Boxscore Breakdown Day 124: What’s Happening?

Trevor Ariza

Photo: Keith Allison

SATURDAY 1ST MARCH 2014

THE BEST PLAYER EVER, TONIGHT

Trevor Ariza, SG/SF, Washington Wizards:

40 points (14-23 FG, 4-5 FT), 8 threes, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 1 block, 2 turnovers

What exactly is happening? Trevor Ariza is absolutely out of his mind and is a top 20 player this season in a development absolutely no-one saw coming. He set a career high against the Sixers and had 24 points in the first quarter alone. Don’t try to understand it — just enjoy it.

Rest of the top 10:

  1. Andray Blatche
  2. Courtney Lee
  3. LeBron James
  4. John Wall
  5. Zach Randolph
  6. Rudy Gay
  7. Mike Conley
  8. Andre Drummond
  9. Paul George

WAIVER WIRE LINE OF THE NIGHT

Andray Blatche, PF/C, Brooklyn Nets (19.5% owned):

19 points (5-12 FG, 9-9 FT), 0 threes, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 1 block, 0 turnovers

It doesn’t seem to matter that Blatche doesn’t start. He is the most effective big man on the roster and is a must own guy in 12 team leagues. This was against the Bucks so a big night was expected, but still Blatche is a top 120 player for the entire season.

YOUNG GUN OF THE NIGHT

Andre Drummond, PF/C, Detroit Pistons:

16 points (8-11 FG, 0-1 FT), 0 threes, 17 rebounds, 0 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 0 turnovers

Another monster night from Drummond, catapulting him into the tp 30 for season long value. The free throws may never be there, but he doesn’t take enough for it to be a huge issue. If you’ve got him in a keeper league, value him highly.

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

Victor Oladipo, PG/SG, Orlando Magic:

10 points (2-6 FG, 6-10 FT), 0 threes, 0 rebounds, 1 assist, 0 steals, 0 blocks, 2 turnovers

The Heat shut hm down, giving nothing bar a solitary assist and 10 points, whilst also hurting both your percentages. He’ll bounce back with the Sixers on deck.

NEWS & NOTES FROM AROUND THE ASSOCIATION

Jimmer Fredette has cleared waivers and signed with Chicago Bulls. His value will be limited, but higher than it was in Sacramento.

C.J. Miles is targeting a return date of March 12th. He doesn’t have much fantasy value, but he will cut into Jarrett Jack‘s playing time when he does return.

Kyle Lowry was able to practise on Saturday and should be able to take his place in the lineup on Sunday. Terrence Ross, however, wasn’t able to go, so he is more doubtful.

George Hill missed the Pacers game against Boston, with C.J. Watson drawing the start. Watson has no real value, and neither does Hill to be honest.

Thabo Sefolosha has been ruled out of Sunday’s game, so we may see some decent minutes for Jeremy Lamb or Caron Butler. Don’t make a speculative add on either guy, though.

Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic both returned to the Timberwolves lineup on Saturday and that ends any value for Chase Budinger and Dante Cunningham.

Paul Millsap will travel with the Hawks on their upcoming road trip so should be able to return at some stage next week.

Jared Sullinger returned from his concussion, but it was in a bench role. I imagine he’ll be back in the starting lineup before long.

Chandler Parsons sat out Houston’s game on Saturday due to an illness. He shouldn’t miss too much time.

LaMarcus Aldridge returned to action for Portland after being out since the All-Star game. Feel free to deploy him next week in your matchups.

Darren Collison got the start at shooting guard for the Clippers on Saturday with J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford both out. He’s a must own while Crawford is out.

Boxscore Breakdown

Most Points – Trevor Ariza, SG/SF, Washington Wizards – 40

I’ve already discussed how amazing Ariza has been. Keep in mind, it was Philadelphia though, but that doesn’t take anything away from his performance.

Most Threes – Trevor Ariza, SG/SF, Washington Wizards – 8

Outstanding.

Most ReboundsDeMarcus Cousins, PF/C, Sacramento Kings – 17
Andre Drummond, PF/C, Detroit Pistons – 17

Cousins returned from his suspension and didn’t skip a beat, scoring 21 ponts an blocking three shots. The only thing hurting his value was his free throw shooting.

Most AssistsJohn Wall, PG, Washington Wizards – 16

Wall also scored 17 points with two steals and took full advantage of the horridness of the Philadelphia 76ers. Wall has silenced quite a few doubters this season with his level of play.

Most StealsZach Randolph, PF, Memphis Grizzlies – 4
LeBron James, SF/PF, Miami Heat – 4
Trevor Ariza, SG/SF, Washington Wizards – 4

This is a big surprise for Z-Bo, who normally just gives you points and boards. He did that too, scoring 23 points with 14 boards, but the steals are a nice addition.

LeBron was pretty standard. And in saying that I mean he approached a triple double with 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

Most BlocksDeAndre Jordan, C, Los Angeles Clippers – 4

Jordan continues to excel, also scoring seven points and grabbing 12 boards. He actually hit five of his eight free throw attempts, so that’s an upgrade for him.

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