Randy Foye explodes for eight 3-pointers
Randy Foye is a one-dimensional player for fantasy purposes, but as he showed on Monday one dimension can work for fantasy owners.
In a 28-point outburst against the Dallas Mavericks, Foye did almost all his damage from downtown, burying a career-high eight 3-pointers. It was timely production, too, because while Foye was 8-of-15 from deep, his Los Angeles Clippers teammates combined to go just 3-of-17 from long range.
It's been an interesting season for Foye. Initially, he was on the fringe of the rotation after the Clippers acquired Chauncey Billups late in the preseason. Foye made five starts when Chris Paul was sidelined with a hamstring problem in January; otherwise, he was used sparingly through the first six weeks. Then, after Billups sustained a season-ending Achilles injury in early February, Foye started the next 22 games. In that span, he gave fantasy owners 1.8 treys per game but averaged just 11.0 points while shooting less than 40 percent, a display that likely motivated the Clippers to get Nick Young from the Washington Wizards at the trade deadline.
With Young starting, Foye didn't play against the Indiana Pacers on March 20. The benching lasted only a night, however. Now, with Young struggling and Mo Williams expected to miss at least another week with a sprained toe, Foye continues to log big minutes. There's been some ugliness -- most notably a 1-for-14 monstrosity against the New Orleans Hornets on March 22 -- but Foye now has at least one triple in eight consecutive games. And in his past three, he's averaging 21.7 points with 16 total 3s.
Even after Monday's outburst, Foye is still shooting only 39.5 percent for the season. However, his remaining schedule is fairly favorable. After facing the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, the Clippers have a home-and-home set with the Sacramento Kings Thursday and Saturday. Kings opponents are tops in points, second in field goal percentage and eighth in 3-point makes. (For some perspective, Mavs opponents are seventh in 3s.) The Clippers have 11 games left after that, including matchups against the depleted Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets.
So, yes, if you need 3-pointers, Foye works.
• Derrick Rose (groin) missed his 11th consecutive game, but according to the Chicago Tribune, he could be cleared for contact on Tuesday's off day. The paper speculates that D-Rose could return "late this week or early next."
• Luke Ridnour has been a late-season godsend for fantasy owners, but this Timberwolves fan watched him sprain his ankle against the Kings, and it looked fairly nasty. Ridnour had to be helped from the court. Don't be surprised if he misses some time. J.J. Barea (quad) could be close to returning, but it's entirely possible that untested rookie Malcolm Lee and Wayne Ellington are the team's primary ball handlers against the Warriors on Wednesday.
• The Wolves did get Nikola Pekovic (ankle) back on Monday. Pekovic had early fouls, but after missing eight of the previous nine games, the team wanted to limit his minutes ,anyway. Thanks to a strong second half, Pek finished with 17 points and four rebounds in 19 minutes.
• Ridnour wasn't the only player who had a short night. Devin Harris (nine points and four assists in 14 minutes) sat out the second half with an ankle injury, while Drew Gooden (eight points and three rebounds in 21 minutes) rested in the fourth quarter. Gooden's departure led to a nice night from Ekpe Udoh (15 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists) against the Wizards.
• With Marcus Thornton iffy after suffering a calf bruise on Monday, Jimmer Fredette could see extended minutes against the Phoenix Suns. Fredette had 19 points and three 3s in 25 minutes against the Timberwolves on Monday.
• Mike Conley (ankle) hopes to return against the Warriors. The matchup is the second of a back-to-back-to-back set for the Memphis Grizzlies. O.J. Mayo (22 points and three assists) was excellent again in Conley's absence. On the Golden State side, there's no word on the availability of Charles Jenkins, who left Sunday's game with a bruised knee.
• The Charlotte Bobcats have a couple of fill-in possibilities when they visit the Toronto Raptors. With Corey Maggette (Achilles) out, Reggie Williams should make a second straight start. Williams had 17 points, four 3s and three steals against the Detroit Pistons on March 31. In that same game, Byron Mullens returned to the starting lineup and posted 20 points and nine rebounds.