Found November 09, 2012 on Give Me The Rock:
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. *** Daily rankings and stats come from the GMTR H2H Player Rater (beta version). They are based on the stat Wins Above Replacement Player (WARP) an estimate of the number of wins a player produces per week in H2H leagues over a replacement (waiver wire) player. Do not miss a day of the Fantasy NBA. Subscribe to Give Me The Rock right now. You can also get bonus (and easily digestible) content by following GMTR on Twitter, or become a fan of GMTR on Facebook! We are so social! If you like what you read here, come back every day for new content! And if you come back every day, please consider donating… Want to see your ad in the GMTR RSS feed? Contact: givemetherock@gmail.com
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Serge Ibaka Blows Into Russ Westbrook’s Ear, Presented Without Comment

The below video is a quick glimpse of Serge Ibaka blowing into Russell Westbrook’s ear. Enjoy. video via @dailythunder Article found on: Cosby Sweaters

Martin feeling right at home with Thunder

He's not the reigning Sixth Man of the Year. Or even the reigning Player of the Week. Don't ask Kevin Martin to grow that beard. Just ask him to score. That he can do. "He's a terrific scorer," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "He scores in many ways. He's a 3-point shooter. He's a mover. He gets to the free throw line." Martin arrived in...

Thunder Reveal New, Unexciting Alternate Uniform

Pictured above are Nick Collison, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Serge Ibaka.  What they’re wearing is Oklahoma City’s new, different, and completely unexciting navy blue alternate uniform.  The uniform looks like something an unartistic child would design with MS Paint, and will make its unfortunate debut on Friday night. The Thunder are just the latest of many teams...

Last Known Footage Of Kevin Durant And James Harden Hanging Out As Teammates

Click here to view the embedded video. Here’s Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant rapping at Fright Fest in Oklahoma City on October 26th, with party host James Harden practically attached to his hip. The video is a perfect snapshot of the closeness of the Thunder squad, capturing the Big Three’s very real camaraderie, while a full season’s worth of expectations danced...

Oklahoma City Thunder players star in car commercial, Kendrick Perkins won't sing (Video)

Since the dawn of the NBA, players and local automotive companies have joined together to create promotional ads and commercials.The latest and greatest stars members of the Oklahoma City Thunder (Reggie Jackson, Thabo Sefalosha, Serge Ibaka, Nick Collison, and Kendrick Perkins) speaking on behalf of the folks at Norman Automotive.If we learn anything from the below clip, Kendrick...

Turnovers becoming a problem for Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY - Somewhere lost along the way of the James Harden talk and the chemistry and temperature of the Thunder, there are some real issues that need to be addressed. Like when is this team going to start holding onto the ball? But maybe it doesn't even matter. Twenty turnovers against Atlanta, 17 against Toronto and a ridiculous average of more than 17 per game so...

Starting 5: Durant drops Bulls

Every morning, we will give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day. BREAKING: LAKERS FIRE MIKE BROWN 1: Durant does it again Kevin Durant. Do I need to say anything more? Durant took over the final moments of the fourth quarter in Chicago, making several difficult shots to sink the Bulls and secure a win for the Thunder. Durant scored...

Durant, Thunder win in Chicago again

Kevin Durant scored eight of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Chicago Bulls 97-91 on Thursday night. Durant iced the game with an off-balance jumper off one foot with 35.1 seconds to play. Serge Ibaka scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half, and had a team-high nine rebounds for the Thunder, who beat the Bulls for the third time in...

Durant helps Thunder edge Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) -- Kevin Durant scored eight of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Chicago Bulls 97-91 on Thursday night. Durant iced the game with an off-balance jumper off one foot with 35.1 seconds to play. Serge Ibaka scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half, and had a team-high nine rebounds for the Thunder, who beat the Bulls for the...

Pistons-Thunder Preview

Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder opened a four-game stretch against Central Division opponents with a comeback victory. There may not be a need for heroics in the next one. Durant and the Thunder have won six straight against the visiting Detroit Pistons, who will likely be hard-pressed to avoid their worst start in 33 years Friday night. Oklahoma City (3-2) trailed...

Shootaround: Thunder and lightning

Oklahoma City Thunder (2-2) vs. Chicago Bulls (3-1) 8 p.m./TNT The Thunder and the Bulls remain two of the top teams in the league despite the changes to the roster that happened to both rosters. The Thunder are still adjusting to life without James Harden and Kevin Martin appears to be settling in. The Bulls are settled in because they are a veteran team and they have found...

Thunder 105, Pistons 94

OKLAHOMA CITY -- When a team is looking for its first win of the season, it needs a lot of things to go right. One of those is for its opponent to come out flat and disinterested. The Detroit Piston were not that lucky Friday when it took on the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder played down to its competition once already this year. It was not going to let it happen again. It...

Thunder keeps Pistons winless

OKLAHOMA CITY -- When a team is looking for its first win of the season, it needs a lot of things to go right. One of those is for its opponent to come out flat and disinterested. The Detroit Pistons were not that lucky Friday when they took on the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder played down to its competition once already this year. It was not going to let it happen again...
NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.