After missing his last five games due to a concussion he suffered on March 19, Tyreke Evans was back on the court and doing his thing. And by his “thing” I mean that he was once again flirting with a triple-double. In 38 minutes Evans dropped 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting, seven rebounds, 10 assists and four steals. If you can knock him for anything it would be the seven turnovers, but give the guy a break. He just returned from a concussion! Is there anyone better than this guy a returning from concussions? OK, well, maybe… I just haven’t found him/her yet.
His backcourt mate, Beno Udrih, who was coming off a triple-double of his own had a more modest line — 18 points on 8-of-17 shooting, three
rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 38 minutes. I still say “start Beno” in any and all formats. He is not going to completely fall off now that Evans is back. Also contributing off the bench for the Kings was Jason Thompson, who scored 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in 32 minutes. This is his second straight double-double. And as of now, I would start him over Spencer Hawes if I was deciding between the two in a fantasy league.
To what do we owe the pleasure?? LINES!
Danny Granger came alive in the second half of Tuesday’s game against the Kings, scoring 25 of his 33 points after halftime. Aside from
Sunday’s game against the Hawks, Granger has been pretty efficient from the floor, shooting over 60 percent in three of his last four games. It doesn’t seem like he’s going to slow down, especially since the Pacers have now won six of their last seven.
Roy Hibbert keeps hanging around. He went for 10 points, six rebounds, four assists, one steal and three blocks in 29 minutes on Tuesday. It’s hard to sit a guy who has eight blocks over his last three games.
Russell Westbrook had another terrible shooting night, going 3-of-12 from the floor for 10 points. He did, however, dish 14 dimes, steal one ball and block two shots. As I said last week, you can’t sit this guy. Even though he’s struggling from the floor, he’s still got great value elsewhere.
Nenad Krstic quietly had a nice game against the 76ers — 14 points and six rebounds in 23 minutes. Not good enough to get him in your 12-team lineup, but certainly good enough to make one of my morning blog posts!
It was thought that Louis Williams might play on Tuesday, but alas he did not. I was wondering how Jrue Holiday would react to Williams’ return, but it seems like just the possibility of Williams coming back soon might have him shook up — 11 points, three rebounds, four assists, and four turnovers in 27 minutes. We expect better from Holiday than that at this point, don’t we? I figure, just in case he’s reading this I’d lay down the law. Wishful thinking.
Jason Kapono might actually be the guy on Philadelphia who has to worry. After his 0-for-6 shooting performance against the Thunder, he might have lost what little value he had. I could see him heading back to the bench, especially when Lou Williams and/or Thaddeus Young return — possibly this week.
Andre Iguodala was complaining about the pain in his left foot (plantar faciitis). Be careful here, since the 76ers are out of the playoff race, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him take a seat down the stretch. Heck, we might be talking about Kapono as an add again in no time!
Drew Gooden just keeps on double-doubling — 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting, 11 rebounds, and one block in 28 minutes. Keep throwing him out there. He’s the best big man on the Clippers right now and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.
Ersan Ilyasova had a terrific game against the Clippers — 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting, one 3-pointer, eight rebounds, two assists, and one steal off the bench. He certainly took advantage of the absence of Carlos Delfino. Keep slotting Ilyasova into your lineup while Delfino is out.
Jerry Stackhouse came off the bench to score 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting in 24 minutes. He also hit two 3-pointers, and was another guy who saw a nice increase in minutes with Delfino out. Stackhouse could get a look from deep leaguers who are looking for points and 3-pointers. Not much else going on in his game, though.
Steve Blake got the start at point with Baron Davis out (back spasms). He wasn’t very effective, posting seven points on 3-of-5 shooting, three rebounds, six assists and four turnovers in 31 minutes. With Davis out at least two more games, Blake still has deep-league flier written all over him.
Kirk Hinrich left Tuesday’s game against the Suns in the second quarter with a sprained ankle and did not return. You know what that means — Flip Murray! In 35 minutes off the bench Murray went for 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting, four 3-pointers, nine rebounds, four assists and one steal. I like Murray as an add in 12-team leagues with Hinrich out. Especially if you’re looking for a nice scoring threat to pick-and-plug.
Joakim Noah is finally getting back on track. He played 27 minutes on Tuesday — the most minutes he’s played since his return six games ago. Noah picked up his first double-double since January 29, with 12 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. I would take a flier on him. At this point in the season, what do you have to lose? OK, you have everything to lose. But if his minutes remain in the high-20’s to low 30’s you’re looking at a nice option in the middle.
James Singleton and JaVale McGee both finished Tuesday’s game against the Rockets with similar lines. Singleton had 12 points and six rebounds, while McGee went for 13 points and six rebounds. The main differences were the three blocks that Singleton had and the fact that it took McGee just 13 minutes to post his line, while Singleton saw 26 minutes of action. I would still lean toward Singleton if I had to choose between the two. He’s been the steadier player. And I think he’ll continue to play more minutes.
Kevin Martin missed his third straight game with a strained shoulder. Once again, Jermaine Taylor started at the two-guard position and had a nice scoring line — 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting in 24 minutes. But it was Chase Budinger who provided the real value off the bench. He scored a career-high 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting with one 3-pointer, six rebounds and a steal. The “third man,”, had 17 points off the bench with six assists and one steal in 29 minutes. Really, who knows which player has the better value while Martin’s out! My head says Lowry, but the fact that Taylor is starting and Budinger had the best game of the three, my head may not be leading me in the right direction. It happens from time to time.