It was a busy and entertaining day of hoops on Monday, as the Martin Luther King Day schedule kept us busy from noon to midnight. Here are some of the highlights, as well as some lowlights from Monday’s action, when five different players grabbed at least 20 rebounds.
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20 Rebounds Club & Center Report
Zach Randolph had 23 points and 20 rebounds in a loss to the Pelicans, and 10 of his rebound were of the “Z-bound” variety, meaning they were offensive boards. Anderson Varejao had 18 points, 21 rebounds and two steals against the Mavericks, and DeAndre Jordan had 16 points, 21 rebounds and four blocks. Joakim Noah joined the club with 17 points and a season-high 21 boards, while LaMarcus Aldridge rounds out the list after racking up 27 points and 20 rebounds for his third 20-20 of the season. That’s a lot of rebounds in one night, especially when you consider Al Jefferson had 22 points, 19 rebounds, seven dimes and two blocks, while Pau Gasol went off for 20 points, 19 boards, three steals and five blocks. Jefferson has been tearing it up on a nightly basis since he fully recovered from his ankle injury, and Gasol is also on fire right now.
Chuck Hayes surprisingly played 26 minutes for the Raptors and had 12 points and 13 rebounds. This is the first time I’ve written his name this season, and it could be the last. Ignore him. Pero Antic scored a career-high 17 points for the Hawks, adding six boards, three dimes and two 3-pointers. If you’re desperate at center, Antic has played well enough over the last month to be given a close look.
Good & Bad Guards
Michael Carter-Williams bounced back in a big way with 31 points, six rebounds, five assists, three steals and a 3-pointer on Monday. He came into this one hitting just six of his last 29 shots and scoring a total of 17 points in his previous two games, so his owners have to like what they saw against John Wall and the Wizards. Wall wasn’t great with 14 points and five assists, but he was due for an off night.
Ramon Sessions started over Kemba Walker, who is out indefinitely with a severely sprained ankle, and had 23 points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes. Sessions was already flirting with nice value off the bench, and now looks like a must-own player for as long as he’s starting for the Bobcats.
D.J. Augustin blew up for a season-high 27 points, four assists and five 3-pointers as Kirk Hinrich left Monday’s Bulls game with a hamstring injury. It’s a perfect storm for DJA, who should officially be owned in all leagues after going 10-of-16 in 37 minutes.
Lance Stephenson flirted with his fourth triple-double of the season on Monday, finishing with 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in the Pacers win over the Warriors. He didn’t shoot it well (6-of-17), but is still leading the pack for the league’s most improved player award.
Patrick Beverley had 17 points, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in his return to the Rockets from a broken hand. He hadn’t played since Dec. 20 and while I doubt he keeps shooting this many treys, it was an encouraging performance for Beverley. Perhaps the biggest news is here is that Jeremy Lin went back to the bench and had eight points and five assists in Beverley’s return.
Greivis Vasquez came out of nowhere on Monday with 15 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, a steal and three 3-pointers in 24 minutes off the bench. Kyle Lowry was struggling on both ends of the court, and Vasquez scored 11 points on Sunday. Vasquez is worth keeping a close eye on for his next game, but I’d like to see him do this at least a couple more times before I cut a decent player to pick him up.
Heat starter Mario Chalmers had 17 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers and appears to finally be rounding back into form after his Achilles injury.
Wiz SG Bradley Beal dropped 22 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes, and should be in all starting lineups with four games this week.
Deron Williams came off the Nets bench for 13 points and three assists in 27 minutes. He missed five straight games with another ankle injury, but it looks like he should be ready to go again. Joe Johnson went off for 25 points, six rebounds, five assists and four 3-pointers, leaving teammate Shaun Livingston in his dust. Livingston has been starting at shooting guard for the Nets, but struggled in 21 minutes on Monday, mainly due to the hot hand of Johnson and the return of Williams. If you own Livingston, I’d hang on for another game or two in case he continues to start and bounces back.
Courtney Lee scored 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting and remains worth a look in all leagues as long as he continues to start at shooting guard for the Grizzlies. He’s averaging 17 points over his last five starts.
Pistons PG Brandon Jennings missed all seven of his shots and didn’t even score in Monday’s loss to the Clips. He also had five fouls and six assists, and if you’re in need of a solid point guard, his price tag won’t be lower than it is today. He’s having trouble making shots in January, but the slump should be coming to an end soon.
Darren Collison also missed all of his shots and finished with four points and six assists for the Clips. He stunk in this one but has been a must-own player since Chris Paul went down, and this game doesn’t change that fact. Terrence Ross isn’t a point guard, but also missed all six of his shots for the Raptors on Monday, finishing with one point.
Jeff Teague actually made one shot against the Heat on Monday, as his slump continues. He’s shooting 33 percent over his last six games, and while I heard porn star Lisa Ann ripping him for his terrible Week 12 on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports radio last night, no one mentioned that the Hawks played just one game last week. Teague was on fire a couple weeks ago and while this slump is highly annoying, it won’t last. Now is a good time to buy low on Teague. And despite his horrible game, the Hawks still beat the reeling Heat. Shelvin Mack had 13 points and seven assists in 27 minutes, which will hopefully tick Teague off.
Kendall Marshall hit just 1-of-4 shots for three points on Monday, but also had eight assists, two steals and a 3-pointer. He had five straight double-doubles coming into this one, so he was due for a crash. None of the other Lakers PGs are near a return in the next week, so Marshall still looks like a super fantasy play.
Pablo Prigioni started for the Knicks but scored just two points in 19 minutes, while Raymond Felton his just 2-of-11 shots in the loss. Just keep an eye on Prigioni if you’re in a deep league. J.R. Smith had 15 points and he continues to slowly crawl out of Mike Woodson’s doghouse.