Last night in the NBA, the Heat completed 3 road wins in 3 days, Linsanity struck north of the border, the Bulls won without Rose, the Lakers won virtually without Kobe, and the Wizards won their 3rd straight road game. There were 9 games in all on the slate with plenty of fantasy hoops action to go around.
Tonight’s even busier as the schedule’s stuffed with 13 games of fantasy goodness. Here’s 7 lists of 5 to get you all caught up on last night’s action as you get set up for a big ball night tonight.
5 Lin-sational stars
1. Jose Calderon-Tor: Calderon had half as many turnovers as Jeremy Lin (4) while scoring 25 and adding 5 more boards (7) than Lin did. Calderon had the better statistical night but didn’t have the dramatics to earn him the MVP-for-a-day. Calderon had 30 and 25 points in his last 2 games and continues to shine for Toronto while the await the return of Andrea Bargnani. The problem for Toronto fans is that both of these games ended with losses as the Raps dropped to 9-21.
2. John Wall-Was: Wall led the Wizards to a big road win in Portland as they moved to 7-22 on the year, 3-2 in their last 5 games, and to their first 2-game winning steak of the year. Wall had 29 points and 9 assists to go with 3 rebounds, 2 blocks, and a steal in Washington’s 124 point outburst.
3. Jeremy Lin-NY: Lin was the hero again last night with the game-winner, the last 6 points of the game and 27 points to go with 11 assists, 2 boards, and a steal. Lin got the Knicks their 6th win in a row as they ran their record to 14-15 by beating Toronto north of the border. Linsanity got even crazier as the PG has now scored 136 points in his first 5 starts the most of any player since the ABA-NBA merger. Once Carmelo returns, his scoring role may decrease, but he’s still a great story and addition to the fantasy NBA year.
4. DeMarcus Cousins-Sac: Cousins had a big game against Chicago although his Kings slipped to 10-18. He finished with 28 points, 17 boards, 2 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks.
5. LeBron James-Mia: LeBron led the head with 23 points while adding in a nice 9 boards, 7 assists, and 4 steals. He played 33 minutes as Miami won their 3rd game on the road in the last 3 days. Their record right now is an impressive 23-7.
5 earning “also starring” credits
1. Nick Young-Was: Young had a game-high 35 on 12-17 shooting with 7 three-pointers and 2 steals, 3 boards, and just 1 turnover.
2. Tyreke Evans-Sac: Evans played 42 minutes while hitting 9-18 from the field and finishing with 27 points, 8 assists, and 8 rebounds along with a blocked shot.
3. Luol Deng-Chi: In the absence of Derrick Rose it was Deng who stepped into the creative role finishing with 11 assists to go with his team-high 23 points. He added 7 boards, a steal, and a block in his 42 minutes while helping the Bulls to a high-scoring home win over Sacramento to get their record to 24-7.
4. Joakim Noah-Chi: Noah teamed with Deng to power Chicago as he finished with 22 points, 11 boards, 3 assists, 4 blocked shots, and a steal.
5.Gerald Wallace-Por:Wallace had 25 points, 8 assists, 2 steals, and 4 boards in 43 minutes for the Blazers. He will be needed to step up for Portland as they travel to Oakland without LaMarcus Aldridge.
5 big men coming up large
1. Serge Ibaka-OKC: Ibaka played a huge game last night against Utah as he finished with an astonishing 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 blocks in just 25 minutes. Those are great numbers for an extended game never mind just 25 minutes.
2. Pau Gasol-LAL: Gasol scored 20 points and grabbed 13 boards to go with 4 blocks and an assist as he helped LA cruise past the visiting Hawks to get to 17-12 on the year and 12-2 at home.
3. Tim Duncan-SA: Duncon had 18 points, 13 boards, 3 blocks, 3 assists, and 2 steals to lead a balanced Spurs attack to a road win in Detroit. The win is the Spurs’ 8th in a row and brings their record to 20-9 for the season.
4. JaVale McGee-Was: McGee had another good game for the Wiz and finished with 18 points and 11 boards with 2 assists and a block.
5. Andrew Bynum-LAL: Bynum and Gasol dominated Atlanta down low and Bynum finished with 15 points, 15 boards and 2 blocks.
5 scorers lighting it up
1. Nicolas Batum-Por: Batum started and ended up playing a huge part in the offense suddenly without LaMarcus Aldridge. He led Portland with 33 points on 12-24 shooting with 3 three’s and 4 rebounds to go with an assist, steal, and block. He’s a great pickup for at least tonight’s game at Golden State since Aldridge will again be absent.
2. Marcus Thornton-Sac: Thornton-Evans-Cousins combined for 78 of Sacramento’s 115 with Thornton stroking 9 of 19 with 3 of 6 three’s for 23 points to go with 3 boards, 2 assists, and a steal.
