ANALYSIS: This arguably should have been the match-up in the Chip last season. But, both teams have made significant changes in their rosters, NYF getting back (G) Joe Kim after losing (G) Rommel Dolar and adding rookie (F) Will Cheung. HYP adding (F) Dave Liu and (F) Amin Gillespie from SWA and rookie marksman (G) Sam Jenkins. But, reigning Defensive MVP (C) Bryant Picone is still the biggest man on the floor and HYP has limited low-post scoring options, which means they'll have to get out in transition and make jump shots to win.
X-FACTOR: Cheung in his one game of action has given NYF another dimension, a versatile player with near-big man size. He hasn't found the scoring touch yet but he's already strong on the offensive boards and on D. HYP (F) Mamadou Hanne has kept HYP in every game they have played with D, all-around play and just flat out hustle. -- Jeff Van Ghandi
(G) Alex Cho
(G) Leon Chu
Cho is on fire right now, the hottest guard in the league so Chu will have is hands full. If anyone is an able defender, he's it.
(G) Joe Kim
(G) Ian Yu
The MVPs of the last 2 seasons, that should say it all. Kim is the more polished all around player but Yu has nearly unmatched speed.
(F) Will Cheung
(G) Sam Jenkins
Cheung is still figuring out his place but he is versatile and is an impact without the ball. Jenkins might be the league's best shooter.
(F) Rich Chang
(F) Amin Gillespie
Chang is every good center's best sidekick right now. Gillespie is one the league's most powerful players and strongest defenders.
(C) Bryant Picone
(C) Howard Chu
Picone is a shutdown paint, like last season. Chu has struggled with the size in the BLUE but HYP needs his touch around the rim.
The NYF bench has a former Def MVP, a legit scorer and a rookie big. HYP has some solid all-around players who could just as easily start, like (F) Mamadou Hanne.
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It should be little surprise for those who saw Watson play two games in the RED league. This was the reason he was forced to move up to the BLUE league. 20-20 in his first game and two of the nastiest dunks in this league's short history. RU: James Li (CRB) 22 pts, 8-8 FGs, 4-4 3FGs
Alex Cho (NYF) G | 5-9 | 155 lbs Week 3 Stats PPG: 22.0 RPG: 2.0 APG: 5.0
In two games and two wins, the Fury's "Smooth Criminal" has been their most consistent scorer. Against the NYC Quicks, Cho hit the big shots along with silent killer (G) Joe Kim as they both dropped 20 pts, the first tandem to do so this season.
Runner-Up: Joe Kim (NYF) 25 pts, 4 rebs, 2 stls
The Sam Lo Award for Hustlers
Len Kamdang (AOD) 11 rebs, 4 asts
Lenny got it done with his floor game in Wk 3, leading his team in rebs, asts, stls and blks. Can't ask for anything more, except maybe a 3.
Runner-Up: Nick Watson (FAS) 20 rebs, 2 blks
Defensive Player of the Week
Bryant Picone (NYF) 10 rebs, 4 stls
Picone just shuts down the paint and it isn't always with blocked shots. Vs. the Quicks, he sealed off the entry lanes and picked off 4 passes.
Runner-Up: A. Stewart (QIK) 8 rebs, 2 stls, 3 blks
The High-5 Club Will Cheung (NYF) 6-6-3-2-1 Nic Echevestre (FAS) 2-9-2-4-1 Ezra Hoover (QIK) 7-9-1-2-3 Len Kamdang (AOD) 4-11-4-3-2 Danny Lung (CRB) 2-6-1-1-1 Nick Watson (FAS) 21-20-2-1-2
Discorama Rookie of the Week Aaron Fisher (AOD) 22 pts, 8 rebs
The AOD big man was just tenacious on the offensive boards and looked like a man among boys against CRB. His best yet, expect more.
Runner-Up: M. Hanne (HYP) 11 pts, 3 asts, 2 stls
The "John Starks" Award James Li (CRB) | 8-8 FGs (1.000)
Forget the "John Starks," we're doing opposites today. We're honoring CRB (F) James Li's perfect game. 8-8 FGs 4-4 3FGs and 2-2 FTs. Awesome.
Dishonorable Mention: Howard Chu (HYP) 1-8 FGs
The "Chris Dudley" Award Alex Cho (NYF) | 10-11 FTs (.909)
In the spirit of opposites, we honor NYF (G) Alex Cho who scored 10 of his 22 pts from the line. Just one FT short of perfection.