With the large amount of games on the slate last night, surprisingly it turned out to be a relatively low-scoring night in the daily fantasy world.
In case you missed the late night game between the Lakers and Suns, the Lakers blew a late lead once again after being up the entire game. Michael Beasley played like a man possessed, scoring 27 points on 12/20 shooting, with 6 rebounds and 5 steals. If you were one of the few who picked him, congrats, but consistency has always been an issue for him.
The Rondo-less era began last night in Boston where the C’s took on Sacramento and dominated them the whole game. Coach Doc Rivers showed that he wants to get Jason “The Jet” Terry back on track by giving him 22 minutes, and he responded by posting 12 Pt, 4 Ast & 2 Reb. Courtney Lee and Avery Bradley maintained their starting roles, playing 26 & 29 minutes, respectively. Bradley put up much better numbers, though, and Lee showed his inconsistency once again. For all of us who thought Leandro Barbosa was going to provide great energy and spark off the bench (me), we were very wrong. Barbosa looked very out of place when on the floor, racking up 3 turnovers and only 7 points in 15 minutes. On a side note, new starting PF Jared Sullinger left the game after just 4 minutes with back spasms and did not return. Brandon Bass picked up the majority of the slack.
Moving on to the Clippers @ Minnesota game, Blake Griffin (26 Pt & 13 Reb) & Eric Bledsoe (10 Pt, 10 Ast & 6 Stl) both continued to carry the load without CP3, as they squeaked out a victory on the road. Nikola Pekovic looked very solid in his first game back from injury for the Timberwolves, posting 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Danillo Galinari stayed hot at home against the Rockets last night, going for 27 Pts, 5 Reb & 2 Ast. Ty Lawson had a very quiet game despite racking up 33 minutes, only scoring 16 points with 4 assists.
Looking ahead to tonight, with only two games on the table, finding value is usually much more difficult. The Thunder will be taking on the Grizzlies without Rudy Gay and will have to find someone else to pick up the slack. Although the trade is official, none of the players acquired will be playing in tonight’s game, leaving a gaping hole in the Grizzlies starting rotation.
Dallas will take on Golden State in the late game in what’s expected to be the higher scoring game of the night by a good margin. Steph Curry, Carl Landry and Harrison Barnes are all game time decisions for the Warriors, while Chris Kaman is out indefinitely with concussion-like symptoms for the Mavs.
Picks of the Night:
Kevin Durant – With the Grizzlies having essentially no starting SF for the night, who is going to try and guard KD? The key word here is “try.” If this game stays close, KD will be sure to put up monster numbers as usual.
Jarret Jack – As long as Steph Curry is out of the lineup, keep riding J-Jack all day.
Draymond Green – If Harrison Barnes and Carl Landry don’t play, look for Green to pick up the slack. Although it was Richard Jefferson who drew the start last game when those two were out, it was Green who made the bigger fantasy impact.
Elton Brand – The Mavs will be without Chris Kaman indefinitely, meaning more minutes for Brand. Before last game (when Bernard James started & Brand picked up two quick fouls), Brand had been putting up very serviceable numbers based on his price. The Mavs are going to need size to deal with Andrew Bogut and David Lee, and on a night like tonight with so few players for the picking, you’re going to have to take some risks to reap the rewards.