Hello and good day. Since most of us have sickeningly large mountains of mashed potatoes to stab with a giant fork and food comas to plummet into for the duration of our semi-delirious waking hours, we're going to get right down to business with…
Important Things That Happened Wednesday Afternoon
It was actually a pretty quiet afternoon, except for the fact that Allen Iverson announced his retirement, Danny Granger was ruled out with a sprained MCL and Lou Williams was declared out with a broken jaw.
First things first: Sure there's a chance Iverson un-retires at some point, but for now cut him loose in fantasy leagues and don't look back.
As for the two big injuries, it should be considered good news that Granger's knee is only a sprain, but he's still likely to miss additional time (how much time is still TBD).
On the Williams front, broken jaws aren't that frequent of an occurrence in the NBA, so I really can't remember a precedent to follow here. I can't imagine that it's something you just play through right away, but I could be wrong. Regardless, we should find out more info on his status soon. In the meantime, Jrue Holiday (10 points, 6 assists Wednesday) looks like a solid prospective pickup.
When traveling in Germany nearly a decade ago, I remember seeing a movie poster for The Perfect Storm, which, in German, translated simply to Der Storm. Seems like we lost at least one important word in that translation, but that's another issue for another time.
I bring this up because Wednesday night represented the perfect storm for Donte' Greene: Beno Udrih out sick to open up a starting opportunity at home against a lackluster opponent with a notoriously porous defense in the Knicks. The result: 24 points, four rebounds, five assists, six threes and six blocks.
My take on this eruption: Yes it was the Knicks and that needs to be taken into account, but Greene looked tremendous, and I can't argue with adding him in a 12- or 14-team league if you have someone to cut. With that said, A) I think the blocks were more or less a fluke (he had just one on the season in his sporadic playing time coming into Wednesday) and B) I still think he's probably headed back to the bench as soon as Udrih is healthy.
In sum, feel free to add Greene, but just remember that very special things can happen when you're playing hoops in the unique and difficult to replicate circumstances of Der Storm.
Monta Ellis – An absolute monster right now (37.7 ppg in his last three). Now just have to hope that the minutes (46.7 per game in his last three) don't wear him down.
Brook Lopez – Winless doesn't necessarily matter in fantasy hoops (32 points, 14 rebounds, two blocks).
Andre Iguodala – So much for that slump (25 points, 9 boards, 9 assists).
Gerald Wallace – So much for that early-season bad shooting – 31 points, 13 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks say that Wall-G is back. (By the way, I'm not sure if anyone else has coined that nickname, but I'm taking credit for it until further notice.)
Nate Robinson – Hot streak is officially underway (19.7 ppg in his last three).
Marcus Camby – Simply vintage (15 points, 21 boards, 3 steals, 2 blocks and a three).
Amare Stoudemire – Only thing to complain about is rebounding, which we'll probably keep complaining about (28 points, 4 boards, 2 steals, 3 blocks).
Tyreke Evans – Dropped 19/11/7 on the Knicks, and at this point Evans looks likely to roll, at least until Kevin Martin comes back and starts shooting everything in sight.
Greg Oden – Followed up a 24-point game with 18 (and 4 blocks). Automatic fantasy starter right now despite the fact that his minutes have been stuck in the mid-20's.
Tony Parker – 32 points, 7 assists. Sure it was the Warriors, but a very encouraging sign.
Tim Duncan – Yet another strong game means a chance to sell high and rid yourself of future random DNP's.
Corey Brewer – 23 points and 13 rebounds won't happen that often from the defensive specialist, but no reason to complain.
Jason Terry – Quietly posts his numbers most nights, but busted out on Wednesday (27 points and 10 assists on 10-of-11 shooting).
Darren Collison – Dropped 18/7/8 and is holding down the fort nicely until CP3's return in a couple of weeks.
David West – 27/10/5 is more like the David West we've been looking for (which is almost exactly what I said last Thursday). Feel free to stick around for a while, Good David.
Jason Williams – Jameer Nelson place-holder is doing just fine (25 points, 8 assists).
Luke Ridnour – Has posted some strong lines lately, but none stronger than 23/7/10 against New Orleans. Unfortunately, I'm not convinced he can keep it up once Michael Redd (11 points on 4-of-16 shooting) gets up to speed.
Drew Gooden – Four more blocks gives him an average of 2.8 in his last four games. It's getting to be time to see if you can net anything intriguing for him in a trade, because I think this is as good as it gets for Gooden.
Brandon Jennings – Shot just 4-of-15, but still finished with a 14/7/8 line with four steals and a block.
Chauncey Billups – Good to see him score 19 points despite another blowout win.
Chris Andersen – Signs of life: had a season-high 15 points and has nine blocks in his last four games.
Al Jefferson – Used a late surge to salvage a disappointing night and finish with 14 points, 12 boards and 3 blocks.
Jonny Flynn – Had just two assists, but 20 points is 20 points.
Rodney Stuckey – Somehow had no assists, but 25 points is 25 points.
Michael Beasley – Now averaging 18.5 ppg and 10.5 rpg in his last four, and had the game-winning putback.
Tyson Chandler – Returned from injury and had 5 points, 9 rebounds and 6 blocks. Don't expect many six-block nights, but feel free to use him if you're desperate.
T.J. Ford – Last two games: 13.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.5 apg.
Dahntay Jones – Shot just 6-of-19, but had 18 points and seven rebounds with Danny Granger out.
Troy Murphy – Lines like this (18 points, 11 rebounds and two threes) are to be expected now that he's healthy.
Tim Thomas – Lines like this (23 points, 4 threes, 3 steals) should not be expected unless the Mavs win by 31.
Brandon Rush – Shot just 4-of-13, but had 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Chris Douglas-Roberts: Bounced back from an off game with 18 points.
Hakim Warrick – 22 points and 10 rebounds will get your attention, but minutes have been very inconsistent.
Carl Landry – Our blurb from Wednesday night sums it up perfectly in calling him "a glamorous version of Udonis Haslem." Still worth owning (he had 24 points and 6 boards), but isn't doing much outside of points, rebounds and FG%.