Line of the Night: While the “return” of Brandon Jennings (2.31) via 27 points (and though it wasn’t even a decent shooting performance, he did make 11-12 from the line), 7 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks is something for his owners to be happy about, it’s not What I’m Sayin’.
Honorable Mentions: It actually kind of makes sense that most of the Honorable Mentions come from guys who played in the All Star Game because a) they’re less rusty since they didn’t take a 5 day break, and b) THEY’RE ALL STARS. Anyway… Kevin Garnett (2.24) had 24 points (11-16 from the field), 12 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 blocks. Chris Bosh (1.95) scored 22 points (6-6 from the line), and managed 9 rebounds, and 4 steals. Thanks for showing up Bosh! Dwyane Wade (1.87) also got up for the Heat with a near triple-double: 23 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals. Kevin Love (1.80) should have Barbara Walters announcing his games with as close as he gets to 20/20 all the time. He came close again last night with 20 points (6-10 from the field), 17 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Not an All Star, but you had to kind of expect J.R. Smith (2.00) to have a nice game given that he played 42 minutes in the Nuggets 8-man rotation. Smith had 26 points (6 threes), 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. But that’s stil not What I’m Sayin’. Other non-All Stars include: Boris Diaw (1.85) with 16 points (6-10 from the field), 9 assists, and 4 steals, and his teammate D.J. Augustin (1.40) who had 23 points (5-5 from the line), and 8 assists.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Here’s what I’m sayin’: Ty Lawson (1.63) had 21 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, and 6 steals (43% owned). Now granted, I’m Not Sayin’ he’s going to get 38 minutes a game for the rest of the season, but if the Nuggets keep him as their starting Point Guard, he’ll get 30+ and that’s good enough for the kind of numbers Patrick talked about in his post (and better than Luke Ridnour – NO JINX!). Now that I’ve written that I can see myself eating my words in about 3 games, since that’s the kind of luck I have in fantasy basketball, but based on his performance last night, and the fact that Denver wants to get rid of Raymond Felton (presumably for draft picks) I’d say Lawson is a good add (though admittedly still a little speculative).
Pick Up Lines: Carlos Delfino (1.39) had only 13 points, but got there by way of 3 threes, adding 9 rebounds and 2 steals. He’s been doing that for a good stretch now, and it’s probably why he’s 39% owned. James Harden (1.22) had 19 points with 4 threes. He’s 34% owned, which, as I think I’ve said before, is probably about right for someone of his talent at this point in the fantasy season (ie: given external factors like league size and owner attrition). Samuel Dalembert (1.18) had 18 points (8-12 from the field), and 13 rebounds and is probably not available. (47% owned) Strong game from Will Bynum (1.12) with 21 points (9-14 from the field), and 6 assists, and he’s only 4% owned. Patrick Patterson (1.11) had a nice looking game with 20 points (8-11 from the field), 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks, but the high number of minutes (for him, at least) combined with the high shooting percentage lead me to classify that one as a fluke. If he can prove it for another couple games, then we’ll upgrade his status. Mario Chalmers (0.96) could be a good second-half Point Guard pick up, especially if D-Wade gets to rest a bit more as the season goes on. Last night, Chalmers had 14 points (6-7 from the field), and 4 assists, and he’s available in 92% of leagues.
Biggest Loser: Maybe Baron Davis (-1.07) should stick to throwing alley-oops through a sunroofs. Last night, Blake Griffin, who participated in 3 nights of All Star action played 33 minutes and scored 28 points while Davis scored 2 points on 1-8 from the field to go with 1 rebound and 4 assists.
Nearly as bad were the performances from Rashard Lewis (-1.01), who had 0 points, 2 rebounds, and 0 assists, and that of Mike Bibby (-0.90) with his 0 points, 1 rebound, and 0 assists. Not a great way to start the second “half” of the season. All three teams (the Clippers, Wizards, and Hawks), got blown out with those guys at least somewhat to blame. I hope they don’t hurt your fantasy team’s chances (unless you happen to have them and are playing against me… Nope, I just checked and I don’t have the luxury of playing against any of those guys this week).
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