Monta Ellis played 32 minutes. The rest was spent nursing his broke-ass face that became broke after Anderson Varejao elbowed it into a million pieces. It was heinous. I puked a little. Babies were crying in the distance. Grandma said a prayer. Still, the cartilage didn’t snap or break (or whatever nose-cartilage does when it does something it’s not supposed to do) and it’s unlikely Ellis will miss any time. Still, it’s worth noting that Sugar Nate Robinson is killing Charles Jenkins stat-wise. Robinson double-doubled (17/2/10, with a smattering of steals and threes) in 35 minutes last night and has played decently in his last couple. Robinson’s averaged 14/3/5 as a member of the Warriors and now with both Curry and possibly Ellis (but probably not Ellis) out and Jenkins playing poorly, any minutes bump would be good for Robinson. He’s made a career of going bonkers for 10-game increments and then falling off the face of the pebble. So grab Robinson and keep your finger hovering over the drop button. Here’s what else went down on Tuesday in fantasy basketball.
Klay Thompson – Four 3ptm. It’s the second time in four games he’s hit a quartet of threes. Normally it’s taken him 22+minutes to put together these numbers, but it took him fewer than 17 this time around. I’d let him do it one more time before picking him up.
Jonas Jerebko – Fell out of the starting lineup in favor of Ben Wallace, which is like losing a slam dance contest to your own mom.
Kemba Walker – Starting. Playing well. If I need to go into much more detail, you’re being too damn picky.
Bismack Biyombo – Speaking of Charlotte rookies. Eeny-meany-miny-mo, catch a Bismack Biyombo. Diaw fell out of favor. Thomas is falling out of favor. Mullens has struggled a bit. Them footsteps you hear are the next Bobcat big stepping in the limelight.
Daniel Gibson – 6/4/3, with 3 stl and 2 3ptm in the starting lineup for Anthony Parker. Deep leaguers should take note. The rest of y’all can put your earbuds back in your ear holes.
C.J. Watson – In place of Rose, the understudy went 23/4/5, with a trio of treys, two steals and zero (count ’em: zero) turnovers. Fooled you! You can’t count zeroes. Watson is like the Wolfmother of the NBA. They just don’t have the stuff to be the center of anyone’s attention. But when looking at the big picture, they’re a solid backup to a better band that plays similarly.
Carlos Boozer – He and Watson outscored the entire Phoenix starting five in the first half, making him the 1,855,990 player to do that against the Suns. I’ve been to two Bulls games so far this season, and they’re both Boozer’s two statistical best games of the season (the other being his 23/8/2 night against Detroit on January 9). I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’.
Richard Jefferson – He’s gone 0-for-3 from the arc in each of his last two games and has severely cooled down in his last six. And you were this close to calling him San Antonio’s current best player. Admit it. Two weeks ago, it crossed your mind.
Danny Green – Sank 20 points in 23 mostly garbage-time minutes. BTW, you aren’t still rostering Green on your fantasy team, are you? Really? Weird.
Mike Miller – 8/4/1, went 6-for-6 from the arc in his first game back after I said he’d be rusty. So, okay. Best two-out-of-three.
Tobias Harris – Averaging a quiet 13/6 in his last two and might see a bump in minutes depending on how much hate Skiles has buried in his belly for Stephen Jackson.
Stephen Jackson – 0-for-6, with just 2 points. That’s what Stack Jack shot from the floor last night. That’s not quite Rick Derringer ugly. But it’s close. He was benched in favor of Harris. Maybe you should bench him, too.
Samuel Dalembert – 14/12, as he totally showed Udonis Haslem what’s what.
C.J. Miles – 19/5/1, with 4 stl, a three and not a single tov. He was playing the Clippers’ eighth-worst defense? The hell you say.