Who played the most minutes for the Lakers last night? Kobe? Nash? Pau? Nope! It was Earl Clark. During that time, the Earl of Second Chances scored 17 points with 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and 2 blocks. He is averaging 10.5 rebounds per game since January 8. I liked him last week, I still like him with Dwight Howard out.
Caron Butler – If you could use some help, why not call your gal pal? Caron earned 18 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, and shot 3 of 5 from downtown. Her prior 3 games: 12/8/1, 19/5/1, 12/2/2. Percentage owned: 17%.
Eric Bledsoe – Bledsoe made it rain with 23 points (2 threes), 7 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 steals and a block. I once wrote, “If you can move him for a piece you need, now is a great time.” That was a long time ago…or Friday. It was Friday. I think his value disappears when Chris Paul returns.
Avery Bradley – In 26 minutes, he had 4 points, 1 rebound and 2 assists. Jason Terry played more than 31 minutes and had 13 points (2-4 from deep), 2 rebounds, 6 assists and a steal. Leandro Barbosa saw 20 minutes and went for 14 points, 2 rebounds, an assist and 1 three. Use this as you will.
Pau Gasol – He had 23 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals as Mike D’antoni decided he now has to like Gasol again.
Will Bynum – You know, when this guy gets minutes, he does well. In 29 sub-hour measurements last night, he tallied 18 points, 1 rebound, 10 assists, and a steal.
Mario Chalmers – This guy may be the most frustrating player for fantasy purposes (hyperbole!). Not because anyone drafted him, but because a starter who gets 30 minutes should do better than 2 points (1-6, 0-2 from beyond the arc), 2 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals, although the 4 steals are nice.
Shane Battier – Before the Super Bowl, there was another power outage in the form of Shane. He played nearly 34 minutes for 5 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks. I mean, I know who the Big 3 are (81 combined points), but that doesn’t prevent rebounds and things like that. Of course, Shane averages about 2 boards per game, so 5 is actually a break out performance for him. Meshugannah!
Amir Johnson – Subway has a commercial going on where NBA atheletes try (and fail) to pronounce February. It just goes to show you the value the NCAA provides with their “student”-athletes. Anyway, I hope Amir doesn’t run into the Febhurrartery blues, as last night he only produced 2 points (4 attempts), 7 rebounds (4 offensive), 2 assists, a whopping 5 steals, and 2 blocks. Side note: I think he’ll be fine. He will be my DeMarcus Cousins in the next round of valuations.
Aaron Gray – He scored 6 points but grabbed 12 rebounds (7 offensive). This comes after 12, 11 and 10 rebound performances. Too bad he didn’t notch 13 boards, we could have had something (a pattern originating from coincidence; fun!).
DeMar DeRozan – He notched 27 points thanks in large part to a perfect 14 free throw attempts. He also added 3 rebounds, 3 assists and a three.