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2012 Fantasy Basketball: Paul Pierce, John Wall, DeAndre Jordan, LeBron James

No Rajon Rondo (wrist), no Ray Allen (sprained ankle), No problem! Paul “The Truth” Pierce (2.84) was there to explode for our Line of the Night.

He did do it against the lowly Washington Wizards, but hey, the man virtually did it alone (sorry Mr. Garnett, you and some other guys helped a bit too). That’s why the dude’s got a championship ring. He steps up when he’s needed the most and has finally given his owners a huge sigh of relief that he’s finally entered arrived onto the fantasy scene. He was two boards shy of a trip-dub with 34 points (10-15 from the field) – talk about accuracy, wow!, 8 rebounds, 10 assists, and 3 steals. What a way to end the week!

Since the Celtics are Patrick’s team, in Patrick-blogging fashion, here’s a video recap of that Celtics-Wizards matchup.

Honorable Mentions: John Wall (1.91)  managed a productive night in a losing effort for the Wizards. Yup, the kid did well. But somehow, someone, somewhere in Wizards’ management has to shake things up. Or else it won’t be too long until Wall will be in a prime position to join the many elite players who have “demanded to be traded”. For now, Wall has been the lone bright spot for the Wiz with his 27 points (9-9 from the line), 10 rebounds, and 7 dishes. He was three dimes shy of a 3 x 2. Nice!

LeBron James (1.79) led the Miami in a losing effort against the Milwaukee Bucks. Yes, the MILWAUKEE BUCKS! And that was with S-Jax coming off the bench. Nonetheless, I’m sure most non-Heat-fan, James owners didn’t really care about Miami’s latest notch in the “L” column, surely enjoyed his 28 points ,  and 13 rebounds. LBJ went 12-13 from the line which was a nice bonus since he’s not a really a freethrow shooting maven. He added 5 assists, but with Dwyane Wade still out, he didn’t have many viable options to pass to, so we understand.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Twilight Zone, Pau Gasol (1.76) decided to show us all that he can pass the ball as good as Marc can. He went into Euro-finesse mode, played some PF-PG hybrid, winding up with a rather rare line (for power forwards that is) with 8 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists, and 3 rejections! It’s not what I drafted him for, but it put a smile on my face nonetheless.

DeAndre Jordan (1.71) appears to be slowly getting the hang of being the L.A. Clippers’ starting center. He’s been inconsistent at best prior to the last couple of games. Many drafters were quite high on him coming into the season, and Jordan appears to molding himself up to those projected expectations. While we don’t foresee him to do 16 points and 16 rebounds with 2 blocks on a nightly basis (just yet), seeing occasional impressive line like these are good for starters.

It didn’t happen as soon as I may have wanted it, but it’s here, now. Brandon Jennings (1.48) looks like he’s finally blossoming into a remarkable, high-tier point guard.  He’s been on fire lately and it’s quite possible that he’s grown, matured and improved to the point that he can lead Milwaukee passed elite teams in the NBA (like Miami) with 23 points (12-13 from the line), 6 boards, 6 dimes, and 2 steals. In the arena of Jennings’ improvement, the battle is going to be all about him remaining consistent. Hopefully this will be the season that he’s up to the task.

Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Randy Foye (1.96) (4% owned) made the most of yet another CP3-missed game. He and Mo-Will had solid nights versus the Raptors. Foye’s value will plummet once again when Chris Paul returns. So he’s probably good for another spot start or two (tops) this week. He hammered Toronto with a stat sheet-filling line of 15 points (3 threes, 5-8 from the field), and 4 assists, while getting two steals and three blocks.

Pick Up Lines: Leandro Barbosa (1.80) (21% owned) is someone I mentioned in my latest post on Sports Illustrated. He’s so far been the Raptors’ most consistent scorer off the bench so far this season. So if your fantasy team needs a boost in scoring, Barbosa might just be the pick-up for you! He finished the night with 19 points (3 threes), and 3 steals.

Mo Williams (1.32) (48% owned) once again proved that he’s probably worth starting on other NBA rosters. *cough*Lakers*cough* He’s been so hot lately, the Clippers have opted to turn off the heater in the team bus. Sadly, we’re probably not going to see him deliver 26 points (3 threes, 7-7 from the line) again when Chris Paul (who’s expected to be eased back into the rotation THIS week) returns.

Bismack Biyombo (1.26) (4% owned) had 11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and 4 blocks in ONLY 18 minutes! If you’re aggressive and in a standard league, go ahead and stash him now and watch him ripen as the season progresses. If you’re in a deep league then… “Grab! Grab NOW! Hurry!”

Biggest Loser: I know that Nels in particular was quite high on Amir Johnson (-0.97). I wonder how painful Johnson’s one-point-one-rebound night was? I’m sure it must have left a damn awful taste on their fantasy palates to say the least. He should actually perform better when Andrea Bargnani returns to action.

Mario Chalmers (-0.96) had a nasty night with 12 points and two assists. No it wasn’t quite worth his six turnovers, especially considering he did go 4-14 from the field. He should bounce back though. So just chalk this one up to a bad night. He was limping at some point though, so keep your ears to the ground regarding his status.

Injury of the Night: D.J. Augustin (-0.64) has a “slight crack” between two bones in his right toe, and is expected to miss at least three games. Rookie Kemba Walker will now get an opportunity to show the NBA Universe what he can really do.


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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