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Wizards Down Detroit
John Wall scored 28 and hit 14-of-15 free throws, and Trevor Ariza double-doubled with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and added three 3-pointers and six steals in the win. Martell Webster was quiet with 10 points and four rebounds, but still managed to hit a couple 3-pointers, while Nene was OK off the bench with 11 points, six rebounds and five assists in 28 minutes. Ariza has ruined Webster, while Bradley Beal’s ability to play through a bruised knee is also hurting Webster. Trevor Booker started over Nene, but had just six points and five boards in 22 minutes. Both big men probably belong on benches until Nene moves back into the starting five, which may or may not happen.
The Pistons got 15 points and 14 assists from Brandon Jennings, but he ruined a great night by turning it over six times. Greg Monroe (22 & 10) and Andre Drummond (15 & 16) joined Jennings with a double-double, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope broke out with a career-high 17 points and three 3-pointers. We’ll need to see him do this more often before biting on him in fantasy, especially when you consider he didn’t score after halftime. Josh Smith bounced back with 16 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals, but hit just 6-of-19 shots. His poor shooting can be forgiven, as tonight’s line was nice compared to his recent struggles. Rodney Stuckey was out with his shoulder injury and is no longer a must-own player for the short term.
Bulls Beat Grizzlies
Jimmy Butler played through his sore toe and played well, finishing with a season-high 26 points, four rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers on 6-of-10 shooting, and also hit 12-of-14 free throws. Once healthy, he should perform something like this on a semi-regular basis. Carlos Boozer broke out of a slump with 21 points and 10 boards, while Joakim Noah had eight points, 10 rebounds, three steals and four blocks for a fat stat line, despite hitting just 2-of-9 shots. Kirk Hinrich had six points and four assists, while D.J. Augustin added 10 points, nine assists, four steals and two 3-pointers off the bench. The timeshare is in full effect. Luol Deng was a game-time decision, but sat out again with his Achilles injury and remains day-to-day.
Mike Conley broke out of a funk with 26 points, six rebounds, nine assists and six steals, and owners can breathe a sigh of relief now that his slump might finally be over. It can easily be argued that this was his best game of the season. Zach Randolph double-doubled with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Waiver Wired highlight James Johnson came through again with 13 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and three blocks. He should officially be picked up in all leagues until he cools off.
Dallas Hangs On Over Wolves
Shawn Marion went nuts, hitting 14-of-19 shots and four 3-pointers for a season-high 32 points, six rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block. After back-to-back four-point games, Marion is cooking again, scoring 14 and 32 in his last two games. Marion hadn’t scored 20 points in a game since way back on Nov. 18, so this looks like a nice sell-high opportunity. Monta Ellis hit 3-of-14 shots for nine points and 10 assists. He’s been playing well, so don’t let this one bother you. Samuel Dalembert started again and had nine points, seven rebounds and a block, while Brandan Wright came off the bench with 14 points and three rebounds in just 18 minutes. Wright’s value takes a hit as long as he’s coming off the bench.
Kevin Love was very Kevin Love-ish with 36 points, 11 boards and two 3-pointers, Corey Brewer broke out of a funk with 16 points, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers, and Ricky Rubio came through with nine rebounds, 13 assists and three steals, despite hitting just 1-of-3 shots for four points. He’s been frustrating to own, but still holds a ton of value when he’s got it going. The bench scored a total of five points for the Wolves tonight, all of them coming from J.J. Barea in his 17 minutes of action.
Pelicans Squeak By Blazers
Anthony Davis was back to form last night with 27 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks on 13-of-19 shooting, while Jrue Holiday torched Damian Lillard for 31 points, seven rebounds, 13 assists, a steal, a block, a three and just two turnovers. Jrue hit 1-of-9 shots on Saturday, so this was a fun turnaround. Tyreke Evans stayed hot off the bench with 20 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks on 9-of-15 shooting, but he’s helped by the fact that Eric Gordon missed his third straight game with a hip injury. Al-Farouq Aminu, another Waiver Wired gem, had nine points, 15 rebounds, two steals and a block, and should also be owned in most leagues until he cools off. Jason Smith was out with a sore knee and is officially dead in the water in fantasy as long as Davis and Ryan Anderson (13 points) are healthy.
LaMarcus Aldridge (28 points) and Damian Lillard (29 points, five 3-pointers) did what they do, Nicolas Batum had a quiet night with seven points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Wesley Matthews added 18 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals, a block and three 3-pointers in the close loss. Generally speaking, all five Blazers’ starters should be owned in fantasy. Robin Lopez had just seven points and six boards, but tied a career-high with six blocks in the loss.