Line of the Night/Waiver Wire Line of the Night: For the second straight day, one of the Miami Heat players had the Line of the Night. It wasn’t LeBron James<, who sat with a sprained ankle, nor Dwyane Wade who missed his second straight with a foot injury. Of course, with those two guys out, there were a lot of shots for everyone else, especially since their game against the Hawks went into 3 overtime periods.
So, with all those caveats, please welcome Mario Chalmers (2.94) as your Day 12 Line of the Night. Chalmers played 49 minutes to end up with 29 points (3 threes, 6-6 from the line), 7 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 steals. Those are not the kind of Per 36 Minutes numbers you want to see for fantasy basketball purposes.
Of course, they’re better than Shane Battier’s, who also played 49 minutes but only had 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 blocked shot. Chris Bosh (2.49) played only 47 minutes to end up with 33 points (4-4 from the line), 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.
The Bucks did not go into any overtimes, but Brandon Jennings (2.63) played 42 minutes and scored 31 points (6 threes), to go with 7 assists and 5 steals. Andrew Bogut was still out, for anyone watching that situation. Carlos Delfino only had 11 minutes as coach Scott Skiles apparently went back to his much vaunted (and consistently ineffective) 3-guard offense, playing Shaun Livingston for 30 minutes and Beno Udrih for 25 minutes. Perhaps Delfino was injured, but there’s nothing about that in the recap.
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The recap does talk about DeMarcus Cousins playing well with his new head coach, and while he did have 19 points and 15 rebounds, he still only shot 8-18 (44%) from the field and 3-6 from the line. His teammate Tyreke Evans (2.02) was also 8-18, but made 9-9 from the line and 1 three-pointer to end up with 26 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. Of course, Evans played 41 minutes compared to Cousins’s 27. Another guy with big minutes for the Kings was Marcus Thornton (1.26) who played 42.5 and ended with 27 points (2 threes, 5-5 from the line), 5 rebounds, and 2 steals.
Moving on to the other two games of the night (even on the relatively slow Thursday nights we have 4 games!), Pau Gasol (1.61) had 19 points (7-10 from the field, 5-5 from the line), 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks for the Lakers. And while Kobe scored 30, it wasn’t enough to overcome Gerald Wallace (1.44) and his 31 points (13-19 from the field), 5 rebounds, and 2 steals plus LaMarcus Aldridge‘s (1.42) 28 points, and 10 rebounds.
Meanwhile, Richard Jefferson (1.40) continued his flashback to his pre-Spurs days with 16 points (3 threes), and 7 rebounds. Is this some sort of new Third Year Bump we’re seeing? Jefferson helped the Spurs build a 26 point first half lead, so there’s not a lot else to be said about that game. You know things aren’t good for the defending champs when Delonte west has the best line with 10 points, 1 rebound, and 3 assists.
Pick Up Lines: As I just mentioned, the Spurs game was kind of a blowout, so the fact that Matt Bonner (1.52) ended up with 17 points (5 threes, 6-10 from the field), 6 rebounds shouldn’t be that spurprising. (That was a typo, but it actually works out pretty well) Bonner was only +2 on the +/- rating, which means he came in when the Spurs were already up big.
Tracy McGrady (1.31) played almost 30 minutes for the Hawks, soaking up some of those overtime minutes to finish with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 blocks (13% owned). That’s probably not going to happen often – his previous season high was 25 minutes.
One guy to actually keep an eye on (if not pick up already) is Gary Neal (0.79). Even though Erik heard from a reliable source that James Anderson would be the Man to fill in for Manu, he played only 6 minutes compared to Neal’s 20. Even in those limited minutes, Neal had 12 points (4 threes), 5 rebounds, and 2 steals (13% owned).
Biggest Loser: Plenty to choose from last night… starting with Tim Duncan (-1.10), who didn’t really have to try too hard, so he didn’t, ending up with 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 assist while going 4-13 from the field and 2-6 from the line. Going against Duncan was Lamar Odom (-0.86) who had 6 points on 3-10 from the field with 8 rebounds. Odom was only -10 on the +/- though, compared to Jason Kidd (-0.70) who was -14 in only 11 minutes, finishing with 0 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists. Teammate Dirk Nowitzki (-0.61) stuck around a little longer, but didn’t help much with his 6 points (3-11 from the field) and 6 rebounds.
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