Fantasy Basketball Spotlight (Mar. 3): The Thunder Strike Big
Knowing and mastering <a href="#fantasy">fantasy basketball</a> is more than just drafting well and landing a big trade or two. It takes relentless pursuit for the "next big thing," striving to win every singe category, and improving in any way possible.
The second you get complacent, you can start to fall. We're marching into the home stretch where you have less than eight weeks to make it happen in your league, so every player and stat counts.
Read on for Tuesday night's game-breakers and guys who stood out.
The scuffling Celtics defeated the lowly Pistons, 105-100. Ray Allen led all Celtics' scorers with 18 points, but didn't contribute much else. Allen was a disappointment earlier in the year, but has been very solid ever since the trade deadline.
Rajon Rondo dropped in a solid double-double of 15 points and 11 assists, but also turned the ball over six times. Rondo has been on an absolute tear lately, dishing out at least 11 dimes in seven straight games, also managing to register a double-double in each of those contests.
Rondo has also turned the ball over at least four times in four of his last five games, but you'd be foolish to get down on him for that.
Nate Robinson finally is making some sort of an impact off the bench, as he poured in 14 points off the bench, and has now scored 13 or more in two straight games.
Jonas Jerebko is certainly not the most consistent player, but he's very versatile, gets solid minutes, and just turned in a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva are withering away in Detroit, as they both scored less than 10 points and are struggling with inconsistent minutes. Neither player has scored more than nine points in the past four games.
The Heat ended its four-game skid with a 110-106 victory. But just about everyone on the Warriors is golden right now (pun intended), as Stephen Curry has really taken over as "the guy" running the show and scoring the ball with ease.
He dropped in 18 points and eight assists, as he logged over 40 minutes for the fourth time in five games.
Anthony Morrow is another guy that has really benefited from extended playing time, as he's scored in double figures in 10 straight games, and has started nine out of those 10 contests.
He poured in 24 on Tuesday night to give further proof that he's a solid fantasy addition.
Dwyane Wade didn't shock anyone with his 35 points, 12 assists, and six rebounds, but it was still pretty impressive.
One guy worth noting was back-up point guard Carlos Arroyo, who scored 14 points, while grabbing five boards and dishing out five assists.
Tyreke Evans continued his Rookie of the Year campaign with 27 points, six rebounds, and five assists, easily pacing the Kings in their 113-107 loss to the Thunder.
Francisco Garcia had just his second game with more than 20 logged minutes, as he scored 13 points off the bench. If he starts seeing an increase in minutes and is consistent, he could hold some value going forward.
Despite starting three straight games and putting up back-to-back solid performances, center Spencer Hawes scored just eight points in over 30 minutes, showing us all yet again how inconsistent he truly is.
Kevin Durant exploded and scored at will en route to his 39 point night, while he also grabbed 10 rebounds.
Russell Westbrook was just as impressive (if not more), as he dropped in 30 points and 13 dimes, along with five rebounds.
Nenad Krstic can't match that kind of production, but as the third (or fourth?) option, depending on the night, he's turning into a fairly consistent performer.
Krstic scored 14 points for his third straight game with at least 10 points, while he also grabbed nine boards in over 29 minutes of action.
Danny Granger was absolutely abused by Lakers star defender Ron Artest, as he shot just 2-for-9 and scored nine points in the Pacers' horrible 122-99 loss.
Artest has had a lot of success against stud plays of late, so don't take a trip to "negative town" with Granger. Instead, take notice, and sit your stud guard/forwards when they face Artest and the Lakers.
With Granger down for the count, Troy Murphy was forced to try to carry the team, as he scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
Josh McRoberts somehow got 23 minutes off the bench, and went 7-for-12, scoring 15 points and grabbing four rebounds.
We've seen spurts similar to this out of McRoberts before, so we're not expecting it to continue. Then again, with the Pacers, you just never know.
As for Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 24 points, despite still struggling with his shot (5-for-14).
Jordan Farmer earned 23 minutes off the bench and went off for 19 points and three assists on 8-for-10 shooting. Farmar has the ability to do this from time to time, but considering his shared time with Shannon Brown, he has a very low ceiling with the Lakers.
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