I guess that’s one way to take advantage of the All Star Break (especially since some teams have 3 games in 4 days in this already traditionally short week).
Line of the Night: Dwyane Wade (2.71) was 25% of the Heat’s 120 output with his 30 points (11-16 from the field) adding 10 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks.
Kyrie Irving (2.19) continued making his case for Rookie of the Year with 25 points (3 threes, 6-6 from the line), 5 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. Can’t argue with that at all.
The Blazers racked up 137 points against what looked like a Spurs Moneyball team or something (starters: Corey Joseph, Danny Green, DeJuan Blair, Kawhi Leonard, Richard Jefferson). Jamal Crawford (2.14) took advantage with 20 points (5 threes, 6-8 from the field) and 8 assists while teammate Gerald Wallace (2.02) put up 19 points (6-10 from the field, 6-6 from the line), 10 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 blocks. Plenty of assists to be made in that game with LaMarcus Aldridge (1.86) also scoring 21 points (8-12 from the field, 5-5 from the line), adding 7 rebounds and 2 steals.
Marcus Thornton (1.89) and the Kings other two guards continued to excel in the 3-guard lineup with 23 points (4 threes), 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.
Brandon Knight (1.86) probably won’t win ROY, but he seems to have somehow hurdled the rookie wall he struggled with in late January. Knight scored 24 points (4 threes, 8-12 from the field, 4-4 from the line) with 5 rebounds.
Two big men fill up the stat line (and even shoot pretty decently from the line): Marc Gasol (1.81) had 15 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists, and a huge 5 blocks, while Greg Monroe (1.79) scored 19 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, also had 7 assists, and got 3 steals.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Kawhi Leonard (2.31) played a season-high 43 minutes with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker (and Tiago Splitter, I guess) sitting on the bench. Leonard’s 24 points (9-14 from the field), 10 rebounds, and 5 steals (8% owned) was by far his best game of the season. Leonard is averaging 24 minutes for the season (25 minutes over the last 5 games shows that it’s not really trending up), so while he’s definitely worth owning at #135 on the Player Rater, it’s a little tough to decide when to play him with the Spurs somewhat random decisions to sit or start guys.
Pick Up Lines: Isaiah Thomas‘s (1.63) ownership rate is up to 40% thanks to the Kings 3-guard-lineup-that-actually-seems-to-work. The Kings lost to the Heat, but Thomas scored 24 points (5 threes, 5-5 from the line), with 5 assists.
Alonzo Gee (1.52) came off the bench to help the Cavs pull off the win with 16 points (5-5 from the line), 11 rebounds, and 2 steals in only 25 minutes (13% owned). Over the last 15 games, Gee is #117 on the Player Rater. He’s a good rebounder for a SG and also gives you some nice steals and a bit of threes. Daniel Gibson (1.18), on the other hand, pretty much only gives you threes, except when he somehow gets up for 8 points and 3 blocks (8% owned). He’s been in an out this season, so definitely make sure he’s in before you consider picking him up.
Speaking of guys who only give you threes: Marco Belinelli (1.14) is averaging 30 minutes a game (thanks Eric Gordon) but only rarely putting up fantasy-relevant lines like 15 points (3 threes) and 6 rebounds (20% owned). Over the last month he’s only at #151, which I guess makes him the exception that proves the 30 minute rule…
Lavoy Allen (0.71) started his first game at Center for the 76ers, playing a season-high 29 minutes and scoring 14 points with 5 rebounds and 2 blocks (1% owned). Elton Brand sat with a thumb injury, and will be out again tonight, so if you want to play in a FREE $100 Prize Fantasy NBA Contest Tonight At Daily Joust, Allen could be a really nice value pick (and yes, I’m putting my money literally where my mouth is [okay, where my typing fingers are] and picking Allen as one of my PFs in the contest for tonight).
DeMarcus Cousins (-0.49) only had 9 points and while he did have 7 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block, he also shot 3-13 from the field and turned it over 3 times.
Daily rankings and stats come from the GMTR H2H Player Rater (beta version). They are based on the stat Wins Above Replacement Player (WARP) an estimate of the number of wins a player produces per week in H2H leagues over a replacement (waiver wire) player.
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