Stiemsma puts up another solid line

March, 23, 2012

Greg Stiemsma had another strangely productive fantasy night for the Boston Celtics, playing 24 minutes and accumulating six points, four rebounds, three assists, four steals and five blocks against the Milwaukee Bucks. He's now averaging 3.2 blocks over his past five games, and that alone is enough to make him worth owning if you have ground to make up in that category.

It appears the Celtics will be signing free-agent center Ryan Hollins, but I'm not sure Hollins is good enough to take minutes from Stiemsma, especially considering the defense Stiemsma has been playing of late. Even if he loses some of the playing time he's earned recently, Stiemsma is blocking so many shots in limited playing time that he'll still be a contributor if you need more blocks. Even though he doesn't do much else, he's still going to be worth owning in most fantasy leagues for the rest of the season.

Looking back

Tyreke Evans once again came off the bench for the Sacramento Kings in their one-point loss to the Utah Jazz on Thursday night, but he did manage to play 29 minutes and had a great game with 25 points on 11-for-17 shooting, five rebounds and three steals. He should be in your lineup moving forward, as he seems perfectly healthy at this point.

Gilbert Arenas made his debut for the Memphis Grizzlies in their loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, and it certainly didn't do much to inspire any confidence that he could return to form. He had just two points in 12 minutes, although he did chip in three assists and two steals. If you were wondering whether you needed to worry about picking Arenas up off the waiver wire, the answer, for now, is a resounding no.

Chris Singleton has been playing more and more minutes of late for the Washington Wizards, and finally had a decent offensive performance to go along with his work on the defensive end. In the win over the Indiana Pacers, Singleton had 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting, but more importantly he is averaging three steals over his past three games.

Looking ahead

• Last time the Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers played, the 76ers won by 32 points (remarkably, they managed to win each quarter by at least five points). No one on the Celtics had a good game, but I'm more interested in the fact that Evan Turner had a great game against the vaunted Celtics defense. Given the struggles Turner's been going through over his past few games, the matchup against the Celtics could actually be a good one for him if you can get him into your lineup.

• With Rodney Stuckey doubtful for the Detroit Pistons for their Friday night matchup against the Miami Heat, it should be a good night to play Ben Gordon and Brandon Knight, even against the vaunted defense of the Heat.

• It should also be a good night to get Derrick Williams into your lineup for the Minnesota Timberwolves against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Williams had 13 points and six rebounds the last time they played, has been playing more of late, and will be in line for even more minutes with Nikola Pekovic out and Michael Beasley questionable.

Tony Parker is doubtful for the San Antonio Spurs against the Dallas Mavericks, and while Gary Neal has been struggling a little of late, he did manage 16 points and four steals against the Timberwolves his last time out. He should be primed for a good game Friday night if you need 3s and steals.



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