What's up everyone - it's the first written Saturday Morning Fantasy Basketball Blitz of the year... we decided that this would be a better way to get everyone the information. So, here goes...
Yao Ming - The only injury of note last night... Ming left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury and did not return. X-Rays were negative, and he's day-to-day at this point.
Jamal Crawford - Crawford sustained a minor hamstring injury before the game last night and was ruled out in Monta Ellis' return.
Top Lines of the Night
Eric Gordon buried five three-pointers on the way to a career-high 41 (12-of-19 FG) points with four assists and a couple of rebounds. Kevin Durant busted out for a massive 46 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, two steals and a blocked shot. He cashed in from the free-throw line too... 24-of-26 from charity stripe. Gerald Wallace (28 pts, 8 reb, 5 ast, 5 stl, 2 blk) and Boris Diaw (26 pts, 11 reb, 4 ast, 2 stl, blk) led the Bobcats to a big-time win over Phoenix last night. Wallace hit all three of his three-point attempts while Diaw canned 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Al Jefferson led the Wolves in rebounds and tied Randy Foye with a game-high 24 points on 10-of-19 shooting. He added two blocks on the night. Chris Paul had a nifty double-double in a losing effort last night, putting up 23 points and 12 dimes while shooting 53 percent from the field on 15 attempts. Teammate James Posey nailed seven three-pointers on 11 attempts (24 points, 4 rebounds) as well. David Lee stretched his double-double streak to six games Friday, contributing 19 points and 14 rebounds (6-of-11 shooting). Jose Calderon made a triumphant return to the starting lineup for Toronto, and helped his team with 23 points (9-for-10 FG) and 10 assists with no turnovers. Impressive. Milwaukee's Charlie Villanueva was the lone bright spot in a lopsided loss to the Hawks, tallying 27 points and seven rebounds... he also his five three-pointers in six attempts. LeBron James netted a game-winning 19-foot jumper on the way to an amazing 32-9-8-3-2 line... James added two three-pointers on the night, as well. Danny Granger (2 blocks/3 steals) paced the... uh... Pacers with 25 points, six boards and five assists last night. He also buried three triples and hit all 12 of his free throws on the night.
Unfortunate Lines of the Night...
Emeka Okafor stunk it up last night, as he was limited by Shaquille O'Neal and Amare Stoudemire. He shot just 2-of-6 from the field for a meager five-point, eight-rebound night. He didn't even register a block... ugly. Rodney Stuckey/Tayshaun Prince/Allen Iverson each struggled mightily in a blowout loss to Dallas, shooting a combined 38%. Prince and Iverson didn't offer any peripherals of note, but Stuckey added three assists with five turnovers for a rancid AST/TO ratio. The Bucks' Richard Jefferson scored just five points on 1-of-6 from the field. He only played 21 minutes in the team's embarrassing 30-point loss.
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