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So... I've got like nothing extracurricular I'm up to talking about. Like, my mind is blank. So instead of trying to force anything, I'm simply going to post this random picture of the road, complete with a gorgeous sky and a telephone pole. It's a cool picture, don't you think? I think so.
Okay. So with that, let's get to the fantasy basketball blurbs.
- Raymond Felton will miss the next 2-3 weeks with a strained left hamstring, meaning he can officially be dropped in most leagues. Felton was having a fairly weak season anyway, and with this injury, it's possible the Knicks could be encouraged to bring in a new point guard that could permanently wipe away Felton's fantasy value. Pablo Prigioni will be a low, low end option at point guard for New York for the foreseeable future. (Not re-signing Jeremy Lin is looking pretty lame for the Knicks right about now, huh? Lin, by the way, is slated to return tonight against the Blazers.)
- Stephen Curry continued his beastly play of late, scoring 33 points and adding 10 assists, 6 three's, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Yes, he did also commit 8 turnovers, but so what? Curry has already given his owners an outstanding week's worth of production, and that's more than worth sacrificing a bit in the turnovers category.
- With the return of Marvin Williams, Enes Kanter went back to the bench for the Jazz and mustered just 8 points off the bench on Wednesday. Utah might be going overboard in their zealous attempt to win the Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes, as it's somewhat baffling why they're only playing their young, talented center bit minutes, while Richard Jefferson and Marvin Williams are getting steady playing time. But then again, I guess that's the confounding decision-making one would expect from the worst team in the NBA.
- Joakim Noah returned to the court for the Bulls and was great, putting up 12 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks. For all my justifiable criticism about Noah, who is indeed having a weak year, he's finally starting to play better and has posted 7 blocks in his last 2 games. Hopefully he can it going.
- Mike Dunleavy attempted a rather preposterous 24 shots last night, finishing with 20 points, 8 rebounds, 3 three's, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and a block. Without Derrick Rose and with Luol Deng out, Dunleavy has -- amazingly -- become the Bulls' de facto go-to-guy. That's going to end in a big way when Deng comes back. But Tony Snell is such an underwhelming player that Dunleavy should continue to get lots of run the rest of the year. If you're looking for a poor man's Kyle Korver, he might be your guy.
- Amar'e Stoudemire is starting to play well. Gasp! The Knicks center played 30 minutes off the bench, scoring 14 points and adding 9 rebounds, 2 steals and a block. This was the first time all year Stoudemire played in both ends of a back-to-back, and he looked terrific. Unfortunately, Carmelo Anthony prefers to play power forward, and the Knicks are going to get Tyson Chandler back soon, which will create an unholy logjam at that position featuring Chandler, Kenyon Martin, Andre Bargnani and Stoudemire. So really, it's very hard to get excited about Stoudemire, if only because he and Melo just don't know how to coexist. He's a nice player when he's healthy, but unless there's a trade, he's unlikely to be more than a middling fantasy option the rest of the way.
- Jason Smith had an interesting night for the Pelicans, producing 22 points and 16 rebounds against the Pistons. This was a great night for the New Orleans bigman, which have been few and far between or him. He's an okay option while Anthony Davis is out, though that's about it.
- Spencer Hawes had his best game in a while, posting 20 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 three's and 3 blocks. He's been an elite fantasy center this season and should remain so, so long as he can avoid any further injuries.
- Reggie Jackson was solid against the Grizzlies, posting 17 points on 6-10 shooting to go with 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a three. Jackson has been amazingly consistent lately, posting no less than 12 but no more than 18 points in his last seven games, while adding 3 rebounds or 3 assists in all but one of those games. He'll never be the offensive machine that James Harden was, but Jackson is really embracing the sixth man role and is worth owning at the back end of your fantasy team.
- Jon Leur was dandy for the Grizzlies, posting 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks off the bench in 32 minutes. Leur is getting a nice boost in minutes thanks to the injuries of Ed Davis and Marc Gasol. In fact, he's scored at least 15 in four of his last five games. Unfortunately, he's the low man on the totem pole when Gasol and Davis are healthy, so while he might momentarily be valuable, it's hard to get too enamored over him.