What’s up everyone! I had to cut the show off early today, but wanted to talk about the final four games that I was unable to mention during the short broadcast. First of all, be sure to check out the Weekly Fantasy Guide and Rankings, coming out later today!
Charlotte vs. Milwaukee
The Bobcats were horrid last night, shooting just 22% from the three-point line and 37.7% from the field. Emeka Okafor still had a double-double (11 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blk) and Gerald Wallace picked up 11 points and nine boards in the contest. Boris Diaw made a fantasy-worthy contribution too – 16 points, six assists and three rebounds. DJ Augustin (8 pts, 1 reb, 4 ast) and Raymond Felton (10 pts, 3 reb, 3 ast) were pretty bad though… combined for 6-of-22 shooting. In Milwaukee, Charlie Villanueva decided to play basketball again, and busted out for 27 points and five rebounds… even hit two 3s! Michael Redd followed up his 25/10 outing Wednesday with a nice 31-point outburst (5 reb, three 3s). Andrew Bogut (2 pts, 5 reb, 3 ast, 2 blk) and Luke Ridnour (7 pts, 5 ast) were nowhere to be found, though.
LA Clippers vs. Phoenix
Baron Davis missed the game with a bruised tailbone and Chris Kaman is still out so som e weird players got minutes last night. Anyway, Marcus Camby continued destroying people on the boards to the tune of 23 rebounds with 19 points last night. Only one block though, but I’m sure you’re hardly complaining! Eric Gordon added 21 points, two rebounds and three steals on the night. *Fred Jones Sighting* (16 points, 4 ast, 3 stl.). Oh, and for those of you who thought Paul Davis might break out… two points and two rebounds in just seven minutes. Ugh. In Phoenix, Amare Stoudemire (23 pts, 8 reb.) and Shaquille O’Neal (17 pts, 9 reb.) did some pretty significant damage in the win. Steve Nash still isn’t himself (9 pts, 11 ast.) and Jason Richardson (15 pts, 2 reb, 2 ast, two 3s) might be regretting the move to Phoenix, stat-wise.
New Orleans vs. Portland
David West still isn’t producing like we’re accustomed to seeing, but it’s hard to get angry when a guy puts up 25 points and four rebounds with a couple of blocks. Tyson Chandler was ejected from the game after trying to give Joel Przybilla the business. Chris Paul was his normal superhuman self, with 17 points, seven rebounds and 11 dimes in what has become a boring, but still impressive stat line. We want triple-doubles! In Portland, Brandon Roy didn’t play due to a silly hamstring injury; he may not even play Sunday. In his ‘stead, Rudy Fernandez (three 3s) had a solid game with 19 points, four rebounds and two assists. LaMarcus Aldridge managed a double-double (13/10) with five assists, but seriously, there wasn’t anything else to get excited about. Greg Oden, however, was terrible, getting just four points nad four rebounds in 16 minutes of play. Anyone else frustrated with him yet?
Utah vs. LA Lakers
Paul Millsap (16 pts, 17 reb, 3 ast, 2 stl, 2 blk) is back! And that means Mehmet Okur (21 pts, 10 reb, one 3-ball) doesn’t have to do all the dirty work, so his scoring goes up! In a sad turn of events, AK-47 heads back to the brink of relevance (10 pts, 2 reb, 2 stl). Ronnie Brewer broke out with 20 points, but did little else, and Deron Williams posted a double-double despite an atrocious 4-for-18 shooting night. In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant (40 points, 7 reb, 4 ast, 2 stl, two 3s) was king. Pau Gasol neared a triple-double too… 21 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. And yes, that’s Trevor Ariza (12 pts, 9 reb, 5 stl) and Lamar Odom (14 pts, 7 reb, 2 stl) anchoring the second unit… perhaps they’ve found their niche?