3. Kevin Durant-OKC: Durant played limited minutes (30) while the Thunder cruised past the Jazz in OKC to get to 10-1 at home and 22-6 overall. KD finished with 21 points on 8-14 shooting with 6 boards, 2 blocks, a steal, and an assist.
4. Amare Stoudemire-NY: Stoudemire returned to his newly Linderella-centered team with 21 points on 8-22 from the field to go with 9 boards and an assist.
5. Mike Conley-Mem: Conley had a solid game for the Grizz scoring 21 points to go with his 4 assists and 3 rebounds. He’s been playing well lately and is averaging almost 15 PPG and just over 6 APG in his last 5 games.
5 guards with game
1. Kyle Lowry-Hou: Lowry played 39 minutes in the Rockets loss to Memphis as he contributed 24 points 2 boards, 6 assists, and 3 steals. The Rockets slid to 16-13 while Memphis improved to 15-14 as these 2 teams currently sit in the pack of teams between 7th and 10th in the Western Conference.
2. Rodney Stuckey-Det: Stuckey had 23 points and 8 assists for the Pistons last night as they hosted the Spurs. He added 4 boards and had a +/- of +2, but the Pistons lost to fall to just 8-22.
3. James Harden-OKC: Harden’s shot was on as he made 6 of 9 and 3 of 5 from deep to finish with 22 points, 5 assists, and 4 boards.
4. Ty Lawson-Den: Lawson shot 6-7 from the field and dished 5 assists to go with 17 points, 2 steals, and 3 rebounds.
5. Tony Parker-SA: Parker struggled shooting form the field (5-13) but still contributed a solid 14 points and 7 assists with 3 rebounds to the Spurs win in Motown.
5 lines delivering less than expected
1. Danny Granger-Ind: Granger rolled his ankle and didn’t return against Miami after playing just 12 minutes while scoring 3 points on 1-4 shooting and a rebound.
2. Greg Monroe-Det: Monroe has been the only good thing in the Pistons offense but wasn’t last night as he shot 2-11 from the field scoring just 4 points while collecting 6 boards, an assist, and a block.
3. Gordon Hayward-Uta: Hayward had been in a groove until this game but went 0-6 from the field while being held scoreless in 16 minutes and only contributing 2 boards, an assist, and a steal.
4. Kevin Martin-Hou: After scoring 28 on Sunday and appearing to be broken out of his funk, Martin played 19 scoreless minutes last night at Memphis with just 1 steal, 2 assists, and a rebound.
5. LaMarcus Aldridge-Por: Aldridge rolled his ankle after just 2 minutes against Washington and finished with 2 points. The far bigger concern for his owners is how long he’ll be out with his ankle injury. X-Rays were negative so it doesn’t look to be long-term, but he’ll definitely miss at least a game and probably more.
5 to think about adding
1. Aaron Afflalo-Den: Afflalo had 20 points for the third game in a row as he hit 7-11 from the field and 2 three-pointers to go with 2 assists, a block, a rebound, and a steal. Afflalo is still owned in under 35 percent of leagues and is the Nugget picking up the scoring of Danilo Gallinari who is still expected to miss at least a couple more weeks. He’s a great addition to your fantasy team.
2. Linus Kleiza-Tor: Kleiza had 15 points and 11 boards even though he only hit 1 3-pointer while adding 3 assists, and 2 steals. Klieza didn’t start but played 38 minutes off the bench and is a major part of Toronto’s offense. He’s worth a look in the 73 percent of leagues in which he’s still available since in his last 5 games he’s averaging 16.2 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.8 APG, and 1.0 StlPG.
3. Michael Redd-Phx: Redd started and scored 20 points with 6 rebounds and a steal for the Suns while shooting 7-15 overall and 3-6 from deep. He still can score when given the time and is available in 97 percent of leagues.
4. Norris Cole-Mia: Cole had 20 points last night in 30 minutes while 3 assists and a rebound. It’s his 3rd double-digit game in a row as he continues to play a bigger role with Mario Chalmers dinged up. He made 8-12 shots last night which he can’t be counted to do on a nightly basis, but his increased PT could lead to continued value. Cole is owned in just 9 percent of leagues.
5. Dohntay Jones-Ind: If Danny Granger can’t get back on the court tonight, Jones will be called upon to play an expanded role for Indiana tonight. He finished last night with 10 points, 3 assists, and 2 rebounds in 31 minutes. He’ll start at SG with Paul George sliding the the SF spot. Jones is owned in 0.0 percent of leagues but if you need a short-term filler and have the roster flexibility he may be worth a flier in deep leagues