I take it we’re all sick and tired of hearing about the pending Gilbert Arenas suspension, so I won’t reiterate much of what has already been said. I will, however, suggest you not drop him outright and that you also don’t sell him on the trade market for another team’s 12th man. Especially since we don’t know what’s going to happen. A suspension is imminent, but we really don’t know how long it’s going to be. I say ride this thing out! Really, what’s the best you can get in a trade for him right now? Someone’s 12th man? Some fantasy team’s version of Javaris Crittenton — anyone remember when he came out of Georgia Tech? He was supposed to be a nice impact point guard. Who would have seen this coming…other than Tech itself. Look at his player profile on the school’s official web-site. The first sentence says it all:
Most highly regarded point guard to enroll at Tech since Stephon Marbury…
As I said, I’m all for holding onto Arenas until hammer drops. And as an Arenas owner — please hammer don’t hurt him!
The Hawks went into Miami last night without any loaded weapons. In fact, they shot plenty of blanks in their 92-75 loss to the Heat. If you missed the game, this should sum it up nicely — Joe Johnson was the only Atlanta starter to reach double figures, and he scored just 11 points on 5-of-15 shooting. Atlanta was also out-rebounded by Miami 52-30. Here’s how ugly it was on the glass for Atlanta — Jamaal Magloire had 10 rebounds in 20 minutes, while Josh Smith and Marvin Williams combined for 9 in 67 minutes. Yup, you’re right, Magloire hasn’t been a relevant basketball player since the 2006-07 season. Since then he’s only posted four double-digit rebounding efforts (including last night).
Jamal Crawford: He was the lone bright spot for the Hawks. Crawford dropped 23 points in 35 minutes off the bench. His performance, though, was also pretty flawed. He shot just 5-of-13 from the floor and 1-of-6 from beyond the arc. But, compared to his teammates he looked like Joe Johnson last night. With Johnson himself looking like Maurice Evans. While Evans looked like Jeff Teague, who looked like Othello Hunter, who looks like this.
Quentin Richardson: Big ups to Q-Rich for cleaning up the glass. He had 10 rebounds last night against the Hawks, and has been pulling down 7 per game over his last five. A guy who can rebound the ball and shoot threes? I’ll take that.
Russell Westbrook: No, it wasn’t Kevin Durant who led the Thunder to victory last night against the Bulls. It was Westbrook and his 29 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals. The funny thing was that he took 10 more shots in this game than Durant did. You won’t see that happen often.
John Salmons: He hates you — 3 points on 1-of-8 shooting, 2 rebounds, 0 assists. This after he averaged 17 points over his last three games, prompting you to put him back in your lineup. Dude hates you.
Tyrus Thomas: Slow night for him — 7 points, 6 rebounds and one block in 20 minutes. Problem is that Taj Gibson nearly notched back-to-back double-doubles last night. As he starts heating up, Thomas’ minutes are starting to dip. TT played only 35 total minutes over his last two games. You can’t get me to bail on him, but I can see you sitting him based on matchups — at least until Gibson cools off.
Devin Brown: Scored a career-high 30 points against the Jazz. I like Brown, but he falls into that group of guys on the waiver wire who provide scoring and three-pointers, but little else. Hell, if he keeps scoring at this rate, I won’t ask for anything else. This is the 9th double-digit scoring effort for Brown in his last 10. Someone worth considering.
C.J. Miles: 15 points, 3 treys and 2 steals in 22 minutes. Another guy who scores and hits 3-pointers with…wait for it…nothing else to add! I like Brown much more than Miles, in case you were wondering.
Paul Millsap: He posted 6 points and 13 rebounds off the bench for the Jazz. While he hasn’t been scoring at a respectable rate lately, Millsap has been working the glass. This was his third double-digit rebounding effort in his last five. I can see where someone would continue to keep plugging him in their lineup each week, but he’s not the same Millsap he was a year ago. That could change as the trade deadline nears, though.
Brandon Roy: Just 6 points on 3-of-12 shooting last night. He deserved a night off. His hamstring is bothering him a little bit, so maybe it’s better than he takes it easy. We do not want to lose Roy to a hamstring injury.
Andre Miller: Somebody sent Steve Blake flowers! Miller hit the 40-minute mark for only the second time this season last night against the Clippers. He scored 22 points and dished 16 dimes, following up on his 23-point performance two nights earlier. All while Blake recovers from pneumonia. I love that it takes the absence of Blake to get this guy going. Whatever it takes, I guess.
Martell Webster: He too is going off for the Blazers. Not having LaMarcus Aldridge in the lineup may have something to do with it. Webster went for 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting, 5 3-pointers and 6 rebounds last night. Without Aldridge in the lineup, over the last two Webster have given his owners a total of 46 points, 17 rebounds and 9 3-pointers. Too legit to quit.
Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, and Chris Andersen are all likely out for the Nuggets.
LaMarcus Aldridge expected back for the Blazers.