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Wednesday, October 15, 2003
Updated: October 16, 10:22 AM ET
Out of the Box: FHL and FBA


By Graham Hays
ESPN Fantasy Games

Out of the Box will appear each morning, Monday-Friday, throughout the NBA and NHL seasons. The goal? To give you the inside dirt on yesterday's box scores.

TUESDAY'S NEWSMAKER

Lamar Odom
SF

Profile
Heat Clubhouse

Tuesday's Line
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REB
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31
14
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Miami Heat fans are high on Lamar Odom, and Odom is high on ... well, nevermind. Miami's win doesn't count in the standings, but Odom's performance against the defending champs on Tuesday shapes up as potentially the biggest line of the preseason -- even if Kevin Willis played more minutes than Tim Duncan. By chipping in 32 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, four 3-pointers and three steals, Odom proved he still has the range of skills that made him fantasy's most promising prospect back when he was more Street and Smith than Cheech and Chong. There's a risk in counting on Pat Riley to keep Odom focused and performing, but arguably no player has more upside in an FBA draft.

SURFIN' THE SCOREBOARD
Point Man: All Keyon Dooling needed to make a fantasy statement was some room to shoot and a little help from the INS. With Marko Jaric battling visa problems -- although clearly the Mavericks didn't have any defense secrets on Tuesday -- Dooling had a chance to prove he's more than another Clippers first-round bust. He totaled 12 points, six assists and a steal in 28 minutes against Dallas. More importantly, he hit four-of-seven 3-pointers. Dooling quietly shot 36 percent from behind the arc last season, including a run of 11-of-15 in his final four games. He's a work in progress, but fantasy owners should keep an eye on that progress.

More Numbers

  • NHL Scoreboard:
    All the box scores

  • NBA Scoreboard:
    All the box scores
  • Getting Defensive: Forget the old joke about going to a fight and seeing a hockey game break out, fans in Alberta went to a hockey game only to see a soccer match break out. The Flames and Oilers combined for just 34 shots on Tuesday, making Calgary goalie Jamie McLennan look much better than he is with a 19-save shutout. Defenseman Jordan Leopold helped keep McLennan rested, but fantasy owners should note the 23 minutes -- including nearly six power-play minutes -- logged by Leopold. One of the better defensive prospects in the game, Leopold is going to finish the season owned in considerably more than the three percent of ESPN fantasy leagues in which he's currently employed.

    Russian Attack: If you opt to pass (pass, puff) on Odom in your draft, Andrei Kirilenko could fill the role of sleeper pick. Kirilenko managed 17 points, seven rebounds and six steals in Tuesday's game against the Knicks, picking off more Charlie Ward passes than Florida ever did. The defensive numbers are nothing new for a guy who averaged 1.5 steals and 2.2 blocks in less than 30 minutes per game last season, but it's the offense that completes the package. Kirilenko averaged just eight shots a game last season, but that number could conceivably double this season.

    TUESDAY'S BEST LINES

    Perreault
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    2
    1
    2
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    0
    Brand
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    Ast
    Stl
    Blk
    20
    7
    0
    2
    0
    McInnis
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    Reb
    Ast
    Stl
    Blk
    16
    2
    9
    1
    0

    Yanic Perreault: Washington D.C. and Portland interested in his services.

    Elton Brand: Sterling will get his money's worth with this guy.

    Jeff McInnis: Always ready to bail out Blazers.

    BETWEEN THE LINES
  • Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said the journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step. Hopefully in Yao Ming's case, it's a step to the charity stripe. Ming scored 17 points in 28 minutes against Sacramento, hitting 9-of-10 free throws. Ming got to the stripe just 4.5 times per game last season but shot better than 80 percent from there. If he starts getting more calls this season, it could be a two-category fantasy bonanza.

  • Washington D.C. is no stranger to overspending, but have the Wizards topped the Pentagon? It's only preseason, but Gilbert Arenas didn't impress any fantasy owners with two points, three assists and seven turnovers in 34 minutes against Memphis.

    TUESDAY'S BOTTOM LINE

    Adrian Aucoin
    Defense

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    Islanders Clubhouse

    Tuesday's Line
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    Adrian Aucoin spends more time on ice in Long Island than a mob informant, but the Islanders' stalwart defender is nearly as valuable to fantasy owners as he is to his goalie. Aucoin has been a fantasy force at times in his career -- once scoring 20 goals and topping 200 shots in another season -- but all the minutes for the Islanders aren't adding up to offensive stats. He topped 30 minutes in Tuesday's tie against Atlanta but managed a grand total of one shot. He still logs enough power-play time to merit a start in most fantasy leagues, but it's frustrating seeing a player with so much potential statistically languish in his own end.