Fantasy Basketball: Monday Night Raw

Tom LorenzoContributor IFebruary 23, 2009

If you watched the Clippers and Blazers play on Sunday night, you witnessed a few remarkable things.  

First, Portland point guard Steve Blake dished out 17 assists, with 14 of those coming in second quarter. Those 14 assists tied an NBA record (John Lucas, 1984).  

The second thing that likely caught your eye was the play of rookie big DeAndre Jordan. His 15 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks on 4-4 shooting from the floor were nothing to scoff at. But the question remains—how seriously can Jordan be taken?

Take into consideration that Clippers' players Marcus Camby, Chris Kaman, Zach Randolph, Brian Skinner, and Al Thornton all missed Sunday's game against the Blazers.  

Monday night, the Clips turn around and play the Warriors, who are known to give up quite a few points, to say the least. Well, what do we know going into Monday? Randolph will return, after sitting out Sunday's game as the second of his two-game suspension.  

We also know that Kaman will miss Monday's game, and plenty more. Camby seems to be day-to-day, but his injury seems to be lingering longer than any of us thought.  

Both Skinner and Thornton, meanwhile, remain sore. I don't think that Skinner will play Monday night since his Achilles' has left him out for three games.  

On the other end of the court, Golden State's Andris Biedrins is targeting Monday's game to make his return, but there are still several question marks about whether or not he can actually return.  

To sum up the Clippers heading into the game, Jordan is not a great pickup going forward. There are too many things working against him—he's raw, young, hasn't shown much consistency and once Camby returns, he'll send Jordan back to the bench.  

For Monday, however, Jordan looks like a nice choice. Coming off of a hot game against the Blazers and playing a defenseless Golden State team, I wouldn't argue against Jordan as a game-by-game start.  

And this game seems like the right start.


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