Home Delivery: Blowouts Abound
Last night's theme was "blowouts." Unfortunately for fantasy owners, blowouts can be just as unkind as they are charitable. Take the Atlanta-Toronto game, for example. Chris Bosh was on the ugly side of the 146-115 loss, scoring just two points and pulling down five rebounds in 15 minutes. The game was over before halftime, so Bosh was essentially given the night off. Then you have the Hawks, who shot 59.1-percent from the floor. Nine different players scored in double-figures, but it wasn't as fruitful for the starters as one would imagine. Joe Johnson had 12 points and 11 assists, but did all his damage in 26 minutes. He was one of only two starters to accumulate more than 10 field goal attempts.
With four different blowouts last night, it's hard to really dissect and analyze performances. Is Jeff Teague going to play 20 minutes again this week or next? What about Sonny Weems? Will he play 28 minutes on Friday in Washington. Bosh won't have many, if any sub-20 minute games the rest of the way. Such is the nature of the blowout. So, keeping that in mind, let's take a look at last night's action.
Also In the Headlines
• Yes, Allen Iverson is indeed back. I gave my take on the signing earlier on Wednesday morning, so I won't address it any further.
• The Toronto Raptors have given up 100-plus points in 11 straight games. They have been awful on defense, as you can see. I mentioned this the other day, but the Raptors have now joined the Warriors, Knicks and Suns as favorable matchups. Meaning, they help make those tough start/sit decisions much easier.
• When a baseball player goes 0-18 from the plate, it's a slump. When an NBA team starts the season 0-18, it's a record! Good for the Nets. They might as well have something to remember this season by. How about those Mavericks, eh? They scored 49 points in the third quarter on 17-of-19 shooting! In baseball, 17-of-19 from the plate is RBI Baseball territory.
• After Brandon Jennings hit a three-pointer to tie the game with 10.5 seconds remaining, as expected Earl Boykins was not phased. The 5-5 point guard hit two free throws in the final seconds of the game to win it for the Wiz. I won't add Boykins, but what I would do is drop Randy Foye in standard leagues.
• The Knicks were on the losing side of a blowout last night in Orlando. Danilo Gallinari had another great game, dropping 20 points, two threes and four steals in 40 minutes. Same goes for Wilson Chandler, who scored 24 points in 38 minutes. Not much else to talk about here as the Magic ended this one early in the third quarter. The one thing we can ponder on, though, is the Nate Robinson situation. He had a DNP-CD last night. Time to start looking at those waiver wires, no? At the very least, it's time to put him on your bench.
• The Cavs held the Suns to 29 points in the first half. This was the second straight dud for Phoenix. On the Cleveland side of the ball, 10 Cavs scored at least eight points, though none topped the 14-points mark. LeBron James had 12 points, making him the third highest scorer on his team. Blowout game... blowout game... blowout game. Saying that three times does not add more value to his line. In case you were wondering.
• Jrue Holiday and Willie Green must have gotten inspired by the Allen Iverson signing -- it's now or never, fellas. Holiday went for a career-high 16 points in 6-of-11 shooting, three treys, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 36 minutes. Green had 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting, two threes, six assists, two steals and a block. Monday's looming...
Lost and Found
• Luke Ridnour did play last night, going for 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting with six assists. He's one of the top back-up point guards in the game. A nice deep leaguer.
• As expected, Michael Redd sat out. I say that with all due respect.
• Mike Conley and Rudy Gay both returned to action last night. Conley had his best scoring game of the season -- 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting, four three-pointers, three assists, two steals and a block. Somebody saw Jamaal Tinsley coming up behind him, didn't they? Keep an eye on Junior. This might be the start of something. We know he's skilled, so it truly wouldn't surprise me.
• Ben Gordon returned last night to score a team-high 18 points on 6-of-16 shooting coming off the bench. Charlie Villanueva did not play, though he is still day-to-day.
• Spencer Hawes returned to action against the Rockets. He scored 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting, with three treys, seven rebounds, two blocks and a steal. Safe to say you can get him back in your lineup.
• Luis Scola played, despite getting the old 'finger in the eye' on Saturday. He scored eight points and pulled down seven rebounds in 27 minutes. Not a terrible line, considering he was up against Marcus Camby and his 19 rebounds -- please Camby don't hurt 'em.
• Erick Dampier had 18 points and 11 rebounds in 23 minutes. I still like Drew Gooden better, but sometimes the matchup will dictate who comes out on top here.
• Chris Douglas-Roberts and Courtney Lee both got involved last night. A great sign, if you ask me. Douglas-Roberts had a team-high 24 points on 10-of-21 shooting, while Lee chipped in with 13 points, two treys and four steals. Seeing them play together, I think it's safe to say that both should continue to have fantasy value going forward. In fantasy hoops, 18 losses means nothing.
• DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 21 points in 30 minutes last night in a blowout loss. This was the first time all season that he logged more than 25 minutes in any game. Once again, I wouldn't read too much into this performance. I still think that Coach Triano will keep him on a short leash.
• Hakim Warrick scored 20 points, making this the fifth time in six games in which he scored at least 15 points. I still like him in deep leagues, and when the matchup is right he can have value in 12-team leagues.
• Nick Young does Nick Young. He scored 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting and five rebounds in 34 minutes. This after scoring just six point the night before. All this guy does is score. So, if you need the points, he could be a value add, but don't expect much more.
• Sam Young had his second straight double-digit scoring game last night -- 12 points, three rebounds, two steals and a block in 22 minutes. He's not worth the add in standard leagues, but it he starts coming off the bench to play 20-25 minutes he might have some serious deep league value.
• Ryan Gomes is coming and there is nothing you can do about it. He followed up his 27-point performance this past weekend with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting, two treys, five rebounds and a steal in 30 minutes. With the impending return of Kevin Love this weekend, maybe he's just trying to get in his last licks.
• Brandon Rush came off the bench last night against Sacramento, logging just eight minutes and scoring one point. Dahntay Jones got the start at shooting guard and seems like he's not going to give it up -- 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting. I think it might be time to let Rush go. Especially now that Mike Dunleavy has returned.
• Three games on the schedule tonight -- Boston at San Antonio, Miami at Denver, and Houston at Golden State.
• Don Nelson is supposed to return to the bench tonight. Keep those fingers crossed Anthony Morrow, Stephen Curry and C.J. Watson owners. It's always fun to speculate who'll get the minutes. I'm sticking with Morrow, though. The kid can shoot the rock.
• Roger Mason is supposed to return tonight against the Celtics, but with Manu Ginobili in the lineup we don't need to get too excited.