Nate Robinson Now as Valuable to the Knicks as Spike Lee
All good things must come to an end. After notching their first victory of the season on Friday night, the Nets lost to the Knicks by a score of 106-97. The good news for the Knicks was that they got Danilo Gallinari back, after missing Friday night's game. Gallo came off the bench to score 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting, with three treys, one steal and a block. Cheering on the sidelines was Nate Robinson, who picked up his third straight DNP-CD. Not even the fans could will Mike D'Antoni into getting Nate onto the court, meaning it's time to cut Robinson and see if Larry Hughes can still be had.
For the Nets it was Chris Douglas-Roberts who continued to lead the way with 26 point on 12-of-19 shooting. Devin Harris got off to a hot start scoring 15 of his 19 points in the first half. It was nice to see him shoot 7-of-16 from the floor -- an improvement -- though he couldn't help himself from going 1-of-4 from beyond the arc. You have to believe that he'll eventually figure out that he's more useful penetrating the paint than missing one of every four shots from three-point land. Right?
Also In the Headlines
• The big news this weekend was, obviously, the Greg Oden injury. I suggested a few players to look at as a fill-in for Oden just after the injury occurred. The Blazers already announced that Joel Przybilla would start in Oden's absence. So, naturally he's one of the first guys you should look at on the wires.
• In the "making something out of nothing" department, last night marked the second time in the past three games that LeBron James did not lead his team in scoring. Sound the horns!
• Tyreke Evans notched 20 points again last night for the 12th time in his first 18 games. There's no question that he's the fantasy -- and reality -- rookie of the year, to date. Over his last 10 he's shooting 49.7-percent from the floor and 82.2-percent from the line. Last night he went for 30 points on 10-of-19 shooting, while on the other side of the court Dwyane Wade dropped 34 points and 10 assists of his own. I really do think that Evans is more Wade than Jerry Stackhouse, which is what some scouts tagged him as heading into the draft.
• It was a typical Sunday night game in Los Angeles, as the Lakers won their ninth straight game in a 108-88 victory over the Suns. It was the kind of game where you had to watch Adam Morrison, Josh Powell and D.J. Mbenga close out the final six minutes. The only concerned party last night had to be Lamar Odom owners. He still hasn't scored in double-figures over his last seven games. His value continues to slide.
Lost and Found
• Ben Gordon is still playing through a sprained ankle. He played just 11 minutes last night, scoring a total of five points. Detroit doesn't play again until Wednesday, so hopefully he'll be closer to 100-percent by then.
• Luc Richard Mbah a Moute played in just his second game since returning on Friday from a sprained left foot, which kept him out of action since November 16. He started in place of Charlie Bell and scored just six points, three rebounds and two steals in 24 minutes. Moot -- as I'll call him -- has legit value, but with Michael Redd close to returning we might not see him realize it -- until Redd goes down again.
• Jermaine O'Neal missed last night's game against the Kings for "personal" reasons. So, there's little reason to be concerned about his return this week.
• Delonte West was a nice spark-plug last night leading the Cavs in scoring -- go figure -- with 21 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor, 9-of-9 from the line, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in 24 minutes. West posted season-highs in points, shot attempts, and free-throw attempts. I think we still need to see a bit more out of him -- especialy since we know that the team has some reservations about him -- before he becomes an add.
• Jonas Jerebko was one of my waiver adds for the upcoming week. Last night he notched double-double, going for 10 points and 11 rebounds in 38 minutes. This is the fourth time in his last five games in which he scored in double-figures. I'm standing by Jerebko as a deep league add, at least until Tayshaun Prince returns.
• Earl Boykins stuck it to Nick Young owners last night going for 18 points, two treys and four assists in 25 minutes. Randy Foye also chipped in with 12 points in 13 minutes. It's a bit confusing as to who to look at on Washington in the shooting guard position. Let's put it this way -- Young is the starter, Foye has the best all-around game, and Boykins is right now playing the best of the three. Good luck deciding between one of these three guys.
• Donte Greene got the start once again at the shooting guard position for the Kings. And for the first time in five games he actually posted a relevant fantasy line -- 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting, one trey, three assists and a steal in 41 minutes. My stomach can't handle the inconsistencies in his game, but I'm a weaker man than most. If you're in a standard 12-team league you're taking a risk with Greene, but that's how you win in this crazy game called fantasy hoops, isn't it?
• Four games on the schedule for Monday night -- Nuggets at 76ers, Trail Blazers at Knicks, Warriors at Thunder, and Spurs at Jazz.
• Of the course the one story-line we're all following is the return of Allen Iverson to Philadelphia. Coach Eddie Jordan said that he expects Iverson to be in the starting lineup. Oh yeah?
• The Joel Przybilla era starts Monday night in New York. Something worth keeping an eye on.
• Don Nelson is not traveling with the team for their five-game road trip. The Warriors do expect to get Anthony Morrow back for this one.