Sunday was highlighted by some close, competitive basketball games between established championships competitors (Chicago v Miami), old-guards and upstarts (Boston v Cleveland, Lakers v Wolves), 2 of the best in the West (Nuggs and Clips), and 2 old guns from the Texas (SA v Dallas). It was one of the better basketball days as far as close, late intensity even if it did sometimes lack the execution and artistry we hope for in the playoffs
Hopefully it’s a sign of what’s to come this week as we gear up for week 6 in Fantasy Hoops. If you need to add someone to your roster, check out this post. Later this morning, check back for all the latest on all the hobbled and limping players in our weekly injury update.
Here’s how week five came to a close with 8 lists of 5 that you need to know to catch up on Sunday’s fantasy action.
5 30+ point stars
1. Kobe Bryant-LAL: Bryant scored 35 points while grabbing 14 rebounds and adding 2 assists, and 2 blocks while helping the Lakers get just their 2nd road win of the season over the feisty TWolves. LA is not 12-9 on the year.
2. LeBron James-Mia: James had 35 points, 11 boards, 5 assists and a block and despite some key free throws he missed the Heat were able to hold on to beat the Bulls and move to 15-5. James’ averages are just sick at 29.5 PPG, 7.0 APG, 8.2 RPG, and 1.84 StPG.
3. Derrick Rose-Chi: Rose played 45 huge minutes and finished with 34 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, a steal, and a block. Like LeBron, He missed some key free throws coming down the stretch but the Bulls couldn’t quite overcome them as they slid to 17-5 on the year.
4. Jason Terry-Dal: JeT flew off the bench with 34 points in 38 minutes with 4 assists, 2 rebounds, and a steal. He led the Mavs to the OT win to get to 13-8 on the year as they welcomed back Dirk.
5. Chauncey Billups-LAC: Billups scored 32 ponts on 11-20 shooting and 6-12 from 3-point territory in his return to Denver. He added 4 boards and 2 assists as he lead the Clippers over the Nuggets.
5 starring in 24 (to honor Kiefer’s new show I guess)
1. Dwight Howard-Orl: Howard had 24 points with 13 rebounds, 2 blocks, a steal, and an assist in Orlando’s loss to Indiana.
2. Deron Williams-NJ: Williams had 24 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds but hit just 3-10 from beyond the arc and the Nets fell to the visiting Raptors dropping their record to 7-14 (identical to Toronto’s.)
3. Chris Bosh-Mia: Bosh had 24 points and 12 boards with a steal and a block as he and the King defended home-court against the invading Bulls.
4. Jeff Teague-Atl: Teague had 24 points on 9-11 shooting in 29 minutes and 4-4 from 3-point territory. He added 4 assists, a steal, and a rebound as the Hawks won easily in New Orleans.
5. Danny Granger-Ind: Granger dropped 24 points on the Magic in 36 minutes while adding 3 assists, 3 steals, a block, and 2 boards.
1. Kevin Love-Min: Love had 33 points, 13 boards, 2 assists, and a steal but the Wolves couldn’t quite catch Kobe’s Lakers and fell to 9-11. They’ll keep trying to claw their way to .500 as they head to Houston tonight.
2. Blake Griffin-LAC: Griffin scored 17 points on 7-16 shooting whole grabbing 13 boards, blocking 4 shots, and dishing 3 assists. The Clippers got a big win on the road over the Nuggets to get their record to 11-6.
3. Michael Beasley-Min: Beasley showed his potential fantasy value even oming off the bench for Minnesota as he had 18 points and 12 rebounds to go with 3 assists, 2 steals, and a block. He’s still owned in 72 percent of leagues, but does have potential so grab him if he’s out there.
4. Dirk Nowitzki-Dal: Dirk came back and played 38 minutes while grabbing 13 boards, scoring 10 points, and adding a steal and an assist. He didn’t do that much in this one, but at least you know to get him active for the coming week.
5. Joakim Noah-Chi: Before fouling out in Miami, Noah had 11 points, 11 boards, 4 assists, a steal, and 3 blocks. He’s returned to his active, stat-creating self as of late.
5 guards playing great
1. DeMar DeRozan-Tor: DeRozan exploded in the second half to lead the Raps to a win in New Jersey to get to 7-14 on the year. He finished with 27 points in 41 minutes on 8-12 from the field and added 3 rebounds, 2 assists, a block, and a steal. DeRozan will need to step up with Andrea Bargnani out and grab him immediately if your league is one of the 2.8 percent where a crazy person dropped him.
2. Kyrie Irving-Cle: Irving hit the game-deciding shot while scoring 23 points on 10-14 from the field with 6 assists, 4 boards, and a steal. He’s playing extremely well for a rookie and could be part of the long-term solution for the now 8-11 Cavs.
3. Gary Neal-SA: Neal scored 19 points in 29 minutes off the bench while leading the Spurs in a furious comeback against Dallas. The Spurs fell in OT, but Neal finished with 7 assists, 4 boards, a steal, and 3 3PM to go with his season-high 19 points.
4. Jerryd Bayless-Tor: Bayless started and played 34 minutes for the Raptors. He had 17 points, 6 boards, 3 assists, and a steal while helping Toronto defeat New Jersey.
