Boxscore Breakdown Day 122: Maple Syrup, Hockey and Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry

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THURSDAY 27TH FEBRUARY 2014

THE BEST PLAYER EVER, TONIGHT

Kyle Lowry, PG, Toronto Raptors:

18 points (6-18 FG, 5-7 FT), 1 three, 9 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals, 1 block, 2 turnovers

Lowry played a whopping 54 minutes in this triple overtime matchup, so that obviously skews his numbers a bit, but it’s hard to argue with a near triple double as the line of the night. The only downside is that Lowry again sprained his ankle — the fourth time he has sprained that same ankle in the last two years. He was able to play all three overtimes after injuring himself, so the injury isn’t too severe. Check his status before Sunday’s game.

Rest of the top 10:

  1. Marcin Gortat
  2. John Wall
  3. Khris Middleton
  4. Greivis Vasquez
  5. Paul George
  6. DeMar DeRozan
  7. Andray Blatche
  8. Shane Battier
  9. Brandon Knight

WAIVER WIRE LINE OF THE NIGHT

Khris Middleton, SF, Milwaukee Bucks (19.4% owned):

22 points (9-15 FG, 1-1 FT), 3 three-pointers, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 0 blocks, 1 turnover

Middleton as surprised this season and his fantasy value has only been capped by Larry Drew‘s increasingly frustrating rotations. He’s a top 100 guy for the season, so should be owned in all leagues and these scoring output with nice steal numbers is indicative of what he can do.

YOUNG GUN OF THE NIGHT

Khris Middleton, SF, Milwaukee Bucks

22 points (9-15 FG, 1-1 FT), 3 three-pointers, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 0 blocks, 1 turnover

THE STINKER – First Annual Joe Johnson Award For Outstanding Achievement In The Field Of Mediocrity

John Henson, PF/C, Milwaukee Bucks:

0 points (0-4 FG, 0-2 FT), 0 threes, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 0 steals, 1 block, 3 turnovers

Henson has been brutal of late — ranking 302nd in the past month. In spite of the absence of Larry Sanders, Henson has really struggled. He’s hit only 12.5% of his free throws in that time and averaged 8.9 points and 6.4 rebounds, with 1.6 blocks, and I’d probably be cutting him in 10 and 12 team leagues.

NEWS & NOTES FROM AROUND THE ASSOCIATION

Jimmer Fredette is likely to sign with the Chicago Bulls, but nothing has been finalised yet. He would be a decent scorer off the bench for the Bulls and is worth a look in deeper leagues.

Jason Collins looks as though he will sign for the remainder of the season with the Brooklyn Nets. He has no fantasy value.

Caron Butler is favoured to end up in Miami, but could also sign with the Thunder in the coming days. His value has gone now that he is out of Milwaukee.

Goran Dragic is probable for Friday’s game. If he misses, Ish Smith will start and provide good value.

Jamal Crawford has a mild calf strain and is questionable for th Clippers next game. I doubt he plays. Look for newly signed Danny Granger and Darren Collison to pick up the slack. Collison was really good on Wednesday when Crawford suffered the injury.

Ty Lawson and Kevin Seraphin both missed their respective contests on Thursday night. Seraphin is missing a prime opportunity with Nene out

Paul Millsap, who’s missed the last three games, is still considered questionable for Sunday’s game. Elton Brand and hopefully Mike Scott should take advantage.

Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin both scrimmaged for the Wolves on Thursday and could be in line to return on Saturday.

Jared Sullinger has been cleared to practice on Friday so it should be a mere formality that he is back starting in the Celtics’ next game.

Terrence Ross sprained his ankle during Thursday’s triple OT game against the Wizards. If he misses any time, John Salmons and Greivis Vasquez would get a bump in value.

Kyle Lowry also sprained his ankle, but played through the injury. We’ll have to monitor how it pulls up in the next few days to determine his status for Sunday.

George Hill bruised his shoulder on Thursday and is listed as day-to-day. If he misses, C.J. Watson will start and gets some deeper league value.

DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended for Friday’s game for throwing a punch at Rockets’ guard Patrick Beverley.

As mentioned above, Danny Granger has officially signed with the Clippers. He has no fantasy value, but it will be interesting to see what happens at small forward with Matt Barnes. Expect a platoon situation.

Boxscore Breakdown

Most Points – DeMar DeRozan, SG, Toronto Raptors – 34

DeRozan is becoming a genuine star in Toronto and also added six assists and two steals in the triple overtime game. He and Lowry look likely to lead the Raptors to the playoffs for the first time in years.

Most Threes – Greivis Vasquez, PG, Toronto Raptors – 4

Vasquez played a huge 38 minutes, scoring 26 points with eight assists and two steals and is worth a look in leagues due to the injuries to Kyle Lowry and Terrence Ross.

Most ReboundsTyson Chandler, C, New York Knicks – 16

Chandler took advantage of a small Miami front line, scoring 19 points to go along with the 16 boards. He had nothing else though, except a great field goal percentage.

Most AssistsKyle Lowry, PG, Toronto Raptors – 10

I’ve already spoken about how good Lowry was, and he is now averaging over eight dimes per game in the last month.

Most Steals – Andray Blatche, PF/C, Brooklyn Nets – 4

Blatche only played 17 minutes in the blowout, but still contributed nine points and nine boards and the four steals. He has given good steal numbers all season, but isn’t quite a must-own option.

Most BlocksMarcin Gortat, C, Washington Wizards – 4

The Polish Hammer was fantastic with 31 points and 12 rebounds and will look to carry the Wizards’ big men with Nene out for most likely the remainder of the regular season.

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