November 10, 2010
• The Jazz staged a massive comeback against the Heat on the shoulders of Paul Millsap, who scored a career-high 46 points on 19-of-28 shooting, including three treys in the final minute of regulation. Millsap has now averaged 24 points on 63-percent shooting through seven games and has established himself as the go-to interior presence for the Jazz. Al Jefferson(notes) was very quiet Tuesday (28 minutes, 2 points, 1-7 FG) and is averaging 16 points on 42-percent shooting - he's not going to shoot this poorly all season, but clearly his adjustment process has been magnified by Millsap's unexpected assertiveness on offense.
• The Heat got stat-stuffing performances and an average of 43 minutes from their big three in the overtime loss: Dwyane Wade(notes) (39 points, 3 threes, 6 boards, 1 steal), LeBron James(notes) (20 points, 11 boards, 14 assists, 2 turnovers, 1 steal, 3 blocks), and Chris Bosh(notes) (17 points, 9 boards, 2 blocks).
• The Pacers offensive performance Tuesday was, in a word, epic. A very solid first half had them staked to a 59-49 halftime lead, but they then made 20-of-21 third quarter shots and scored 54 points, the fourth-highest point total for a quarter in the NBA's history. Mike Dunleavy made all five of his threes in the third and nearly matched the Nuggets' point total for the quarter (27) on his own (24). Check out the numbers here, but there was plenty of good news to go around when it came to rostered Pacers.
The Pacers' top seven rotation players posted good-to-great fantasy lines, including Brandon Rush(notes) (30 minutes, 16 points, 2 threes, 7 boards), who played his first game after serving his five-game suspension. Dunleavy likely earned a stay of execution as the starting shooting guard with his outburst, but Rush will immediately factor in the playing time situation and will be considered for the starting lineup if Dunleavy regresses (34% FG, 24% 3PT entering Tuesday).
• The Nuggets scored 113 points themselves, but the blowout loss meant the bench got plenty of run and the production was spread fairly thin. Arron Afflalo(notes) was the exception, as he played a team-high 33 minutes and turned in one of his best lines of the season (17 points, 6-9 FG, 4 assists, 0 turnovers, 2 steals, 2 blocks).
• Antawn Jamison(notes) returned after missing three games with a sore left knee and had his best game of the season for the Cavs, scoring 15 points on six-of-10 shooting, three treys, eight boards, and a steal in 28 minutes. The Cavs are going to need Jamison's offense to help them win games moving forward, so count on Byron Scott working to get him more involved than what we saw in the season's first three games (22 minutes, 7.3 FGA, 6.3 points) … Daniel Gibson(notes) (29 minutes, 14 points, 4 threes, 4 assists, 0 turnovers) and Ramon Sessions(notes) (23 minutes, 15 points, 4 boards, 5 assists, 0 turnovers) were also strong off the bench for the Cavs in the two-point victory.
• Mo Williams(notes) couldn't find his shot (1-12 FG, 0-4 3PT), but his fantasy owners should just take the seven assists and one steal and hope for better things next time out. Williams pressed the issue after missing his early attempts and ended up not getting to the foul line, this after totaling 22 foul shots during the past two games.
• Travis Outlaw(notes) had averaged 8.5 points on 43-percent shooting (6.7 FGA) in 27 minutes entering Tuesday's matchup with the Cavs but went off, scoring 27 points on 11-of-22 shooting while adding four threes and seven boards in 42 minutes. Outlaw took advantage of the extra playing time afforded him by Terrence Williams'(notes) lower abdominal strain, but Williams expects to play Wednesday. Outlaw has just one steal and two blocks in seven games but has now made 13 of his 25 three-point attempts on the season (52%).
• Elsewhere for the Nets, it was another off night for Brook Lopez(notes) (42 minutes, 16 points, 6-18 FG), while Troy Murphy(notes) made his mark on the boards (24 minutes, 11 rebounds) but will need more time before he's in the offensive flow (5 points, 2-5 FG).
• The Knicks were down 41-19 to the Bucks after one quarter and scored only 80 points on 38-percent shooting in the 107-80 loss. Mike D'Antoni got his bench involved early and often and Anthony Randolph(notes) ended up with a team-high 28 minutes (8 points, 2-7 FG, 4-4 FT, 9 boards, 2 steals, 2 blocks). Ronny Turiaf's(notes) knee injury after 12 minutes of play was part of the reason that Randolph got the excess run, so we'll have to see what the extent of Turiaf's injury is and how D'Antoni felt about Randolph's performance before we get too excited one way or the other.
