Monday night’s heavyweight match between the two best teams in the league mostly disappointed. Sure, Stephen Curry and the Warriors were fun to watch, but the Spurs were mostly a no show, losing 120-90.

On Wednesday, the Spurs returned home to host the Rockets. They took all of their rage out on the self-destructing Rockets, destroying them 130-99. Do you think the Spurs were mad about losing by 30 on Monday night?

Scoring only 5 points on Monday, LaMarcus Aldridge rebounded to lead the Spurs with 25 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists. Danny Green knocked down 6 threes to post 18 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block. That’s more like it Aldridge and Green!

Kawhi Leonard (18 points) and Tony Parker (15 points, 7 assists) got in on the fun too, as Tim Duncan sat another game, while the Spurs await the MRI results on his knee. If Duncan misses substantial time, the Spurs will roll with a combo of Kyle Anderson (7/3/1), David West (4/2/2), and Boris Diaw (0/2/3), depending on matchups.

I would really love to see more of Boban Marjanovic, but I think he’s a little too big to see much more than 20 minutes a night. The dude’s 7’3” and weighs 290, with ears that give Barack Obama a run for his money, but his hands are crazy big. They make normal people’s hands look worthless, Ray McCallum’s head small, and a gallon of ice tea look like a juice box. Thanks to the blowout, Marjanovic posted a 13/10 double-double in 17 minutes.

Now onto the other nightly notables:

Dwight Howard – Howard returned to the starting lineup, after missing two games with a sprained ankle. He was on a minutes’ restriction, but it didn’t matter with the blowout anyways. He played well in 23 minutes, going for 13/8 with 2 blocks and a Steve Nash-esque 7-8 from the FT line.

James Harden – Harden continued his free throw dominance, knocking down all 9 of his attempts from the line. He also contributed 20 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists.

Josh Smith – If you ignore his percentages and turnovers (which is a lot to ignore), Smith had another solid game as a Rocket. In 25 minutes, he contributed 11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal/block/three each off the bench. That’s more valuable than Terrence Jones (11 points, 3 rebounds on 3-10 shooting) or Clint Capela (5 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks, but 3-10 FT) have been able to contribute lately.

Kevin Love – You have to love Kevin’s line from Wednesday: 21 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks, and 3 threes.

LeBron James – Whether James was the reason Blatt was fired or not, James is King. 21 points, 9 assists, and 3 rebounds, before sitting out much of the 4th quarter.

Kyrie Irving – Although 8 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals is useful, it’s still not what you expect out of Irving. It’s still taking some time for Irving to come back from his knee injury, but that makes it a perfect time to buy low, especially with Tyronn Lue insisting on upping the Cavaliers pace.

J.R. Smith – Another good game by Smith: 18 points, 4 assists, 4 steals, and 4 threes. While Smith has been playing well in January, owners should contemplate selling high before he gets into another shooting slump and Irving takes away some of his usage.

Devin Booker and Archie Goodwin – With Eric Bledsoe out for the year and Brandon Knight ailing, Booker and Goodwin are must own players. Booker scored 16 points (4-9 FG, 7-8 FT) and dished out 5 assists, while Goodwin contributed 12 points (3-10 FG, 5-6 FT) and 5 assists. They will both continue to see starter’s minutes for the foreseeable future and should be picked up in all leagues.

P.J. Tucker – Tucker has also been a strong pickup over the last week (43% ownership). The individual numbers don’t stand out, but it’s his ability to do a little bit of everything that makes him interesting. Wednesday night shows why: 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 3 threes.

Markieff Morris – Morris has been a frustrating player to own, but rewarded owners with 13 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 block/steal/three each. That’s now back-to-back 20+ minute nights so perhaps he’s out of the doghouse (or is being showcased for a trade).

Amir Johnson and Jae Crowder – Johnson and Crowder had very fantasy friendly lines, thanks in part to their defensive stats. Johnson finished with 9 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block, while Crowder contributed 13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.

Avery BradleyIsaiah Thomas had an off night (5-13 shooting, 4 turnovers), but Bradley stepped up to lead the Celtics in scoring. He finished with 27 points, 4 steals, and 5 threes, on 5-13 from downtown.

