Mike D’Antoni is basically the only coach I ever talk about, and it’s partly because of the mustache, partly because of his offensive style. Chris Duhon has become revitalized under his old coach’s system. Last night, he shot for 12 points with 11 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 of 5 from downtown. His assists have doubled with the new coach, and while Steve Nash remains sidelined (more on him this afternoon), his minutes should remain healthy. He never saw more 3PG or APG than he did under D’Antoni on the Knicks. This won’t last forever (because Nash will eventually return), but you can ride him while he’s hot and then dump him when he’s not, i.e. the proper way to date women.
Linas Kleiza – Got the start and proved himself with 17 points, including 5 of 6 from downtown, 3 boards, 2 assists, a steal and a block. Kleiza’s number 1 fan already has a compilation video up from yesterday’s game.
Kyle Lowry – Disappointed with 4 points (only 6 shot attempts), but still had 9 assists, 6 rebounds…and 5 turnovers.
Amir Johnson – He produced a double double with 11 points, 12 rebounds (6 offensive), a steal and a block. He’s not much of a rebounder, but there’s rumor he could replaced Jonas Valanciunas (1/3/1 with no blocks) as a starter.
DeAndre Jordan – He bricked 6 of 7 field goal attempts, but otherwise had a good game with 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, a steal and an assist.
Eric Bledsoe – Despite failing to play 20 minutes, he still finished with 14 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. I would need to see him do that two more times before he found a seat on my bench, but hey, it’s nice for anyone in H2H leagues who grabbed him for Sunday.
Brandon Jennings – Thanks to 8 of 19 shooting, including 4 of 7 from downtown, BJ led his team with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and 5 steals. I haven’t seen that much thievery since a Cookie Crisp commercial.
Larry Sanders – A poor accuracy led to a mere 6 points (sadly, not the worst of the Bucks’ starters), but he had 4 blocks and 6 rebounds. You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both, and then you have…Larry Sanders.
Kris Humphries – From the bench, he saw 25 minutes for 4 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 blocks. When you get outperformed by Larry Sanders, you’re either defunct news show Turning Point or, I guess, Kris Humphries.
Gerald Wallace – Homeboy (is that a thing people still say?) got 16 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and a block. He’s seen double digit points in 5 of the last 7 games, but this is the first time he pulled down more than 9 rebounds all season.
Reggie Evans – With the starting gig, he grabbed 9 rebounds and 4 steals (Ca-oookie Crisp!). Unfortunately, he also had 5 turnovers and only 5 points.
David West – The Pacers haven’t been amazing, but David West put up some pretty solid stats with 21 points, 9 rebounds, an assist and a steal. He’s had 16 or more points all but once over the last 10 games.
Roy Hibbert – Hibbs put up 10/6/1 with 2 blocks, which is about average for him. In a league where Centers blossom like STDs at an NBA all-star break hotel, Roy is playing like a back-up, not a starter.
Kendrick Perkins – I just don’t understand this guy. He played nearly 30 minutes and took two shots, missing one. He grabbed 9 rebounds, but only 1 offensive, and had 1 assist. Does he only play defense? And if so, why doesn’t he block more often? And why is 9 rebounds his season high?
Thabo Sefolosha – Not to be outdone, Thabo also tharted and played 25 1/2 minutes for this beauty of a stat line: 2/2/0/1.
Kevin Martin – Off the bench, he hit 3 of 6 from behind the arc to add to his team leading 24 points. Yeah, sure, sit him, start Sefolosha.
Jason Kidd – He didn’t take many shots (7), but he made them count, finishing with 17 points (including 3 threes), 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and 1 steal. The Knicks are undefeated at home and begin a lengthy home stand. If you need help, Kidd might be a nice grab.
Tyson Chandler – He had another doub-doub with 15 points, 12 rebounds, an assist and 2 blocks. Maybe Hibbert should take notes.
J.R. Smith – He is slowing down a bit, but still produced 17 points (2-7 from deep, yeesh), 9 boards, and 2 steals. Anyone that talks about their swag genuinely needs to shut up and make way for J.R.
Maurice Harkless – Not sure what the importance of a starting job is when you don’t even reach 8 minutes, but whatever, 4/0/0/0/0 isn’t going to earn you more time.
J.J. Redick – The sore member continues to blaze with 20 points and 9 assists. He has basically doubled his career APG output this season. He is still only 67% owned despite being a steady source of points, assists and threes. I know there are some of you in some crazy shallow leagues (one recent commenter is in a 7 team league), but I don’t think that explains 67%.
Jameer Nelson – James Redacted called Jameer a sell, and Nelson responded with a 4 point, 4 rebound, 3 assist performance. Oof.
Jermaine O’Neal – He saw approximately the same amount of time as Beas but still managed 9 points, 5 rebounds, an assist, and a steal. His production has really tailed off since the end of November, however.
Shannon Brown – Shannon tossed up 8 three pointers and missed 6 of them, but she still finished with 17 points. There wasn’t much else to go with that, just 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.
Sebastian Telfair – He shot poorly and only accumulated 6 points, but he did tally 4 boards and 8 dimes, along with a steal. The assists are highly unusual, as he hasn’t had as many as 5 since November 27.
Metta World Peace – Did any of you watch the Marquez/Pacquiao fight in Vegas? Well, me, Ron Artest and Mitt Romney did. I kid you not. I should have put money on Marquez, as I thought he would win with a knock out, but I only said that because the crowd was behind him. Look, I don’t really follow boxing, okay? That said, the undercards were pretty boring. Watching feather weight fights if you’re not a boxing afficiando is like watching a middle school fight. Even the announcers kept complaining about how boring it was. Anyway, I presume Metta Whirled Peas parties pretty hard after the fight, because he did not show up last night, going for 12 points, 0 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 steals and block.
Antawn Jamison – It looks like he is in D’Antoni’s dog house, as he was pulled just shy of 16 minutes. To his credit, everyone but Kobe Bryant and the injured Steve Nash is in Mike D’Antoni’s dog house. Anyway, Jamison finished with 3/3/4, which isn’t horrible, but, you know, isn’t what we expected when it looked like his role on the team was expanding.
Marvin Williams – Not a great line, going for just 7/3/1/1, but if you love blocks, he had 2. Warning: they were his first since November 17.