Daily Lies & Statistics: Nellie Nets New-monia

Tiger Woods?... I hope Don Nelson was reading up on his pneumonia, because he would not have liked what he saw last night -- excited players!

Don Nelson missed last night’s game against the Mavs as a result of coming down with pneumonia. As was his dying wish, the fill-in coach Keith Smart played just six Warriors, with Monta Ellis, Anothony Morrow, and Vladimir Radmanovic each played from start to finish. Ellis led the way with 37 points, 8 assists, 4 steals and 11 turnovers (niiiice!). the player everyone will be wearing this spring, Anthony Morrow, finished with 27 points on 9-of-16 shooting, 6 treys, 9 rebounds and 3 steals. Man I can’t stop talking about this guy!He needs to, has to be added across the board.

Vlad-Rad doubled-up for the first time this season — 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 steals. Man I am done talking about this guy!

The Wizards put their “he called me a dick/he sang Beyonce songs about me” feud behind them last night and rallied around the death to their beloved owner, Abe Pollin, and defeated the 76ers 108-107. Antawn Jamison had 32 points and 14 rebounds. Had he scored one fewer point this game would have been tied. For real. The other story was the play of young Nick Young — 20 points and 2 treys.

One quick rant in regards to the 76ers, namely Louis Williams. I know Williams had a great game — 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting, 4 treys, 4 rebounds and 5 assists — but who else out there thought that he wasn’t going to dribble around the perimeter until the final second and jack up a three-pointer (down by only one point with 9 seconds to go)? Was the math not there? How about attacking the rim? Did you need to win by two points? Were there tacos on the line? I know the Lakers give free tacos when the team hits 100 points. Do the 76ers give tacos away on road games when they hit 110 points? Drive and kick, or take it to the hole. Please?

Elton Brand left the game early after injuring his hamstring. Good thing, since he was shooting just 1-of-9 from the floor. Ugly.

Jeff Foster found himself in the starting lineup last night against the Raptors and probably was as confused as you were. In fact, I don’t know this to be true, but I imagine that Foster even started Roy Hibbert on his fantasy team last night. I know I did. Needless to say, Hibbert has been named the starter for Wednesday night’s game against the Clippers. All is well.

Jarrett Jack damn near & perfect last night going 7-of-7 from the floor, 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, and 1-of-1 from the free-throw line. How was he not perfect? Dude had 18 points, 6 assists, one steal and ONE TURNOVER. NO!!

Courtney Lee returned to action last night and stole six balls. Man we missed you, Mr. Lee. The funny thing about his return was that Chris Douglas-Roberts, who I was worried about, scored just 4 points in 29 minutes. Did CDR check out early last night because of the return of Lee? OR was it because the 0-13 Nets were playing a Nuggets team that had won 15 straight at home? If you are watching me write this post, then you know I am physically leaning toward the latter. The Nuggs killed CDR, not Lee’s smile.

Chris Douglas-Roberts dropped his game. Anyone see it down there?

Roommates (at least in my mind they are roommates), Kenyon Martin and Nene combined for 9 steals and 2 blocks last night. I would take that for the week, but the Nuggets still have three more.

The paperwork has yet to be filed, but Kobe Bryant owns the Knicks. He had 34 points in 40 minutes. This game was over early in the 3rd quarter, so it was nice to see him get over 40 minutes in this one. Bryant is good. Pick him up if he’s available on your wiaver wires.

The Knicks were pretty awful, being out-rebounded 60-38 against the Lakers. The summer of 2011 can’t come fast enough!

Tonight, make sure you check in on Elton Brand and Shawn Marion before you set your lineup. Also, you might want to keep Michael Redd out until he shows that he’s better than Tim Thomas. And remember, call your mother. She’s been worried about you.

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