes, 5-8 from the field), and 8 rebounds (42% owned) from him again any time soon.
Metta World Peace (1.26) is still starting for the Lakers, but his 9 points (3 threes), 5 assists, and 2 steals is about the best you can expect since he’s only averaging 26 minutes over the last month and 24 minutes in the last 5 games (10% owned).
It seems like the Hawks are looking for anyone to play PG besides Jeff Teague. I don’t know what the deal is, since the only times I’ve seen him, he’s been awesome. I know his numbers have been pretty bad lately, but I feel like he must be suffering from some sort of Kwame Brown type syndrome where his confidence is pretty much shattered at this point since his good games are basically rewarded with less playing time. Granted, Atlanta was up by 17 at the half last night, but they gave Jannero Pargo (0.99) 19 minutes off the bench. I know Teague was shooting poorly, but with Pargo scoring 15 points (3 threes, 6-9 from the field) and being 0% owned, it’s enough to make you wonder if he’s worth picking up as Teague’s Playing Time continues to drop.
It won’t happen again (remember, the Nuggets got blown out), but I wanted to mention Julyan Stone (0.90) because I’d never actually heard of him before. Last night, Stone had 9 points (4-4 from the line), 7 assists, and 2 steals as the Nuggets got blown out by the Spurs (0% owned). It didn’t hurt that Ty Lawson is out with an ankle injury (hence Andre Miller’s resurgence) and Gallinari, of course, is still out and Rudy Fernandez as well.
And of course, since the Spurs were winning by a ton, Danny Green (0.83) got extra some extra run and came up with 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals (12% owned). Same thing for Matt Bonner (0.71): 12 points (4 threes) (17% owned).
So now we come to Jeff Teague (-0.83) who managed 13 points, but it came on 5-12 from the field and 3-6 from the line. He also had 2 rebounds and 2 assists with only 1 turnover, but that shooting…
Speaking of poor shooting: I’m not sure if Dwyane Wade was guarding Jeremy Lin (-0.70), but whoever it was on the Heat held the Linsation to 1-11 from the field, keeping him at 8 points. He did have 6 rebounds and 3 assists, but also a very Linspected (that’s supposed to be like “expected”) 8 turnovers. I guess the Yahoo score update bots must have started their break early since they still show Lin as having only 7 turnovers for the week.
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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