I usually have an internal debate about whether to write the Dose as soon as the games end and then go to bed, or to first take a nap, write the Dose, and go to bed when the sun comes up. On Monday night I chose nap-Dose-bed, although I didn’t set an alarm or anything. So when my messed up body clock awoke me, I let the dog out and had another internal debate: do I write the Dose at Starbucks, where I might interact with other human beings, or do I write it in my office, where I won’t see or hear anyone? I decided on Starbucks, until I got ready to go and noticed that it was only 3:30 in the morning. Ah, the life of a vampire.
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Another thing I tend to do as a vampire is read emails in small print on my phone in the middle of the night when I’m half asleep and lying in bed. I saw this gem at some point last night:
Subject: This website blows! - Way to tell me Rondo is out tonight in a 2-game week.
Naturally, I got all defensive and lobbed this shot back at him:
Seriously dude? Look at the previous Rondo blurbs as well as today’s daily dose. We've said countless times he wouldn't play on Monday.
And then, as soon as I hit the send button, I realized he was a friend of mine, sending a venting note out to our entire league, ripping the league manager site we use for not having Rondo listed as injured. Which led to a second, apologetic email. I have no idea why I shared these stories this morning, but it’s possible this conversation I had yesterday had something to do with it. Follow me on Twitter by clicking here!
Pacers Crush Nuggets
David West hit 11-of-13 shots for 25 points, three rebounds and two blocks, keeping alive the trend of opposing PFs abusing the Nuggets. Roy Hibbert was also nice with 14 points, 12 boards and four blocks, and both helped me win a little cash in a daily league. Paul George, who is not a big man, struggled badly against the Nuggets, hitting just 4-of-10 shots for 10 points, but still had a decent stat line, while George Hill was nice again with 10 points, seven boards, five dimes and two steals. Maybe he’s turned the corner after his recent 37-point explosion. Lance Stephenson had 12 points and six boards, but not much else, and is likely still not 100 percent after his bad fall over the weekend, but at least he played.
Ty Lawson missed this one with his broken rib and remains out indefinitely. Randy Foye got the start at point guard and hit just 2-of-13 shots for nine points, 10 assists and a 3-pointer. He tweaked an ankle, but was able to stay in and play through it. Quincy Miller started at SG but failed to score against the Pacers, while only Wilson Chandler, J.J. Hickson and Jordan Hamilton managed to score in double figures in a blowout.
Raptors Down Pelicans
Kyle Lowry did it again with 19 points, seven rebounds, 12 assists, two steals and a 3-pointer, as the trade rumors have died down with his strong play. Amir Johnson was out with an ankle injury giving Patrick Patterson the start. He responded with a season-high 22 points and six rebounds on 7-of-11 shooting, while Jonas Valanciunas was quietly disappointing with nine points, eight boards and a block. If Johnson is going to miss time, Patterson is the pickup, but Amir’s injury doesn’t sound terribly serious. Terrence Ross hit four 3-pointers and had 14 points, four rebounds and a block as he continues to cling to fantasy relevancy. DeMar DeRozan stayed hot with 22 points, while Tyler Hansbrough added 12 points and six boards off the bench with Johnson out.
Tyreke Evans was out of Monty Williams’ doghouse and back on the court for the Pelicans, where he went off for 23 points, five rebounds, 10 assists and three steals in the loss. Apparently he smelled what Williams was cooking after being benched on Sunday, and I hope you had him in your lineup. Brian Roberts had 18 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers, and remains a solid fantasy option as long as Jrue Holiday is out with his leg injury. Anthony Davis had 19 points, seven rebounds and three steals, but didn’t block a shot, which is going to sting a lot of owners in a short week (me included). This was just his fifth game of the season without a blocked shot. Anthony Morrow cooled off with Evans and Eric Gordon (10 points) in action, and had just eight points off the bench.
The Day After: Pistons Beat Spurs (with help from ‘Bad Green’)
Brandon Jennings kept it going Monday with 21 points, six dimes, two steals and two 3-pointers, and is simply a must-start player despite his random disappearing acts. Greg Monroe double-doubled with 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Pistons spanked the Spurs under interim coach John Loyer. Monroe has been the subject of trade rumors, but is playing pretty well right now. Rodney Stuckey had 20 points off the bench and while he’s an interesting fantasy option, he doesn’t do much beside score points. Josh Smith had 12 points and a full stat line that included more poor shooting (4-of-12), while Kyle Singler made another start at shooting guard. He finished with 10 points, six boards, two steals and two 3-pointers on 3-of-11 shooting, and is still worth a look in all leagues as long as he’s starting. And as usual, Andre Drummond was solid with 14 points, nine boards, a steal and three blocks on 7-of-10 shooting, as all five starters managed to hit double digits in scoring for the Pistons.
Marco Belinelli returned from a back injury and had 20 points and four 3-pointers. He’s inconsistent, but the minutes are almost always there. Tony Parker played 21 minutes and had 11 points and three assists, and may still be bothered by a sore back. With Parker back, Patty Mills played just 14 minutes and scored six points, although he also suffered a sprained ankle in this one, leaving him iffy for his next one. Tiago Splitter was out again with his calf injury, while Danny Green suffered some sort of hand injury during the game. He tried to play through it, but was a disaster, hitting 1-of-6 shots for two points, two rebounds and a block. I have been really down on Green all season but got excited when he got hot recently. Of course, he’s been awful since I put him in my lineup, and I’m a sucker. Maybe he bounces back on Wednesday against the Celtics, if he even plays. Kawhi Leonard will have an X-ray on his broken hand next week to determine a target date for his return, while Manu Ginobili is expected back on Feb. 18 after missing about three weeks with a hamstring injury.