Line of the Night: Dwyane Wade (3.04) was Miami’s catalyst for a huge 118-85 win over Memphis. Wade finished with 28 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals, and 5 blocks in the game. A quick look at Wade’s line this season show that despite averaging more minutes than last year, his stats have seen an across the board drop (with the exception of his rebounding, which is up). The biggest drop for Wade has come in assists, which have fallen from 6.5 last year to 4.5 this year. Overall though, Wade’s line is still good enough to put him at #12 on our player rater for the season.
Honorable Mentions: Not that we’re advocating for concussions, but Chris Paul (2.95) looked great in his return to the court after missing two games with 33 points, 7 rebounds, 15 assists, and 5 steals; J.R. Smith (2.31) led the Nuggets with 31 points (on 9-16 from three) as they beat down the Pistons 131-101; Ty Lawson (1.61) had 15 points, 11 assists, and 4 steals in the game; Dirk Nowitzki (1.74) scored 25 points, adding 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks in a loss to the Lakers; and Big Al Jefferson (1.32) had 33 points and 18 rebounds in a loss to the Bulls. If this was NBA Jam, flames would be shooting out of Jefferson’s body right now.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Jeff Teague (1.89) finally had his breakout game. Unfortunately, it’s about 4 months late for anyone who expected him to be a sleeper this season. But with Marvin Williams clearly not working out in the starting lineup, the Hawks moved Joe Johnson to SF and started Teague alongside Kirk Hinrich. It worked for Teague, who scored 24 points (on 11-17 shooting), adding 5 steals and 3 blocks. It also worked for the Hawks, who won the game after losing four straight. While this game probably represents a high point for Teague this season, he should be worth an add as long as he stays in the starting lineup (which is likely given that his competition is Marvin Williams).
Pick Up Lines: Former Hawk Mike Bibby (1.66) scored 17 points, with 5 threes and 4 assists for the Heat. However, he’s only averaging 6 points and less than 2 assists a game since joining the team, and should be avoided just like he was on the Hawks.
The Bucks must really like to be careful with concussions. After Carlos Delfino missed about 2 months with a head injury, Ersan Ilyasova has been out since the end of February with one. Luc Mbah a Moute (1.64) has been starting at PF in his place, and his latest line included 14 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 steals against the Sixers. Moute is inconsistent, but he’s available in 96% of Yahoo leagues and makes a good add in deeper leagues while Ilyasova is out if you need some rebounding/block numbers.
Another good game for Courtney Lee (0.54), who had 16 points, 7 boards and a couple steals in 32 minutes on the court for the Rockets. With the exception of one bad game on the 8th, Lee has been solid lately and is worth taking a look at in most leagues as a do a little bit of everything type player.
Damien Wilkins (0.38) was a surprise off the bench for the Hawks, scoring 12 points off 6-9 shooting in 26 minutes. He could also be in for an increased role on the team at the expense of Williams. Keep an eye on him in deep leagues.
And Raja Bell (1.16) scored 14 points with 8 rebounds for the Jazz. He’s been… um, getting a lot of minutes for the Jazz.
Ok, let’s move on.
Biggest Loser: Everything that Teague was on the court last night for the Hawks, Kirk Hinrich (-1.03) was the opposite of. Hinrich finished with 0 points, 2 rebounds and 0 assists in only 16 minutes on the court.
Jrue Holiday (-0.87) had 6 points, 2 assists and 6 turnovers as the Sixers got blown out by the worst offensive team in the league, the Milwaukee Bucks. Holiday has been playing well lately and should bounce back in the Sixers next game.
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