Monday was quiet with just four games on the schedule, but there’s still plenty to talk about on Tuesday morning.
Dominant (and not so dominant) Point Guards
Stephen Curry had the line of the night with his 18-12-10 triple-double, that also included five steals, a block and just two turnovers. The Warriors, led by Curry, finally made the Sixers look like the Washington Generals, but it took four games for it to happen.
Michael Carter-Williams finally looked like a rookie, getting off to a terrible start and hitting just 4-of-17 shots on the night, but still salvaged an 18-6-4 line. While it’s true he didn’t have a steal and committed six turnovers on the night, the fact he had such a bad game and still constructed a decent fantasy line out of it says a lot. I’m not selling high on the best player on the league’s worst team.
Chris Paul looked amazing again as the Clips dominated the Rockets. No one was happier to see Patrick Beverley in street clothes than CP3 last night, as he blistered Jeremy Lin for 23 points, 17 assists, two steals and a 3-pointer on 7-of-13 shooting. I wasn’t all that high on Paul coming into the season, as his drop in scoring the last couple seasons didn’t sit well with me. But he’s being more aggressive, looking for his shot and simply put, he and Curry look light years ahead of any point guard not named Damian Lillard.
Lin had 14 points and eight assists, while Patrick Beverley was said to look good in warmups as he recovers from his rib injury. Lin’s a fine fantasy start while Beverley is on the shelf, but I still think Beverley will start and be the guy to own once he’s healthy again.
Kyrie Irving tried to make his fantasy owners smile, but probably failed at doing so yet again. He had 15 points, eight boards, six assists, a steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer, but also committed nine turnovers. He hasn’t exactly lived up to the hype yet and now is a good time to make a low-ball offer to his owner.
Ricky Rubio had one of those nights, going 0-for-7 from the field and finishing with four points, five assists and five steals against Irving. He also got benched late in this one, but this is simply a speed bump for Rubio. He’ll have shooting nights like this, but the steals are always going to be there and owners have to be ready to take the good with the bad with him.
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Surprising 3-point Specialists
Despite Curry’s triple-double, Andre Iguodala’s stat line might have been the most impressive one of the night. He hit 11-of-18 shots and 7-of-11 3-pointers for a season-high 32 points to go along with three rebounds, three dimes, two steals and a block. He’s been pretty fun to own thus far, but with Harrison Barnes looking at a return later this week, Iguodala’s minutes are simply going to have to take some sort of hit. I’m not sure that means you have to get rid of him, but when you combine a future hit in minutes with what he did last night, there will probably never be a better day to try to trade Iguodala than today. Dramatic, I know, but true.
J.J. Redick has played well for the Clippers thus far and had his best game on Monday, going for 26 points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals, a block and two 3-pointers in another start. He should be owned in most leagues at this point.
Omri Casspi, who plays for the Rockets and missed his last game with an ankle injury, blew up for 19 points, nine rebounds, two steals and three 3-pointers on 6-of-12 shooting. I was made fun of for drafting Casspi with my last pick in several drafts, but he had a killer preseason and Kevin McHale loves him coming off the bench to shoot triples and hit the boards. Francisco Garcia and Casspi are sharing the same role, but if I had to choose between the two right now, I think Casspi has the better potential for big nights. Cisco had 14 points and two 3-pointers of his own last night.
The Clippers got 15 points and three 3-pointers out of Jared Dudley last night, who started at small forward. He’s gotten off to a really slow start this season but looked good last night. Put him on your radar.
C.J. Miles had 19 points, five boards, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers for the Cavaliers, but is nothing more than a tease at this point. Unless you’re in a real deep league, just put him on your radar. Having said that, if Dion Waiters doesn’t get it together soon (eight points, 20 minutes), Miles could continue to see his role grow and might start playing more consistently.
Jared Sullinger hit 7-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for 16 points and five boards last night. He’s off to a quiet start but finally got it going last night. If he ever starts getting more run than Brandon Bass, look out.
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