Rondo gets aggressive with 19 points in win
Rajon Rondo | DAL
(March 3, 2015 12:26 AM EST)
Rajon Rondo was a bit more aggressive in the Mavs' 102-93 win over the Pelicans on Monday, scoring 19 points on 9-of-15 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes.
Rondo did not get a steal and the assist numbers are down, but anything attached to the word 'aggression' should be viewed as a good thing. If he was dropped in an 8-cat league now is probably the time to take a chance on him, since the run-in with Rick Carlisle could produce a turnaround, if that's indeed in the cards.
Jefferson ties season-high with 16 points
Richard Jefferson | DAL
(March 3, 2015 12:23 AM EST)
Richard Jefferson tied a season-high with 16 points in Monday's win over the Pelicans, hitting 5-of-6 shots (2-of-2 3PTs, 4-of-4 FTs) with five rebounds and one block in 34 minutes.
Both the Chandler boys are day-to-day with their injuries and the return of either of them will probably kill any value that Jefferson has.
Aminu quiet but grabs four steals in win
Al-Farouq Aminu | DAL
(March 3, 2015 12:20 AM EST)
Al-Farouq Aminu was quiet in Monday's win, scoring just two points with two rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes, but did manage to have four steals to somewhat save his night.
Aminu has been a top 75-85 player for his last 15 games and a top 100-130 (9/8 cat) player over his last 30 games. This dud isn't going to do anything great for his perceived value and maybe this ride is ending for owners, but if you owned him for the last two months you were certainly doing so at a profit. Clearly for that size of a sample his value isn't really attached to the whims of injury absences and the like.
Eric Gordon posts 18-5-4 line with four treys
Eric Gordon | NO
(March 3, 2015 12:14 AM EST)
Eric Gordon's surprising surge continued in Monday's loss to the Mavs as he scored 18 points on 4-of-11 shooting (including four treys) with five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block.
The production isn't surprising as he's been doing this for a while now, posting a top 50-80 month (8/9 cat) with no end in sight. The fact that he has been consistent and healthy is the good part, and it's nice to see him carry some of the weight from that ugly contract the Pelicans signed him to. Tyreke Evans added 17 points, three boards, seven assists, one steal and one three in the loss.
Asik manages just two points and seven boards
Omer Asik | NO
(March 3, 2015 12:10 AM EST)
Omer Asik managed just two points, seven boards and one steal over 28 minutes in Monday's loss to the Mavs.
Asik looked a bit hobbled out there and it wouldn't be surprising to see him end up on an injury report, perhaps when reinforcements arrive. A borderline option when he's at his best, this outcome and the injury risk should be enough for owners that had been relying on him to move on.
Hot Ish: Smith has a good game vs. Raps
Ish Smith | PHI
(March 3, 2015 12:10 AM EST)
Ish Smith scored 19 points with five rebounds, nine assists and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Raptors on Monday.
Coach Brett Brown already said that he likes Smith as a backup point guard, so he's not going to leapfrog Isaiah Canaan for the starting gig. That doesn't necessarily mean he won't outproduce him. In his last two games, he's averaged 15.0 points, 4.5 boards, 7.0 boards and 1.0 treys. He is worth a look in 16-team leagues.
Ajinca double-doubles with a steal and block
Alexis Ajinca | NO
(March 3, 2015 12:09 AM EST)
Alexis Ajinca kept his foot on the gas with Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson out on Monday, scoring 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting with 12 rebounds, one steal and one block in 25 minutes off the bench.
Ajinca has paid off with top-50 value over the last two weeks and with the Pelicans' durability issues he has a sneaky shot at finishing the year strong. There have been vague reports not necessarily altering Davis' 1-2 week timeline from about seven days ago, but we'll be watching closely to see if Ajinca can survive his return.
Cole scores 19 points off the bench
Norris Cole | NO
(March 3, 2015 12:06 AM EST)
Norris Cole scored 19 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 8-of-12 shots (including two threes) with one rebound, three assists and one block in 36 minutes.
Cole is getting some extra looks with Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson out, and also not working in his long-term favor is that his standard-league game is a mess. He doesn't do much besides score and hit a few threes with a few assists, but he might be worth a look in your deeper points league.
Rubio gets fourth career triple-double vs LAC
Ricky Rubio | MIN
(March 2, 2015 11:59 PM EST)
Ricky Rubio nabbed his fourth career triple-double in the Wolves' 110-105 loss to the Clippers on Monday, scoring 18 points on 5-of-11 shooting with 12 rebounds, 11 assists and one steal.
Rubio hit 1-of-4 treys and 7-of-9 free throws and he has returned top 20-40 value over the past month (8/9 cat).
Wiggins steps up the counting stats on Mon
Andrew Wiggins | MIN
(March 2, 2015 11:57 PM EST)
Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points on 5-of-16 shooting (8-of-10 FTs) with three rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block in Monday's loss to the Clippers.
This is an early taste of what his stat-set will look like whenever (if) Kevin Martin finally gives way. Increased touches help smooth out the rough edges whenever he misses out on a category, as he did with the field goal shooting and lack of a 3-pointer tonight.

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