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NBA Fantasy: Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Kevin Durant

Line of the Night: A wild finish to the Hornets/Suns game saw the Hornets almost comeback after trailing 104-96 with less than 20 seconds left in the game. Chris Paul (2.45) missed a potential game winning three point attempt at the buzzer. But even without the sweet taste of victory or the extra three points, Paul was still a fantasy beast with 26 points and 12 assists on the night.

Honorable Mentions: With Deron Williams out with a wrist injury, Stephen Curry (2.44) ran wild over Earl Watson and the Jazz and took over on a night where Monta Ellis (-0.02) only shot 1-9 from the field. Curry finished with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists in the win and has now scored 27 or more points in 4 of the Warriors’ last 6 games.

The Heat/Thunder game had the fantasy performances (and fireworks) you might expect. LeBron James (2.13) led Miami with 23 points, 13 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks. Kevin Durant (1.87) had 33 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals as well as the quote of the night – calling Chris Bosh a fake tough guy for butting in on a conversation he was having with James Harden. In Bosh’s defense, the conversation was about dunking on Chris Bosh, so in my opinion, he’s allowed to join that conversation.

“Hey man, it’s not cool to talk about dunking on someone else. If you’re not going to say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” #chrisboshquotes.

Kobe Bryant (1.28) answered the fantasy question of what happens when you score 41 points, but have 0 assists, 0 steals, 0 blocks and only 3 rebounds. The answer is a decent fantasy rank (19th on the night) but a loss to the Celtics. For the C’s, Paul Pierce (2.07) had a slightly more well-rounded 32 points (going 11-18 from the field), 5 rebounds and 3 threes.

Some love to guys who we don’t talk about all the time: Danilo Gallinari (2.06) scored 29 points for the shorthanded Knicks and should be a strong play as long as Wilson Chandler is out; Ryan Anderson (1.96) had a huge 23 points, 16 rebound double-double in less than 30 minutes as Orlando destroyed the Cavs; and with Rodney Stuckey currently out for the Pistons with a bruised shoulder, Ben Gordon (1.89) got the start and scored 35 points with 7 threes against the Knicks.


Waiver Wire Line of the Night: It’s one of life’s rules. Talk loud enough and say enough shit and you’ll eventually be able to point back to the small percentage of stuff that has come true to make yourself seem intelligent. Exhibit A: what I said about Marcin Gortat (2.10) when he was traded to the Suns. It’s taken a bit for Gortat to work himself into the rotation, but he’s responded just like I thought he would. Against the Hornets yesterday, Gortat scored a career high 25 points (shooting 9-10 from the field) to go with 11 rebounds and 2 blocks. He’s a must grab if you play in one of the 60% of leagues where he’s still available.

Pick Up Lines: Whoa. After being buried on the bench since the start of the season, Timofey Mozgov (0.85) got nearly 40 minutes of run for the Knicks yesterday (it helped that Wilson Chandler sat with a sore calf and Shawne Williams was suspended for a game) and exploded for 23 points and 14 rebounds. He has been working hard over the past two months with the Knicks’ coaching staff despite not getting any playing time, so the improvement may potentially be legit. However, with Williams back for the Knicks’ next game and Chandler day-to-day, lets temper our expectations. I’m going to need to see a repeat performance before I’m buying some Mozgov.

Biggest Loser: If you thought Monta Ellis’ line was bad, check out what Carmelo Anthony (-0.52) did against the Sixers: 12 points on 3-12 shooting, with 3 boards and 6 turnovers in 32 minutes. Melo blamed the performance on his knees “tightening up” during the game, but doesn’t think it will affect him going forward. It probably won’t, because it sounds like he made it up to cover his ass.


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