NBA Player News 11/25: O.J. Mayo, Tyrus Thomas and More
During last night’s win over the Nets, Celtics reserve guard, Delonte West, broke his right wrist when he crashed to the ground after a hard layup. Coach Doc Rivers didn’t have a lot of information to give on the wrist, other than the fact that it is broken. Rivers did say he just hoped to have him back for the playoffs. Teammate Shaquille O’Neal said he thinks West could make it back in a few months. Shaq is not a doctor, but he has been called The Big Nostradamus.
The Mavericks said Roddy Beaubois should not be out for more than three or four weeks. Someone needs to teach them how to structure press releases. Or, Mark Cuban could just do all of them. That would be interesting. The fines he would inevitably incur might drive him to bankruptcy, though.
76ers forward Elton Brand has been suspended for one game for the flagrant foul he committed against JaVale McGee on Tuesday. If you’re a Brand owner, take note.
O.J. Mayo has been struggling immensely so far this season. He’s averaging just over 13 PPG, and last night he managed only nine points off the bench in a Grizzlies win. Mayo came off the bench and played only 23 minutes. He is clearly a better player than he’s shown thus far. If you’re looking to buy low on somebody, act now on Mayo before he turns it around.
Shaquille O’Neal went off last night against the Nets. The Big Shamrock had 25 points and 11 rebounds on the night. When he’s been 100 percent (whatever that is now for Shaq), O’Neal has been very productive for Boston. The deep bench of the Celtics should be able to protect him from the usual wear and tear of the season.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had a decent game last night (10 points, nine rebounds). Really, I just wanted to type his name.
It doesn’t seem like that injured thumb is affecting Mo Williams too much. On Wednesday, he scored 25 points in a win over Milwaukee. If you’re a Williams owner, this should be proof enough to play him.
A couple of Knicks had mentionable games Wednesday. Raymond Felton scored 25 points with 13 assists as he continues his surprise success. Wilson Chandler’s 21 points and eight rebounds off the bench provided the extra spark that help put New York over the top last night.
Although he started off very slowly in the league, Tyrus Thomas has been steadily improving. He projected well coming into the year, and he’s shown flashes of becoming more than a good role player. Thomas’ 26 points and 11 rebounds made for his best game of the year thus far. This one game doesn’t drastically change his value, but you should keep him on your radar.
Stop the Presses! All members of Miami Thrice actually had decent stats in the same game last night! Note: Everyone else lacked contribution (because they are not very good), and the Heat still lost. Shocking, I know. Also, a big man (Dwight Howard) killed them inside. Miami getting beat in the paint?! Believable.
It’s just getting crazy with Kevin Love. He scored 32 and grabbed 22 rebounds last night. I know it was no 30-30, but give the guy a break.
I wrote a short entry about Darko Milicic yesterday. He obviously read it and wanted to reward it by scoring 22 points and pulling down eight rebounds. I have no idea what is going on in Minnesota, but, if Milicic and Michael Beasley keep going, I know who would get my vote for executive of the year.
Both Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Durant scored over 30 points last night. Ho hum.
The Bulls and Suns filled up the stat lines on Wednesday. Don’t really read too much into the stat totals, as the game went two overtimes. When you factor in the extra time on the court, it adjusts most of the stats back to a more expected total. Derrick Rose and Grant Hill had very nice stat lines, but nothing earth shattering. If someone else reports something different, you’ll know they are lying.
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