• Andris Biedrins played just nine minutes Tuesday (0 points, 5 boards), two days after one of his better games in some time (33 minutes, 4 points, 13 boards, 5 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks), and Don Nelson continues to call him out for tentative and uninspired play. Biedrins has spoke of a lack of confidence since returning from a severe groin/abdominal injury, and this public working-over by Nelson may or may not help in that regard. Nellie has Ronny Turiaf(notes) and Chris Hunter(notes) available if he doesn't feel that Biedrins is going to turn it around, so the next few games should prove to be pivotal for all parties involved.
• Brandon Roy's(notes) fantasy owners are breathing a bit easier these days, thanks to averages of 36 minutes over the past four games and 23.4 points on 52-percent shooting, 9.7 free throws, 4 boards, and 4.3 assists over the past three. H2h owners may want to think about shopping him to see what is out there now that he's looking healthy - the Blazers play the fewest games during the default h2h playoffs (8).
• James Singleton's(notes) averages over the past two games: 27 minutes, 9 points, 11 boards, and 3.5 blocks. Al Thornton(notes) is the obvious upgrade in the wake of Josh Howard's(notes) season-ending injury, but Singleton will play plenty as the backup to both forward spots. As a bonus, the Wizards are tied for the most games remaining in the default h2h season (19) and play four games in each of the three default playoff weeks.
• Luc Richard Mbah a Moute(notes) posted his second consecutive double double Wednesday (10 points, 10 boards) and has been playing well for the improved Bucks. Over the past nine games, he's averaged 11.3 points on 69-percent shooting, 8.9 boards, 0.9 steals, and 0.9 blocks in 30 minutes, while the team has gone 7-2. Think about an add here if you've got offense largely covered and could use some complementary defensive stats.
• Tony Parker(notes) played through pain (hip, plantar fasciitis) Wednesday, with decidedly poor results (26 minutes, 4 points, 0-of-1 FT, 0 assists, 2 turnovers). Not much to say to his fantasy owners here except keep your fingers crossed, as his availability for the rest of the season will be determined mostly by his tolerance for pain. It's fairly safe to say that George Hill(notes) merits universal ownership at this point.
• Do you think the Mavs are happy to have Brendan Haywood(notes) on board (and vice-versa)? In his five starts, he's averaged 12 points on 59-percent shooting, 11.6 boards, and 3.2 blocks in 36 minutes. The Mavs are 5-0 in those games and have limited their opponents to 89 points per game.
• Caron Butler(notes) missed Wednesday's game because of a bad reaction to some medication. It's not expected to be a long-term issue, and he should be back in the lineup Friday. What remains to be seen is how not being allowed to chew on a straw while he plays will affect his numbers moving forward.
• I wouldn't read too much into Kyle Korver's(notes) performance over the past two games (30 minutes, 15.5 points, 3.5 threes, 4.5 boards, 1.5 steals), as it's come with Andrei Kirilenko(notes) (back spasms) on the inactive list. AK is feeling better and should be back in the lineup Friday, removing 30-plus minutes from the rotation. One reason that Korver isn't likely to pass the 6-foot-5, 224 pound Wesley Matthews(notes) in the pecking order is because of defense.
• I'm not seeing Drew Gooden's(notes) line from Wednesday (37 minutes, 20 points, 13 boards) as a fluke. Kim Hughes said before he even joined the team's active roster that he'd play him "a ton of minutes" and said after Wednesday's game that he's the team's starting power forward for the forseeable future. Although the Clips would need something of a miracle to make the playoffs this season, they aren't exactly a franchise in rebuild mode, so the vets are going to get playing time here.
• The latest update we have regarding Chris Paul(notes) isn't really much of an update, as it is just a beat reporter saying he "thinks" Paul has three weeks to go without offering anything to substantiate it. Take that for what it's worth. The Hornets are still in the playoff race as of right now and I don't see Paul as the "shut it down" type. Thursday (today) marks three weeks since his surgery, and there's been no indication one way or another as to which side of that timetable will be more accurate, as there have been no official updates, positive or negative.
• Both Paul Pierce(notes) and Marquis Daniels(notes) missed the Celtics' practice Wednesday because of flu-like symptoms, and both players are questionable for Thursday night. Tony Allen(notes) will play plenty if both players do end up sitting this one out.
"It doesn't hurt, it doesn't feel great. It's kind of in that stage right now where I have to continue to get it stronger because it fatigues a lot, real quick. So I'm just glad I can get out there and run up and down a little bit and try to get my wind back. But I'm still a little ways away."
Either Daequan Cook(notes) or Dorell Wright(notes) will get the starts if Wade remains out through the weekend, and they'll both certainly play more no matter who starts. Wright is coming off 26 points in 30 minutes (6 threes, 7 boards, 2 steals, 3 blocks) against the T-Wolves on Tuesday.
"I saw where he's having a hard time understanding his role. He should understand it (after) tonight."
Tyreke Evans(notes) and Sean May(notes) also commented in the original piece, but they were spared Westphal's wrath. Hawes has yet to talk with Westphal about the incident, but plans to, and his status for Friday remains up in the air.
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