So I was at working my job logging highlights last night for the Brooklyn Nets at Dallas Mavericks (which was on the ESPN broadcast), and there were at least 20-30 updates/mentions/ohhhhh-ing and ahhhhh-ing about the Heat Cavs game where the Heat found themselves down more than 20 only to come back and win it. ¬†Jeff Van Gundy is like that annoying friend you keep around in your group – he does something funny half the time then irks you the other half. ¬†On the tip-off between Chris Kaman and Brook Lopez he said, and I’m paraphrasing, “that was the worst tip in NBA history, they shouldn’t be allowed to tip off ever again!” ¬†Pretty good stuff. ¬†Then, and admittedly I was checking the score too, all he and the other guy were talking about was the Heat game. ¬†What about the other fans? ¬†Even at halftime, the crew said they would give highlights for the Thunder game and Bill Simmons was like, “no I’m watching the Heat game.” ¬†I get it ESPN it was the biggest game of the night, but sheesh.
After a rough first half,¬†LeBron James¬†absolutely went off, ending his night with both a rainbow line and a triple-double going 8-22 FG (3-7 3PTM) 25 Pts 12 Rebs 10 Asts 3 Stls and 2 Blks. ¬†If that’s not gonna win you your first round of the playoffs, then you need better¬†ancillary¬†players! ¬†Ok so I’m a hypocrite and my open is all about the Heat game and nothing else… Let’s just dive right into other action:
Jonas Valanciunas –¬†Got a rainbow line of 18-8-2-2-2 in 31 minutes starting for the Raptors. ¬†Pretty close to the 20-10 I predicted for him¬†yesterday. ¬†Creeping up into probably should be owned territory. ¬†Not quite in must own. ¬†Shoots efficiently, a good free throw shooter (6-6 last night at the line), and will do enough in other categories.
Byron Mullens –¬†It’s the ghost of Christmas past! ¬†After getting benched, missing time with injury, and being shunned like the kid who picks his nose, Mullens returned to the fantasy¬†discussion¬†with 7-11 FG (3-4 3PTM) 25 Pts 5 Rebs 2 Asts 2 Stls and 3 Blks. ¬†Rainbow it up! ¬†Played 28 minutes last night and 30 the game before and was owned virtually everywhere in the first half this season. ¬†Another big to probably pick back up.
Wayne Ellington –¬†With¬†Kyrie Irving¬†and¬†Dion Waiters¬†out, the Cavs chose to start Ellington over C.J. Miles and it played big dividends with an almost win against the Heat. ¬†Wayne went 7-17 and played a whopping 41 minutes, hitting 3 3’s and a 20-7-4-1 line. ¬†Yesterday I said “[Ellington would be] getting lots of shots in this one]” ¬†That’s me quoting me! ¬†Definitely worth an add while Waiters is out.
Kyle O’Quinn –¬†Played 25 minutes off the bench with¬†Nikola Vucevic¬†out. ¬†Use those minutes wise, young one! ¬†Went 12-14-4. ¬†If Vuc is out Friday and you’re in a super deep league, you might hit a double-double with the Irishman. ¬†Ok so I doubt he’s really Irish….
Raymond Felton – Gets a fantasy bitch slap from me. ¬†Got him at a good price in a few leagues, made me look like a genius early on, then he gets hurt, then he puts out games like last night. ¬†7-2-4-1 with 1 three. ¬†Ugly.
Monta Ellis –¬†In a battle to out-ugly each other, Ellis went 2-14 for only 5 Pts in 40 minutes against the Hawks. ¬†He’ll be fine.
Devin Harris –¬†Actually made use of his starting nod last night, going 15-1-6-2 with a 3. ¬†6-7 at the free throw line as well shows he was driving some. ¬† Also the 39 minutes are encouraging. ¬†Still don’t buy his fantasy vitality yet, but if he’s gonna play 40-ish minutes a night, you gotta take notice.
Jerryd Bayless –¬†The flavor of the week from December now has double-digit points in four straight and put up 20 last night. ¬†A little paltry in other categories, but his 28 minutes led the Grizz bench by far off the pine and deep league owners should take notice.
Jeff Green –¬†Back to the bench and a sigh of despair from all those who nabbed him. ¬†27 minutes 4-8 FG 13 Pts 2 Rebs 1 Stl 1 Blk. ¬†Still worth owning, but don’t expect the Edna eruptions. ¬†I hate getting that in crosswords now, if it’s 4 letters and anything about volcanoes we know what it is!
Gordon Hayward –¬†It’s good to get some stuff right! ¬†I expected him to score at least 20¬†and he went 9-15 FG (3-4 3PTM) 27 Pts 8 Rebs 2 Asts and a steal. ¬†42 minutes as the starter as well. ¬†Gotta love the raging Mormon doing his thing! (No idea if he’s Mormon).
Jeremy Lin –¬†Has flashes of that stroke he had in New York last year, and now has 20+ Pts in 3 straight. ¬†With all the hype died down, he might be a good value next year in drafts.
Brook Lopez¬†– As stated in the open, I watched this game and Lopez was downright unreal. ¬†I know that’s hard to articulate in words since he is a little oaf-ish, but owned the paint, owned the boards, pretty much owned the Mavs. ¬†15-22 FG (8-10 FT) 38 Pts 11 Rebs 1 Ast 1 Stl and 2 Blks. ¬†If he stays healthy he could be a hall-of-fame big man. ¬†Gus Ayonin!
Kawhi Leonard –¬†My boyfriend went 4-7 FG (1-2 3PTM) 4 Rebs and only 1 Blk as his stats for only 9 Pts in 33 mins. ¬†Ugh. ¬†Still think he’s a premiere player.
Next Game:¬†I lucked out and get the¬†Pistons @ Heat¬† Friday night. ¬†See if the Heat get it to 25. ¬†I’ll definitely be tweeting during that one as the whole sports community will be…. ¬†Shoot your comments below!