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We saw a Greek tragedy unfolding, or should I say…dragedy, as Goran Dragic was stuck in a fall from grace. Last night saw some redemption as he scored 12 points to pair with 11 assists, plus a steal and a block. His points have kind of become steady around the 10-12 mark, which is not near his November production but at least better than December. This is his first double digit dish game in January, and while he was never that prolific with assists anyway, it is still nice to that level of statistical generosity after 6 games where he only had more than 4 dimes once. Here’s what else happened in the NBA:

Josh Smith – He finished the night with 30 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 blocks. I declare him King of Wednesday Night (ignore those 7 TOs).

Stephen Curry – Yesterday, I pimped Curry for daily fantasy leagues; he went for 31 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals, although he took 14 three point attempts and only made 3 (that affects ratios!).

Tony Parker – I also suggested this guy as a possible double double candidate, and he went for 24 big ones with 13 assists, so there ya go. He also threw in 4 rebounds and a steal.

LeBron James – I did not mention him at all, and he had a triple double (31/10/11). Oh well! You know who he is!

Tiago Splitter – Okay, let’s shift off of some of these big names and look at a big name in our comments. T-Spit produced 25 points, 7 rebounds, an assists, 2 steals, and only 1 turnover in 32 minutes.

Darrell Arthur – Despite 20 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and a block, Arthur has only had more than 11 points once all month. 9 rebounds is his season high, too. So while he says hey, what a wonderful kind of day, where he can learn to shoot and play, and get along with some rebounds, you may want to change the channel.

Emeka Okafor – He’s becoming a slightly better scoring Reggie Evans, this time with 6 points, 17 rebounds, 2 blocks, and an assist and steal each. It is his third game in a row with at least a dozen boards.

Alan Anderson – No one can match Curry’s disaster from the perimeter, but Curry lobbed 12 from downtown and only hit 4, yet still finished with 20 points. He did not have much going on otherwise, producing 1 rebound and 2 assist despite 36 minutes on the floor. Maybe he should have passed. Just a guess.

Kyle Korver – With 21 points (including 5 of 6 from deep), 4 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal, he has officially put together a very decent stretch, and if you don’t look at him, you won’t notice he has the same hair cut as Kenneth Parcel. You may also miss out on some extra stats for your deep league squad.

Kris Humphries – With the Nets as one of the powerhouse teams in the East, Humphries sure took a good season to fall of planet Earth. Last night, despite a reasonable 8 rebounds, he only finished with 2 points and 2 assists in 21 minutes.

Bismack Biyombo – Nobody beats the Bis for rebounds, as he grabbed 10, although apparently Bis can’t shoot, as he went for 2 points, matching his high for the past 3 games. He did have 2 steals and 4 blocks, though, so everyone’s happy again.

Jason Maxiell – Another big man with small points is Maxi, who went for 6 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 2 blocks. My interest in him waxes and wanes like the moon or bad poetry, but he’s been good enough recently to own in deep leagues.

Nate Robinson – Not sure why nobody loves him, everybody hates him, just because he eats worms, but Nate the Great came off the bench for 11 points, 1 rebound, and 7 assists. Surely some of you can find value in that, as this is his 4th straight game with metal horns for points. He is also averaging 4 assists during that stretch, which isn’t great, but it also isn’t nothing. That’s some metaphysics or whatever for you.

Dwight Howard – Set to have his shoulder evaluated today. When I said to try and sell him, I didn’t think he’d go and hurt himself. If he’s going to miss significant time, I wonder what excuse Kobe Bryant will come up with next.

  1. Benny says:
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    Thoughts on Wilson Chandler? Would you pick him up? If so, is he better than one of these 3 (I’d be dropping one to pick him up) Alan Anderson, Isaiah Thomas, Al Farouq-Aminu?

    • Jeff Lam says:
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      @Benny: he’s got a nice fantasy game…if given the minutes. That being said, iggy and gallo are manning the wing spots in Denver and its unlikely he’ll see upwards of 30 min to be relevant. After the tradeline is a different story though.

    • ChrisV

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      @Benny: I’m not that high on Isaiah, but I would need to see where and how Wilson fits into the team.

  2. Jay says:
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    Own Dwight/Pau, traded away/lost almost all of my assist depth to injury.With the way my roster is setup, I don’t have much to trade, and even less that draws interest. I also am in double digit behind 3rd territory right now.

    At this point where is the panic button? Is it even closer if a guy like Tiago Splitter is deemed untouchable right now?Bear in mind there hasn’t been enough time to see how bad the apg drop off will be either.

