Conley Hits Game-Winner as Grizzlies Top Pelicans
Courtney Lee hit just 1-of- 6 shots for four points in 23 minutes on Wednesday, while Tony Allen had 13 points, three steals and a block in 25 minutes of the Grizzlies win. The timeshare is a buzzkill for Lee, while Mike Conley hit the game-winner and finished with 16 points and one assist.
Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon were both out with an illness, giving Anthony Morrow a start. He hit just 2-of-12 shots for 10 points, while Al-Farouq Aminu also started and had eight points and eight rebounds. Anthony Davis stole the show with 29 points, 10 rebounds, a steal and four blocks, but the Pelicans couldn’t get by the Grizzlies.
Mavericks Beat the Jazz
Dirk Nowitzki bounced back to hit 12-of-14 shots for 31 points, eight boards and four 3-pointers in a win over the Jazz, while Devin Harris played through an Achilles injury and had 12 points, three rebounds, three assists and a 3-pointer in 20 minutes. He’s an interesting daily play as long as he’s healthy. Shawn Marion’s struggles continued to the tune of four points on 2-of-6 shooting, but he should be about ready to break out of his funk.
Trey Burke hit 8-of-18 shots and three 3-pointers for 20 points and six dimes in Wednesday’s loss, Alec Burks came off the bench for 13 points, four rebounds, a career-high eight assists and three steals, and Enes Kanter stayed relevant with 18 points, 11 rebounds and a block in 28 minutes. He’s hurting Derrick Favors, who had 15 points, five rebounds, a steal and a block in 28 minutes.
Knicks Beat Boston
Tim Hardaway hit 7-of-11 shots and three 3-pointers for 22 points off the bench and remains an interesting fantasy option. Cole Aldrich started at center and had 12 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes, but Tyson Chandler (personal) and Amare Stoudemire (rest) should be back soon. Carmelo Anthony had 34 points on the day he found out he may, or may not be, working for Phil Jackson next year.
Phil Pressey had nine points, nine rebounds, five assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in a start for Rajon Rondo, and came through for owners looking for a cheap option in daily leagues. Rondo should be back for the next one. The Celtics have three sets of back-to-back games remaining, and owners of Rondo will want to take a close look at the weekly schedule before starting him the rest of the way. Jeff Green had 27 points, two rebounds, and two 3-pointers on 10-of-21 shooting, as he continues to be a hit-or-miss prospect. Kris Humphries and Jared Sullinger were both solid, while Kelly Olynyk had four points in just 18 minutes off the bench.
Toronto Tops Detroit
Amir Johnson hit 8-of-14 shots for 20 points, nine boards, two steals and a block in a win over the Pistons and should be owned in all leagues. DeMar DeRozan bounced back with 25 points and Kyle Lowry played well in the win.
Brandon Jennings broke out of a funk to hit 10-of-15 shots and four 3-pointers for 24 points, four boards, two assists and a steal in a loss, while Rodney Stuckey, who had 23 points on Tuesday, crawled back into his hole with zero points (0-for-6) and three assists in 26 minutes. Andre Drummond’s finger is OK, and he had 16 points, nine boards, two steals and a block in 34 minutes.
Kings Crown Sixers
If you followed my lead and played the Kings’ ‘Big 3’ last night, it paid off. Rudy Gay hit 16-of-19 free throws for 27 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and a 3-pointer, Isaiah Thomas had 20 points, six dimes and four steals, and DeMarcus Cousins added 19 points, 12 rebounds and zero technical fouls in the win. Ben McLemore scored 15 with three 3-pointers, and might be ready to turn it on.
James Anderson hit five 3-pointers for 17 points and three dimes, and MCW and Thaddeus Young played fairly well (if you don’t count MCW’s seven TOs), but it was center Henry Sims who stole the show. He had a career-high 20 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and two blocks in the loss. Pick him up if you need a center, but my guess is this is was best game of the season.
Nuggets Drop Magic
Randy Foye hit just 1-of-6 shots (a 3-pointer) for three points in 26 minutes, and he’s killing me in a playoff lineup. Kenneth Faried had 26 points and nine rebounds, Wilson Chandler bounced back with 21 points, 10 boards and three 3-pointers, and Ty Lawson was in his normal stud mode with 17 points, 12 dimes and two 3-pointers. J.J. Hickson added 20 points and nine boards off the bench, but is hard to trust right now.
Nikola Vucevic had 20 points, 16 rebounds, three assists and a block in 38 minutes, as opposing big men continue to abuse the Nuggets. Tobias Harris had 11 points and four steals in just 19 minutes off the bench, and isn’t startable until he gets back in the good graces of coach Jacque Vaughn. Kyle O’Quinn started over him and had 10 points, eight rebounds and two blocks, while Moe Harkless cooled off with just two points in 29 minutes, and will continue to struggle for consistency with the Magic back at full strength. Victor Oladipo had 15 points, four rebounds and three assists in the loss, but appears to be fully healthy again. Jameer Nelson had 19 points, nine assists and four 3-pointers, and Arron Afflalo had 24 points and two 3-pointers in the loss.
Bobcats Best Wizards
Al Jefferson had 26 & 10 as the Bobcats rattled off another win, this time on the road at Washington. Yep, they are probably going to the playoffs behind Big Al. Gerald Henderson returned from a calf injury with 13 points and two blocks, while Chris Douglas-Roberts was back on the bench for 10 points and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes. Neither player is a great fantasy option at this point.
Trevor Ariza was probably the fantasy bust of the night, hitting just 3-of-9 shots for seven points. He killed one of my teams last night, and I’m guessing I’m not alone, but he will bounce back after scoring just 13 points over his last two games. John Wall hit 10-of-19 for 23 points and three 3-pointers last night for 23 points and four assists, but the Wizards just didn’t have it.