Line of the Night: If you were wondering what kind of line Kevin Love (2.71) could put up against the Charlotte Bobcat’s front line of Kwame Brow and Boris Diaw, you have your answer: 35 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Love shot 11-16 from the field 10-11 from the line, but the Wolves still lost in overtime by a score of 108-105. Provided I can count correctly, Love has now double-doubled in 22 straight games.
Honorable Mentions: Rajon Rondo (2.59) might not get a lot of love from our player rater, but last night’s insane triple double against the Spurs – 12 points, 10 rebounds and 22 assists (with 6 steals) – gives him the second best line of the night. If not for the 5 TOs, he would have been on top. In a show of what kind of year Rondo is having, the 22 assists isn’t even a season high – he had 24 against the Knicks early in the year. I’d say the ankle is feeling fine.
Manu Ginobili (2.11) led the Spurs in that game with 24 points, 8 boards and 5 steals. There is still a lot of time left in the season for Manu to wear down, but he’s only playing 32 minutes a game, which is not that much more than the 27-31 he’s averaged in past seasons. Of course, he’s always broken down in past seasons, so history is not on his side.
He’s no Rajon Rondo, but Jose Calderon (2.36) scored 20 points (on 8-10 shooting) adding 17 assists of his own. Now if he could only stay healthy…
And after two bad shooting games in a row, Kevin Martin (2.33) dropped a season-high 45 points on the Blazers hitting 6-8 from three.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: It’s a good sign that DeAndre Jordan’s (2.17) ownership is finally up to 40%, since he’s been worth owning in most leagues for at least a month. Against the Nuggets, Jordan pulled down a season-high 20 boards, adding 14 points and 6 blocks in 41 minutes. Jordan now has 19 blocks in his past 3 games. With Chris Kaman being Chris Kaman, Jordan could easily spend the rest of the season as the Clippers starting center and is definitely worth an add if he’s available in your league.
Louis Williams (1.76) is another guy who should be available in shallow leagues, if you like your players to put up 25 points one night and 3 the next. Last night against the Wizards was a good for Williams as he scored 26 points on 7-10 shooting from the floor. Over the past couple weeks, Williams’ best games have come against the Lakers, Magic and Celtics, so if you only play him against good opponents, you should be alright.
For the Deep Leaguers: The Lakers’ giants forced the Suns to go big, so Mickael Pietrus was pushed to the bench and Jared Dudley (1.31) got some extra run (hey, an inch is an inch). In 31 minutes, Dudley scored 21 points, with 6 boards and a couple steals. The Suns should return to their usual lineup in their next game, so just keep an eye on Dudley for now and hold onto Pietrus if you had picked him up.
Julian Wright (1.30) played a season high 31 minutes off the bench for the Raptors, scoring 15 points, with 9 boards and 5 assists. The game was a blowout against the rudderless Cavs, so wait for a repeat performance before adding him.
Patrick Mills (0.82) played a season high 28 minutes against the Rockets (compared to only 19 for starter Andre Miller) and finished with 14 points on 4-7 from three. Dante Cunningham (0.69) is another guy getting extra minutes for the Blazers due to injuries. He had 10 points, 5 boards and 3 steals in 28 minutes off the bench. The Blazers are a team that could be in for some big changes, and Mills and Cunningham may eventually see an increase in fantasy value because of it.
Worst Non-Fantasy News of the Night: A day after OJ Mayo got suspended for fighting with Tony Allen over a game of Boo-Ray, Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins has banned gambling from team flights. Way to ruin it for everyone else guys.
Biggest Loser: A 1-9 shooting night from George Hill (-1.12) against the Celtics. He finished with 3 points and 3 assists.
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