Ellis enters break on high note
• Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks: 37 points, 8 rebounds, two 3-pointers against the Celtics.|
• Rajon Rondo, Celtics: 19 points, 15 rebounds, 14 assists versus Dallas.
• Brandon Roy, Trail Blazers: 37 points (14-21 FG), three 3-pointers, two steals against Golden State.
• Kelenna Azubuike, Warriors: 6 points (1-6 FG) in 25 minutes against the Blazers.|
• Luol Deng, Bulls: 6 points, 3 rebounds versus Miami.
• Kendrick Perkins, Celtics: 0 points, 9 rebounds, a block, 4 turnovers in 26 minutes against the Mavericks.
Under the boards
Ben Gordon's 34-point effort wasn't enough to hold off Dwyane Wade and the Heat on Thursday night, when a late dunk by Shawn Marion sealed the deal for Miami. Gordon didn't get much help from teammate Luol Deng (6 points, 3 rebounds), as he struggled to get anything going on the offensive end. Tyrus Thomas continued his solid play with 15 points, eight rebounds, a steal and two blocks in the loss. He's been uncharacteristically consistent as of late and should be owned in all fantasy formats at the moment. Still, one has to wonder if the inconsistency will reappear sometime soon. Perhaps motivated by a matchup with Derrick Rose, Michael Beasley went off for 21 points, seven rebounds, a steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer. If Beasley could only bring that type of effort to the court every night. Greg Oden managed to score eight points while grabbing 11 rebounds, despite playing just 18 minutes in Portland's loss to the Golden State Warriors. Foul trouble was the culprit again for Oden, and as much as I wish I could be optimistic about Oden's prospects for the second half, I just can't due to his constant foul trouble. With Monta Ellis hot, it was Jamal Crawford's stats that suffered the most, as he took just nine shots from the floor and finished with 12 points. It won't always be Crawford who suffers when Ellis is hot, but owners should be aware that there is not enough rock for Ellis, Crawford, Corey Maggette and Stephen Jackson to share once Ellis is back to form. Ronny Turiaf continued his stellar play with Andris Biedrins out of the lineup with 14 points, 11 rebounds and a block in the victory against the Blazers. Keep Turiaf in mind if Biedrins' ankle injury lingers after the break.
Brian McKitish is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.