Boxscore Breakdown Day 132: Harden Up

James Harden

SUNDAY 9TH MARCH 2014

THE BEST PLAYER EVER, TONIGHT

James Harden, SG, Houston Rockets:

41 points (12-28 FG, 10-11 FT), 7 threes, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 6 steals, 1 block, 4 turnovers

James Harden and the Houston Rockets are playing like one of the best teams in the NBA and Harden is the driving force behind it. He’s been the third best fantasy player in the past month, exactly where he was drafted in most leagues and should be able to keep up this form as we round into playoff time.

Rest of the top 10:

  1. Jodie Meeks
  2. Anthony Davis
  3. Kevin Love
  4. Wesley Matthews
  5. Devin Harris
  6. Joakim Noah
  7. Kris Humphries
  8. Paul George
  9. Marcus Thornton

WAIVER WIRE LINE OF THE NIGHT

Devin Harris, PG/SG, Dallas Mavericks (0.2% owned):

20 points (6-9 FG, 4-5 FT), 4 threes, 1 rebound, 5 assists, 4 steals, 0 blocks, 1 turnover

Harris has had some decent games this season, but nothing that suggests he needs to be owned in standard leagues. If you’re in a league deeper than 16 teams, then you may consider him, but it’s Vince Carter that’s the Maverick’s bench guy you want to own.

YOUNG GUN OF THE NIGHT

Anthony Davis, PF/C, New Orleans Pelicans:

32 points (10-20 FG, 12-16 FT), 0 threes, 17 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 6 blocks, 3 turnovers

Another superb performance from Davis in his third 20-10 game in succession. It was nice to see the blocks returning as it had been a little light on fo late, but otherwise, there’s nothing to really complain about with the second-year star.

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

Isaiah Thomas, PG, Sacramento Kings:

10 points (3-14 FG, 3-4 FT), 1 three, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 0 steals, 0 blocks, 7 turnovers

Let’s chalk this up to a real bad night for Thomas and the Kings. Thomas has dropped a little in recent times though, but is still a great fantasy option on most night.

Boxscore Breakdown

Most Points – Jodie Meeks, SG, Los Angeles Lakers – 42

I bet no-one saw this coming. The 42 points is a career high for Meeks and the Lakers upset the highly-fancied Thunder. Meeks still isn’t at 100% ownership, so have a quick look on your wire to see if he’s still available. Meeks also contributes six threes and four steals and has been a great source of steals al season.

Most Threes – James Harden, SG, Houston Rockets – 7

Most ReboundsAndre Drummond, PF/C, Detroit Pistons – 22

Drummond also notched 18 points and shot an impressive (for him) 2-of-3 from the line. This is his fifth 20 rebound game since January 24th and is finishing off the season in impressive fashion.

Most AssistsRajon Rondo, PG, Boston Celtics – 18

Rondo appears all the way back, although the real test will be when the Celtics have a back-to-back on deck. If he plays in both of those, then he’s back.

Most StealsCorey Brewer, SF, Minnesota Timberwolves – 6
James Harden, SG, Houston Rockets – 6

Brewer scored 17 points and had three rebounds and assists, but it’s the steals that are the big attraction in his game. He’s owned in less than 20% of leagues and should be snapped up in most, if not all leagues.

Most BlocksChris Andersen, C, Miami Heat – 6
Anthony Davis, PF/C, New Orleans Pelicans – 6

Andersen also had 13 boards, but only two points, but if you picked hm up, it was for the blocks. That makes 11 in his last three games, including a game when he went blockless.

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