There were worries coming into the season that LaMarcus Aldridge was a slightly risky pick as he underwent a procedure to treat a “heart issue”. Admittedly, I was one of the few who were scared away by the news and during my first fantasy draft I totally missed out on an opportunity to pair him with my first-round picked Pau Gasol! I rectified that in the LAST snake draft I did (one week into the season). After a string of solid performances, plus last night’s Line of the Night: LaMarcus Aldridge (2.57) had 28 points (8-8 from the line – we love his freethrow shooting, don’t we?), while grabbing 8 rebounds, dishing 4 assists, and collecting 4 steals. At this point, there’s no doubt that the issue was a minor one and he’s now ready to dominate fantasy leagues all over the place. A slam dunk!
Phoenix made short work of the Bogut-less Bucks. No one else on the Suns’ squad benefited more than Marcin Gortat (2.39) who just bullied the heck out of Drew Gooden with 18 points (9-10 from the field) and 7 boards, while also doing it on the defensive end, adding 2 steals and 3 rejections.
Ryan Anderson (1.90) was the big guy for Orlando as Dwight Howard wallowed in what seemed like perpetual foul trouble. Until the Howard trade drama is over and done with, we can still expect Ryan to deliver lines like these every now and then. But once one or even two teams end up gutting their rosters for D12, we cannot guarantee to see 19 points (3 threes), 11 rebounds, and 4 steals on a nightly basis from Anderson. Enjoy it while we can count on it.
If Kevin Love (1.85) isn’t lording it over everyone else by getting LOTN, we can expect him to an honorable mention. Well at least only on days when the Timberwolves are playing of course. I mean who can ignore 20 points, and 16 rebounds, with 3 steals? Anyone? Didn’t think so. While K-Love was winning rebounds for his owners, Kevin Durant (1.77) went on a freethrow shooting barrage (10-10 from the line) and boosted his owners’ FT% with extreme prejudice. Being Durant, he capped off the night in, well Durant-like fashion, scoring 21 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, and in a pleasant surprise dished 7 assists.
Tyreke Evans (1.73) led the Sacramento Kings with 28 points (10-16 from the field), 8 assists, and 2 steals. These are the kind of numbers owners are expecting from Reke and it would be nice to see him achieve these lines with some more regularity as the season progresses.
Speaking of needing regularity, Jason Richardson (1.72) woke up from the early season stupor he’s been in and piled on 22 points (3 threes), and 5 assists. It’s his second “decent” night, so we can hope that he’s finally getting his groove on. Hopefully this wasn’t just a case of him stepping up during Dwight’s off night. Guys in shallow leagues might want to check their FA pools for a lingering Richardson as many disgruntled owners were quick to throw him by the wayside as thanks for his atrocious start to the season.
Pau Gasol (1.62) out-dueled, baby bro Marc to the tune of 13 points (5-8 from the field), 15 boards, and 4 assists. Not only did he and the Lakers put a W stamp on their encounter with the young and tenacious Grizzlies, Pau showed that he could also channel his inner “Magic” Johnson with this classic Showtime throwback dime.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: In spite of Channing Frye having a night that didn’t make his owners gag and swallow just a little bit of their own vomit, Markieff Morris (2.17) (14% owned) showed that he’s legitimately got game and doesn’t need a Frye-implosion in order to deliver 13 points (3 threes), grab 10 rebounds, block 2 shots. He’s more than a deep-league recommendation now and should be considered in 12-man leagues, especially if you’re in the market for a combo-PF
Pick Up Lines: Matt Barnes (1.54) is now, according to Mike Brown the locked-in SF for the foreseeable future. This is actually his SECOND solid game and has further pushed thoughts of owning Metta Wordl Peace farther and farther from our consciousness (thank goodness!). Considering he was guarding Rudy Gay, Barnes was still able to contribute 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks (8% owned) I personally dropped a John Salmons in a 16-man league in favor of Matt and am hoping to see him rekindle some of his Phoenix-day splendor.
I know we mentioned Danny Green as an intriguing pick, but for consistency (at least in the immediate short term) Gary Neal (1.33) is the guy to pick as far as getting the solid fantasy production is concerned. Neal will be steady, but Green will have flashes of brilliance when he gets opportunities. Neal had 18 points in 28 minutes and still started. (15% owned)
Biggest Loser: Raymond Felton (-0.90) was just horrible! No wonder Aldridge had to make plays himself. Felton is a far cry from the New York Knick incarnation of himself and he had rare off nights like these back in NY. Still 2 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and 5 turnovers was not what his owners were expecting from him this season, even WITH calibrated expectations.
The guard log jam finally came out and bit someone in the butt and last night that guard was Ramon Sessions (-0.87) who was largely unimpressive with 8 points ( 2-8 from the field) while grabbing 2 rebounds and only sharing the rock once for 1 assist.
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.
State of the Portland Trail Blazers. Steve Lee our man with his pulse on the Trailblazers NBA Hoops beat is back with another edition of the Notebook. The December 31st, 2011 edition. For the 11th straight year the Blazers walked off the Rose Garden court with their hands raised in victory on opening night. LaMarcus Aldridge had 25, Gerald Wallace had 21, Jamal Crawford finished...
Welcome to our morning look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). Confession: I love Portlandia (the IFC comedy show). I really am going to love the episode where LaMarcus Aldridge makes a cameo. Kevin Garnett tells…
The Blazers looked tired last night as they only shot 32.5% from the floor while being outrebounded 47-38 by the Suns. LaMarcus Aldridge led the way for the Blazers last night with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist. Nicolas Batum filled up the stat sheet with 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocked shots in this game. Jamal Crawford only shot 3 of 14 from the...
The last time the Blazers looked this promising, LaMarcus Aldridge was just beginning to posterize Texas teenagers and a Lithuanian giant with a funny name was the team’s most exciting player.
Blazer fans have a lot to be optimistic about this year. For the first time since that fateful 1999-2000 season, (defined by the gut-wrenching image of the Kobe to Shaq one-handed alley...
Jason Green weighs in with his Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Portland Trailblazers Sunday NBA basketball Preview and a free nba prediction to boot. NBA odds favor the Blazers by 11. Jason points out the The Blazers had a combined 46 turnovers in consecutive games against the Nuggets and Clippers. Raymond Felton, Gerald Wallace, LaMarcus Aldridge, Anderson Varejao and Antawn Jamison lock horns.
Cavaliers (4-3) at Trail Blazers (5-2)
Tip-off: 9 p.m.
TV: FOX Sports Ohio HD, Cavaliers Live pre-game show at 8:30 p.m.
C Anderson Varejao vs. Marcus Camby
PF Antawn Jamison vs. LaMarcus Aldridge
SF Omri Caspi vs. Gerald Wallace
SG Anthony Parker vs. Wesley Matthews
PG Kyrie Irving vs. Raymond Felton
All-Time Series: Trail Blazers lead, 60-48, and have...
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The Oklahoma City Thunder became the first team this season to win all three games of a back-to-back-to-back situation (they're the 6th team so far to play three-straight). Meanwhile, the Lakers won their sixth...
Gerald Wallace scored 20 points, making a key 3-pointer with two minutes left, and the Portland Trail Blazers avenged a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on New Year's Day with a 105-97 victory on Tuesday night. LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points and seven rebounds for the Blazers, who have not lost in six games at home this season.
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