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The Night Before the Chaos?

Thursday, February 20, 2014


Patty Mills is cashing in on all that potential and he turned in another big night with 24 of his 29 points in the second half of last night’s win over the Blazers.  I liked him to be owned in all formats based on the strength of his season-long late-round value, while his recent value has been in the early rounds.  If he’s available stop what you’re doing and grab him with or without regard for Parker’s return, which is still somewhat hazy. 

 

Derrick Favors (hip) did not play and weary owners can call off any buy low discussion until the issue is worked out, but Favors was close to going tonight and again the gamblers can consider all the past talk about that.  Enes Kanter got the start and promptly put up 18 and 10 with no steals or blocks.  That’s probably not changing this season and it is the anchor to his value, but he’ll be worth starting for however long Favors is out.  Alec Burks scored 23 points with six rebounds, three assists and a trey and he’s worth a look in standard leagues, though he needs to continue posting big numbers to make up for his problems with versatility. 

 

Shaun Livingston logged 40 minutes and put up nine points, five boards, seven assists and one block, and he’s not going to just hand over his duties to Marcus Thornton.  Keep using him as you normally have until you’re given a reason not to.  Joe Johnson had a ‘good’ night with 27 points, two boards, six assists, three steals and four treys.  He’s worth a look after a night like that but he’s faded throughout the year. 

 

Kevin Love went nuts with 42 points, 16 boards, one steal and five treys and he built on his NBA record of hitting 40 and 15 with five treys in a game.  The record now stands at two such games. 

 

Rajon Rondo nearly triple-doubled with 18 points, seven rebounds, and 10 assists but he didn’t hit a three or record a steal.  Owners are watching the 3-point shooting to see if he can keep up his hot start from behind the stripe, but of more consequence right now might be when he clears himself for back-to-backs.  The Celtics have two such games on Friday and Saturday so watch out. 

 

Ricky Rubio handed out a career-high 17 assists to go with six points, seven boards and two steals.  He’s a guy that I have a hard time complaining about despite the bad shooting and scoring numbers.  

 

Gerald Wallace had a productive night with Avery Bradley (ankle) out, scoring nine points with three rebounds, four steals and a block in 34 minutes.  He’s still all over the board and owners will want to approach him with caution.  Brandon Bass tried to pad his trade value with 18 and eight with two blocks, but he’ll likely have more value where he’s at barring a small group of shallow teams as potential landing spots at the deadline. 

 

J.R. Smith got back on track with his mask with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting, five boards, three assists and two steals.  He isn’t a must-own player given all the drama and issues, but he’s worth a look after a line like that.  Tim Hardaway has been a guy I’m trying to add/hold, and last night he scored 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting with three treys, three boards and one steal.  Especially after the Iman Shumpert injury (MCL sprain in previously injured knee) both guys should be owned in most standard formats. 

 

Carmelo Anthony scored 42 points with four rebounds, three steals, two blocks and two threes as he continues to carry extremely heavy load for the Knicks.  The good news is that I don’t think he cares, I don’t think Mike Woodson cares, and I don’t think the Knicks care.  He’s good to go. 

 

I’m done giving Jonas Valanciunas any credibility as a guy to own in 12-14 team leagues.  Perhaps owners should wait and see if the Raptors change fundamentally at the deadline somehow, but JV just isn’t getting done and there are no indicators that this will change since the Raptors are heading to the playoffs.  DeMar DeRozan chipped in with 32 points, five boards and one assist to go with 10-of-11 makes from the foul line in last night’s loss to the Bulls. 

 

Tobias Harris finally got going with the peripherals last night, hitting two threes with two steals and one block to go with an otherwise unsurprising 19 points, seven boards and three assists.  Those peripherals are the key to him achieving mid-round value and it’s undoubtedly a good sign.  Victor Oladipo had another low minute night (four points, four boards, four assists, 19 minutes) and I’m still fine calling him a buy low target. 

 

Jeff Teague suffered an ankle injury and did not return last night as his nightmare season continues.  Shelvin Mack played 17 minutes with six points, two boards and three assists but has been serviceable in spots this season.  Paul Millsap (21 and 11 with four assists, three steals, one block, one three) was en fuego and Elton Brand came out of nowhere to post 20 and 11 with a steal and zero blocks in another big 35-minute effort.  Perhaps that’s why they’re sniffing around Jordan Hill and Chris Kaman

 

Kemba Walker went off for 24 points, five rebounds, a career-high 16 assists, two steals, one block and three treys.  Looks like that slump is over. 



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Aaron Bruski has covered hoops for Rotoworld since 2008 and has competed in national fantasy sports competitions for nearly two decades. You can also find his work over at ProBasketballTalk, where he received critical acclaim for his in-depth reporting of the Kings' relocation saga. Hit him on Twitter at Aaronbruski.
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