Beast of the Night: LeBron James crowned the Raptors with 28 points, 9 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks. He didn’t hit any threes and had 3 turnovers, but shot a respectable 44 percent (8-18) from the field and 86 percent (12-14) from the free throw line. This was business as usual for the King.
Mo Williams â€“ 7-15 FG (47%), 4-4 FT (100%), 4 3ptm, 22 Pts, 3 Reb, 10 Ast, 4 TO; He’s had his hot streaks every now and then, and this could be the start of another one.
Chris Bosh â€“ 9-16 FG (56%), 3-4 FT (75%), 21 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 TO; Though he’s cooled off considerably since his scorching start to the season, Bosh is still usually good for a healthy double-double along with a decent mix of steals and blocks.
Jose Calderon â€“ 2-9 FG (22%), 2-3 FT (67%), 6 Pts, 2 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 TO; He’s still coming off the bench and seems a few games away from steady production.
Dwyane Wade â€“ 12-20 FG (60%), 4-8 FT (50%), 4 3ptm, 32 Pts, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk, 1 TO; This wasn’t his most dynamic line, but the threes, steals and blocks were nice. Wade is always a risk to sit out a few games with injuries, which makes him a worrisome leader for any fantasy team.
Jermaine O’Neal â€“ 4-7 FG (57%), 2-2 FT (100%), 10 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk, 2 TO; He’s been something of a pleasant surprise this season, but his health is always the ceiling to his value.
Danny Granger â€“ 2-16 FG (13%), 3-4 FT (75%), 1 3ptm, 8 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk, 3 TO; This was downright dreadful. Granger is averaging an incredible 8.5 three-point attempts per game so far this season, which partly explains his woeful shooting (41 percent) from the field. His shaky health and erratic production makes him a good player to dangle as trade bait once he puts up a few strong games.
Roy Hibbert â€“ 6-12 FG (50%), 0-2 FT (100%), 12 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk, 2 TO; The Pacers’ large margin of defeat didn’t help, but Hibbert is probably going to be plagued by inconsistency for the remainder of the season.
Waiver Wire Appeal:
Brandon Rush â€“ 17 Pts, 1 3ptm, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk; He alternates good games with bad ones but deserves consideration in deeper leagues.
Dahntay Jones â€“ 13 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO; That’s two consecutive solid outings, but Jones’ production is heavily dependent on his minutes, which are usually unpredictable.
Rafer Alston â€“ 8 Pts, 2 3ptm, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO; He continues to start for the Heat, and though he’s struggling, Alston deserves to be stashed in deep leagues.
Kevin Garnett (knee): practiced Tuesday, could return Friday
Rasheed Wallace (groin, foot): day-to-day
Gerald Wallace (ankle): didn’t practice Tuesday, game-time decision tonight
John Salmons (nausea): questionable tonight
Kirk Hinrich (flu): will start tonight
Andrew Bynum (gastroenteritis): monitor his status
Tyler Hansbrough (ear infection): day-to-day
Ben Gordon (groin): questionable tonight
Tayshaun Prince (knee): ditto
Richard Hamilton (illness): probable tonight
Will Bynum (ankle): out tonight
Expect Dwight Howard to exact his revenge on Roy Hibbert, who torched Superman in their last meeting.
The Lopez brothers will clash in Phoenix tonight.
Monitor Baron Davis‘ back and expect Eric Gordon to continue picking up the slack as the Clippers host the Bulls.
See if Andris Biedrins can put together another monster line against the Nuggets.
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