Robinson goes nuts on Clippers

February, 12, 2009
02/12/09
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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11
HIGHLIGHTS
Boris Diaw, Bobcats: 14 points, 7 assists, 7 blocks, but 7 turnovers against the Wizards.
Nate Robinson, Knicks: 33 points, 9 rebounds, 15 assists, 5 steals at the Clippers.
Mo Williams, Cavaliers: 44 points (7-9 3-point FG), 7 assists, 3 steals against Phoenix.
LOWLIGHTS
Mike Bibby, Hawks: 5 points (1-5 FG), 4 assists against the Pistons.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Cavaliers: 0 points (0-5 FG), 3 rebounds, 2 steals versus the Suns.
John Salmons, Kings: 2 points (1-7 FG), 5 rebounds, 3 steals at Houston.
While NBA All-Star weekend has its enjoyable moments, the downside for fantasy hoops owners is four days of no standings to check, no lineups to set and no box scores to peruse. It does leave a void, but remember that your fantasy teams are made up of real players. And, chances are, some of your players are ready for a break.

High on that list, no doubt, is Nate Robinson. With Knicks point guard Chris Duhon sidelined after hurting his left ankle Tuesday at Golden State, Robinson came up big while hardly coming out. In a game in which Eric Gordon went for 30 points, Baron Davis dropped 20 assists and four players pulled down 10-plus boards (including Jared Jeffries, of all people), Little Nate put up the most stat-tacular line. Robinson amassed 33 points, 15 assists, 9 rebounds and 5 steals while playing all but 87 seconds in New York's overtime loss to the Clippers. Duhon, incidentally, says he'll be good to go after the break, but he's also scheduled for an MRI upon the Knicks' return to New York. Stay tuned.

Under the boards

The Bobcats are off until Tuesday, but if D.J. Augustin is available -- and he is in more than 70 percent of ESPN.com leagues -- get him now. We're a week from the NBA trading deadline, and maybe Raymond Felton isn't going anywhere, or maybe he is. And if Felton is dealt, a permanent lineup spot opens up for Augustin, who -- after Wednesday's 24-point showing versus the Wizards -- is averaging 19.6 points, 6.4 assists and 3.0 3s as a starter. … Paul Millsap, one of this season's great fantasy finds, is literally limping into the break; he's dealing with soreness in both knees. Millsap was decent (10 points, eight rebounds and two steals) against the Lakers, but in his past six games he's averaging just 9.2 points and 6.3 boards. The Jazz think Carlos Boozer will return next week, so Millsap's minutes could take a major hit. … If you decide to drop Millsap (it would be a bold move, but justifiable in shallow leagues), Spencer Hawes is a logical replacement. Hawes has been starting for the injured Brad Miller, and is averaging 10.8 points, 6.5 boards and 2.2 blocks in February. The Kings are thought to be shopping Miller, but even if they can't move his contract, Hawes should remain in the lineup. The second-year pro is available in more than 60 percent of ESPN.com leagues. … After getting three blocks against Oklahoma City, Greg Oden has nine rejections in his past two games. Consider the source -- I've been a big Oden booster from the start -- but I'll take the blocks as a sign he's getting more comfortable on defense. I think he averages about 12 and 9 with nearly two blocks a night from here on. … While some stars sat on Wednesday -- namely, Chris Bosh, Jose Calderon, Steve Nash and Tracy McGrady -- Chris Paul returned after missing four games with a groin problem. The results were decidedly un-CP3 -like, as Paul managed just 13 points and five assists versus the Celtics. … In the same game, Ray Allen hyperextended his right thumb when he caught it on Kendrick Perkins' jersey. While coach Doc Rivers told the Boston Globe that he doesn't expect Allen to play Thursday at Dallas, the player says he'll test his thumb in pregame warmups.

Neil Tardy is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.

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