Kelly Olynyk – He shot only 6-14 from the field, but averaged a point per minute. He finished with 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists in only 17 minutes.

Danilo Gallinari – Gallo continues to quietly be very good for the Nuggets. 23 points and 7 rebounds on 8-16 shooting on Wednesday, as they lost to the Celtics.

Kenneth Faried – After missing Saturday’s game and putting in a poor performance on Monday, Faried bounced back to post a 15/15 double-double with 4 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block.

Will BartonGary Harris (15 points and 7 rebounds) is still starting over him, but Barton is the better fantasy play with 23/5/4 with 3 threes. Barton has been a little inconsistent in January so perhaps you can pry him away from an impatient owner.

Nerlens NoelJahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) sat out another game, giving Noel ample opportunities to run the pick and roll with Ish Smith (13 points, 6 assists) and dunk on Andre Drummond. Noel hit 9 of his 11 field goal attempts on his way to 20 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block. Okafor should be back soon so Noel’s scoring should be considered an aberration.

Jerami Grant – Another guy known more for his defensive stats, Grant posted 21 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 1 block, and 1 three. Now if only he were a little more consistent.

Andre Drummond – Drummond rebounded from two disappointing games to post 25 points, 18 points, 2 steals, and 1 block. He didn’t hurt your FT percentage as bad as last week either, knocking down 7-12 from the charity stripe.

Reggie Jackson – Jackson did his usual thing, scoring 27 points to go along with 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 threes.

Stanley Johnson – Johnson flashed his potential, dropping a 18/3/3 line off the bench, but remains too inconsistent to trust in most leagues.

Russell Westbrook – The triple double watch was on, but Westbrook fell just 2 rebounds shy. He finished with a disappointing 24 points, 15 assists, and 8 rebounds. What a scrub.

Kevin Durant – A night after scoring 44 at Madison Square Garden, KD put up 27 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists. If the Thunder lose early in the playoffs, it won’t be Westbrook or Durant’s fault.

Enes Kanter – Kanter exploded for 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks off the bench. Now if he could only do that every night.

Gorgui Dieng – The Timberwolves did the right thing, by inserting Dieng into the starting lineup, while Kevin Garnett is out. Nikola Pekovic (1 point, 1 rebound, and 3 assists) started the last game, but came off the bench on Wednesday. Dieng responded to the start with 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 1 steal/block each. The Timberwolves still lost, but he was way more effective than Pek. Hopefully the coaches noticed.

Karl-Anthony Towns –19 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 blocks. Between KAT and Kristaps Porzingis, we’ve been getting spoiled with very good fantasy rookies. Next year’s class will have a lot to live up to.

Ricky Rubio and Zach LaVine – Rubio continues to rack up the double-digit assist games, with 10 assists, 4 points, and 3 steals. LaVine came off the bench to score 35 points on 14-17 shooting! Now if you could only combine the two of them, you’d have a complete player.

Andrew Wiggins – Speaking of complete players (kidding), Wiggins contributed his usual 20 points with very little else. He shot an effective 8-14 from the field for 20 points, but only collected 4 assists and 1 rebound in the other statistical categories.

DeAndre Jordan – Attempting to match Andre Drummond, DeAndre grabbed 19 rebounds, scored 13 points, and knocked down 7-12 from the free throw line. It’s not great, but is better than his usual 40% rate.

Chris Paul – Cliff Paul’s twin brother dished out 10 assists to go along with 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals.

Jamal Crawford – J Craw had scored double-digits in 12 straight games, prior to having 2 poor shooting performances on Sunday and Tuesday. He bounced back on Wednesday, starting a new double-digit streak with 21 points on 9-16 shooting.

Wesley Johnson – Usually I won’t talk about a guy who shot 3-12 from the field, but Johnson made up for it with 7 points, 6 swipes, 6 rebounds, and 1 block. Deep leaguers in need of threes, steals, and blocks could do worse.

Paul Millsap – Another day at the office for Millsap: 14 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks, and 1 three.

