Another Wednesday, another reasonably active night in the NBA, with many of the notables contained in the following bullet points:
* Tonight marked the second double-double for Kevin Love in three games (16 points, 12 boards in 27 minutes), and he's averaged 14.7 points and 10.7 boards in 26 minutes during his little mini-run of productive games. Love was drafted in 100 percent of leagues for good reason, and the season-ending injury to Corey Brewer has opened up a bit more playing time - Love's percent-owned number is just below 60 percent, and it makes sense to roster him once again in the event that he can work (or has worked) past his early struggles.
• The T-Wolves went small against the Magic, but opted for Kevin Ollie ahead of either Sebastian Telfair or Rashad McCants. McCants ended up playing 32 minutes and scoring 14 points, in part because Mike Miller left the game early with an ankle injury that is not considered serious (he'll have an MRI Thursday). McCants has been all but invisible in the rotation of late, but could also be in for an uptick in minutes with the loss of Brewer.
• J.J. Redick scored five points in 30 minutes tonight and has now totaled 15 points in 91 minutes of three starts. Keith Bogans is set to return and Courtney Lee had 19 points and three steals in 34 minutes tonight, so Redick's stint as a starter figures to come to a merciful end one way or another.
• Some numbers I just can't past when I take in the Mike Conley/Travis Outlaw trade talk: including tonight's games, Sergio Rodriguez has 425 assists in 1791 career minutes, while Conley has 294 in 1861 minutes. So what's upping Conley's trade value? Apparently it's his credibility to get in Oden's face when he needs a push. That's not something his current coaches/teammates should exactly be lacking...
• How bad are the Wizards?
• Welcome back, Josh Smith. His line in 28 minutes tonight: 14 points, 6 boards, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block.
• The Russell Westbrook field goal percentage watch continues: he went 2-for-9 tonight, lowering his number to 34.4 percent on the season. If you combine his numbers with Dwight Howard's, you have roughly the league average (~47 percent).
• Sean May had season-highs of 10 points, 11 boards, and 27 minutes tonight. You already know that the team has had a perpetual hole at PF simply because he hasn't been there to fill it. Clearly, you can't have any expectations here, but super-deep leaguers should at least think about an add.
* Don't get too excited about Anthony Roberson's line (19 points, 5 threes, 4 assists, 3 steals). Quentin Richardson was ejected after two technicals in the first half tonight, the Knicks were down by 26 at the half, and Nate Robinson is expected back on Friday.
• Elton Brand scored just three points in 25 minutes tonight but what is of more concern is that he also left the game with a strained right hamstring. He'll be re-evaluated on Thursday so stay tuned. Figure on Marreese Speights getting extra run if he does miss time.
• Rajon Rondo was ridiculous against the Pacers tonight, logging his first career triple-double (16 points, 13 boards, 17 assists). He also logged three steals and was a +30 in 41 minutes of the 18-point win. Ray Allen also had a season-high 31 points and hit six treys.
• Andrew Bogut returned after missing three games with a knee injury, but left in the third quarter with a migraine after he was hit in the head. Assuming his knee responds well, we should see him back in the lineup on Friday.
• Malik Allen got the start at PF but Charlie Villanueva had a bit night off the bench, scoring a team-high 23 in 30 minutes to go with 10 boards and two steals. The ups-and-downs and various injuries are maddening - he was in an active lineup spot in just 33 percent of Yahoo! leagues tonight (58-percent owned).
• The Suns were without Steve Nash (flu) and Shaquille O'Neal (first game of back-to-backs) tonight, so Leandro Barbosa (19 points, 2 threes, 3 assists in 39 minutes) and Robin Lopez (2 points, 0 rebounds, 1 block in 20 minutes) were in the starting five. So was Grant Hill, ahead of Matt Barnes, and it's a move that may stick. Hill entered the game averaging 25 minutes per game, but played 39 tonight for the short-handed Suns (17 points, 6 boards, 6 assists, 2 steals, 1 block).
• Eric Gordon put up a decent line (10 points, 2 threes, 3 boards, 3 assists, 1 steal) relative to his playing time (21) and it's likely that his nagging hamstring was the culprit for the low minutes total. In other Clippers' injury news, Chris Kaman is expected to be out another week to 10 days.
• Conventional wisdom was that Luther Head would remain in the starting lineup, the Rockets mixed things up a bit tonight, going with Ron Artest, Shane Battier, and Luis Scola at the three-through-five. They got the win over the Clippers thanks to threes (10-23) and free throws (31-39), as they made just 21 of 53 two-point shots (40 percent).
• We had our third coaching change of the season today, as Sam Mitchell is out in Toronto, replaced by assistant Jay Triano, who has been a member of the Raptors coaching staff for seven seasons. The Raptors have a number of underachievers to this point (Jermaine O'Neal, Anthony Parker, Jamario Moon) so the hope is that this will serve as something of a wakeup call. It's not likely that lineup changes are forthcoming, but we'll need to see if and how the team reacts to the move.