Line of the Night:Kyle Lowry (2.74). The first man to get a LotN who I actually dropped in a league this season, Lowry scored 36 points against the Sixers, adding 6 threes and 7 assists in the loss. Aaron Brooks’ injury/attitude has definitely been a boon for Lowry, who has started all but 8 of the Rockets game this year and looks like a good bet to start for the team the rest of the season.
Honorable Mentions: Despite a 3-15 shooting performance, Andre Iguodala (1.74) still managed to have a triple-double in that Rockets/Sixers game, finishing with 13 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists. Point-forward Ahoy!
Dwight Howard (2.03) took a break from the party planning business to manhandle the Wizards. Howard scored 32 points on 12-15 shooting, with 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks in only 29 minutes on the court. If you happen to have $20,000 lying around, you can personally buy him a drink at all-star weekend to congratulate him.
The last time the Cavs and Lakers met, the Cavs lost by 55 points. So in what has to be the greatest one-game swing in NBA history, the Cavs and Ramon Sessions (1.89), shocked the Lakers with a 104-99 win right before the break. Sessions scored a season-high 32 in the game, helped by the fact that he went 13-14 from the line, adding 8 assists and 3 steals. For the Lakers, Pau Gasol (1.99) had a half-decent fantasy performance with 30 points and 20 rebounds. That’s going to happen when your front court consists of Antawn Jamison and J.J. Hickson.
LaMarcus Aldridge (1.92) continues to play in a gear we didn’t think he had with 34 points and 7 boards against the Hornets. Aldridge has scored 30+ points in 5 out of the Blazers 9 games in February. I’m curious to see if he keeps this up when Marcus Camby returns to the court.
Carmelo Anthony (1.83) had 38 points, 12 rebounds and one really awkward exchange with Al Harrington in a win over the Bucks. John Salmons (1.78) had a nice line in that game, with 33 points and 2 blocks. Salmons has been ok since his return from injury, but this marks his first game of 20+ points since getting back on the court.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Our old friend Kenyon Martin (1.71) saw a season high 35 minutes against the Bucks and nearly had a triple-double with 11 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists. He also added 5 blocks, because, if he’s playing like it’s 2002 he might as well go all the way. Martin is what he is at this point in his career, but he’s worth a watch in deep leagues as he is still working his way back from injury (yes, no lies) and could be in for a decent post all-star run if the knees don’t betray him.
Pick Up Lines: Jermaine Taylor (1.67) is so deep that we’re going to need a mining rescue team to get us out of here. Taylor (who has only played in 10 games this year) got the start in place of a resting Tyreke Evans and he completely blew up – scoring 17 points with 3 threes, 5 assists, 4 steals. Unfortunately, as long as Evans is (relatively) healthy and on the court, Taylor’s role will be limited to energy guy off the bench for the Kings. It’s something the Kings could desperately use, although not so much for your fantasy team.
The rest of the lines are all stuff we’ve beaten to death here already. C.J. Miles (1.55) seems to be one of the main beneficiaries of Jerry Sloan’s departure (and Raja Bell being horrible) and has entered the Jazz starting lineup. Last night he dropped 20 points on the Suns and is averaging 19.3 ppg over his last three.
Maybe I’m overrating Josh McRoberts (1.37) here as I stare at my custom Josh McRoberts bobblehead collection, but I was surprised to see that his 15 point, 12 rebound performance against the Pistons last night was his first double-double of the year. Still, he has the leg up on Tyler Hansbrough and continues to be the team’s starting PF.
Josh McRoberts gets a cruel dose of reality and how important he is to the team
The Cavs are looking to trade Anthony Parker (1.18) before the deadline, so that means… showcase time! Parker got 34 minutes and helped the Cavs shock the Lakers heading into the break with 18 points and 9 assists. He’s worth an add based on how he’s playing with the Cavs, although a trade to a contender would most definitely hurt his fantasy value.
Injury of the Night:: Rudy Gay is expected to be out at least 4 weeks with a partial dislocation of his left shoulder, which was injured against the Sixers on Tuesday. That puts Gay out of action until mid-March, which is right around the time of most fantasy playoffs in H2H leagues. Stash him if you can, otherwise you might have to quickly trade him to a team who can. Both Sam Young and Tony Allen got 30+ minutes of run that the game that Gay got hurt in and make decent adds in most leagues. It’s possible we see OJ Mayo redeem his year as well – provided he’s not traded by the team.
Biggest Loser: A few possible choices today, but how about Jamal Crawford (-0.80), who was 3-11 from the floor, scoring 7 points with 0 rebounds and 1 assist against the Knicks. The KNICKS! What a waste of a perfectly good lack of defense.
Mo Williams (-0.87) injured himself 3 minutes into the Cavs/Lakers game to finish with a sweet 0/0/0 game which still counts as game played for those of you in leagues that cap games.
JaVale McGee (-0.74) only played 13 minutes in the Wizards blowout loss to the Magic. He scored 4 points and added 5 boards, but was also 1-6 from the field.
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