Week 22 NBA pickups

Hot Stove New YorkSenior Writer IMarch 23, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 10:  Keyon Dooling #55 of the New Jersey Nets looks to pass as Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs defends during their game on February 10, 2009 at The Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Photo By Al Bello/Getty Images  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Fantasy Playoffs

Teams with five games: Chicago, Phoenix

Teams with four games: Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Detroit, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Miami, Minnesota, New York, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Washington

Guards

Keyon Dooling (Nets)

Dooling has started the past four games with PG Devin Hariss sidelined with a shoulder injury. Last week as the starting PG he averaged 15.8 points, 6.5 assists, and shot 60 percent from the field in four games.

Dooling recorded season-highs in minutes (40:42) and points (19) against the Cavs yesterday.

Antoine Wright (Mavs)

Wright has been in the starting lineup since January 6. He has averaged 12 points and made five three-pointers over this past five games.  He played a season-high (40:23) minutes against the Hawks last Thursday.

Honorable mention: Arron Afflalo (Pistons)

Forwards

Julian Wright (Hornets)

Wright has been in the starting lineup since March 5. He blocked a season high four shots vs. the Warriors yesterday. The second-year player scored eight points, pulled down seven boards, and recorded four steals against the Grizzlies last Friday.

Joe Smith (Cavs)

Smith is averaging modest points (7) and rebounds (4.2), but is shooting 58 percent from the field for the Cavs. He also is shooting 77 percent from the foul line and has been a key reserve off the bench.

Honorable mention: Brendan Wright (Warriors)

Centers

Hilton Armstrong (Hornets)

Armstrong has started the past three games and recorded his first career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds against the Warriors yesterday. He blocked four shots vs. the Timberwolves last Wedesnday and is shooting 67 percent from the field in seven games this month.

Glen Davis (Celtics)

“Big Baby” Davis scored a career-high 24 points vs. the Grizzles last Saturday. He has pulled down at least five rebounds his past three games and has been playing more. Kevin Garnett has received just 32 minutes the past two games since returning  from a knee injury.

Honorable mention: Darrell Arthur (Grizzlies)