How deep was last night’s Sheridan Hoops Freeroll at DraftStreet? I beat 881 other teams, and finished nowhere. All previous records were shattered with 1,068 entries; kudos to “PrincessDuckling” who won $100 cash for finishing first. Fourteen other prizes were awarded; “edwind3” earned $60 for second place, and “hustleboy” gets $30 for coming third. If you haven’t discovered the fun and excitement of daily fantasy leagues yet, don’t wait for next Friday. You can join $2 leagues with half as many entries and triple the prize pool. Trust me, they are a lot easier to win than the Freerolls.
January 25 Game Recaps
BOS @ ATL: There’s nothing like double-overtime to inflate fantasy stats. Al Horford (24 PTS, 13 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL) returned from his sore hammy and Kyle Korver (27 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST, 3 STL, 2 BLK) was unconscious, knocking down a career-high eight 3-pointers, all in the second half, to help the Hawks overcome a 29-10 first-quarter deficit. Kevin Garnett (24 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST) was outstanding for Boston, and Rajon Rondo had another triple-double (16 PTS, 11 AST, 10 REB) but when KG fouled out in the second OT, the Celtics finally ran out of gas. Jeff Green (17 PTS, 6 REB) was sharp off the bench, and for Atlanta, Devin Harris (14 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL) played 38:20 as the sixth man. That makes him worth owning in 12-team leagues, if he can stay healthy.
DET @ MIA: We told you Dwyane Wade (29 PTS, 7 AST, 5 REB, 3 STL) would play well; he had to sit out an earlier loss to the Pistons with a suspension, and he has a long memory. LeBron James (23 PTS, 7 REB, 7 AST) had a fine night for any normal player, a little off his standards, as the Heat cruised by 22. Only Greg Monroe (31 PTS, 12 REB) kept it from being an even more lopsided loss. The entire fourth quarter was garbage time for Detroit.
MIL @ CLE: The difference was Kyrie Irving (35 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL) but this was a solid team effort by Cleveland in a wide-open game. Marreese Speights (10 PTS, 6 REB, 2 STL) played 18:19 in his Cavs’ debut; I expect him to be in the 25-minute range soon. For Milwaukee, a third straight big game by Ersan Ilyasova (30 PTS, 7 REB) is very encouraging, Larry Sanders (14 PTS, 12 REB, 2 BLK) was strong and Brandon Jennings (14 PTS, 12 AST, 3 REB) also double-doubled, but the bench was quieter than usual.