Day 78: Happy Holiday!
Line of the Night: After a line like 29 points, 5-5 from the line, 4 threes, 5 rebounds, 11 assists, and 4 steals (2.98 WARP), and a place at #26 on the Player Rater, Jrue Holiday‘s owners are probably hoping that Andrew Bynum bruises an elbow playing pool, or maybe takes a ping-pong ball to the larynx, or even just hurts a knuckle or two playing air hockey.
Honorable Mentions: I have a hard time applauding too much for Kobe Bryant and his 31 points, 12-19 from the field, 4-4 from the line, 3 threes, and 6 assists (2.22 WARP) or Dwight Howard and his 31 points, 14-18 from the field, 16 rebounds, and 4 blocks (1.76 WARP) because the Lakers were playing the Bucks. The Bucks who start Larry Sanders, Luc Mbah a Moute, and Ersan Ilyasova up front. Sanders still managed 3 blocks though, but was 3-7 from the field as Milwaukee combined for 36% shooting. If the Lakers hadn’t won that one, then this might be something to talk about.
Kenneth Faried had a double-double in an overtime loss to Portland with 21 points, 9-12 from the field, 11 rebounds, and 2 steals (2.17 WARP). LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 28 points, 8-8 from the line, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists (1.65 WARP), but got some not-totally-unexpected help from J.J. Hickson who had 19 points and went 7-8 from the field and 5-5 from the line with 13 rebounds and 2 blocks (1.63 WARP).
Since Brook Lopez is already called “Bropez” and the name of the city he plays for start with Bro, can we call them the Brooklyn Bro’s? Then, along with Bropez’s 22 points, 10-10 from the line, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks (1.91 WARP), I can highlight Bro Johnson‘s 21 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals (1.71 WARP). Broron Williams finished just a bit further down (there were a lot of good performances last night!), but evidently, he doesn’t think he deserves to be an All-Star this year anyway. What, does he think that Kyle “Pretty Sure I’m Not Injured” Lowry deserves it just because he put up 21 points, 5-7 from the field, 7-7 from the line, and 4 threes (1.61 WARP) against the Bro’s? Well, the Player Rater says yes, but only 24 to 29 in favor of Lowry (though, over the last 2 weeks, Lowry falls to 77 while D-Ron is up to #6).
Speaking of falling… George Hill might have had 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists (1.47 WARP) last night, but his YTD rank of 38 is no match for his last 2 week rank of 129. Ouch. He and teammate Roy Hibbert were able to stick it to the Bobcats, though, with Hibbert going for 18 points, 8-8 from the line, 7 rebounds, and 4 blocks (1.42 WARP).
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Yes, everyone, Chris Paul is Day-To-Day, which means that if you’re in a daily changes league Eric Bledsoe (16% owned) is a very strong plug-n-play guy. Last night he went for 19 points, 4-4 from the line, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals (1.39 WARP), and while that’s not quite CP3 type game (or even Top 10 for the night type game) Bledsoe has been very good in both games without Paul so far.
Pick Up Lines: Fine, pick up Carlos Delfino (20% owned). After another 16 points, 4-4 from the line, and 3 steals (1.20 WARP) and his generally positive play, he should be owned.
Landry Fields (6% owned) started for the Raptors for the 4th straight game, and has had 11 rebounds in 3 of those 4 games. He also had 8 points in 2 of them, but got a season high 5 assists along with 2 steals (1.13 WARP) last night while playing 40 minutes. He’s got a net positive WARP over those 4 games, so it is definitely time to start taking a look, especially since he’s still highly available.
Antawn Jamison (26% owned) seems to be back in the mix for the Lakers, playing 29 minutes in each of his last 2 games, and going for 10 points, 3 threes, and 8 rebounds (0.91 WARP) last night. If you need a PF who can make some threes, there you go.
For a deep league add, look at Keith Bogans (0% owned) whose 7 points and 3 steals (0.79 WARP) aren’t all that impressive, but he also had 3 assists and a three and playing 27 minutes. Yes, he’ll disappear for a game or two, but his minutes are up to an average of 23 in the 7 games in January so far (aka the ones since Avery Johnson was fired).
Biggest Loser: I’m not sure if the OT just gave Andre Iguodala the chance to miss a few more shots, but his 9 points on 4-16 from the field and 0-3 from the line and 2 turnovers were enough to undo the small good he did with 3 rebounds, and 4 assists (-0.85 WARP).
I know Kris Humphries is hurt and only played 4 minutes, so his 0 points, 1 rebounds, and 0 assists (-0.67 WARP) is excusable in that light, but you have to wonder if Kim’s pregnancy isn’t causing him a bit of extra pain.
Remember when DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points earliers this season? Well, those days are over as DMDR has come back down to Earth (and out of the standard league rosterable players) with performances like 12 points (5-15 from the field), 2 rebounds, and 1 assist (-0.56 WARP).
Another guy who continues to cool off after what might be called a “Beginner’s Luck” hot start: Omer Asik. Despite a couple positive WARP games in there, his last 8 have looked more like 7 points (1-3 from the line), 9 rebounds, 1 assists, and 4 turnovers (-0.51 WARP), bringing his WARP to the dark side over his last 8 games.
Sorry, I didn’t mean to make this the Biggest Loser “I Told You So” Edition…