Here we go again. First it was Greg Oden, and now…Blake Griffin. Yup, the first-overall pick of the 2009 NBA Draft is out for the season. And he was this close to coming back, wasn’t he? Now it seems that Marcus Camby can now take his house off the market. Just in time, too, cause his stomach is better and so are his fantasy owners — 20 rebounds (10 offensive) in 32 minutes last night against the Hornets. So no Griffin means no worries for Camby, but what does no Chris Kaman mean? Well, with Kaman missing his second straight game (back) we were able to see some more of DeAndre Jordan! Apparently, the second show is not the same as the first — 7 points and 7 rebounds in 20 minutes last night. His game is made for deep-leagues. Not us normal sized leaguers!
So there you have it: your 2009-10 Clippers. It would seem to me that next season Griffin is, at best, a late-round draft selection. With what we saw from Oden in his sophomore campaign, it would suck to take Griffin in the 6th or 7th round and have him get hit with the bug again.
Over Time, This Game Will End
The news of the night might have been Griffin’s injury, but the game of the night belonged to the Rockets and Timberwolves. Just hours before his 25th birthday, AaronBrooks played what might have been the best game of his young career — at least that I can think of. Brooks played 59 minutes in this triple-overtime affair, and scored 43 points on 14-of-30 shooting, 6 threes, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, a steal and a turnover. It really was a sight.
On the other side of the ball Al Jefferson took advantage of the extra 15 minutes and posted 26 points and 26 rebounds. He was strong off the glass, to say the least. Rookie Wayne Ellington was the spark-plug down the stretch, providing 17 points, 3 treys, and six rebounds. He won’t be getting 34 minutes again anytime soon, but if you’re in a deep league you should definitely take notice. A great game overall.
Randy Foye: Another nice start — 18 points, 2 threes, 8 assists, 4 rebounds and a steal in 45 minutes. He’s officially good, right?
Antawn Jamison/Caron Butler/Brendan Haywood: Three double-doubles between them, and together they combined to pull down 40 of their team’s 48 rebounds.
Steve Nash: He got a busted up lip, left the game to get stitches and returned! Even though he logged just 27 minutes, Nash still had 20 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds and a bandaged upper lip. He just gets better, doesn’t he?
Danny Granger: Finally, a game we can point to and say he’s back — 33 points on 11-of-22, 5 3-pointers, 8 rebounds and a steal in 40 minutes. This was also good news for Mike Dunleavy who is now in his more comfortable role as the third option on the Pacers — 30 points on 9-of-14 shooting, 4 threes, and 8-of-8 from the line. He Dunleavy and then he Dun-returned!
Earl Watson: His 14 points and nine assists pushes A.J. Price a little further off his back. Watson had a nice back-to-back set — 12.5 points, 8 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks. He’s a nice option if you’re desperate.
Tyler Hansbrough: Heeee’s baaaaack…and in the starting lineup, nonetheless. He played just 10 minutes in a “matchup” start, so it was nothing much to write about. But it is interesting to see Roy Hibbert come off the bench. Hibbert played fairly well in his 23 minutes of action — 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. I like the big 7-footer still. I’m crazy like that.
Devin Harris: Playing through a sore wrist, Harris shot 5-of-13 from the floor. He’s just not finding the bottom of the net. I would see if I can get him on the cheap. I’m not talking about giving up value, but if you can pry him away…do it.
DeJuan Blair: Taking advantage of Tim Duncan’s day of rest, Blair turned into a monster in the paint — 28 points on 11-of-17 shooting, 21 rebounds (tet ten offensive), 2 blocks and 2 steals in 31 minutes. I would say that you should hurry up and grab Blair, but is anyone else convinced while Duncan’s healthy Blair can reach at least 12 and 10? I’m not.
Kevin Durant: With his 35 points last night Durant touched the 30-point mark for the 10th time in his last 12 games. Bingo, bango.
Kobe Bryant: The back spasms didn’t stop him from playing 35 minutes and hitting the game winning bucket. They did, however, seem to hinder him — 10 points on 5-of-11 shooting, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. But he played 35 minutes!
Josh Howard: He found himself back in the starting lineup after missing last week’s game against the Jazz with a thigh injury — 18 points, 3 treys, 5 rebounds a block and a steal in 35 minutes. You probably like him more than I do, so please feel free to start him.
Matt Barnes: Dare I say he was….”magical.” Barnes scored a game-high 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting with 3 treys, 9 rebounds and 3 steals. I’m sure it helped that Vince Carter (shoulder) was out, and also that Howard, Nelson and Lewis combined to score 22 points on 7-of-23 shooting from the field.
Rudy Fernandez: After missing the last 19 games, Fernandez returned to the court last night against the Bucks. He played in just 15 minutes, but I’m sure we’ll be talking about him over the next week. He just needs to get a little more run before we start seeing some valuable lines. Also, Brandon Roy left last night’s game with a strained hamstring. Hey, I’m no doctor but it looks like the kid’s going to be all right.
Dwyane Wade: The wrist looks good — 35 points on 10-of-15 shooting, 15-of-15 from the line, 9 assists, 7 rebounds and 3 steals. He took no three-point attempts for the second straight game and only the second time this season. Takin’ it to the hole — the title of his autobiography.
Two games tonight — enjoy!
Remember that Kevin Garnett (thigh), Rasheed Wallace (foot) and Greg Fox (shoulder) are all out. KG and Sheed are expected to return next week. Fox should be out for the next three weeks.