Commentary

Daily Notes for Saturday: Stuckey is back to stellar ways

Updated: March 7, 2009, 12:30 PM ET
By Adam Madison | Special to ESPN.com

Daily Notes for Saturday and Sunday will not be combined into one easy-to-use, convenient package. Check out the weekend's Daily Notes every Friday.

Saturday, March 7 Matchups
TimeVisitorsOpp. PPGOpp. FGPRPG Diff.HomeOpp. PPGOpp. FGPRPG Diff.
7:00 p.m.Detroit Pistons94.1.450-0.5
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Atlanta Hawks97.3.454-2.3
7:30 p.m.Miami Heat97.6.452-2.8
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Cleveland Cavaliers90.3.427+3.0
7:30 p.m.Charlotte Bobcats94.4.453-0.3
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New York Knicks108.1.478-4.0
8:00 p.m.Philadelphia 76ers96.0.454+2.8
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Memphis Grizzlies99.6.471-0.9
8:00 p.m.Oklahoma City Thunder103.7.474+2.7
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New Orleans Hornets93.7.474-0.2
8:30 p.m.Washington Wizards102.0.478-1.5
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Dallas Mavericks99.4.449+1.3
8:30 p.m.Golden State Warriors111.3.467-5.6
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Milwaukee Bucks99.6.457+0.8
10:00 p.m.Minnesota Timberwolves103.8.476+1.3
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Portland Trail Blazers95.0.464+4.8
10:30 p.m.Indiana Pacers106.5.457-0.4
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Los Angeles Clippers103.7.469-4.2
Sunday, March 8 Matchups
TimeVisitorsOpp. PPGOpp. FGPRPG Diff.HomeOpp. PPGOpp. FGPRPG Diff.
1:00 p.m.Orlando Magic95.3.435+1.1
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Boston Celtics92.6.427+5.6
12:30 p.m.Utah Jazz99.2.459+1.5
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Toronto Raptors101.0.461-3.0
3:30 p.m.Phoenix Suns105.7.459+0.8
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San Antonio Spurs93.7.452+0.2
6:00 p.m.New York Knicks108.1.478-4.0
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New Jersey Nets100.7.462-1.1
7:00 p.m.Memphis Grizzlies99.6.471-0.9
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Houston Rockets94.8.448+2.7
7:00 p.m.Philadelphia 76ers96.0.454+2.8
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Oklahoma City Thunder103.7.474+2.7
9:00 p.m.Denver Nuggets100.4.439+0.2
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Sacramento Kings108.4.480-5.2
All times are ET.
Key: Opp. PPG = Points per game allowed to opponents. Opp. FGP = Field goal percentage allowed to opponents. RPG Diff. = The difference between a team's rebounds per game and its opponents' rebounds per game.

Injury report

Out
Andrew Bogut, C, Bucks (back)
Kevin Durant, SG/SF, Thunder (ankle)
Jeff Green, SF/PF, Thunder (back)
Allen Iverson, PG/SG, Pistons (back)
Chris Kaman, C, Clippers (foot)
Greg Oden, C, Trail Blazers (knee)
Ben Wallace, C, Cavaliers (leg)
Kevin Garnett, PF, Celtics (knee)
Manu Ginobili, SG, Spurs (ankle)

Day-to-day
Kelenna Azubuike, SG/SF, Warriors (back)
Raja Bell, SG, Bobcats (biceps)
Andris Biedrins, C, Warriors (personal)
Caron Butler, SF, Wizards (hamstring)
Marcus Camby, PF/C, Clippers (migraine)
Mike Conley, PG, Grizzlies (tooth)
Monta Ellis, PG/SG, Warriors (ankle)
Eric Gordon, SG, Clippers (shoulder)
Danny Granger, SG/SF, Pacers (foot)
Morris Peterson, SG/SF, Hornets (foot)
Zach Randolph, PF/C, Clippers (personal)
Nate Robinson, PG/SG, Knicks (ankle)
Peja Stojakovic, SF, Hornets (back)
Sebastian Telfair, PG, Timberwolves (groin)
Francisco Garcia, SG/SF, Kings (finger)
Kenyon Martin, PF, Nuggets (back)
Beno Udrih, PG, Kings (ankle)

