NBA 2/25 Recap
Tuesday night’s NBA action was filled with particularly great plays from low-salary and high-salary players. Here’s an overview of the best and worst plays from last night.
Nikola Vucevic – He dominated inside without Glen Davis next to him for a double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds, but did foul out and only played 31 minutes. He remains an upper mid-salary/lower high-salary guy.
Marcin Gortat – He’s been playing very well as of late and went for 21 points (only 13 shots) and 10 rebounds. He should continue to benefit with Nene out.
Kent Bazemore – He posted a career high 23 points to go with 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. He received a team-high 39 minutes and has been coming on strong since being traded from the Warriors. Watch his low-tier salary and see how much it increases next time out.
David West – Behind a balanced effort, West went for 11 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. West is someone who correlates highly to the competition he plays and that showed against the Lakers.
DeMar DeRozan – He took advantage of a poor Cavs defense and a smaller Jarrett Jack. He dropped 33 points and didn’t make one three-pointer. With an additional 6 assists, 4 rebounds and a steal, he was easily the best Toronto play. This was simply a matchup scenario and a good night shooting.
Kyrie Irving, Jarrett Jack and Matthew Dellavedova – Dion Waiters and C.J. Miles didn’t play, so the Cavs only suited up three guards. This is why Irving had a solid outing, while Jack and Dellavedova exceeding their low salaries. Keep an eye on the Cavs injury situation before the next game and see if this happens again.
Mike Dunleavy – Did anyone know Tom Thibodeau was going to play him 48 minutes? He went for 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Sure, Jimmy Butler didn’t play, but the SF didn’t sit at all. If Butler continues to miss time, he should be on your radar.
Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer – Atlanta is completely decimated down low with no Al Horford, Paul Millsap or Gustavo Ayon. The Bulls big men took advantage of this after a slow start. Both recorded double-doubles and Noah stepped up in other categories as well.
Jeff Teague – He was the main leader of the offense without Millsap. He finished with 26 points, 7 assists and 2 rebounds. That’s pretty solid against Chicago.
Mike Scott – He continues to get good minutes off the bench and produced again with 12 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal. He should do even better in a more favorable matchup.
Damian Lillard – He continues to dominate and be the main focal point of the offense with LaMarcus Aldridge out. He also took advantage of a bad Nuggets defense. 31 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds, a steal and a block was the result.
J.J. Hickson – He didn’t get a ton of plays since he was moved to the bench, but Hickson pulled down a massive 25 rebounds. Since Hickson could play at the 4 (his more preferred position), Portland went small for pretty much the entire game and Timofey Mozgov battled with Robin Lopez all night, Hickson thrived. He also scored 16 points to go with an assist, steal and block.
Aaron Brooks and Timofey Mozgov – Both are low salary players and played well in the starting five. Both players should be considered until their salaries are more appropriately adjusted and with Ty Lawson still out.
Kevin Love – Is an explanation needed? He’s awesome.
Shabazz Muhammad – He recorded 20 points, 6 boards, 2 steals and an assist off the bench in only 24 minutes. This is a fluke. Fade him next game, even if Nikola Pekovic is still out.
James Harden – Rookie Ben McLemore is a very poor defender. Well, the Kings defense is awful. Harden carved them up every way possible. Imagine if he got more than 31 minutes.
Tobias Harris – He was easily the biggest bust on Orlando with just 11 points and 4 rebounds. I’d more write this off as a fluke, but Harkless did take away a few rebounding opportunities.
Trevor Booker – Four of the five Wizards starters scored over 20 points, but Booker was wasn’t one of them. Booker got the start over the injured Nene, but he posted just 3 points (on only 5 shot attempts) 7 rebounds and an assist. However, he did get 2 blocks, 2 steals to prevent a complete bust. Despite playing 30 minutes, Booker didn’t look completely healthy out there, especially in the beginning.
Kendall Marshall – Easily the biggest bust on the Lakers. He didn’t score and turned it over four times. Marshall only got 18 minutes as Jordan Farmar got 27, but didn’t do too much better in relief. This is typical Mike D’Antoni playing the hotter players extended minutes, but it’s also the Lakers getting more healthy. The matchup with Indiana didn’t help either. Still, I don’t think we’ll be seeing anymore 50 FPTS games from Marshall, unless injuries come again.
Kyle Lowry – It wasn’t the worst performance in the world, but compared to what Lowry has been doing, it was a pretty bad night. Only 9 points on 3-15 shooting (0-9 from three) to go with 9 assists, 5 boards and a steal. Mark this off as a complete fluke and just an off game.
DeMarre Carroll – One of the biggest busts of the night. After being a huge part of the offense without Millsap, Carroll regressed to 13 points, but only got 4 boards, one assist and one steal. That is the Bulls defense and that Carroll is playing at PF, but it’s also the other Atlanta players getting more involved all around.
Thomas Robinson – Dorell Wright took the minutes tonight. It’s clear that Portland doesn’t have a specific big-man rotation with Aldridge out.
Goran Dragic – He left with an ankle injury, came back and fouled out (on a very questionable call). We’ll know more later how bad the ankle is, but it can’t be too serious if he got it taped up and returned.
Channing Frye – He had a bad shooting night and P.J. Tucker pulled down 16 rebounds. Fluke.
All Kings Players Except Rudy Gay – DeMarcus Cousins got ejected, Jason Thompson randomly only got 5 minutes (no injury, coach’s decision) and Isaiah Thomas and Ben McLemore couldn’t make a shot. Just a pathetic effort by the Kings.
Evan Turner – He made his debut with the Pacers and it’s about what you would expect. He was clearly the sixth man off the bench and posted 13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal. Wait for his salary to decrease more, but he’s about a $5,000 – $5,500 type player.
Spencer Hawes – He finally got the start over Tyler Zeller. This resulted in 15 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block in 32 minutes. This is what should be expected going forward, even when Anderson Varejao returns. Hawes should start the rest of the season.
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