Some observations from watching Monday’s NBA games as I was dodging bullets at Applebee’s:
Rookie Kevin Love may be gently pulling out of his recent funk with 10 points and eight rebounds against Charlotte. He now has 20 boards in the last two games.
Rashard McCants played nearly 20 minutes – his most since returning from injury – and though he did not play well, it’s a good sign. He will only continue to see additional time now that Corey Brewer is out for the season with a knee injury. If you need 3’s with some steals mixed in, grab him now. He’ll only get better as he gets healthier and showed last season he doesn’t need major minutes to be productive.
The Orlando Magic had only seven players available and – outside of their big three – were very underwhelming. J.J. Reddick scored six points in 31 minutes, Anthony Johnson added four points in 30 minutes, Tony Battie had nine points in 27 minutes and rookie Courtney Lee finished with six points in 27 minutes.
Chalk this game up to Boston’s terrific defense but it doesn’t clarify which of these guys – if any – should be owned while the Magic backcourt is depleted.
Shawn Marion, who is rumoured to be on the trading block, must have felt like he was back in Phoenix during a high-scoring victory over Golden State. He played accordingly, piling up 21 points, 15 rebounds, three steals and a block.
Marion made 9-of-16 shots, including a 3-pointer, and made both his free throws but failed to explain WHY HE CAN’T DO THIS MORE OFTEN!
It was a typical game between two teams that often yield gaudy fantasy stats….
Dwyane Wade: 37 points, 13 assists, three blocks
Jamal Crawford: 40 points, seven assists
Corey Maggette: 29 points, 17-of-18 free throws
….. so I’m not sure how much faith to put into Marion’s performance.