As expected, the Spurs atoned for one lackluster effort, but they lost Tony Parker (13 PTS, 7 AST) to an ankle injury. The severity is unknown; their MVP was carried off the court and will not be rushed back.
How is this man not an All-Star? Stephen Curry scored 54 points, the most in the NBA in more than six years. He hit eleven 3-pointers on 13 attempts. With David Lee suspended for the previous night’s wrestling match, Curry played all 48 minutes and very nearly won the game singlehandedly.
Sometimes the Nuggets remind you of a 4×100 relay team at a track meet. They sprinted to 35 points in the first quarter and the Lakers had no answer. Denver finished with 33 points on the fast break, the Lakers three; L.A. was also outscored 78-50 in the paint because they allowed a lot of dunks and layups.
Sure, LeBron James had a triple-double on one good leg, but the top fantasy basketball story is Chris Sheridan finishing 12th out of 18 in the $22 Challenge. Thinking the Pistons might show up to defend their home court, he used two potential bargains — Jason Maxiell and Viacheslav Kravtsov — who did very little. “PrincessDuckling” won the $180 first prize, “tommyboy42609” earned $112 for second and “mr92,” the only person who doubled his chances of winning by entering two teams, finished third and fourth for a total of $108. My team came seventh and won the $5 bonus for beating the expert.
We have folded the Week 18 Planner into the Spin today, and our Depth Chart has been updated to reflect the less-than-spectacular results of the trade deadline. Five pages of fantasy fun begins with what happened last night and what might happen today.
Six games were on the schedule on Monday night. The Spurs won without their “Big Three” in Chicago, the Nets ended their losing streak in Indiana and seven was the luckiest and unluckiest number in Charlotte.