Line of the Night: Just because the Knicks were missing Amar’e last night against the Nets (he sat because of a sprained right big toe) doesn’t mean they stopped being true to themselves – and by true I mean they continued to be fantasytastic. Wilson Chandler (2.13) replaced Stoudemire in the starting lineup and led all fantasy performances with 21 points, 3 threes, 8 rebounds, 5 blocks. His line was good enough to overcome the 8-21 shooting performance. Amar’e owners can breathe easy. He is currently day-to-day and shouldn’t miss much time, although the injury makes him a tough play during the short week for you in weekly changes leagues.
Honorable Mentions: Landry Fields (1.28) also had a nice game in Amare’s absence, scoring 14 points, with 3 threes and 5 assists. He might be getting some love for rookie if the year if not for that Griffin fellow.
Kyle Lowry (1.69) continues to roll as Houston’s starting PG. Against the Mavs, he led the team with 26 points (on 4-10 from three), adding 8 assists and a couple of steals. Aaron Brooks – yikes – he’s a completely different story, we’ll get to him later. But Shane Battier (1.45) also had a solid game with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 threes for his first double-digit scoring game in February.
A monster double-double for Gerald Wallace (1.85) with 16 points, 13 rebounds, 4 threes, 7 assists, 2 steals in a big win over Atlanta. Wallace didn’t do this though:
Waiver Wire Line of the Night:Marcus Thornton (1.65) is taking the phrase feast-or-famine to new levels with his game. A night after not even getting off the bench, he plays 27 minutes against the Bulls and finished with a season-high 24 points, 6 boards, and 2 steals. He clearly has the most upside out of the Willie Green and Marco Belinelli three-headed monster at Hornets’ SG, but I wouldn’t add him until he can – you know – actually get off the bench for every single game.
Pick Up Lines: It was not looking so pretty for Peja Stojakovic (1.19) for a few games there, but like most shooters who have been off the court for a while, he just took some time to get going. Against the Rockets, Peja got a season high 28 minutes and scored 22 points on 4-6 from three. He’s only owned in 7% of Yahoo leagues right now, so get your Peja on while you still can. I know you want to.
With Corey Maggette going down with an injury (albeit a minor one) Carlos Delfino (1.10) got some extra run off the bench for the Bucks. Although a 7-15 shooting night isn’t anything I’d write a letter to my mother about, he did have his best shooting game in over a week, scoring 21 points with 5 assists and 3 steals.
After the horrific knee injury that Shaun Livingston (1.06) suffered, he should be happy he’s just back on the court… bla bla bla… Screw that, he’s a professional basketball player and probably wants to destroy everyone he faces – which is exactly what he did against the Hawks last night. With the Bobcats’ offense ground to a halt under D.J. Augustin, Paul Silas started Livingston at PG in the second half and he (and the team) responded with a great game – 22 points on 8-13 shooting, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists.
The team is still committed to Augustin, so I wouldn’t run out and grab Livingston unless you are in a deep league. But it does demonstrate that teams are on to Augustin now, and the kid better learn how to adjust his game if he wants to stay in the league long-term.
Jordan Hill (1.03) is back from an injury that kept him out 4 games for the Rockets. He played 22 minutes in his return, scoring 10 points, grabbing, 9 rebounds, and racking up 3 steals. A worth a look in deep, deep leagues if you need height.
Biggest Loser: If Aaron Brooks’ (-0.92) plan was to shoot himself back into the starting lineup, well, he’s going to need a plan B. Against the Mavs, Brooks came off the bench for 28 minutes and shot a eye-melting 2-14 from the floor, scoring 7 points with 3 assists. Brooks is now shooting 35% from the field this season. News out of the Houston Chronicle is that the team has no interest in moving Brooks, meaning we could see him in this role the rest of the season.
The good news? Trevor Ariza (-0.63) is back on the court after missing three games with injury. The bad news? Trevor Ariza is back on the court. A night after shooting 4-16 from the floor, his 6 points on 2-8 shooting, with 2 rebounds and 2 assists isn’t going to make any fantasy owners happy about his return.
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