Gortat Shines for Suns; Lakers Lose Again

The Bobcats aren’t very good, but they are better than last year and do have a few fantasy-relevant players. Byron Mullens rewarded his owners with six 3-pointers, 24 points and 8 rebounds. Kemba Walker (17 PTS, 8 AST) had a nice line. The surprise starting SG was rookie Jeffrey Taylor, but he played only ten minutes; Ramon Sessions had 17 PTS and 9 AST off the bench and will continue to fill in for Gerald Henderson (sprained foot) for at least 2-3 more weeks.

Marcin Gortat was brilliant — 23 PTS, 10 REB, 7 BLK — and Shannon Brown got hot (six 3-pointers, 24 points) off the Suns bench. If you own Michael Beasley, you have to be pleased enough with 21 PTS, 15 REB, 7 AST and 3 BLK to overlook 7-21 shooting.

Other November 7 Games

IND @ ATL: Returning from a sprained ankle, Josh Smith (ankle) had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. The Hawks used their ‘big’ lineup with Smoove at SF, Al Horford (16 & 9) at PF and Zaza Pachulia (6 PTS, 14 boards) at C; we’ll soon see if that was a matchup thing or a semi-permanent change. Unable to replace Danny Granger, out at least three months with knee injury, the Pacers may be souring on Gerald Green, but Sam Young is not the answer. Lance Stephenson (9 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST in 28 minutes) played nearly as much as Green and Young combined.

MEM@ MIL: There are problems in Milwaukee, where we could have told them Samuel Dalembert is a loser. Ersan Ilyasova played only 21 minutes (7 PTS, 4 REB) and may have found the always-open doghouse of Scott Skiles. With no decent big men and the coach’s refusal to use Drew Gooden, the guards shot a stellar 11-38 in an embarrassing 18-point home defeat. Zach Randolph (18 & 13) led a balanced Memphis attack and Marreese Speights (18 PTS, 9 REB, 2 BLK) was red-hot in 22 bench minutes.

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