Randolph a big help in only points, boards

February, 26, 2009
02/26/09
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HIGHLIGHTS
Devin Harris, Nets: 42 points (13-23 FG, 11-11 FT), 6 assists, 3 3-pointers against the Bulls.
Dwight Howard, Magic: 24 points (8-9 FT), 21 rebounds, 4 blocks versus New York.
Josh Howard, Mavericks: 27 points (10-16 FG), 7 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 blocks, 4 3-pointers against Milwaukee.
LOWLIGHTS
Raja Bell, Bobcats: 5 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist in 37 minutes against Sacramento.
Steve Blake, Trail Blazers: No points (0-9 FG), 1 rebound, 1 assist in 24 minutes versus San Antonio.
Rudy Gay, Grizzlies: 8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists in 29 minutes against the Pacers.

One thing we should all understand at this point is that if Zach Randolph doesn't put up a lot of points in a game for the Clippers, it won't be because he's not willing to shoot the ball. Z-Bo hasn't been shy in his two games since serving his two-game suspension for punching the Suns' Louis Amundson in the face last week. He had 27 points on 23 shots against the Warriors and then, amazingly, 30 points on 30 shots in a home win against the Celtics. For his past five games, he has scored 103 points on 96 shots. This is not a good ratio, folks, and at 46 percent shooting, he's not really helping your field goal percentage much. But in terms of raw production, there aren't many better places to look.

We can chalk up the 30 attempts against the Celtics partly to the fact that Eric Gordon had to leave the game early with a bruised shoulder, but looking at Randolph's game log shows that he's more than a willing shooter no matter who is surrounding him. When healthy, the Clippers have a ton of guys who can score -- Al Thornton, Baron Davis, Gordon, Ricky Davis -- but Zach Randolph's whole game is scoring and rebounding. He doesn't do anything else, really. He doesn't play defense, pass, get to the line, etc. As always with Zach, if you need someone to boost your scoring and rebounding numbers, he's absolutely your man. If you are all set in those categories, Zach is not going to help your team in any way.

Under the Boards

Tony Parker was a monster for the Spurs: Not only did he have another great game -- 39 points, five boards, nine assists -- but did it again without Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, while making Steve Blake look totally awful. Parke is on a real roll at the moment. … Paul Pierce dislocated his right thumb twice against the Clippers, and even though X-rays came back negative, this is a situation that bears watching. The Celtics have been quick to rest or bench their stars when injuries start to nag, and Pierce has played more minutes than any other Celtic thus far this season. … Marc Gasol had a nice game against the Pacers, with 22 points and 15 rebounds for his first double-double in two weeks. Right now, he's a good matchup play, but he has struggled against teams with good interior defenders in recent weeks. … Nobody on the Bulls played more than Ben Gordon (33 minutes) against the Nets, which is maybe a good sign that Gordon will keep getting minutes, but a bad sign that no one will get enough minutes to be a truly great fantasy option. … Chris Duhon had a bizarre night with 10 assists, 7 rebounds and not a single point scored in 37 minutes against the Magic. Games like this are actually encouraging. It's good to know that if Duhon's offense suffers, he's still a decent contributor. … After playing just over 20 minutes in three straight games, Kevin Love got 36 minutes for the Timberwolves against the Jazz and managed a very efficient 24 points and 15 rebounds; as we've been saying all along, if he gets minutes, he's going to be a beast in the rebounding category in particular. … Brandon Bass got 30 minutes for the Mavs against the Bucks and put up 18 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and four blocks; there's no question that if he sees 30 minutes a game, he can be a major producer.

Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.

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