If you’ve been keeping up with me since I took over the basketball reigns here for Razzball Nation, you know I’ve had two guys I’ve been all about. ¬†Tobias Harris and Jonas Valanciunas. ¬†Yes the luminescent Lithuanian (LL). ¬†Not Latvian! ¬†Easy mistake… ¬†OK, so I’m not one to talk, I’m paler than an Icelander living in Seattle. ¬†But it sounded cool when I made it up.
At the ripe young age of 20, Valanciunas is owning the post, and is doing a Tyler Hansbrough impression of what Psycho-T did in college, just throwing up shizz and getting to the line. ¬†LL (see, this is much better than typing his name correctly every time) has been scoring double-digits a night, but hit his career-high yesterday with 24 in 41 minutes. ¬†The crazy thing is, he took only 7 shots! ¬†Went 16-18 at the free throw line for a splendid line of 24-10-1-1-2. ¬†I know pounding Nene and the rest of the Wiz bigs down low isn’t exactly a huge accomplishment, but I’m gonna be all over him for next year. ¬†And if for some reason he’s available in your league, nab him for your championship run.
Here’s what else went down across the NBA last night:
John Wall –¬†Another double-digit performance at the free throw line as well going 10-10 but shot 5-17 from the floor. ¬†The Wizards absolutely collapsed in this game, scoring 28 2nd-half points after leading at the break.
Bradley Beal –¬†Injured for the remainder of the season, meaning more run for Martell Webster and Trevor Ariza, neither of which did anything. ¬†Ariza got 34 minutes though, so that’s encouraging if you’re still stuck with him in a deeper league…
Kemba Walker –¬†The Bobcats won a game?! ¬†I wouldn’t have believed it… 17-5-10-5-1 last night in the W. ¬†Good to see Kemba diming.
Damien Wilkins –¬†Led the Sixers with 20 Pts. ¬†Also chipped in 9 Rebs 1 Ast and 1 Stl. ¬†I said it a few weeks ago, if you just need a tad of scoring, Wilkins is a good streamer.
Carmelo Anthony – Follows 50 two nights ago with 40 last night. ¬†That’s 90 in two games! ¬†Look at that math. ¬†Went from hitting 7 3’s to only 1 last night. ¬†Dude can score from everywhere. ¬†If only I had that skill in college….
Kyle Korver –¬†Took all of the 3-point magic with 6 last night against the Knicks. ¬†Scored double-digits for the first time in 8 games. ¬†He won’t ever be more than a streamer to me because of the simple principle of ThrAGNOFF!
Reggie Evans –¬†Another crazy game on the glass with 18 boards last night. ¬†But only 8 Pts and 2 Stls as his other stats and 2-6 from the free throw line…
MarShon Brooks –¬†Started in the place of injured Joe Johnson and also had a career-high with 27 Pts to go with 4 Rebs 7 Asts and 1 Blk. ¬†Shot 12-16. ¬†MarsHot on the floor.
Kyrie Irving –¬†Second game back after his extended injury time and struggled going 5-16 for 16 Pts with 2 Rebs 6 Asts 1 Stl and 1 Blk. ¬†Definitely needs to be owned if for some reason he’s out there, but don’t bank on the huge game he had when he first returned.
Jonas Jerebko –¬†Yea because the NBA needs another JJ… Sheesh. ¬†Quietly scored 15+ in 3 of the last 4 with 19 last night. ¬†Will give you a tad of scoring if you’re deep and need a streamer.
Jeff Green –¬†Another huge game going 13-19 FG (3-4 3PTM) 34 Pts 6 Rebs 1 Ast 1 Stl and 4 Blks. ¬†Most points he’s scored since that huge outburst against the streaking Heat. ¬†It was (shocker!) another game without Kevin Garnett, but Green’s gonna be a beast next year.
Nikola Pekovic –¬†Imagine standing on the foothills of Ireland (I think?) and shouting Niiii-Kooooo-Llllaaa! ¬†27-8 with 11-14 FG and 5-7 FT %s. ¬†Montenegro Magician.
Ersan Ilyasova –¬†Not to be outshined in this game as an international big, Ilyasova went 29-12 on 12-21 with 3 3’s. ¬†Once he got locked in the rotation again, he was huge. ¬†If that gives him a little draft day discount next year, I’m in.
Evan Fournier –¬†18 points surprised me because I watched this game and it didn’t seem like that much, but virtually all of it was in mop up duty. ¬†Moving on.
Chandler Parsons –¬†After missing a game of food poisoning, the Kings tried to give him some questionable sushi in pregame. ¬†It didn’t work. ¬†29-5-4 with 3 3’s and a block. ¬†He’s been a great value all year.
James Harden –¬†Also returned to the fray after missing two games and neared a triple-double going 21-7-9 with 2 Blks. ¬†Shot only 7-19 and only 2-8 from downtown, but other than that looked sharp.
Eric Maynor –¬†10 assists off the bench. ¬†A surprising 31 minutes as well. ¬†That’s 18 dimes in his last 2 games for $1.80. ¬†Need a deep league assists streamer? ¬†Could be Maynor.
Eric Bledsoe –¬†Mmmmm remember that run he had when CP went down? ¬†Eschewed that run last night with and 8-14 FG (1-3 3PTM) 17 Pt 2 Reb 7 Ast 2 Stl and 1 Blk line in 22 minutes last night. ¬†If he starts somewhere next year, it’ll be interesting.
Klay Thompson –¬†Single digits in 3 straight now shooting only 4-11 for 8 points and no 3’s last night. ¬†#SlumpCity
Next Game:¬†Got a good one with Spurs at Thunder¬†tonight. ¬†I’ve been in baseball mode so my live game tweeting has gone down, but if you have anyone you want me to keep an eye on let me know. ¬†Finish the playoffs strong Razzball Nation!