Monday, January 09, 2006

Monday's Triple-Threat

"What Ant? I stunk last week?"

3 Players on Fire

1. SG Kobe Bryant (LAL)—Kobe dropping 48 and 50 on successive nights following his 2–game suspension is the equivalent to getting dumped by your girlfriend on Thursday and then going out and scoring with two gorgeous women on Friday and Saturday. We all know Kobe has mastered the latter half of that…

2. PG Jason Kidd (NJN)—19.0 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 13.0 APG, and 2.0 SPG in the Nets’ two games last week. I think those creaky knees are doing just fine, don’t you?

3. F LeBron James (CLE)—So, what has LBJ done since Hughes got injured? No big deal—just averaging 33.0 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 7.3 APG, 2.0 SPG, while shooting 56.0% from the floor. I guess that 21st birthday hangover isn’t the same for all of us.

3 Players in the Dumps

1. C Shaquille O’Neal (MIA)—As you may know, in his last three games, Shaq has put up just 13.0 PPG, 0.6 APG, and 0.3 BPG. However, not to fear Diesel owners, two of those games were blowouts: a 111-93 loss at PHX and a 118-89 drubbing of the Blazers. Expect a monster week from a well-rested O’Neal.

2. G/F Marquis Daniels (DAL)—This guy can’t catch a freakin’ break. Miss two games, play one, miss three more, play four, miss the next two weeks with a neck injury. Not exactly Mr. Consistency at this point. You may want to look for help elsewhere…

3. G/F Tracy McGrady (HOU)—The reports said he was screaming in pain last night, left the court on a stretcher, and was transported to a hospital. You don’t need to be Brandon Funston to realize this is not good for your fantasy squad.

3 Teams on Fire

1. New Jersey Nets10 Straight Wins--See what happens when your two best players start playing well? It also helps that six of the victories on their current streak came against teams below .500. Something tells me this run should end either Tuesday @SAS or Friday @MEM.

2. Phoenix Suns8-2 in their last 10 –A streak that includes, most recently, a blowout win over Miami and a victory the very next night vs. San Antonio deserves big time credit. Getting Amare back in February or March is the equivalent to a smoking hot chick getting breast implants. Translation: I can’t wait to see the end result.

3. Toronto RaptorsWon 5 of last 6—Before their 1-point loss versus New Jersey on Sunday, the Raptors were arguably one of the hottest teams in the league. The continued All-Star play of Chris Bosh along with a newfound consistency from Mike James has helped push Toronto into the thick of the Playoff hunt. Crazy, right?

3 Teams in the Dumps

1. Chicago BullsLosers of 8 of 10—They actually lost 8 in a row before their most recent two, so maybe Scott Skiles and co. are getting back on track. I think starting Hinrich, Duhon, and Gordon might not have been the best idea. It’s always good to have at least one of your first 3 over 6-1.

2. Seattle SupersonicsJust plain losers—What a difference a year makes, huh? After 33 games last year, Seattle was 25-8 compared to this season’s 14-19 debacle. Three different head coaches, a starting center rotation of Vitaly Potapenko and Johan Petro, and 19 Reggie Evans promotions/demotions later will do that to a team.

3. Sacramento Kings13-19 on the year—I know I should be softer on them after losing both Bonzi Wells and Shareef Abdur-Rahim, right? But, any team that loses 108-83 at home to a Jamaal Tinsley and Ron Artest-less Indiana squad (not to mention a less than 100% J.O.) deserves to get ripped on. Prediction: Rick Adelman will eventually replace Doc Rivers in Boston.

3 Coaches on the Hotseat

1. Eddie Jordan, Washington—Hey Edward, scoring 100.7 PPG is only good when you don’t give up 102.2. Wasn’t this guy supposed to be a defensive guru when he left New Jersey? The papers are reporting that Jordan’s job is safe right now, but we have to assume that he’ll remain on a very short leash.

2. Rick Adelman, Sacramento—After a while, I think teams who have had the same staff for years just need a change of scenery. It’s doesn’t mean that Adelman’s a bad coach, but maybe the Kings just need some new blood.

3. Doc Rivers, Boston—Everything I read indicates that Doc’s job is safe right now. But would anyone be surprise if Danny Ainge came down from his office to coach his group of handpicked youngsters? This may be just wishful thinking on my part…

3 Tidbits from the NBDL

1. In case you missed it, the Celtics sent their 1st round pick Gerald Green down to the Fayetteville Patriots last Friday. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see this kid dominate. I will certainly keep you updated on his progression.