Saturday's start 'em, sit 'em

Rodney Stuckey is averaging 16.3 points and 37 minutes in his past three games as the back injury Allen Iverson suffered lets Stuckey get his game back on track. A lot of owners gave up on Stuckey during his struggles the past month, but with A.I. out of the picture, there is a good chance we're going to see the return of the Stuckey of December (15.6 points, 6.3 assists) and January (17.3 points, 5.1 assists). Make sure he's active and not available in a league near you. … Mike Bibby has totaled only 27 points in his past four games as he's struggled to get over the flu, and that has included some stinkers against fantasy gold mines such as the Wizards and the Knicks. It shouldn't take long for Bibby to get his groove back, but if you have other decent options, sitting him versus the Pistons is reasonable. They are dead last in possessions per game and suppress both 3-point attempts (14.5 3-point attempts allowed per game, first in the NBA) and 3-point percentage (35 percent allowed, tied for fifth), making them suited to disrupting Bibby's game even if he was fully healthy. … Getting traded to the Heat has been a tremendous boon for Jamario Moon's value, as he's started the past three games at small forward, averaging 36 minutes per game. It's usually a good idea to bench borderline players against the stifling Cavs defense, but Moon is hot, shooting 50 percent or better in each of those three games, including an 11-point, eight-rebound game versus the Cavaliers on Tuesday. It also helps that he's averaging close to one 3-pointer, steal and block per game, giving him the ability to contribute in categories across the board no matter the opponent. … It's a shame that Mike Miller's hot hand the past month -- he shot 60 percent from the field and 43.6 percent from beyond the arc in February -- still hasn't led to an increase in shot attempts for him, but he's contributing enough in other categories to make his inclusion in your starting lineup mandatory. The Trail Blazers do allow opponents to convert 39 percent of their 3-pointers, so the few times Miller does chuck it from long range, he should do well. … An update on Danny Granger's status for Saturday won't be available until sometime Friday, but considering he had been planning to return Wednesday, consider yourself lucky if you can squeeze another superb game out of Jarrett Jack or Marquis Daniels. The Clippers are dealing with a number of questionable players -- Marcus Camby left Wednesday's game early with a migraine, Zach Randolph currently has no timetable on his return, and both Eric Gordon and Ricky Davis are day-to-day with injuries -- so there's a strong chance the Clips will be a doormat for the Pacers whether Granger suits up or not.

Sunday's start 'em, sit 'em

While a matchup between two of the league's three best defensive teams (per defensive efficiency, anyway) should make for compelling basketball in the real world, you should definitely proceed with caution when it comes to setting your active lineups. The stars are always safe, but even a guy like Ray Allen isn't an automatic start; in two games against the Magic, he's shooting a robust 56 percent from the field, but is averaging only 16.5 points, 2.0 assists, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 3-pointers, not exactly the most well-rounded of lines. One role player who should be okay to play, though, is Kendrick Perkins. He has flourished in recent weeks stepping up for the injured Kevin Garnett. Just make sure to leave the Rafer Alstons of the world firmly supplanted on the bench. … Carlos Boozer's stat line of 20 points, 17 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block versus the Rockets allowed his owners to breathe a big sigh of relief, and it should go without saying that you want him in your lineup against the Raptors. But it was also the third game since his return in which he accumulated five fouls, especially odd considering Yao Ming fouled out in 30 minutes. Hopefully that doesn't mean he runs into the same problem against Chris Bosh, but don't be surprised to see some inconsistency in the next couple of weeks as he gets his conditioning up to speed. … Matt Barnes is averaging 17 points and six 3-point attempts per game in his past four games, three of which were starts. At the same time, though, he has totaled 17 fouls in those four games as he adjusts to logging heavy minutes at power forward. It's tough to see how he stays out of foul trouble against Tim Duncan and the Spurs, and as far as 3-point shooting goes, the Spurs have also shored up their 3-point defense in recent months: They now allow the second-fewest 3-point attempts and hold opponents to a 36 percent conversion rate, tied for 10th. Barnes is a high-risk, high-reward play. … After earning his first start since Feb. 3, J.R. Smith cashed in with one of his best games of the season versus the Blazers, with 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two 3-pointers and zero turnovers on 7-of-12 shooting from the field. Coach George Karl, when prompted, confirmed that the starting job was his to keep. Smith is averaging 15.1 points in 31 minutes his past six games and is currently brimming with confidence, making him a superb option against the porous Kings defense. … Francisco Garcia is expected to play through a non-displaced fracture in his right ring finger, and the injury didn't stop him from grabbing three steals and two blocks versus the Pacers on Tuesday. He was just 3-for-9 from the field and had five turnovers, though, so hopefully his play doesn't suffer enough to give coach Kenny Natt a reason to limit his minutes.

Adam Madison is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.

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