Beast of the Night: Vladimir Radmanovic tore it up last night, finishing with 20 points, 4 threes, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. He shot 62 percent (8-13) from the field and had just 1 turnover. This is an eye-opening from a player who’s owned in very few leagues right now, but Radmanovic, whose three-point shooting fits the Warriors’ system, is getting minutes in Golden State and has started almost every game since he’s been there. He deserves a look in most leagues.
Kevin Garnett – 9-15 FG (60%), 2-2 FT (100%), 20 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl; He was definitely locked and loaded for last night’s matchup with the Spurs. This was one of KG’s better games of the season and while he has been somewhat disappointing so far, he’s still a top-50 fantasy player who has played quite well during the past week. It’s interesting to note that he hasn’t blocked a shot in six games and counting.
Paul Pierce – 2-9 FG (22%), 3-4 FT (75%), 1 3ptm, 8 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 3 TO; This was his second straight forgettable line. Pierce has been fantastic so far this season and his recent struggles can be chalked up to great defensive schemes by the Bobcats and Spurs. Now’s the time to buy low on him, as he’ll bounce back in a big way.
Manu Ginobili – 4-12 FG (33%), 1-2 FT (50%), 2 3ptm, 11 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 TO; He’s still working off some rust and is a solid buy-low candidate.
Chris Andersen – 3-3 FG (100%), 3-4 FT (75%), 9 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Stl, 3 Blk; The Birdman has picked it up recently after a slow start and is contributing in the blocks category again. His shooting percentages are great so far and he’s rarely turning the ball over, which makes his boards and blocks with little else very enjoyable to own.
Aaron Brooks – 8-15 FG (53%), 4-4 FT (100%), 5 3ptm, 25 Pts, 2 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl, 4 TO; His last three games have been great and though he’ll likely put up a string of second-rate lines soon, Brooks is worth the roller coaster ride.
Carl Landry – 8-10 FG (80%), 6-6 FT (100%), 22 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk, 3 TO; He’s no fluke and continues to help owners in every category besides threes.
Shane Battier – 3-6 FG (50%), 4-6 FT (67%), 10 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 6 Blk; He hasn’t met expectations this season but this line should be a reminder of the kind of efficiency Battier is capable of.
Waiver Wire Appeal:
DeJuan Blair – 18 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Blk, 1 TO; This was his second straight double-double and though he’s far from consistent minutes and production, he should be considered in most leagues and will get better as the season wears on.
Chase Budinger – 11 Pts, 2 3ptm, 2 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO; He’s not consistent yet but remains a good source of threes in deep leagues.
C.J. Watson – 12 Pts, 2 3ptm, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 TO; This marks three solid games in a row for him. He’s getting more minutes and deserves consideration in most leagues. Monitor how coach Don Nelson’s return affects his value.
Jannero Pargo (hip): seeing specialist in Philadelphia, day-to-day
Will Bynum (ankle): didn’t practice Thursday, questionable tonight
Richard Hamilton (ankle): practiced Thursday, should return soon
Tayshaun Prince (back): ditto
Charlie Villanueva (nose): will play tonight
Chris Paul (ankle): practiced at full speed Thursday, could return tonight
LaMarcus Aldridge (knee): didn’t practice Wednesday, questionable for Saturday
Kyle Korver (knee): practiced Thursday, game-time decision tonight
Andrei Kirilenko (back): practiced Thursday, should return tonight
Eric Gordon (hamstring): questionable for Saturday
Kevin Love (hand): will try to play tonight, but Saturday more likely
Watch how the Raptors respond to Chris Bosh’s verbal reprimand to his team’s defensive weakness in Washington. Expect Bosh to bounce back in a huge way.
See if Danilo Gallinari can keep his run alive in Atlanta tonight. Also, David Lee and Al Horford should make for a good matchup.
Pierce should have a big game bottled up and ready to explode in Oklahoma City.
For Next Week:
4 games: CHI, CLE, DEN, GS, MIN, NJ, POR, SA, TOR, UTA
3 games: ATL, BOS, CHA, DAL, DET, HOU, IND, LAL, MEM, MIL, NO, OKC, ORL, PHI, PHO, SAC
2 games: LAC, MIA, NY, WAS
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