Line of the Night: Thanks to a large snowstorm rolling through the southeastern US, Stephen Jackson (2.21) put up the best line of the night in front of about 1,000 fans in Charlotte. Jackson seems like the type of guy who would play exactly the same whether it was the NBA finals or a pickup game, so its so surprise that he finished with 27 points, 6 boards and 4 steals while everyone else on the court (especially the Grizzlies) seemed to play like they were outside in the snow.
Honorable Mentions: There were only three games last night, so we’ll try to keep this short. Derrick Rose (1.86) led the Bulls to a win over Detroit with 29 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Carlos Boozer (0.76) had 27 and 11 (get that man some hot sauce), while everyone on the Pistons was a black hole for fantasy purposes (Tayshaun Prince (0.53) was their high scorer with 15 points).
The Rockets beat the Celtics 108-103 and was fantasy led by Kyle Lowry (1.55) with 17 points and 8 assists AND Aaron Brooks (1.41), who returned after missing three games to score 24 points, hitting 5 threes and adding 5 assists. Lowry and Brooks both started in this one thanks to a wrist injury that kept Kevin Martin out of the game (I get those all the time, Kevin). We keep saying that a healthy Brooks hurts Lowry’s value, but Lowry isn’t listening to us and he’s been playing just fine with Brooks in or out of the lineup.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: (aka: the steals edition) You know what I like about Ronnie Brewer (1.44)? Nothing. Still, Brewer has worked his way into a Manu Ginobili-like role (minus the awesomeness) off the bench for the Bulls and he’s now consistently getting about 30 minutes a game while starter Keith Bogans gets less than 20. Last night against Detroit, Brewer got 32 minutes of run and finished with 11 points, 6 assists, and 3 steals. Brewer’s lines can easily put you to sleep if you read them in bed, but on the positive side he’s averaging 2 steals a game so far in January.
Tony Allen (0.88) is on my team in CBS 30-Man league and I still can’t get him into my starting lineup, so I can’t fault you if you haven’t been paying attention to the Memphis Grizzlies’ shooting guard situation. Allen has now started 5 games in a row for the team and is averaging over 3 steals a game during that span. Last night, Allen scored 13 points, adding another 5 steals and 2 blocks in 32 minutes. He’s the closest thing to a steals specialist in the league and is worth an add in deep leagues if you need help in that category.
Last year, the Celtics’ signed Marquis Daniels (1.38) to be their sixth man and spell the not-getting-any-younger Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. Instead, he became their 60th man and did most of his work in the form of high fives on the bench. This season, Daniels is starting to get some run thanks to a number of Celtic injuries and last night he scored 19 points (on 7-8 shooting), and grabbed 7 rebounds with 2 steals. He’s been less consistent than both Brewer and Allen, however, and would be my last choice of the three.
The Serenity Now Trade Rumors Edition: The on-again, off-again Nets/Nuggets trade extravaganza is now on again. Well, kind of. There is still the small issue that no player in the deal actually wants to go to the Nets. Plus Carmelo would still have to inexplicitly sign a long term extension to lock himself on the team, instead of becoming a free agent in a couple months and going wherever he wants. But other than that gigantic problem, it’s as good as done.
Biggest Loser: Unlike Stephen Jackson, Rudy Gay (-1.22) is powered by people. Gay had 13 points and 5 rebounds in the Grizzlies loss, but that came on 5-16 shooting from the floor and 2-5 from the line. His teammate O.J. Mayo (-0.81) scored 4 points on 1-8 shooting.
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