There is nothing worse than a “late scratch.” Especially when it comes from a west coast team. After you hit that 7pm EST time there is pretty much nothing you can do. Even if you can change your lineup up until tip-off time, you lose all early game options because they have already tipped. Thanks Stephen Curry! Not a single word throughout the day regarding any discomfort in Curry’s ankle. So, many of you — in playoff races — were stuck with a DNP in your lineup. On a heavy schedule night, nonetheless. Curry is scheduled to have an MRI on Thursday, so I’m sure we’ll find out some more news as the day goes on.
There were, as usual, plenty o’ points in the Warriors-Hornets game. Go St. Patrick! The fellas from New Orleans came into this one licking their chops. David West had a huge line, going for 36 points on 14-of-26 shooting, 15 rebounds, five assists, and one steal. I hope you, as a West owner, had this game circled on your schedule. It was absolutely tailored to his game. Same goes for Darren Collison, who had 20 points, 14 assists, six rebounds and, unfortunately, eight turnovers in this one. The one disappointing line came from Marcus Thornton who was only able to score 14 points in 28 minutes. I had expected much more from him.
The Warriors countered with a few former D-Leaguers. Anthony Tolliver dropped a team-high 30 points, four 3-pointers, six rebounds, four steals and one block. He was one of my “must add’s” heading into the playoffs. There are few guys in this league who can give you the 3-pointers and defensive stats that Tolliver can. Also on the top of the stat sheet was Reggie Williams who scored 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting, eight rebounds, two steals and one block off the bench. I like Williams, but to be fair, the Warriors were without one of their key players.
How about the other guys? Here are a few lines that stuck out for me:
Deron Williams played just 32 minutes having to leave the game briefly after rolling his ankle. This is just another in a long list of injuries for Williams. I’m definitely a little concerned, especially since the Jazz are playing well enough without him. Stay tuned for more updates.
Jose Calderon was moved into the starting lineup ahead of Jarrett Jack, but seems to be more comfortable coming off the bench — at least as far as his lines are concerned. With nine points, six assists, and two steals in 28 minutes you’d almost prefer he was coming off the bench once again. Jack was equally ineffective with just seven points and four assists in 23 minutes.
No Gerald Wallace (ankle) meant that we got a healthy does of Stephen Graham in the starting lineup — 19 points, one 3-pointer, and five rebounds in 30 minutes. This also meant that Tyrus Thomas was able to give a nice value line — 11 points, nine rebounds, two steals, and two blocks in 21 minutes. Both look like nice options in their own right while Wallace remains out.
Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, and Joakim Noah all sat out on Wednesday, as expected. Give credit to Acie Law for coming alive with 22 points on 7-of-8 shooting in 22 minutes. He’s not worth much of a look in any leagues, however. Hopefully Rose will return this weekend. Hopefully.
Jason Terry returned to action after missing his last five games — nine points on 4-of-10 shooting and two assists in 24 minutes. Even though Rodrigue Beaubois scored 11 points, he only played eight minutes. He’s not worth owning in any leagues with Terry now back.
Jrue Holiday, who topped my list of waiver adds this week, is not disappointing anyone — 19 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals. Two more games this week for the 76ers. I hope you’re still not sleeping on this guy.
Chris Kaman finally showed some nice value on Wednesday night. Against Andrew Bogut, nonetheless! Kaman went for 20 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in 36 minutes. Bogut did him one better, however, with his 18 points, 11 rebounds and for blocks. Bogut is still the best big man in the business right now.
It’s never an easy task playing against the Orland Magic. Just ask George Hill and the rest of the San Antonio Spurs. Hill was ineffective, to say the least — two points on 1-of-4 shooting and four assists in 31 minutes. Still, you need to hold onto this guy.
Brandon Rush was yet again effective in the absence of Danny Granger. This guy always seems to put up nice lines when Granger is out — 13 points, two 3-pointers, two rebounds, two assists, two steals, and four blocks in 41 minutes. It seems that Granger is only going to miss another game or two, but I’m still looking Rush down the stretch.
Chris Douglas-Roberts came alive against the 76ers — 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting in 26 minutes. If only he could get his head right… I still think he’s got some nice value. This is a team that is going to run out their young guys to see what they have to surround LeBron with next season. Uh-oh! I went there.
Hasheem Thabeet started in his second straight game with Marc Gasol (neck) out — eight points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in 27 minutes. It’s very likely that Gasol will return this week, so unless you are desperate and chasing blocks, Thabeet should not be added in most leagues.
Kevin Love continues to struggle — three points and three rebounds in 17 minutes. It’s time to sit/drop him. I can’t seem to figure it out. There has to be something wrong, internally. I know he’s coming off a mild ankle sprain, but this is getting ridiculous.
Maurice Evans was moved into the starting lineup for the Hawks with Joe Johnson out for his second straight game. Evans had a nice line against the Raptors — 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, four 3-pointers, five rebounds and a block in 34 minutes — and is an option for desperate owners while Johnson remains out.
Bill Walker started at small forward for the ailing Wilson Chandler. His lines wasn’t that impressive — eight points on 4-of-8 shooting, one rebound, two assists, and one steal in 23 minutes. Still, if you’re in a deep league you should look at Walker as an option the rest of the week.