• Trevor Ariza returned to the active roster for the Rockets Tuesday, his first game action since February 21. His shot was off (4 of 13 FG) but he was reasonably effective as a reserve (28 minutes, 13 points, 3 treys, 2 steals), given the circumstances, and he's likely to push Shane Battier(notes) to the bench once he's back to game speed. I don't anticipate a serious drop-off in his fantasy impact with Kevin Martin(notes) in town. He'll certainly lose some usage but is better suited as a supporting offensive player, and he should offset the drop in quantity of looks with an uptick in quality, with no drop-off in opportunities for defensive stats.
• What to do with Randy Foye(notes)? Tuesday's line (19 minutes, 2 points, 1 of 6 FG) dropped his averages over the past 12 games to 10.7 points on 36-percent shooting, 1 three, 2.1 boards, 5.7 assists, 1.4 turnovers, and 0.3 steals in 29 minutes. With both Shaun Livingston(notes) and Earl Boykins(notes) around to poach minutes on his off-nights, you will not be faulted if you drop Foye for a better option, regardless of the quality of the Wizards' schedule moving forward.
• An off night for JaVale McGee(notes) (17 minutes, 4 points, 7 boards, 0 blocks), as well, but he saw pine for much of the game as the teams ran opposing small lineups against each other. James Singleton(notes) was the beneficiary on this night (28 minutes, 12 points, 4 boards, 2 steals, 3 blocks).
• The Clippers' starting backcourt on Tuesday consisted of Steve Blake(notes) (30 minutes, 11 points, 3 treys, 5 assists, 2 turnovers, 1 steal) and Rasual Butler(notes) (35 minutes, 9 points, 1 three, 5 boards, 2 blocks), as Baron Davis(notes) dealt with an illness and Eric Gordon(notes) dealt with a nagging leg injury. Davis ended up putting in a very effective 26 minutes off the bench (16 points, 2 threes, 4 boards, 9 assists, 1 turnover, 1 steal, 1 block).
• Chris Kaman's(notes) extended slide continued Tuesday (26 minutes, 12 points, 6 boards, 3 turnovers, 1 block). His per-game rank is 200th (!) since January 20, a span of 22 games. During that time, he's averaged catchy numbers like 17.5 points and 9.5 boards, but it's been all bad otherwise (46% FG, 72% FT, 1.4 assists, 3.3 turnovers, 0.3 steals, 1 block).
• It's not often when a starting point guard doesn't merit fantasy consideration, but Carlos Arroyo(notes) has largely been just a placeholder for the Heat. He did next-to-nothing in 31 minutes Tuesday (2 points, 5 assists, 1 turnover) and has averaged 5.6 points on 39-percent shooting, 0.2 threes, 3.9 assists, 0.8 turnovers, and 0.9 steals in 26 minutes during his 17 starts.
• So that makes two consecutive very good lines for Jrue Holiday(notes) (36 minutes, 21 points, 2 threes, 1 steal, 2 blocks Tuesday), albeit with two favorable matchups (@TOR, @IND). Still, there is potential here, especially when you consider that he's made 51 percent of his threes over the past 14 games. He's clearly comfortable playing off of Louis Williams(notes), so now we just need Eddie Jordan to give him a bit longer of a leash and keep Willie Green's(notes) minutes in the 20ish range.
• Speaking of Jordan, he opted to bench both Andre Iguodala(notes) (30 minutes, 5 points) and Elton Brand(notes) (20 minutes, 7 points) in the fourth quarter of the loss to the Pacers, saying that he felt the second unit was bringing more energy. I'm not one to wish unemployment on anyone in the current economic climate, but my guess is that most 76ers fans and fantasy owners are at least close to making an exception.
• It took long enough that it tested the limits of even the most patient of fantasy owners, but Boris Diaw(notes) is finally back to consistently putting up Diaw-like numbers that we've come to know and love. Tuesday's line was big-time (11 points, 8 boards, 5 assists, 2 turnovers, 1 steal, 3 blocks) and he's averaged 13.9 points on 51-percent shooting, 0.9 threes, 6.6 boards, 4.6 assists, 2.3 turnovers, 0.8 steals, and 0.9 blocks in 37 minutes over his past 14 games. At his lowest point (late December and early January), he had a 12-game streak of not reaching double figures in scoring, while also failing to record a steal or block in eight of those games.
• Danny Granger(notes) served a one-game suspension Tuesday for his part in the fracas with the Suns on Saturday (Channing Frye(notes) will serve his Friday). Picking up the slack in Granger's absence were Brandon Rush(notes) (40 minutes, 24 points, 4 threes, 9 boards) and Dahntay Jones(notes) (29 minutes, 25 points, 4 boards, 2 blocks). Maybe this will be a springboard for Rush to finish the season strong, not unlike how he did last season? He's been playing consistent minutes (32 per game over the past 14), but his jumpshot has been an entirely different story (38% FG over the same stretch).
