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NBA Fantasy: Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer

I was tempted to go with “Dwight Howard Will Lead Them” but I think that’s getting a little played out.

Instead I’ll go with this quote down here:
So, I’ll keep, keep at it/till I’m Dwight Howard status/just the center of this magic”
- Hoodie Allen, Look At What We Started

Line of the Night:Dwight Howard (1.82) got another line of the night (sorry, we haven’t been keeping track of LotN stats this year) with 26 points (10-14 from the field), 14 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks as the Magic pushed Charlotte a little bit further away from one of the seven remaining playoff spots. (I know this is a blog about fantasy basketball, but at this point in the season, I think the majority of NBA fans should be concerned more with the playoffs. And don’t worry, we’re still going to give you all the normal fantasy goodness) The Magic win is important to me as a Bulls fan because I’d rather see Chicago matched up with Indiana than Charlotte in the first round.

Sure, they can beat either of them, but Indiana should be a cake walk, while I feel like Charlotte might try to bounce back a little and actually put up a fight. That assumes that the Bulls hold the number one seed, of course, which is important not just because of the easier first round match-up (Indiana/Charlotte instead of the Knicks), but also because of the easier second round match-up (Orlando/Atlanta instead of Boston or Miami). Obviously Orlando is a tough team, but you have to want them rather than the Celtics or Heat in the second round.

Check yourself on the cakewalk. Those kids can get vicious if they want a certain number. Even when you explain to them that it’s random drawing and every number has the same probability of winning. I’m sure Patrick knows how it is with statistics vs. laypeople.

Honorable Mentions: Speaking of the Heat and Celtics, LeBron James (1.63) scored 27 points along with 6 rebounds, 10 assists, and 3 steals, and Dwyane Wade (1.46) had 32 points (14-21 from the field), 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks to lead the Heat over the Timberwolves by a large margin, and move Miami into 2nd in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, in the Wild, Wild West, Manu Ginobili’s (1.53) 23 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals were not enough to hold off the Rockets in overtime. Nor were Tony Parker’s (1.35) 31 points (15-23 from the field), 6 assists, and 2 steals. The Rockets are still 3 games out of 8th place in the West, and while the Lakers didn’t place anybody in the Top 10 fantasy-wise, they got the W and moved within 1.5 games of San Antonio.

Zach Randolph (1.50) scored 28 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and tied his season-high with 7 assists as the Grizzles pulled into a tie with New Orleans (coincidentally, the team they beat) for the 7th spot in the west.

Derrick Rose (1.49) led the Bulls to a (fairly) easy win over Detroit with 27 points (3 threes), 7 assists, and 4 steals. Carlos Boozer (1.41) score 22 points (9-13 from the field), with 8 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals. The Bulls schedule is looking pretty nice for the remainder of the season.

LaMarcus Aldridge (1.48) helped Portland hang on to their playoff spot with a big (not in point differential, but in impact) win over Oklahoma City. LA had 32 points (4-4 from the line) and 8 rebounds.


Waiver Wire Line of the Night:Jordan Crawford (1.42) now has something else to brag about. After putting up 39 points against Miami, he hooked up a triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, and even 2 blocks. Of course, at this point, he’s 42% owned, so if you don’t have him already, you probably won’t be able to get him now.

Pick Up Lines: The Cavs continue to struggle to find anyone capable of playing the game of basketball, and last night gave Luke Harangody (1.35) 31 minutes of playing time. In that time, Luke came up with 12 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, and 3 blocks. Not a bad line, but there is a definite case of good player on a bad team syndrome here.

Jared Dudley (1.30) is already owned in 39% of leagues, so like Jordan Crawford, he’s probably not available in any league where could make a difference, but I can’t ignore that he’s had about 6 really nice games in a row now for the Suns including last night’s 16 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.

Not sure if it’s worth pointing out Martell Webster’s (1.28) 22 points (4 threes, 8-12 from the field) and 6 rebounds since it’s his first good game in a long time and he’s only worth considering for next year. Hard to say if he’ll be able to step up enough to get consistent time next season.

Another guy who’s probably not available, Chuck Hayes (1.24) doesn’t score a lot, as evidenced by his 10 points, but he does a bunch of other stuff (at apparently random intervals) like get 12 rebounds, or 3 steals. He’s at #99 on the player rater, which means he should technically be higher than his 47% ownership, but let’s just remember that come the start of the 2011-12 season (whenever that may be).

I guess it just took a few more injuries for the Bobcats to realize that the guy they got back for Gerald Wallace might actually be worth playing a bit. Dante Cunningham (1.20) got the start at PF, played 39 minutes and ended up with 21 points (10-15 from the field) and 7 rebounds. Probably too little too late (and too little data with the Bobcats) to make him an add right now, but definitely something to keep in mind for next year. Also keep in mind that because of injuries (I hope) the Bobcats still have Kwame Brown starting at Center.

Biggest Loser: I guess we have to cut Jodie Meeks (-0.83) a little slack since the 76ers ended up beating the Nets by 25 points, but still, even though he only played 24 minutes, he should be able to do better than 2 points, 0 rebounds, and 0 assists.


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