Line of the Night: The fastest way to the proverbial heart of the GMTR Player rater is to not miss a shot out on the court (in case you were thinking about getting it something for Valentine’s Day). That’s exactly what Steve Nash (2.27) did last night, shooting 8-8 from the field, 2-2 from three and 2-2 from the line to finish with 20 points with 12 assists.
The bad news for the Suns is that the Kings rallied back in the fourth quarter and took the game by a score if 94-89. DeMarcus Cousins (1.45) went into beast mode during the fourth quarter and finished with a career-high 28 points, adding 8 rebounds and 6 assists. While the Suns are in hardcore denial mode about how good their team is, the facts are that the Suns record stands at 14-18 and they are currently in 11th place in the West. Nash is the ultimate professional and is not the type of guy to pack it in, but I’d be a little worried about his future with the team if Phoenix continues to lose. Teams that are trying to win a championship don’t exactly trade for the 2010 version of Vince Carter.
Honorable Mentions: Fantasy owners can live with Josh Smith’s (2.22) 5-14 shooting night as long as it comes with 22 points, 10 boards, 3 threes, 3 steals and a couple blocks. Alright – where is Antawn Jamison (2.01) getting his HGH from? Jamison scored 35 points on 14-22 shooting, adding 10 rebounds against the Mavs. He was the only Cavs starter to score more than 8 points. We have not seen a lot of Darren Collison (1.67) up on this list this year, but last night he put up a Knicks enhanced 22 points, 6 assists and 3 threes. Collison has played 30+ minutes in four straight games, so he and the Pacers’ offense might finally be warming up to each other.
After missing one game with a stomach virus, Rudy Gay (1.64) helped the Grizzlies crush the Lakers by a score of 104-85 with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Lakers’ fans aren’t exactly feeling their team at the moment. Kobe isn’t exactly feeling them either. And Phil Jackson ain’t exactly feeling Kobe.
With KG out, Paul Pierce (1.92) continues to score like the old days for the Celtics. Pierce had 30 points on 10-15 shooting against the Raptors, adding 7 rebounds and 3 threes in the win. But more important than wins and losses is the fact that Rajon Rondo (-0.84) made his return for the C’s after missing 7 games. Rondo had a fairly quiet 4 points and 8 assists in his return and turned the ball over 5 times, but I’d get him back in my lineup now, because 75% of Rondo is better than 100% of most other PGs.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: DeShawn Stevenson (1.60). One day after the Caron Butler injury (which will likely keep him out at least a couple months) and we got to see a new Mavs lineup that excluded the still injured Dirk. That lineup saw Stevenson get the start at SF and he responded with 21 points, hitting 5-12 from three. While minutes will be there for Stevenson, I’d be hesitant to add him since 1) the game was against the Cavs, 2) Dirk should be back soon, 3) Stevenson went off from three, 4) he’s DeShawn Stevenson.
In case you are wondering, the Mavs also started Shawn Marion (0.68) at PF and Jason Terry (0.55) at SG, while Dominique Jones (0.76) saw the most run off the bench. All three played well. When Dirk returns, Marion should slide over to SF, Stevenson to SG and Terry will return to the bench.
The Kings had a strange game against the Suns. Tyreke Evans (2-12 shooting) was horrible, while Omri Casspi (1.45) was great off the bench with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Francisco Garcia (1.38) exploded for 20 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks. The Kings are currently a fantasy crime scene we have roped off with police tape, but I do like Garcia in deep leagues as long as he’s starting. However, GMTR takes no responsibility if you end up with blood all over your hands after grabbing a King off the waiver wire.
Toney Douglas (1.19) saw the most minutes on the court since early November thanks to a Danilo Gallinari knee injury against the Pacers. He ended up scoring 12 points with 7 assists and a couple steals in 28 minutes and could be in line for some extra time if Gallinari were to miss some extra games. Ronny Turiaf (1.07), who blocked 6 shots, also benefited from extra playing time. All that being said, early reports suggest that Galinari’s injury isn’t too serious.
Party-time Patrick Patty Mills (1.07) racked up 5 assists and 5 steals in 23 minutes off the bench for the Blazers, but he won’t see enough minutes to be useful for fantasy unless Andre Miller gets hurt. Ramon Sessions (0.94) had 19 points and 12 assists in 30 minutes for the Cavs and is worth a look as long as Daniel Gibson remains out. DeMar DeRozan (0.23) is owned in more than 50% of leagues right now, but after scoring 64 points in the Raptors’ last two games, I just want to officially let everyone know he’s worth adding if he is still hanging out on your league’s free agent list.
Biggest Loser: Not your typical game from Raymond Felton (-1.04), who scored 14 points against the Pacers on 5-13 shooting. Felton only had 1 board and 2 assists in 38 minutes on the court, but he did manage to turn the ball over 5 times.
I wouldn’t be doing my due diligence if I didn’t report that the man I so vehemently defended on the podcast, J.J. Hickson (-1.02), had one of the worst fantasy lines of the night shooting 3-10 from the field, finishing with 7 points and 2 boards. While the entire Cavs team except for Antawn Jamison and Ramon Sessions played awful against the Mavs, the sad part for Hickson is that he only played 18 minutes despite Anderson Varejao being out with an injury. That’ll teach me to defend J.J. Hickson in the future.
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