Bucks beat Sixers, Bynum targeting January?
Brandon Jennings bounced back from a four-point game to hit 12-of-21 shots and four 3-pointers on his way to 33 points, five rebounds, eight assists, four steals and two blocks in a win over the Sixers. The Bucks only have two more games this week, but Jennings has already done enough damage in just one game to last most of the week, and leads the league in steals. Ersan Ilyasova stunk again with just two points on 1-of-5 shooting, and it appears that Scott Skiles may officially be in his head. Cut him if you must, but I’d still be surprised if he plays this poorly for much longer. Larry Sanders was a hot pick up this week and got into foul trouble, finishing with just two points, nine rebounds and one block. He had scored in double digits in five straight games, racking up 13 blocks over that stretch, and should bounce back.
The Sixers got bad news on Andrew Bynum (knee) on Monday as his return to the court has been pushed back again. In fact, it sounds like he isn’t likely to make his season debut until January. That’s a really long time to hold an injured player in daily lineup leagues, so owners have a tough decision to make with Bynum. Jason Richardson came back from a sprained ankle for 20 points and three 3-pointers, while Dorell Wright did most of his damage in the first half, finishing with 14 points, fours steals, a block and four 3-pointers off the bench. Both players are worth owning in most leagues until further notice. Jrue Holiday had another big game, but turnovers have become a problem for him, as he had eight last night after racking up seven of them in each of his previous three games.
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Jazz beat Raptors in 3 OTs
The Jazz and Raptors went three overtimes last night with Utah pulling it out with a 140-133 win. Mo Williams played well through a strained adductor with 17 points, a season-high 14 assists, four steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers, and while props appear to be in order for you rolling the dice on him tonight, he did appear to aggravate the injury late in the game. Check back for updates on his status for Wednesday. Paul Millsap also had a monster game with 34 points, nine boards, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers, and I’m still not sure how he hit three treys in one game. Millsap was 11-of-16 from the field, 3-of-4 from downtown and 9-of-10 from the line, while Al Jefferson also posted a monster line in the extra minutes, as well as hitting the game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation. Randy Foye added 20 points and four 3-pointers off the bench despite failing to score in his previous game, and would likely see a boost if Williams is forced to miss more time.
The Raptors got 37 points (ties career high), eight boards and six dimes from DeMar DeRozan, 20 points, 17 assists, three steals and two 3-pointers from Jose Calderon and 20 points, seven rebounds and three 3-pointers from Linas Kleiza off the bench. Calderon will start at PG again on Tuesday as Kyle Lowry continues to sit with his sprained ankle, but our guess is Lowry will be back for Saturday’s game. Calderon should continue to see minutes at both guard spots with or without Lowry, making him worth hanging onto if you own him. And if Lowry's not back on Saturday, this could get ugly.
Thunder slide by Pistons
Russell Westbrook had another big night, going off for 33 points and 10 rebounds on 11-of-25 shooting. He also had just two turnovers in the win over the Pistons, and is starting to live up to the hype. Serge Ibaka blocked six more shots, giving him 13 over his last two games, as well as at least two in every game this season.
The Pistons finally got a decent game from Rodney Stuckey with 19 points, five assists and a 3-pointer on 7-of-13 shooting, while Brandon Knight crashed by hitting just 2-of-13 shots. Knight’s been hit or miss all year, but will hopefully become more consistent with time. Andre Drummond had four points, six boards, two steals and a block, but played just 13 minutes. Why they aren’t starting him over Jason Maxiell (13 points, seven boards, three blocks) makes no sense to me. The only other noteworthy item from this game was that the Thunder needed a 30-17 run in the fourth quarter to pull out the 92-90 win over the winless Pistons (0-8). Free Andre Drummond!
LeBron leads Heat in second half
Dwyane Wade bounced back from an off night for a full stat line, Chris Bosh double-doubled with 24 & 10 and LeBron James went nuts in the second half with a season-high 38 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five 3-pointers as the Heat pulled out a close win over the Rockets. LeBron scored just six points in the first half and hit all of his 3-pointers after the break.
James Harden has officially cooled off, finishing with 22 points, three boards, five assists, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer, and hit just 6-of-17 shots. After starting off the season with 37 and 45 points, Harden hasn’t scored more than 24 points in his last five games. He’s still the best player on his team and while he won’t score 40 a night, he’s going to have a ton of fantasy value the rest of the way. Chandler Parsons broke out with a season-high 25 points and five 3-pointers, which probably happened because he played 40 minutes and Carlos Delfino played just 24 minutes. They’ll both struggle on nights when they’re truly splitting minutes. Omer Asik went off with 19 points, 14 boards and a block, and even hit 11-of-14 free throws. He came in shooting just 67 percent from the line and should be owned in all leagues. Patrick Patterson got back into the flow with 17 points, nine boards and a block in 36 minutes after playing just 16 minutes in his last one, and struggling with foul trouble in the game before that one.