Boxscore Breakdown Day 123: Fear The Brow

Anthony Davis

Photo: Keith Allison

FRIDAY 28TH FEBRUARY 2014

THE BEST PLAYER EVER, TONIGHT

Anthony Davis, PF/C, New Orleans Pelicans:

32 points (14-18 FG, 4-4 FT), 0 threes, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 1 block, 1 turnover

For a guy who was considered questionable to play, Anthony Davis put up a monster performance in over 40 minutes of action. If you were brave enough to play Davis in a daily fantasy league, you probably would’ve gone close to being in the money. The shooting numbers here are insane and if you’ve been reading my stuff or listening to the podcast, you’ll know exactly how I feel about Davis for the long term.

Rest of the top 10:

  1. Stephen Curry
  2. Rudy Gay
  3. Kevin Durant
  4. Jordan Farmar
  5. Gordon Hayward
  6. Wesley Johnson
  7. Mike Dunleavy
  8. Goran Dragic
  9. Eric Gordon

WAIVER WIRE LINE OF THE NIGHT

Jordan Farmar, PG, Los Angeles Lakers (2.8% owned):

30 points (9-14 FG, 4-5 FT), 8 threes, 0 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, 0 blocks, 2 turnovers

The Lakers remain the most interesting mess in the NBA. We never know what is going to happen, but without fail, there are going to be monster performances. With Kendall Marshall flailing, Farmar has taken over the point guard role and exploded. While he’s hot, yu need to make a move to add him in your league. Who knows how long it lasts though.

YOUNG GUN OF THE NIGHT

Anthony Davis, PF/C, New Orleans Pelicans:

32 points (14-18 FG, 4-4 FT), 0 threes, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 1 block, 1 turnover

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

Raymond Felton, PG, New York Knicks:

8 points (3-6 FG, 1-2 FT), 1 three, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 0 blocks, 6 turnovers

Felton has a lot on his mind, like a pending court date on weapons charges and a messy divorce. Both of these facts are not helping the Knicks. In fact, he only got 21 minutes on Friday night for a Knicks team that had no other point guards. I wouldn’t drop him in 12 team leagues just yet, but in anything shallower, there’s no need to hold onto him.

NEWS & NOTES FROM AROUND THE ASSOCIATION

Caron Butler has signed with Oklahoma City Thunder, but has no real fantasy value. He may cut into any value Jeremy Lamb has, however.

Jamal Crawford will likely miss two to three game with his calf injury, so that should give us a nice time frame to evaluate what, if any, impact Danny Granger can have in fantasy.

Arron Afflalo will miss Saturday’s game against Miami and now has an illness on top of his sprained ankle. Maurice Harkless will continue to start in his absence.

Gerald Wallace has a torn meniscus and is out for the remainder of the season. Obviously, he can be dropped in all formats, including dynasty leagues.

Jrue Holiday, as expected, has also been ruled out for the remainder of the season. This should hopefully give people more impetus to grab Brian Roberts, which I have been advocating for a while.

Still no Anderson Varejao, C.J. Mils and Dion Waiters for the Cavs and we have no concrete information on when they will return.

Paul Millsap has been ruled out of Sunday’s game already, and now Gustavo Ayon has been ruled out for the season, Elton Brand gets a longer term boost n his value.

Thomas Robinson was unable to practice on Friday with a sore knee and with LaMarcus Aldridge still out, he is missing a prime opportunity to but up huge numbers. No-one really gets a significant boost with both guys out.

Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin are both considered questionable for Saturday’s game.

Gregg Popovich is hopeful that Tony Parker will return to the lineup on Sunday, but nothing is set in stone yet.

Boxscore Breakdown

Most Points – Goran Dragic, PG/SG, Phoenix Suns – 40

In what appears to be a theme of the night, Dragic shook off an injury to take is lace in the starting lineup and blew up. The form of Dragic has been outstanding this season.

Most Threes – Jordan Farmar, PG, Los Angeles Lakers – 8

Farmar has now dropped 12 threes n the last two games and is taking full advantage of playing in a D’Antoni offense.

Most ReboundsCarmelo Anthony, SF/PF, New York Knicks – 16
Tim Duncan, PF/C, San Antonio Spurs – 16
Spencer Hawes, C, Cleveland Cavaliers – 16

Anthony also scored 23 points and tried yet again to no avail to carry the Knicks to a victory, but at least he’s helping his fantasy owners.

Spencer Hawes looks like he will be the starting centre in Cleveland for the rest of the season, with the ever brittle Anderson Varejao still on the shelf. Haws also scored 13 points and had two blocks.

Most AssistsKyrie Irving, PG, Cleveland Cavaliers – 12

Irving had his first career triple double, scoring 21 points with 10 rebounds, leading the Cavaliers to the easy victory over the Jazz. He is really hitting his straps now.

Most StealsDeJuan Blair, PF/C, Dallas Mavericks – 4

Blair has been missing in action recently for the Mavs, but returned to his early season form in terms of his steals. He added just seven points and two boards and has no real value any more.

Most BlocksWesley Johnson, SG/SF, Los Angeles Lakers – 3
Serge Ibaka, PF/C, Oklahoma City Thunder – 3

Johnson continues his fabulous form, also scoring 12 points with two threes, 12 rebounds and a steal. Johnson is a must own in all leagues.

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