• Brandon Jennings(notes) (finally) turned in an efficient game for the Bucks (27 minutes, 19 points, 8-13 FG, 2 threes, 6 assists, 0 turnovers), and they are going to need more of those if they are going to right the offensive ship. John Salmons(notes) and Drew Gooden(notes) still haven't figured it out, as they combined for 35-percent shooting on this night (8-23 FG). Carlos Delfino(notes) missed the game with a neck strain and is day-to-day.
• Strong play from Willie Green(notes) (25 minutes, 19 points, 7-10 FG, 4-4 FT) and Jerryd Bayless(notes) (20 minutes, 15 points, 9 assists, 1 turnover) led to Chris Paul(notes) not leaving the bench in the fourth quarter of the 101-82 win over the Clippers that pushed the Hornets to 7-0. Paul played 28 minutes otherwise, scoring 13 points and adding eight assists and three steals. Marcus Thornton(notes) didn't leave the bench for the duration of the game, registering his first DNP-CD of the season.
• Deep-league/dynasty owners will want to consider Jason Smith(notes) for a roster spot. His NBA career has been interrupted by injury to this point, but he was a very productive college player and has good two-way skills. His role is set as the primary/only big off the Hornets' bench, and he's averaged 9.5 points, 6.5 boards, and 1.3 steals in 23 minutes over the past four games.
• The Clippers struggled to get any offense going Tuesday with Eric Gordon(notes) out, Baron Davis(notes) playing limited minutes, and Chris Kaman(notes) leaving early because of an ankle sprain. Gordon sat out because of a deep bone bruise in his left shoulder and is questionable for Wednesday. Davis played 10 minutes on his balky knee and was ineffectual (4 points, 1-3 FG, 3 assists, 2 turnovers) and it's impossible to speculate on his status moving forward.
Kaman suffered a second-degree left ankle sprain and will be out two to three weeks, during which time DeAndre Jordan(notes) figures to see the starts. In 25 career starts, Jordan has averaged 8.2 points on 71-percent shooting, 8.3 boards, and 1.9 blocks in 28 minutes. Al-Farouq Aminu(notes) saw his first extensive playing time for the short-handed Clippers Tuesday and put together a solid line in his 30 minutes (20 points, 7-10 FG, 2-3 3PT, 8 boards, 2 steals). Gordon's injury is not considered serious, however, so Aminu isn't likely to have more than short-term value unless the Clippers reassess having Ryan Gomes(notes) as their starting small forward.
• Brandon Roy got his wish and played just 21 minutes (11 points) in the comfortable win over the Pistons on Tuesday, but the big news of the night is that he's experiencing swelling and discomfort in his left knee and will now seek a second opinion on how to deal with it. The options here are likely to be rest or surgery, and of course that latter option would have major implications on the fantasy season. Keep an eye out for updates here and make a quick check of your waiver wires for Rudy Fernandez(notes) and Wesley Matthews(notes) in the event that we get some bad news.
• The Pistons only scored 78 points and were outrebounded 45-33, so there wasn't much fantasy production to go around. Ironically, it was the struggling Austin Daye(notes) that packed efficient production into his 23 minutes of playing time (15 points, 4-5 FG, 3-3 3PT, 4-4 FT, 8 boards, 1 steal, 1 block) and produced the singular useful line for Detroit.
• Here's something that nobody could have predicted: Kevin Love delivered a huge game with his first legitimate minutes of the season. Love cracked the 30-minute plateau for just the second time in eight games, playing 38, and scored 23 points, hit two threes, grabbed 24 boards, and added five assists and a block. Kurt Rambis actually gave 35 or more minutes to four players, including Love, Sebastian Telfair(notes) (39 minutes, 13 points, 3 treys, 9 assists, 4 turnovers), Michael Beasley(notes) (36 minutes, 17 points, 4 steals), and Darko Milicic(notes) (35 minutes, 10 points, 7 boards, 2 steals, 2 blocks). I'm going to get ahead of myself here, but if Rambis is suddenly ready to give starter's minutes to his starters, then it completely changes the fantasy picture here.
• Telfair is due for at least a few more starts, as Luke Ridnour(notes) is expected to be out for at least the next week because of a left hamstring strain. Jonny Flynn(notes) isn't going to rush back because of Ridnour's injury, but we should have a clearer timetable for his return after he's re-evaluated at the end of the week.
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