It was a weird night in the NBA last night. Guys that usually end up at the top of the star sheet like Durant and LeBron ended up near the middle while guys like Courtney Lee, Gerald Green and Lester Hudson led the way. It was a rough week for a lot of us playing both yearly and daily league with all the late scratches and crippling injuries, but I was able to get back on track last night to kick off the week. Hopefully you were too.
-Lester Hudson is the man taking advantage of the Cavaliers injury-decimated backcourt right now. He scored 26 points on 6 threes yesterday to follow up his 23 points performance from the previous game. Hudson should continue to be one of the Cavs leading scorers as long as Kyrie Irving remains out. Donald Sloan also had a solid game dishing out 14 assists last night, despite struggling with his shot.
-Gerald Green may be looking at a big role going forward depending on the seriousness of Gerald Wallace’s hamstring injury from last night. After Wallace left the game early last night, Green became a machine for the Nets, notching 32 points on 5 threes in just over 38 minutes. Green will be playing big minutes at the SF spot as long as Wallace is out and he was already pushing to be owned in most leagues when he was coming off the bench.
-Carmelo Anthony continues to remind us that he is one of the premier scorers in this league. He has really taken off as the clear top dog since both Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin went down with injuries. Melo dropped 43 points on the Bulls, one of the best defenses in the NBA last night, and he sealed the game with a shot made possible only by a Tyson Chandler tip rebound, one of his 16 boards on the night.
-Derrick Rose returned to the Bulls lineup after a long groin-induced hiatus and stepped right back into his starring role. Rose was noticeably rusty, but made enough plays to get the Bulls back into the game. Rose scored 29 points on just 8 o f 26 shooting, but the real number here is that he played 39 minutes and seemed to come out of it just fine.
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Nene – Questionable
Trevor Booker – Questionable
Danilo Gallinari _ Questionable
Jarrett Jack – Out for Season
Luke Ridnour – Doubtful
Kobe Bryant – Doubtful
Dwight Howard – Out
Ryan Anderson – Questionable
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Highest Lines for Tonight:
OKC v MIL – 211
GSW v DEN 211
PHX v MIN – 209
SAS v UTA – 208
Strong Plays for Tonight:
Russell Westbrook (OKC) – The Thunder are playing a back-to-back, but all their starters got extra rest last night in a blowout win, so Westbrook should be rested and ready to roll through an offensive-minded Milwaukee team. Westbrook has been posting much better numbers in rebounds and assists lately, so expect that to continue.
Aaron Afflalo (DEN) In the second half of a home and home, Afflalo gets another crack at the tepid Warriors defense, but this time on his home court. He produced decently the other night, but should fare much better at home as the Nuggets look to avenge a fairly embarrassing loss to the hapless Warriors.
Glen Davis (ORL) – I actually like Davis a lot more when Dwight Howard is out rather than Ryan Anderson and that is exactly what is happening tonight. While Anderson will return, Davis should be locked into 35-40 minutes with Howard sitting out tonight. Look for Davis to continue his solid run from last week where he averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds per game over his last 4 games.
Ramon Sessions (LAL) – With Kobe likely either out or hobbled tonight, Sessions should see an increase in his usage rate as he did the other night after Bryant was ruled out. While he won’t be the main option on the offense, he will be the man feeding the post and creating the offense most often and should be reliable for a few kick out threes as the Hornets look to double the Lakers big men early and often.