Big Night for BargnaniSaturday, November 24, 2012
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There is a lot to discuss after Friday's 12-game slate, so I'll lead off with some recent injury updates before jumping straight into game recaps.
- Caron Butler (shoulder) returned and started, but had just seven points, two rebounds and one steal in 32 minutes. Those numbers pretty much mirror his season-long production, so avoid him.
- Gerald Wallace (ankle) returned and played a whopping 38 minutes, yet had just eight points, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks. He'll be better most nights but just isn't involved enough offensively to return the value fantasy owners were hoping for on draft night.
- Rasheed Wallace didn't play because of a sore foot. Marcus Camby still didn't play, however, and it feels like he is in Mike Woodson's doghouse for some reason.
- Mo Williams left Friday's game with a right ankle injury and didn't return. The injury doesn't sound very serious, but owners should ponder some alternatives in case he's not ready to play in Sunday's rematch vs. the Kings.
- Anthony Davis sat out again with a stress reaction in his ankle, and he's considered day-to-day in advance of Monday's road game vs. the Clippers.
- Daniel Gibson (elbow) returned but scored just three points (0-of-3 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs) with six assists in 25 minutes. He'll be better than this on most nights, and I like him as a cheap source of points, 3s and assists while Kyrie Irving is out.
- Gary Neal played through his cut finger, finishing a start at SG with eight points, five rebounds and one assist in 28 minutes.
- Darrell Arthur made his debut on Friday but scored just two points. His return is a huge boost for an already dangerous Grizzlies team, but it won't have much fantasy impact while Zach Randolph is healthy.
- Earl Watson (knee) made a scoreless season debut, and his role is only likely to increase if Mo Williams' ankle injury costs him a few games.
- Nene is still dinged up and was on a 20-minute limit on Wednesday, Trevor Booker remains day-to-day with a strained knee, and there is still no clear timetable for John Wall’s return to action.
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Cavs @ Magic: Dion Waiters led the way for Cleveland with 25 points, three rebounds, five assists and two steals. Even better, he drained four 3-pointers while maintaining reasonable efficiency at 9-of-22 from the field. He's a must-own player in Kyrie Irving's absence, though owners should be prepared for him to anchor their FG percentage, and not in a good way. Jeremy Pargo, meanwhile, scored 15 points with one assist in 30 minutes. His debut in place of injured Kyrie Irving was undoubtedly fluky, and Daniel Gibson's return will steal some of his thunder, but he remains a very nice pick-and-play this month. Tyler Zeller was solid in over 30 minutes off the bench with 13 points and nine boards. He's not yet a reliable option in 12-team leagues, but his rise hurts Tristan Thompson (six points, five rebounds in 28 minutes), who I've said repeatedly does not have a fantasy-friendly game, even if he's getting 30+ minutes regularly.
Jameer Nelson looked great in the win over Cleveland, scoring a team-high 22 points on 9-of-18 FGs, with four 3s, six boards and six assists. He chipped in two steals and is must-start as long as he's healthy, though it must be noted that he was playing against Jeremy Pargo most of the night.