Fantasy Spin: Kyrie Irving (35) Shocks Thunder; Three NBA Matinees on Super Sunday

Apparently it’s some kind of national holiday, as there are only three NBA games on Sunday and they all start early. Don’t forget to set your fantasy basketball lineups before 1:00 Eastern, about when the Super Bowl pregame shows begin. Enjoy the spectacle, the parties and the football. Consider hoops an appetizer, like chicken wings.

February 2 Game Recaps

CHI @ ATL: My hat is off to the Bulls. With injuries to three starters, in a back-to-back, they shut down the Hawks with energy, passion and Taj Gibson. Filling in brilliantly for Joakim Noah (foot), Gibson (19 PTS, 19 REB, 3 BLK) and Luol Deng (25 PTS, 14 REB, 5 AST, 4 STL) both played more than 45 minutes. Nate Robinson (20 PTS, 8 AST, 3 STL) did a nice job in place of Kirk Hinrich (elbow) and sophomore Jimmy Butler had another good night — 16 PTS, 10 REB, 3 STL. For Atlanta, Al Horford (14 PTS, 12 REB, 3 BLK) and Josh Smith (19 PTS, 13 REB, 5 AST, 2 BLK) needed more help; DeShawn Stevenson missed five of six shots as the starting SF and Devin Harris (ankle) didn’t appear.

OKC @ CLE: That was an ambush. After a horrible outing the night before, the Cavaliers shocked the Thunder with a tremendous fourth quarter. The incredible Kyrie Irving (35 PTS) scored 13 in the final 5:47 and Marreese Speights (21 PTS, 10 REB in 33 minutes) is taking over rapidly from Tyler Zeller, as we predicted the moment he was acquired. Russell Westbrook (28 PTS, 5 AST, 3 STL) couldn’t stop Kyrie in crunch time, and excellent lines by Kevin Durant (32 PTS, 11 REB) and Serge Ibaka (18 PTS, 12 REB, 4 BLK) weren’t enough to earn the W.

SAC @ NYK: Told you it wouldn’t be pretty. Already ahead 56-33 at halftime, the Knicks dropped a 41-point third quarter on the hapless Kings. The Garden crowd enjoyed runs of 19-2, 27-3 and 20-2; garbage time arrived as the national anthem finished. An angry DeMarcus Cousins — as opposed to the pouting version — scored 25 and Jimmer Fredette had 14 off the bench, but the other Sacramento players should be ashamed. J.R. Smith hit seven more 3-pointers (that’s 12 in two nights) and Amare Stoudemire was perfect: 10-10 from the floor, 1-1 from the line. In only 29 minutes, Tyson Chandler grabbed 20 rebounds. To the dismay of his fantasy owners, Carmelo Anthony (9 PTS, 5 AST) simply wasn’t needed.


  1. says

    YUM to your noms.I like that taking one hour at a time thing. There are many days when that whole “one day at a time” thing just isn’t wnrkiog for me. LOL!

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