Monday’s Game News
Sixers beat Nets behind Hawes’ big line
Spencer Hawes, who was featured in Waiver Wired this week, blew up for a season-high 24 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks in his best game of the year, while all five Philly starters, along with reserve Dorell Wright, scored in double figures last night. Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young double-doubled, Evan Turner bounced back from a vicious slump with a full stat line and Wright stayed hot off the bench with 15 points and three more 3-pointers. Wright could take a hit when Nick Young (ankle) returns, but I’m still a fan of holding Wright until further notice. Young missed his seventh straight game on Monday, and Wright has been worth using in fantasy since he went down.
The Nets got a big line from Deron Williams, Joe Johnson scored 20, Brook Lopez had 18 points and six boards, and Reggie Evans added nine points and 11 boards. Other than those four, the Nets are a fantasy wasteland on most nights.
Splitter helps Spurs handle Thunder
The Spurs continue to amaze me, suffering injuries and having studs on their bench nightly, while still rolling through the league and taking numbers. Tiago Splitter blew up for 21 points, 10 boards and a block, while Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard both played very well in the win. Cory Joseph started at point guard but had just four points and one assist in 19 minutes, probably because he was in my starting lineup last night. Tony Parker is hoping to return earlier than his four-week timeframe to recover from his ankle injury, but I’ll believe it when I see it. The Spurs still have a favorable fantasy schedule this week with games on ‘off nights’ of Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and I’m hoping that Joseph can bounce back. He just got ‘Pop’d’ tonight.
Russell Westbrook hit just 11-of-27 shots for 25 points, six boards and six assists in the OKC loss, Kevin Durant had a typical Durant night, and Serge Ibaka blew up for 13 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks in the loss. Ibaka has managed just six games with double figures in rebounds since the end of December, so tonight was a pleasant surprise.
Mo-Will big as Jazz down Detroit
Mo Williams, who was the first player I profiled in Waiver Wired this week, finally got going with 20 points and six dimes on 9-of-14 shooting, and should be owned in all leagues at this point. Al Jefferson double-doubled and Derrick Favors was quiet in a start for Paul Millsap, who was out with a knee injury. Millsap had an MRI and it sounds like he will be back sooner than later, but he remains iffy for Wednesday’s game. Enes Kanter came off the bench for 14 points, eight boards and a block in just 20 minutes, and might be a better play going forward than Favors (6 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks). Jamaal Tinsley missed the game with an illness and has no value with Williams back and healthy. And how Marvin Williams, who was dealing with a hand injury, played more minutes than Gordon Hayward is beyond me.
The Pistons saw Brandon Knight go down early with a severely sprained left ankle and it sounds like he’ll miss weeks (instead of days) with the injury. Rodney Stuckey and Will Bynum both played well in his absence, and will be worth a look now that it sounds like Knight’s regular season could be in jeopardy. Jonas Jerebko started for Jason Maxiell (right ankle) and had 15 points and seven rebounds on 5-of-14 shooting, and he’ll also be worth a look as long as Max is out. Khris Middleton had 12 points and four 3-pointers in 25 minutes, but I am not ready to trust him. Jose Calderon and Greg Monroe also played well in the loss.