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Friday January 4, 2008 1:35 pm

Beyond the Arc: Week 11

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If you haven’t seen it yet, check out this video.  But let’s jump into the schedules now.

Here’s the schedule for next week (1/7-1/13):

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Four games: Charlotte Bobcats, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns
Three games: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets, Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Seattle Supersonics, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards
Two games: Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trailblazers


Nobody is hotter than Paul Pierce right now.  In the last seven days, Pierce has averaged 28.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 4.5 apg, and 2 spg.  The bigger deal?  More than three treys made a game while shooting 44 percent and 83 percent from the field and line, respectively.  Nobody thought HE would be the main benefactor in the Kevin Garnett deal, but that seems to be how it’s working out.

Jason Richardson seems to be benefiting from his new digs as well.  Last week he poured in three-and-a-half threes a game en route to almost 29 ppg.  All that and shooting over 50 percent from the field and almost 88 percent from the line?  Those cannot be J-Rich’s numbers ... Or can they?

Talking about threes, nobody tops Michael Finley.  He made four per game last week to average him out at 21 ppg.  He may actually be worth a look in some deeper leagues.

Hopefully you did not miss that explosion put on by John Salmons on Wednesday.  The Kings are really becoming a hotbed of there-again-gone-again fantasy talent.  Over the last week, Salmons has averaged 25.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.7 apg, and 2.7 spg.  If Ron Artest is out a while after surgery, those numbers could stay somewhere near that as long as he is out.

Now how about a shout-out to a Suns player for me, eh?  AmarĂ© Stoudemire is sick.  He’s showing us he can score again on par with his breakout year, putting in 29.7 ppg and 14 rpg over the last week.  He has also blocked 2.7 shots a game.  To those who said he isn’t a great rebounder, eat that.


You hate to put this guy anywhere near a list like this, but Shawn Marion’s rebounds have not been there.  That is ALL we are talking about here.  He’s still scoring and making threes, but he was at 5.3 rpg last week, far below his career average.  Also, just one steal and one block per game?  Those are awfully low as well.

Danny Granger has been hitting the skids as well.  The guy who used to be a three-point machine only averaged 0.3 a game last week. This translates into just over 11 ppg, which is a very poor week for one of the season’s better surprises thus far.

Raymond Felton is also really struggling with his move to shooting guard.  REALLY struggling.  He shot only 34 percent from the field last week, for less than 10 ppg.  Well, his bread and butter is dishing dimes, right?  Ugh, 6.3 a game last week.  We expect better, Mr. Felton.  If you aren’t scoring, at least give us some assists.  Oh, and virtually no steals.  He’s almost droppable.

Andrew Bynum may also be hitting his first rough patch of the year.  The Chris Mihm injury should lock him in for minutes, but his numbers weren’t pretty.  He provided double-digit rebounds only once last week, for an average of 5.5 per game.  With just one block and 9 points per contest, that is just not getting it done.

Injury Report

The big news is Ron Artest’s surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow.  He’ll miss three to four weeks, in which John Salmons and Francisco Garcia can go nuts.  And they will.

Chris Wilcox is listed as day-to-day with a sprained left knee.  The Sonics talked about bringing up Mouhammed Sene from the D-League, but with Wilcox looking good to go sometime this week, that is not likely.

Kevin Durant started Thursday at Phoenix, but will definitely be hindered while recovering from a sprained index finger.  He has been practicing without a splint on the injured finger, but he still may be slowed.

And folks, we have our first Jamaal Tinsley injury.  He’s out for at least the weekend with a hamstring injury.  That’s a big blow to the big assist man.

That is about it for this week.  Enjoy the rest of the first week of 2008.

Brandon Haraway is a lead contributor for DroppingDimes.com and the owner of The Fantasy Lounge. You can email him at Brandon.Haraway@fantasyloungesports.com.



Add Shawn’s FT% to the mix, and Marion owners (especially in H2H) can’t be too happy right now.

Lewis owners are probably disappointed right now as well….


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