Boxscore Breakdown Day 131: Spencer For Hire
SATURDAY 8TH MARCH 2014
THE BEST PLAYER EVER, TONIGHT
Spencer Hawes, C, Cleveland Cavaliers:
21 points (7-15 FG, 3-3 FT), 4 threes, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 3 blocks, 2 turnovers
Hawes hasn’t missed a beat since coming over from the Sixers in the February trade. I though he would lose a ton of value, but Anderson Varejao continued to be his brittle self, Hawes has taken over the starting centre role and made it his own.
Rest of the top 10:
- Carmelo Anthony
- Kyrie Irving
- Kawhi Leonard
- Kyle Korver
- Tobias Harris
- Danny Green
- Derrick Favors
- Chris Paul
- Paul Millsap
WAIVER WIRE LINE OF THE NIGHT
Danny Green, SG/SF, San Antonio Spurs (45.8% owned):
12 points (4-4 FG, 0-0 FT), 4 threes, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 0 steals, 2 blocks, 2 turnovers
This is what Green does. Hit threes, grab boards and block shots. That’s now seven blocks in his last four games as well as 10 threes and Green is a must-own player in all leagues, even though his minutes will be limited at times.
YOUNG GUN OF THE NIGHT
Tony Wroten, PG/SG, Philadelphia 76ers:
30 points (12-15 FG, 6-8 FT), 0 threes, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 4 steals, 0 blocks, 3 turnovers
Wroten gives you a ton of points, a great FG% and some steals, but not a lot else and that hurts his value for 10 or 12 team leagues. He is what he is and if you need points, he’s been very consistent in that regard of late.
THE STINKER – First Annual Joe Johnson Award For Outstanding Achievement In The Field Of Mediocrity
Blake Griffin, PF, Los Angeles Clippers:
27 points (11-19 FG, 5-9 FT), 0 threes, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 0 blocks, 7 turnovers
On the surface, Griffin’s numbers are quite good. But as is often the case, it’s the turnovers and free throw percentage that drops the value of his night precipitously. Still, I wouldn’t be too concerned about Griffin.
Most Points – Kyrie Irving, PG, Cleveland Cavaliers – 30
Tony Wroten, PG/SG, Philadelphia 76ers – 30
Tony Parker, PG, San Antonio Spurs – 30
Irving got close to his second triple double, posting eight rebound and eight assists along with two steals. He’s really got his game going again after a horrible start.
This was the Tony Parker we’d been hoping for. He did only have five assists though, but shot a fantastic 57.9% from the field.
It’s good to see Conley get it going again, scoring 20 points with four assists and two steals as he’s had a couple of horrible outings lately.
Ariza continues his stellar form, dropping 28 points with seven rebounds. What a season he’s had and he’ll win many fantasy teams a championship.
Most Rebounds – Derrick Favors, PF/C, Utah Jazz – 14
This was against the Sixers, so it’s partially to be expected, but it’s good to see nonetheless. Favors scored 15 points with a steal and three blocks and hopefully he can capitalise on this for the stretch run.
Most Assists – John Wall, PG, Washington Wizards – 13
Wall only shot 4-of-14 from the field for nine points, but added two steals and a block as well.
Most Steals – Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Philadelphia 76ers – 5
Paul Millsap, PF, Atlanta Hawks – 5
It’s good to see Millsap back in the Hawks’ lineup. He also had 14 points and five rebounds, blocking a shot as well.
MCW shot horribly, going 2-of-13 for four points, but did have seven rebounds and nine assists. His form has tailed off as the campaign wears on, but it’s nice to see the steal numbers return.
Most Blocks – Bismack Biyombo, C, Charlotte Bobcats – 3
Amar’e Stoudemire, PF/C, New York Knicks – 3
Derrick Favors, PF/C, Utah Jazz – 3
Tim Duncan, PF/C, San Antonio Spurs – 3
Spencer Hawes, C, Cleveland Cavaliers – 3
Stoudemire has looked good of late and had only his second double double of the year, scoring 17 points with 12 rebounds. I’d like to add Amar’e in 12 team leagues at the moment.
GAMES ON SUNDAY 9TH MARCH
Each day after looking back on the games of the day, I will spend a little time having a ‘peek ahead’ of what to look for in the coming day’s games. I will name one player from each position who is likely to exceed their usual production given their upcoming matchup.
MATCHUPS TO EXPLOIT
Russell Westbrook, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder @ Los Angeles Lakers
Westbrook has been great since returning from his knee injury, contrary to the opinion of many ‘experts’ and will tear apart the Lakers on Sunday.
Joe Johnson, SG/SF, Brooklyn Nets vs Sacramento Kings
Johnson has really been hot of late, averaging 20.3 points in his last three games. Against Sacramento, their defense should allow him to have another nice night.
Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder @ Los Angeles Lakers
We all know how this one’s going to end — and for Lakers’ fans, it won’t be pretty.
Jeff Green, SF/PF, Boston Celtics vs Detroit Pistons
The Pistons can’t contain small forwards and Green is a boom or bust type of player who is looking for a “boom” type game.
Serge Ibaka, PF/C, Oklahoma City Thunder @ Los Angeles Lakers
Ibaka has blocked multiple shots in his past six games and is a very solid offensive threat now as well. As long as he isn’t rested because the Thunder are 50 up after three, he should have a big night.
PLAYERS TO PICK UP FOR SPOT START DUTY
This section highlight players who are available in more than 50% of ESPN leagues and are a decent option if you are looking for a guy to stream in for a day to give you the edge in your matchup.
If you need points: Rodney Stuckey, SG, Detroit Pistons @ Boston Celtics
Horrible against Minnesota, Stuckey will look to bounce back against Boston who aren’t the greatest defensively.
If you need threes: Terrence Ross, SG/SF, Toronto Raptors @ Minnesota Timberwolves
Ross has hit multiple threes in the last five games he’s played, including a six-pack against the Kings. He should be owned universally.
If you need rebounds: Reggie Evans, PF, Sacramento Kings @ Brooklyn Nets
Evans has gone back to being a rebounding master off the bench since being traded to Sacramento and remains a great option for boards in spot-start duty.
If you need assists: Jordan Farmar, PG, Los Angeles Lakers vs Oklahoma City Thunder
It looks like Mike D’Antoni is slowly leaning toward Farmar as the starting point guard and has had decent assist numbers in a quite a few games since returning from his injury.
If you need steals: Andray Blatche, PF/C, Brooklyn Nets vs Sacramento Kings
Blatche is one of the better stealing big men in the league and had nabbed 11 in his last five games.
If you need blocks: Chris Andersen, C, Miami Heat @ Chicago Bulls
This is what the Birdman does and had a five block night against the Rockets during the past week.
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