Kings crown Wolves – Rudy Gay went nuts with 33 points and a great line, and is now averaging 24 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0, 1.4 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.8 3-pointers over his last five games. And while he couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn in Toronto, he’s shooting 60 percent from the floor, 56 percent from downtown and 100 percent from the line over that stretch. DeMarcus Cousins double-doubled for the 12th straight game and Isaiah Thomas bounced back from Tuesday’s disaster with 26 points and seven assists as the Kings have won four of their last five games. They may not make enough of a run to make the playoffs in the tough West, but no one in the NBA is going to want to face this team when healthy.
Kevin Love had 27 points, 11 boards, five dimes, a steal and four more 3-pointers in the loss, but the rest of his mates were a pretty lackluster bunch.
Rockets sneak by Pelicans in New Orleans – Terrence Jones blew up for a career-high 25 points, eight rebounds and six blocks, and I still don’t understand why he’s not owned in more leagues. Chandler Parsons also looked good despite his sore knee, while Omri Casspi disappeared and didn’t score, which might have some deep-league meaning for a few of you.
Eric Gordon had season highs of six 3-pointers and 35 points and is now averaging 23.4 points, 3.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.6 3-pointers over his last five games, while shooting lights out from everywhere. Anthony Davis had a big game and Al-Farouq Aminu hit just 1-of-5 shots, but still managed seven points, eight boards, two dimes, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer. And with Tyreke Evans, Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday all out until further notice, AFA should have some nice games coming.
Utah falls at San Antonio – Gordon Hayward sat out again with his hip injury, allowing Richard Jefferson to stay hot with 15 points and a full stat line, which is basically what he’s been doing for five games now with Hayward in street clothes. Hayward will be iffy again for Friday and has missed three straight. Derrick Favors double-doubled for the second straight game, Alec Burks backed up his 34-point game with 20 last night, and Trey Burke posted his third career double-double with 17 points and 11 assists. But it was Enes Kanter who really caught my eye with 25 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and no blocks on 12-of-15 shooting. He’s quietly scored in double figures in five straight games and has double-doubled in three of those. Meanwhile, “starting power forward” Marvin Williams failed to score in 21 minutes. I think it’s about time to pull the plug on Marvin, slide Favors to power forward and reinstate Kanter as the starting center. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? C’mon, let’s do it!
It was another ho-hum win for the Spurs, who got nice games out of Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, another sterling performance from Kawhi Leonard (who is finally living up to the hype) and nice production out of Manu Ginobili and Marco Belinelli. They’re quietly so good they can lull you to sleep with the best of them, night after night. Manu’s hamstring injury still bugs me if I own him, but it’s nice to see Gregg Popovich is actually letting him play through it, and starting him to keep it warm.
Lakers losers at Phoenix – Pau Gasol surprised me and started despite his toe injury, going off for 24 points and nine boards in the process. I guess he’s fine. Wes Johnson stayed hot, while Jordan Hill was able to sneak his way into the starting unit and grab 10 boards. But it was Mr. Swaggy P himself, Nick Young, who stole all the thunder in this one. He got clocked on a dunk attempt, lost his mind and started swinging. It looked to me like he caught Goran Dragic with a right cross and I’m guessing that at least a two-game suspension is coming his way. And that should help guys like Jodie Meeks and Johnson. Kendall Marshall also stayed hot with another double-double of 10 points and 13 dimes, making for an excellent pickup.
Dragic stayed white-hot with a near triple-double, Gerald Green bounced back from Monday’s disaster with 28 points on 12-of-18 shooting, and was probably helped by the fact that Leandro Barbosa sat this one out with a shoulder injury. But I’m still in Green’s corner. Channing Frye stayed hot with 20, P.J. Tucker had 15 as he remains relevant and Markieff Morris kept up his act of teasing us with 24 points and seven boards on 9-of-14 shooting. Talk about a player who runs hot and cold.
Cleveland comes up short in Portland – My man C.J. Miles disappeared again with five points in 12 minutes and just like with Jarrett Jack, I’m moving on. Luol Deng is a beast again and had 25 points and a full stat line, and looks like he’s loving life in Cleveland. Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving both played well, but not well enough to beat the Blazers in Portland.
Damian Lillard torched the Cavs for 28 points and another full stat line that included five 3-pointers, proving once again that little dudes are going to have big lines against Kyrie and company. LaMarcus Aldridge was a beast with 32 & 18, as the Blazers continue to have one of the most potent starting fives in the league.
Nuggets surprise Warriors – Randy Foye bounced back from his 10-point game with 21 points and four 3-pointers, and has now hit double digits in scoring in 10 straight games. Pick him up. Nate Robinson hit 9-of-12 shots and three 3-pointers for 24 points, but was simply feeling it. He’d scored a total of 14 points over his previous three games, so pardon me if I’m not knocking people over to pick him up. Wilson Chandler was rock-solid and J.J. Hickson blasted the Dubs for 13 points and a season-high 24 boards. Kenneth Faried was in foul trouble and played just 17 minutes, but it’s nothing to panic about. Oh, and Ty Lawson did his usual number with 22 & 11 in the tough win.
David Lee went off, as power forwards are apt to do against the Nuggets, with 28 & 11, Andrew Bogut had 10 points, 10 boards and two blocks, and Andre Iguodala disappeared with three points on 1-of-7 shooting, but did have some noteworthy assists and steals. Iguodala has scored three or fewer points in two of his last three games, making him a tough start, despite the great D and solid 9-cat numbers.
Dallas drops close one at Clippers – Samuel Dalembert came out of nowhere to hit 9-of-13 shots and score 20 points, but had just seven rebounds and zero blocks. He’s the center to own in Dallas, but had scored a grand total of 18 points in his previous four games. Monta Ellis did a little bit of everything, Shawn Marion returned from a four-game absence for 14 points and six boards, and Dirk Nowitzki fought through a sore shooting arm with 27 points, eight boards and three 3-pointers. Brandan Wright hit 6-of-7 shots for 13 points and seven boards, but it’s hard to trust a guy who is lucky to play 15 minutes on any given night.
Darren Collison double-doubled with 13 points and 10 assists, and has been a nice grab for those of you lucky enough to get him. Blake Griffin had 23 points and a big stat line, and even hit 13-of-16 free throws. I think he has officially become a decent shot from the stripe, which gives him a big bump in fantasy value. Matt Barnes came out of nowhere for 25 points, seven boards and five 3-pointers, but it’s impossible to get a feel for when he’s going to do something like it again. J.J. Redick went off for a career-high 33 points, five assists, two steals and seven 3-pointers, making it worth the wait while he was out. Jamal Crawford had 16 points, seven dimes and two 3-pointers, but isn’t quite as exciting to own as he was when JJR was down and out.