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NBA Week 8: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul's drop of 3.8 points per game hasn't affected his fantasy value one bit.

He rates as the No. 3 overall player on the season in Yahoo! leagues with averages of 16.0 points, 9.4 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 2.6 steals, 1.1 threes and 2.2 turnovers per game with .475/.886 shooting percentages.

That's exactly where CP3 ranked overall for the past seven days of play, scoring 58 points with 45 assists, 17 rebounds, 11 steals, eight turnovers and .477/.909 splits in four games. He looked perfectly capable of dropping 20 points a night when he torched Sacramento for 24 points with 13 assists, five rebounds, five steals and five 3-pointers Friday in his best game of the week.

Let's find out who else made a fantasy impact, both good and bad, in this week's edition of the Good, the Bad, the Ugly.

The Good

- Boston Celtics veteran Paul Pierce showed he still has some gas left in the tank by scoring 40 points Wednesday and following that up with 35 Friday, his two highest-scoring games of the season. He ranked as the No. 1 player over the past seven days with 109 points on 62.9 percent shooting, 28 rebounds, 18 assists, nine steals, two blocks and 13 3-pointers in four games.

- Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee and point guard Stephen Curry are making their appearance on this list a weekly occurence by putting up some insane video game numbers. Lee has scored 20 or more points in 11 straight games and averaged 24.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.3 steals in four games over the past seven days, including a triple-double Friday night. Curry made seven 3-pointers Wednesday and eight Friday while averaging 22.5 points, 6.5 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals in his last four games.

- Charlotte Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker is more of a slasher than outside shooter but he did a pretty good Curry impression in his last four games, making 10 3-pointers on 20 attempts and averaging 25.8 points, 6.5 assists, 1.5 steals and just 1.8 turnovers per game in that span.

- "The Matrix" has been reloaded as of late, as Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion has scored in double figures and grabbed nine or more rebounds in six straight games. As for his last four games, Marion averaged 13 points, 9.8 boards, 1.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 turnovers per game.

- Toronto Raptors point guard Jose Calderon started off his week with a near- flawless effort Sunday against Houston, putting up an 18-10-14 triple-double with zero turnovers. He followed that up with 23 points Tuesday, 17 assists Wednesday and 13 points, nine assists and four rebounds Friday.

- New Orleans Hornets rookie forward Anthony Davis scored 15 points or more in all four of his games in the past week. He averaged 9.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks per game while shooting 53.3 percent from the floor and 88.9 percent from the foul line in that stretch.

The Bad

- There's clearly two versions of Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Knight. The bad version showed up this past week after we touted him as a much improved player last week. Knight played four games over the past seven days and shot just 29.6 percent from the field for 11.8 ppg with 4.5 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.8 turnovers. He failed to pick up a block or steal during that span.

- Other lousy fantasy performers over the past seven days include DeMarcus Cousins (.333 shooting percentage, 11 turnovers), Brandon Jennings (.403 shooting percentage, .652 free-throw percentage, 18 turnovers), Mo Williams (12.3 ppg, .378 shooting percentage, 16-11 assists-to-turnover ratio) and Al Horford (10.5 ppg, .348 shooting percentage).

The Ugly

- Things have gotten so bad for Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith when he steps to the foul line that he might want to consider taking free throw lessons from Dwight Howard. Smith has made just 51.1 percent from the free-throw line this season, and that would be a step up from what he did last week. In his last four games, Smith shot 6-of-16 from the charity stripe and turned the ball over 13 times. He also hit 1-of-12 from the field last Saturday for a season-low three points.

- Trying to shoot himself out of this season-long slump is not working for Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis. Ellis' worst game of the season came Wednesday when he went 1-of-14 from the field for four points with three turnovers and two assists. That came after he shot 12-of-37 (.324) the previous two games. Even his 27-pointer Friday wasn't without flaw -- he only made nine field goals on 21 attempts, failed to make a 3-pointer and turned the ball over four times.




Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Thomas J. Harrigan at tharrigan@sportsnetwork.com.


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