…when he’s playing the Knicks after they’ve just returned from a long West Coast road trip.
Line of the Night: Beno Udrih (2.36) took advantage of a fugly Knicks’ performance to score 29 points (on 11-14 shooting) adding 5 rebounds, and 4 steals in 40 minutes. Udrih is now sitting at #61 on the GMTR player rater for the season – the highest ranked King on the list for the year.
Honorable Mentions: Amare Stoudemire (2.21) was the only Knick starter who didn’t completely embarrass himself in the game against the Kings. In fact, his 25 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks was huge compared to the rest of the team. But he was also a panic-inducing 6-22 from the field.
Aaron Brooks is being worked back into the lineup at a glacial pace, meaning that Kyle Lowry (2.29) continues to get 40 minutes of run a night. In a start against the Hornets, Lowry scored 28 points, with 6 boards and 7 assists. Hopefully you weren’t an idiot like me and dropped Lowry when Brooks came back a few weeks ago.
Antawn Jamison (2.24) rebounded from that horrific Lakers’ beat down a few days ago with a 26 point and 11 rebound double-double. He also hit 4 threes. The new King of Cleveland (am I rushing that title?), J.J. Hickson, (-0.16) exploded for 21 and 14 in the game. Unfortunately, he also exploded for 9 turnovers.
Nice to see a good game from Brook Lopez (2.08), who scored 35 points on 13-19 shooting against the Knicks. It would have been nice to see more than 6 rebounds from the big man, though. A word of advice for Brook… 7 footers usually stand under the basket and raise their arms when a shot is taken. Maybe you should give it a try.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Technically, it was Shaquille O’Neal (1.75) who lumbered his way through 35 minutes for the Celtics to score 23 points, making 10-12 shots, and blocking 5 shots. A couple things to note. One, this performance came against the Bobcats and why-am-I-still-in-the-league Kwame Brown. Two, every non-Turk over 6-8 is currently out with injury for the C’s, forcing Shaq to play extended minutes in the short-term.
Jarrett Jack (1.47) got some extra minutes off the bench with Marco Belinelli out with a sprained ankle. Jack played a season-high 37 minutes, scoring 23 points with 7 assists. Belinelli’s injury isn’t serious, so expect Jack’s value to be short lived.
In his second game as the Piston’s starting center, Greg Monroe (1.19) put up 12 and 7 with 3 steals in 38 minutes. It was his first non-double-double in 5 straight games and with Ben Wallace out for the time being with a sprained ankle, Monroe make a nice pickup if you’re in need of a center.
Biggest Loser:How bad are the Kings? The Knicks shot 32% as a team last night and still only lost to Sacramento by 10 points. Their bad shooting night started and ended with Raymond Felton (-0.99), who was 2-15 from the field, finishing with 6 points and 6 assists.
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