Line of the Night: After losing a blowout to the Warriors the day of the Monta Ellis trade, the Kings have gone 3-1, but more importantly: they have scored 112, 120, 115, and 119. Marcus Thornton (2.43) had won LotN twice in a week after last night’s 31 points (3 threes), 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals. The Kings had 3 players in the Top 20 (of 153) last night, and while Milwaukee did that too, they got it from an unexpected game by Beno Udrih and a continuation of one of Carlos Delfino’s crazy streaks. Okay, fine: Marcus Thornton has been a pretty crazy run himself, but his WARP for the season is still more than double that of Delfino. DeMarcus Cousins (1.32) came up with 23 points (on 9-16 shooting – bravo!), 5 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 blocks. He was only 5-10 from the line or he might have been vying for the LotN himself. Rounding things out: Isaiah Thomas (1.04) had 18 points (5-10 from the field, 8-9 from the line), 7 assists, and 2 steals.
Honorable Mentions: Wesley Matthews (2.24) continues to try to keep the wheels on the Trail Blazers’s wagon with 21 points (5 threes, 4-4 from the line), 9 rebounds, and 2 steals, but the aforementioned Milwaukee Bucks with 3 of the Top 20 performances cruised to a dominating victory. Carlos Delfino (1.70) put up 16 points (4 threes, 6-8 from the field), 5 rebounds, and 2 steals in that game.
Chris Bosh (1.93) carried the Heat to a victory over Phoenix with 29 points (12-16 from the field), 8 rebounds, and 2 steals. I’m sure Danny Granger (1.78) owners are hoping his 25 points (3 threes, 8-8 from the line), and 8 rebounds are a sign that he’s heating up again right in time for their 5-game week starting next Monday. Goran Dragic (1.52) owners, meanwhile, just continued to hope that Kyle Lowry doesn’t feel the need to come back before the real NBA playoffs start. Dragic had 16 points, 7 rebounds, 13 assists, and 2 steals in a comeback win against the Lakers.
Jeremy Lin‘s playing time is down over the last 4 games, but it hasn’t stopped him putting up lines like: (1.72) 18 points (6-10 from the field, 4-4 from the line), and 10 assists. Amare Stoudemire (1.50) was also a part of the Knicks blowing out the Raptors with his 22 points (8-13 from the field), and 12 rebounds.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: At this point in the season, George Hill (1.52) is probably one of the better Point Guard options. He’s not exactly the droid you’re looking for, but with 15 points (3 threes, 6-7 from the field), and 6 assists and a WARP that is trending up recently, he’s definitely worth a look (30% owned). This is especially true if you don’t care that San Antonio only plays games next week, but you do care that they play a massive 8 games from the 16th to the 26th (which is probably most league’s Finals face off).
Pick Up Lines: As I said before Beno Udrih (1.32) – with 15 points, 4 assists, and 4 steals (6% owned) – and Isaiah Thomas (1.04) – with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals (46% owned) – provided extra sparks to show some hidden depths on their respective teams. Of course, only one of them is likely to keep it up and his name is not pronounced the same as a natural enzyme used to reduce gas and bloating. His name is pronounced just like the guy who ruined the Knicks for a long, long time.
Speaking of Sacramento Kings in the Top 20: Jason Thompson (1.00) came in at 21 last night with another 14 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 assists (30% owned). If you need a big man, there’s your guy.
Chandler Parsons (0.91) is probably still available. I don’t want to be all like “there’s a reason for that”, but his 13 points (3 threes), 7 rebounds, and 2 steals come on the heels of 4 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist (18% owned). I’m not saying, I’m just saying. Another Rocket who keeps sputtering on the landing pad and failing to take off is Courtney Lee (0.89). Last night Lee had 23 points (3 threes), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals, but much like Parsons, it followed a 2 point, 7 rebound, 2 assist performance (10% owned). Whether you’re headed to the playoffs already or still fighting for a spot, I wouldn’t trust either of those guys.
A guy that I do want to trust is Ekpe Udoh (0.85). But with 2 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 blocks, I’m not sure it’s going to happen. Sure we like the blocks, and the rebounds are okay, but 2 points with only 3 shots… It’s clear he’s got talent but is struggling to fit in with his new team. I’d say he’s a definite sleeper for next season, but probably not more than that (10% owned).
Biggest Loser: If you recall today’s alternate post title, then you can see the pieces fitting into place. If someone told me that at this point in the season the Indiana Pacers would beat the Clippers and actually have a better record (even by 1%), I would have said, “Wow, I bet David West made a big difference for that team.” I would have been very wrong. To wit: David West (-0.96) had 3 points on 0-3 from the field with 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 turnovers. Bleacher Report answers the question on everyone’s mind: Should you dump David West? The answer may surprise you.
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