Spurs Thump Pacers
The Spurs had one of those nights where everyone contributed, as DeJuan Blair double-doubled and Gary Neal hit 8-of-10 shots for 17 points in 20 minutes. I need to see them both do something consistently to think about grabbing them. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker (who struggled) are the only truly reliable Spurs, while Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green are worth owning in all leagues. Just expect for Gregg Popovich to mix things up on a weekly basis, keeping all of us on our toes. Manu Ginobili played just 17 minutes and Pop is going to baby him along all year it seems. I don’t own him anywhere, but if I did, I’d be making sure there isn’t a more reliable player on the wire.
Roy Hibbert hit just 1-of-7 shots for two points, five boards and a block last night, while Paul George underwhelmed with 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting. Both of these guys are going to have a big season, especially with Danny Granger out indefinitely. Gerald Green moved to the bench behind Sam Young (ignore him) last night and scored just nine points in 26 minutes. People are dropping Green at a high rate right now, which might be justifiable given his slow start and demotion. But the minutes are still there and it’s only a matter of time before he figures it out and starts lighting it up. I’m holding him. A Granger update is reportedly coming soon out of Indy.
Mavs Bounce Blazers
O.J. Mayo went off again for 32 points and six 3-pointers on 12-of-18 shooting. We were all over him this season and he’s starting to love life without Dirk Nowitzki, as he’s averaging 31 points and 6.5 3-pointers over his last two games. His trade value probably won’t be higher than it is right now. Chris Kaman came off the bench for 16 points and six rebounds, while Elton Brand was quiet again with eight points, five boards and five fouls. I’m still holding Brand for the time being, but he’s not in any of my lineups. Darren Collison had 14 points and 13 assists, and is another strong value point guard you got very late in your draft. Shawn Marion left the game with a left knee strain and is day-to-day. Jae Crowder might become relevant if Marion is going to miss time.
Damian Lillard played like a rookie last night, hitting just 2-of-13 shots, but is still miles ahead in the race for Rookie of the Year. As usual, the Blazers’ starting five are all fantasy-worthy, while there’s just not much on the bench.
Kings Trump Warriors
DeMarcus Cousins finally came to life with 23 points, 15 boards, two steals and two blocks in the Kings win. Tyreke Evans was awful, hitting 1-of-9 shots for three points, while Isaiah Thomas was limited to 21 minutes and zero assists. Keith Smart likes Marcus Thornton and Aaron Brooks off his bench just as much as he likes his starting guards, and until he settles on a true rotation, the Kings back court is going to be impossible to figure out from night to night.
Klay Thompson’s head injury wasn’t a factor last night and he had 22 points, seven rebounds and three 3-pointers in one of his best games of the young season. Stephen Curry continues to play at full strength and is looking like a fantasy steal, but hit just 3-of-15 shots Monday and is shooting 32 percent on the season. Andrew Bogut graced us with 12 points and three boards in 19 minutes. If you are tired of waiting and want to cut Bogut, you are not alone. And after watching him wince after tweaking his ankle, it’s clear he’s going to be taking baby steps in his return. The much-hyped Jarrett Jack had just six points in 18 minutes, while Harrison Barnes started and had six points in 30 minutes. If you picked up Jack, give him a couple more games before panicking about this one.
Cavs Clip Clippers
Kyrie Irving got his dish on last night with 24 points, 10 assists and four 3-pointers, despite hitting just 8-of-23 points as the Cavs got a tough win at L.A. Dion Waiters is your Pickup of the Day after exploding for 28 points and seven 3-pointers on 10-of-17 shooting in 32 minutes. I had a waiver claim in for him in a couple leagues, but I’m pretty sure everyone else will be in there with me after this one. Waiters has shown enough early to be held in all leagues, even though he will be inconsistent for much of the season. Tyler Zeller had 15 points and seven rebounds off the bench, but Anderson Varejao (15 & 15) played 36 minutes and Tristan Thompson (one point, eight boards) played 32 minutes. As long as those guys are getting that kind of run, Zeller’s going to struggle for consistency, just like Thompson is doing. Zeller also left the game after taking a shot to the face and is day-to-day. I would rather own Thompson, but Zeller’s worth keeping an eye on.
DeAndre Jordan finally came through with 10 points, six boards and five blocks, while Blake Griffin posted his best line of the season with 20 points, six boards, five dimes, a steal and three blocked shots on 9-of-14 shooting. He even hit both of his free throws, but also committed five TOs in the loss. Griffin is dealing with a bursa sac in his elbow, but has been able to power through it. Jamal Crawford hit four more 3-pointers and scored 19 points off the bench, so make sure he’s not still available in your league.
Steve Nash - expected to miss 7-10 days w/ broken fibula, but could be longer.
Anthony Davis - hasn’t been cleared from concussion, iffy for Wednesday.
Josh Smith - remains questionable for Wednesday with an ankle sprain.
Jameer Nelson - iffy for Tuesday w/ groin injury (hello, E’Twaun Moore).