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The Day Before Tomorrow: Fantasy NBA News and Notes for February 3

posted by Scott

For a fairly slow night in the NBA last night, we sure had a lot happening on the court. The Hawks did what only the Hawks can do; go immediately from a hot streak to a complete disaster. They were torched by the Grizzlies last night as Joe Johnson, Josh Smith and Jeff Teague all were huge disappointments and sat most of the 4th quarter to the disdain of their owners.


Yesterday’s News:

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-Danilo Gallinari finally looks to have broken his shooting slump and in a big way. The man who was once called “the best shooter I’ve ever seen” by Knicks Coach Mike D’antoni went 5-of-5 from three last night on his way to 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. He also sat much of the 4th quarter due to the big lead built by the Nuggets, so his game could have been even bigger. If Gallinari can continue to light it up from deep, he is going to be one of the top fantasy players in the league this year.

-Gordon Hayward continued his streak of good play last night as well and is looking like a must-own player in 10 and 12 team leagues now. The starting wing combination of Hayward and Josh Howard has done wonders for both players and the Jazz since it was installed because Hayward gets to feast on worse defenders than when Raja Bell is on the court with him. If the Jazz stick with this lineup following Bell’s return from injury, there are a lot more games like this coming in the future from Hayward.

-Marcus Thornton returned to the lineup tonight for the Kings and promptly got up 13 shots on his way to 20 points. Thornton was inserted right back into the starting lineup and played without a conscience as usual. If he was dropped due to injury in your league make sure to pick him up. Like Tyreke Evans, he can be an explosive option in fast-paced games as well as the halfcourt offense, but both of them playing together cap the upside here.

-Greivis Vasquez took another step in the right direction last night as Jarrett Jack missed the game with a sore knee. Vasquez took over as the starting PG for Jack and played 34 minutes scoring 16 points and handing out 5 assists. While Jack’s injury doesn’t look serious, Vasquez strong play is certain to continue to earn him more playing time. 25+ minutes a night off the bench is not out of the question.

-Iman Shumpert has finally exited his slump. He scored 10 points (5-of-9 FGs) to go with 5 rebounds, 8 assists and a steal. Shump should now be owned in almost all leagues again after playing 39 minutes at both the point and shooting guard positions. Even with the impending return of Baron Davis, Shumpert should be good for about 30 minutes per game making him a very useful category asset if he can keep his shooting percentages up and turnovers down.

-Jamaal Tinsley returned to the league last night as the Jazz were desprate for a point guard with both Devin Harris and Earl Watson out last night. He posted 9 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists and will be a useful point guard until one of the previously mentioned guys returns.



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Jarrett Jack – Day to Day

Devin Harris – Questionable for Saturday

Jason Richardson – Questionable

Anthony Parker – Out

Darko Milicic – Doubtful

Spencer Hawes – Doubtful


Strong Plays for Tonight:

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Tyson Chandler (NYK) – Chandler is my play of the night tonight. The Celtics have been allowing huge games to centers with similar games to Chandler all season, such as Anderson Varejao (20 and 20 last time), Joakim Noah and JaVale McGee. Chandler should do a lot of the same and be a points, rebounds and blocks machine tonight.

Kevin Martin (HOU) – Martin has been on fire averaging 29 PPG over his last five while connecting on at least 4 threes in each of his last 4 games. Pheonix has struggled defending the three-point line all season, which bodes well for Martin tonight as well as the rest of the Houston perimeter players.

John Wall (WAS) – Wall takes on the Raptors and the terrible point guard defense of Jose Calderon tonight. His elite quickness should get him in the lane early and often against the slow footed Calderon and the Raptors have no real shot blocking options behind him outside of foul-prone Amir Johnson. Wall is a good bet for a 15/10 double-double tonight.

Trevor Booker (WAS) – Speaking of John Wall being in the lane a lot tonight, Trevor Booker should be the biggest beneficiary. Since the Wizards lost Andray Blatche, Booker has been a force down low and provides consistent shot making for the Wizards off of the bench. With Wall’s quickness advantage tonight look for a lot of dump-off layups and spot up 15-footers for Booker tonight.

Shawne Williams (NJN) – Shawne Williams isn’t one the most well known players in the NBA, but his size and shooting combo has kept him around and will continue to do so. He is currently starting at small forward for the Nets due to all of their injuries and is getting up 7.5 three-point attempts per game since taking over that role. He also offers decent rebounding potential as a 6’9” athlete that on a team the severly lacks a rebounding presence outside of Kris Kardashian, I mean Humphries.


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