Welcome Hoops Heads, the Fake Roundball is up and running. Ricky Sanders (@RSanders85), and myself (@PeoplezPen), will be bringing you NBA coverage throughout the season. Check here daily for some guys we like, and some guys we don’t, as you make out your Fantasy and Daily Scoring lineups. There are only two games on the schedule for Halloween Night in the Association, limiting the player pool. Normally we will give you at least three guys for each category, but today I am limited to just two. Which ones should spook you, and which should get your candy…
Derrick Rose, CHI Bulls (vs NYK) – Let’s face it, Rose had a poor shooting performance in his first game back after more than a year layoff from the game. In every other facet though, he appears to be fully recovered. Tonight is his home opener, and I love him to put on a show for his hometown crowd. The Knicks found themselves in a tough battle with Milwaukee last night, and the second game of a back to back will wear on them. A triple double would not surprise me, if he should deliver.
David Lee, GS Warriors (@ LAC) – Speaking of back to backs, the Warriors did play last night – but it was not much of a contest. No starter played more than 31 minutes (Klay Thompson), as Golden State routed the Lakers on their home court. Lee played just 27 minutes and will still be fresh to go out and fill the stat sheet as he often does. A double-double with points and rebounds should be a cake walk, and you will get some cheap assists thrown in as well.
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Raymond Felton, NY Knicks (@ CHI) – As much as I like Rose to be dominant tonight, is as little as I like the guy who will have to guard him. Felton played 34 minutes last night, and while he did put up 18 points, his assist totals were lacking with 3. He continues to lose time to Pablo Prigioni, and Beno Udrih will see an increase in his minutes tonight with the freshest legs amongst the Knicks Point Guards.
Klay Thompson, GS Warriors (@ LAC) – I will make this very clear: I Love Klay Thompson, in every game this year. However, I am reluctant to proclaim he duplicates lasts night’s performance, in which he scored a career high 38 points on .789 shooting percentage. He will be plenty rested, only totaling 31 minutes played, but there will be two factors going against him. The discomfort of the rims in LA (yes it does make a difference to shooters), but more importantly the tenacity of the Clippers who do not want to start the season with two losses. I expect Klay to be held scoring in the teens, with not much else in the stat sheet.