Games Played for Week
4 Games – Brooklyn, Charlotte, Denver Detroit, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Miami, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Utah.
3 Games – Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Sacramento, San Antonio, Toronto, Washington.
The Orange County Register’s Kevin Ding has been very optimistic about Dwight Howard’s shoulder injury and predicted he would play on Friday after we all watched him hit the deck in pain on Wednesday. I completely disagreed and wrote the longest news blurb I’ve ever produced on Jan. 31 to express my concern about Howard’s shoulder. The fact that Kobe Bryant once played through a similar injury means nothing to me. Kobe and Howard are polar opposites in every way, and I’m guessing that Kobe can play through most injuries that Howard doesn’t have the pain tolerance to gut through. Howard is doing everything he can to avoid shutting it down this season and having surgery, including the platelet-rich therapy he received this weekend. The pain isn’t going to go away and while I think Howard will continue to try to play through the pain, my guess is he will eventually shut it down once his arm gets whacked a couple more times. I could be wrong, but if I own Howard, I’m trying to unload him as fast as I can. This is not going to end well, regardless of how much of a positive spin the L.A. media continues to put on his injury. Unlike Charlie Sheen and Kobe, Dwight doesn’t have tiger blood.
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J.J. Redick Magic 75% owned in Yahoo! Leagues
I’m not going to waste our time by going over Redick’s numbers, especially since he’s only available in 25 percent of the leagues out there. If he’s available in yours, pick him up.
Nate Robinson Bulls 35% owned
Kirk Hinrich (elbow) is going to be sidelined for several games and Robinson has been in beast mode for 10 days or so. Even with Hinrich healthy for most of it, he averaged 12 points, 2.6 boards, 3.6 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 1.6 3-pointers and shot 48 percent in January. And in two February games, he’s played 41 minutes and averaged 16 points, 3.0 boards, 9.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.0 3-pointers, despite hitting just 38 percent of his shots. The Bulls only play three times this week, but Robinson, as I’ve been saying all year, is a must-own player right now, and probably throughout the rest of the season.
Jared Dudley Suns 69% owned
Dudley’s slump and injury are behind him, and he’s averaging 16.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 3-pointers in 30 minutes in his last two games. He’s still going to be a bit inconsistent playing for a bad Suns’ team, but is still worth owning in most leagues.
Nick Young Sixers 28% owned
Jason Richardson’s knee is banged up and Nick Young is killing it as a starter for the Sixers, averaging 18 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.2 3-poiners on 44 percent shooting over his last five games. I think he’s locked and loaded into the starting job the rest of the way, making him a great option if you need a wingman.
Eric Bledsoe Clippers 33% owned
We just don’t know when Chris Paul will be back, or how his knee will hold up once it happens. But we do know that Bledsoe has scored in double figures in six straight games, averaging 5.0 assists in them, and already has five assists in just nine minutes of another start on Sunday. His balloon will pop once Paul is back, but until it happens, he’s still worth holding in all leagues.
Avery Bradley 44% & Courtney Lee 30% Celtics
Bradley is starting at point guard for the Celtics with Rajon Rondo’s season over and is averaging 8.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.8 3-pointers over his last five games. Lee has been better, averaging 9.6 points, 2.4 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.2 steals and a 3-pointer over his last five. Neither player is a must-own at this point, but if I had to pick one, I’d go with Lee for now. Jason Terry is also worth keeping a close eye on.
Jerryd Bayless Grizzlies 19% owned
Bayless has been on fire due to a Mike Conley injury and the trade that sent Rudy Gay out of town, forcing Bayless to shooting guard and Tony Allen to small forward as the team awaited the arrival of Tayshaun Prince. Prince played 32 minutes off the bench in his Memphis debut, but Bayless got 36 minutes in another start on Friday, and is now averaging 16 points, 4.4 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.2 steals and shooting 49 percent over his last five games. Once Prince starts, Bayless will move back to a bench role and his numbers should drop. But he’s played well enough over the last 10 days to earn plenty of bench minutes, and should be given a close look in any league.