The Suns pulled off a win against the Mavericks and not quite as surprisingly, the Magic beat the Bulls. Given Dwight Howard’s performance, and those from the Bulls, it’s pretty obvious why the Bulls couldn’t pull it out. It’s not quite as intuitive when looking at the Mavericks box score, but they did start Ian Mahinmi at Center, so that’s a bad sign right there… and they only lost by 2 even then.
Line of the Night: Despite 7-10 free throws from Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah (1.58) gets LotN in a “by decision” rather than Knock Out kind of victory… Noah had 9 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 blocks with 0 turnovers. He was 3-7 from the field and 3-4 from the line which was just enough to be out Howard, as well as teammate Carlos Boozer. Keep in mind, the two upsets mentioned above were the only games last night, and as I always (or at least usually) say, less games means it’s a lot easier to impress the Player Rater.
Honorable Mentions: Carlos Boozer (1.56) had one of his better games this season with 26 points (12-20 from the field), 7 rebounds, and 4 steals with only 2 turnovers while Dwight Howard (1.44) had what I felt like was really the line of the night with 29 points (11-19, 7-10), 18 rebounds, and 3 blocks, but he had 4 turnovers. There were only 42 turnovers between the 2 games last night, so when you’ve got nearly 10% of any statistical category available, it’s going to have a significant impact. Howard would have had to get up to 38 points to have the same amount of positive impact in that category.
Jason Kidd (1.31) makes a rare appearance thanks to 12 points (3 threes), and 3 steals, and is followed by, again, something that looks like a more impressive line: Jared Dudley (1.20) with 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks. I’m not going to do the math, but I’m guessing steals were quite valuable last night.
Hedo Turkoglu (1.02) sort of showed up for the Magic with 13 points (5-5 from the line), 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. Steve Nash (0.99) had his 19th double0double (if I counted right) with 11 points, and 11 assists. Derrick Rose (0.86) almost had a double-double with 17 points (2 threes), and 9 assists, but shot a cringe-worthy 6-22 from the field. Not like I planned on winning FT% in the league where I drafted him first, but still…
The big small guys: Dirk Nowitzki (0.73) had 18 points, and 7 rebounds while Ryan Anderson (0.63) scored 11 points (3 threes) with 10 rebounds.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: At 42% owned, Vince Carter (0.64) gets WWLotN again with a pretty decent 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists (42% owned). Carter is still very up and down, though, and after looking at his game log, 42% might even be a little high… Too bad he can’t have that kind of line every night.
Pick Up Lines: Grant Hill (0.27) makes another appearance with 15 points, and 5 rebounds (28% owned). Unlike the Bad Girlfriends who keep tempting you to pick them up with flashy new boobs double-doubles, Grant Hill is more like the Bad Party Guest who stays way too late even when the host is yawning and everyone but the Bad Party Guests have left. He’s nice enough that you can’t just kick him out and you’ve been friends lone enough that you can’t just stop inviting him to your parties… but man you really wish he’d just kind of stop.
I’m going to stop there since the rest of the Waiver Wire is crap and instead give you something that will be a little more useful: FakeTeams give you 120 waiver wire picks. They’re available in at least 25% of leagues, which is bit of a lower standard for me (and probably for most of you), but still, it’s better than what the GMTR Fantasy Basketball Player Rater was going to try to talk you into.
Biggest Loser: Technically, it’s Jason Terry (-0.68) who is owned in 91% of leagues and only had 6 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist. But really, I’m going to give it to Luol Deng (-0.30) since he was 1-9 from the field to end with only 5 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 turnovers. Five of his shot attempts were three-pointers… what was he doing out there? I’m ashamed to find myself thinking: Thank Goodness for Carlos Boozer.
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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