Boxscore Breakdown Day 131: Spencer For Hire

Spencer Hawes

Photo: Carl N C

SATURDAY 8TH MARCH 2014

THE BEST PLAYER EVER, TONIGHT

Spencer Hawes, C, Cleveland Cavaliers:

21 points (7-15 FG, 3-3 FT), 4 threes, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 3 blocks, 2 turnovers

Hawes hasn’t missed a beat since coming over from the Sixers in the February trade. I though he would lose a ton of value, but Anderson Varejao continued to be his brittle self, Hawes has taken over the starting centre role and made it his own.

Rest of the top 10:

  1. Carmelo Anthony
  2. Kyrie Irving
  3. Kawhi Leonard
  4. Kyle Korver
  5. Tobias Harris
  6. Danny Green
  7. Derrick Favors
  8. Chris Paul
  9. Paul Millsap

WAIVER WIRE LINE OF THE NIGHT

Danny Green, SG/SF, San Antonio Spurs (45.8% owned):

12 points (4-4 FG, 0-0 FT), 4 threes, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 0 steals, 2 blocks, 2 turnovers

This is what Green does.  Hit threes, grab boards and block shots. That’s now seven blocks in his last four games as well as 10 threes and Green is a must-own player in all leagues, even though his minutes will be limited at times.

YOUNG GUN OF THE NIGHT

Tony Wroten, PG/SG, Philadelphia 76ers:

30 points (12-15 FG, 6-8 FT), 0 threes, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 4 steals, 0 blocks, 3 turnovers

Wroten gives you a ton of points, a great FG% and some steals, but not a lot else and that hurts his value for 10 or 12 team leagues. He is what he is and if you need points, he’s been very consistent in that regard of late.

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

Blake Griffin, PF, Los Angeles Clippers:

27 points (11-19 FG, 5-9 FT), 0 threes, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 0 blocks, 7 turnovers

On the surface, Griffin’s numbers are quite good. But as is often the case, it’s the turnovers and free throw percentage that drops the value of his night precipitously. Still, I wouldn’t be too concerned about Griffin.

Boxscore Breakdown

Most Points – Kyrie Irving, PG, Cleveland Cavaliers – 30
Tony Wroten, PG/SG, Philadelphia 76ers – 30
Tony Parker, PG, San Antonio Spurs – 30

Irving got close to his second triple double, posting eight rebound and eight assists along with two steals. He’s really got his game going again after a horrible start.

This was the Tony Parker we’d been hoping for. He did only have five assists though, but shot a fantastic 57.9% from the field.

Most Threes – Mike Conley, PG, Memphis Grizzlies – 5

Trevor Ariza, SG/SF, Washington Wizards – 5
Bradley Beal, SG, Washington Wizards – 5
J.R. Smith, SG/SF, New York Knicks – 5

It’s good to see Conley get it going again, scoring 20 points with four assists and two steals as he’s had a couple of horrible outings lately.

Ariza continues his stellar form, dropping 28 points with seven rebounds. What a season he’s had and he’ll win many fantasy teams a championship.

Most ReboundsDerrick Favors, PF/C, Utah Jazz – 14

This was against the Sixers, so it’s partially to be expected, but it’s good to see nonetheless. Favors scored 15 points with a steal and three blocks and hopefully he can capitalise on this for the stretch run.

Most AssistsJohn Wall, PG, Washington Wizards – 13

Wall only shot 4-of-14 from the field for nine points, but added two steals and a block as well.

Most StealsMichael Carter-Williams, PG, Philadelphia 76ers – 5
Paul Millsap, PF, Atlanta Hawks – 5

It’s good to see Millsap back in the Hawks’ lineup. He also had 14 points and five rebounds, blocking a shot as well.

MCW shot horribly, going 2-of-13 for four points, but did have seven rebounds and nine assists. His form has tailed off as the campaign wears on, but it’s nice to see the steal numbers return.

Most BlocksBismack Biyombo, C, Charlotte Bobcats – 3
Amar’e Stoudemire, PF/C, New York Knicks – 3
Derrick Favors, PF/C, Utah Jazz – 3
Tim Duncan, PF/C, San Antonio Spurs – 3
Spencer Hawes, C, Cleveland Cavaliers – 3

Stoudemire has looked good of late and had only his second double double of the year, scoring 17 points with 12 rebounds. I’d like to add Amar’e in 12 team leagues at the moment.

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