Tuesday night was somewhat quiet, with just six games, but there were overtimes, a breakout game from Bismack Biyombo, a 29-point explosion from Corey Maggette, an injury to Dwyane Wade, and the benching of Boris Diaw.
Top Stories from Tuesday
Down Goes Wade
Dwyane Wade went down at the end of the first half of Tuesday’s blowout win over the Nets with a sprained right ankle and didn’t play in the second half. The score was so lopsided, Wade’s minutes would have been limited in the second half anyway. He says his ankle injury isn’t bad at all, and he’s fully expected to play on Wednesday against the Hawks. I would be shocked if Wade misses tonight’s game, so keep him in your lineup unless we get bad news later on Wednesday. Crisis (apparently) avoided.
Centers of Attention
Bismack Biyombo returned from a shoulder injury and blew up for 10 points, 15 rebounds, a steal and SEVEN blocks on Tuesday, against Dwight Howard, of all people. The Bobcats are going to give Biyombo all he can handle the rest of the way (they have just five wins), and he’s shown enough over the past couple weeks that he’s become a must-own player. He’s also had recent lines of nine points, 10 boards and six blocks, and eight points, 13 boards and seven blocks in his last five games played, and it’s time to move on him. Stop reading, and go pick him up if he’s still available.
Ekpe Udoh and the Warriors were off on Tuesday, but Udoh had 17 points, six rebounds and a block in a start for the Warriors on Monday. Like Biyombo, Udoh is going to get a ton of minutes and looks like a must own player to me. Whether you should pick up Biyombo or Udoh is up for debate, but I can tell you that in weekly leagues, the Warriors have two upcoming five-game weeks, and no three-game weeks, while the Bobcats have one five-game week and a three-game week, which means something in those leagues. But the bottom line is that both players are worth owning in all leagues at this point.
Samuel Dalembert had 11 points, 17 rebounds and zero blocks for Houston on Tuesday in 41 minutes, and also had 17 points, 12 boards and three blocks in 36 minutes in his previous game. Dalembert might finally be out of Kevin McHale’s doghouse and is the third of a three-headed center in this trifecta. If you missed out on Biyombo and Udoh, Dalembert is a nice pickup if he was dumped in your league.
Zaza Pachulia had 12 points, 10 rebounds, a steal and a block on Tuesday and is averaging nine points and 12 boards over his last five games for the Hawks. Al Horford isn’t walking through those doors this fantasy season, making Zaza worth a grab if you need a starting center.
Brook Lopez could very well be done for the year with his severely sprained ankle. It’s attached to the foot he broke earlier in the season, and it looks like he could end the year with 18 total rebounds, or the number that Dwight Howard missed by one on Tuesday night, when he had 15 points, 17 rebounds and two blocks. If you’re still holding Lopez, I don’t see the point.
Anderson Varejao is still having trouble gripping a ball after his wrist injury, so he might not be as close as we thought for the Cavs. If you’re still hanging on and want to drop him for a hot free agent, I’m OK with that.
Nikola Pekovic is iffy for the Wolves on Wednesday, and given how late this news broke on Monday, he’s locked into a ton of fantasy lineups, mine included. Hopefully he’s a go on Wednesday, but the injury doesn’t appear to be severe. Don’t drop him.
Andrea Bargnani remains “close” to a return for the Raptors from a calf injury, but there’s still no telling if he plays this week or not. Keep him benched until further notice.
Diaw Down and Out?
Boris Diaw was benched last night on a coaching decision, breaking his streak of 384 straight games played in the NBA (he trailed only Derek Fisher). Diaw might have brought this upon himself by demanding to be traded or bought out by the Bobcats, and I’m guessing he’s pretty ticked off that his games-played streak is over. He wasn’t exactly killing it when he was playing, and the fact the Bobcats actually beat the Magic for their fifth win doesn’t help his cause. D.J. White started in his place and had eight points and not a single rebound, but has the talent to succeed if the Bobcats decide that Diaw has played his last game for the organization. Tyrus Thomas is still at the bottom of the totem pole, but could re-emerge in the near future if that’s the case. Keep an eye on White and Thomas, along with Reggie Williams, as all three could be ready for a big bump in minutes if Diaw’s done in Charlotte.
Bosh Is Back
Chris Bosh returned from a three-game personal leave and had 20 points, but just two rebounds on 9-of-14 shooting Tuesday. He looked great, and might have had more rebounds had LeBron James not hit nine of his 11 shots last night. If you had Bosh on your bench, get him back in your lineup, and look for more boards tonight against the Hawks.