Daily Notes for Tuesday: Bench Gooden
|Time||Visitors||Opp. PPG||Opp. FGP||RPG Diff.||Home||Opp. PPG||Opp. FGP||RPG Diff.|
|7:00 p.m.||Boston Celtics||89.7||.409||+5.2|| |
|7:30 p.m.||Memphis Grizzlies||107.8||.477||-2.0|| |
|New Jersey Nets||94.8||.442||+0.1|
|7:30 p.m.||Charlotte Bobcats||96.3||.447||+1.8|| |
|8:00 p.m.||Philadelphia 76ers||93.8||.439||+3.1|| |
|8:30 p.m.||Atlanta Hawks||98.1||.470||+1.3|| |
|9:00 p.m||Indiana Pacers||104.9||.438||-0.2|| |
|10:30 p.m||Seattle SuperSonics||108.0||.457||-0.8|| |
|Los Angeles Lakers||100.8||.432||+3.7|
All times are expressed in Eastern Time.
Key: Opp. PPG = Points per game allowed to opponents. Opp. FGP = Field goal percentage allowed to opponents. RPG Diff. = The difference between team's rebounds per game and its opponents' rebounds per game.
Acie Law, PG, Hawks (ankle)
Kyle Korver, SF, 76ers (groin)
Kenyon Martin, PF, Nuggets (knee)
Darko Milicic, C, Grizzlies (thumb)
Jermaine O'Neal, PF/C, Pacers (knee)
Gerald Wallace, SG/SF, Bobcats (calf)
Boston's defense has been superb early on (first in defensive efficiency by more than three points), and specifically Kevin Garnett has stifled opposing power forwards. Drew Gooden is on his way to a career year, but can be benched as not only should Garnett limit his points and rebounds, but defending KG often results in foul trouble. Andre Iguodala doesn't look like a legitimate No. 1 option. Through a dozen games, Iguodala is shooting worse than 42 percent and is averaging 4.5 turnovers compared to five assists per game. While Iguodala is averaging the same number of points as last season, he is attempting two more shots per game and his free-throw shooting has also declined. Going back to last season, Iguodala averaged four turnovers a game after the All-Star break. Michael Redd has dramatically improved his defense, so don't expect Iguodala to get over his struggles against the Bucks. Andre Miller's ownership is still better than 94 percent as owners continue to show faith he will rebound, but it's difficult to see how. While Miller is no stranger to poor starts -- from 2003 to 2005, November was continually Miller's worst month -- it is hard to see enough offensive talent on the 76ers for Miller to up his assists. Short point guards (Miller is 6'2") who do not have range don't tend to age well. The Bucks don't have a great defense but are above-average in the backcourt, so continue to leave Miller benched. With Jermaine O'Neal missing the past three games, Jamaal Tinsley has averaged 22 points and 9.6 assists. The Pacers do not have any efficient, high-volume scorers, so without O'Neal expect to see a lot of shots jacked up and a lot of 3-pointers attempted. If you can withstand ugly percentages from the like of Tinsley and Troy Murphy, both will feature more prominent roles in the offense. Lamar Odom has been a mixed bag since returning from injury, and even has more turnovers than assists, but expect him to return to form at the expense of the Sonics. The Sonics combine a poor defense (21st in defensive efficiency) with an up-tempo offense (98.2 possessions per game, second) while the Lakers (95.1 possessions, seventh) also don't mind running. Odom is a significant matchup problem for the Sonics' front court.
Jason Williams is averaging just 3.8 assists since Dwyane Wade's return. Wade handles the ball often -- he averages 6.4 assists for his career -- and with Ricky Davis also a capable ball-handler, Williams just won't get the opportunity to pile up assists. Without that he is not worthy of a long-term roster spot. Udonis Haslem hasn't pulled down double-digit rebounds in five consecutive games, but should have a strong rebounding game against the Bobcats. Wallace is questionable and is averaging fewer than five rebounds in more than 35 minutes per game anyway; neither Jared Dudley nor Walter Hermann should mount much opposition on the glass for Haslem. Jeff Foster is a rebounding fiend when given ample minutes, and is averaging 11 per game in his past seven. The Nuggets are one of the league's worst rebounding teams, especially defensively, and with Jermaine O'Neal day-to-day, Foster has use as a streamer for rebounds in head-to-head leagues. Vladimir Radmanovic is averaging more than five 3-point attempts in his past six games. A career 38.1 percent shooter from beyond the arc, including better than 45 percent this season, Radmanovic is a one-trick pony, but can reliably convert two-plus 3s a game.
Adam Madison is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com
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