Beast of the Night: Manu Ginobili was absolutely rabid last night, exploding for 36 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 steal and 4 blocks, while nailing 6 threes and turning the ball over just once in just 32 minutes of work. He shot 53 percent (8-15) from the field and 88 percent (14-16) from the line. His owners have to be praying that Tim Duncan and Tony Parker take their sweet time recovering on the sidelines.
Steve Nash – 6-9 FG (67%), 8-8 FT (100%), 1 3ptm, 21 Pts, 2 Reb, 20 Ast, 1 Blk, 7 TO; He’s turning the ball over quite often this season, but Nash looks like his old self this season.
Wilson Chandler – 8-15 FG (53%), 1 3ptm, 17 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast; Not the best line he’ll put up this year, but it’s good to see him bounce back from a clunker in his last game. Chandler is a decent buy-low candidate and offers a good mix of stats on most nights.
Chris Bosh – 8-16 FG (50%), 15-17 FT (88%), 1 3ptm, 32 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk, 2 TO; The steady flow of threes is clearly not a fluke and Bosh remains a fantasy monster this season.
Richard Jefferson – 9-16 FG (56%), 5-8 FT (63%), 1 3ptm, 24 Pts, 8 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 TO; With two of the Spurs’ stars sidelined, RJ put up his best line of the year so far. After struggling in his first two games, he’s turned things around. The window to buy low on him has closed.
Anthony Randolph – 8-14 FG (57%), 7-8 FT (88%), 23 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Stl, 3 Blk, 2 TO; He came off the bench behind Mikki Moore but finished with a much stronger game and played 30 minutes. The way Nellie is handing out minutes is maddening, but Randolph has the opportunity to shine in the next couple weeks, whether he starts or not. His owners should insert him into their lineups with confidence.
Ricky Davis – 6-13 FG (46%), 1-4 FT (25%), 1 3ptm, 14 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO; Forgot about Buckets, didn’t you? This was only his third game of the season and he put this up in a blowout loss. He should only be blipping on the radar for owners in the deepest of leagues.
Paul Millsap – 1-5 FG (20%), 2-4 FT (50%), 4 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 TO; He’s in a huge slump right now and Carlos Boozer’s resurgence doesn’t help at all. It’s time to cut him in shallow leagues, while his owners in deeper leagues have a tough decision to make.
Waiver Wire Appeal:
Marreese Speights – 20 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast; He’s still not starting, but he continues to be a much better play than Elton Brand or Samuel Dalembert. Ride him as long as you can.
George Hill – 22 Pts, 2 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO; A nice first game filling in for Parker. The Spurs scored 131 points on Monday, so this might be a flash in the pan from Hill, though he still deserves consideration.
Jared Dudley – 18 Pts, 4 3ptm, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl; Dudley’s doing a lot with the 22+ minutes he’s getting each night and is a good source of threes and steals.
Toney Douglas – 21 Pts, 3 3ptm, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 TO; The Knicks’ promising rookie deserves a look in deeper leagues.
Tracy McGrady – He says he’s coming back on Nov. 18, but his general manager thinks otherwise. T-Mac is close to returning but he’s a hot potato at best.
Duncan (ankle): day-to-day
Vince Carter (ankle): hopes to play tonight
Ryan Anderson (ankle): will not play tonight
Chris Paul (ankle): left game last night, returned, should be fine but monitor his status
Andris Biedrins (back): out for two weeks
Gilbert Arenas (calf): sat out practice, look for updates
Nenad Krstic (finger): dislocated left pinkie finger on Sunday, expected to play
Eric Gordon (groin): no return date set
Andrew Bynum (elbow): could play on Thursday
Pau Gasol (hamstring): unlikely for Thursday
See who steps up for the Kings as they host the Thunder.
Watch for Andre Miller’s progress and a revived, Iverson-free Grizzlies backcourt in Memphis.
Expect Orlando’s bench to get some decent run against the Bobcats tonight.
Monitor Arenas’ status. The Wizards might treat him with kid gloves but if he plays it’ll be an encouraging sign for his owners.
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