Line of the Night: The big multi-cat contributor we call Gerald Wallace (3.12) showed that he’ll do what he always does no matter where he goes with 24 points (2 threes; 8-9 from the line), 18 rebounds, 5 assists, 6 steals, and 1 block. Obviously it was the 18 rebounds and 6 steals that put him ahead of the pack last night (and let’s also remember the Nets are playing without Brook Lopez and let Gerald Green onto the floor for 26 minutes). But still, there were 12 games last night, so to break WARP 3 with that many players competing is a pretty impressive accomplishment.
Honorable Mentions: Carmelo Anthony (2.73) hogged the ball all the way to 36 points (24 shots from the field; 13-14 from the line), 9 rebounds, 5 steals, 2 blocks, and a 10 point loss to Atlanta. Too bad his contract will keep him from joining Steve Nash in Miami next year. Speaking of Miami, Dwyane Wade (2.65) scored 30 points (12-19 from the field), with 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals. Chris Bosh (2.53) also had 30 points (11-18 from the field, 8-8 from the line), with 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks.
Brandon Jennings (2.42) seems to be doing okay since the Bucks traded for Monta Ellis. He scored another 28 points (3 threes, 11-17 from the field), with 6 assists and 4 steals. Despite 32 minutes, Ellis didn’t fare quite as well with only 13 points on 37% shooting and 5 rebounds.
Chris Paul (2.32) did his thing with 20 points (8-13 from the field), 14 assists, and 4 steals. He’s not tied for 3rd on the season with Kevin Love.
Joakim Noah (1.78) returned to doing his thing after a few games where he took it easy and let Luol Deng take over. Noah scored 19 points (7-11 from the field), grabbed 12 rebounds, dished 4 assists, and blocked 2 shots. Ryan Anderson (1.70) also got back to doing his thing after a few crap games with 21 points (3 threes, 6-6 from the line), and 6 rebounds.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Marcus Camby (2.24) got the start and played 36 minutes against Marc Gasol (granted, he was coming off an injury) and ended with 7 points, 16 rebounds, 2 steals, and 6 blocks (43% owned). Houston got the win, so I think that may have settled the Camby/Dalembert battle.
Pick Up Lines: Just a quick reminder: Marvin Williams (1.61) is that guy who plays for the Hawks who shows up about every 3rd game and has a line like 13 points (5-5 from the line), 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks (16% owned).
Charles Jenkins (1.55) got another start for the Warriors, even with Nate Robinson back in action (relatively: he only played 11 minutes). Jenkins had 18 points (5-5 from the line), 12 assists, and 2 steals (4% owned), so maybe the Warriors are grooming him as a less expensive (or more effective) option to Robinson. If you are in a daily changes league, he’s probably worth a shot. Not sure that I’d chance him over a whole week, though – especially in the playoffs.
Another guy to keep an eye out for: Cartier Martin (1.30). In his second game of the season, Martin played 26 minutes, scoring 20 points (4 threes, 8-12 from the field), with 6 rebounds (0% owned). Martin is the kind of guy who pops up every season and some games, some better than others, but he can be relevant given enough time. The Wizards went small against a relatively short 76ers team, but after 19 minutes against a taller Indiana team in a much closer game, Martin only needs one more game to qualify as legit.
Biggest Loser: Jrue Holiday (-1.17) faltered after a string of very solid games with only 4 points on 2-8 from the field with 1 rebound and 4 assists. Not as highly owned, but much more talked about: Wilson Chandler (-1.09) also had a misstep after starting off with 6 solid games. Chandler managed only 6 points, 3 rebounds, and 5 turnovers. I’d continue to both of them, though, those two games aside.
In The Bonus: Yahoo has a guide to the Final Four for NBA fans. This is especially good for me since I think I’ve paid less attention to college ball this year that in any other. Time to cram for the NBA Draft exam…
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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