5. Ray Allen-Bos: Allen scored 22 points in his return from an ankle injury. He added 3 board, 3 assists, and a steal while shooting 4-6 from downtown.
5 bigs playing big
1. Pau Gasol-LAL: Gasol had 28 points on 11-15 shooting while adding 3 assists and 6 rebounds to help Kobe get the Lakers the win on the road.
2. Nene-Den: Nene had 18 points, 9 boards, 2 assists, and a block. He played well even though Denver fell to the Clippers.
3. DeAndre Jordan-LAC: Jordan had 8 points on 3-7 shooting but had 13 rebounds and 5 blocks in 35 minutes.
4. Anderson Verejao-Cle: Verejao had 18 points, 9 boards, 2 assists, and 2 steals. He’s had 9 or more rebounds in 5 in a row and in 15 of his last 17. He’s a moster on the boards although his scoring comes and goes.
5. Emeka Okafor-NO: Okafor had a team-high 13 points, 8 boards, 2 assists, and 2 steals for the Hornets. New Orleans fell to 4-16 on the year with the loss and are 2-10 at home.
5 passing specialists
1. Andre Miller-Den: Miller shot just 6-16 but dished 10 assists to go with his 16 points, 3 boards, and a steal.
2. Darren Collison-Ind: Collison had double-digit assists last night with 10 to go with 11 points a steal and a rebound. It’s his first game with 10 or more assists since December 28th in the second game of the season.
3. Jose Calderon-Tor: Calderon had 10 points and 9 assists to go with 4 rebounds while shooting an efficient 4-6 from the field. He won’t put up huge points, but he can be counted on for a good number of assists lately.
4. Ricky Rubio-Min: Rubio needs to improve his shooting (2-13) but did dish out 8 assists while scoring just 5 points and grabbing 4 rebounds.
5.Chris Paul-LAC: Paul had 7 assists to go with 6 rebounds, 2 steals, a block, and 25 points as the Clippers got a big road win in Denver.
5 off the mark
1. Tony Parker-SA: Parker shot 2-11 from the field for the Spurs in Dallas and finished with 9 points with 4 assists and a rebound in just 28 minutes of the OT game.
2. Joe Johnson-Atl: Not only did the Hawks won despite Johnson (4-15) and Josh Smith (3-10) struggling from the field, but they won quite handily over the hapless Hornets to get their overall record to 15-6. Johnson finished with 9 points, 9 boards, 3 assists, and a steal.
3. Caron Butler-LAC: As on fire as Chauncey was, Butler wasn’t. He finished 3-10 from the floor in 28 minutes while adding 3 assists, 3 rebounds, and a steal to his 9 points.
4. Dwyane Wade-Mia: After a long layoff, we would expect some rust and Wade showed us some last night. He shot 4-16 from the field and had 4 turnovers. He still finished with 15 points, 6 assists, 4 boards, a steal, and a block. He’ll look to bounce back against New Orleans tonight at AmericanAirlines Arena.
5. MarShon Brooks-NJ: Speaking of rust, Brooks shook off some after his missed time going just 3-10 from the field and scoring just 6 points off the bench for the Nets.
5 to look at adding
1. Ronnie Brewer-Chi: Brewer played more minutes than anybody on the Chicago team not named Derrick Rose. He finished with 10 points, 3 steals, and 6 rebounds in his 42 minutes. While the impending return of Luol Deng does limit his long-term upside, his value remains at least for another week as it looks like Deng will miss at least part of this coming week.
2. Rodrigue Beaubois-Dal: Beaubois got the start in the Mavs backcourt and finished with a solid 14 point-7 assist-3 board-3 block night. As long as J Kidd is out, Beaubois makes a very nice addition headed into the coming week where Dallas has 4 games including one tonight where Steve Nash will try to keep up with him in the desert.
3. George Hill-Ind: Hill is still owned in just 27 percent of leagues due to his inconsistencies in coming off the bench for the Pacers. Last night he looked good again with 16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 3PM, and a steal. If he ever gets the starting minutes, he’ll be an instant must grab. Until then, he’s a roll of the dice from night to night as to whether he’ll be scoring off the bench for Indiana or not.
4. Chris Duhon-Orl: Duhon started at point for the injured Jameer Nelson. He had 15 points, 5 assists, 3 boards, 2 3PM, and 2 steals in 33 minutes. Nelson is expected to miss at least tonight’s game at Philadelphia so Duhon should get some extra run tonight as well and if he steps up can claim an increased roll for himself. He’s owned in .1 percent of leagues but he’s not a bad option if you need a streaming starter.
5. Rudy Fernandez-Den: Fernandez is still coming off the bench in Denver, but after missing 2 games with an achilles issue has played 30+ minutes in his last 2 games. Last night he finished with 12 points, 6 boards, and an assist, and Friday he had 23 points and 3 steals. He’s only owned in 4 percent of leagues which is understandable given his inconsistent minutes in the Nuggets rotation. He’s still worth keeping an eye on since he can contribute in almost every category (except blocks) when healthy and getting healthy minutes.