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Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Mar 22, 2012 / 11:48 am

Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 3.22

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant (photo. Jared McMillen)

Beast of the Night: Kevin Durant posted 32 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, a block and a three-pointer last night. He shot 56 percent (10-18) from the field and 100 percent (11-11) from the free-throw line, and turned the ball over four times. This was a nice bounce-back game after notching a mediocre 18/6/2 (along with six turnovers) the night before.

Lines for Discussion:
Kyrie Irving: 10-19 FG (53%) 6-7 FT (86%), 3 threes, 29 Pts, 9 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 Stl, 7 TO; What Irving has done this season can’t be praised enough, in the real world and in fantasy basketball. He’s averaging top 30 numbers so far this season.

Jordan Crawford: 7-13 FG (54%), 8-10 FT (80%), 1 three, 23 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 TO; This follows Crawford’s 22-point performance, confirming his risen stock post-Nick Young. He’ll be a solid source of points, threes and steals going forward, but his field-goal percentage will remain poor.

Jarrett Jack: 6-9 FG (67%), 4-4 FT (100%), 1 three, 17 Pts, 10 Reb, 11 Ast; This was a pretty flawless line from Jack, who’s finally rounded back into form. If Eric Gordon returns in a few weeks, Jack’s value will probably dip.

Stephen Jackson: 6-9 FG (67%), 1-2 FT (50%), 3 threes, 16 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 TO; Jackson came off the bench and played around 22 minutes last night. This kind of line is probably about where his ceiling will be going forward.

JaVale McGee: 7-11 FG (64%), 1-3 FT (33%), 15 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Stl, 3 Blk, 1 TO; He came off the bench, played 24 minutes and racked up five fouls. So, all things considered, McGee’s debut for the Nuggets wasn’t too shabby. He’ll approach his pre-trade production before long.

Ramon Sessions: 7-8 FG (88%), 3 threes, 17 Pts, 5 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Blk, 3 TO; Sessions is heating up and should approach this kind of line on a fairly consistent basis for the rest of the season.

Waiver-Wire Watch:
Ben Gordon: 45 Pts, 9 threes, 8 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 TO; Wow. He started thanks to Rodney Stuckey’s injury, so take this line with a grain of salt. But feel free to take a flier on Gordon if you need a scoring guard.

C.J. Watson: 15 Pts, 3 threes, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 TO; His value is inversely related to Derrick Rose‘s health.

James Johnson: 16 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO; Johnson’s lines don’t stand out too often, but his 1+ steals and 1+ blocks per game make him worth a pickup.

Alonzo Gee: 9 Pts, 13 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 TO; Gee’s been hot this month. Feel confident picking him up.

Zaza Pachulia: 14 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO; Pick him up if you need to fill a hole at center.

Kirk Hinrich: 10 Pts, 2 threes, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 TO; Hinrich continues to start and is worth a look in deeper leagues.

Randy Foye: 23 Pts, 5 threes, 1 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 TO; Foye started at SG while Young started at SF in place of Caron Butler (given a night off), which makes Foye worth monitoring but not an immediate pickup.

J.J. Barea: 18 Pts, 2 threes, 3 Reb, 11 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 TO; Barea has been a proficient distributor lately. He’s worth a speculative add right now.

Tiago Splitter: 11 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 TO; He’s been hot and cold lately, but is a pickup-worthy big man in deeper leagues.

Wilson Chandler: 11 Pts, 1 three, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 4 TO; He has a starting gig thanks to Danilo Gallinari‘s injury, so pick him up if he’s still available in your league.

Injuries:
Ivan Johnson (personal): he’s expected to be back for Friday’s game

Caron Butler (rest): he’ll play tonight

Michael Beasley (toe): he’ll be out for a few days

Jared Jeffries (knee): he won’t play Friday; monitor his status

Tony Parker (hamstring): day-to-day

Matt Bonner (back): day-to-day

Jerryd Bayless (hip): day-to-day

Eduardo Najera (knee): day-to-day

Corey Maggette (back): unlikely for Friday

Derrick Brown (knee): day-to-day

DeSagana Diop (hamstring): day-to-day

Andris Biedrins (groin): day-to-day

Marvin Williams (hip): day-to-day

Vladimir Radmanovic (back): day-to-day

Shawn Marion (knee): day-to-day

Rudy Fernandez (back): out indefinitely

Rodney Stuckey (toe): day-to-day

Earl Watson (ankle): could return tonight

For Tonight:
See if Klay Thompson and Courtney Lee can keep it up, as the Warriors visit the Rockets.

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