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Thursday, March 14, 2013
Hibbert continues all-around production


Roy Hibbert had a huge night for the Pacers in a win over the Timberwolves Wednesday night, finishing with 27 points on 10-for-15 shooting from the floor and 7-for-8 shooting from the line, to go along with 12 rebounds and four blocks. Hibbert struggled offensively in the first half of the season, but seems to have righted the ship. He's shooting 54 percent since the All-Star break.

Looking Back

• The early returns were encouraging, but of late it seems that J.J. Redick won't be the great source of assists for the Bucks that he was with the Magic. He had just one in 28 minutes off the bench in a loss to the Wizards Wednesday night, and he's down to about 3.0 per game since the trade after averaging 4.4 with the Magic. While that might not sound like much of a drop, it's a big difference in fantasy leagues. For now, it's a tough break for his owners, and it would make me knock him down a bit in the rankings for next season.

Jason Terry had a productive night for the Celtics with 12 points, including three 3-pointers, and seven assists in a win over the Raptors. Terry has been a great fantasy player in the past, and with Rajon Rondo out of the lineup, there continues to be the opportunity for Jet to rack up assists. He's averaging 4.5 in his past six games, so if you're in need of 3s and assists, Terry is worth your consideration.

Will Bynum had a nice night for the Pistons off the bench, putting up 16 points, 4 assists and 3 steals in 28 minutes. The Pistons lost to the Warriors in Oakland, but if Brandon Knight continues to miss time because of his injured ankle, Bynum is capable of some decent numbers in his absence. He's always worth playing if he can get somewhere close to 30 minutes, and that will be the case as long as Knight is out.

Looking Ahead

• A few key injuries to track for the Thursday night matchup between the Spurs and Mavericks in San Antonio: Shawn Marion will be out for the Mavs and Tony Parker will be out for the Spurs, and the Mavs' Darren Collison and Spurs' Kawhi Leonard are both questionable. Based on the Mavs' last outing, I'd be tempted to play Mike James if I were desperate for assists. He has a lot of experience, and had seven assists against the Bucks on Tuesday night. On the Spurs' side, Cory Joseph looked good Tuesday night against the Timberwolves, but played just 26 minutes, and it's too hard to predict how coach Gregg Popovich will use him this time around.

• It's not exactly injury-free in New York City, either. The Knicks face off against the Trail Blazers, and could be missing Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler, both of whom left Wednesday night's loss to the Nuggets with knee injuries. Their status is uncertain, but as always, when the Knicks' top guns are injured, you want to make sure J.R. Smith is in your lineup. You may also want to play Iman Shumpert, who has scuffled of late but managed 20 points, including four 3-pointers, on Wednesday night. LaMarcus Aldridge is questionable for the Blazers, but if J.J. Hickson is already in your lineup, I can't think of anyone else I'd rather plug in.

Fastbreak Player of the Night

Once again, I'm going to go with J.R. Smith. The Trail Blazers aren't exactly a defensive juggernaut these days, and even on an off night against the Nuggets on Wednesday, Smith managed 15 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and a couple of 3s. He's as good a bet as any to have a big night Thursday.