Welcome back fans of guys putting an orange ball through an eerily similar shaped rim! The Day Before Tomorrow is back in action this season to give you all the news and notes from around the NBA the day before… well… tomorrow. That’s actually today if you are calendar impaired or just don’t like to think. Let’s dive in…
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–Anthony Davis was nothing short of dominant in his return from concussion last night. He tallied 23 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 5 blocks in the game. Not only that, but he totally shut down Byron Mullens, who was coming off a fantastic game in his own right. Davis will be duking it out with Damian Lillard all season for Rookie of the Year honors and both players are going to be a ton of fun to watch on a nightly basis. Congrats if you bought low on Davis’ injury-hampered start.
-For the second night in a row, Serge Ibaka was highly impressive. He scored a career high 25 points to go with 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in 35 minutes. The minutes were there once again, so this line shouldn’t surprise anyone. Ibaka was stellar from the field, going 9 of 13 and half of his misses were of the three point variety, which also bodes well for his owners. Let’s just hope Scott Brooks keeps turning him loose like this.
-While we are on the topic of young big men, Andre Drummond busted out last night as well. Drummond posted 22 points, 8 rebounds and a block on the Thunder in just 21 minutes. While the minutes aren’t anything special, they are encouraging and it shows how easy his path to playing time can be as he really only needs to outplay Jason Maxiell to start creeping up towards 30.
–George Hill continued his stellar play last night as well with 29 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, a steal and a block. The Pacers haven’t had much go right yet this season, but Hill’s play is encouraging to say the least, especially to his fantasy owners. Hill is easily holding off DJ Augustin right now and should continue to provide solid stats from the point guard position as long as he can keep his hip issue at bay.
–Ben Gordon went all Ben Gordon on the Hornets last night pouring in 34 points on just 21 shots. He also added 3 threes, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to complete a pretty impressive line. With Gerald Henderson out, he is seeing more playing time and we all know he can do this when he’s hot. I wouldn’t blame anyone for selling high as the Bobcats backcourt is looking pretty crowded when healthy and Gordon can go cold just as fast as he got hot.
-If you haven’t yet, you are going to want to see this free throw attempt by Andris Biedrins below:
(Those who target the night’s highest over/unders should reap fantasy success)
PHX @ UTA
DEN @ GSW
DAL @ CHA
Holiday has quietly been one of the most consistent point guards in fantasy and he boasts a solid matchup with either a hobbled Lowry or slow footed Calderon. AJ Price has been solid the last two games and should be amped up to play his former team tonight. Lillard has been solid just about every time he’s taken the floor and Tony Parker is no shut down defender.
There’s not much to say about Mayo other than that he’s the focal point of the Mavs offense right now and he hasn’t dissapointed yet. Gordon is a guy you want to ride while he’s hot. Iggy has been a solid performer, but hasn’t given us that huge game yet, it’s coming soon.
Harden faces a team he’s already torn up this season, that should get him back on track. Anderson is expected to earn his first start of the season tonight with Landry Fields injured and struggling. Wright has been solid in every game Jason Richardson has been out, so he remains a good option tonight.
David West has been money without Danny Granger so far and he gets a great matchup with the Wizards frontcourt tonight. Carl Landry struggled last night, but should continue to get heavy minutes with Andrew Bogut shut down. Mullens was locked up by Anthony Davis last night, but the Mavericks don’t have anyone to do that to him tonight.
Kaman continued to impress last night and he gets a soft matchup with the Bobcats frontcourt tonight, look for him to post one of his better lines yet. Hibbert has been up and down, but has at least been blocking shots fairly consistently. Look for him to break out tonight against the Wizards. Sanders has been the one bright spot in the Bucks front court and Scott Skiles looks like he favors him right now.