First, let’s address quickly David Aldridge getting all of our panties in a knot last night with his “Allen Iverson is close to being a Knick” update. Blah. Wait, is Isiah Thomas back in New York? Dan Wetzel had a great take on the Jennings-James “situation” in New York. Worth the read.
IF Iverson is brought to New York, you should seriously consider adding him. This whole thing can turn Nate Robinson, Toney Douglas, Wilson Chandler, Chris Duhon and Larry Hughes into the new Mike Conley and O.J. Mayo. Remember when we stayed away from the Grizzlies guards during our drafts because of AI? Yeah you do.
Pau Gasol returned! Hoo-ray! He went for 24 points and 13 rebounds in 35 minutes. Lamar Odom came off the bench for 11 points and 8 rebounds. Sorry Odom. He seems to be the one who’s going to lose out now that Pau has returned.
John Salmons had 18 points last night, all of which came in the first half. Take ’em when you get ’em. His teammate Joakim Noah continues to dominate the glass, pulling down 15 more rebounds. Dude can play the glass.
Tony Parker (ankle or cheville) and Manu Ginobili (groin or virilha) missed last night’s game against the Jazz. Parker is day-to-day and should be back for Saturday’s game, pushing George Hill back to the bench. Ginobili, on the other hand, is scheduled to miss the next week or so. I say he misses more, but I ain’t no groin doctor, so what do I know?
I was starting to like Eric Maynor and then he had to go ahead and put up a goose egg in 16 minutes of action. His teammate Paul Millsap had 20 and 7 coming off the bench. Nice to see him show up, but I imagine that once Mehmet Okur (flu or gribi) returns on Saturday it’s going to go back to being a five-man frontcourt and he’ll probably see less than 30 minutes per.
Darren Collison had 15 points, five rebounds, five assists, a steal and a three-point in New Orleans’ win over the Suns. Meaning, he posted a Chris Paul first half stat-line. Solid.
Marcus Thornton scored 19 points in 20 minutes off the bench. He’s the sleeper in all of this as far as I’m concerned. Keep an eye on Thornton. I already think he’s a legit add in deeper leagues.
The Suns had a balanced attack against the Hornets with seven players scoring in double-figures. Jared Dudley was bombing threes, hitting 5-of-6 on his way to
scoring 17 points off the bench. Dudley continues to be a nice source of threes and steals, plus he’s better than his father Chris Dudley.
In sad news, Andrew Bogut is out for the next 2-to-4 weeks with a sprained left leg. Damn. He was starting to look like a nice fantasy contributor in the paint. How much you want to bet that 4 weeks turns into “after Christmas”?