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NBA Week 6: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Miami Heat forward LeBron James could not have played much better over the past seven days, and yet his team lost games to the one-win Washington Wizards and the Carmelo Anthony-less New York Knicks.

Good thing game results are meaningless in virtual basketball.

James recorded his first triple-double of the season on Nov. 4 versus Washington, scoring 26 points with 13 rebounds, 11 assists and three steals in 43 minutes.

LeBron came one assist shy of a second straight triple-double two days later against New York, netting 31 points with 10 boards, nine assists and three steals. In three games this past week, James shot 52.5 percent from the floor with just seven turnovers.

James' one drawback continues to be his free-throw shooting. He's been in the sixties all season and went 11-of-18 (.611) over his last three games.

Let's see who else factored into the past week of NBA basketball in this week's edition of the Good, the Bad, the Ugly.

The Good

Last season, it would have taken Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah three games to reach 30 points, but he did it in one Friday while also pulling down 23 boards against the Pistons. Noah had three double-doubles in four games over the past seven days, shooting .482 from the field and .833 from the foul line with 21 assists, five steals and eight blocks.

I wrote about the Golden State Warriors' trio of scorers in depth Thursday but it bears mentioning that Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and David Lee savaged the Brooklyn Nets Friday night in a seven-point road win. Curry scored 28 with five threes, Thompson hit three threes and David Lee went 14-of-22 for 30 points with 15 rebounds. Curry rates as the No. 1 overall player in Yahoo! leagues over the past seven days, averaging 23.8 points, 9.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 steals, 1.5 turnovers and 3.8 threes per game with a .478 field-goal percentage and a .933 free-throw percentage.

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant dropped 29 points on the New Orleans Hornets in his team's only win of the past seven days, and that was his low game of the week. In his other three games Bryant averaged 36 ppg and shot a scorching 47.5 percent from the field despite taking 99 shots.

What Kobe is to scoring, Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao is to rebounding this season. Varejao grabbed 14 or more rebounds in all four games this week and 11 straight. Friday's four-point performance snapped a streak of 10 consecutive double-doubles.

Kudos to New York point guard Raymond Felton for stepping up with Melo sidelined with a finger injury in the Knicks' aforementioned victory over the Heat Thursday. Felton hit 10-of-20 from the field (6-of-10 3PT) for a season- high 27 points. He also scored 23 points four days earlier against the Phoenix Suns and handed out at least seven assists and all three games last week.

The Bad

The strategy of having two players take 40 percent of your shots doesn't really work when those players combined to shoot 34.4 percent (44-of-128) in their last four games. That's what Milwaukee Bucks guards Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis did this past week. The duo still scored in double figures in every game, however.

Those looking to catch lightning in a bottle by adding Rashard Lewis when Shane Battier went down were left holding an empty bottle. Lewis started two games but went just 1-of-5 from the field and 0-of-4 from 3-point range before picking up a DNP-CD Thursday against New York.

Playing through a bruised thigh, Brandon Knight averaged 15.5 ppg in the past week, but that's where the positives end. Knight shot just 38.3 percent from the field, including a 1-of-9 performance Wednesday, and posted a 12-13 assists-to-turnover ratio in four games.

Another season, another Brook Lopez foot injury. The Brooklyn Nets center has missed four straight games with a sprained right foot after playing just five all of last season due to a broken right foot and sprained ankle.

Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce did score 64 points over three games in the past week, but he took 55 shots to do it, making 38.2 percent from the field. Pierce was especially poor from downtown, making 3-of-18 (.167) from behind the arc.

The Ugly

It's fitting that Phoenix Suns forward Michael Beasley wears No. 0, because that's what he was for fantasy owners this past week; a big, fat zero. I think we've reached the point in which Beasley's upside is outweighed by his warts. In his last three games, Beasley shot 28.6 percent from the field but that didn't stop him from taking 35 attempts. He also provided very little in the assist, rebound, steal and block categories while turning it over twice per game.

Denver Nuggets guard-forward Andre Iguodala was on the floor plenty over the past week, but that might have been the problem. Iguodala only made 7-of-27 (.259) field-goal attempts in three games, with his Dec. 5 performance standing out as the ugliest of the three -- 2-of-10, five points, seven turnovers.

While New Orleans Hornets rookie guard Austin Rivers scored a season-high 15 points Friday, he sunk owners by going 2-for-19 for six points in his previous three games and is going to have to do a lot more to stay afloat in fantasy leagues.

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