Line of the Night:Kevin Garnett (1.81) is missing his friend Kendrick Perkins, but not enough to let it get in the way of leading Boston to a win over the Jazz. Garnett finished with 16 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 steals while playing a whopping 35 minutes. Meanwhile, new acquisition Jeff Green only played 19 minutes off the bench, finishing with 5 points on 2-6 shooting. Drop. Him. Now.
Honorable Mentions: It’s a Celtic love fest today. Utah pushed the pace on Boston all night and the result was a 25 point, 5 three game from Ray Allen (1.63) and a 21 point, 7 rebound game from Paul Pierce (1.62), who was also 11-11 from the line. For his part, Al Jefferson (1.60) was a beast for the Jazz, scoring 28 points, with 19 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Someone isn’t missing Deron Williams.
In a loss to the Nuggets, Al Horford (1.66) scored 21 points on 10-15 shooting adding 16 rebounds and a couple steals. Josh Smith sprained his right MCL during the game and did not return. Fortunately for Smith owners, the injury does not appear to be serious. He’s day-today and might not even miss any time. J.R. Smith (1.36) led the Nuggets in scoring with 19 points off the bench, adding 7 rebounds and 2 blocks.
Chicago destroyed the Wizards in the same way I destroy a bathroom the morning after a night out. The Bulls were of course led by Derrick Rose (1.39), who finished with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists, and 3 steals in the 105-77 win. Luol Deng (1.07) also had a nice game with 21 points and a couple steals. The Wizards shot 36% as a team and their best fantasy performance was from Andray Blatche (0.57), who had 15 points and 11 boards on 6-14 shooting.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: One of the big winners of the trade deadline was obviously Marcus Thornton (1.69), who is currently showcasing his mad offensive skills for the Maloofs while Tyreke Evans is out. Last night Thornton exploded for a season-high 29 points, adding 3 steals and going 10-12 from the line. His ownership is up to 38% in Yahoo leagues, so he’s probably taken in most competitive leagues at this point.
Pick Up Lines: The Suns went to OT against the Nets, so that meant a little extra playing time for Jared Dudley (0.99) – 10 points, 5 assists, and 3 steals – as well as Mickael Pietrus (0.55) – 13 points and 3 threes. Pietrus is only viable in super deep leagues because he doesn’t usually get any more than 20 minutes a night off the bench, but Dudley is a guy to watch if he’s available in your league. In the Suns last 4 games, Dudley has averaged about 26-27 minutes off the bench and has hit 2 threes a game over that span. He’s definitely a guy who can look great one week and be a complete disappear the next, but for better or worse he’s the Suns’ 6th man at the moment.
Randy Foye (0.98) continues to be Foye-strong in the Clippers lineup, scoring 23 points with 4 assists and 2 steals against the Kings. But with Eric Gordon expected back this week, Foye may have seen his last good game of the year.
Travis Outlaw has been so wildly unimpressive in the first year of his mega-contract for the Nets that they’ve inserted rookie Damion James (0.76) into the starting lineup in his place. Against the Suns, James finished with 6 points, 8 boards and 3 steals in 26 minutes. He isn’t much of a scorer, but James will grab boards, steals and block some shots when given minutes. He’s is available in 99% of leagues and is a guy I’d at least check out in deep leagues.
Omri Casspi (0.53) had 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals for the Kings and is finally getting consistent minutes as the team’s starting small forward. Unfortunately for him, Francisco Garcia is expected back at practice this week and that could eventually cut into his minutes.
As Erik noted in the comments section of yesterday’s post, Tony Parker is expected to be out 2-4 week after straining his calf this weekend. This makes George Hill a hot pickup, although I will say I was a little unimpressed with Hill once I really looked at his numbers over the years. If you own Parker, just sit tight and hope he’s back in time for the playoffs in H2H leagues.
Antawn Jamison is expected to miss the rest of the season after breaking the pinky finger on his left hand. The team’s options to replace him read like the spring training roster in Major League. Samardo Samuels picked up Jamison’s minutes when he left the game and could end up with the starting job by default. Samuels could be an ok points/rebounds type guy in deep leagues, but I’m not holding my breath.
Danilo Gallinari will be out at least a week after it was discovered he has a fracture in his left big toe. In his absence the Nuggets are content to run with a short lineup, meaning extra minutes for Raymond Felton and J.R. Smith off the bench.
Kirk Hinrich missed last nights Hawks’ game with a calf injury. It doesn’t appear to be too serious and he’s currently day-to-day.
Andrew Bogut did not practice on Monday because of what he described as left ribcage pain. He’s also currently dealing with pain in right elbow and hand. In what could be a bad omen for Bogut – or maybe I’m just reading too much into this – the Bucks recently signed center Earl Barron to a 10-day contract.
Biggest Loser: On the bright side, DeMarcus Cousins (-1.25) had 9 rebounds against the Clippers. But those rebounds came with a whole bag full of horribleness as Cousins shot 3-10 from the field and 1-8 from the line to go along with 6 turnovers. That’s one of the worst all-around performances we’ve seen all year. After a strong month of January, Cousins really started to tail off in February and could be hitting that fabled rookie wall. And by that I mean he’s literally taking swings it right now.
Rashard Lewis (-0.51) saw less than 10 minutes for the Wizards off the bench thanks to a sore knee or an illness or just being horrible. He finished with 3 points on the night. Lewis is a prime example of a shutdown candidate and it’s a pretty safe bet to drop him in normal sized leagues.
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