• The Bucks got strong performances from a number of starters in their impressive 86-84 win over the Celtics. Andrew Bogut(notes) led the way again (42 minutes, 25 points, 17 boards, 4 blocks, but he got plenty of help from Carlos Delfino(notes) (41 minutes, 19 points, 5 threes, 8 boards, 2 steals), John Salmons(notes) (43 minutes, 16 points, 2 threes, 4 assists, 2 turnovers, 2 steals), and Brandon Jennings(notes) (40 minutes, 13 points, 5-of-10 FG, 1 three, 4 assists, 2 turnovers). The Celtics got limited contributions from Ray Allen(notes) (34 minutes, 3 points, 0 of 3 FG) and Paul Pierce(notes) (35 minutes, 12 points, 3-of-13 FG) in the loss. The Bucks have now won 10 of their past 11 games and have overtaken the Raptors for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.
• Defense was not the name of the game in the Jazz/Bulls matchup. Both teams shot 54% from the field, with rebounding and foul shots proving to be the deciding factors in Utah's 132-108 win. The usual suspects got it done for the Jazz, but C.J. Miles(notes) went nuts (19 minutes, 26 points, 6 threes) and Wesley Matthews(notes) was also in fine form (26 minutes, 12 points, 2 threes, 4 assists, 1 turnover, 5 steals). In the loss, Derrick Rose(notes) continued his scoring spree and notched (just?) his third double-double of the season (25 points, 13 assists), Brad Miller(notes) continued his strong offensive play (33 minutes, 20 points, 3 treys), and Taj Gibson(notes) fouled out in only 13 minutes (0 points, 1 board, 3 turnovers).
• How about a quick reset of the Kings' major contributors? Tyreke Evans(notes), Beno Udrih(notes), and Carl Landry(notes) are locked in. Spencer Hawes(notes) has been hit-or-miss since taking over for Jason Thompson(notes) (who has since returned), so it's hard to have tremendous faith in either player when it comes to consistent minutes at the center spot. At small forward, Omri Casspi(notes) needs rest and may or may not return to the rotation, Donte Greene(notes) has been starting but is as inconsistent as a player can possibly be, and Francisco Garcia(notes) has been playing consistently but barely moving the needle in terms of actual production.
• Marcus Camby was back in the starting five for the Blazers Tuesday and his fantasy owners can't be too displeased with the production (33 minutes, 6 points, 8 boards, 1 steal, 5 blocks). His ankle will be tested again soon, as the team plays a back-to-back on Thursday/Friday (@GSW, @SAC).
• Jarrett Jack(notes) has been playing some fantastic basketball lately, averaging 17.4 points on 59-percent shooting, 1.6 threes, 89-percent foul shooting, 3.1 boards, 6.1 assists, 2.7 turnovers, and 1.6 steals in 29 minutes over the past nine games. His per-game rank over the past month is 35th, but clearly not everyone has noticed, as his percent-owned number is currently 57 percent.
• An MRI on Antawn Jamison's(notes) knee revealed nothing serious and he is day-to-day in advance of Friday's game. LeBron James(notes) will be in the lineup Friday, with the two games off to rest his ankle (and everything else) having given him a full six days days between games before we hit the stretch run.
"They ran a lot of tests on me and everything came back good. I'm just taking it day by day. When the doctors tell me I'm right to play, I'll be ready to play. It's my job."
There are two schools of thought in terms of whether or not the team should let him return to the court this season (yes and no), but I do anticipate a decision coming regarding his availability soon. We do know that he won't play Wednesday, meaning that Will Bynum(notes) will get at least one more turn in the starting lineup. The team has Thursday off and then plays four games in five days, with two sets of back-to-backs (Fri/Sat and Mon/Tues).
• Kenyon Martin's fantasy season appears to be largely finished, as he's been declared out indefinitely with patella tendinitis and will undergo platelet rich plasma therapy. The Nuggets plan to have him back "this season," but their focus for his return is the playoffs at this point. He's a fairly safe drop, particularly for those of you in default h2h leagues, where the championship matchup ends on April 4. If carrying him as dead weight won't affect your standing for the next week or so, then you can wait and see if surprisingly positive updates emerge during that time, but I personally wouldn't hesitate to drop him for someone like Jonas Jerebko(notes) if the opportunity were there.
Johan Petro(notes) got the start at center on Monday (pushing Nene Hilario(notes) to power forward) and contributed six points and 10 boards in 23 minutes. He's never shown an inclination to do much more than grab a few boards, so only consider him in the deepest of leagues. Chris Andersen(notes) is already rostered in most competitive leagues at this point, but he still merits a mention based on his real fantasy potential. In 17 games where he's seen at least 25 minutes of playing time, he's averaged 8.6 points on 57-percent shooting, 8.4 boards, 0.9 steals, and 2.2 blocks. It makes sense for everyone to check the wire to be sure he's not currently available.
• It sure was nice of Don Nelson to acknowledge that injuries - more specifically, playing with a sports hernia and muscle tear in his abdomen - were at least part of the reason that Andris Biedrins(notes) wasn't his usual productive self this season. Stay classy, coach. [If you follow that second link, you'll find Nelson answering "Yes" to the question of whether Biedrins was 100 percent healthy just over two weeks ago.]
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