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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

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Monday's Game News and Notes

Stephen Jackson is doing what he needs to in order to get shipped out of Nellie's Bizarro universe. He scored just 10 points, but had six rebounds, a career-high 15 assists, four steals and two blocks on Monday, despite playing just 31 minutes. He's still playing the good soldier and by being such a team player on Monday, is actually improving his stock in the eyes of other teams. He might actually get himself traded at some point in the next month or so.

Kelenna Azubuike (pick him up), Anthony Morrow, Acie Law and even C.J. Watson all looked great last night. Stephen Curry and Corey Maggette sure didn't, but Maggette will be up and down all year depending on how Nellie feels on any given night.

As for Curry, I'm not sure what to tell you. The promise and upside are there, but he's a very risky start right now, as those of you with him in a lineup can attest. He's a rookie playing for Don Nelson, which is about all you need to know. Then you throw in the fact that he and Monta Ellis might not really be able to play together and we've got problems. Curry didn't even start the second half last night – Anthony Morrow did.

The good news is the team loves him and wants him to play, but he's simply still trying to figure out his role and how to play in the NBA. I would not advise cutting him yet, but you should get him on your bench immediately, or try to trade him. If you cut him, he will be scooped up off the wire immediately, and it will pain you to have to see him have a nice second half for another owner. If you've come to terms with letting him go and can handle it without looking back, go for it. And if you don't own him and need a guard, he's a pretty solid-looking buy-low candidate.

Just keep in mind that last night's big numbers came against a Minnesota team that could probably have been beaten by the following:

Jackie Moon and the Flint Tropics
The 1954 Angel Beach High School team
The Washington Generals
The Beavers (from Teen Wolf)
The Pittsburgh Pisces
The Carver High School team

20-20 Vision

The Suns beat the Sixers last night behind Steve Nash's stellar line of 21 points and 20 assists. Nash must have found a time machine, as he is playing about as well as he ever has. Talk about a fantasy steal. That was his second 20-assist game of the young season and he's now averaging 18 points, 12.9 dimes and 2.1 threes.

Three Is A Magic Number

Jason Richardson, the guy who has caused me some grief from several of you after I was possibly a little too fired up about him, had 29 points, eight rebounds and six more 3-pointers last night. Guess who is averaging 20 points and a league-leading 3.7 3-pointers per game? Yep. He's currently worth a third-round pick, just like Joe Johnson, but it's still early and JRich has plenty of time to prove me to be a fool.

Marreese Speights bounced back from an injury and had 20 points and eight boards, and looks like he should be on fantasy rosters for the rest of the season. He's one of the few bigs who can actually run in that offense.

Once again, Elton Brand didn't play in the fourth quarter and is averaging just 23 minutes in his last three games. While there was plenty of speculation over the summer about how he would fit in with the Sixers, it's becoming quite obvious that it's a fact. Maybe the Sixers will look to move him, as I could see Brand being a stud in the right offense.

All That Jazz

Deron Williams had 16 dimes, Mehmet Okur and Carlos Boozer double-doubled, and Andrei Kirilenko hit five 3-pointers to go along with 23 points, six boards and six assists for a 4x5 special (he's back). Paul Millsap's problems continue, as he had just four points and five boards. He is a bust as long as Boozer is healthy and on the team, but it originally looked like the two would be in more of a timeshare than they are. Sometimes it's tough to predict the future.

Knicks Searching For Answers

Wilson Chandler bounced back with a double-double last night, hopefully a good sign of things to come, while rookie Toney Douglas had 21 points and three 3-pointers. If you're in a deep league (and even if you're not?), Douglas is certainly worth grabbing, especially since Chris Duhon looks like he's forgotten how to play basketball.

As for the rumors about Allen Iverson going to New York, there's probably a better chance that Tracy McGrady would be shipped to Mike D'Antoni.

The Big Fundamental Surprise

Jose Calderon (13 & 9) played well again and could be on the verge of turning it around. For the Spurs, Tim Duncan was a late scratch with an ankle injury and is day-to-day. I have also caught some heat for being so down on Duncan, predicting as many as 10 surprise DNPs from him this year. But the reality is that we're early into Week 3 and he already has one in the books. Tony Parker was also out with a sprained ankle and both players are day-to-day. Manu Ginobili and Richard Jefferson were finally able to break out, as a result, while George Hill had 18 points and five assists filling in for Parker. Hill might be worth a pickup, but it doesn't sound like Parker will be out long.

Devin Who?

Devin Brown hit five 3-pointers and scored 25 points in his second start at shooting guard, and is definitely worth a flier if you have someone you want to cut. Peja Stojakovic was a surprise starter for the Hornets, but had a pretty average night of 12 points and two threes. Chris Paul left the game with a sprained ankle, but was able to come back and play the second half. Hopefully it isn't a problem the rest of the week.

The Hornets got a much-needed easy win over the Clippers, who got 14 points, three boards, three assists and three 3-pointers from Rasual Butler. Chris Kaman finally came down to earth with 14 points and six boards, but was better than Emeka Okafor, who managed just two points and six boards for the Hornets. The Hornets won big and simply didn't go to Okafor much, as he was dealing with the Twin Towers of Marcus Camby and Kaman. Ricky Davis had 14 points, six boards and five assists, but it was a blowout and we'll need to see a couple more similar lines from him before getting too excited. But he might be a decent short-term pickup since Eric Gordon could miss a few more games with a groin injury.

Tuesday News and Notes

Shortly after we posted a story about Tracy McGrady declaring himself ready to go on Nov. 18, the Rockets came out and made it abundantly clear that that was not necessarily the case. The Rockets have played surprisingly well and the last thing Rick Adelman wants is for T-Mac to come back and disrupt things. He's going to play at some point, but it now sounds like Nov. 18 is not all that likely. I posted the first 'T-Mac Coming Back' blurb, but never even stopped to bother to see if he was available in any of my leagues. No thanks.

Ryan Anderson (ankle) is out tonight, while Vince Carter will be a game-time decision after the team sees how he's moving on his bad ankle in shootaround.

Andrew Bynum (elbow) is iffy for Thursday, while it sounds like Pau Gasol is unlikely to play in that one due to his lingering hamstring injury. At this point, owners just have to hope the Lakers hold Pau out until he's fully healthy, but it's hard to believe he's yet to play this season. I said before the season that I had some doubts about Pau staying healthy this season, but it was just a hunch.

Antawn Jamison (shoulder) and Mike Miller (shoulder) sound like they could be on target to return to action this Saturday. If it happens they can be put back in lineups for Week 4.

Kevin Love says he'll be ready to play in two weeks, as he keeps flip-flopping on when he'll return from a broken hand. Either way, it sounds like he'll be back by Thanksgiving.

Mike Dunleavy says he should return to practice in the next "week or so," which is vague, to say the least. Even when he comes back he's expected to have some struggles with his knee. I'm not too interested in dealing with the headaches that are coming, but you're welcome to jump on him now if you want to.

J.R. Smith's minutes will be somewhat limited when he returns to action tonight from his seven-game suspension. He's expected to play around 20-25 minutes per game, but you can bet that if he gets hot from downtown in a close game, George Karl will leave him out there. Kenyon Martin now says he plans on playing tonight through his leg contusion, but I doubt he's at full strength.

Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for and a contributor to The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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