Line of the Night: Is there anyone who is loving being in Sacramento more right now than Marcus Thornton (2.83)? Thornton scored a career-high 42 points against the Warriors. He was 4-7 from three, 13-20 from the field, and also added 4 steals in the win. Thornton is now averaging 22 points a game since being traded to the Kings, although the ghost of Tyreke Evans looms on the horizon.
Honorable Mentions: Chris Paul’s (2.51) second great game in as many nights saw him score 27 points, adding 10 assists and 7 steals in a loss to the Nuggets. I guess the knee is feeling good; Kevin Durant (2.30) dropped 32 points with 5 threes on the lowly Wizards; Al Jefferson (1.87) had yet another huge game with 30 points, 17 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks; Raymond Felton (1.87) didn’t start for the Nuggets, but played 42 minutes and scored 22 points, adding 6 threes and 12 assists. The return of Arron Afflalo this week from a hamstring injury is going to slow Felton down.
A rare Chris Bosh (1.80) led Miami Heat win. Bosh had 30 points (on 10-16 shooting), with 12 rebounds and 2 steals as Miami destroyed the Spurs 110-80. Dwyane Wade (1.72) also had 29 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks in the game.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: We haven’t heard much from Kenyon Martin (1.34) this season. He spent the first half of it injured and the second half slowly working his knees back in. I’m not sure what a fully back Kevin Martin is supposed to look like (or if one even exists) but he’s definitely been playing more consistently in March – averaging 10 points, 6.5 boards, 3.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game. And last night against the Hornets he put up 10 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals in 29 minutes on the court.
Pick Up Lines: Every night, there is at least one waiver wire player who has energy surging through his body and ends up putting on an amazing technicolor show of basketball efficiency. Last night that man was Daequan Cook (1.31), the Thunder’s 10th man, who scored 18 points in 19 minutes by going 6-9 from three. Even in deep leagues, you can safely ignore one of Cook’s best games of the season.
How much longer does Jodie Meeks (0.93) have to keep playing well before I’m not surprised about it anymore? Well, at least one more game because I’m still surprised. Meeks had another solid game for the Sixers, starting and playing 40 minutes and finishing with 17 points on 4-8 from three. It could quickly come crumbling down if Doug Collins decides he wants to play Lou Williams or Evan Turner more, but for now Meeks is available in over 80% of Yahoo leagues and is consistently scoring in double-digits and hitting threes.
Mario Chalmers (0.86) put up a nice line against the Spurs, scoring 11 points with 5 assists and 3 steals in 30 minutes on the court. Meanwhile, Mike Bibby only saw 10 minutes off the bench. Chalmers has been playing better since Bibby joined the team and is worth a look if you really need some steals out of your PG.
Trevor Booker (0.72) got his second straight start for the Wiz in place of the injured Andray Blatche and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds to go along with 14 points. Blatche is day-to-day, but Booker makes a decent short-term add as long as Blatche is out. Al Thornton (0.77) also scored 23 points in the game.
A few regulars to this list who are all probably taken in competitive leagues at his point: Chuck Hayes (0.97) scored a career high 21 points, with 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Hayes consistently puts up better-than-they-look lines and makes a decent option at center in most leagues; our boy Francisco Garcia (0.92) is back in the starting lineup for the Kings and is doing what he does: 13 points, 6 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks against the Warriors. He’s a great guard/small forward to have if you need a boost in the steals and blocks categories; and Ryan Anderson (0.86) scored 13 points with 4 threes, 7 rebounds in a loss to the Lakers. He also started at PF over Bass for only the second time this month.
And props to Zabian Dowdell (0.75), the Suns third string point guard, who finished the mess that Aaron Brooks started by scoring 11 points, with 5 assists and 4 steals off the bench against the Rockets. Of course when Nash returns, he’ll go back to getting 5-10 minutes per game.
The Beast is Back: Kendrick Perkins (0.0) made his debut for the Thunder last night. He got the start at center and played 20 minutes, scoring 6 points with 9 rebounds in the game. Perk is supposedly not on a minutes limit, but expect him to come along slowly as the Thunder try and keep him healthy for the playoffs. I wouldn’t expect too much from the big man, but if you own him you might as well get him in your lineup for OKC’s next game.
Biggest Loser:Aaron Brooks’ (-1.21) revenge game against the Rockets quickly turned into a horror story for the PG. Starting in place of the injured Steve Nash, Brooks was 1-9 from the field to finish with 2 points and 3 assists in 21 minutes. He was so bad that he was benched in place of Zabian Dowdell in the fourth quarter.
Jrue Holiday (-1.10) has been all kinds of awful lately. Against the Jazz, he scored 4 points on 2-11 shooting adding 3 assists and 4 turnovers. If you happen to own Holiday, you can 1) ride out the cold streak at this point and hope it doesn’t derail your season, or 2) drop him for someone currently playing better (which would be anyone at the moment). The larger your league, the more likely it is that you’ll have to just wait it out.
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