In a season where everyone is tired and worn out, Roy Hibbert went and dropped 30 points on the lowly Hornets. If that wasn’t enough, he snagged 13 rebounds and blocked 3 shots. Dr. Hibbert put on a clinic, but like the stingy ophthalmologist who is always cutting corneas, I wouldn’t expect great things from him every game. Don’t get me wrong, he is a solid player, but our boy has never scored more than 20 points all season. He’s good for about 8 rebounds a game with a pair of blocks and 15 points. That’s still pretty good for your center, but be like the radiologist and see right through this game for what it is – a season best. Here’s what else went on in the world of fantasy basketball…
…in one second. I just want to throw out an apology for the late post. I know one of my favorite activities in the morning is reading Razzball with my second or third scotch, so I hate to be the one to deprive you of that. I’m actually sitting in a hotel lobby off the New Jersey Turnpike so I can upload this for you, so let me get to it before this twitchy security guard throws me out. On to the stats!
Marcus Camby – Every so often I am reminded of a fad from a few years ago, something no one really talks about anymore. You know what I mean. Well, I thought of my guy Camby. I used to love him on NBA2K#, wherein the # is whatever year I was still playing games on a Dreamcast. Anyway, Marcus played 14 minutes and scored approximately zero point zero points, with no blocks and only 5 rebounds. These are worse than his season averages, but his season averages aren’t even good enough for warming the bench. If for some reason Camby is on your team, I would release him back into the mists of memory and find someone else off of waivers.
LaMarcus Aldridge – Only played 27 minutes but still earned 21 points, 7 boards, 3 assists and a block. Since returning from his ankle sprain, he is averaging over 19 points, still pretty good but obviously not as good as he is capable. After the All-Star break, he should be back to all-star form.
Kawhi Leonard – In 43 minutes, he tallied 24/10/1 with a block and 5 steals. The last time this season he had more than 15 points was January 10th, and the last time he had more than 20 was never. He also nearly doubled his season average for minutes played, mostly because Tim Duncan and Tony Parker were sitting. Kawhi earned the game ball, but I’m not picking him up for my team just yet.
Cory Joseph – Earned himself 37 minutes of junk time and didn’t do much with it, unless 4 of 13 shooting with 3 assists is what you like out of your guards. And if you do like that, you should pick up Toney Douglas instead.
Jrue Holiday – Nearly played 36 minutes and scored 22 points on 9- 18 shooting. If you are looking to trade him, now is a good time. If you need something to help your presentation, I always find music helps.
Andre Iguodala – 11 points in 41 minutes is sort of not great. The 7 assists sort of makes up for it a little, but, ugh, 11 points is Daniel Gibson territory.
Marc Gasol – The Spaniard had 15 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks. Nice! See, Camby, that’s how you want to do it.
Tyreke Evans – In 42 minutes on the floor, earned a stat line of 21/7/10. LeBron James may be the king, but Evans was a…chess piece…that did good things. A knight? Anyway, he had a good game against LeBron, who only managed an Un-James-like 18/4/8.
Dwyane Wade – He sunk 30 points to go along with 10 assists and a couple of blocks. He only has 1 three pointer all month, but otherwise his game makes me melt, much like Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s smile.
Antawn Jamison – With a line of 32/10/2, his performance was worth two snaps up.
Tayshuan Prince – He looked sickly out there with 2 of 15 shooting, although he did manage a block, four assists and six rebounds as a consolation prize. I wouldn’t panic, but I ask Prince, Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?
Isaiah Thomas – Led the Kings with 24 points and five assists to follow up his 23/11 line the previous game. Although every time I hear the name “Isiah Thomas” I break into cold sweats, this Isaiah has an extra “A” for “Affort.” Uh…Amazingness? In any event, now is the time to own him, so pick him up if he is available.
Chris Bosh – Earned a double-double with 20 points on .500 shooting (and ten rebounds). I only mention this because in the five games prior, he was hitting baskets at a clip of 0.355…which is only impressive to Carmelo Anthony.
Trevor Ariza – Delivered a line of 21/6/5, then dropped a rhyme of “rock us or mock us, knock us or top us, better sit back and watch us.” Ariza has been up and down all season, and the Hornets have just been down, so I would take his advice and watch him from the sidelines. If you can trade him after a game like this, do it.
Greivis Vasquez – Started, played 20 minutes and got 9 points with 7 assists. Jarret Jack came off the bench, played 32 minutes and netted 19 points with ten assists to go with his line of 18/5/5 the day before. Do with that information what you will.