I had the unfortunate pleasure (displeasure?) of watching the Knicks get pa-rumped by the Warriors last night 92 to 63. It was disturbing, almost laughably so. Kinda like The Wicker Man. Not the bees! If only the Warriors were women in bear suits. Sheesh get Stevie Nicks out there. With her current body type, she could probably box out Kurt Thomas. Fun fact: they’re both 64 years old as well. Carmelo Anthony returned from three games off with a sore knee to go 14 and 10 but 4-15. Maybe the knee needs more ice. J.R. Smith got ejected for a flagrant and went 3-11 for 9 points in his 21 minutes, so it’s not like his departure was a main factor of suckage. Kenyon Martin had a rough layup rip-check, Tyson Chandler couldn’t fend off David Lee for second chance points, and the Knicks shot 24.7% and 5-27 from 3 as a team. The Clippers are lob city, the Knicks last night were brick city. The Knicks will look to rebound Wednesday night against Carmelo’s former Nuggets, so I could see a nice bounce back from your NY fantasy options. But lawdy. Was a pretty nauseating performance from one of the NBA’s “better” teams.
Here’s what else happened last night in the fantasy basketball-o-sphere:
Kyrie Irving - Will miss 3-4 weeks with a shoulder sprain. All but ends his season. If you have an IR spot, you definitely stash him, but if not, he’s probably droppable. If you can afford losing a bench spot with a good team, you can hold onto him and drop him only if necessary if you can make moves through the playoffs.
Brandon Knight – Sprained his ankle 4 minutes into last night’s game. Looked and seems pretty serious, but no official word yet. As Daniel Powter would sing after that Jordan dunk now the injury – “Cause you had a bad day!”
Rodney Stuckey - Has the most to gain with Knight likely to miss significant time and played 35 minutes last night. Put up 15 Pts (6-10) 1 3pTM 4 Rebs 2 Asts and 2 Stls. If you need some point minutes, could be worth an add in deeper leagues.
David Lee - Leads the NBA in 20-10 games and did ‘er up again, going 21-10-8. Playing at a fantasy elite level.
Kevin Martin – 3-8 (3-5 3PTM) for 9 points and one steal as his only other stat in 20 minutes. He’s ownable as a ThrAGNOF, and that’s about it. He’s got a funky shot that cocks to the left like a professional slip-n-slider.
Serge Ibaka - 13 and 16 with 3 blocks and zero nut shots. They should make that a shooter in L.A. with almond liquor. The “Ibaka Nut Shot.”
Reggie Evans - 9 Pts 11 Rebs 1 Blk and nothing else. It’s like a poor, poor, poor man’s Zach Randolph from 2009.
Deron Williams - 27-6-13. That’s more like the first-round price tag. Finally banking on some ROI.
Spencer Hawes - Had arguably his best game on the season going 10-15 24 Pts 10 Rebs 7 Asts and 2 Blks. And the Sixers actually won a game! You wanna know who never loses? ’Murica!
Mo Williams - Finally re-jiving with a 20 Pt (9-14 FG 1-2 3FG) 1 Reb 6 Asts and only one turnover. Who has two thumbs with one injured but can still rock your fantasy team through the playoffs? Mo guy!
Chris Copeland - I’ve watched the past two Knicks games, and Copeland has had the most fortunate back-to-back double-digit games off the bench I can remember. Saturday against the Jazz played 7 minutes in mop up and scored 12 Pts, then last night goes 15 (3 3PTM) and 6 Rebs in 19 minutes with every Knick bricking everything and J.R. Smith getting ejected. Don’t get fooled into thinking there’s some super deep scoring value here.
Kosta Koufos - Erupted like a Greek volcano last night, going 10-11 FG 22 Pts 10 Rebs 1 Ast 1 Stl and 1 Blk. Owned the Suns like the Greek god Helios. We’ve seen these outbursts here and there, but if you need a handful of rebounds and a block, Koufos could be worth the spot.
Corey Brewer - Told yea he could be worth the add! 7-16 20 Pts 3 Rebs 1 Ast and 3 Stls. Maybe I’m biased because I’m a huge Milwaukee Brewers fan. And a beer fan. Brews all around.
Next Game: I’ve got highlights for the Jazz at Thunder Wednesday night. Look for the Thunder to play angry after getting beat up by the Spurs last night. As always shoot your comments below, thanks for reading Razzball Nation!