December 02, 2009
• Andrew Bogut(notes) came back from his leg injury early and in a big way on Monday, putting together a near-flawless line in 35 minutes (22 points, 15 boards, 3 assists, 0 turnovers, 3 steals, 4 blocks) against the Bulls. Bogut's return to the active roster was truly a surprise, and he was in an active roster spot in just 39 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Luke Ridnour(notes) was limited to 19 minutes on Monday because of a hamstring injury and he's currently considered day-to-day.
• Charlie Villanueva(notes) underwent surgery to repair to repair a nasal fracture on Monday and is questionable for Wednesday's game at Chicago. He'll wear a plastic mask when he does return. Ben Gordon(notes) (ankle) is also questionable for Wednesday, and Tayshaun Prince(notes) and Richard Hamilton(notes) remain out, although Prince has been ramping up workouts and doesn't seem too far off.
• Mike Conley's(notes) left shoulder strain kept him out of action on Monday but the injury is not considered serious, as an MRI showed no structural damage. That said, he's still dealing with stiffness and soreness and is questionable for Wednesday. Jamaal Tinsley(notes) replaced Conley for his first start since January 2008 and was a net fantasy loss in 31 minutes (3-of-13 shooting, 7 assists, 3 turnovers, 0 steals). Fantasy owners thinking about a pickup should consider that his career percentages are 40/72 and he's approaching his 32nd birthday after being away from the game for a significant period of time. Oh yeah, and Marcus Williams out-performed him on Monday (25 minutes, 17 points, 1 three, 6 assists, 2 steals). He's not the worst speculative pickup, given Conley's recent play, but I'm just encouraging people to keep expectations in check.
• Rudy Gay(notes) also missed Monday's game, in his case to attend the funeral of a family member, but he's back with the team at this point and will be active on Wednesday. Rookie Sam Young(notes) got the start in his place and put together a useful line in 39 minutes (17 points, 4 boards, 1 steal, 1 block).
• Kevin Love has begun contact drills but still has a ways to go from a physical standpoint before he'll be ready to return to the lineup. While this is a good sign in general, the team has yet to issue a definitive timetable for his return.
• Some interesting Pacers notes here: Jim O'Brien cited Jeff Foster's(notes) historic success in plus/minus as a potential reason for making him the team's new starting center, ahead of Roy Hibbert(notes); O'Brien has stuck with Brandon Rush(notes) ahead of Dahntay Jones(notes) as the starting shooting guard because he's hoping to help his confidence and get him untracked; and Danny Granger(notes) knows he should "probably" sit out and rest his sprained left knee and bruised right heel, but feels he needs to play through the injuries because of the team's place in the standings.
• A matchup with the Raptors can be good for what ails a team on offense, and Gilbert Arenas(notes) found the going good on Tuesday. He put together one of his best lines of the season in 39 minutes: 22 points, 3 treys, 4 boards, 9 assists, 1 turnover, 1 steal, and 1 block. The big three for the Wiz were in full effect - Antawn Jamison(notes) went for 30 points and 12 boards and Caron Butler(notes) had a solid overall line (19 points, 1 three, 7 boards, 3 steals, 1 block).
• Jose Calderon(notes) scored a combined total of 17 points over the past three games but went for 20 against the Wizards (9-of-12, 1 three, 4 boards, 5 assists, 0 turnovers). The roller coaster ride continues...
• The Raptors appear to be very comfortable with the backcourt pairing of Calderon and Jarrett Jack(notes), as Jack played another 27 minutes on Tuesday (18 points, 2 threes, 3 assists). Jack's averages over the past seven games include 28 minutes, 13 points on 52-percent shooting, 1.4 threes, 4.3 assists, and 0.9 steals.
• Kendrick Perkins'(notes) big game on Tuesday (21 points, 12 boards, 3 blocks) continued a recent stretch of ridiculous shooting. He made nine of 10 shots and has made 38 of 49 over the past six games (78%). His per-game numbers in those six games include 14.4 points, 8.6 boards, and 2 blocks.
