Congratulations to “chuckechips” who scored 271.75 fantasy points to win the $100 first prize in our Freeroll on DraftStreet. His pick of slumping Andre Iguodala was inspired. My team ended 117th out of 404 entries and my hunch about Vince Carter couldn’t have been more wrong. Thanks to everyone who took part; hope you had fun!
December 14 Games
DAL @ TOR: I also used Jose Calderon (14 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST) and Ed Davis (6 PTS, 8 REB in just 23 minutes) on my Freeroll team. They were disappointing individually, but the Raptors did win. The surprise hero was Linas Kleiza, who returned from a 2-game absence (knee) to score a game-high 20, including five 3-pointers. Rookie Terrence Ross was also sharp off the bench (18 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST) and Amir Johnson, back from his suspension, helped the second unit outscore the Dallas reserves 53-25. Shawn Marion (12 PTS, 13 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL) was OK for the Mavericks, but they shot 39% and lacked energy. Carter, to the delight of Toronto boobirds, was 1-for-8 from the floor.
PHI @ IND: Without Jrue Holiday (foot), the Sixers used Evan Turner (22 PTS, 10 REB, 5 AST) at PG, and though the pregame box score had Dorell Wright (9 PTS, 9 REB, 4 AST) starting at SF, it was Nick Young (8 PTS in 37 minutes) who got the call. Kwame Brown started at C, and it may be no coincidence that Roy Hibbert (19 PTS, 13 REB) had his best night in ages. Paul George led all scorers with 28, but the most outstanding Pacer was George Hill, with his first career triple-double — 15 PTS, 10 AST, 10 REB, 2 STL, 2 BLK.
LAL @ WAS: The Lakers will take it. Kobe Bryant (30 PTS, 7 REB, 7 AST) led the way as usual, but Jodie Meeks was the difference, with 24 PTS, 5 REB and 3 STL in 30+ minutes off the bench. Antawn Jamison hit rock bottom, going scoreless in just 6:24 as Devin Ebanks (8 PTS, 5 REB) started at PF. Jordan Crawford (11 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST) had a quiet night for him, Bradley Beal was a non-factor but the Wizards’ bench kept things interesting. Cartier Martin (21 PTS, 8 REB) hit five triples, Kevin Seraphin (16 PTS, 8 REB) played almost 37 minutes and Nene added 17 points and 8 boards in his 22 minutes.