NBA Fantasy Star Search (Feb. 17th): Shannon Brown Erupts
We had a nice little break from all the action, and while we still have rumors abound swirling around us, let's try to get things back on track.
We're waiting a week before we really dive into our Rookie Watch or Waiver Wire columns, to see how the trades shake things up and such, but we can still take a look at the impressive performance from last night.
Quentin Richardson posted a decent double-double in just under 24 minutes of action, as he scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Dwyane Wade scored 24 points in an easy Miami rout.
Thaddeus Young led all scorers for Philadelphia with 16 points off the bench.
New Jersey earned its fifth win of the season behind a balanced offense, as the team shot 51 percent from the field. Courtney Lee led the team with 21 points, while Kris Humphries put in a solid line of 13 points and eight rebounds.
Gerald Wallace and Boris Diaw were solid in the loss, both topping at least 19 points and 10 rebounds in the game.
Minnesota received a beat-down by the Pistons, but Kevin Love was still able to put together an elite performance scoring 22 points off of 9-for-14 shooting, while also grabbing 15 boards off the bench.
Jonas Jerebko paced the Pistons in scoring, dropping in 21 points in just 21 minutes, while point guard Will Bynum dished out 14 assists off the bench.
Caron Butler had a forgettable debut with Dallas, as he went 4-for-16 from the field for just 13 points in a Dallas loss. Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 24 points, nine rebounds, and six assists.
Kevin Durant pulled in a double- double in the Thunder's win, scoring 25 points and grabbing 14 rebounds, while rookie James Harden put together an impressive line of 17 points, five boards, and six assists off the bench.
Jason Richardson blew-up for 27 points on 12-for-17 shooting in a Phoenix win, possibly showing potential suitors what he's capable of.
Another man in trade rumors, Amar'e Stoudemire, recorded a nice double-double, with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while center Robin Lopez did his own damage in the paint, scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 boards.
While Steve Nash only managed to score four points in the win, he did spend most of his time passing, as he handed out 16 dimes.
For the Grizzlies, Mike Conley Jr. had a nice double-double with 10 points and 11 assists, while Zach Randolph posted a fairly pedestrian line (for him) with 18 points and 15 boards.
Sam Young added a solid 15 points off the bench.
Chris Duhon was virtually non-existent in 39 minutes of action, scoring just two points, while dishing out just two assists. Talk about a waste of an entire game.
David Lee was the most (and arguably only) impressive player for the Knicks on Tuesday night, as he posted his usual double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds, while also finding time to dish our four assists. Perhaps Chris Duhon should be taking lessons?
Derrick Rose led all scorers with a game-high 29 points off of a blistering 14-for-18 shooting from the field, while Kirk Hinrich added a solid line of 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Utah got past Houston with several solid performances, as Deron Williams scored 17 points and dished out 15 assists, and Paul Millsap scored 20 points and brought down 12 rebounds from off the bench.
Kyle Korver chipped in 10 points from off the bench, as well, his highest point total in the last six games.
David Anderson scored 18 points and had seven rebounds off the bench for Houston, as the team struggled to find their shot, overall.
Boston beat Sacramento by three behind Rasheed Wallace's 17 points, as the Celtics overcame rough shooting nights by Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce.
Tyreke Evans continued his impressive rookie season with a great stat line, scoring 17 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, and dishing out seven assists.
Fellow rookie Omri Casspi was also impressive, leading all Kings scorers with 19 points, while also grabbing six boards.
Despite these two teams just pulling off a big trade that sent Marcus Camby to Portland , we did not get to see the traded players partake.
Brandon Roy scored four points in 15 minutes of play before leaving the game, reportedly aggravating the same injury that had kept him out of the previous 11 games. There is talk that he could "NBA&hl=129793&rwr=1&id=1256" title="shut it down" target="_blank">shut it down " for the remainder of the regular season.
On the bright side for Portland, they won the game behind Martell Webster's 7-for-11 shooting from downtown, as he scored 28 points. LaMarcus Aldridge added an impressive night of his own, scoring 22 points and adding nine rebounds.
The Clippers were backed by Eric Gordon's 20 points, along with DeAndre Jordan's double-double fo 14 points and 11 rebounds, as he went 7-for-8 from the floor, playing just under 27 minutes off the bench.
Pick up Jordan immediately if still available, as he should continue to see lines like this (and possibly better) with Camby out of town.
Golden State Warriors @ L.A. Lakers
Stephen Curry continued to fill in for the injured Monta Ellis, and while he had a solid line, he struggled mightily with his shot, hitting just 5-of-21 shots.
Curry finished with a near triple-double, however, notching 11 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists.
Anthony Morrow and C.J. Watson picked up the scoring slack, both scoring at least 20 points in the loss to the Lakers.
Shannon Brown (as mentioned in the intro), had a great game with extended minutes from Kobe Bryant's absence, as he scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Lamar Odom was impressive again on the boards, grabbing 18 off the bench.
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