Injury Confirmation of the Night: Dwight Howard is out at least 10 days with a herniated disc. Not to brag, but it’s not the first time I’ve shared an injury/illness with an All Star. I’m sure the Magic medical staff has a lot of techniques, but when suggests that training in symptom and pain management are the first treatment options along with physical therapy, you can see why I’ve been dealing with my bulging (not quite fully herniated) disc for 5 years. Evidently there’s a treatment that can be done in 30 minutes, and while the name “discectomy” is not only hard to pronounce and makes it sound like they’re removing the disc (which would seem like a very bad idea for a man with as much weight on his spine as DH, it actually only takes out enough of the disk to remove the swelling. And it’s kind of making me wonder if I should get that (the wikipedia page was only created in 2008, so I don’t think they had that readily available when I was first diagnosed).
Anyway – Howard probably won’t have any surgery until after the season since he should be able to basically rest a bit, get some physical therapy and just tough it out during the playoffs. Meanwhile, though Glen Davis (0.00 last night) is a must add for pretty much everyone. The dude has been Ballin’ Outta Control lately, adding 16 points (on 61% shooting), 9 rebounds, and 1 steal last night. He did have 4 turnovers, but you can’t quibble too much knowing that he should have another monster game going against the Cavs on Sunday. If your league goes into the next week, then you’ve got at least 4 more games from him even if Dwight comes back for the last 2 games of the season.
Line of the Night: As Greg pointed out Marcus Camby (2.28) started off with a strong first quarter and while he only added 6 points and 8 rebounds in the subsequent 3 quarters, he ended up with 14 points, 18 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks, and the Line of the Night. If Houston can keep him around next year, Camby could be back to his old (risk-laden) fantasy stud form. He’s at #85 on the year right now.
Honorable Mentions: I dropped Drew Gooden (2.00) in one league this week thinking that Channing Frye was a better fit for my small ball team. Well, Gooden is proving me wrong because even with only 5 minutes against the Knicks, after last night’s 26 points (12-18 from the field), 5 rebounds, and 8 assists, he is definitely better than Frye this week, and right ahead of Camby at #84 on the Player Rater.
I’m just going to leave these next few guys as a list, because honestly, what good is it to you that guys who are owned the majority of leagues are playing well at this poing?
- Brandon Knight (1.87) 25 points (5-5 from the line), 5 rebounds, 8 assists
- Chris Bosh (1.82) 18 points (8-11 from the field), 7 rebounds, 3 steals
- Marcin Gortat (1.80) 20 points (10-15 from the field), 15 rebounds, 2 blocks
- Dirk Nowitzki (1.79) 24 points (4 threes, 4-4 from the line), 9 rebounds
- Kris Humphries (1.76) 18 points (4-4 from the line), 13 rebounds, 2 steals
- Nicolas Batum (1.75) 20 points (3 threes), 8 rebounds, 2 steals
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: If you need some small ball stats for Sunday, J.R. Smith (1.98) seems like a good pickup after his 23 points (4 threes, 9-15 from the field), 6 assists, and 2 steals (35% owned).
Pick Up Lines: MarShon Brooks (1.83) is evidently not going to let New Jersey tank fully as his 22 points (9-15 from the field), 6 rebounds, and 4 assists (33% owned) demonstrates. Hard to say how he’ll do on the SEGABABA today against Boston, though… and NJ only has 5 games in the last week+ of the season…
ATL blew out ORL so Jannero Pargo (1.77) got a bunch of extra playing time and ended up with 17 points (5 threes, 6-10 from the field), and 3 steals (0% owned). Yeah, you read that right 0%. Let’s keep it that way.
Baron Davis (1.24) finally had a pretty decent game for the Knicks with 18 points (4 threes, 7-9 from the field), and 2 steals (18% owned). I think it’s too little, too late from him for fantasy owners at this point. Same for Gerald Green (1.22), who had 23 points (4 threes, 8-13 from the field), and 2 steals (25% owned) and is in the same position as MarShon Brooks with the back-to-back against Boston and only 5 more games after that.
A real pick-up option would be Brandan Wright (1.14) who had 13 points (60% FG), 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks. He’s averaging 13 and 7 with 2 blocks and 1 steal over the past 4 games, and Dallas plays on Sunday.
Sorry this is so short, but unless you want to trust Linas Kleiza or have another go with Bismack Biyombo, there’s not much out there from last night.
Biggest Loser: Tyreke Evans (-1.14) got himself into foul trouble and scored a career-low 2 points in 13 minutes, adding only 1 rebound, 1 assist, and going 1-5 from the field. Meanwhile, on the other side of the ball, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook threw down some beastly dunks. I think Isaiah Thomas (if that’s him) got a piece of Durant’s alley-oop to Westbrook and Westy still reached back to get it and throw it down. Ouch.
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.
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