Another 50 point game highlights the seven games on Friday night. Westbrook was a beast and willed his team to victory against the Suns. But let’s just say he’s not the biggest stud of the night. Let’s dive into the winners and losers from tonight’s games.
Stud of the Night: Even with Westbrook’s 51 point effort, it’s the other guy who scored 50 points a few days ago that wins the title tonight. 4 days into the league and Anthony Davis is the stud of the night for the second time already. Following his 50 point effort, he scored 45 points, grabbed 17 rebounds to go along with 3 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks and a triple with only 1 turnover. He made 17 of his 31 attempts and gave everything he got in the loss against the Warriors. It was a pity he couldn’t have back-to-back 50 point games. He could’ve accomplish that feat but his teammates didn’t look for him in quite a lot of plays down the stretch. He’s set for another game tomorrow night against LaMarcus Aldridge and the Spurs. It’s an interesting matchup for Davis and I’m curious to see if he has enough motor to pull off another performance like his first two. Keep enjoying it while he’s still on fire.
- Kevin Durant – 30 points (9-19 FG, 12-12 FT), 17 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks with 2 turnovers. Durant played 39 minutes tonight against the Pelicans and the Warriors needed every single bit of Durant’s contribution on both ends of the floor since Davis was handing it to them. There were occasions of Durant vs Davis matchup and that was entertaining to watch. The Dubs probably won’t want to play Durant 39 minutes every game but their bench is a little thin and especially with rookie Patrick McCaw spraining his ankle, their depth just got a little thinner. Owners can continue to enjoy the 9-cat experience from Durant.
- Trevor Ariza – 27 points (8-12 FG, 6-6 FT), 4 rebounds, 5 triples and a steal with no turnovers. After a 5 point dud against the Lakers, Ariza bounced back and had a really good shooting night in the win against the Mavericks. He was running down the floor for transition points and shooting the wide open threes well. He’s a really good fit in the D’Antoni system and seeing him have 6 attempts at the charity stripe is a good sign of his aggressiveness. Owners can now breathe a sigh of relief after seeing this sort of performance.
- Kevin Love – 18 points (6-15 FG, 4-4 FT), 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 triples, 2 blocks and a steal with no turnovers. That’s another name that I really want to see mentioned here more often. He’s a very good player and even though he won’t be the Love from the Minnesota days, he’s still capable to pull down this sort of stat line. He was solid against the Raptors and what elevated his stat line are the defensive contributions. The last time he recorded 2 blocks or more in the regular season was dated back to March. The field goal percentage takes a hit on his value but you probably punted FG% anyways if you drafted him. Let’s hope he keeps up the good form.
- Jeremy Lin – 21 points (6-12 FG, 7-8 FT), 9 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 triples and a block with 2 turnovers. He completely outplayed Jeff Teague tonight and got the win against the Pacers. Teague was an all-star before and this is saying something about Lin’s quality as a starting point guard. Kenny Atkinson is letting him do his thing and run the team and the entire roster of the Nets seems to be buying into the philosophy that Sean Marks and Atkinson built this offseason. Lin should continue to have good performances on this team and let’s just say they’re not as bad as I thought.
Fool’s Gold: I’m not saying Westbrook didn’t have a good performance. He willed his team to victory in an overtime game against the Suns. But he did have a poor shooting night and it could’ve been an easier game for them if a couple of them would fall in more. He ended the night with a whooping 51 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists with 2 triples, 2 steals and 5 turnovers. That’s some 2k stat line and the second 50 point game four days in. Back in 2010-11, there were only two 50 point games in the entire season. Westbrook did shoot 17-44 from the field and 15-20 from the free throw line. That’s 38.6 and 75.0 percent from those two categories. But you probably expected that when you drafted him with your top-3 pick right? I’d still take the 51-13-10 any day. Unfortunately, I don’t have Westbrook in any of my leagues this year.
Dud of the Night: Today’s biggest loser is someone who I really like and have him on a lot of my teams so it hurts me to mention him here. But Evan Fournier dropped a dud by having 8 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a turnover in a blowout loss against the Pistons. He shot 4-12 from the field and missed his only attempt from the line. That’s two games in a row where Fournier had some inefficient shooting. I’m not really panicking just yet, the attempts and minutes are there, the shots isn’t falling just yet but it’ll come. Just remember the Magic chose to have Fournier instead of Oladipo and that’s saying something.
- Justise Winslow – 10 points (4-14 FG, 1-2 FT), 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 turnovers. He’s tried to do too much tonight and was bothered by MKG’s defense. He’s not polished offensively so night’s like these are expected
- Bismack Biyombo – 2 points (1-5 FG), 3 rebounds, a block and a turnover in 23 minutes of play. He’s owned in 73% of Yahoo! leagues and shouldn’t be this bad. Owners drafted him for rebounds and blocks in limited minutes but even in garbage time, Biyombo couldn’t get his fair share.
- Serge Ibaka – 4 points (2-6 FG), 3 rebounds and a block in 19 minutes. No, Ibaka wasn’t in foul trouble, the Magic were just bad tonight. He’s shooting 34.7 percent these two games. He’s a buy low target right now.
Waiver Wire Gems:
- Andre Roberson (3% owned) – 9 points (3-4 FG, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, 5 steals, a triple and a block in 40 minutes. This game did come from an overtime game but he’s getting minutes. He still can’t shoot and doesn’t really trust his own shot yet. He’s there for defensive purposes and the steals and rebounds are nice. He didn’t make a single three in preseason and made his only attempt in the two games he played. If you’re in desperate need of steals and some rebounds then he’ll be alright. His contribution is what we all expected Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to have this year.
- T.J. Warren (29% owned) – 30 points (13-18 FG, 3-4 FT), 9 rebounds, 3 steals and a triple in 40 minutes. The minutes and attempts are there for Warren and seems motivated to keep the starting gig even when P.J. Tucker returns. His three point shooting is still inconsistent and defensive deficiencies are still there but if you’re in dire need of points and not much else, Warren is your man.
- Dante Cunningham (1% owned) – 15 points (6-11 FG), 8 rebounds, 3 triples and 2 blocks in 32 minutes. Alvin Gentry decided to start Cunningham instead of Terrence Jones or Omer Asik at the second half. This is probably due to Cunningham’s ability to stretch the floor. He only played 9 minutes last game so I don’t see this keeping up. You might want to wait this out before grabbing him. Terrence Jones did only play in 13 minutes.
- Sean Kilpatrick (7% owned) – 18 points (7-11 FG%), 5 rebounds, 4 threes and a steal in 25 minutes. Seems like the shooting guards on the Nets are taking turns having good games. Tonight was Kilpatrick’s turn and he was the closer for the Nets in the win against the Pacers. He was being aggressive at driving to the rim and hitting every three he shot. He’s good at scoring but it’s whether he can contribute to other categories. Deep leagues can take a look at him as the Atkinson seems like he’s only riding with the hot hand.
That’s it folks. We got a busy nine game schedule tomorrow. Stay tuned. Follow me on Twitter for more updates or to ask me any questions about your fantasy team!