By: John Fortney – Staff writer
“I’m on a Collision course with Father Time and last time I checked, Father Time was undefeated.”
The Mavericks signed Veteran Derek Fisher (1-8/24 min/2/2/3/2stl) this week and he not only played last night. He was the starter! Darren Collision (26 min/5/2/8/stl) just can’t get a break! DC should still get the better half of minutes at the point, but my word, this really hurts his value. If Rick Carlisle wants Fisher starting, then I expect him to start from now on, but no way he plays 25 minutes a game the rest of the way. Darren Collision is obviously the better player right now and everyone knows it, including Jim Carrey’s twin brother. This just seems to be a tactic, to both ease Collision’s minutes, and get some good player coaching from the old and wise Fisher. Trade him then? No. Unless you come across an owner who is completely daydreaming, you won’t be able to get full value for him. My plan is to ride out this experiment. Hopefully this is just something that sticks until Dirk Nowitzki returns. Derek Fisher couldn’t guard a chained up dog right now, let alone Russell Westbrook, Mike Conley, Chris Paul, or any other point guard in the West, so this can’t be a lineup they will count on heading into the playoffs, that is if they get there! Hold on to DC and hope for the best. Elton Brand (17/12/4blk) was vintage Elton Brand last night but don’t expect these numbers often. As for the Pistons, they got good games from Brandon Knight (20/4/2/3stl) and Rodney Stuckey (9/5/6). If Stuckey is available, just watch him and see if he can have 2-3 good games in a row before you grab him.
Oh yay! What did Scott Skiles have in store for us last night? Just another “Who the crap knows?” sandwich. The starters were Monta Ellis, Brandon Jennings, John Henson (5/2/1), Marquis Daniels (8/2/5/stl) and Ekpe Udoh (15min/5pts). Ignore Daniels and Udoh. Larry Sanders (18/16/5blk) and Ersan Illyasova (15/5/4/blk) were both very good off the bench. Mike Dunleavy, Samuel Dalembert, and Tobias Harris all got DNP’s. Beno Udrih is out 1-2 weeks. Ignore. Your guess on the rotation is as good as mine. My 3 year old daughter’s guess is as good as anyone’s. All I’m going to tell you is to own Jennings, Ellis, Sanders, and Illyasova. Outside of those guys, you’re on your own. I’m punting everyone else and letting someone else deal with the Scott Skiles Project. In Celtic news, Jeff Green (18/6/blk) got some good run and Rajon Rondo will return in their next game.
The Heat took out the Nets, again, in Miami and the Nets just don’t look close to being a contender yet. They do need Brook Lopez back, but I don’t know how much that’s going to help. The Heat got a good game from Norris “Eraser Head” Cole with 12/2/3stl. He played well in 29 minutes with Mario Chalmers (7/6/3stl) getting just 17 minutes. I don’t think Cole takes the starting gig, but it’s something to monitor. The Nets got another good game from Andray Blatche (20/8/stl) and he should not be on your waiver wire. Brook Lopez doesn’t sound like he will be able to return for Tuesday’s game so go check if you haven’t yet!
Double Overtime! Music to my ears! Everyone was good in this game, except for the entire Blazers bench. But you already knew I was going to say that.
The Bulls beat the 76ers and got decent games from Kirk Hinrich (6/5/6/2blk) and Taj Gibson (11/8/blk in just 21 minutes). If Carlos Boozer or Joakim Noah ever miss time, Taj is your guy. He could start on a lot of teams in the NBA. Rip Hamilton went down with an injury that looked like something out of a scene in Saving Private Ryan. I’m pretty sure I heard someone yell, “Sniper!!” right before he hit the floor. Initial reports are that its just a foot sprain, which could be good news and bad news, depending on how you look at it. Hopefully you weren’t forced to own him. The Sixers had the look of the Blazers last night with only three players logging minutes off the bench. Lavoy Allen (10/8/blk) is starting to put up consistent numbers and Evan Turner (12/4/7/3stl) is looking like one of the steals of the year. Congrats if you got him late in your draft.
This contest was a blowout, which was expected, so if you own any of the marquee guys on either team, don’t fret, nobody played their normal minutes. A blowout is basically the opposite of Overtime in fantasy land, if you know what I mean.
The Rockets got the best of the Jazz in this one, and got returns from Chandler Parsons (19/3/3/1/3blk/3 treys) and Carlos Delfino (13/5/3/3treys). Parsons is a must own so make sure he isn’t available in your league and Delfino should get some run and is worth a flier if you need threes. Mo Williams (16/2/7) got back on track. DeMarre Carroll (4/3) got another start but was quiet in 18 minutes. Gordon Hayward (30min/8-12shooting/21pts/3 treys) was much better in this one. Its a good sign. Hold.
The well-rested Spurs returned and beat the Grizz as expected, I mean the Grizzly starters had to play in their last game so they had no chance. They must’ve been exhausted. Danny Green left in the 3rd quarter with a hamstring injury so keep an eye out for his status update from us here at hecmanhoops. Matt Bonner got 20 minutes of burn in his stead, but I wouldn’t knock anybody over running to pick up the Red Rocket. Manu Ginobli (10/5/6/6stl/6to). That’s just an odd line, so I had to mention it. Wayne Ellington (3/3/1) got the start in place of the injured Tony Allen, but as it turns out, he’s still not any good.
The Clippers were shot out of a cannon in this one and the game was over before the Kings got out of their warmups. LA was up by 32 or so in the third quarter…..I know it was in the 30’s anyways. I could tell you DeMarcus Cousins got benched, Tyreke Evans was a DNP again, Marcus Thornton had a decent game in garbage time, Aaron Brooks might be one of the worst starting PG’s in the NBA behind Kirk Hinrich and Derek Fisher and that Isaiah Thomas had a very meaningless 14 pts in “were getting housed” time, but I won’t bore you. Wait, nevermind.
The Pacers lost last night in a nightcap where they looked to be ready for an after prom party, rather than an actual basketball game. Paul George (0/5/4) was not the bell of the ball and did not register a point versus Golden State, who cannot play defense. Cannot, as in, no ability, nor the will. Don’t panic, he should come around, although it’s obvious they miss Danny Granger. Sam Young (5/1) came back to life after last nights performance. Klay Thompson (22/7/blk) had another good game. Phew. Harrison Barnes was quiet with 6/5. He’s a rookie and there will be bumps in the road, so just be patient. Carl Landry (16/4) and Jarrett Jack (18/5/5) were both very good last night but most of us should expect that on most nights by now.
Remember, you can hit me up with questions in the comments below or contact me through Twitter @jfort753. Good Luck everyone.