Evan Turner double dips in first start
Andre Iguodala missed his first game since the 2006-07 season on Sunday night, after an MRI revealed he has tendinitis in his Achilles, an injury which shouldn't cause him to miss much time but could hamper his production and nag him for awhile. His absence gave the Philadelphia 76ers a glimpse into the future, as Evan Turner got his first start and scored 14 points with 10 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal. The rookie doesn't have much long-term fantasy value for this season -- when Iguodala returns, expect Turner to be relegated to bench minutes once again -- but Turner demonstrated that he is already prepared to contribute in points, rebounds and assists, if his name is called. He won't help you in 3-pointers, which limits his value further, but as he acclimates to the NBA game, his solid midrange skills should extend to behind the arc. Don't bother adding him unless Iguodala is set to miss significant time or there is a shakeup on the Sixers' roster because of a trade or another injury. I wouldn't be surprised to see the former happen, as they're loaded at the swingman position with Turner, Iggy, Thaddeus Young and even Andres Nocioni in the mix. Keep a close eye on Turner and how he's used going forward. Turner's potential is high, but he's only a short-term option for now unless further developments occur.
Toney Douglas continued his torrid play with 17 points on 7-for-7 shooting from the charity stripe and three steals. He should be owned in all formats. It doesn't matter that he isn't starting, because he's backing up both guard positions, regularly getting minutes in the upper-20s and is a real threat from behind the arc with points, assists and steals, as well. Kevin Love seems to be getting back on track, as he scored 16 points and grabbed 16 rebounds against the Rockets and most importantly played a team-high 30 minutes. He's averaging 18.7 points and 12.3 rebounds in his past three games, and even if he's not getting the 35 minutes fantasy owners would like he'll be able to do plenty of damage and easily average a double-double in 30 minutes per night, which would be an increase from last season's 28.6 minutes per game. Ray Allen kept up his recent tear, dropping 19 points to go along with 5 rebounds and 3 3-pointers against the Thunder, bringing his averages in the past three games to 22.3 points and 3.0 3-pointers in 42 minutes per night. Jeff Green missed the contest with a sprained ankle, which opened up the start for Serge Ibaka, who has eight points and 11 rebounds in 37 minutes. Andre Miller scored 20 points on 7-for-14 shooting from the floor and 6-for-6 from the stripe, to go along with five assists. In the past three games, he's averaging 14 points and 9.7 assists and has little competition for playing time at the point with Steve Blake out of the picture this season, which should result in continued improved statistics for Miller. Lamar Odom has been terrific this season and put up another great line of 21 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists and a 3-pointer on 10-for-15 shooting from the floor. Richard Hamilton had his best game of the season, scoring 27 points on 10-for-17 shooting from the floor and 5-for-5 from the stripe, to go along with 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 3s. He had recently been coming off the bench but started this game, and the shift reflected positively in his numbers. Andris Biedrins snared 13 boards Sunday night after grabbing 20 on Friday, and even though he's limited to boards and blocks, it appears he's ready to contribute this season after a disappointing campaign in 2009-10.
Jameer Nelson missed the Magic's last game, and Vince Carter exited early with a strained hip flexor, and both could be absent from Monday night's contest against the Hawks. This should open opportunities for J.J. Redick and Chris Duhon. Nene has missed the past three games with a groin injury, and even if he plays he'll be limited so keep him on your bench. Al Harrington has picked up the slack, averaging 18 points in that span, and should undoubtedly be in your lineup as he's played at least 31 minutes in all three contests.
Josh Whitling is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.