Boxscore Breakdown Day 127: Kawhiet Riot

Kawhi Leonard

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TUESDAY 4TH MARCH 2014

THE BEST PLAYER EVER, TONIGHT

Kawhi Leonard, SG/SF, San Antonio Spurs:

18 points (7-10 FG, 2-2 FT), 2 threes, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 3 blocks, 3 turnovers

How good has Leonard been since returning from his hand injury? Since coming back, Leonard is the sixth ranked player in fantasy and is repaying the faith owners had in him when they drafted him in the top 50 of drafts last October.

Rest of the top 10:

  1. Eric Gordon
  2. Matt Barnes
  3. Kevin Durant
  4. David West
  5. Danny Green
  6. Boris Diaw
  7. Paul George
  8. Anthony Davis
  9. Michael Beasley

WAIVER WIRE LINE OF THE NIGHT

Matt Barnes, SF, Los Angeles Clippers (6.0% owned):

28 points (12-17 FG, 0-0 FT), 4 threes, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 turnover

Matt Barnes is playing like a man possessed at the moment, ranked ninth of the past two weeks in fantasy. He’s absolutely a must-own player at this stage and seems unlikely to be challenged for minutes by new arrival, Danny Granger. Make the move and grab Barnes.

YOUNG GUN OF THE NIGHT

Anthony Davis, PF/C, New Orleans Pelicans:

28 points (10-16 FG, 8-11 FT), 0 threes, 15 rebounds, 3 assists, 0 steals, 1 block, 1 turnover

There’s nothing like playing the Lakers’ to cure what ails ya! Davis had struggled in his previous two games, but Los Angeles’ front line is horrible, so Davis took full advantage.

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

Thaddeus Young, SF/PF, Philadelphia 76ers:

6 points (3-12 FG, 0-0 FT), 0 threes, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 0 steals, 0 blocks, 3 turnovers

This was bad. In no way is it indicative of what Young will do for the rest of the season, but it hurts nonetheless. He only played 22 minutes and couldn’t get a shot to fall, but will bounce back as soon as the next game.

Boxscore Breakdown

Most Points – Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder – 42

Durant had nine rebounds, two steals and a block and was only required for 32 minutes against the hapless Sixers. He didn’t quite match LeBron from Tuesday, but it was impressive in it’s own right.

Most Threes – James Anderson, SG/SF, Philadelphia 76ers – 6

Anderson finished with 20 points and two steals and is a must-own 12 team player at the moment. He’s going to continue to get 30 minutes a night and nights like this are always a possibility.

Most ReboundsDeAndre Jordan, C, Los Angeles Clippers – 17

Jordan added 10 points with two blocks and also hit both of his free throws. He’s having a fantastic season and remains my pick for Most Improved Player.

Most AssistsRussell Westbrook, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder – 14

Westbrook had a triple double in only 20 minutes of action, the second fastest trip dub in NBA history. He started out on fire, notching eight assists in the first quarter alone. He finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds and swiped three steals.

Most StealsAustin Rivers, PG/SG, New Orleans Pelicans – 4
Kawhi Leonard, SG/SF, San Antonio Spurs – 4

Rivers has improved this season, but is still not an impact player in the NBA. Saying that, he had a nice game here with 12 points and four steals and if you listed to my DFS advice, you may have played him and reaped the benefits.

Most BlocksChris Andersen, C, Miami Heat – 5

Anderson also grabbed seven rebounds and has been a nice spot start for blocks this season, but has not much value as a long-term add.

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