Line of the Night: It’s been a little while since Kevin Love (2.08) topped this list (like 11 days), but he flashed some vintage Love our way in a game against the Rockets and finished with 24 points, 17 rebounds, 7 assists in the loss. Love has double-doubled in every game since November 19, but we are still waiting on his first triple-double of the season.
Honorable Mentions: Nice to see David Lee (1.79) putting up Love-esque point/rebound totals again. Last night’s 31 and 12 against the Spurs was arguably his best game of the year so far. Also against the Spurs Dorell Wright (1.71) came close to a triple-double with 18 points, 7 boards and 9 assists. Tim Duncan (1.19) had an injury scare in the game, going down in the second quarter and holding his knee. Sorry DeJuan Blair owners, he returned in the second half to finish with 16 and 7 and said that he just “hyperflexed” his knee.
Chris Paul (1.72) had an injury scare of his own, rolling his ankle at the end of the game against OKC. Paul finished with 24 points, 9 assists, and 3 steals and says he’s ok, although he might end up day-to-day with the injury.
In a game that not only had no defense, but actively had defenders clearing out of the way so guys could take it to the hoop, Raymond Felton (1.58) ran his way to 17 points, 15 assists, and 4 steals against the Wizards. Wilson Chandler (1.58) shrugged off a bad shooting start to finish with 25 points (4-8 from three) and 7 boards. The Wizards best fantasy line came from John Wall (1.00) with 18 points, 7 boards and 9 assists. He looked injured out there, though, as he can’t get any lift off the ground when he jumps off those bruised knees.
Three guys that don’t get a ton of attention on GMTR: Shane Battier (1.75) went nuclear against the Wolves sloppy D, scoring a season-high 19 points on 5-9 shooting from three. The Sixers turned the tables on the Suns and ran them into oblivion. Thaddeus Young (1.67) looked great in the game, shooting 11-17 from the field on his way to 24 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists (and 1 crazy alley-oop from Andre Iguodala). If he could only play against the Suns every game, he’d be an all-star. And DeMar DeRozan (1.56) got 41 minutes of run of the Raptors on his way to 25 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Old man Kurt Thomas (1.96) is the proud owner of the second best line of the night as he led the Bulls’ in scoring with 22 points, adding 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 blocks. The Bucks decided they were going to double Derrick Rose (1.24) in the game and force someone else to beat them. That someone else was a wide open Thomas and the open looks led to the most points he’s scored in a game since 2005. Considering this was Thomas’ first double-digit scoring game in over a month and Joakim Noah is working his way back in a few weeks, I would not run out and grab Thomas based on the performance.
Pick Up Lines: A guy who should be owned in more than 18% of leagues is Chuck Hayes (1.16). Hayes puts up some wacky lines such as last night’s 9 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists performance. But much like his teammate Battier, his lines are deceptively good (with rebounds, blocks and assists) even if he isn’t much of a scorer.
Wesley Johnson (1.50) dropped 19 points off the bench for the Wolves, while Corey Brewer played less than 10 minutes due to foul trouble. Johnson’s minutes have been way down recently due to his defense issues (although you could say that about the entire Wolves team), making him not worth owning on a team with 4-5 guys who play the same position.
The Pistons rode the hot hand to a win over the Magic and that hand came from Austin Daye (1.44), who was 4-4 from three on his way to 20 points and 7 boards. Daye is available in 96% of leagues and is getting extra run with Charlie Villanueva day-to-day. It’s going to be tough for Daye to get consistent minutes once Villanueva returns, but I’m sure fantasy owners could easily find a disgruntled Pistons’ fan willing to Nancy Kerrigan him for the right price. And by right price I mean for nothing.
Too little, too late for Keyon Dooling (1.25), whose 13 point, 10 assist double-double comes as Brandon Jennings is expected to return from injury this week.
With Jose Calderon out with flu-like symptoms, Jerryd Bayless (0.95) got the start for the Raptors and blew up with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists in 37 minutes. Unfortunately for Bayless, Calderon should be back for the team’s next game. But keep your finger on Bayless’ add button just in case Calderon were to get hurt.
Biggest Loser:Vince Carter (-1.07) has problems. Not with a woman – it’s something far worse than that – he has a problem with swelling in his knee. Carter only played 22 minutes against the Sixers and finished with 2 points on 1-6 shooting, with 1 rebound and 1 assist. Carter has now shot 10-40 from the field over his last 4 games. It would not surprise me to see him take some time off soon.
Andray Blatche (-1.01) couldn’t get a shot to fall against the Knicks (although he tried) shooting 2-10 from the floor and finishing with 6 points and 5 rebounds. He was horrendous in the game, and Blatche owners should be very worried about his effort and attitude going forward. Gilbert Arenas (-0.82) is completely droppable from fantasy teams at this point. His 9 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 24 minutes has become the norm for what you can expect from him.
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