Jordan Crawford continues to shine
Wizards rookie Jordan Crawford sure doesn't look like a rookie these days. On a night John Wall was ejected after playing just 15 minutes, Crawford went off for 39 points in 46 minutes in a loss to the Heat. I didn't think I'd be writing about Crawford this season, even after the Hawks traded him to the Wizards, but with Nick Young missing time the rookie has shown he belongs.
Crawford is now averaging 23.8 points, 5.4 assists, 4.4 rebounds, 2.2 3-pointers and 2.0 steals in his past five games while playing an absolutely insane 42.8 minutes per game. Now it seems obvious that those minutes won't hold up, especially when Young returns to action, but Crawford has clearly made a case for himself to be a major member of the rotation. Considering the 47 combined minutes played by fellow swingmen Othyus Jeffers and Cartier Martin on Wednesday night, it would appear there are plenty of minutes to go around in Washington these days. Crawford is still available in about half of ESPN leagues, so pick him up if you can.
Deron Williams was great in his return for the Nets, with 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists against the Knicks. You can go ahead and keep him in your lineup going forward. Tyreke Evans had his second consecutive productive game since returning from injury for the Kings, finishing with 22 points and seven assists in 28 minutes in a loss to the Nuggets. For now it appears Beno Udrih and Marcus Thornton are going to continue to get a large share of the minutes, but at some point Evans should be back up over 30 per game, too. The 76ers rotation, by choice, continues to get thinner, as Evan Turner didn't play a minute on Wednesday night against the Rockets. Add that to Marreese Speights having played five minutes total in the past week, and it would seem Lou Williams and Thaddeus Young probably belong in fantasy lineups for the foreseeable future. In his return from a sprained shoulder, Andray Blatche had a nice night for the Wizards, going for 14 points, eight rebounds and three steals. He needed 15 shots, but he should be in your lineup now anyway. Stephen Jackson succumbed to his hamstring injury once again for the Bobcats, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if he missed a game or two. Keep an eye out for his status, though. The Bobcats are in still in the playoff hunt, and Jackson will go if he can. With Kevin Love is back in the lineup for the Timberwolves, and Anthony Randolph has gone back to the bench. Though he was productive against the Bulls, he played only 19 minutes. That's not going to be enough for him to register in most fantasy leagues, unfortunately.
The Celtics play the Spurs on Thursday night at a time neither team seems to be at its best. Jermaine O'Neal is probable for the Celtics, but that shouldn't factor into your fantasy plans in any way whatsoever. On the other side, Manu Ginobili is questionable and Tony Parker and Antonio McDyess are probable, and that makes things complicated. Still, given the Spurs' propensity for being conservative in bringing players back from injuries, it would seem to be a good night to get George Hill and Tiago Splitter into your lineup, even if the regular starters do manage to suit up. The Mavericks and the Lakers will also play on Thursday, and both teams seem relatively healthy at the moment. Shawn Marion, it should be noted, is averaging 23.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game against the Lakers this season, so if he's not normally in your lineup, he should be this time around.
Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.