“Line of the Night”

For those of you who don’t know, this is a post I do every day or night that pays homage to the guys out there ballin’ hard and making their fantasy owners feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I hope everybody had a nice Valentine’s Day and in the NBA there were 9 games, which is actually pretty busy for a tuesday. Here’s the latest edtion of “Line of the Night” for Tuesday, February 14th, 2012.

So who actually showed their owner’s the most love on the day of love. It would be fitting if Kevin Love would have done it. Too bad the T-Wolves didn’t have a game today. Shame on the NBA for not scheduling Love on Valentine’s Day. The guy who really showed the most love tonight was Nick Young. Young is specifically a scorer and can be a prolific one at that and usually doesn’t provide his owners with much supporting stats outside of threes and scoring. So for him to have been the top line, he must have scored a lot with a lot of threes and with high efficiency. Let’s check it out:

  • 35 Pts (12-17 FG, 7-8 3PT, 4-4 FT)/3 Reb/2 Stl/1 TO

Young doing what he does best… Scoring!

While Young reigns supreme for a night, let’s take a look at the guys who came oh-so-close to being awarded the “Line of the Night” award. Rounding out the top 5 are:

2. Jose Calderon – 25 Pts (11-17 FG, 3-5 3PT)/7 Reb/9 Ast/3 Stl/1 Blk/4 TO

3. Joakim Noah – 22 Pts (7-11 FG, 8-9 FT)/11 Reb/3 Ast/1 Stl/4 Blk/1 TO

4. LeBron James – 23 Pts (7-15 FG, 2-5 3PT, 7-8 FT)/9 Reb/7 Ast/4 Stl/2 TO

5. Markieff Morris – 21 Pts (8-16 FG, 2-4 3PT, 3-4 FT)/6 Reb/1 Ast/4 Stl/2 Blk

*Suprising Line of the Night*

  • Markieff Morris (9% owned) –  See Line Above

In college, Markieff was generally considered the lesser of the two Morris twins. Marcus seemed to get most of the praise and was regarded as the better prospect. However, so far in the NBA, that is far from the truth. At times, Markieff has fit into Alvin Gentry’s offense beautifully and when he’s been given a lot of run, he’s come up with some pretty good lines. He can definitely be an effective fantasy player given that he is a big man that can hit threes and provide a wide variety of stats while keeping the turnovers low. However, this game came when Grant Hill didn’t play and Morris’ playing time will be inconsistent all year as he fights for time with Channing Frye, Jared Dudley, Grant Hill, and Josh Childress for time at the SF and PF spots with Marcin Gortat entrenched at the C position. I would leave him mostly for deep leagues, but keep an eye out in case any of these guys were to go down for an extended period of time with an injury that could create regular and consistent minutes for Morris. If this were to happen, don’t hesitate to pick him up.

While these guys weren’t the best of the best, they certainly had their owners smiling after their performance. As I always say, In the words of Cleveland fans (myself included), “There’s always next year,” or, in this case, next game.

That’s it for this edition of “Line of the Night,” but make sure to check back tonight/tomorrow to see who takes home the award.


About norton0723
I'm 22 years old and absolutely love sports and fantasy sports, especially basketball, football, and baseball. I love to play basketball as well and play in a few leagues. I'm going to school right now and taking sports management and accounting classes. Follow me on twitter (@norton0723) and check out my personal blog as well ( http://thephantasyfenom.blogspot.com/view/magazine )

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