Beast of the Night: Derrick Rose trucked the Celtics last night with 30 points, five rebounds, eight assists, two steals and a pair of three-pointers. He shot 56 percent (9-16) from the field, 100 percent (10-10) from the foul line and had three turnovers. This made up for his mediocre line (19/3/4) from Tuesday.
Lines for Discussion:
Rajon Rondo: 3-10 FG (30%), 1-3 FT (33%), 7 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl; Just when it looked like Rondo was getting it all together, he fades away. He was outmatched against Rose last night and is finishing the season looking like a mere shell of his monstrous self back in November.
Nicolas Batum: 9-13 FG (69%), 1-1 FT (100%), 2 threes, 21 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO; Batum started last night thanks to Marcus Camby‘s injury. He’s been very solid in recent weeks and should finish the season strong whether he starts or not.
Devin Harris: 9-16 FG (56%), 3-3 FT (100%), 5 threes, 26 Pts, 2 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Blk, 7 TO; He’s finally back after missing seven games with a hamstring injury. Harris said after the game that his hamstring felt fine, which is a great sign. If you were patient enough to hold onto him, he might give you a nice boost in your finals matchup.
Gordon Hayward: 10 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl; He had a rough shooting night (1-of-5 from the field) but started at shooting guard. He’s worth a stash if you have dead weight to spare.
Derrick Favors: 8 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl; He didn’t start but still put up a decent line off the bench. Favors is worth a look in deeper leagues.
Josh Smith (knee): will miss the Hawks’ next two games
Shaquille O’Neal (calf): out tonight
Stephen Jackson (hamstring): expected to miss tonight’s game
Tyson Chandler (back): optimistic that he’ll play tonight
Andris Biedrins (ankle, personal): granted an excused family absence
Chris Kaman (knee): day-to-day
Dwyane Wade (thigh): could play tonight
Chauncey Billups (thigh): questionable tonight
Quentin Richardson (suspension): suspended for two games for shoving Gerald Henderson in the face
Dwight Howard (suspension): will serve his one-game suspension Sunday, thanks to his 18th technical foul
Leandro Barbosa (finger): game-time decision tonight
Jose Calderon (hamstring): out tonight
Andrea Bargnani (ankle): ditto
Von Wafer (calf): day-to-day
Andy Rautins (knee): out for the season
DeMarcus Cousins (shoulder): expected to tough it out
Monitor news about Deron Williams‘ status.
Jerryd Bayless and Ed Davis should be strong starts once again, as the Raptors visit the Sixers.
Toney Douglas could be set for a big night for a potentially Billups-less Knicks team that will visit a potentially Williams-less Nets squad.
For Next Week:
2 games: ATL, BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, GS, HOU, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NJ, NO, NY, OKC, ORL, PHI, PHO, POR, SAC, SA, TOR, UTA, WAS
1 game: IND, LAC
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