Al Horford – It’s not typical for your big man to lead the team in assists, but Horford isn’t your typical center. He posted 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists for the Hawks.

Kent Bazemore, Jeff Teague, and Kyle Korver – The rest of the Hawks’ starting lineup brought their A-games too. It was the bench and turnovers that cost the Hawks the win. Bazemore went for 12/5/2, Teague contributed 16/3/2/2 and Korver knocked down all 4 of his threes for 14 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists.

Gordon Hayward – Hayward had his way with the Hornets, scoring 22 points to go along with 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 3 threes.

Rodney Hood – 24 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. Hood’s ownership level is at 69%, but should be much higher.

Rudy Gobert – Gobert grabbed 12 rebounds to go with 3 blocks and 6 points. The Jazz will want to bring him around slowly, but soon, Derrick Favors (12/3/2) will be joining Gobert in the starting lineup.

Nicolas Batum – Batum returned to the lineup, after missing 3 games with a toe injury. His shooting was poor (2-9), but he grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 2 assists. Batum should be back to his normal stat lines soon.

Kemba Walker – It was mostly a forgettable night for the Hornets, but Walker continued his strong play of late with 15 points and 5 rebounds.

Klay ThompsonStephen Curry (14 points, 9 assists) took a backseat to his fellow Splash Brother, as Klay went off for 45 points and 5 rebounds. He nailed 14-20 from the field, including 7-12 from downtown and 10-10 from the line.

Chandler Parsons – Parsons did his best trying to match Thompson, but just wasn’t enough for the Mavericks, who were without Dirk Nowitzki (rest). Parsons scored 23 points to lead the Mavs, chipping in 7 rebounds and 4 threes also.

J.J. Barea – The diminutive point guard helped Parsons off the bench, adding 14 points, 5 assists, and 3 rebounds.

  1. chris says:
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    in a 12 team H2H 9 cat, i am looking for players who make threes but wont really hurt everything else, although i have covington so my FG % is basically punted already.

    Should I drop Olynyk, mario chalmers, or Elfrid Payton for Danny Green? Or should I hold.

    Booker and GOodwin are also available.

    • chris says:
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      @chris: scratch that. booker and goodwin not available. so would you drop any of the three for danny green?

      • Peter Kap

        Peter Kap says:
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        @chris: I don’t think that Danny Green is a must own. He’s been great in years past, but just isn’t playing well this year. While I think he might be able to bounce back, I’ve been saying this for weeks and nothing has changed. However, I would probably take him (or another free agent) over Mario Chalmers. Chalmers has had a nice January, but with Mike Conley back, his numbers and minutes should decline. I’d prefer to have Olynyk and Elfrid Payton over Green, despite Payton not helping you in FG% or threes. He helps you enough in the other categories that I wouldn’t contemplate dropping him.

  2. Jim says:
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    Casspi for terrence jones (and a future protected first, in our 12 man dynasty league)?

    Ignoring the pick even, is that a good dynasty move? Hoping Jones is dealt soon. They play better with J Smith for some reason.

    • Peter Kap

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      @Jim: I think that the trade is a fair offer. You could make an argument for both sides since Casspi is only slightly older than Jones and has been better this season. I’m assuming you want the Jones’ side. I think Jones’ upside is greater and with the additional pick, probably is worth the trade in a your dynasty league.

      • Jim says:
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        @Peter Kap:

        Correct-Jones and a pick going to me. Thank you for the advice, Peter.

  3. Rocky says:
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    Pete,

    How about LaVine’s night last night?! Picked him up at 1am the Tuesday night needing a bit of assists help (which didn’t transpire…). Thinking about making a play for Dennis Schroeder in anticipation of a trade of either he or Teague. Where is his value right now? My current roster in a 12team/9cat…

    Teague
    IT2/3
    Butler
    PG13
    Rodney Hood
    Greek Freak
    Otto Porter
    Gorgui
    Favors
    Taj
    LaVine
    Covington
    Portis
    DeMarre Carroll (INJ)

    Would Covington or Portis (with Mirotic on the shelf) get it done? Loathe to part with someone with an assured rotation spot just in case a trade doesn’t transpire… Thanks in advance!

