Beast of the Night: Pau Gasol scored a season-high 26 points, grabbed a career-high 22 rebounds, and added 4 assists, 1 steal and 4 blocks. He shot 60 percent (9-15) from the field, 89 percent (8-9) from the line and had 3 turnovers. Gasol is now averaging 19.5 boards in his last four games and is on his way to averaging a double-double for the first time in his career.
Gerald Wallace â€“ 10-18 FG (56%), 9-13 FT (69%), 29 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk, 5 TO; His gaudy rebounding this season is overshadowing his decline in assists, blocks, shooting percentages and his more frequent turnovers from last season, but Crash looks set to finish the 2009-10 as a top-25 fantasy stud, barring any injuries.
Troy Murphy â€“ 10-13 FG (77%), 1-1 FT (100%), 5 3ptm, 26 Pts, 15 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk; This was his third double-double in four games and Murphy’s been shouldering a bigger load since Danny Granger‘s injury. Kudos to owners who bought low on him.
Samuel Dalembert â€“ 0-4 FG (0%), 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Blk, 2 TO; The ride is over. The (Dalem)beast has turned back into a mere human. The clock has struck midnight. However you want to say it, this is a stark reminder of his fragile value. This clunker was partly due to foul trouble and partly due to a more crowded frontcourt (see below).
Michael Redd â€“ 11-24 FG (46%), 1-2 FT (50%), 2 3ptm, 25 Pts, 7 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 TO; This was Redd’s finest line of the season. When he’s on the court and healthy, he stands to help any fantasy squad he’s on. But the chances of him avoiding another string of DNPs are unlikely. Sell high on him soon.
Ersan Ilyasova â€“ 10-18 FG (56%), 1-3 FT (33%), 3 3ptm, 24 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO; He’s not ready to fade away just yet.
Dirk Nowitzki â€“ 13-18 FG (72%), 7-8 FT (88%), 2 3ptm, 35 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk, 3 TO; His team’s playing well, he bounced back from a dismal showing on Monday and the headband is back â€“ all is good with the world of Diggler.
J.R. Smith â€“ 9-14 FG (64%), 1-3 FT 933%), 2 3ptm, 21 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 TO; He’s heating up and should be ready to put up solid numbers for the rest of the season.
Waiver Wire Appeal:
Matt Barnes â€“ 20 Pts, 2 3ptm, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk, 2 TO; He’s only worth considering in deeper leagues but when he notches enough minutes, he can fill up the stat sheet quite nicely.
Maurice Evans â€“ 13 Pts, 3 3ptm, 2 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 TO; Evans is averaging 3.5 threes in his last four games and has earned solid minutes in the Hawks’ rotation.
Marreese Speights â€“ 14 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 TO; He’s back from a knee injury and played 22 minutes in his return. Dalembert and Elton Brand have some major competition for their minutes now.
Rasual Butler â€“ 21 Pts, 5 3ptm, 2 Reb, 2 Blk, 2 TO; His value, which is mostly points and threes, will take a big hit when Blake Griffin returns, but owners in deep leagues can ride him out until that happens. (I demand that “When Griffin Returns” be the title of a major Hollywood action flick in 2010.)
James Harden â€“ 12 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 TO; Inconsistent? Yes. Potential for some good value in deeper leagues down the stretch? Yes.
C.J. Watson â€“ 11 Pts, 1 3ptm, 7 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 TO; He started at small forward last night and looks ready to extend his nice little run a little while longer.
Chauncey Billups (groin): will have an MRI today, monitor the news; Ty Lawson should be on everyone’s radar
Mikki Moore (heel): will have surgery to remove bone spurs from his heel
Joakim Noah (shoulder): cortisone shot in left shoulder, should be OK for tonight
Tyrus Thomas (arm): could practice Friday
Richard Hamilton (hamstring): didn’t play last night, day-to-day
Rudy Gay (ankle): left in the third quarter last night, day-to-day
Quentin Richardson (hamstring): questionable tonight
Larry Hughes (groin): questionable tonight
Lou Williams (jaw): could practice today
Allen Iverson (knee): will have an MRI today
Dwyane Wade is banged up right now but expect him to bounce back from a mediocre performance on Tuesday, as the Heat host the Magic.
See how the “Andre Miller Experiment” progresses (or somehow regresses) tonight as the Blazers host the Suns.