Elsewhere on Friday, Marcus Thornton scored two points on 1-of-8 shooting in 20 minutes, and Tyreke Evans had eight points on 3-of-10 shooting. Evans has resumed starting and has mixed in a few nice games with a few duds since his return, and overall he's worth plugging into lineups and hoping for the best. Unfortunately, I can't advocate holding Thornton in his current role, as he's yet to sustain value for any length of time this season. It's not likely to happen while John Salmons (31 minutes) continues to play a big role for the ironically named Keith Smart.
Rajon Rondo led Boston with 30 points on 12-of-21 shooting, taking full advantage of Chicago's depleted backcourt. It was a season-high in scoring for Rondo, who dished out 'only' seven assists. He took a knee to the head during a tumble late in the game, however, and although post-game reports indicated he's fine, I'm keeping a close eye on him.
Jameer Nelson scored 22 points with four 3-pointers, five rebounds and seven assists on Friday, but he also aggravated his left hip injury. He didn't practice on Saturday and his status for Sunday's game vs. the Mavericks is up in the air, which is a tough break considering he's been red-hot for the past few weeks.
Devin Harris scored 17 points with three 3-pointers, three rebounds and three assists vs. Brooklyn, and his stock shot upward due to Lou Williams' unfortunate knee injury. X-rays were negative but we're awaiting a firm timetable for Sweet Lou, and in the meantime owners should grab Devin off the waiver wire. Jeff Teague also gets a boost if Williams misses any games, and he had 21 & 10 on Friday, but he's surely owned in all but the shallowest formats.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had just four points in 23 minutes vs. the Magic, the latest in a long line of duds this season. His overall value this season is still hovering in the late rounds, however, thanks to 10.4 points on solid percentages, 6.4 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.1 blocks in 27 minutes per game. It's almost certain that his role will increase as we head into the second half of the season, which gives him nice ROS upside. His declining foul totals are another encouraging facet of his game -- he's averaging just 1.6 fouls per game in January, down from 2.6 in November and December. He's starting to figure things out, and could get a short-term boost if Gerald Henderson (back) is forced to miss any games -- Hendu left Friday's contest after his back "locked up" on him, but not before scoring 17 points with three rebounds.
Thaddeus Young blew up vs. Toronto, scoring 27 points on 13-of-19 shooting with 14 rebounds, three steals and a block. Jrue Holiday scored 33 points, including the Sixers' final 14 points, while grabbing five rebounds, handing out 14 assists, and stealing the ball three times. Nasty. It's nice to see Philly in the win column, and fantasy owners can't complain with these gaudy lines from the team's most dependable players, but fans can't be encouraged by the need for an overtime period to knock off the sub-par Raptors.
Andre Iguodala had four rebounds, four assists, five steals and one block on Friday, but he shot 0-of-4 from the field and scored just two points. The dip in scoring isn't too concerning, considering his versatile fantasy game. He played only 30 minutes for the second consecutive game, but he was in foul trouble on Friday and I wouldn't read too much into this brief lull.
Kenneth Faried, however, seems to be suffering a bit from the return of Wilson Chandler. He's still playing a shade under 30 minutes per game, in line with his season average, but (in a development that's been largely overlooked) George Karl is deploying Chandler primarily as a backup PF, not as a SG or SF. In every single half since his return, Chandler has replaced Faried in the lineup, though in some cases they end up playing together in small-ball lineups with Faried as an ostensible center. There's not much to be worried about yet, but George Karl can now afford to keep Faried on a somewhat shorter leash.
Finally, here is a quick list of injury updates from Saturday morning:
- Dion Waiters (illness) is questionable for Saturday.
- Avery Bradley (bruised ribs) is doubtful for Sunday. He’s slated for another round of X-rays, which is mildly alarming.
- Dante Cunningham (illness) is a game-time decision on Saturday. Derrick Williams has already moved into the starting PF spot ahead of Cunningham, so there’s not much upside in gambling on him this weekend.
- Alexey Shved (ankle) will not play on Saturday, which means even more minutes for Luke Ridnour, J.J. Barea and Ricky Rubio.
- Luol Deng (hamstring) sounds doubtful to play on Saturday, saying that his odds of playing "are low."
- Al Horford (hamstring) expects to play on Saturday, though it doesn't hurt to check back for confirmation.
- Zach Randolph (back) hopes to play vs. the Bulls after sitting out Friday’s practice. It’s nice to end the Dose on an optimistic note.