Jose Calderon and Jarrett Jack Remain Locked in a Timeshare
The point guard situation in Toronto is still locked in a timeshare, with starter Jarrett Jack and backup Jose Calderon splitting the minutes. There may be a little daylight, however, as Calderon has logged a few more minutes than Jack in each of the last three games. Tuesday night in Cleveland he played 26 minutes to Jack's 21.
The Spaniard came off the bench to score just six points on 2-of-9 shooting, but also added a team-high six assists and two steals. Jack was more efficient from the field going 4-of-6 for 11 points, but he played less of a role as a ball distributor dishing out only three dimes. We keep hearing that Jack is going to remain as the starting point guard for the Raps, but really does that even matter? Look at how Jay Triano has handled DeMar DeRozan. I know it's two totally different situations, but in this rotation "starter" doesn't mean more minutes. Calderon is less valuable now than he was on draft day, but he's more valuable than he was a week ago. I could see buying low on Calderon. Just don't give away any of your top point guard talent to get him. Something like a Jameer Nelson-Jose Calderon deal might work.
Raptors vs. Cavs
Hedo Turkoglu's got the struggle in him. He scored three points on Tuesday in Cleveland on 1-of-6 shooting. I'll continue to urge you to sit him. The idea that he's less comfortable in Toronto since he's not playing much point-forward seems to be spot on. He's lost in the offense and essentially useless to fantasy owners.
Marco Belinelli (flu) returned to the basketball court after missing the last two games. He came off the bench to play 20 minutes and shoot the ball pretty effectively -- 6-of-12 from the floor and 1-of-2 from beyond the arc for 14 points. Belinelli is essentially splitting time with DeRozan, so his value is mainly for deep leagues only.
LeBron James just missed picking up his third triple-double of the season -- 28 points on 8-of-18 shooting, 12-of-14 from the line, nine rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and three blocks. If there's one aspect of his game you can complain about it's his three-point shooting -- 0-of-7 from beyond the arc. Other than that ... he was unstoppable.
Mo Williams chipped in with a double-double, his third of the season -- 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting, four 3-pointers and 10 assists. Williams has been steady all season long. More valuable than his current trade value.
Pacers vs. Heat
Brandon Rush was back in the starting lineup for the Pacers. I'm fairly certain he'll remain there for some time after he led the team in points and minutes -- 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting, 10 rebounds, one 3-pointer and a block in 36 minutes. He's a nice add right now.
Danny Granger missed 11 straight shots on Tuesday to finish 2-of-16 from the floor. He scored just eight points, which is the first time he's failed to hit the double-digit scoring mark since December 5, 2008. Granger's on a 6-of-29 slump over his last two games. What can you say? You have to keep starting him.
Tyler Hansbrough sat out with an inner ear infection. He is still listed as day-to-day.
Rafer Alston keeps putting up mediocre numbers -- eight points on 3-of-5 shooting, two 3-pointers, five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 27 minutes. It's a bit disheartening to see him not take advantage of the opportunity he's been given in Miami. The good news, though, is that Mario Chalmers is not making much of a case to move himself back into the starting lineup.
Michael Beasley has logged 39 minutes in back-to-back games. On Tuesday he doubled-up, going for 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting and 10 rebounds. You have to love his recent play.
Dwyane Wade could not be stopped by the Pacers -- 32 points on 12-of-20 shooting, four 3-pointers, three assists, two steals and three blocks.
A big 13-game schedule for you on Wednesday.
Kevin Garnett will not play, but he is looking at a possible Friday return.
Brandon Roy (hamstring) said he'll play, but it's worth checking in on his status.
Gerald Wallace (ankle) did not practice on Tuesday and is questionable for Wednesday night's game against the Heat.
It's still possible that the Warriors will dress only seven players against the Nuggets. If that's the case, Cartier Martin could be a nice flier in deep leagues.