Since I only recap one day a week, and Paul Pierce is getting old, I figured I’d take the opportunity to sneak this in… besides how many more LOTN’s does he have left in the tank?
Line of the Night: Like the video said, Indiana was searching for answers, but simply couldn’t handle Paul “The Truth” Pierce (2.71) who had a very impressive triple-double performance as he just did everything for the Celtics last night, on his way to 18 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists, and 4 steals, via 6-8 from the field 6-6 from the line. Nice. Well he had it rather easy considering he was being guarded by Brandon Rush or Mike Dunleavy. Nonetheless, a trip-dub is still a trip-dub, and it’s always nice to see.
With many absentees on the Detroit Pistons’ lineup, Tayshaun Prince (2.59) stepped up and produced big time! It’s nice to see a fantasy highlight from his fading statistical career. Nights of him delivering 28 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 blocks; are still going to be few and far between.
Chris Paul (2.32) did his best to secure the win for the Hornets, but alas his 23 points, 10 assists, 3 threes, and 3 steals; were not enough. The “Hornet Honeymoon” is officially over and they now need to find a away to grind out those wins.
Jerry Bayless has been dropped by a lot of owners thanks to the return of Jose Calderon (1.87), who on his second game back from injury contributed 20 points, 12 assists, and 2 steals, in Toronto’s losing effort against the LA Lakers. Bayless now only has value in very deep leagues. He is, however, worth a stash as a handcuff in case you happen to be a Calderon owner.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Owned in only 33% of leagues as I’m writing up this post, Linas Kleiza (1.42) had an impressive second straight double-double as a starter while filling in for Sonny Weems who’s out with back spasms. Kleiza’s 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 threes are a good sign. This might just lead to him keeping the starting SF job if he continues to produce at this level. He’s worth an aggressive (and speculative) grab at this point.
I’m a cult fan of Serge Ibaka (-1.02), but puh-lease, spare me the horror! He started. Take a minute (or a few seconds) and read that last sentence AGAIN. He started! In spite of which, he had an OFF night with 0 points, 0 rebounds, 0 assists. It was a nightmare, but he still has inherent keeper potential.
Drop Him Like He’s Hot: Marcus Thornton (-0.94) had a good few games, in spite of Coach Monty Williams complaining about his D, but some people still went out and grabbed the hot tamale of the week (at least in their league). Consider the fact that he played in less than 13 minutes in a game that went into overtime, then you’ll just have to handle the TRUTH that he’s not going to be able to deliver consistent fantasy production any time soon.
On Tap: There are a lot of fun games up tonight. Orlando, Washington, and Phoenix all have games. So obviously eyes will be on the early repercussions of Orlando’s Blockbuster deal.
I’ll play the killjoy and have my eyes on Minnesota at L.A. (Clippers) just for the fun of seeing who will get more boards, K-Love or B-Grif! Boo-yah!
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