There were plenty of studs (Joe Johnson), duds (Rodney Stuckey), injuries (Tony Parker) and strong returns (Bradley Beal) on a light Monday night. Let's dive right in.
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Studs Of the Night
Joe Johnson went crazy, hitting 13-of-20 shots and a career-best 10-of-14 3-pointers on his way to a season-high 37 points, seven rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block. He scored 29 in the third quarter alone and has been rolling a bit for the injured Nets. It’s hard to say how long he can keep it going and it’s safe to say that this will be his best line of the year.
Celtics center Jared Sullinger went off for 24 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and a 3-pointer, hitting 7-of-14 shots and 9-of-11 free throws. He’s not bothered by the return of Kelly Olynyk, and owners should keep running him out there as long as he’s starting.
Josh Smith had 30 points, with seven rebounds, two blocks and a 3-pointer on 13-of-29 shooting in a win over the Pacers. Smith is feeling it, scoring 61 points in his last two games, hitting 26-of-46 shots. He shot four 3-pointers last night, which is an easier pill to swallow when he’s playing so well. Now looks like a great time to sell-high on Smoove. The Pacers lost for just the fourth time this season.
LeBron James hit 13-of-17 shots for 30 points, nine boards, nine assists and a steal, but what’s new? He also suffered a sprained left ankle, but I would be shocked if he misses Wednesday’s game against the Pacers, which is now one of the best rivalries in the league.
Lance Stephenson had a career-high 23 points, seven rebounds, six assists and a 3-pointer on 9-of-14 shooting in the Pacers loss to the Pistons, and is off to a great start for those of you who played him for the four-game week.
Martell Webster exploded to hit 9-of-13 shots and six 3-pointers on his way to 30 points, five rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block for the Wizards. Starter Trevor Ariza had just 10 points and Webster has hit double figures in scoring in three straight games. The timeshare is on, and inconsistency will follow. It also doesn’t help that Bradley Beal was back in action last night. Beal, who had missed nine straight games with a leg injury, hit 9-of-16 shots and three 3-pointers to go along with seven rebounds in 30 minutes. Get him back in your lineup, and think about selling high on Webster after his big game.
Alec Burks got hot and hit 12-of-17 shots and two 3-pointers for 31 points, seven assists and four steals. He’s been hit or miss all season long and hit 7-of-25 shots for a total of 16 points over his last two games, so don’t feel too bad if he was on your bench this week.
Jordan Hill started for the Lakers again and had 21 points, nine rebounds and a block on 8-of-8 shooting. As long as he’s starting for Mike D’Antoni, he should be owned in all leagues and starting in most of them. Hill was the Waiver Wired cover boy this week, for good reason.
Andray Blatche had 20 points, five rebounds and two steals on 8-of-12 shooting for the Nets, as Brook Lopez sat out again with an ankle injury. Any time Lopez is out, Blatche is a strong play, although Lopez shouldn’t miss much more time, if any. He initially said he was going to play last night, but couldn’t go, which is annoying.
Nick Young had 23 points, four rebounds, a block and five 3-pointers off the Lakers bench. That makes 10 straight double-digit games for Young, who should be owned in most leagues. Xavier Henry had 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals in 27 minutes. He also came off the bench and might be a better option than starter Jodie Meeks, although both players will struggle with consistency.
J.R. Smith started again and finally woke up for the Knicks, hitting 6-of-16 shots and five 3-pointers for 18 points, four rebounds, six assists and three steals. He likely did this because I told people it was probably time to cut him yesterday, and we can only hope the slump is over. Smith has basically been useless thus far, but that could change quickly if his head is screwed on tightly.
D.J. Augustin came off the Bulls’ bench and played 37 minutes at point guard, hitting 5-of-15 shots and two 3-pointers to finish with 14 points, eight assists and a steal. Marquis Teague started, but failed to score and played just 11 minutes, meaning DJA looks like a decent add with Derrick Rose out for the season, and Kirk Hinrich dealing with a back injury. I really didn’t expect DJA to be much of a fantasy force, and while he’ll take a hit once Hinrich is healthy, it didn’t stop me from dropping Pablo Prigioni (broken toe) for him last night.
James Anderson hit 7-of-14 shots and three 3-pointers off the Sixers bench for 17 points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal. He’s hit double figures in scoring in four straight games and is still a decent player to own, even though he’s not starting.
Enes Kanter hit 6-of-11 shots for 14 points and eight rebounds, but played just 17 minutes for the Jazz. That’s not enough run for him to produce consistently, so don’t get too excited about tonight’s performance.