WEDNESDAY 26TH FEBRUARY 2014
THE BEST PLAYER EVER, TONIGHT
Kyrie Irving, PG, Cleveland Cavaliers:
31 points (10-19 FG, 7-7 FT), 4 threes, 5 rebounds, 9 assists, 4 steals, 0 blocks, 3 turnovers
Somehow, the Cavaliers are one of the hotter teams in the NBA and it’s Kyrie Irving carrying them. They pulled the upset against the Thunder on Wednesday and the massive line you see above was the major factor. Irving has picked up his game in the past 6-8 weeks and is the 18th ranked player in the past month. In no way does that equate with his preseason projection, but it’s a big improvement on the sort of rubbish Irving was putting up in the season’s first few months.
Rest of the top 10:
- Andre Drummond
- Kevin Durant
- DeAndre Jordan
- Monta Ellis
- Mo Williams
- Brandan Wright
- Wesley Johnson
- DeMarre Carroll
- Nikola Vucevic
WAIVER WIRE LINE OF THE NIGHT
Mo Williams, PG/SG, Portland Trail Blazers (3.5% owned):
21 points (8-13 FG, 2-2 FT), 3 threes, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, 0 blocks, 2 turnovers
Williams has really started coming on in the past two weeks, ranking 111th in the past two weeks while averaging 14.2 points per game. The Blazers’ bench is weak and Williams is by far the best player and he can contribute to fantasy teams in leagues of 14 teams of deeper.
YOUNG GUN OF THE NIGHT
Andre Drummond, PF/C, Detroit Pistons:
16 points (7-12 FG, 2-2 FT), 0 threes, 17 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks, 0 turnovers
When I mentioned yesterday that this award would continue to be shared between Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis, I forgot about the beast from the Motor City. Drummond is having a break out season and looks like the best player n the Pistons’ roster. As an added bonus, he hit both of his free throw attempts.
THE STINKER – First Annual Joe Johnson Award For Outstanding Achievement In The Field Of Mediocrity
Stephen Curry, PG/SG, Golden State Warriors:
5 points (2-10 FG, 0-0 FT), 1 three, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 0 steals, 0 blocks, 5 turnovers
This whole performance from the Warriors could’ve been nominated here, but it’s Curry that gets the — ahem — victory. This a blip, or more accurately a BLIP, and Curry will be back to is best before too long.
NEWS & NOTES FROM AROUND THE ASSOCIATION
Shannon Brown has joined the Knicks on a 10-day contract, but he’ll hardly be their saviour or your fantasy team’s.
The Danny Granger buy-out is done and it’s looking like he will join the Clippers when he clears waivers on Friday. He’ll challenge for minutes at small forward, reducing Matt Barnes and Jared Dudley‘s value and will also help if Jamal Crawford is to miss any time.
Speaking of Jamal Crawford, he left Wednesday’s game with a strained calf. We don’t know if he will miss any time.
LeBron James should be ready to go for Thursday’s game against the Knicks.
Kawhi Leonard made his long-awaited return and played very well. He obviously must be owned.
Marcus Thornton made his Nets’ debut on Wednesday after suffering a bout of food poisoning.
Jared Sullinger missed another game n Wednesday with a concussion, making it three straight he’s had to sit out.
Kelly Olynyk also missed for Boston with a toe injury, which is a blow for owners as he was set for big minutes with Sullinger out.
Goran Dragic didn’t suit up for Phoenix after hurting his ankle on Tuesday. Ish Smith started in his place and if Dragic is to miss any more time, Smith becomes a nice spot start option.
Dirk Nowitzki hurt his shoulder early in Dallas’ game, but returned to the court and looks like this is a non-issue.
Thomas Robinson was unable to play on Wednesday with a knee injury and the Blazers are really hurting for bug men.
Anthony Davis suffered a shoulder sprain and was unable to play out the game. We don’t know the severity yet, but he is travelling with the team for Friday’s game. If he misses time, Alexis Ajinca is a good spot start option.
Brandon Jennings left Wednesday’s game with a toe injury and is doubtful for next game. He’d been outplayed by Will Bynum in the past few games anyway and Bynum will be a great DFS option if Jennings isn’t able to suit up.
Most Points – Kyrie Irving, PG, Cleveland Cavaliers – 31
Irving is only slightly behind his scoring average of last season (21.4 vs 22.5) and is likely like he may get up to that number before the season expires.
Most Threes – Jerryd Bayless, PG/SG, Boston Celtics – 5
Bayless scored 29 points including those five threes, in what was clearly a season best performance. What’s even more impressive is that this was done with Rajon Rondo in the lineup. Bayless has thrived in Boston since the trade with Memphis.
Most Rebounds – Andre Drummond, PF/C, Detroit Pistons – 17
Joakim Noah, C, Chicago Bulls – 17
Noah also scored eight points and dished seven dimes, with a steal and a block. In the last month, Noah’s numbers are ridiculous, scoring 13.2 points, grabbing 11.9 rebounds and dishing an incredible 6.2 assists per game. He is pretty much an elite fantasy centre now.
Most Assists – Jameer Nelson, PG, Orlando Magic – 12
Nelson has been quite good this season with assists, averaging 6.8 dimes per game. He also scored 16 points with two triples and grabbed six boards.
Most Steals – Monta Ellis, PG/SG, Dallas Mavericks – 4
Kyrie Irving, PG, Cleveland Cavaliers – 4
A huge game from Ellis, scoring 23 points with four threes and seven assists, which is disappointing considering I’m playing against him in a playoff matchup this week.The effient shooting of earlier this season has tailed off a lot recently.
Most Blocks – Elton Brand, PF/C, Atlanta Hawks – 5
Brand has been nothing short of amazing since assuming the starting role when Gustavo Ayon went down with an injury. Brand also had 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists and is a top level source of blocks off the waiver-wire.
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