Atlanta’s Al Horford was at shootaround sometime around 2 pm. Then he decended into the locker room, and came out for his game against the Sixers a last-second scratch. This can only mean one of three things, 1) Horford wanted a day off and Atlanta greatly underestimated Louis Williams’ desire to shoot every ball that is passed to him, 2) Horford tweaked something in or around his body, or c) Al Horford is in love with Darius Songaila. Think about it. The only other game in which the Sixers and Hawks faced off, Songaila had injured himself and wasn’t going to play. Now he’s BACK … to let Al know … he can really shake ’em down. Bum-bum-bum-bum-bum … do you LOVE me?!? Sorry. I’m watching ‘Teen Wolf Too’ and I couldn’t help myself. Anyway, Darius Songaila returned for his first minutes (9) since December (21st) and played (poorly). Meanwhile, Horford mysteriously sat this one out and the Hawks don’t have a game against ’til Saturday. Tune in Friday morning (and all the days in between) to find out what’s up.
Here’s what else went down in fantasy basketball yesterday:
Louis Williams – 20/3/3, plus a steal and two blocks. I told you on Thursday to ride his hot streak. Are you a-ridin’? ‘Cause you should really be a-ridin’.
Jrue Holiday – He ended with 15 pts/2 rbd/0 ast, with two steals and two blocks. This is the second game Philly’s assist-guy went assistless. Two days is nothin’. I went “assistless” until my sophomore year in college.
Blake Griffin – Shot 4-for-12 from the floor and tied a career-low 10 points on the night. Dwight’s Defense > Griffin’s Offense. Spread the word.
Matt Bonner – After missing his last 10 games, the Red Rocket dropped two treys in Detroit and ended with 10 points. Unlike my time in Detroit, when two guys named Trey dropped me and stole my Velcro wallet.
DeJuan Blair – 18/12 in 29 minutes. Five games, four double-doubles. Okay medium-sized leagues. I think Blair is DeJuan that you want! Boom! Punned!
Tracy McGrady – 7/2/3, with three steals, but he only shot .300 from the field. He looked gassed. Like It’s already July in McGrady months. Still, ESPN ranks him 22nd among SGs in the last 15 games.
Greg Monroe – 12.8/9.8 this month. As pleasant as he’s been this season, he’ll be better next season.
Will Bynum – Scored 22 points, the most he’s scored since November 17 … of last season. So, yeah.
Mike Dunleavy – Junior’s been shooting .652 in the last week, so only shooting 1-for-2 last night felt like the beginning of a court ruling on the law of averages.
Sonny Weems – Averaged 13.3/4/2.7 in his last three before last night’s 4/5/2 performance. I think he’ll maintain the former averages, and perhaps more as long as long as half the original roster remains shelved.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute – 10/14. It was his second double-double in three games. I watched an entire game between Milwaukee and Toronto. The entire damn thing. Even the fourth quarter, which was more boring than a DeMar DeRozan jumper from 14 feet out. Never question my devotion to you, dear reader, again.
Jonny Flynn – 15/4/7, with five turnovers. This was about as good as it gets with Flynn, which is a bummer. Flynn has been underwhelming. He went from a 13 PER last season to a 7.5, he USG% decreased, his per36 stats dipped everywhere except assists and he’s averaging 10.8/2/5.5 as a starter and he’s started in games Luke Ridnour wasn’t in. Perhaps I’m expecting too much. I’m hard on the kid, I know. It’s just … I don’t want him to make the same mistakes I did growing up. I want something better for him than the Timberwolves. I want him to grow into a Laker or a Spur or something.
Rudy Gay – Gay missed Tuesday’s game and was out with a back-related you-don’t-care-just-tell-you-when-he’ll-be-playing-again. As this was a last-second scratch, it’s likelier that he’ll be back for the next game than that he’ll miss any more. Just in case, if you have a free space, grab Tony Allen (27 points, 5 steals), then call Bingo!