While I’m sure no one is really paying attention since India and Pakistan are dueling it out for a spot in the Cricket World Cup right now, I’ll go ahead with my post anyway…
Line of the Night: It was kind of inevitable that Kevin Durant (1.95) made one more bid for MVP especially since he was playing the non-existent defense of the Warriors. KD put up 39 points (3 threes), 6 rebounds, and 5 assists in an OT victory, and helped OKC remain firmly in possession of home court advantage in their first round match-up (I’m not sure if they’d already clinched the spot or not). Taking on Denver at this point, though, will be a challenge, but with home court, OKC should make out of the first round for the first time since, well, since fans in Oklahoma City have been watching them.
Honorable Mentions: Stephen Curry (1.66) was the main opposing force for the Thunder in that game with 35 points (5 threes, 4-4 from the line), 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. Once again, let’s remember: GSW means fantasy fun for everyone! Dwyane Wade (1.13) did not lead the Heat this time. Well, he had the highest fantasy score with 24 points, 6 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks, but LeBron James had a triple-double. And the Heat somehow managed to lose to the Cavs. Kyle Lowry (1.12) continued to increase position in next year’s draft with 16 points (3 threes), 7 rebounds, and 10 assists. Channing Frye (0.98) continued to confuse his position in next year’s draft with 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks.
Marcus Thornton (0.93) pops in with 24 points (3 threes) and 11 rebounds. He’s been playing very for the Kings. David Lee (0.81) has been solid, but not the Golden God we (or maybe it was just me) were expecting. Last night he put up 24 points (11-17 from the field), 15 rebounds, and 4 assists, but he did get an extra 5 minutes to pad his stats. I’ll have to wait for the previews (can you tell I’m pretty much done, personally, as far as fantasy goes?), but it seems like the Warriors might actually have too much talent for the Golden Shower Ticket to continue making them all first and second round picks.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: If you’re in a league with daily change and can get Jared Dudley (1.91) in there, it seems like it’s about time to do that. Dudley had 21 points (8-13 from the field, 4-4 from the line), 5 rebounds, and 5 steals (33% owned) in his 4th straight double-digit scoring performance filling in for Mickael Pietrus. Not sure when Pietrus is getting back, but I’m guessing at this point, the Suns are overly anxious to rush him back to service.
Pick Up Lines: Mike Bibby (1.63) finally had his first good game for the Heat with 23 points (7 threes, 7-11 from the field), and 2 steals (35% owned). I’d hesitate to put move him to the starting lineup in a daily changes league until at least one more game like that, especially since he hasn’t had more than 6 assists in any of his games with the Heat.
Anthony Parker (1.14) was inspired by the Cleveland home crowd against their arch-nemesis, and ended up with 20 points (4 threes, 7-9 from the field), and 7 rebounds (8% owned). He hasn’t played that well in a long time, so I’m going to say that performance was pure adrenaline and won’t be repeated.
Ekpe Udoh (0.84) had 12 points (4-4 from the line), 6 rebounds, 2 steals, and 3 blocks (12% owned), and if he stays with the Warriors, he’s definitely someone to keep an eye on for next season.
Jordan Farmar (0.64) has had only 1 dud game in his last 6 starts for the Nets, and last night he added another 12 points, 4 threes, and 7 assists (28% owned).
Chuck Hayes (0.62) is probably not available since he’s 48% owned, but he’s some decent big man numbers and is worthy of consideration in daily changes leagues after his most recent 8 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals (48% owned).
Biggest Loser: When I look at ownership percentages for the Biggest Loser and see that Aaron Brooks (-1.24) is still owned in 62% of leagues, I want to nominate the 62% of managers who still have him on their rosters as The Biggest Losers. They are clearly not paying attention because after another 5 point, 0 rebound, 3 assist, 4 turnover performance they’re still hanging on. I know it happens in all fantasy sports, but it also applies across all fantasy sports. If you’re not in it for the long haul, then you are one of the Biggest Losers.
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