Due to some technical difficulties, I wasn’t able to get the breakdown up for Friday’s games, but I’ll do a quick recap of the best and worst performers. There were some massive injuries to come out of Friday’s games, which I’ll touch on.
Derrick Rose tore his meniscus in his right knee, which is the opposite knee to the knee which he tore his ACL in. He will need surgery and is out indefinitely, most likely the rest of the season. Kirk Hinrich becomes a must add player
Marc Gasol sprained his MCL and will be out indefinitely as well. Kosta Koufos will move into the starting lineup and is now a must own player whilst Ed Davis will be the primary backup to Koufos and Zach Randolph and should be owned in deeper leagues.
Andre Iguodala strained his hamstring and while it was initially thought to be serious, he will not need surgery, but is also out indefinitely. That most likely means about three weeks and Harrison Barnes if he wasn’t already , must be scooped up.
Friday 22nd NOVEMBER 2013
THE BEST PLAYER EVER, TONIGHT
Nicolas Batum, SF, Portland Trailblazers:
17 points (5/12 FG, 4/4 FT), 3 threes, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals, 1 block, 2 turnovers
The Blazers are the hottest team in the NBA and the form of Batum is a key part of that. This is the Frenchman’s second line of the night honour, and is having a very typical Batum type season, scoring in the teens, but providing value across all categories and always being a threat for a triple double and a 5×5.
Honourable Mentions: Caron Butler, John Wall
WAIVER WIRE LINE OF THE NIGHT
Caron Butler, SF, Milwaukee Bucks (24.5% owned):
38 points (13/22 FG, 8/11 FT), 4 threes, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 0 blocks, 4 turnovers
Where did that come from? Butler had been playing well before his shoulder injury, but nothing to suggest we would explode to 38 points. He probably is worth an add to see how his form holds over the next week or so, particularly with so any guys going down injured lately.
Paul Pierce, SF, Brooklyn Nets:
6 points (2/11 FG, 2/2 FT), 0 threes, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 0 steals, 0 blocks, 2 turnovers
Speaking of messes. The Nets are just not playing well at all and their players are either injured (Deron Williams and Brook Lopez) or just plain ineffective (Pierce, Joe Johnson, Kevin Garnett). Pierce won’t continue to be this bad, but he and the rest of the Nets will be unreliable and if you can get a good deal to trade him away, I’d take it.
No game by game breakdown today, but I will be back with tomorrow’s games