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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–Glen Davis picked up right where he left off last season, just like we thought he would. Racking up 29 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks, Davis was maybe the most impressive player of the night without a gorgeous beard. Davis is the centerpiece of this depleted Magic team and he, Redick and Aaron Afflalo are going to have to all take on large scoring roles for them to have a chance to succeed.
-Well, if you weren’t convinced after game one, you should be after game two, because James Harden was absolutely magnificent once again. Totaling 45 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists; Harden shot a ridiculous 14 of 19 from the field in one of the most efficient 40+ point games I’ve ever seen. His assist numbers were down, but he let Jeremy Lin handle a bit more of the playmaking duty in this one and scored more of his points off the ball. Harden is doing whatever he wants and doing it in multiple ways. The guy has a chance to be one of the most special players in the league with this kind of freedom. I’m just happy we finally get to see it.
–Damian Lillard was another guy who was fantastic again. Lillard poured in another 21 points, while dishing 7 assists, but the big number here was he only had 2 turnovers. Turnovers were a problem in game one, but just 2 against the aggressive defense of Russell Westbrook and the Thunder should ease those concerns entirely. Lillard is one of the focal points of the Blazers offense and he isn’t going away any time soon.
–Gerald Green struggled once again for the Pacers in another start and I may sound like a broken record, but he won’t shoot this bad every night. Green was just 3 of 12 from the field, 0 of 4 from the stripe and 1 of 6 from three. The good news is he got 12 shots, took 6 threes and was shooting technical free throws in this one. Green still possess monster upside for a waiver wire claim, but I wouldn’t blame anyone for dropping him for a hot pickup like JJ Redick, who looked fantastic tonight.
-Speaking of JJ Redick, he looked like a whole new man tonight. Sporting the confidence of a player with a green light, JJ went 7 of 11 from the field for 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Hedu Turkoglu went down tonight and that should lock Redick into 30+ minutes a night going forward. That is enough to make him just about a must own player in fantasy.
(Those who target the night’s highest over/unders should reap fantasy success)
DEN @ MIA
POR @ HOU
Chris Paul faces off against the Warriors and specifically Steph Curry, who, while he looked good on offense, looked like he was in quicksand on defense. Darren Collison gets a pretty solid matchup with the Bobcats who struggle in most aspects of defense still other than 1 on 1 against wing players. Jarrett Jack should see a nice uptick in minutes if Brandon Rush is ruled out, his presence allowed Steph Curry to move off the ball last night and it benefitted the whole team, expect to see the two point guard front a lot.
James Harden may be ranked number one here every time he plays, he’s been that good so far. Paul George continues his chance to take over as the Pacers focal point on offense while Danny Granger sits, he has been consistent so far and one of these games he is going to explode. Wes Matthews is playing a large chunk of the minutes at shooting guard for the Blazers and he is starting to get more run with the second unit, which should net him more scoring opportunities.
Landry played well all preseason and has carried it into the regular season so far. With Andrew Bogut sitting out the second game of the back to back, Landry should see a nice uptick in minutes, making him a great start. Lebron James had a bit of down night on Friday by his standards, but expect him to bounce back with a vengeance on Saturday. Tobias Harris was my late replacement for Dante Cunningham last night and he didn’t disappoint, scoring 18 points to go with 6 rebounds. Be sure to check on the Bucks starting lineup with him though, as Scott Skiles isn’t afraid to change things up.
Byron Mullens didn’t have the greatest game ever on Friday, but he contributed so much outside of scoring, that his poor shooting night didn’t hurt that bad. If he can get it going, he is going to have monster upside, continue to roll with him. Blake Griffin gets a matchup with the Warriors frontcourt that will be lacking its premier defender in Andrew Bogut. Due to the David Lee should play a ton of minutes and see a nice boost to his rebounding numbers.
Garnett faces the Wizards frontcourt that nearly gave up a triple double to Anderson Varejao. Robin Lopez played 36 minutes in a game Anthony Davis left with a concussion. Davis has already been ruled out for tomorrow, so expect more of the same from Lopez. Asik grabbed 19 rebounds, including 9 offensive, but was unable to convert any of his 7 shots. If he can just start making layups, he will be a solid night in and night out fantasy asset.