BROOKLYN – You don’t need a watch to know the time for the Memphis Grizzlies to win a title is now. If you did, acquiring Jeff Green was the beeping alarm clock that woke up the rest of the Western Conference. With Green, Memphis has the missing piece to compete atop the vaunted West.
Friday was a night of surprises. Jared Dudley $3700 couldn’t miss (24 points on 10-10 shooting) as the Bucks destroyed a bunch of impostors wearing Hawks uniforms. Both LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) and Chris Kaman (family) didn’t play, so Joel Freeland pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds.
There are only two NBA games on Thursday, one of them a showcase for superstars. Daily fantasy contests begin with a critical decision at SF: LeBron James $11800, Kevin Durant $10500 — or neither.
It’s a plethora of point guards. Ten very talented players, in excellent form, each costing $8000 or more. Pick the right one (or two) and you’re well on the way to winning in daily play at DraftKings. That’s the toughest fantasy decision on an interesting 7-game NBA slate.
Tonight, there’s an exclusive contest for everyone who has signed up at DraftKings using a link from Sheridan Hoops. It’s “Beat the Pro” — just finish ahead of Chris Sheridan and your entry fee will be refunded, in addition to whatever prize money you win.
The Cleveland Cavaliers finally earned a huge victory on Saturday night over the Atlanta Hawks, who came in hot on a four-game winning streak. It was the first time this season the Cavs seemed to steamroll an opponent, which many say will be the first of many. In the 127-94 win, Cleveland set franchise records, including an NBA record. They were on fire from three-point range. And when I say fire, I mean it.
LeBron James $11000 scored 41 to lead a great comeback in Boston last night, after the Cavs surrendered 42 points in the third quarter. That’s three in a row for Cleveland, with an average score of 117-111.
At this time of the NBA season, when all stimulating conversations must be cooled off with the buzz-killing “small-sample-size” argument, it might be a good idea to attack this issue from the other side. Which player is shooting the lights out at an unsustainable clip, who is playing out of his depth, and whose numbers will eventually straighten themselves out? Before it’s too late, fans, here are your “sample-size All-Stars.”