Was it simple coincidence that the night after Amar’e hit a game winner just after the buzzer for the Knicks that Carmelo Anthony also hit a game winner that was taken away, or was it just further proof that Melo is destined to play for the Knicks. I think that next summer, he might as well one-up LeBron’s display of hubris and narcissism and make a whole reality show out of it as teams vie for his talents. Then the season finale would have him simply refuse to play for anyone but the Knicks.
Line of the Night: Meanwhile, Tim Duncan (2.92) showed that while he may be an old man, he can still play a mean game of ball. He had 28 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks while going 12-18 from the field in that 1-point win against the Nuggets. I wonder if his teammates get tired of his stories that go off on tangent after tangent until they all forget what the point of the story was in the first place. Kind of like that joke. Which was about how old Tim Duncan is, but probably didn’t have as high a percentage from the field.
Honorable Mentions: There were a bunch of Celtics with nice fantasy lines including Ray Allen (1.93) who was as efficient as ever with 18 points (2 threes), 6 assists, and 4 steals; Kevin Garnett (1.80) double-doubling with 17 points and 14 rebounds, adding 2 steals and shooting a very nice 8-10 from the field; and finally, Paul Pierce (1.15) with another double-double, but with 15 points, 10 assists, and 5 rebounds.
Injury Interjection: Unfortunately for the Celtics, as Patrick first reported in his post on Yao Ming, Boston will be without Rajon Rondo for 1-2 weeks with a sprained ankle. That means (again, unfortunately for the Celtics) that Nate Robinson is a good pickup since he’ll be pretty much the only guy they have who can play the Point Guard position. And while Patrick says to pick him up if he’s available, as always: be sure you look at the numbers before picking him just because he’s a “must add” while Rondo is out. His 14 points, 5 assists, 2 threes, and 3 steals were very nice, but check his FG% and Turnovers before clicking that Add button.
Then there were the losing effort guys: Mike Bibby (1.36) trying to hang on to fantasy relevance with 11 points, 8 assists and 2 steals; Gilbert Arenas (1.22) had 19 points, 9 assists, 3 threes, and 2 steals as the Wizards lost to the Nets (whose best line was Kris Humprhies down at #12 on the night). Arron Afflalo (1.14) continued to pick up any slack in Chauncey Billups’ abscence with 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists; and Carmelo Anthony (1.01) scored 31 points (almost 33) with 9 rebounds.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: I can’t remember if we decided to lower the requisite ownership percent, but if we’re still at 50%, then Kirk Hinrich (0.99) wins it with 10 points, 6 assists, and 4 steals.
Next up would be Ty Lawson (0.96) who remains a good pickup for as long as Chauncey Billups is out. Lawson had 15 points and 7 assists, going 6-10 from the field.
And if I look at the list, the next name who’s not highly owned is Zaza Pachulia who I am NOT recommending you pick up. I just wanted to throw that out there as a non-recommendation, so you don’t pick him up based on one game where he played really well for 18 minutes.
Biggest Loser: Josh Smith (-0.59) wasn’t doing much to try to stop the Celtics, scoring 1 points on 0-8 from the field, with 4 rebounds and 3 assists. If you lose FG% this week with him on your team, that was probably what did it.
On Tap: After a fairly premium Thursday night, there’s actually some nice games coming up tonight. To wit: Miami in New York. Both super hot teams right now, and there’s going to be some awesome fantasy performances. I’m not fully prepared to Guaranshee™ anything of course, but it seems inevitable.
Utah at New Orleans promises to be nice as well. Even if it’s probably not going to deliver for fantasy (especially compared to Heat-Knickerbockers), that’s going to be some good basketball execution.
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