When it comes to fantasy playoffs, you have to be cold. No attachments. No remorse. In any H2H redraft (non-keeper) league, you can’t be afraid to drop a player that is day-to-day or struggling badly. Now, do you drop a top 40 player who has been having a bad few games to pick up a player ranked 150th? Maybe not, because a top 40 player playing poorly can still give you value. Nevertheless, if there is better value on the waiver wire than someone you are currently plugging in, don’t be shy. I’d rather win with an ugly roster than lose with name recognition. With that out of the way, let’s see what was going on Tuesday night in the NBA.
LaMarcus Aldridge – He shot 9-16 for a line of 20/8/3. He’s a stud. You start him in all leagues and you laugh that kind of way where your head tosses back and you can’t keep your eyes open. You nut.
Jonny Flynn – 10/3/5 in 25 minutes, but I warn you not to add him. There is no value here. If he was beer, he would be a Bud Select 55 watered down with children’s tears.
Russell Westbrook – He scored 32 points on 16-26 shooting while dishing out 8 assists. Unfortunately, he missed three free throws and three pointers each, but no one is purfekt (GET IT LOL).
Goran Dragic – If he’s injured, he still went 17/2/7, so, hey, sometimes you find comedy in Dragedy.
Rodrigue Beaubois – Off the bench, 14 points (including 1 three), 5 assists, 1 steal, 3 rebounds. I am going to start writing his name on my Mead notebook.
Courtney Lee – 10 points on 4-13 shooting, but the consolation is Courtney let you have 2 three pointers and a groping (under the shirt but above the bra).
Jason Terry – Played over 34 minutes, 5-14 shooting, 12/1/4. Hasn’t done enough recently to warrant a roster spot, but it all depends on how deep your league is. In 24 team leagues, I would add him in a heartbeat.
Tony Parker – Hasn’t missed a beat, scoring 24 points on 9-17 with 7 assists. Meanwhile, Danny Green scored 1 point. ONE lousy point. He missed ALL of his shots, including FIVE three pointers. CAPS LOCK RAGE!
Martin Gortat – Double Double Toil and Trouble: 21/14 with two blocks.
Shannon Brown – He went five of ten from behind the arc, wracking up 32 points but not much else (3 assists, 1 rebound). He’s not terrible interesting. However, if your league counts pillow fights, I would add Shannon and Courtney.
Josh Smith – 30/14/5 with 2 steals and a block. He may have had the game of the night. Nice to see him making a three again after a recent dry spell.
Ivan Johnson – Scored 17 on 7-7 shooting including a three, but Ivan is mostly terrible.
Monta Ellis – Missed from downtown on all three attempts, but he still cumulated 33 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists and a steal. Did you know Monta is also a girl’s name? What’s going on, is this the WNBA?
Epke Udoh – A rather unremarkable 8/10/1 but the three blocks make it more enticing. Dig past the surface, though, and you’ll see the blocks come in spurts, like my sem…inal novel I am working on. The ideas come in spurts.
Andre Iguodala – Still out with patella tendinitis. I think that’s what you get if you mix Nutella with ground beef.
Alonzo Gee – Three from downtown, 13/9/3 and a steal. Gee whiz, he is a solid option (cue sad trombone).
Jodie Meeks – 31 points, most of which came from 7 three pointers. Not much else, though, but if you have Meeks on your team, that’s pretty chic. That may have just won you that category for the week. Magnifique!
Pau Gasol – I like to talk about him. 19/17/3 is a good night. It makes me forget his neckbeard and the fact that I want to call him Paul.
Matt Barnes – 18/10/3 with 2 blocks. In his prior three games, he averaged 8.6 PPG, 1.6 BPG, 3 APG, and 5.6 RPG. For that, I say “why the heck not?” Matt Barnes, you and I shall party like it’s 2009.
Mickell Gladness – Played 4:54 and shot 0-1, but I just wanted to highlight his name.
Brandon Rush – Off the bench, he netted 23 points, including 2 threes, and he also blocked 2 shots. In the past week, he has been averaging 2.2 blocks and 2.0 threes per game. Fancy!