Luke Ridnour stepping it up with Rubio out

March, 16, 2012
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The Minnesota Timberwolves hung on to Luke Ridnour at the trade deadline, and he had a big game for them in an overtime loss to the Utah Jazz. Ridnour finished with 18 points, 13 assists, three steals and two blocks, and he is averaging 14.8 points and 8.0 assists over his past five games.

The Timberwolves have been relatively efficient on offense all season, and while they may struggle at times without Ricky Rubio, it would certainly appear that Ridnour is up to the challenge at least for the time being. He is a solid fantasy point guard, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if he continues putting up somewhere around 15 points and eight assists for the rest of the season.

Looking Back

Kevin Seraphin had a good game for the Wizards in their win over the Hornets, with 12 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, but with Nene joining the team in the coming days, it probably doesn't make much sense to add Seraphin based on this performance.

Mo Williams had a terrible statistical game for the Clippers in their loss to the Suns (10 points on 4-for-14 shooting in 35 minutes), and that could be a bad omen for his future fantasy value with Nick Young ready to swallow up the bulk of the shooting guard minutes in Lob City for the rest of the season. If Williams starts playing fewer minutes, he's someone you might look to drop in favor of someone with more upside.

Looking Back

Deron Williams is listed as questionable for the Nets for Friday's game against the Magic, but given that Friday's game is the first in a back-to-back set, there's certainly a good chance they'll wait until Saturday to get him back into the lineup. If you have another decent option, you could leave Williams on your bench, but he's good enough that you might want to get him in your lineup even if he might miss the game.

• Kings guard Tyreke Evans is also questionable for a matchup with the Celtics, and given the way the Celtics have defended shooting guards this season, it might be a good idea to stash Evans on your bench for the night.

• With Nick Young now playing for the Clippers, there will be a lot more playing time available for Jordan Crawford in the Wizards' lineup. Crawford is averaging 14.6 points and 3.2 assists over his past five games and should continue that sort of production against the Hawks on Friday night.

• I'm extremely interested to see whether Luke Babbitt gets a chance to play more minutes with Gerald Wallace no longer with the Trail Blazers. Babbitt is the de facto small forward, although certainly Nicolas Batum will get a ton of the minutes at that spot. Still, Babbitt had 12 points, including two 3-pointers, and five rebounds in 17 minutes in the Blazers' blowout loss to the Knicks on Wednesday, and has the potential to be an important fantasy player if he gets more than 20 minutes per game on a regular basis.

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