MONDAY 3RD FEBRUARY 2014
THE BEST PLAYER EVER, TONIGHT
J.R. Smith, SG/SF, New York Knicks:
30 points (9-17 FG, 6-6 FT), 6 threes, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 0 steals, 0 blocks, 2 turnovers
Is the J.R. Smith redemption complete? Maybe not quite, but his form has been outstanding since he last got a DNP-CD back on January 14th. Smith has hit multiple three pointers in his past nine games, averaging an insane 3.8 triples in his past four games. If he was dropped in you league, he needs to be owned immediately.
WAIVER WIRE LINE OF THE NIGHT
Shaun Livingston, PG, Brooklyn Nets (0.8% owned):
13 points (4-9 FG, 5-6 FT), 0 threes, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 7 steals, 0 blocks, 2 turnovers
Even though Deron Williams has re-entered the starting lineup, Livingston continues to start and put up great numbers. In fact, in the past two weeks, Livingston is the 38th ranked player in fantasy basketball and he makes a great addition to your squad while he plays like this.
YOUNG GUN OF THE NIGHT
Khris Middleton, SF, Milwaukee Bucks:
19 points (6-9 FG, 2-2 FT), 5 threes, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 0 steals, 0 blocks, 1 turnover
Now that Caron Butler has suffered a potentially lengthy ankle injury and with John Henson missing the last three games with a wrist injury, Middleton has been getting a lot more minutes. He’s started the past five games and needs to picked up again in most leagues as he has produced every time he’s gotten minutes this season.
Trey Burke, PG, Utah Jazz:
8 points (4-14 FG, 0-0 FT), 0 threes, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 0 steals, 0 blocks, 4 turnovers
A lot of the Jazz’s improvement has come since Burke made his NBA debut, but tonight his performance was brutal. He’s actually been terrible for a while, ranking 201st over the past month, mainly due to his horrible field goal percentage. He probably isn’t must own any more, but his assist numbers are going to be hard to pass up on.
NEWS & NOTES FROM AROUND THE ASSOCIATION
John Jenkins had season ending back surgery, but I highly doubt he was on anyone’s fantasy roster.
Anderson Varejao returned to the Cavs lineup, but was limited to 25 minutes. He is safe to get back into your lineups.
Kemba Walker was able to practice and is considered questionable for Tuesday’s matchup.
Danny Green returned from his broken hand and slotted straight into the starting lineup and was decent. He’s not a guy to run out and grab though.
Tyreke Evans left the Monday’s game with a rib injury and did not return. Check back for word on his status before the Pelicans play next.