Nothing can cure a woeful week like a matchup against the Warriors. Just ask Dwight Howard. After scoring 21 points and pulling down eight rebounds over his last two games, Howard went for 28 points, 12 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 32 minutes on Wednesday night against Golden State. Ah, yes, the Warriors were in town! This needs to happen
more often as far as fantasy owners are concerned. Jameer Nelson also took advantage of the shorthanded Warriors matchup, going for 13 points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 25 minutes. He’s definitely one of my favorite trade deadline targets.
For the Warriors it was C.J. Watson and his 18 points that led the way. With no Monta Ellis and no Andris Biedrins, the Warriors were looking for production elsewhere. They found 13 points from Ronny Turiaf, but only nine points from rookie phenom Stephen Curry. It just wasn’t one of those “above their heads” performances for the Warriors. Though Reggie Williams had a career-high 13 points in 36 minutes. He’s still not worth owning, but then again with Don Nelson anything is possible.
Jason Kidd got the night off against the T-Wolves in an attempt to get him some rest. No real worries here. Just a day of rest for the veteran point guard.
Mike Conley scored a game-high 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting with seven assists and five steals in 35 minutes. Basically, he had his best game of the season against the Hornets. Remember the second-half Conley had last season? Maybe this is a start of something special. Keep an eye on him if he’s still available in your leagues.
Louis Williams is taking advantage of Allen Iverson’s absence. He dropped a game-high 30 points on the Hawks on Wednesday night. I would rush to make sure that Williams is not available on your wires.
Bill Walker started at the two-guard position for the Knicks on Tuesday — 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting, two rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 36 minutes. It seems like he’s worth taking a flier on. He’s no David Lee— 21 points, 18 rebounds, eight assists and three steal — but he’s the hot hand in the Knicks’ backcourt right now.
J.J. Hicksonstarted again at center for the Cavs. He posted a double-double going for 20 points and 13 rebounds in 26 minutes. Yes, it was against the Nets, but you’ll take what you can get from Hickson. Both he and Anderson Varejao — 12 points and six rebounds — are worth a look for the Cavs.
Terrance Williams had 21 points, two 2-pointers, seven assists and five rebounds against the Cavs. As impressive as he was, I wonder what his value will be once Courtney Lee returns this weekend.
Tyrus Thomas needs to be owned in all leagues. He posted his third double-double since joining the Bobcats on Wednesday night — 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting, 10 rebounds, one steal and two blocks. He’s a must add right now!
Nate Robinson continues to add some bulk scoring, going for 16 points and four 3-pointers in 20 minutes. Even though his minutes are limited he continues to add value.
JaVale McGee had 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in 26 minutes against the Bucks. If you;re in the market for blocks, McGee is your man.
Ersan Ilyasova had a great game off the bench for the Bucks — 19 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes. I wouldn’t get too excited about this performance. It was just his second double-double since the middle of January. Use caution when picking him up.
Holy blocks, Shane Battier! He had seven blocks against the Kings, giving him 10 over his last two games. I’m not sure what his value will be once Trevor Ariza returns this weekend, but he’s worth following in all formats right now.
Darko Milicic started at center for the T-Wolves with Al Jefferson out for the week. Darko posted just six points, two rebounds and zero blocks in 14 minutes. Once again, coming off the bench Kevin Love had a double-double, going for 14 points and 14 rebounds. I think he’s worth buying low on in the trade market. Some guys don’t value a player come off the bench as highly as they should.
The Oklahoma City Thunder got it handed to them on Wednesday night against the Nuggets. Both Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant played fewer than 27 minutes in this one. This allowed Serge Ibaka — 15 points, 13 rebounds, one block — and James Harden— 19 points, five rebounds, three steal — the opportunity to shine. Tough loss for the Thunder, and a great performance by Carmelo Anthony who had 30 points in 32 minutes.
Danny Granger was the only Pacer to score in double-figures against the Blazers — 30 points on 12-of-22 shooting in 35 minutes. It was an awful showing by the Indiana Pacers — Granger not included.
Nicolas Batum finally came down to earth, scoring just five points in 19 minutes. Thankfully, Rudy Fernandez had 16 points and five 3-pointers to help lift the Blazers.
Channing Frye got back on track from beyond the arc. He hit seven 3-pointers 25 minutes against the Clippers. That’s why you still own him!