Chris Bosh was sent to the hospital after getting an elbow to the face in the first quarter of Tuesday’s game against the Cavs. Tony Parker returned to action and played for the first time since March 6, after suffering a broken finger on his right hand. And yet, Earl Barron is the one guy everyone is talking about this morning. I guess picking up your first career double-double against the Celtics — 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting, 18 rebounds, and one steal in 44 minutes — will do that for you. If you’re thinking about adding Barron to your team, I can’t argue against that move. He’s a valuable player, when he actually plays. In 2007 he had a strong April with 12.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 0.6 steals in eight games. In the last six games of the 2007-08 season he scored at least 13 points in five of them. He’s not a huge upside talent, but there is some untapped value in that 7-foot frame.
Barron helped the Knicks eke out a rare home victory against the Celtics, with Danilo Gallinari chipping in for 31 points of his own and the game-winning jumper from the top of the key. Chris Duhon remained in the starting lineup with Toney Douglas once again coming off the bench. Duhon had a key steal in the final 25 seconds of the game and added eight assists 33 minutes of action. Talk about fantasy basketball!
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As I mentioned earlier, Chris Bosh played just two minutes before leaving the game with a fractured jaw/nose. There is no specific timetable for his return, but I think you can almost count him out for the remainder of the regular season. Amir Johnson actually could be a nice option if Bosh does indeed miss the final four games. Johnson picked up a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The Utah-Oklahoma City showdown was definitely one of the best games of the season. Deron Williams and his 42 points led the Jazz past the Thunder, 140-139 in overtime. Carlos Boozer chipped in with 28 points and 15 rebounds. The Thunder, of course, were led by Kevin Durant who scored 45 points with seven 3-pointers, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks. No real surprises in this one, unless you still think that Serge Ibaka going for 13 points, six rebounds and two blocks is a “surprise.”
Tony Parker returned to action to play 17 minutes, scoring eight points, three rebounds, and two assists. He too should be started, if you’re in a championship push and in need of a point guard. His minutes should increase.
Charlie Villanueva decided to show up on Tuesday night. That’s mighty kind of him. He played just 23 minutes, but scored 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting with five 3-pointers. Let me check that again… Yup, he scored 25 points. He hadn’t hit the 20-point mark since January 12. I would treat him the same way you treat Michael Beasley — start him only is it is absolutely necessary.
Mike Bibby (ingrown toenail — seriously!) and Joe Johnson missed Tuesday’s game against the Bobcats. Maurice Evans (20 points and four 3-pointers) and Jeff Teague (nine points and six assists) got the start in the backcourt. I would look at Evans first.
It looks like we could see a strong finish from Joakim Noah in the final few games. He went for eight points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks in 30 minutes. I would get him back in your lineup if you haven’t already.
Kurt Thomas picked up 14 rebounds in 32 minutes, replacing the injured Andrew Bogut in the starting lineup. I’m still looking at Ersan Ilyasova first — 17 points and seven rebounds.
JaVale McGee did exactly what athletic bigs are supposed to do against the Warriors; he blew up! McGee dropped 25 points, pulled down 15 rebounds, and blocked three shots off the bench. I know it was against the Warriors, but if you’re a fantasy owner looking for a replacement for Andrew Bogut or Marc Gasol, McGee is probably the best option available.
The lines for the Wizards were a bit inflated, as expected. Nick Young scored a season-high 27 points on 10-of-21 shooting, while Shaun Livngston went for 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting, eight assists and five rebounds in 37 minutes. Both had great lines, but we need to put this game into perspective. It was against the Warriors. Just keep repeating that to yourself when see both players sitting on your waiver wires.