Eric Gordon makes triumphant return

April, 5, 2012
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Eric Gordon was back in the lineup Wednesday for the Hornets, knocking down two big free throws with two seconds to play to give his team a win over the Nuggets. He definitely had some rust, but he managed 15 points, four rebounds and four assists.

It's easy to forget since he has been injured all season, but Gordon is an elite fantasy player and could absolutely swing some leagues over the final few weeks of the season. Last season, he averaged 22.3 points, 4.4 assists, 1.9 3-pointers and 1.3 steals and shot 83 percent from the line on 6.2 attempts per game, and he's perfectly capable of matching those numbers for the rest of this season. Make sure he's in your lineup moving forward.

Looking Back

Jordan Crawford continued to put up big numbers for the Wizards in their loss to the Pacers, finishing with 28 points on 11-for-22 shooting from the floor, including 5-for-9 from 3-point range. Crawford is now averaging 21.2 points, 3.4 assists and 2.8 3s over his past five games.

• With Trevor Booker and Nene both out for the Wizards, Kevin Seraphin had a big night with 19 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Seraphin has scored in double figures in four straight games and should continue to do so as long as Booker and Nene continue to miss time with their respective injuries.

Kemba Walker got more playing time for the Bobcats against the Hawks after D.J. Augustin left with a sore knee, and although the Cats got blown out, Walker finished with 21 points, four rebounds and five assists. He's averaging 13.4 points and 5.4 assists over his past five games while averaging just 24.4 minutes, so if he can get a bump in playing time, he should start putting up big fantasy numbers again.

Avery Bradley played 34 minutes off the bench for the Celtics with Ray Allen back in the starting lineup and scored 19 points on 16 shots. Bradley is averaging 13.6 points on 51 percent shooting while chipping in 1.2 steals over his past five games and will probably continue to be a decent play in deep leagues down the stretch.

Anthony Parker had a huge night out of nowhere for the Cavaliers in their loss to the Bucks, finishing with 27 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 11-for-14 shooting from the floor. However, Parker has been extremely unproductive all season, including recently, and I'll need to see another strong game out of him before I think he's worth adding.

• The Timberwolves are starting to run out of point guards, but J.J. Barea had a nice night in their loss to the Warriors, with 15 points, six rebounds and eight assists. Yes, he needed 15 shots to get his 15 points and he committed seven turnovers, but he should be a productive fantasy option down the stretch, especially in leagues in which turnovers don't count.

J.J. Hickson rebounded from a bad game Monday against the Jazz, tallying 18 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in just 25 minutes in a win over the Nets on Wednesday. He has averaged 15.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 60 percent shooting from the floor over his past five games and is poised to be a major force in fantasy leagues for the rest of the season.

Looking Ahead

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Iman Shumpert
Debby Wong/US PresswireIman Shumpert is a good play Thursday against Orlando.

• With Jeremy Lin out of the lineup for the Knicks, there should be plenty of playing time available for Iman Shumpert. Shumpert struggled against the Pacers on Tuesday night, but he had been excellent over the previous four games and should be a great source of steals and 3s against the Magic on Thursday night.

• Orlando's Ryan Anderson will miss Thursday's game against the Knicks, and with Dwight Howard questionable, it's actually a good night to play Glen Davis. It has been a terrible season for Davis, but he managed 31 points and 10 rebounds against the Pistons on Tuesday and should have plenty of scoring chances against a beat-up Knicks front line.

• There's talk that the Bulls' Derrick Rose might get back into the lineup against the Celtics, and if he does, he absolutely belongs in your lineup too. The Celtics, however, are a fantastic defensive team, so if you've been relying on C.J. Watson and John Lucas filling in for Rose, you may want to go ahead and sit them Thursday night even if Rose remains sidelined.

• Sacramento's Marcus Thornton is doubtful against the Clippers for Thursday night's game, and Terrence Williams has had two straight great games off the bench. Williams will have his opportunities against the Clippers, and in deep leagues he's a good play for his all-around skills (he averaged 14 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block and 1 steal in his past two games).

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