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Rocky: Schroder has been a valuable player this season. He doesn’t break out on any given night, but has been consistently solid at the back end of your roster. Schroder is a strong dynasty play because he could be the starting point guard of the future for the Hawks down the line. However, with the Hawks in the playoff hunt, I seriously doubt that either Teague or Schroder are traded this season.

      But if you want to go after Schroder, then I think trading Covington is giving up too much, while Portis is probably not enough. Portis has seen 24+ minutes in only 1 game in the last 10 and double digit minutes in only 3 of those 10 games.

      I’m not sure there’s another guy on your roster to do a 1-for-1 deal for Schroder. Outside of Portis, I’d rather have your current roster than trade for him.

  4. KingAndrus says:
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    Nice write up, enjoyed it!

    Espn H2H 8-category league

    I think I have a pretty strong core of 10 in:
    PG- Isaiah Thomas
    SG- Klay Thompson
    SF- Danilo Gallinari
    PF- Anthony Davis
    C- DeAndre Jordan
    G- Kemba Walker
    F- Paul Millsap
    UTIL- Rajon Rondo
    UTIL- Kemba Walker
    UTIL- Ish Smith

    Bench: Kent Bazemore, Wesley Matthews, Elfrid Payton, Myles Turner
    Free Agents- Dieng, Covington, Booker, Bradley, JR Smith, Len, Gordon, Olynyk, Gibson, Nurkic

    As you can see there’s a bunch of solid free agents available so I was wondering which 4 you like the most going forward?

    Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks!

    • KingAndrus says:
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      @KingAndrus: Reggie Jackson* instead of Walker twice, my bad

      • Peter Kap

        Peter Kap says:
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        @KingAndrus: You’re right. There are a lot of solid players on the waiver wire. Of the free agents, I like Avery Bradley, Devin Booker, Robert Covington, Gorgui Dieng, and J.R. Smith the most going forward. If you have an IR spot, then Eric Gordon could be a nice stash, without wasting a roster spot.

        Since there’s so much depth, perhaps you can do a 2-for-1 trade to consolidate some of your players to pick up those guys.

  5. Jim says:
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    My Gallinari and Nance for his Carroll and Aminu in a dynasty league? Keep 18 guys, so depth is critical and waiver wire super thin. I have a nice points/3s lead. If not a good deal, would you say it’s close?

    • Peter Kap

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      @Jim: All the guys are relatively young and have upside, but I think Gallo would be the best player in the deal for me. He’s 27 so two years younger than Carroll and I just don’t see any of those guys averaging almost 20/5/3 like Gallo currently is. Add in Nance, who as the youngest, we haven’t even seen his potential, and that’s the side that I would want. Don’t get me wrong, Carroll and Aminu are solid fantasy players, but I don’t really see them playing any better than what they’ve already done.

  6. jcg says:
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    Whats up Pete?! Boban’s power comes from his ears!

    In 2nd place, so I can probably wait it out..but would you hold or drop Mirotic? (Thinking long term for this season)
    FAs: LaVine, Stanley J, Danny Green, Gary Harris, T Ross

    Can you think of any solid point guard targets for dealing away my Tyreke Evans?
    Schroder or Goodwin worth it or go for more?

    • jcg says:
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      @jcg: also Norris Cole available on the wire

      • Peter Kap

        Peter Kap says:
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        @jcg: Trading away Evans is going to be tough right now. There’s talk of a minutes restriction, shut down, etc. and he may be traded to a contender, complicating his value as well. So everyone knows he is a sell. Since his value is so low, you probably have to aim at Schroder or Goodwin, but that could change if he were able to return to the court and you wait a few games after he produces a little.

        As for Mitotic, I could go either way. I don’t have him on any of my teams, but I wouldn’t blame you for dropping him since it looks like he’ll be out for a few weeks. Since you’re in 2nd you have a little more flexibility to wait it out. Norris Cole or really any of those waiver wire guys would be good pickups, at least in the short term. There will also be some real life trades that will thrust backups in the limelight so pay attention to those as we near the deadline in February.

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