Andrea Bargnani PF/C NY 9 Hrs
Andrea Bargnani sad he still has soreness in his elbow and he could miss the rest of the season.
One of the team-friendly reports coming out from the New York Post was that Bargnani could return two weeks after the All Star break, but that was probably smoke to make the Knicks appear less desperate for a power forward. There is no official timetable for his return and he's probably done for the year at this rate.
Mason Plumlee C BKN 9 Hrs
Mason Plumlee started for injured Kevin Garnett (back) in the Nets' 101-97 win over the Raptors on Monday, scoring six points on 3-of-7 shooting with eight rebounds, one steal and one block in 26 minutes.
This is what you hope for if you spot-start a guy like Plumlee in a deep league. He could become a mild factor if and when guys rest down the stretch but there is no real fantasy value to get behind at this time. Garnett almost suited up tonight and he'll be day-to-day until his career ends.
Paul Pierce SF BKN 9 Hrs
Paul Pierce (shoulder) played in Monday's win over the Raptors, scoring 15 points on 3-of-8 shooting (3-of-4 from deep, 6-of-8 from the line) with four rebounds, four steals and six turnovers in 30 minutes.
Pierce doesn't make it easy on anybody but he's putting up must-start numbers throughout the last month. Owners will just want to keep a close eye on our player news page for surprise DNPs and the like.
Shaun Livingston G BKN 9 Hrs
Shaun Livingston scored 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting with three rebounds, three assists and a steal over 33 minutes in Monday's win over the Raptors.
Livingston owns the better part of the timeshare with Marcus Thornton and has returned late-round value over the last two weeks, but with 95 percent shooting from the foul line on 2.5 attempts per game over that span it could be a little bit inflated. He's worth owning in 12-team formats but he isn't a must-own player.
Joe Johnson SG/SF BKN 9 Hrs
Joe Johnson scored 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting (including two threes) with four rebounds and four assists in Monday's win over the Raptors.
Johnson has been productive lately with 15.1 points, 2.1 treys, 2.5 boards, 2.8 assists and 0.9 steals while hitting 45.5 percent of his shots. It's optimistic that he can keep that up but while he's doing it he should be on most 12-team rosters.
Andray Blatche PF/C BKN 9 Hrs
Andray Blatche had just nine points and four rebounds in his 29 minutes off the bench on Monday, but he did manage to get two steals and a block while hitting 4-of-7 shots.
Blatche has been a mid-to-late round value over the last two weeks and his 0.8 turnovers per game over that span tilts favorably toward 9-cat formats. He's a bit of a roller coaster but playing in a less-than-competitive frontcourt that type of value should be owned in most formats.
Marcus Thornton SG BKN 9 Hrs
Marcus Thornton hit just 2-of-6 shots for five points and one three in 18 minutes off the bench on Monday.
Thornton scored 27 points against his old Kings team on Sunday, but predictably fell back to earth against a Raptors team that plays on a different level than Sacto. Smooth out the ups and downs and he has been a 14-team player over the last two weeks, with averages of 12.9 points, 1.9 treys and 1.8 combined steals and blocks while hitting 46.9 percent of his shots. The defense and shooting are unsustainable.
Kyle Lowry PG TOR 9 Hrs
Kyle Lowry got back on track in Monday's loss to the Nets, scoring 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting (including four treys) with eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals.
Lowry entered tonight's game hitting just 27.1 percent over his last five games but that was bound to correct itself and it did just that tonight. He's been a top-10 play on the season and there's no reason it shouldn't continue down the stretch.
Amir Johnson PF/C TOR 9 Hrs
Amir Johnson scored 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting with five rebounds, two steals and four blocks over 36 minutes on Monday against the Nets.
Johnson was expected to get a bump with Patrick Patterson out for a week or so and he really made the most of it tonight. Tyler Hansbrough stepped into the backup PF minutes and put up 16 points, four boards and two steals to go with 8-of-10 free throws and might be worth a short-term look in deeper formats.
Dwyane Wade SG MIA 10 Hrs
Dwyane Wade played in the Heat's 99-90 win over the Wizards on Monday, scoring 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting (6-of-6 FTs) with five rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes.
It was pretty standard fare for the Heat outside of Mario Chalmers' 0-for-7 dud including six assists, one steal and one block. LeBron James scored 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting with seven rebounds, eight assists and three steals, and Chris Bosh was active with 22 points, seven rebounds, two steals and a block while hitting 10-of-14 shots (including two threes).