• It was good to see such a great performance from Ray Allen(notes) on Tuesday (27 points, 5 threes, 10-of-10 FT, 5 boards, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 block), after spending recent days with his diabetic 2-year-old son in and out of the hospital.
• Let's just chalk up Gerald Wallace's(notes) poor offense on Tuesday (5 points, 1-of-6 shooting) to the matchup with the tough Celtics' defense and assume he'll regain his recent form on Friday (@NJN). Boris Diaw(notes) actually took and made a few shots (13 points, 2 threes) but once again had next-to-nothing in the way of supporting stats (2 boards, 1 assist, 0 steals, 0 blocks).
• Phoenix may have been looking ahead to Wednesday's matchup with the Cavs, as they allowed 71 points to the Knicks in the first half on Tuesday and 31 assists on 47 made field goals overall in the 126-99 loss. Danilo Gallinari(notes) (27 points, 6 threes, 10 boards, 2 blocks), David Lee(notes) (24 points, 4 steals), Al Harrington(notes) (22 points, 8 boards), and Larry Hughes(notes) (12 assists, 4 steals) were the featured Knicks. Meanwhile, Nate Robinson(notes) could barely find time off the bench (11 minutes, 0 points) after some strong play in recent games.
• The Warriors weren't much of a matchup for the Nuggets in the mile-high air, playing the second of back-to-back games. Denver shot 55 percent and made 28 of 32 free throws en route to a 135-107 win. With the game at hand early, eight players saw at least 20 minutes of playing time for the Nuggets and seven reached double figures.
Anthony Morrow(notes) was designated gunner for the Warriors (27 points, 2 threes) while Monta Ellis(notes) went just 4-for-10 in 30 minutes (15 points). With Anthony Randolph(notes) out at least a week and Ronny Turiaf(notes) sidelined after aggravating his knee injury on Monday, Golden State went just eight players deep. C.J. Watson(notes) had his second consecutive useful line (33 minutes, 14 points, 5 boards, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block) and should have some value moving forward on this short-handed squad.
• "Warriors center Andris Biedrins is at least halfway through an injury that takes up to six weeks to heal, the Warriors announced Monday." This is the first update of substance we've had for Biedrins, and clearly the news that he's still out is a downer. His next re-evaluation will take place on Sunday.
• The Trail Blazers got no relief from the problems they've been having on offense on Tuesday versus Miami. Brandon Roy(notes) led the way (9 of 25) as the starters combined to shoot 34 percent (22 of 64) and the team lost its third straight game - at least they helped Greg Oden(notes) compile 11 offensive boards and 20 overall. Andre Miller(notes) had one of his better games as a reserve (32 minutes, 18 points, 6 assists) but this is a team that is struggling to get consistent efforts and outputs across the board.
• With Aldridge out, the Blazers didn't have a matchup for Michael Beasley(notes), who went for a season-high 27 and made 11-of-12 free throws. The game was the sixth consecutive in which he's scored at least 14 points, and he's averaged 19 points on 57-percent shooting, 0.6 threes, 9.1 boards, and 1.1 steals-plus-blocks over that stretch.
• Feeling fresh after an inactive stint due to back spasms, Quentin Richardson(notes) played a ton on Tuesday (40 minutes) and came away with 20 points, four threes, 9 boards, one steal, and one block. He's pretty awesome.
• David West(notes) followed up 27 and 24 points in his past two games with just eight in the blowout loss to the Lakers. West has clearly been up and down but will at least have a chance to string together a few good performances over the next 10 days, as the Hornets get Minnesota (twice), Sacramento, and the Knicks for its next four games.
• Chris Paul could be back in the lineup for the Hornets within 10 days, although the team has yet to release an official timetable. Paul is doing some on-court work but has yet to resume activities like running, cutting, and jumping. Potential targets for his return would be December 11 (NYK) or 14 (@DAL) if that 10-day timeframe proves accurate, meaning Darren Collison(notes) (20 points, 2 threes, 5 assists, 2 steals Tuesday) would have another three or four starts.
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