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Line of the Night: It’s amazing what Serge Ibaka (1.77) can do in 37 minutes on the court. Thunder Coach Scott Brooks shortened up his rotation against the Bulls last night (only going 9 deep) and the result was a season high in minutes for Ibaka and 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. It’s Ibaka’s best game so far this season and here is hoping the extra playing time becomes a trend for Ibaka moving forward.
Honorable Mentions: Nicolas Batum (1.45) was everywhere against the Clippers, showing what a multi-category beast he can be by scoring 23 points, with 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 3 threes. Too bad the rest of his team wasn’t quite as dynamic in a 103-90 loss to the Clippers.
Chris Paul (1.40) led the Clippers with 21 points, 6 assists and 3 steals, while DeAndre Jordan (1.04) continued to play well with 21 points and 8 rebounds (and even hit his first free throws of the year). Also, sixth man extraordinaire Jamal Crawford (1.19) bounced back from a bad game with yet another strong performance that included 25 points in 29 minutes. Be prepared for some streaky shooting from Crawford – and when his shot isn’t falling he looks really, really bad – but he will be worth owning in most leagues until Chauncey Billups gets back on the court (and possibly even after that).
Luol Deng (1.27) led the Bulls with 27 points, going 3-6 from three for his first multi three point game of the season.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: With only two games last night, there is not a lot to choose from, although Richard Hamilton (1.00) had a relatively strong 20 point, 8 rebound, 2 steal game. His minutes have ranged anywhere from 19 to last night’s 35, so he’s probably not going to be consistent enough for 12 team leagues or less, but it can play in a deeper league if you are in need of a scorer.
Pick Up Lines: A season high 24 minutes off the bench for rookie Meyers Leonard (0.77), who finished with 8 points and 6 rebounds against the Clippers. His minutes have been trending in the right direction, although he’s raw enough that I’d consider him a guy simply to watch at the moment.
Kirk Hinrich (0.43) had his first double-digit scoring game of the season, finishing with a paltry 12 points and 5 assists. At 40% owned, Hinrich is probably hanging out there in many leagues the best point guard available on waivers and can make a passable PG in the right situation or with the right schedule. The shooting can be downright painful at times, but he does bring steals, threes and rebounds to the table – and keeps his turnovers low.
Injury Update: Looks like Anthony Davis could be cleared to return to the Hornets lineup tonight after sitting out two games with a mild concussion, according to the The Times Picayune.
Biggest Loser: No truly horrific performances in either of the two games last night. Carlos Boozer (-0.45) did shoot just 3-9 from the field and turned the ball over 5 times, but did grab 11 rebounds in his 30 minutes on the court.
J.J. Hickson (-0.26) was also relatively quiet in 23 minutes against the Clippers, scoring 5 points and grabbing 5 rebounds without doing much else. Meyers Leonard could eventually cut into Hickson’s minutes, but for now he should continue to get his 25 a game and be a nightly double-double threat.
Although he’s only owned in 31% of leagues, Nate Robinson (-0.87) played just 12 minutes for the Bulls last night and shot 1-6 from the floor, finishing with 2 points and 2 assists. Robinson is going to be a tough player to own because of his minutes situation, as a backup he could easily get under 20 minutes of run in any game.
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