P.J. Tucker - He is ballin' and Hornacek loves him.
James Johnson - He had a bad game, but I'm not worried.
Patrick Patterson - He is probably going to go off this week. The Raptors need the usage in the second unit.
Tyler Johnson - !!!!! 26 points !!!!! We have to see it again.
Jerami Grant -29 minutes, but no production. Usually it's the other way around.
Amare Stoudemire - He played well, but there are going to be too many DNPs.
Thomas Robinson - He is not getting big minutes. I'd guess that's all they want from him (15 minutes).
Terrence Ross- A good game, but still he's been awful.
As a little Season Pass bonus, here's some stuff I'm working on for Use It or Lose It for tomorrow with the Bulls lineup:
The Bulls are in deep trouble right now. Jimmy Butler is expected to miss the next 3-6 weeks with a strain in his ulnar ligament in his left elbow. Derrick Rose is likely out all of March and possibly longer while Taj Gibson is out for at least three games and maybe more. On the surface, that’s over 100 minutes per game without those guys based on their playing time right before their injuries. What’s more Jimmy has a 21.6 usage rate in all of those minutes and D-Rose has a 30.9, so where the heck is all of their scoring production going to come from on the outside.
Before we address the possibility of adding someone, what the heck are they going to do now?
Let’s start with point guard. In the last three games, all 144 of the point guard minutes have gone to Aaron Brooks or Kirk Hinrich. Additionally, they played next to each other for 14 minutes. Coach Tom Thibodeau said last week that he doesn’t think that Hinrich can play more than 30 minutes right now, which adds up because he’s played just 23 minutes per game. That means we’re probably only looking at maybe eight minutes per game of a Brooks-Hinrich lineup. As far as production goes, we’ve all seen that Hinrich doesn’t provide much and obviously his 0-of-7 from the field on Sunday is pretty much all you need to know there. Aaron Brooks has also been a disaster, making just 25.0 percent from the field in his last three. However, he is taking 15 shots per game, so the opportunity is still too good to pass up at around 31-33 minutes per game.
OK, so there is a Hinrich-Brooks backcourt at around eight minutes, that means we still need to figure out how the heck we’re going to get 88 minutes out of the win (40 at SG and 48 at SF). Tony Snell has played a 41 minutes in a game before and there is a very legit chance of him soaking up that entire 40 minute allotment. Can he do anything with that playing time, though?
I think he can, especially based on how he’s played lately. In his last 17 games, he posted a 16.2 usage rate, which is up from 11.2 in his first 33 games. Yes, a 16.2 usage rate doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s pretty high for a 3-point shooter. In fact, Kyle Korver has a usage rate of 14.2 this season and Trevor Ariza is also just a shade above that at 16.8. To take it a step further, Snell’s usage rate was at 17.3 in the last three games. On a different note, he’s posted a sterling — and unsustainable 72.7 effective field goal percentage in his last 10 games. OK, so his averages have jumped up in his last four, averaging 13.8 points, 4.3 boards 1.0 assists, 0.3 steals and 2.8 treys. Clearly the lack of defense hurts because that’s good for seventh-round value in standard leagues. Although, it’s possible he climbs to over one. Plus, can he really make his usage climb to 18? I’m not so sure.