-Paul George stepped into the lead role on offense for the Pacers last night as the team rested Danny Granger, George Hill and Roy Hibbert. George would finish with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals. He has the look of a guy that can be a premier player in the league when he is unleashed like this, but the problem is that Indiana rarely allows it to happen.
-Ersan Ilyasova is still trying to make a push for himself in free agency this summer as he appears unhappy in Milwaukee. He did himself a big favor last night with 19 points and 15 rebounds while hitting 2 threes. Ilyasova has a game unlikely almost anyone else and this kind of potential is going to earn him a big contract this summer.
-Kyrie Irving continues to show he deserves the Rookie of the Year Award as he returns from his injury stint. Last night, he finished with 26 points and 3 steals despite the fact that his minutes are still being watched. He is clearly one of the up and coming players in the league and its telling that he can step right back in after being injured and take over. Things are looking up in Cleveland.
-Kris Humphries is another guy that is playing for a new contract next season. He recorded another double-double last night with 16 points and 12 rebounds. He is going to be a good fit somewhere at power forward, but will likely be overpaid this summer after finding little interest or cap room around the league last summer.
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Lebron James – Doubtful
Chris Bosh – Doubtful
Dwyane Wade – Doubtful
Rajon Rondo – GTD
James Harden – Doubtful
Ray Allen – Out
Grant Hill – Questionable
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Highest Lines for Tonight:
SAC v OKC – 210
PHX v UTA – 204
Strong Plays for Tonight:
Al Jefferson (UTA) – Basically the best strategy for tonight is stacking the one game that matters the most and should also be high scoring. That is the Suns versus the Jazz. Jefferson should be able to take advantage of a Suns frontline that may be lacking their only shot blocker, Channing Frye, due to injury.
Blake Griffin (LAC) – The Clippers have something to play for as they are only a half game back of the Lakers for the 3 seed and only a half game in front of Memphis for the 4 seed. Expect Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to both play well as they did in their last game, feeding off each other.
Shannon Brown (PHX) – Brown continues to start at shooting guard for the Suns as Grant Hill is still not ready for a full complement of minutes. Brown went crazy last game for 28 points and 3 steals on 6 threes. Brown should be able to continue his hot streak in a must-win against a soft Jazz defense.
Mike Miller (MIA) – With the Heat doing a lot of resting these days, Miller has been very useful in his last two games with 27 points, 16 rebounds and 7 threes over his last two combined. Miller offers upside as a great shooter and a solid rebounder at the guard position. He will also be asked to handle a lot of the playmaking if Wade and Lebron are indeed both out tonight as expected.