Line of the Night: There’s not much you need to do to win Line of the Night when you score 48 points, but Kobe Bryant (2.81) got those 48 points (going 12-13 from the line helps of course), and added 5 rebounds, and 3 steals to help you out in some other categories as well.
If Kobe had put up 17 less points, Derrick Rose (2.73) might have had the Line of the Night with his 31 points (4 threes), 11 assists, and 2 blocks. Of course, Stephen Jackson (2.37) also had an impressive performance with 34 points (3 threes, 12-17 from the field, 7-7 from the line), and 8 assists. Too bad his normally terrible shooting and lack of contribution in other categories still has him way down on the Player Rater.
David Lee (2.30) was actually not the first Warrior to make the list but his 20 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 steals are nothing to complain about. So, who was the best Warrior (and 3rd best line of the night after Kobe and DRose? Check the Waiver Wire Line of the Night!)
Jrue Holiday (1.85) scored 17 points (8-13 from the field), adding 6 rebounds, 8 assists, and 4 steals. He hasn’t been great, but he’s been good enough so far this year, and perhaps he’s starting to heat up…
Speaking of starting to heat up… Let’s get jazzed about Al Jefferson (2.04) putting up 30 points (13-17 from the field), 12 rebounds, and 2 blocks in his best (or maybe second best) game of the season. And another guy who put up his best (or second best) game was Tim Duncan (2.02) who scored 20 points on 9-12 from the field to go with 8 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 blocks. It seems that perhaps the sleeping giants are waking up… Which brings me to a new (and possibly short-lived section) of GMTR’s daily recaps:
Awakening The Giant: Dorell Wright (1.72) did something last night! Bolstered by 6 threes, Wright scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds along with a steal and a block. Patrick said he was giving him until the end of the week, so he still has 2 more games in which to backslide, but perhaps playing his old team was the spark he needed to get going again. Of course, it was also an overtime game, and Stephen Curry did not play… so don’t exhale to loudly just yet. But you can wipe the sweat off your forehead, at least.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Nate Robinson (2.40) has kind of blown up in the 3 games he’s played for the Warriors. Yes, (once again) Stephen Curry is injured, and Golden State is hurting for another guard, but Nate Rob exploded last night for 24 points (14-14 from the line), 5 assists, and 4 steals (10% owned). That 10% ownership rate probably reflects the deep leagues where he was picked up as a speculative add since his first two games with the Warriors were not all that bad. I have already picked him up in my one Small Ball league (where I also happen to own Stephen Curry). Even if you don’t have Curry, though, if you want Points, Threes, Assists, Steals, and FTP with poor FGP and no blocks (the quintessential Small Ball player) then Nate Rob is a great add. If he keep playing like the line he put up last night, I almost don’t care when Curry comes back (as a bonus: He’s eligible at SG in Yahoo and ESPN leagues).
Pick Up Lines: I’m not sure why three of the Timberwolves starters played less than 10 minutes, but Luke Ridnour (2.38) was not one of them. He played almost 34 minutes and ended up with 22 points (3 threes, 8-11 from the field, 3-3 from the line), and 3 steals (18% owned). That was alongside Ricky Rubio who played 36 minutes, so that’s a good sign for Ridnour, who has actually been a pretty decent source of Points, Threes, and Steals so far. He isn’t getting many assists – that’s evidently Rubio’s job – but he’s at 77 on the Player Rater, so he’s worth a roster spot if he works for your team.
I have to admit, while I’ve heard of Kawhi Leonard (2.03), I had to look up what team he played for. Well, he’s a Small Forward for Spurs and in the past 2 games he’s getting 33 minutes of playing time and doing things like: 19 points (9-12 from the field), and 4 steals (4% owned). The first game was a blow out, but perhaps he played well enough in that one that he earned the chance to play a bit more. It looks like maybe the Spurs are going with Duncan at Center and letting Leonard and Richard Jefferson play the Forward positions.
Delonte West (1.35) is still starting for the Mavericks and while he only had 6 points, he went 4-4 from the line and dished 10 assists while getting 5 steals (11% owned). Tough to count on that kind of performance (and not that you really want that kind of performance even if you could count on it), but West is still averaging 21 minutes per game so far.
Evan Turner (1.28) took advantage of a blow out win over the Sacramento
Volume Shooters Kings to get a near triple-double with 16 points (6-12 from the field, 4-4 from the line), 10 rebounds, and 8 assists (28% owned).
A certain Biggest Loser on the Rockets (see below) still played 29 minutes at PF, forcing Jordan Hill (1.27) to get his 12 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocks in only 18 minutes off the bench (5% owned). Before you run out and pick him up, I’d wait to see if a) his minutes go up after that game and b) if he can do the same thing against a team that doesn’t have two runway models in its starting five.
And I’m going to go one deeper, actually, and throw in Byron Mullens (1.11) who came in just a little bit further down from Hill. He was selected as a Deep League Waiver Wire pickup this week, not because if his runway model looks, but because he’s tall and Charlotte needs some of that (see also: Jordan Hill with 12 boards and 5 blocks in 18 minutes against the Bobcats). If only the Bobcats were in Atlanta, they could use Erin Heatherton as their new mascot.
Biggest Loser: Luis Scola (-1.26) is definitely giving his big men teammates the chance to shine. Even against the DeSagna Diop, Boris Diaw, and Byron Mullens he could muster only 9 points on 4-12 from the field. He did have 7 rebounds, which speaks more to the Bobcats clawless front line since Scola also had 5 turnovers.
Just when you thought Rudy Gay (-1.21) was starting to pick things up he goes 7-21 from the field and 1-5 from the line for 16 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal and 0 assists. At least they’re still giving him 38 minutes of playing time.
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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