    PG – Irving SG – Dudley G – Conley
    SF – Melo PF – Pau F – Iggy
    C – Asik C – Monroe
    UTIL – Dwight UTIL – Jordan
    BN – Dunleavy BN – Bledsoe BN – Open slot created on Saturday from trade

    FG% – 7th
    FT% – 11th
    3PTM – 2nd
    PTS – 6th
    REB – 5th
    AST – 2nd
    STL – 5th
    BLK – 8th
    TO – 11th

    Best blocking options on WW – Biyombo,Gibson,Maxiell
    Best assist guys on WW – Barea,Chalmers,Hinrich,Ridnour,Robinson,Tinsley,Mo

    • ChrisV

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      @Jay: I presume you are in a roto league? If you are that far behind in assists, a guy like Barea will probably not help. Your best bet would be someone like Biyombo, who can give you rebounds and blocks and help you in areas you are close(r).

      • Jay says:
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        @ChrisV:

        I’m 2nd in assists now but I am a guy who through most of december/early january had Vasquez,Nelson,Mo and Lou in my lineup along with Irving.

        The concern in assists is the drop off from having all of those to not having any beyond Irving/Conley.Especially since being so low in BLK/REB forces me to use my util slots for bigs meaning i can’t make up much room in offensive categories.

        • ChrisV

          ChrisV says:
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          @Jay: You could try to see if anyone is willing to buy low on A.I., but not too low, obviously. Maybe you could find a disgruntled Lawson owner.

  3. ETMcgee says:
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    I’m guessing you don’t live on the west coast, as it seems that those “late” games are often not mentioned in your roundups, or at least a much abbreviated discussion. I’m not sure how you can avoid the blazers/pacers game from last night, since there is a ton of fantasy assets that played in the game, but you managed to do so.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @ETMcgee: I actually wrote the round up this morning. Thanks for reading.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @ETMcgee: By the way, who do you find of interest from last night’s Pacers/Blazers game that we don’t already talk about ad naseum?

  4. J Money says:
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    Thoughts on replacing Koufus with Splitter in a 12 team 9 cat H2H league?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @J Money: Yeah, I’d be okay with that.

  5. Derek says:
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    I have no question to ask. I just wanted to say I can’t believe you actually redeernced the theme song of the kids show Arthur in your write up. I love this site!

    • Derek says:
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      @Derek:

      *referenced

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Derek: Thanks! Glad we give you some entertainment every day.

  6. joetrump says:
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    Chris you couldn’t be more wrong on Darrell Arthur if you tried. I live in Memphis so let me clue you in to reality. The Grizzlies have put a TON of faith in Arthur being a great player. So much that they gave him a damn good contract even after he sat out the entire year with an injury, which is big for a small market team. He is not 100% healthy which is why they got rid of Speights(who is a damn good player in his own right which should tell you what they expect of Arthur). Last night was his first shot at playing a lot of minutes and he didn’t dissapoint, which is why the clued in people(ie me) had Arthur in their line up last night.

    Arthur is going to be a great fantasy play for the rest of the season. BANK ON IT

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @joetrump: He earned 20 points in 28 minutes last night. What about his 7 points in 25 minutes (1/18) or 11 points in 28 minutes (1/12)? Do those not count? I love hometown homers and I hope he lights it up for your sake alone, but I’m going to keep expectations in check.

      I tell you what, though, if he does explode, Memphis wasted three years of having him.

  7. daniel says:
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    What are your thoughts on bogut? worth picking up hes on waiver!

  8. Pavel says:
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    In a league where my boy lou will got injured it left me with this team in a 16-team, very deep league (h2h/standard cats)
    Pg: Dragic, George hill, Kendall Marshall
    Sg: James Harden, Dwayne Wade,
    Sf: Nicolas Batum, Landry Fields, Turkoglu
    Pf: Lamar Odom, Markieff Morris, Seraphin
    C: Monroe, Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins, Andrew Bynum

    is there a way for me to redeem my team back to the top of the charts?

  9. Mike says:
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    What do you think of Deng for the rest of the season? I’m entertaining an offer for him where I give up Eric Gordon. I need Gordon’s points but his fg% hurts me. Is this worth it?

    • Mike says:
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      @Mike:
      Also, Bynum is still available in my 10 team H2H league. Is it worth grabbing him now? My team is stacked so I would have to drop Amir Johnson for him, and I have Rose on my bench.

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