But if you look at the lines below, a lot of other people have performances to be thankful for too. It’s like these guys knew that they had a day off today or something…
Comeback Line of the Night: Kevin Love (1.31) came back with only the 24th best performance of the night. Out of 289 players. You see why we said he was still worth a first round pick? Oh, you need to know his actual line? 34 points on 12 of 25 from the field (only 2-9 for three, but that’s still 2 threes), 14 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block. He did have 3 turnovers, please forgive him, and he only shot 8-14 from the line. We’ll chalk that one up to rust. Of course, Love’s return wasn’t enough for the Wolves to get the win in Denver, but I’m sure that the Nuggets, along with the Mavs, Jazz, Suns and Blazers are not very thankful for Love’s impressive return. I don’t think Dante Cunningham is too thankful either, as he went back to 20 minutes and irrelevance…
Line of the Night: Paul George (2.96) bombed his way to the top using overtime to make 9 threes, going 13-21 from the field to end with 37 points and 4 assists.
Honorable Mentions: Roy Hibbert (1.85) also took advantage of Indiana’s overtime game to log a triple-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 blocks! He also had 2 steals. He’s up to #96 on the Player Rater and climbing fast. No more complaining about him, okay? On the other side of this first of 4 overtime games, Ryan Anderson (1.84) had 17 points (5 threes), 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks.
Let’s get serious for second. What does Jason Kidd (2.77) think he’s doing? He was supposed to be all but dead. That’s why the Mavericks let him go, and now he’s scoring 17 points (5 threes, 5-8 from the field), with 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals. That is some vintage-ass Jason Kidd right there. And the Knicks are tied for the second best record in the league. Amare who? (Of course, they lost the one last night to Dallas, so maybe vintage Jason Kidd just wanted to show off for the team that cast him off)
Kevin Durant (2.09) and the Thunder went to Overtime to beat the Lakers, giving Durant some extra time to score 35 points (including an amazing 19-21 from the line), with 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals. Kobe Bryant (1.67) scored 38 points with 5 threes and 2 steals.
In case you missed it, Kyle Lowry (1.81) is back. He’s dropped to #6 on the Player Rater, though, with only 21 points (4 threes), 8 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks last night. Sorry dude. That’s what happens when Kevin Love comes back, Kobe is playing under D’Antoni, and LeBron James (1.71) and the Heat have to go to overtime to beat the Bucks. James had a near triple-double with 28 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists. And right behind Lowry, playing in overtime against James was Brandon Jennings (1.62) who had 19 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 steals to hang on to the #7 spot. It’s a whole new world out there now Lowry. What a difference a few games makes.
In the last overtime game of the night (probably not chronologically, just in this recap), Josh Smith (1.73) had 25 points, 12 rebounds, 2 steals, and 4 blocks. He even shot 58% from the field and was 3-3 from the line!
Finally, Goran Dragic (1.73) deserves a mention for his 15 points, 8 assists, and 3 steals.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Come on people! Alonzo Gee (1.60) should be picked up! He is #84 on the Player Rater after 14 points (4 threes), 6 rebounds, and 3 blocks, but he’s only 24% owned! What are people in the other 76% of leagues doing????
Pick Up Lines: Robin Lopez (1.57) really wants to be another must add. Last night he went 3-17 from the field, but made it 21 points with 15-17 from the line. He added 13 rebounds, 2 steals, and 4 blocks to try to make a case as some sort of Bizzaro Small Ball Center. I’m not sure if anyone’s going to buy that… but at #98 on the Player Rater, his ownership rate should be higher than 28%.
The Spurs may be winning, but they’re struggling to find a stable Center presence to go alongside Tim Duncan. Last night Tiago Splitter (1.41) got 25 minutes and scored 23 points (9-11 from the field, 5-5 from the line), with 2 steals (4% owned). Since DeJuan Blair is still starting and Boris Diaw has logged some significant minutes this season, I’d wait to see how this plays out.
Matt Barnes (1.40) played 43 minutes for the Clippers (against the Thunder no less), starting for LAC and going into overtime to score 19 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 steals (3% owned). With Caron Butler out with a strained shoulder, it looks like Barnes is a must add WW player.
Vince Carter (1.34) has been very up and down this year, but if you have a daily changes league, might be worth picking up to play while he’s hot. Hopefully you can grab another game where he scores 25 points with 5 threes (37% owned).
With Kyrie Irving out for 4 weeks, Jeremy Pargo (1.27) appears to be the another must-add player after he went for 28 points (4 threes) with 5 rebounds and 4 assists (2% owned). Of course, since he’s only played 24 minutes this whole season before last night’s 38 minute outing, who knows what kind of stats he’ll actually put up for the next 4 weeks…
Rasheed Wallace (1.27) is another New York Zombie, putting up 11 points (3 threes), 7 rebounds, and 2 steals (3% owned). He did that in only 17 minutes, though, after going 2-8 for 6 and 7 in the previous game. Not a must-add…
Biggest Loser: I am glad that I benched Jeremy Lin (-1.03) for Kyle Korver this week, because while Korver has only shot 40%, Lin followed up a 33% shooting night with 22% last night, ending with 4 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 5 turnovers (2-9 from the field). The shooting and turnovers would be acceptable if there were the assists there with them… He’s still averaging 6.8 in the last week, but he’s shooting 29% with 3.5 turnovers to go along with that…
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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