Beast of the Night: Rajon Rondo notched 30 points, 3 rebounds, 15 assists and 3 steals against the Warriors. He even hit a three, but also had 6 turnovers. Rondo shot 61 percent (11-18) from the floor and 78 percent (7-9) from the line. If he can hit more threes and shoot a higher percentage from the free throw line, Rondo could be one of the top-10 fantasy point guards.
Kevin Durant â€“ 15-22 FG (68%), 10-12 FT (83%), 40 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl, 5 TO; The points tied his season-high. Durant hasn’t disappointed owners who drafted him with a top-five pick.
Gilbert Arenas â€“ 12-26 FG (46%), 1-2 FT (50%), 5 3ptm, 30 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 5 Stl, 4 TO; This was quite a line from Arenas, who has had a great December. His health is his main area of concern but he seems fine so far.
Zach Randolph â€“ 7-17 FG (41%), 9-9 FT (100%), 23 Pts, 19 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 3 TO; He’s binging on the glass lately and has strung together six straight double-doubles. While it could be wise to sell high on him, owners who want to see how long they can ride this out can’t be blamed.
O.J. Mayo â€“ 11-24 FG (46%), 3-4 FT (75%), 3 3ptm, 28 Pts, 7 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Blk, 4 TO; This was one of his better overall lines of the season and though he’s inconsistent, Mayo has improved his production since a certain troublemaker left the Grizzlies. Expect him to be steadier in 2010.
Allen Iverson â€“ 7-11 FG (64%), 5-7 FT (71%), 19 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 TO; Speak of the devil. This was a nice return for A.I., who missed four games with a bum knee. He started alongside Lou Williams, who was limited to 9 points, 5 boards, 5 assists and 3 steals. Monitor their effect on each other going forward.
Elton Brand â€“ 11-16 FG (69%), 3-5 FT (60%), 25 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk; He’s beating out Marreese Speights lately but remains a game-to-game gamble.
Nene â€“ 8-11 FG (73%), 9-14 FT (64%), 25 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 3 Blk; The Brazilian beast has been quiet lately but this was a near-perfect line from him.
Stephen Curry â€“ 0-4 FG (0%), 0-1 FT (0%), 2 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 TO; This came in under 11 minutes of play. His minutes have fallen off a cliff and it seems that Nellie has his irrational swagger back.
Waiver Wire Appeal:
Nick Collison â€“ 11 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Blk; This was his second consecutive game playing 25+ minutes and if he can stay healthy, Collison can be a double-double threat on a nightly basis.
Yi Jianlian â€“ 29 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Stl, 3 TO; He’s a man with a mission and should be owned in all but the deepest of leagues.
Jared Dudley â€“ 19 Pts, 3 3ptm, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 1 TO; His strong month continues, as Dudley remains a solid source of threes and nice all-around production.
Andres Nocioni â€“ 21 Pts, 4 3ptm, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk, 2 TO; While this could be a flash in the pan, this performance should at least get him on the radars of deeper leagues.
C.J. Watson â€“ 11 Pts, 1 3ptm, 7 Ast, 7 Stl, 1 Blk, 3 TO; He just won’t go away. It’s tough to believe that his nice streak will continue for the rest of the way, but he should be owned in most leagues for now.
Joe Smith (thumb): should return tonight
Tyson Chandler (foot): out at least another week, probably more
Trevor Ariza (shin): bruised it Sunday, monitor his status
Marcus Camby (knee): uncertain timetable for return
Ron Artest (concussion): could return tonight
Rudy Gay (ankle): day-to-day
Josh Boone (knee): day-to-day
Willie Green (ankle): day-to-day
Rudy Fernandez (back): could return around Jan. 18
Mike James (finger): activated last night, could play soon
Charlie Villanueva (foot, stomach): questionable for the rest of the week
Glen Davis (ankle): will miss some time
See how Ben Gordon, Richard Hamilton and Will Bynum fare in the Pistons’ fully-recovered, crowded backcourt as they host the Knicks.
Watch to see if Mike Dunleavy can bounce back in Chicago and monitor how Tyrus Thomas performs in his second game back. Also, see how John Salmons and Kirk Hinrich do as they continue in their new roles.