Deron Williams could sell Citizen Eco-Drive watches too! ”Be precise! Be powerful! And whatever you do, don’t in-bounds the ball on a terrible underthrown pass when you’re up a point with seconds to go!” Just an awful way for the Nets to drop a game last night, as one of my favorite underrated guys right now Patrick Patterson stole Deron’s pass and buried a game-winner. If only that was a fantasy category! While you may have been suckered in thinking I’m gonna talk about Deron, Pit Pat is who I want to lead with, who ended with a 15/3/1/2/0 night, punctuated by that steal and dos points on that last play. In 22 minutes he shot 6-11, hit a three, and is playing pretty well in limited time. In only 23:12 a game thus far in 2014, 11/5.6/1.6/0.8/0.6 with a trey a night. Dem fightin’ numbers! Obviously was on the court in the critical juncture last night, and pulled a Richard Sherman defensive play. Plus he played after breaking his nose Saturday! Dem fightin’ numbers! Only owned in 12% of Yahoo leagues, Pit Pat’s strong play should have him on the brink of high 20 minutes a game. Not like he’s playing for the Bucks or anything! Sure he’s behind Amir Johnson, but Amir was quiet last night in 30 minutes (8/6/1/0/1) and Tyler Hansbrough is still out with a psycho ankle. If you step up in an opportunity, rewards shall be reaped! Just don’t typo that last word without the first “e”. Like I almost did! Hashtag edetting. Here’s what else I saw last night in NBA action:
Terrence Ross - After the huge game, goes back to being Terrence Ross. Well, 10/7/2/0/1, you’ll take the 7 boards and two treys, but meh. It didn’t help that…
Kyle Lowry - …was on last night. 10-18 for a nasty 31/5/7/5/0 line. Been a magical year. Starting to wonder if the pixie dust stays on all season now…
Jonas Valanciunas - The Luminescent Lithuanian! So luminescent once again! If only I had predicted a nice game here… I sorta did! 9-14 20/13/1 albeit goose eggs in steals and most importantly blocks. But this is a great step forward.
Paul Pierce - Playing like his 95 rated NBA Live self in 2003! No idea how close to true that statement is… 33/6/2/1/1 including a muy fuego 7-10 from deep.
Andray Blatche - Continues to play well in limited time. 8-11 20/6/0/2/1 in only 22 minutes. The ghost of Kevin Garnett still looms over minutes upside though. Garnett is the Nicole Kidman of the Nets. Part of The Others.
Deron Williams - Sure, he’s gonna get clowned hard for coughing up the game last night, but 9/4/11/1/0 with a trey in nearly 30 minutes and at least didn’t tear up a kankle. So there’s that…
Gerald Green - Remember when we told you a month or two ago to always play your guys against the Sixers?! Well hopefully everyone had Green goin’ or picked him up for this one in shallower leagues. A fantastic 10-12 shooting night (4-5 3PTM 6-7 FT) for 30/2/2/1/3 in a near rainbow. League’s worst D for a reason!
Morris Twins – Markieff 13/3/3/0/4 staying hot, Marcus 4/3/1/3/0 staying irrelevant, buying the team cheesesteaks the night before then again after the game? Priceless.
Goran Dragic - Is pretty friggin’ awesome. Draft day steal given his value. 24/4/7/3/0 shooting 9-13 (3-4 3PTM) in yet another great game.
Channing Frye - ThrAGNOF!
Nikola Pekovic - Got a little soreness behind his foot, so he punched his Achilles. ”That’s how we do doctor in Yugoslavia!” Apparently had been dealing with a sore Achilles for a bit, but never complained about it. Have you seen the guy? He could have gone through Michael Cera’s death in This Is The End and not complained about it…
Ronny Turiaf - Got most of Pek’s minutes. 6-7 for 14/7/0/0/3. Not the biggest Turiaf guy, he kinda looks like Prince Fielder, but worth a spot start in very deep leagues if Pek is out.
D.J. Augustin - Is the man. 19/1/6, four treys, why he’s not already at 100% in all leagues I’ll never know…
Joakim Noah - Got the sniffies. Every time a tissue hits his nose, he screams “And-one!”
Carlos Boozer - Took 24 shots. The last time a boozer took 24 shots, Bieber got pulled over in his rented Lambo. Who am I kidding, I mean 3 shots…
Khris Middleton - Started for the NBA’s joke franchise. Got a whopping 38 minutes though, for 14/4/3/2/0 going 7-15. He was pretty decent when receiving run before, but who knows who what when where how with this mess of a team.
Ersan Ilyasova - Just terrible. 6-22 16/8. Give me a shotput and I could shoot better than that.
Larry Sanders - Caught the sniffies from Joakim Noah. Somebody get these guys some Emercenc-C! Funny than he and O.J. Mayo both missed with illness. If that illness is sucking, then sure, why not.
Miroslav Raduljica - Let’s hear it for the M-Slav! M to the Uljica! 11/6/1/0/1 shooting an efficient 4-6 around the basket and should give you another 20-25 minutes if Sanders is still out Wednesday. If you need to stream in the uber-deep leagues.
John Henson - 11/8, fine, only one block, meh, only 27 minutes with no Larry Sanders? Unforgivable (a – is outdated, and b – if you never saw it, no sharing with minors. Or miners. Miners hate Chick-Fil-A)!
Mike Scott - 6-9 (2-3 3PTM 2-2 FT) for 16/6/1. Wish he got more time. So many players, so little time!
Shelvin Mack - 15/4/7 shooting 6-14 in his start for the injured Jeff Teague. Been pretty decent all year. Detroit is also a bad defense, so Mack is a solid stream guy on Wednesday if you have room.
DeMarre Carroll - Pssst, don’t tell Liam Neeson that people be gettin’ taken! 5 steals but not too much else last night. Well, he’s stealing Mike Scott’s upside!
Kevin Durant - Just nothing he can’t do. Game-winner, 40 pts, rainbow line, stars as Auric Goldfinger in the Oklahoma City community theater musical rendition of Goldfinger! – just nothing.
Serge Ibaka - Lookin’ like Iblocka. 6 swats, only 3 boards though, only 9 points, did flash the new Ibaka a bit through by canning his only trey.
Derrick Williams - 2/2 on must-stream calls! I have to use these sparingly to keep the perfect game alive… 17/15/2/0/1 with a trey, shooting 5-13 from the field which is ehhhh, but 6-8 from the stripe. Hope that helped some people get a solid start to their week.
Jason Thompson - 19/11. JT is playing solid. Using all the tools of his futuresex lovesounds at his disposal.
Isaiah Thomas - Left early with “stomach” issues. Just going to quote Rotoworld here, and leave it at that: ”As an aside, it’s probably not good publicity for Pizza Guys to have IT2 with a stomach problem.”
Jeremy Evans - Musta pissed some Kings off! Not even 20 minutes of action, but 12 attempts from the stripe on top of dub-dubbing. 14/10/1/1/1 in a very solid line. Well, minus that he hit only 6 of his FTs… If Richard Jefferson and/or Marvin Williams get moved, and I know Slim is hoping that comes true, Evans has some great upside.
Trey Burke - Three really brutal games out of the past 4. Official stamp of “buy low”. Actually, that would be a good tramp stamp. Just think about that one…
I hope everyone had a strong start to their week, and if you’re in the lower East Coast like me, get geared up for some snow! Man, I miss the pickup football games in the snow in college… Good luck tonight!