Chauncey Billups banged-up in defeat

March, 2, 2011

Even though Chauncey Billups had 30 points, six dimes, six boards, four 3s and three steals against the Orlando Magic, the Knicks and Billups lost twice last night. Billups took a Dwight Howard knee to his thigh and was forced to exit with two minutes remaining in the game, which the Magic won 116-110. The 14-year veteran said afterward that it was the worst deep-thigh bruise he's ever had. Because he's 34, it's going to take a bit longer to recover from an injury like this, so it's possible he may miss some action. The Knicks lace 'em up again tonight against the New Orleans Hornets, and Billups probably will be a game-time call at best. Anthony Carter and Toney Douglas would get some extra run at the point if Billups sits, but Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony would usurp most of the offensive touches Billups would leave behind.

Looking Back

• Last week, I recommended picking up Wesley Johnson, and he hasn't disappointed. The rookie has averaged 19.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 3.0 3-pointers, 1.6 steals and 1.0 blocks in his past three games. That includes putting up 20 points, eight boards and three treys against the difficult Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. Surely, he's no longer sitting on your waiver wire at this point. So if you missed out this time, remember him next season and beyond. With his ability to post stats in every category, Johnson has Rudy Gay-type fantasy potential for his career.

Jason Kidd messed around and got a triple-double last night versus the Philadelphia 76ers. It's a testament to his greatness that he's able to crank off 13 points, 13 dimes, 10 boards, three 3s and three swipes just three weeks from his 38th birthday. If you're young or just getting into fantasy hoops, make sure you take a quick look at his career stats and admire his ability to push up near a triple-double in multiple seasons. It also helps put LeBron James' ability to do all that and also score in the upper 20s with a great field goal percentage into perspective.

• Pistons coach John Kuester said he opened up his entire rotation to competition -- including starting jobs -- but the only noticeable difference in statistical production Tuesday night was that Richard Hamilton actually had some. Rip hadn't set foot on the court the previous 10 games and it was only his second run in the past 25 Pistons contests. He got 26 minutes of play, but hit just 4-of-17 shots for 10 points. If Hamilton and Kuester can manage to be civil, Rip could have some nominal fantasy value down the stretch.

Looking Ahead

• After missing 18 games because of a fractured wrist, Eric Gordon is slated to return to action Wednesday. It may take a while for him to get his shot in order, but his legs should be ready for full minutes. Mo Williams is expected to shake off the sprained ankle that kept him from practicing yesterday, so get both guards into your lineups for tonight's game between the Clippers and Rockets.

Tyson Chandler was knocked out of Tuesday's game, late in the first half, with a sprained right ankle. He finished the night with just two points and five boards in 13 minutes of work. His status for Friday's run with the Indiana Pacers is uncertain. The Mavs will want to get him as healthy as possible because they play five games in seven days beginning Sunday.

Tom Carpenter is a fantasy basketball analyst for



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