Beast of the Night: DeAndre Jordan finished with 14 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and four blocks last night. He shot 78 percent (7-9) from the field and shot not free-throw attempts and had no turnovers. This was Jordan’s third straight game with double-digit rebounds. He remains a fantasy stud for owners punting free-throw percentage.
Lines for Discussion:
Chris Kaman: 7-18 FG (39%), 3-4 FT (75%), 17 Pts, 11 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Blk, 4 TO; Since Feb. 13, Kaman is averaging 17.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and a block per game. However, in that stretch he’s shooting just 40 percent from the field and is averaging 3.6 turnovers per game. His value will take a hit when Emeka Okafor returns.
Derrick Rose: 11-24 FG (46%), 9-11 FT (82%), 1 three, 32 Pts, 2 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 Blk, 2 TO; His owners have to be happy to hear that Rose didn’t get any treatment on his back during the All-Star break. Still, his health should be closely monitored.
Brook Lopez: 17-28 FG (61%), 4-5 FT (80%), 38 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 TO; This was a very encouraging sign for Lopez’s owners. While it’s a bummer to see that his habit of poor rebounding might continue this season, Lopez remains a must-start fantasy center when healthy. Monitor those trade rumors.
Isaiah Thomas: 6-12 FG (50%), 4-4 FT (100%), 2 threes, 18 Pts, 2 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl, 5 TO; He’s not quite Jeremy Lin, but Thomas has been a hugely helpful fantasy pickup since Feb. 15. He’s been a top 30 asset since that date and should continue to be valuable so long as he starts.
Tristan Thompson: 13 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Blk; The rookie continues to get enough minutes to do damage and should be scooped up for owners in need of a power forward who can block shots.
Tyler Hansbrough: 15 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 TO; He remains appealing only in deep leagues.
Taj Gibson: 5 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Stl, 5 Blk, 1 TO; Gibson is a decent source of blocks for owners in deep leagues.
Chris Singleton: 16 Pts, 2 threes, 9 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk; He has flashes like this, but good luck trying to guess which nights they’ll happen.
Trevor Booker: 20 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk, 1 TO; His 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks per game so far in February are impressive.
Mike Dunleavy: 28 Pts, 5 threes, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 TO; He’s streaky but is worth having on your bench.
James Johnson: 16 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO; Johnson’s steals and blocks make him a valuable player to have on your roster, making him worth a pickup in most leagues.
Brendan Haywood: 18 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Stl, 3 Blk; Haywood is a decent low-end center, though he’s not worth dropping anyone too valuable for.
Derrick Williams: 27 Pts, 4 threes, 5 Reb, 1 Blk, 1 TO; Pick him up if you’re feeling up for a gamble; otherwise, monitor him closely.
Al Horford (chest): no longer wearing a sling, could be cleared to start rehab today
Joe Johnson (knee): game-time decision tonight
Corey Maggette (knee): practiced without a setback Tuesday; monitor his status for tonight
Gerald Henderson (hamstring): practiced Tuesday and should be ready for tonight
Lamar Odom (personal): day-to-day
Ty Lawson (back): expected to return tonight
Rudy Fernandez (back): ditto
Charlie Villanueva (ankle): practiced Monday; day-to-day
Kobe Bryant (nose, head): monitor his status for tonight
Zach Randolph (knee): hasn’t resumed contact drills yet
Jordan Farmar (groin): could return Friday
Jason Smith (concussion): day-to-day
Emeka Okafor (knee): out tonight; day-to-day
Nick Collison (quad): will play tonight
Manu Ginobili (oblique): partially practiced Tuesday; day-to-day
Andrea Bargnani (calf): day-to-day
Raja Bell (groin): day-to-day
Andray Blatche (calf): day-to-day
Zaza Pachulia (calf): expected to play tonight
Drew Gooden (back, elbow): returned last night but left early after a hard fall; monitor his status
Gary Neal (hamstring): questionable tonight
Rashard Lewis (knee): day-to-day
Dwight Howard should have another nice line against the Wizards.
The Knicks and all their storylines host the Cavaliers. See if Jeremy Lin has fresher legs thanks to the All-Star break.