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Tuesday, April 17, 2012




Glen Davis missed Monday’s game with his knee injury, but hopes to play on Wednesday.  Ryan Anderson went off for 26 points, 16 rebounds, two 3-pointers and a block, while Daniel Orton started and had six points, six boards and a block for the Magic.  Earl Clark came off the bench for a career-high 14 points, 11 boards, a steal and two blocks, and both big men could continue to get run with Dwight Howard out indefinitely.  




Roddy Beaubois sat out on Monday due to a calf injury, despite an early report that he might play.  Delonte West had 16 points in a thrilling triple-overtime win, and remains a decent option for as long as Roddy B is out.  Jason Kidd played well, while Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry and Vince Carter looked like All-Stars.  And right on cue, Brandan Wright disappeared, playing just six minutes.  He came in hot, and we can only hope he was given some rest tonight.




Zaza Pachulia’s foot injury sounds like it will keep him out for the rest of the regular season, and Ivan Johnson went off for a career-high 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting Monday, and had eight rebounds in 27 minutes.  If you’re holding Pachulia, dumping him for Johnson makes sense.




Nene & Trevor Booker were held out again due to plantar fasciitis and Kevin Seraphin went off again for 21 points, 13 rebounds, a steal and five blocks.  He remains a must-start until further notice.  There is talk of Nene and Booker playing again, but don’t flinch until you see it happen.




Wilson Chandler sat out Monday’s game with his sore groin and will be babied the rest of the way.  Ignore him for now.




Kobe Bryant (shin) wasn’t a DNP on Monday, only because the Lakers had the night off.  But he’s not expected back for Tuesday’s game, which would be his sixth straight miss.  Ron Artest has been hot in his absence, so give him a look.  As for when we’ll see Kobe again?  He says he’ll be back before the playoffs, but after Tuesday, the Lakers only have four regular-season games left.




Grant Hill missed Monday’s game as he’s still recovering from knee surgery, and he’ll likely be day-to-day the rest of the way.   Shannon Brown had 16 points, four boards, three dimes, a steal and two 3-pointers on 7-of-10 shooting, while Jared Dudley added 19 points and two 3-pointers on 8-of-10 shooting.  Channing Frye also answered the call, hitting 8-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for 19 points, six boards and two blocks.  Welcome back, Channing.  Now we’ll have to see if he can keep it going.  Markieff Morris had 14 points and six boards in 23 minutes, and is also worth a look as he shares time with Frye.   The Suns are still in a serious hunt for the playoffs, so expect the same crew to continue to get solid run the rest of the way.


Steve Nash played through his back/hip thing on Monday and had six points and 13 assists in the win.  Phoenix now sits just a half game behind Houston for the final playoff spot in the West, so Nash should continue to play going forward.




Nikola Vucevic was benched on Monday due to a coaching decision, as Elton Brand and Thaddeus Young got the start against the Magic.  Spencer Hawes came off the bench for 10 points, six boards, nine assists and a steal, and all three are worth starting for fantasy owners on nights when they play.


The Rest of the Injury Report




Marc Gasol’s knee injury isn’t as bad as it could have been, as he didn’t suffer any ligament damage, but when he’ll play again is anyone’s guess.  There’s almost no chance he’ll play on Tuesday and it would be surprising to see him out there on Wednesday, as well.  With this news, Marreese Speights should be a solid play the rest of the way.




Tyson Chandler is dealing with a knee injury but fully expects to play on Tuesday.  Keep him in your lineup.  Amare Stoudemire is now targeting Friday or Sunday from his return from a back injury.  And Iman Shumpert’s owners can only hope he does something with his minutes the rest of the way.




Nikola Pekovic will finish out the season before having foot surgery and had 10 points, four boards and a block last night.  Derrick Williams showed up for 13 points and 10 boards (despite hitting just 3-of-15 shots), and Michael Beasley added 13 points and five boards, as the duo came off the bench.  It only took three games for Anthony Randolph to hose his host of new owners, as he hit just 1-of-7 shots for six points, five rebounds, two blocks and four fouls in 18 minutes.  He could bounce back in the next one, but this is the reason I was so reluctant to tout Ant-Rand as a must-own player.   Kevin Love remains out with a concussion, and it’s unknown if he’ll play again this season.  I’m leaning towards ‘no,’ meaning Randolph could start the rest of the way.




DeMarre Carroll made a surprise start for the Jazz and had 15 points, four rebounds, six assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in 45 minutes of a triple-overtime thriller.  As the only small forward left standing in Utah, he’s worth a look since he escaped a concussion.  Al Jefferson blew up for 28 points and 26 boards, while Gordon Hayward, Devin Harris and Paul Millsap all came through with big lines.  Sadly, Derrick Favors never got going last night, and had just two points in 13 minutes after picking up five fouls.  He’ll be better in the next one.




The Spurs, once again, played all 13 guys with Gary Neal getting a team-high 25 minutes, and Tim Duncan getting a team-low 11.  Neal had 17 points, five assists and three 3-pointers, and Tiago Splitter had 15 points, eight boards and two blocks to lead the Spurs to an easy win.  Danny Green played 19 minutes and Kawhi Leonard played 16, and it’s simply become impossible to figure out who, if anyone, is going to get run the rest of the way.  But if nothing else, I’m pretty certain that Gregg Popovich is a genius, as he’s resting his stars, winning games, and moved into a tie with OKC for the West’s best record.




Nate Robinson had 30 points, Klay Thompson scored 29, Dorell Wright had 17 points, six boards and three 3-pointers, and Jeremy Tyler added 11 points and 10 boards in the loss.  Brandon Rush played 23 minutes, but never got going, finishing with six points.  All but Tyler remain must-starts, and after tonight, Tyler is going to be a hot pickup with David Lee shutdown for the year.


Clippers Spank Thunder


The Clippers crushed the Thunder 92-77, but there isn’t really any fantasy news to report from this one.  However, the Spurs and Thunder are now tied atop the West, so expect the Thunder to keep running the studs hard.

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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