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Josh Smith hit just 3-of-10 shots for six points, two rebounds, one assist, a steal and a block in 22 minutes in the Hawks win over the Magic. The minutes are a concern. His production, including his free throw and field goal percentage, are a concern and he’s just not very much fun to own in fantasy right now. But he’s a big key to what the Hawks are going to do this year and I’m here to talk you off the ledge. The low-ball offers are coming and you probably want to cut him, despite the fact he was your first-round pick. But he has three more games this week to get it turned around and is healthy. He simply can’t play any worse and the only way to go is up. I’m going to target him in trades if I can find time to do so, and hold onto him where I own him. It’s been a rough ride, but you simply can’t panic, or bench him in a four-game week. But with the Hawks playing just twice in Week 5, I’ve already got him out of my lineup for that one.
Marcin Gortat has really cooled off and is ticked off about losing Steve Nash, as well as his role in the Suns’ offense. “Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m even an option for (Alvin) Gentry,” he said. “He doesn’t even take me into consideration.” Something tells me Mr. Gentry and Goran Dragic aren’t going to love seeing these comments in print, but the hope is they start trying to work him back into the offense. He’s another guy I’m not panicking on…yet.
Ersan Ilyasova played 16 minutes and hit 2-of-5 shots for a measly four points and four rebounds last night. He’s hit rock bottom and Bucks coach Scott Skiles is clearly in his head. I’ve got him on the bench where I own him, and unless I get an offer that knocks my socks off (I won’t), I’m just going to keep benching him until he gets it going. And if he is still sucking wind by Christmas, I will cut the cord. I’m a very impatient fantasy owner and only have him in weekly leagues. In a daily league, where he is hurting you constantly, dropping him is a more valid solution. But I still cannot accept the fact he might be this bad all year. I’m simply not even considering that as a possibility at this point.
The Warriors’ Klay Thompson hit just 2-of-14 shots for seven points, three rebounds, a steal, a block, a 3-pointer and four turnovers in an OT win against the Mavs. His confidence is shot but he said on Monday that the last time he was in a slump like this he just continued to try to shoot his way out of it. He’s doing that right now and it will eventually happen. The minutes are there and he just needs one game where his shot falls. Feel free to trade him, but I’m guessing you’ll regret it if you just cut him. Someone who is not struggling for GSW is Harrison Barnes, who double-doubled for the second time in four games and has scored in double figures in four straight. Don’t look now, but he’s a must-own player at this point.
Gordon Hayward came off the Jazz bench again and played just 19 minutes, finishing with 15 points and a 3-pointer on 5-of-12 shooting. He needs more minutes to be an effective fantasy player, but it’s too early to even think about dropping him.
Andre Iguodala hit 3-of-8 shots for just seven points and not much else in Denver’s win over the Grizzlies. If you’ve had your eye on Iguodala, now is a great time to offer his owner a trade. Danilo Gallinari didn’t hit half his shots, as usual, but was much better with 26 points, five boards, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers. Finally.
Kyle Korver hit just 2-of-11 shots and one 3-pointer for five points on Monday. Korver was a popular pick up with four games and riding a hot streak, but fell on his face last night. He’ll bounce back, but can be dropped in weekly leagues as the Hawks play just two games next week.
Roy Hibbert hit 8-of-10 shots for 20 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks and just two turnovers in a win over the Wizards. Hibbert’s owners have been out on the ledge for a couple weeks and he finally got hot tonight, and stopped turning it over. Yes, the Wizards lack of bigs helped his cause, but Hibbert is still a guy I consider a solid buy-low prospect given his dismal play. David West also got on track with 30 points and a huge stat line, as it appears that the Wizards are wonders at helping guys break out of a funk.
Kevin Seraphin started the second half for Emeka Okafor and finished with 13 points and three rebounds in 25 minutes for the Wiz. He keeps teasing us, but hasn’t been a consistent rebounder and hasn’t gotten minutes from Randy Wittman. Maybe that’s all about to change, so keep an eye on him, as usual. A.J. Price had eight points and zero assists on 2-of-8 shooting in 24 minutes, while new acquisition Shaun Livingston also played 24 minutes and had 10 points and four dimes. The timeshare is coming and Price suddenly doesn’t look too promising.
Shawn Marion was 3-of-9 for seven points and Elton Brand was 2-of-6 for five points in just 14 minutes for the Mavs. I’m fine with holding Marion, but have dropped Brand where I owned him. Someone who is not struggling is Chris Kaman, who torched the Warriors for 18 points, 17 boards, a steal and two blocks in an OT loss. Congratulations if you grabbed him off waivers earlier this season. And don’t look now, but Troy Murphy might be more important to Rick Carlisle than Brand, logging 24 minutes for 12 points, four boards, four steals, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 24 minutes. Keep a close eye on him going forward.
Rockets center Omer Asik was 0-for-5 for two points, seven boards and two blocks in a loss to the Jazz, but don’t let it bother you. He should bounce back.