Glen Davis making most of starts
Tuesday turned out to be a brutal evening for many fantasy teams that were counting on their studs, as Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum failed to dress for their respective games. It's particularly tough timing for those of us in head-to-head leagues, as most contests have advanced to the semifinal rounds.
Wade was a surprise scratch Tuesday after banging his left knee during Sunday's loss to the Boston Celtics. It doesn't sound like a major problem, though; the Heat consider him day-to-day and list him as questionable for Wednesday's tilt with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Considering the magnitude of that game, we should be concerned if he doesn't lace up.Howard gave his owners some false hope, because he traveled with his Orlando Magic teammates to Michigan, but he failed to play due to his sore back. Since he's traveling, it appears he could be back in the mix Thursday versus the New York Knicks. Fantasy semifinalists are praying he does, because he and the Magic have just one more game this week after Thursday.
Meanwhile, the ankle injury Bynum sustained Sunday kept him off the court Tuesday. He sounds hopeful about playing Wednesday, so it appears the malady isn't too bad. However, considering his lengthy injury history and that the NBA playoffs are just a few weeks away, we can expect the Los Angeles Lakers' medical staff to be cautious about letting him return too quickly. The good news is the Lakers play two more games this week after Wednesday.
• With Howard out, Glen Davis went off. He abused the Detroit Pistons frontcourt for 31 points and 10 boards. Kudos to those of you who popped him into your lineup Tuesday once it became clear D-Ho was out. Davis had 18 points and 16 boards in the first game Howard missed on Sunday. He'll be a solid play Thursday if Howard is out again.
• Byron Mullens paced the Charlotte Bobcats Tuesday with 20 points and added 14 rebounds and two blocks. It was the second straight start for Mullens, who had 20 points, nine boards and two blocks Saturday. Coach Paul Silas is slated to run Mullens out as his starting power forward the rest of the season, and no team plays more games than the Bobs the rest of the way, so Mullens should be snagged off all waiver wires.
• Marcus Thornton skipped Tuesday's game due to his calf injury. Donte Greene got the start in Thornton's stead but played just 12 minutes. Terrence Williams played 31 minutes off the bench and finished with 16 points (7-10 FG), 6 boards and 5 dimes. He's probably the guy to add if you lost Thornton, though we should keep an eye on Jimmer Fredette if Thornton ends up missing an extended period of time. Fredette played only 12 minutes Tuesday, though.
• Evan Turner woke up from his weeks-long mediocre streak Tuesday, abusing the Heat for 26 points (12-29 FG) and eight boards. Not coincidentally, Andre Iguodala left the contest in the third quarter with a left eye contusion. If Iggy misses some more action due to the ailment, Turner should be a hot play.
• Mike Conley returned from his ankle injury Tuesday and looked good. He finished with 18 points (7-11 FG), 3 3s and 2 dimes. It looks like he's good to go. In related news, despite Conley getting back in the mix, O.J. Mayo stayed hot off the bench with 19 points (6-12 FG) and four 3-pointers.
• Eric Gordon told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that he intends to return to action Wednesday. However, coach Monty Williams was a bit more hesitant about putting Gordon back out there that quickly. Whether he plays tonight appears up in the air, but he came out of a full-contact practice Tuesday without any problems, so he's definitely close. His conditioning should be subpar, so expectations for fantasy success should be kept in check. However, his upside is fantastic, so he should be owned in all leagues.
• The ankle injury Luke Ridnour sustained on Monday is expected to keep him out for a while. That's a tough hit if you've been riding his hot hand, but it's great news is you've been holding onto J.J. Barea, who is aiming to return from his thigh injury Wednesday. Keep in mind that he had double-digit dimes in each of the three games leading up to the injury. He's a must-add for teams in need of assists as the season winds down.