Ginobili goes batty against Raptors

November, 10, 2009

Manu Ginobili, Spurs: 36 points, 8 assists, 6 3-pointers and 4 blocks versus the Raptors.
Steve Nash, Suns: 21 points, 20 assists (but 7 turnovers) against the 76ers.
Deron Williams, Jazz: 16 assists, 6 rebounds and 2 steals versus the Knicks.
Elton Brand, 76ers: 10 points, two rebounds and a block against the Suns.
Al Harrington, Knicks: 11 points (4-14 FG), two rebounds, a steal and a block versus the Jazz.
• Deron Williams, Jazz: 5 points (2-10 FG) and 7 turnovers against the Knicks.

Say this for the Spurs' big three: When one of them goes down, the other two generally step up. And when two of them go down, the third one goes to town.

At least that was the case on Monday. With Tony Parker and Tim Duncan sidelined, Manu Ginobili did it all. Seriously, there wasn't a fantasy category in which he didn't help you. We'll stick with the biggies though: 36 points, 14-of-16 from the line, eight assists, six triples and four blocks. Think about those last three numbers for a moment. Eight assists, six triples and four blocks from the same player in the same game. Is there anyone else you can imagine coming up with a line like that? Maybe LeBron James. Maybe. That's simply an incredible set of stats there. And to think Ginobili was averaging just 13.8 points and shooting 39.2 percent going into Monday.

Ginobili may have done it all, but he didn't do it alone. George Hill produced 22 points and five assists in Parker's absence, while Richard Jefferson -- who's often maligned for his empty stat lines -- came through with 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. If you snared Hill from free agency, congrats on your forethought, but with the Spurs playing just twice over the next eight days, it's hard to say how much more you'll get out of him. Both Parker and Duncan are considered day-to-day with their ankle injuries.

Also out of the lineup on Monday was the Clippers' Eric Gordon. Gordon has a sore left groin, and coach Mike Dunleavy didn't sound confident of a quick return.

"Hopefully, we get him back as soon as possible," Dunleavy told the Los Angeles Times. "Won't put a timetable on it, we just need the kid to get 100 percent. A groin is one of those injuries that can be lingering."

Rasual Butler took Gordon's place in the lineup Monday against the Hornets. Butler hasn't shot well so far, but the Clippers do have an inviting schedule ahead. Their next five games include matchups with the Raptors (Nov. 13), Hornets (Nov. 17) and Grizzlies (Nov. 18), three of the NBA's worst four teams at defending the 3-pointer. So if you're in a deep league and need treys, Butler could work out for you.

Looking Back

While it's worth mentioning the big performances from stars (32-and-10 for Chris Bosh, 23-and-14 for Carlos Boozer and 24-and-10 for Chris Paul), you know it was a strange night in the NBA when the Knicks were part of the lowest-scoring contest. Actually, the night's box scores make me think of a sandbox with little kids: I see some sharing (20 assists for Steve Nash, 16 for Deron Williams and 15 for Stephen Jackson), some takeaways (four steals for Jackson and Larry Hughes) and some monstrous messes (the Timberwolves turned it over 28 times against the Warriors, while the Sixers surrendered 15 3s to the Suns).

But back to that Knicks game. Rookie Toney Douglas had his second straight good showing, as he hit three from downtown en route to 21 points while playing the entire fourth quarter versus the Jazz. Douglas' playing time has climbed for five straight games, while Chris Duhon continues to struggle. Could Douglas be on his way to supplanting the vet? As we've already seen this season, some rookies handle the point guard role better than others, but anyone who's potentially dishing for Mike D'Antoni is worth keeping an eye on. For what it's worth, I just added Douglas in a 16-team league, and I may get him for a 14-team league.

As I spelled out in the current Fantasy Forecaster, don't give up on Anthony Randolph. With Andris Biedrins and Ronny Turiaf both out, Randolph finally got some minutes, and, predictably, he filled it up (23 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three blocks) against the woeful Timberwolves. The Pacers and Knicks are up next for the Warriors.

I leave you with one more name for deep leaguers' watch lists. In his second start of the season, the Hornets' Devin Brown went for 25 points, five 3s and three steals. The 30-year-old probably won't do much else, but if he keeps starting he could be worth up to 1.5 treys a night.

Neil Tardy is a fantasy basketball analyst for



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