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NBA Fantasy Basketball: Aldridge, Gordon, Gibson, Frye, Okafor

Line of the Night: No Brandon Roy? No problem. LaMarcus Aldridge (2.83) led the Blazers to a 106-80 win over the Bucks with 29 points, 19 rebounds and a couple blocks in 44 minutes on the court. It is Aldridge’s second LotN in less than a week and he’s averaging 29 points and nearly 13 rebounds over his last 4 games. Somebody get that man a Randall Bar for his hard work.

Honorable Mentions: Eric Gordon (2.79) scored a season high 36 points against the Wolves, helped by the fact that he was 5-7 from three. He also added 6 assists and 5 steals; Daniel Gibson (2.68) is finally owned in over 50% of leagues, which means I can stop beating his drum in the waiver wire section. Last night, Gibson scored a season high 29 points, hitting 7-8 from three; Still no Stephen Curry for the Warriors (he might make his return by the end of the week), so Monta Ellis (2.55) dropped 44 points on the Rockets, adding 7 assists and 3 steals.

Tim Duncan
(2.19) took advantage of the defensive stylings (or lack thereof) of Channing Frye to score 20 points, with 15 rebounds and 6 assists in a win over Phoenix; and a nice game from Emeka Okafor (1.83), who double-doubled with 19 points and 15 rebounds, adding 3 blocks. Unfortunately for the Hornets, Mike Dunleavytipped in a shot at the end of the game to give the Pacers the 94-93 win.


Waiver Wire Line of the Night: The Suns did not play their newly acquired Vince Carter last night, which meant a second straight start for Jared Dudley (1.70). Dudley played much better than in his first start, scoring a career high 27 points on 10-16 shooting. He’ll go back to the bench once Carter joins the team, but we just got a good look at what he can do if Carter we’re to get hurt.

Pick Up Lines: Shane Battier (1.80) continues to tease fantasy owners. Just when we’re all ready to forget him and his anemic looking lines, he scores 14 points on 4-6 from three, adding 5 assists and 2 blocks in 29 minutes. Like the cold, calculating machine that it is, our player rater loves Shane Battier, rating him at #53 on the season. The 8.6 points a game looks really bad, but Battier has still been hitting threes, blocking shots and not turning the ball over this year.

Raja Bell (1.42) scored a season-high 19 points (on 5-6 from three) in his third game back from a groin injury. Last night at least, both he and C.J. Miles (1.59) – 22 points and 4 threes – co-existed together on the court. Long-term, a healthy Bell likely means less minutes and value for Miles.

Rudy Fernandez (1.14) with 17 points and 7 assists has finally started to live up to even the low expectations people had of him going into the year. All it took was a bunch of injuries to the rest of the team. Play him while Roy remains out.

Old Jeff Foster (1.25) had 11 boards and 4 blocks against the Hornets. He’s getting some run off the bench while Josh McRoberts is out with an abdomen injury. McRoberts suited up (but didn’t play) last night, so Foster’s value will be short lived. Oh wait, it never existed in the first place. Boom, roasted.

Gary Neal (0.90) got 30 minutes of run and scored 22 points thanks to a toe injury that kept George Hill out of the game. Hill is day-to-day at this point, but Neal is an intriguing scorer to watch in deep leagues.

You might be tired of us talking about Mario Chalmers (0.99), but he’s only owned in 6% of leagues and fantasy PG’s don’t exactly grow on trees. Chalmers had 13 points and 3 steals in 30 minutes off the bench against Dallas. The 3-10 shooting is a little tough to take, but if you’re in a deep league and Keyon Dooling isn’t available, it’s not like Steve Nash is just hanging out on the waiver wire.

Injury of the Night:Brandon Jennings‘ streak of 107 straight games is over, as the second year PG is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks after an MRI on Monday revealed a fracture in his left foot. The injury occurred last Wednesday when Jennings landed awkwardly on a drive against the Spurs. After experiencing pain in his foot after Saturday’s game, additional tests confirmed that Jennings had what doctors’ refer to as the “Yao”.

In his absence, Keyon Dooling will become the team’s starting PG. In 8 starts with the Nets last season, Dooling averaged 10.6 points, 5.4 assists and 1.6 threes a game. So while he’s not going to set the world on fire, he will plug the hole left by Jennings and is worth a pickup in deeper leagues.

Trade Rumor of the Night:According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nets are ready to do whatever it takes to get Carmelo Anthony, including taking on Al Harrington and possibly Chauncey Billups. What the Nets are working on is apparently “a more complex, even bigger deal” than the four team trade for Melo that fell apart earlier this year. Mmmm, sounds Rondoculous.

Biggest Loser:Stephen Jackson (-1.04). Jackson’s 5-12 shooting wasn’t a disaster and he did score 13 points. It’s the 6 turnovers that dropped his fantasy line down to the bottom of the list for the night. Just a bad line for Jackson in a bad loss for the Bobcats.

The only good thing to come from last night’s Orlando Magic loss is that we got to see what rotation they used. Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu started at SG and SF while Gilbert Arenas’ came off the bench. The results could have been a bit better – the Magic shot 35% as a team. Arenas (-0.62) was 2-11 from the field and scored 10 points, Dwight Howard was 6-14, Richardson shot 3-8 and Turkolgu was 1-4.

On Tap:On Tap: Dallas (21-5) at Orlando (16-10) – The Magic won’t have much time to work on their chemistry as Dallas comes into town today. With Marcin Gortat off to the Suns, Orlando is on the prowl for a big man. Ronny Turiaf might be their guy, or possibly Tony Battie, or maybe Karl Malone wants to strap on his Shape-ups and try to get that ring.

Golden State (9-18) at Sacramento (5-20) – Stephen Curry may be back for this game, but after continuing to reinjure his ankle over and over, it’s likely that the GSW are cautious and keep him out until the weekend. In his absence, Reggie Williams has averaged 17 points and over 2 threes a game.


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