Clippers at Warriors
Blake Griffin scored 27 points on 11-of-21 shooting, Darren Collison added 22 points and five assists, but Thursday's game slipped away when Golden State went on a 16-2 run after halftime to open up a huge lead. Among the notable causes for L.A.'s defeat, DeAndre Jordan grabbed a game-high 20 rebounds while the rest of the team added a combined 14 rebounds. The team's go-to scoring guards also flopped, as J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford combined to score 21 points on 5-of-20 shooting.
They'll look to get back on track vs. the Jazz on Saturday, which may be one of their final games without Chris Paul. CP3 is reportedly aiming to return from his Grade-3 shoulder separation on either Feb. 7 or Feb. 9, which would clear the way for him to start the All-Star game. The Clippers' offered a relatively vague timeline on Jan. 5, saying CP3 would be out "up to six weeks," and given his work ethic and toughness it's not surprising that he's aiming to return after closer to four weeks.
The Warriors cruised to a victory with a decisive edge in rebounds, limited turnovers, accurate shooting, and solid defense. David Lee double-doubled with 22 & 11, while Steph Curry scored 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting (4-of-4 from downtown), and Klay Thompson chipped in 16 points with three assists and three steals. The biggest difference-maker may have been Andrew Bogut, however, who controlled the paint and stifled the Clippers' offense on his way to 14 points, 17 rebounds (seven offensive), one steal and three blocks in just 28 minutes.
Bogut is having a tremendous 2013-14 season. He's been derided as injury-prone, and at least in fantasy circles he was all but written off as a lost cause prior to this season (I drafted him at No. 124 in the ultra-competitive 30-Deep league on CBSSports.com). And yet he's been a top-60 value in nine-cat leagues on a per-game basis, and vaults into the top-40 for cumulative value since he's missed exactly one game all season.
Bogut has also been one of the league's premier rim-protectors this season, according to NBA.com. When he's within five feet of the rim and the player attempting the shot, opponents are making only 44.0 percent of their attempts in the restricted area. That ranks fifth in the NBA among centers who play at least 25 minutes per game, trailing Robin Lopez, Roy Hibbert, Brook Lopez and Larry Sanders. The Warriors are being rewarded for their faith in Bogut, as they gave him a $36 million extension in October, and their prudent decision to limit his minutes (27 per game) has kept him healthy through the halfway point of the season.
Rest-of-Season Games Played
I have posted another document on GoogleDrive which should be of particular interest to fantasy owners in head-to-head leagues, as it pertains to each team's rest-of-season schedule. Owners in roto leagues may also benefit from detailed schedule information, though in leagues that cap games-played for each position it's obviously not as vital.
Here is the link for my spreadsheet. Google's spreadsheet software doesn't mimic the at-a-glance usefulness of Excel's 'color coding', which enables you to quickly differentiate between abnormally low and high numbers in a data set, but I've applied some conditional formatting to mimic the effect. I hope you find it useful, and let me know if you have any questions. In case it's not clear, you should feel free to use, copy or download any of the docs I share on Google Drive. If you want me to send you the original Excel files, I can do that too. Just send me a Direct Message on Twitter. Although the schedule layout speaks for itself and contains more information than I can summarize here, I've pulled out some highlights below.
*The Celtics, Bobcats, Thunder and Magic are tied for the fewest remaining games (33) UPDATE: I forgot that the Clippers have the fewest games, with 32 remaining.
*The Nets and Nuggets have the most remaining games (37)
*The Heat are the only team with four games in every likely playoff week (Weeks 20-24). That gives them 20 total games in that five-week period, but the Hawks, Celtics and Raptors aren't far behind with 19 games each.
Lakers - Week 19
Bucks - Week 20 *This previously said Wolves, which was incorrect
Trail Blazers - Week 22
*Note that every single team plays either one or two games in Week 16 (All-Star Weekend) and Week 25 (end of regular season).
Bobcats - Week 15, Week 18
Rockets - Week 15
Clippers - Week 21
Lakers - Week 20 (followed by a five-game week...nice)
Heat - Week 18 (followed by five consecutive four-game weeks...nice)
Wolves - Week 18
Knicks - Week 24
Thunder - Week 17 (followed by four consecutive three-game weeks...yuck)
Magic - Week 19
76ers - Week 17, Week 19
Raptors - Week 19
Warriors - Week 22 (Thanks to reader Christopher Hauck for pointing out that they have a dud week in the heart of the playoffs.)