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Better Off Benched
Charlotte's Matt Carroll moved into the starting lineup when Gerald Wallace suffered his latest concussion, and with his precise shooting from the perimeter (.438 from three on the season) immediately became a serious scoring threat.

He played so well that he even hung on to the job when Wallace returned to the lineup. But a funny thing happened to his production -- it completely disappeared. In three games starting ahead of Wallace, Carroll scored just nine points, taking just 11 total shots.

We've criticized Charlotte coach Sam Vincent for bouncing players around in the rotation too much, but clearly, that alignment wasn't working. So for tonight's game against Indiana, Wallace moved back into the lineup and Carroll came off the bench.

That appears to have done the trick.

Carroll's line from the Indiana game: 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting (three 3-pointers) with three rebounds and a blocked shot. I know lots of fantasy owners who would be very pleased to get that sort of production from a sixth man.

Can he keep it up? Or was tonight's performance just the product of a favorable matchup? Unfortunately, that's impossible to say. But the potential is there... and at this point in the season, you've gotta like 18-point/three three-pointer potential in a guy that's on the waiver wire in over 99 percent of Ultimate Fantasy Commissioner leagues.

Posted by Charlie Zegers at 3/19/2008 8:27:00 PM
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No Ordinary Joe
Joe Johnson has been on multiple All-Star teams. Maybe you knew that and maybe you didn't. Not since the Human Highlight Film has basketball in Atlanta been relevant. Fantasy owners know Josh Smith for his all-around talent, and Al Horford has gotten a lot of publicity for being one of the best rookies in the 2007-2008 class. However, a closer look at the numbers will show that lately Johnson has been No Ordinary Joe.

In March, Johnson has averaged 26.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 3.3 3-pointers made on 49.2 percent from the floor and over 84 percent from the line. Those are numbers that favorably compare with almost any other player in the league. Johnson's ascension has come on the heels of the Hawks trading for Mike Bibby. While Bibby's numbers haven't been great, and the Hawks haven't been winning, Johnson has thrived with a true point guard. He takes better shots, gets better looks and doesn't have to worry about running the team. Johnson can just play and the numbers don't lie. If any All-Star could be considered a fantasy sleeper next year, it might be Johnson. Remember, he's No Ordinary Joe.



Posted by Kyle Fisher at 3/19/2008 6:19:00 PM
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Ugly with a Capital S
There's playing out the schedule, and there's what the Sonics are doing. The Sonics have given up 100 points or more in 13 consecutive games, including 168 points to Denver in a 52-point loss Sunday! That's the most points allowed in franchise history and the largest margin of defeat in franchise history. It's also the most points scored in the NBA since San Antonio totaled 173 in 1990. The Nuggets have scored 306 points in their last two games against the Sonics, becoming the first team since 1946 to beat the same opponent by more than 40 twice in the same season. That's just plain embarrassing.

Yeah, the Sonics' season was over on about, oh, Oct. 9, but for the love of Dolph Schayes, how about a little pride? I understand everyone's ready for summer vacation, but good grief, put away the yearbook signings, there's still a month left in the season. How about one more win for old times' sake? Right, that's probably too much to ask. How about the next time you play Denver (April 6), you hold them to less than, say, 125?

Posted by Jason Thornbury at 3/17/2008 12:52:00 AM

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