Day 115: I’ll do you a Favors, and just not talk about it
You want some excitement with your trade deadline? Check out this cheerleader making a half-court shot mid-flip. That’s more exciting than any deals that went down yesterday. For fantasy owners, I’m going to say the most important trade (out of the two that actually matter) was Jordan Crawford going to the Celtics. After leading the team to what wins they got in the first part of the season, Crawford hadn’t played for 5 straight games (and threw his jersey into the stands after the 4th game). That he did that tells you the kind of player we’re dealing with here.
JJ Redick moves to Milwaukee, in case you missed that, but since he’s already 73% owned and having one of his best seasons, I wouldn’t push to make your own trade for him in any fantasy leagues. I don’t see that going to the Bucks with Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis is going to improve his numbers.
And now on to the games that were almost as boring as the trade deadline… Although when you look at the teams involved, I’m sure the NBA was counting on these match-ups making up for the dull deadline.
Line of the Night: Tony Parker led the Spurs to a 26 points win over the Clippers with 31 points, 12-16 from the field, 7-7 from the line, and 7 assists (2.49 WARP).
Honorable Mentions: LeBron James led Miami to a 19 point win over the Bulls with 26 points, 11-15 from the field, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals (2.45 WARP).
From those two fine fantasy feats, we drop down to Danny Green with 15 points, 3 threes, 7 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks (1.93 WARP). Jamal Crawford came off the bench for almost 33 minutes scoring 15 points, with 6 assists, and 3 steals (1.62 WARP).
Joakim Noah played 38 minutes, and had a near triple-double with 11 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists, while adding 3 steals, and 2 blocks (1.34 WARP). He also had 4 turnovers and shot only 5-11, which is why his WARP score is not higher.
Dwyane Wade backed up LeBron with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks (1.15 WARP). Carlos Boozer tried to back up Noah with his 12 points, and 11 rebounds (0.87 WARP), while Nate Robinson is now in some risky territory since he only delivered 14 points on 5-12, with 3 assists and 2 steals (0.69 WARP). Risky, I say, because with Kirk Hinrich now day-to-day (it seems), Nate Rob’s playing time will be a bit unpredictable and so even if he plays 28 minutes like he did last night, he might end up with more lines like that one, which given more than two games on the day, would probably not look so good.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Matt Barnes (26% owned) got 26 minutes off the bench for the Clippers and had 18 points, and 6 rebounds (0.98 WARP). While he obviously won’t be playing in a 20-point blowout every game, Barnes is still getting 25-26 minutes per game and putting up numbers that make him at least worth looking at.
Pick Up Lines: Tiago Splitter (42% owned) had 10 points, 4-4 from the line, and 2 blocks (0.83 WARP). He’s worth owning if he’s actually available, but in competitive leagues, probably not.
There were another 5 guys on the list, but if you look at the Miami and San Antonio benches, you can probably figure out who they were and why I’m opting to remove them from mention.
Biggest Loser: DeAndre Jordan was an integral part of the Clippers failure with his 2 points, 1 rebounds, 0 assists, and 3 turnovers (-0.67 WARP).
On the other side, though, Tim Duncan didn’t do much to help the Spurs with only 9 points (1-4 from the line) and 5 rebounds (-0.48 WARP). Of course, he only played 15 minutes (once again, good coaching by Gregg Poppovich).
Chris Paul was another torpedo aimed at his own team. Paul had 4 points (1-6 from the field), 2 rebounds, and 3 assists (-0.32 WARP).
And for the Bulls, Luol Deng scored only 6 points on 3-12 from the field with 6 rebounds, and 2 assists (0.08 WARP). The Bulls as a team shot 37% from the field, so there is plenty of blame to around, but the rest of it lies with guys who probably aren’t starting for anyone’s fantasy team.
Daily rankings and stats come from the FBC H2H Player Rater (beta version). They are based on the stat Wins Above Replacement Player (WARP) an estimate of the number of wins a player produces per week in H2H leagues over a replacement (waiver wire) player.
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