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Tuesday, November 27, 2012



Tyson Chandler scored a career-high 28 points on 12-of-13 shooting with 10 boards and two steals in the loss to the Nets.  Raymond Felton was awful, hitting just 3-of-19 shots against Deron Williams, but he’ll bounce back in the next one, while Carmelo Anthony stayed hot with 35 points, three 3-pointers and 13 boards in the loss.  Jason Kidd sat out Monday’s loss to Brooklyn with a sore back and didn’t even make the trip.  The Knicks didn’t want him sitting on the bus to the arena and back last night, leaving him questionable for Wednesday at Milwaukee.




Caron Butler caught fire for a season-high 33 points, six rebounds and a franchise record nine 3-pointers in a loss to the Hornets.  I’m not racing to pick him up, but he looked about eight years younger than he normally does last night.  DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin both disappeared in the loss to the Hornets, but should bounce back on Wednesday against the Wolves.  Griffin had a career-low four points before fouling out.  Yuck.




Jason Smith had 17 points off the bench in a tough win over the Clippers, along with four boards and a block in 29 minutes.  Just keep an eye on him.  Al-Farouq Aminu bounced back with 10 points, eight boards and four steals in 35 minutes after mysteriously playing just 15 minutes on Sunday, and remains a solid SF option in fantasy.  Robin Lopez had just four points, two rebounds and a block as he got lost in a twister induced by Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Ryan Hollins.  RoLo is hit or miss, but still worth hanging onto, especially with Anthony Davis out for a couple weeks with his ankle injury.  Greivis Vasquez went off for 25 points, five 3-pointers, six boards and 10 assists in the win, but also had eight turnovers.  He’s turned out to be a true fantasy steal and remains unchallenged for the point guard job in New Orleans. Eric Gordon’s pain in his knee is subsiding, but I’m still not stashing him anywhere, as it sounds like he has a mid-January target date.




Nicolas Batum is still struggling to get over the flu and has looked like a shell of his former self over the last few games.  I’m thinking this is simply a slump and you should be making low-ball offers for him until it ends.  LaMarcus Aldridge thought about skipping this one with back pain, but powered through it for one of his best games of the season – 32 points, 10 boards, three steals and three blocks in 41 minutes.  L.A. can thank Damian Lillard, as the double teams he’s drawing from the outside are going to help Aldridge until further notice.  Now let’s just hope his back and wrist hold up.  Lillard hit just 4-of-18 shots, but still filled the stat sheet and was due for an off night.  Wesley Matthews played well again, but suffered a thumb injury in the loss.  Keep an eye out for news on him.  




Jerryd Bayless started in place of Mike Conley, who was out with the flu, and had nine points and six dimes on 3-of-11 shooting.  Zach Randolph finally missed a double-double for the first time this season with ‘just’ 19 points and eight boards. I was asked on Twitter this morning if Conley should be dropped for Ricky Rubio.  What?!




Jeff Taylor had 10 points, four steals and another 3-pointer in Monday’s blowout loss, and has now scored in double figures in five straight games, racking up 11 steals and eight 3-pointers over that stretch.  Taking a flier on Taylor makes sense right now.  Kemba Walker finally fell to earth, failing to score in the blowout, but owners should just pretend like this one never happened as the Cats lost by 45 to the Thunder.  He’s having a great season. Bismack Biyombo sat out with a leg contusion, while Byron Mullens and the rest of the Cats struggled last night.  




Hasheem Thabeet had a career-high 13 points with 10 boards and a block, but let’s keep in mind the Thunder won this game in the first quarter and finished with a 45-point lead.  Kevin Martin owners are probably panicking as he was quiet again with 12 points in 20 minutes, but he will bounce back and be fine.  And as I retweeted yesterday, Russell Westbrook (12 points and 11 assists) is averaging a career high in assists (8.6) and a career low in turnovers (2.9).




Andre Iguodala was ejected for arguing last night, finishing with 10 points, three boards, four assists and two steals in 25 minutes.  A suspension doesn’t sound likely, so hopefully he bounces back on Thursday at Golden State.  Ty Lawson had 16 points, nine dimes and a full stat line, as the buy-low window continues to close on him.


Injury Notes


Steve Nash had an MRI on his sore leg canceled Monday and remains without a timetable, while Steve Blake has already been ruled out for Tuesday against the Pacers with his abdominal strain.  Just hang onto Nash until we find out exactly when he’s going to be back for the Lakers.


Marcus Thornton suffered a right quad strain on Monday, leaving him iffy for tonight when the Kings play the Timberwolves.


Andrew Bogut didn’t practice on Monday and there’s still no timetable for his return.  I’m fine with owners holding him as they await his ankle to gain strength and for him to return to action, but I’m also glad I’m not one of them. 

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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