Pistons' Gordon scores 45 points

March, 22, 2012

Ben Gordon got some extra playing time for the Detroit Pistons with Rodney Stuckey out, and he certainly made the most of it, finishing with 45 points (including nine 3s and 10-for-11 shooting from the foul line) in a one-point loss to the Denver Nuggets. He also had eight assists and two steals.

Normally, this would mean he was worth playing in all fantasy leagues, but Gordon has been woefully inconsistent this year and is absolutely not worth owning in fantasy leagues aside from this outbreak. This is certainly something that you should keep an eye on, but the Pistons have shown all season that they are more interested in giving Stuckey and rookie Brandon Knight playing time than Gordon, and I would expect that to be the trend even after Gordon's outburst on Wednesday night. If you are truly desperate for 3-point shooting, he's worth a look, but otherwise Gordon should probably remain on the waiver wire unless Stuckey misses significant time moving forward.

Looking Back

Alonzo Gee had a terrible shooting night for the Cleveland Cavaliers, going 1-for-9 from the floor in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Still, Gee managed to put up some decent fantasy numbers without scoring much, finishing with 13 rebounds, four assists, and 7-for-8 shooting from the foul line. He continues to be worth owning in most fantasy leagues down the stretch this season.

Nene was phenomenal in his first game for the Washington Wizards after being acquired at the trade deadline. He finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes of a blowout win over the New Jersey Nets. Clearly, he still has immense value post-trade and should be started in all leagues moving forward.

• If you were worried about playing Klay Thompson for the Golden State Warriors after Monta Ellis was traded, you can cease your worrying. He had 27 points, five rebounds and five assists in a win over the Hornets on Wednesday night, but most important is the fact that he's playing 35.8 minutes per game over his past five contests and should rack up a ton of playing time for the rest of the season.

• After a particularly rough February, New Orleans Hornets point guard Jarrett Jack has been playing great basketball of late, culminating with a triple-double in a loss to the Warriors in which he had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. For March, he's averaging 16.7 points and 5.3 assists after averaging 11.4 points and 4.3 assists in February. He should be a great fantasy option once again for the rest of the season.

Tony Parker played just 10 minutes for the San Antonio Spurs in their win over the Minnesota Timberwolves after leaving with a strained hamstring. There's no word on his status going forward; the Spurs were leading by 16 after the first quarter and were in the driver's seat the rest of the way. Still, this is something we'll have to keep an eye on moving forward. If it means more playing time for Gary Neal (16 points, four steals) he's someone you'll want to pick up in most leagues.

Ramon Sessions has been playing really well off the bench for the Los Angeles Lakers since they acquired him at the trade deadline, and he finished with 17 points and nine assists in 29 minutes in a win over the Mavericks on Wednesday night. Given the Lakers' problems at point guard over the past few years, it makes sense that Sessions would be putting up big numbers, and if you need assists he belongs on your fantasy roster as soon as possible.

Looking Ahead

• With Kyle Lowry out for a while for the Houston Rockets, you need to make sure Goran Dragic is in your lineup. Dragic has had double-doubles in points and assists in two of his past three games and is a great source of steals as well. He's should be started in all leagues, at least until Lowry returns to the lineup. Dragic's matchup against the new-look Warriors on Thursday night should be a boon to his fantasy owners.

• It will be interesting to see how Nene performs in his second game for the Wizards when they go up against the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night. The Pacers, with Roy Hibbert, have done a great job on opposing centers all season, butNene is coming off a stellar effort against the Nets. If he can post anything close to 20 and 10 against the Pacers, I will be extremely impressed, but it is certainly not impossible.

Tyreke Evans should be ready to go once again for the Sacramento Kings against the Utah Jazz, but he did come off the bench Tuesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies. He still should be good for better than 20 minutes whether he's a starter or not, but it'll be interesting to see whether he's in the starting lineup to see what the Kings have planned for him moving forward. If he continues to come off the bench, obviously his value will decrease.



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