Line of the Night: If the tail end of the NBA season is good for one thing, it’s crazy-ass lines that seemingly come out of nowhere. For example Ty Lawson (3.04), who is averaging 0.9 threes a game this season, hit 10 threes against the Wolves on his way to a career high 37 points, adding 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Said Lawson about the game, “Every time I threw it, it went in…”. Amen to that.
Honorable Mentions: The NBA had a relatively modest five games yesterday, so I’ll try and keep his short.
Milwaukee played against the Cavs, so it’s no surprise that John Salmons (1.65) had the second best line of the night with 32 points on 14-18 shooting. Drew Gooden (1.11) – aka Tragic Johnson – had an insane triple-double with 15 points, 13 rebounds, and 13 assists, 2 blocks. Brandon Jennings (1.12) also chipped in 14 points, with 9 assists and 3 steals. The Cavs were led by… ah… Baron Davis (0.42) I guess, who had 19 points and 6 assists in the 108-101 loss.
Compared to Lawson, J.R. Smith’s (1.26) 18 points on 6-13 from three (with 8 boards) looks downright anemic. With an injury to Danilo Gallinari (more on that below) Smith is in line to get some big minutes over the last few days of the season.
The Rockets may have nothing left to play for, but that didn’t stop Chuck Hayes (1.15) from having a very Chuck Hayes-on-steroids type game for the Rockets with 12 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. He also helped contain down Blake Griffin on the other side of the ball, holding him to 13 points on 6-18 shooting.
John Wall’s (1.12) rookie season hasn’t been an unqualified success the way Blake Griffin’s has, but when Wall is on, he’s the best rook in the league. Against the Hawks yesterday, Wall was definitely on, as he finished with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, and a couple of steals in a blowout win.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Brad Miller (1.68) scored 16 points, with 4 threes, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 26 minutes off the bench for Houston. If the NBA season were a party, Brad Miller (1.68) would be the guy who blew it off, showed up at the tail end of it, ate all your food, drank all your beer and then left without saying a word. Thanks but no thanks, Brad.
Pick Up Lines: Goran Dragic (1.32) got the start at PG for the Rockets with Kyle Lowry out with a sore foot. He was more than solid, scoring 14 points, with 10 rebounds and 7 assists in 38 minutes on the court. Sounds like Lowry is done for the year, so add Dragic for the Rockets’ last two games if you’ve still got something to play for.
Wesley Johnson (1.21) could eventually turn into a nice fantasy guy who can play multiple positions (G/F) and can do a little bit of everything from hit the three to block some shots. Last night against the Nuggets was a good example of his potential as he scored 13 points, hit 3 threes, grabbed 6 rebounds and blocked a couple shots.
My man Othyus Jeffers (1.07) had a big double-double off the bench for the Wizards, finishing with 13 points and 11 rebounds in 30 minutes. The Wizards blew out the Hawks in this game, so I would not expect a repeat performance this season.
Biggest Loser: Technically, Danilo Gallinari (-1.01) put up the worst line among guys owned in a majority of leagues. But he sprained his ankle 10 minutes into the Nuggets/Wolves game (call it the curse of the Jersey Shore) and ended with 3 points on 1-6 shooting from the field. Gallo says he’s going to “aggressively rehab” his ankle, but more likely he misses the remainder of the regular season.
C.J. Miles (-0.87) had been a nice pickup for a lot of owners this season. But he’s been downright atrocious over the Jazz last 4 games, shooting a combined 9-37 over that span. Yesterday against the Spurs, Miles continued the trend by scoring 2 points while shooting 1-5 from the field.
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