Just 5 games on the schedule last night, and the starting 5 has you covered for all the fantasy results, who you should consider adding for tonight’s full slate of games, and the latest on the NBA Playoff Picture as we come to the end of the season.
Western Conference Playoff Update: The Spurs beat Memphis in San Antonio to close to within 1/2 a game of the Thunder. With the loss, the Grizz fall 1 1/2 games behind the Clipper for the 4 but remain 1 1/2 games ahead of Dallas. The Mavs were in action last night as well as they beat Golden State on the road in the late TNT game. Blake Griffin and the Clippers won in Minnesota closing within a game of the Lakers as they race for the third seed.
Eastern Conference Playoff Update: In the East, the only 2 playoff teams in action were the top 2. The Bulls and Heat faced off in Chicago. Even with Derrick Rose limited and on the bench after shooting 1-13 the Bulls pulled out a 10 point win in overtime outscoring the Heat 12-2 in the extra frame. The win moves the Bulls 4 games ahead of Miami for the top seed in the East and with a strong finish they should be able to secure homecourt throughout the playoffs.
5 to think about Adding
1. J.J. Hickson-Por: (46.1% ownership) Hickson stepped up for the injured LaMarcus Aldridge Wednesday against the Warriors finishing with 13 rebounds and 23 points. With Aldridge out the rest of the season, J.J. looks to be a great add for the last 7 games on Portland’s schedule.
2. Lester Hudson-Cle: (31.5%) Hudson continues to fill in admirably in the Cavs injury-ravaged backcourt. In his last 4 games he’s had at least 19 points while contributing solid rebounding, assist, and steals numbers as well. The game with the Pacers may not be close, but Hudson should get plenty of playing time and contribute some serious scoring to your team.
3. George Hill-Ind: (17.2%) Hill has played wonderfully the last 2 games while filling in for Darren Collison. He had 17 and 18 points, 7 and 3 rebounds, 4 and 5 assists, with 2 blocks and a steal in those games while logging 35+ minutes. Collison is expected to return which is what prevents him from being higher on this list, but I think Hill will still get enough minutes versus Cleveland tonight to make him worth adding.
4. Avery Bradley-Bos: (6.5%)Ray Allen didn’t make the trip with the C’s to Toronto so expect more time than usual for Bradley. He’s averaging just under 10 points a game in his last 5 with just under a steal per game, 2 assists per game, and 3 rebounds. Tonight he should come in above those totals with the absence of Ray-Ray.
5. Jason Smith-NO: (3.5%)In his last 3 games, Smith has had 2 monster nights with 26 points and 10 rebounds against Minnesota Saturday and 22 and 6 against Sacramento Wednesday. He is averaging 10 points for the year, and he had 16 to go with 8 rebounds the last time he played the Jazz who visit the Big Easy tonight.
5 who played like All-Stars
1. Tim Duncan-SA: Duncan had 28 points and 12 rebounds with 2 blocks in 35 minutes as he led the Spurs to another win at home, this time over the previously-surging Memphis Grizzlies.
2. Greg Monroe-Det: Monroe dominated Charlotte down low finishing 11-14 grom the field and scoring 25 points to go with 11 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal, and a block in the Pistons win.
3. LeBron James-Mia: LeBron looked great for the Heat last night, but they couldn’t deal with the depth of Chicago. James final line was 30 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal, and a block in 47 minutes on the floor.
4. Blake Griffin-LAC: Griffin had 19 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, a steal, and a block in his 36 minutes as he led the Clipp-ship to the win in Minnesota.
5. Jason Kidd-Dal: Kidd was just a point from a triple-double as he finished with 12 assists, 10 rebounds, 9 bpoints, 3 steals, and 2 blocks to help pace the Mavs to their win in Oakland over the Warriors.
5 other solid Guard lines
1. Klay Thompson-GS: Thompson played 40 minutes and scored 24 points with 3 threes, 8 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 stals, and a block.
2. Brandon Knight-Det: Knight played well against Charlotte finishing with 21 points on 8-12 shooting with 3 steals, 3 rebounds, and 7 assists in his 28 minutes.
3. J.J. Barea-Min: Barea had a double-double with 10 points and 11 assists and added 2 boards and 2 threes as he fills in at PG for the Wolves.
4.C.J. Watson-Chi: The Bulls used balance to beat the Heat much like Dallas did in the Finals last year. Watson hit the three that forced OT as part of his 16 points to go with 3 steals, 3 rebounds and 9 assists. He shot 6-10 from the field while replacing Derrick Rose who shot just 1-13 and scored a career low 2 points.
5. Dwyane Wade-Mia: Wade took over the game in the 4th quarter and had the Heat in position to win the game with his 21 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.
5 Big men coming up Large
1. David Lee-GS: Lots of things have gone wrong for Golden State, David Lee isn’t one of them. He finished with 30 points, 8 boauds, a steal, and an assist as he continues to flourish despite the Warriors struggles.
2. Carlos Boozer-Chi: Boozer had a team-high 19 points on 9-19 shooting. He added 11 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal n the Bulls big win.
3. Chris Bosh-Mia: All of the big 3 were good last night, they just got no help from the rest of the Heat. Bosh had 20 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 blocks while playing 41 minutes. Outside of the big 3, the highest scoring Miami player had 4 points.
4. Marc Gasol-Mem: Gasol had 14 points and 10 boards with 4 steals, 3 assists, and a block in the Grizzlies loss in San Antonio.
5. Brandan Wright-Dal: I gave you Wright yesterday as a possible additions and he didn’t disappoint finishing with 16 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks, and a steal in 32 minutes while shooting 6-8 from the field and 2-2 from the FT line.