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Friday February 9, 2007 9:57 am

Dropping Dimes on the Daily: February 9, 2007

The LakersDropping Dimes On The Daily is all about the team looking at the previous night’s performances and mentioning those that did pretty goodly and those that did pretty badly.  Goodly is a word, right?  Anyway, this will be a quick look around the league, so don’t expect a ton of text, just some daily fantasy basketball goodness!!!  Please note that this is the fantasy basketball section of ElevationMag.com’s Daily Top Picks. Check it out and see your daily rumors, quotes, headlines, and facts!  But read the fantasy section HERE!

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Thursday nights in the Association typically bring little excitement outside of Charles Barkley and TNT.  Apparently, some of the Detroit Pistons had other ideas as they put a hurtin’ on the Lakers of Los Angeles.

While it was Compton, California’s finest Tayshaun Prince leading the way with 20 points, it was Rasheed Wallace going nuts on the box score, putting up 18 points, 10 boards, three blocks, three steals and three long balls.  It would appear that he and Chris Webber are getting along just fine in the post, as C Webb had a double-double of his own – chalking up 18 points, 11 boards and four assists.

Chauncey Billups had an off-night, but (apparent) All-Star Richard Hamilton picked up some of the slack by doing more than just scoring; 16 points, seven dimes, and five boards.

Not too many bright spots for the Lakers as Kobe Bryant’s 18 points on 5-13 from the floor was definitely outshined by his humungous eight (EIGHT!) turnovers.  In fact, Bryant had more TO’s than the entire Detroit Pistons team (seven).  Well done, Mamba.  Rony Turiaf’s 25 minutes of burn resulted in a double-double, 18 points and 11 boards.  Otherwise, an all-around bad game for LA.

The Milwaukee Bucks and New Orleans Hornets were the only teams to put up over 100 points last night, so you know there are some numbers here.  Reuben Patterson easily had the fantasy line of the night*, going for 28 points, 16 boards, five steals and three assists on 10 of 23 from the floor and 8 of 10 from the line.  Nice work, Mr. Patterson.  He barely edged out Mo Williams’ 30 points, seven boards, five assists and three steals.  Let’s just say it was a fantasy-friendly night for Milwaukee.  Paging Michael Redd

The Hornets had a few nice lines of their own, with David West going for 21 points and 19 boards, Tyson Chandler’s 11 points and 22 boards, and Desmond Mason’s 24 points, seven boards and three steals. 

Chris Paul will get a line of his own, simply because he’s Chris Paul.  14 points, 10 dimes and two steals are very nice to see.  However, I can do without the five turnovers and 3-17 from the floor. 

Kevin Martin’s still the man in Sacramento, going for 29 points and two long balls on a (once again) solid night from the floor.  He also managed to get to the line a dozen times, which never hurts.  While Brad Miller has been an absolute bust this season, the 12 rebounds and two blocks certainly are a decent addition to any fantasy team.  And Mike Bibby won’t get you the assists but he’s always good for a few threes.  Case in point, last nights four dime, three bomb game. 

Finally, Luol Deng’s 20 points, 10 boards and three steals were the only significant stats for the Chicago Bulls.  OK…I guess I’ll mention Big Ben Wallace’s 13 boards and two blocks.  Boring. 

Catch you on the (round mound of) rebound!

*Apparently, I hand out awards now

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