Made you look! I didn’t say season. The rest of 2010. But it might as well be (or perhaps should be) the rest of the season. Um… Happy New Year?
Line of the Night: We at GMTR (especially Patrick) have been LITERALLY SAYING that it’s only a matter of time before Brandon Roy is done for the season. Well, that time is drawing ever closer my friends, as Roy is now out indefinitely. In his place, we have recommended Wesley Matthews (2.27), who last night put up 30 points including 4 threes, adding 4 steals for good measure. You may seek to diminish this accomplishment by saying “But there were only 3 games last night” to which I would respond “The Blazers played (and beat) the Jazz, while the other games involved New York, Orlando, San Antonio, and Dallas! How hard does a guy have to work to have a legit Line of the Night then?”
The sad part is that I was in Portland over the holiday weekend talking to a Blazers season-ticket holder and he said the popular opinion there was that it was better if Roy stayed out since they were playing better without the shell of Brandon Roy wandering the court.
Honorable Mentions: Another candidate for Pick Up of the Year, Wilson Chandler (1.95) had another awesome game with 29 points, 9 rebounds, 3 threes and 2 blocks. Jason Kidd (1.83) put up his 106th career triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists, even adding 2 steals and 2 blocks. I don’t know where he stands on the all-time list, but 106 triple-doubles is a lot.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night:I’m not sure what the Spurs are doing that allows them to play George Hill (0.35) and Gary Neal (1.43) for extended minutes, but Neal was the WWLotN last night with 21 points (5 threes) and 5 rebounds, going 6-10 from the field and 4-4 from the line. Neal has been dropping threes like he’s playing with a high school three-point line and makes a great add for a team looking to add that particular stat.
It appears that while Dirk Nowitzki is out, Dallas is busting out the poor man’s Dirk Nowitzki: Brian Cardinal (0.93). Cardinal was like Dirk in that he made some threes (3 of them), but that was about it as he ended with 9 points and 2 steals.
I’m not sure how the Orlando trades opened up space for Ryan Anderson (0.74) in the Magic’s lineup, but he’s played close to or over 20 minutes a game, making at least 1 three per game for the last 5 games. Last night he added another 14 points, and 5 rebounds making 3 threes with 2 steals. Anderson is like a rich man’s Brian Cardinal, which is to say, he’s not quite a poor man’s Dirk Nowitzki, but he’s certainly not going to be mistaken for Dirk any time soon. He’s a nice pick up for a small ball team that needs a PF or C since he provides threes and is a decent source of steals with good FT%.
Biggest Loser: The other Spurs were able to work things nicely playing against a Dirk-less Dallas team, but Richard Jefferson (-1.29) struggled, going 3-10 from the field to end with 7 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist.
Fantasy Relevant Quote of the Night: In a quote from the Miami Herald, Chris Bosh said:
Ten [rebounds per game] is my number. I’m going to get there. It’s going to be a little tougher than it would if I would have gotten off to a better start. Once I get to 10, I’ll be happy.
So, for all the disappointed Chris Bosh owners (of which I am one), things may be looking up. Hopefully Bosh can make up for the fact that I paired him with Brook Lopez on a team I almost called The Two Towers.
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