Oh man, was last night fun! ¬†So much to hit on including a certain player going against his former team, but I want to start with two career-first triple doubles. ¬†On the same night! ¬†And on a night with only five games no less… First stop is Isaiah Thomas, who, and I mean this without sounding like I’m succumbing to a cliche about his size or anything, looked like the only dude who cared for the whole game on either the Wiz or the Kings. ¬†I loved me some IT2 with the rankings before free agency, and really pimped him hard when Greivis Vasquez got sent off – as many sources did. ¬†Regardless, everyone was right, he’s been a beast and went 24/11/10 with 10-10 FT and two treys. ¬†And to top off the abuse of John Wall, Wall was 2-6 at the stripe missing pivotal freebies late. ¬†My Wizards friend stopped texting me at the end. ¬†I’m guessing he threw his phone through a Wall. ¬†I capitalize that because he has a John Wall fathead on his wall. ¬†Anyway, Paul Millsap also hopped in the trip-dub booze cruise for a 19/13/10 line. ¬†Hopefully your fantasy teams own one or both of these guys and faced neither. ¬†Nothing would be more annoying than marginally losing Rebs to an IT2 owner! ¬†Here’s what else I saw last night in NBA action (and don’t forget to fill out a bracket in our Razzball March Madness pool!):
LeBron James – Goes off against his Cavs. ¬†What a douche! ¬†43/6/4/2/3 for an uber-rainbow with no TOs and 6 treys. ¬†Pretty much a playoff defining game if you didn’t have a bye.
Mario Chalmers –¬†Can’t hit a shot to save his life! ¬†Another bad shooting night, but the rest was nice for a 3/2/9/2/0 line. ¬†I still think he’s a guy you can let go after what should be a good game tonight if you need the spot. ¬†However, still has three games the rest of the week. ¬†I ended up holding him in the league where I was iffy and glad I did.
Alonzo Gee –¬†We have a Gee sighting! ¬†I haven’t though about the Gee family much lately except Dillon Gee! ¬†Who I ranked pretty favorably in my top 100 SP which will be up on baseball this afternoon. ¬†Shameless plug! ¬†12/3/2/1/2 with two treys in a near rainbow. ¬†But will lose those 36 minutes he got when Deng is back.
Anderson Varejao –¬†16/11/1/3/1 in his best game since returning. ¬†Got 26 minutes while the ghost of Tristan Thompson got only 21. ¬†And Anderson fouled out, so could’ve gotten more (not sure when he fouled out though). ¬†I really could see the Cavs going Anderson/Spencer Hawes for substantial stretches since Hawes likes the perimeter.
Jarrett Jack –¬†Got some buzz since he’ll start at the point for a while, and went 22/4/4/0/1 last night. ¬†Which is good, but with 4 threes is looking like a ThrAGNOF!
DeMar DeRozan –¬†Tried to hop on the trip-dub train! ¬†29/10/6. ¬†And his teammate…
Kyle Lowry –¬†… Almost got on it too! ¬†20/7/9. ¬†What a dynamic backcourt that became.
Jonas Valanciunas –¬†The Luminescent Lithuanian is about to be fully dimmed out with a back injury. ¬†At least put up 16 points last night before having to exit, but maybe this has been the injury I’ve suspected has been slowing him down most of the year. ¬†We’ll get further updates, but I’ve been fine dropping him for a while if you needed to.
Jeff Teague –¬†Millsap took all the dimes away, but what a start from the up-and-down Teague! ¬†34/3/5/4/0 with a trey, 11-11 FT and only 3 TOs. ¬†Huge.
Brandon Knight –¬†Another big game from my boy BK with a 24/8/4/2/1 rainbow flirt with three treys. ¬†Been one of the hallmarks of this first full year of my tenure. ¬†Putting him on my rafters. ¬†If you know what I mean…
Khris Middleton –¬†After a rough spell, bounced back for 18/6/5 in 40 minutes with four treys. ¬†Ehhh, still doesn’t have my full trust though either. ¬†Shocker!
Nicolas Batum –¬†Yet another vagabond trying to hop on the trip-dub train! ¬†21/9/9. ¬†Ending this season strong.
Drew Gooden –¬†I was clowning with my Wizards friend about Gooden and how he looked like the best Wiz player on the floor. ¬†Sadly, it’s truer than you may think. ¬†18/6/2/2/0 shooting 7-10 (2-2 3PTM 2-2 FT). ¬†And, I mean he actually looked like a usable NBA player and played deep into the 4th. ¬†Not really a guy to play in 10 or 12ers with much faith, but deeper I think he needs to be grabbed.
Rudy Gay –¬†Took over late and resurrected a boring-ish night to a 24/6/1/3/0 line.
Reggie Evans –¬†Another 10 boards and played hard like you’d expect. ¬†The playing time is really variant, but a good stream REB guy as you all know.
Ben McLemore –¬†Despite a pretty shoddy game, led the Kings with 50 minutes. ¬†The reason was Bradley Beal only looked good on offense when Ray McCallum was on the floor. ¬†My point here is more for dynasty leaguers – McCallum just doesn’t have the size or acumen to defend the 2 against most teams. ¬†And they like B-Mac’s defense a lot, so if he can get consistent scoring opportunities, he’s going to turn into a pretty good fantasy player.
Nikola Vucevic –¬†Returned from a bad ankle to play 23 minutes and go 15/5/1. ¬†Pretty happy with that. ¬†And happy he wasn’t out longer.
Kyle O’Quinn –¬†Just an absolute blocks machine! ¬†At least one block in 10 straight, multi-blocks in four straight, and taking every advantage of the starting minutes he gets. ¬†10/5/3/0/2 to help all the wayward block seekers.
Draymond Green –¬†Uh oh! ¬†It absolutely is that time again! ¬†#OccupyDraymondGreen time!! ¬†Started, got 36 minutes, and multi-catted it like the best in the biz for 6/9/3/2/0. ¬†Now he shot awful going 2-11, but with Andre Iguodala out at least three games with a bum knee, Green is going to get big run, be it as the starting 3 or 6th man, and I think get bigger lines than this in all non-Iggy games. ¬†Not someone you need to grab and lock in, the Warriors are still stuck with two games next week, but I’m excited for this upcoming run.
Next Game: ¬†I’ve got UTA @ MEM tonight. ¬†Yawn fest! ¬†Be sure to set your rosters tonight, and if you’re gearing up for Fantasy Baseball, a reminder to check out my top 100 SP and Pitcher Profile Preview that’ll be out this afternoon on baseball. ¬†Go get that hoops title!