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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-The Magic are going to be a team to watch all season. Jameer Nelson and Hedu Turkoglu are both now out with injuries paving the way for E’Twaun Moore and DeQuan Jones to start. Moore has been impressive early this season posting two very solid games (one while Nelson was in the lineup even). He deserves a look every night while Nelson remains out. Jones is starting for Hedu, but the real winners here are JJ Redick and Aaron Afflalo who are soaking up 30+ minutes a night each at the wings. Nikola Vucevic is the starting big man here next to the locked in Glen Davis and Vucevic posted a solid 18 and 13 line last night, he’s worth a look in all leagues if he is getting that type of run.
-Despite the fact that he looked less than 100% opening night, Dwight Howard has been very solid this season. Last night he continued that, dismantling the Pistons frontcourt for 28 points and 7 rebounds on 12 of 14 shooting from the field. That is going to be the beauty of Dwight this season, he only needed 14 shots to get his 28 points. He is going to be the player you most want to own on the Lakers night in and night out and Steve Nash returning is only going to open up more easy looks for him.
–Kyle Lowry continued to flat out dominate the fantasy basketball scene last night. He tallied 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, while nabbing 3 steals. Lowry has a legitimate chance to establish first round value for the season with this kind of playing time and production and he may have been the best value in fantasy drafts. Lowry brings everything you can ask for to the table, the only thing he lacks is blocks, which is impossible to find from a point guard anyway.
-As far as the Raptors go outside of Kyle Lowry, there is a lot going on. Jonas Valanciunas is struggling with foul trouble and inconsistency, but he should bounce back and improve as the season goes on. Alan Anderson played 31 minutes last night and is flat out outplaying free agent signing Landry Fields. DeMar DeRozan is balling right now and is looking to prove the Raptors right for the big contract they gave him (he’s doing it so far).
–Russell Westbrook is struggling a bit and came up with a shoulder injury last night, but it’s not time to panic yet. The guy doesn’t miss games and he has the green light to do just about anything he wants on the court. There is a list of about 5 people I would trade him for (you can probably figure it out pretty easily, but feel free to ask), so just hang tight and wait until he starts getting hot. Kevin Martin is filling the James Harden role for the Thunder pretty successfully, so those ripping GM Sam Presti are only looking at half the story here.
(Those who target the night’s highest over/unders should reap fantasy success)
GSW @ SAC
POR @ DAL
PHX @ MIA
Curry has been fantastic since his opening night dud and faces the undersized Kings point guard rotation. Collison has looked like a perfect fit on the Dirk-less Mavs and faces rookie Lillard tonight. Lillard has been as good as advertised and more so far, he and Collison should battle all night tonight.
Smith has been given more minutes and more shots this year with Amare out of the lineup and he has been fantastic with them. Jason Richardson is out giving more minutes to the Sixers wings in Nick Young, Dorrell Wright and Evan Turner. Stephenson has carved out a nice bench role and can still be had on the cheap.
James should dismantle the Suns like he does most teams, Beasley stands no chance on him. Wright I mentioned above, he has also been playing well through the first two games. Evans finally looks comfortable as an off guard and the Kings are finding ways to put the ball in his hands
Cousins has a great matchup tonight with Bogut’s minutes still limited, if he can avoid foul trouble he has a chance at a 20/20 game. Young has been impressive in his new role this year and he should be able to continue that versus the black hole that is the Knicks power forward position. Scola has been nothing short of masterful in his first three games and now that he has a consistent role and playing time, he should continue to post numbers like this.
Not many value plays at center tonight. Aldridge should easily handle the Mavericks frontline. Kaman only played 20 minutes in his debut, but looked very good; expect closer to 30 minutes tonight. Brook Lopez brought exactly what we thought he would in Brooklyn’s opener, great scoring touch and little rebounding.