2. In a bit of shocking news, Toronto Head Coach Sam Mitchell announced that the team has no room for Pape Sow (19.4 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 1.2 BPG) despite continuous poor play from Rafael Araujo and DNP-CDs from Loren Woods. Bring the kid up already.

3. Is it possible that no NBA team is in need of a 6-8, 260 lbs. forward averaging 18.7 PPG and 7.3 RPG in the D-League? Considering that the player I’m hinting at is Marcus Fizer, I wouldn’t expect him without an NBA uniform for too much longer.

3 Fantasy Buys

1. PG Mike James (TOR)—James looked more like another MJ this past week in almost single-handedly guiding Magic Miller’s to a huge victory over my fantasy squad. Although he came up a bit short, 25.3 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 7.0 APG, 1.5 SPG and a 55.0 FG% is quite a nasty week. With Jose Calderon seemingly more focussed on his business relationship with Esteban Batista, it’s safe to say that James is a solid pickup.

2. F Travis Outlaw (POR)—Yes folks, Outlaw is alive. Since putting up monster numbers in the Vegas Summer League, not much has been heard of the Blazer forward. But finally last Wednesday, Coach Nate McMillan gave Outlaw a starting spot and thus far his numbers have been fairly decent. In his last three contests (all starts), T.O. has averaged 9.7 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1.3 SPG, and most importantly, 32.0 MPG. As long as the minutes remain steady, expect the production to follow.

3. F Danny Granger (IND)—Since Jermaine O’Neal was sidelined with pneumonia, Granger has started four straight games and put up averages of 12.3 PPG, 6.3 RPG, and 2.8 SPG, while shooting 50.0% from the floor. With Artest on his way out of Indy any day now, DG could conceivably own a permanent spot in Rick Carlisle’s starting 5.

3 Fantasy Sells

1. F Antoine Walker (MIA)—The most you’re going to get from ‘Toine right now is a solid performance once a week when the Heat are up by 15 or more in the fourth. Plus, I just don’t see Walker being a big part of this team down the stretch. His selfishness on the offensive end and lack of any kind of skill on the defensive end make him the perfect player to warm Shaq’s seat on the bench.

2. F Quentin Richardson (NYK)—If you haven’t drop this guy yet you’re crazy. Larry Brown hates him, Brandy told the entire world she thinks he’s gay, and he’s shooting just 34.8% from the floor. Filling his spot with absolutely no one would be better than starting him at this point.

3. F/C Tyson Chandler (CHI)—We’ve been talking about this kid for years and waiting patiently for him to drop 15, 15, with 3+ blocks on a nightly basis. I think it’s safe to say that this isn’t going to happen anytime soon. Chandler was too frail playing the 4 and now that he’s in charge of manning the middle, there’s no way he’s playing more than 70% of the Bulls’ remaining games. Wait until he comes back from injury, has one nice game, and then trade his ass.

3 Thoughts from the NFL Playoffs

1. Yes, the Patriots looked very good on Saturday night, but I wouldn’t be too quick to count out Denver next weekend. Don’t forget that the Broncos already beat New England earlier this season.

2. I couldn’t be more disappointed in my Giants. Not only did I spend half my life savings on a ticket for yesterday’s game, but I also had the best seats of my life only to watch them get housed. Watch out for Carolina folks.

3. Unfortunate injury for Carson Palmer yesterday. I think the NFL really needs to take a closer look at these vicious hits and start handing out stricter punishments. It seems like officials are more concerned with getting illegal contact calls right than keeping our superstars on the field—quite a shame.


At 5:27 PM, Blogger Nat said...

nice rundown Ant.. i am stuck with chandler on my team which really friggin sucks i am thinking of offereing him in a trade to a guy who is willin to give me etan thomas and ike diagu! lol i think its a step up then i can drop ariza's sorry ass who has done jack for me all season i am in a very deep league and 3 games below .500 so i need to make some moves.
on another note i was at the raptors game watchin what was one of the best games of the season with so much drama and emotion i had to keep lookin up cuz i just doubled my life savings on a bet i place for carolina to win !!

At 6:14 PM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

You're a regular bag of laughs, Nat

At 6:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good to see an article again =)

At 11:05 AM, Blogger "rem" said...

Ahh how i miss the triple threat/5 on five...

Adelman in Boston...interesting

the hit on on Palmer was vicious??? maybe i need HDTV, seemed more like a bear hug at the knees...

At 4:24 PM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

I actually didn't even see the hit Rem, I was just refering to all of the hits that seemingly sideline more and more players every year. Soon the main objective in the NFL will to just be the last team healthy enough to get by. Is that any way to run a sport?

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