Daily Lies & Statistics: Rap Stars

Well it’s been quite some time since we’ve seen the old Hedo Turkoglu this season. In fact, not since Dec. 13 has he hit the 20-point mark in a game. Finally, though, we got a little taste of what he’s actually capable of on Thursday night against the Knicks– 26 points on 8-of-16 shooting, three treys, 11 rebounds, two steals and a block. Where did that come from? The heart maybe? For the month of January Turkoglu has averaged 9.3 points and 31.1-percent shooting from the floor. He’s been dropable and/or sitable (those are made up fantasy hoops words) over the last 10 games. Now we finally get some real action from him. Let’s hope he can at least give us a few solid scoring performances and shoot over 40 percent from the floor for the next few games. Then we can get serious about putting him back in our lineup. I’m as sacred as you are though, about putting my trust back into the Turk. Burn me once, shame on me. Burn me twice, meet my fist!

When Raptors were Rap Stars...

The other disappointing Raptor, Jose Calderon, played a nice game as well against the Knicks — 12 points, one 3-pointer and seven assists in 24 minutes. He actually led a second quarter charge to help bring the Raptors back into this one. I know that many are looking to drop/move Calderon, but I would say that you shouldn’t do so on the cheap. Jarrett Jack is still the starter, but Calderon’s name has more value than anyone else on your waiver wires. At least try to trade him before dropping him.

Andrea Bargnani seems to be troubled by a sore foot. That seemed pretty evident on against the Knicks — two points on 1-of-9 shooting, three rebounds and three blocks in 30 minutes. I’m soooo tired of these diva Raptors. Make sure to follow his status.

Jared Jeffries left Thursday night’s game early with a hyper-extended knee. He’s not much a factor in 12-team leagues. Al Harrignton also said that he’s going to get his left knee scoped. Might we be talking about Jordan Hill as an option soon? It’s possible. By the way, this is what happens when a team’s best player gets an All-Star snub….

David Lee posted another huge line — 29 points on 13-of-21 shooting, 18 rebounds, three assists and a steal. This after getting snubbed and not being named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team. We fantasy owners don’t care much about records, so the idea that the Knicks aren’t a playoff team doesn’t fly with us. If it helps, Mr. Lee, you would be the starting center for the second all-fantasy team. Feel better? Sure you do.

Kendrick Perkins was ineffective against Dwight Howard on Thursday night. He posted just three rebounds and four points in 15 minutes, thanks mostly to the five quick fouls he picked up.

Rajon Rondo (my man!), after being named to his first All-Star team, failed to pick up a steal against the Magic for the first time in his last 10 games. This was also only the fourth time all season he didn’t record a single steal. Still, Rondo is deserving of being named to the All-Star team.

Vince Carter is on my All-Suck team this year. He once again shot bricks, going 3-of-12 from the floor against the Celtics. After three straight promising games, Carter once again looked useless.

Amar’e Stoudemire needs to get some angry e-mails from his fantasy owners as it seems like he’s mailing it in. Yeah he had 22 points against the Mavs, but he only pulled down one rebound — an offensive board, to boot — in 26 minutes. What a waste. I would much rather prefer a 12-point, 12-rebound performance.

Goran Dragic had 13 points in 15 minutes, helping the Suns get back into this game in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for him, Jason Richardson is getting back on track — 17 points on 8-of-14 shooting in 28 minutes — so the minutes might not get above 15-18 for Dragic.


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