Beast of the Night: Carmelo Anthony torched the Rockets with 50 points, 11 rebounds, a steal, three blocks and two three-pointers. He shot 67 percent (16-24) from the field, 89 percent (16-18) from the free-throw line and had four turnovers in the loss. Anthony continues to be swarmed by drama but remains a solid fantasy player, despite the horrid assists-to-turnovers ratio so far this month (0.8 assists, 3.5 turnovers per game).
Lines for Discussion:
Ray Allen: 9-17 FG (53%), 5-5 FT (100%), 2 threes, 25 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 TO; Allen has notched 21+ points in four of his last five games and continues to steamroll through the season with top-25 averages. It’s about time for his owners to at least consider selling high on him in the near future, but it’s not a crime to hold onto him for the rest of the season.
Gerald Wallace: 6-16 FG (38%), 6-8 FT (75%), 1 three, 19 Pts, 16 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO; Slowly but surely, Wallace is turning his ship around. This marked his third straight game with a double-double and he’s averaging a healthy 16.8 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, one steal and one three-pointer made so far this month.
Kevin Martin: 12-26 FG (46%), 9-12 FT (75%), 4 threes, 37 Pts, 4 Reb, 7 Ast, 3 Stl, 3 TO; K-Mart just keeps on producing. He’s off to a strong start to February, averaging 30 points, 3.5 rebounds, four assists, two steals, 3.3 threes and 91 percent from the free-throw line one 11.3 attempts per game.
DeMarcus Cousins: 8-16 FG (50%), 9-10 FT (90%), 25 Pts, 14 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 TO; This was a strong bounce-back game for Cousins after his 7/10 stinker on Friday. He’ll be a bit rocky going forward but has played himself into starter status in many leagues.
LaMarcus Aldridge: 15-23 FG (65%), 12-14 FT (86%), 42 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Blk; This was Aldridge’s second 40-point game of the month. There’s not much else to say about this top-20 stud.
Andris Biedrins: 2 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Stl; Congratulations if you were able to sell high on him earlier this month. His owners should always be on the lookout to sell high on Biedrins when he pieces together a couple strong lines.
Kendrick Perkins: 8 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Blk, 1 TO; If you’re looking for a big man, Perkins should be a strong consideration for his rebounds and blocks.
Gerald Henderson: 15 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk, 1 TO; He’s not the most consistent player in town, but Henderson is worth a look in deeper leagues.
Shaun Livingston: 18 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 4 TO; That’s two straight games with 21+ minutes for Livingston. If he continues to get this kind of run, he’s definitely worth a pickup in deeper leagues.
Nikola Pekovic: 12 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO; An injury to Manna opens things up for Pekovich, who should be considered in deeper leagues.
Sam Young: 22 Pts, 2 threes, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 TO; He’s a decent source of points, steals and a smattering of other stats, and should be picked up in deeper leagues and monitored in others.
Peja Stojakovic: 8 Pts, 1 three, 5 Reb; He should be a decent speculative stash if you need points and threes.
Ty Lawson: 19 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 TO; Chauncey Billups is hurt, which means Lawson is an automatic add in most leagues.
Samuel Dalembert: 9 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk, 1 TO; He was pushed back to the bench but still played 22:48 last night. Dalembert should be considered if you need rebounds and blocks.
Rudy Fernandez: 18 Pts, 2 threes, 1 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 TO; Fernandez is a fine player to pickup in many leagues at the moment.
Brandon Roy (knee): set to return this week
Chauncey Billups (knee): monitor his status
Nene (illness): day-to-day
Rodney Stuckey (shoulder): game-time decision tonight
Chris Wilcox (groin): ditto
Richard Hamilton (groin): ditto
Jason Maxiell (back): ditto
Brandon Rush (ankle): hopes to return tonight
Darko Milicic (hip): monitor his status
Emeka Okafor (hip): “a ways off” from returning, according to coach Monty Williams; he remains day-to-day
Dante Cunningham (face): monitor his status
Leandro Barbosa (hamstring): could return tonight
Reggie Evans (foot): coach Jay Triano expects him to return just before the All-Star break
Yi Jianlian (ankle): day-to-day
Nick Young (knee): day-to-day
Semih Erden (thigh): day-to-day
See how much (if at all) post-suspension Aaron Brooks plays tonight as the Rockets host the Timberwolves.
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