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Thursday November 12, 2009 3:30 pm

NBA Score Boxing: November 12, 2009

Posted by Alvin Lai Categories: Fantasy, NBA,

The NBA schedule saw a full slate of games last night, and I am up early to make sure the garbage gets to the curb on time. Let us blast through the box scores, focusing on one or two players from each team and their fantasy basketball relevance.

Indiana 108, Golden State 94. Even with all the dysfunction in Golden State, the team usually puts up 100 points a night, but the Pacers outpaced andoutgunned them this game. Anthony Randolph has made a fantasy comeback, and had 17 pts, 13 rebs, 3 stl and 2 blk on his line last night. Owners need to see what happens to him when Andris Biedrins comes back because coach Don Nelson has not shown him much love at all with his playing time. On the Pacers, Tyler Hansbrough managed to put up 12 shots and get to the line eight times in just over 16 minutes of play. He finished with 11 points and 8 boards with a block, so might be worth a gander in deep leagues as a final bench spot guy.

Toronto 99, Chicago 89. It looked like the Bulls ran out of us in the second half. Taj Gibson has started the last five games with Tyrus Thomas out, and put up a line of 18 pts, 5 rebs, 2 ast, 2 stl and 2 blk last night. I am not ready to add him to my roster but keep an eye on him. Over on the Raps, Jose Calderon showed some fantasy spark this past week. Last night he posted 18 points on 80% shooting, six assists to one turnover, and one moneyball.

Boston 105, Utah 86. Ronnie Brewer was dropped in Dennis Velasco’s Barkley’s Mouth expert league. Certainly not spectacular, but he is a useful fantasy player, especially off the waiver wire. Last night he played 36-plus minutes, and finished with 13 points, 3 assists and a steal while shooting 0-for-3 from downtown. No one on the Celtics played more than 33 minutes for the game. Kevin Garnett was efficient scoring 18 points in 26 minutes, 70% from the field and 100% from the line. He only grabbed four boards and did not register a block.

Atlanta 114, New York 101. Anyone who just about lost patience with Mike Bibby is glad they waited one more game. His minutes were up last night and he filled the stat sheet to the tune of 19 pts, 3 rebs, 8 ast, 2 stl and three treys. On the Knicks, Toney Douglas seemingly came out of nowhere to log almost 36 minutes at the SG spot and scored 23 points. He added four boards and two three-pointers, but had one assist and no steals or blocks. He’s already gone in the aforementioned expert league. I imagine Larry Hughes owners will all be jumping ship soon if this distribution of playing time keeps up.

Philadelphia 82, New Jersey 79. My buddy Dice benched Elton Brand on a night where all fantasy teams have a full lineup. Wow, that is tough when you spent a third rounder on the guy. He deserves the benching; last night he shot blanks from the field and finished with 5 points and 6 boards with no blocks. The Nets are hurtin’; they played only eight guys last night, and that includes Courtney Lee who saw the floor for only 1:50. Terrence Williams does decently with the so-called counting stats, and he started at two-guard last night. But his percentages are tough to absorb, so I consider him an emergency replacement only at this point. He does have the potential to make the all-rookie team this year.

Detroit 98, Charlotte 75. What is doing on with D.J. Augustin? Raja Bell did not play in the second of this back-to-back game and I have not found any hard news on that, but that should have opened up minutes for Augustin. Instead the team started Flip Murray, and D.J.‘s line was terrible for the second straight night. As a fantasy owner who employs him, I want to hang in there to see what happens with Raja, but it’s getting tough to stomach this non-existent production. The Pistons are still short-handed, but Charlie Villanueva rewarded his owners with a monster game: 30 points (13-for-17 from the field, 2-4 from downtown, 2-2 from the line), and he also swiped two rocks and registered one block.

Milwaukee 108, Denver 102. He is still listed as “J.R. Smith” but Earl Smith III has landed squarely on the center of the fantasy radar in only his second game back from suspension. He scored 18 points and grabbed four steals in under 29 minutes off the bench. Meanwhile on the Bucks, it is early, but it seems safe to mark Brandon Jennings down as the best fantasy rookie this year and perhaps also the best late-round pick/waiver wire pick-up. He had a great game in the Bucks’ win with 32 points shooting perfect from the line and from three-point land, and dished nine assists.

Portland 107, Minnesota 84. Andre Miller started alongside Steve Blake again and finished with 9 points and 10 assists. The Blazers were on cruise control, so when given extended work in a closer game, Miller should get better and better from the numbers perspective. Ryan Gomes has already been added and dropped twice in my family and friends league. He is a useful player as his seven boards, two treys and two steals last night attest to, but when his shot is off, he justifiably becomes waiver wire material. It looks like he runs pretty hot and cold, and if Kevin Love does indeed come back late next week, he might end up off of fantasy radars for good.

Cleveland 102, Orlando 93. Anthony Parker signed with the Cavs and I imagine he was expected to bring hustle on D, and a shooting touch from downtown. Last night he hit all three of his three-point attempts and swiped the ball three time. However, being at best the fourth scoring option, he remains just below the employment line in standard leagues. Vince Carter scored 29 points in a losing cause. It looks safe to plug him back into your lineups and kudos if you rolled the dice on him in a weekly lineup league.

San Antonio 92, Dallas 83. Erick Dampier was riding a huge wave. Just as many people added him to their roster, he puts up a dud, going oh-fer last night, and grabbing only four boards with no blocks. Tony Parker and Tim Duncan missed another game so owners of Richard Jefferson will continue to see a short-term boost; RJ finished the night with 29 pts, 7 reb, 4 ast, 3 stl, 1 blk and two three-pointers.

Houston 104, Memphis 79. Marc Gasol had a quiet game last night, but remains a front-runner for most improved player early into this season. Kyle Lowry can help you if you need assists. Playing behind Aaron Brooks, he almost had a triple double last night (8 pts, 8 reb, 10 ast). He has three-point range and can grab steals too, which means he will have huge upside if the Rockets sustain an injury in the starting back court.

Oklahoma City 83, Los Angeles Clippers, 79. Kevin Durant had a really nice game, but fantasy ballers know that already. If you are hardcore, you are already keeping an eye on Thabo Sefolosha. He is starting ahead of James Harden and although he did not do much last night, he could be a decent jack-of-all-trades player for your bench. Al Thornton entered the starting lineup with both Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon on the sidelines, and he responded with 15 points and 9 boards in over 40 minutes of playing time. If you need depth on your team or a scoring boost, check to see if he is still available and add him right away because he probably will not be out there very long. Two weeks from now, his value will have come and gone if his team mates return from injury.

Phoenix 124, New Orleans 104. Peja Stojakovic now starts for the Hornets, but showed last night why most fantasy leagues did not touch him on draft night. He shot blanks and other than two rebounds, registered zeros right across his stat line. The Suns are winning (8-1 record now) and to the delight of us fantasy hoopsters, are runnin’ and gunnin’. Leandro Barbosa continues to see only a bit of playing time after missing a few games last week, but as he gets back into the flow, he will be doing what he always does.



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