Jose Calderon records first triple-double
On consecutive nights, Jose Calderon went from triple overtime to a triple-double. On Tuesday, he helped the Toronto Raptors fight off the Indiana Pacers -- and exhaustion -- by posting 13 points (including a pair of 3-pointers), 10 assists and 10 rebounds in 39 minutes. Less than 24 hours earlier, Calderon logged 50 minutes in the marathon loss to the Utah Jazz.
So we know that Calderon, who's averaging 14.5 points, 11.0 assists and 2.8 3-pointers in four games since replacing Kyle Lowry in the starting lineup, has earned a few days off. Fortunately he'll get just that, because the Raptors don't play again till Saturday. And perhaps during that time, we'll learn more about Lowry's injured ankle. The most recent news -- that Lowry saw a specialist for a second opinion -- sounds rather ominous.
Calderon is still available in 16 percent of ESPN.com leagues.
• It's not so much that the Cleveland Cavaliers lost on a night when Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao combined for 69 points, it's that the game was basically over by halftime. Trumping the Cavs' duo was the Brooklyn Nets' trio of Deron Williams (26 points, 10 assists), Brook Lopez (23 points, four blocks) and Joe Johnson (25 points, 6 assists, 3 3s). Johnson delivered easily his best outing with his new team.
• With Isaiah Thomas (personal) unavailable, Aaron Brooks had a chance to show what he could do as the Sacramento Kings' starting point guard. Instead, he injured his ankle and left after only seven minutes. The Kings, of course, were also without DeMarcus Cousins, who finished his two-game suspension.
• Here's a phrase I never thought I'd write about J.R. Smith: model of consistency. After going 2-for-2 from downtown against the Orlando Magic, Smith is now at 72.2 percent (13-of-18) from long range. That's almost twice his career mark of 37.1 percent. In addition to playing nicely (18.2 points, 2.6 3s, 2.2 steals), Smith apparently is playing nice by accepting his sixth-man role. I'd sell high on Smith if I could, though. The New York Knicks play 25 times in the next 45 days. Smith may be able to handle that, but I'm not so sure about his aged teammates.
• Nikola Pekovic (ankle) is questionable for Wednesday when the Minnesota Timberwolves host the Charlotte Bobcats. With the Wolves being so short-handed, and with Pek being so tough, I wouldn't be surprised if he played. Figure it's a game-time decision.
• Kirk Hinrich (hamstring) is also questionable for the Chicago Bulls, who visit the Phoenix Suns. Hinrich has said he hopes to play, though deep-leaguers might be happier to get another start from Nate Robinson against a Suns team that's allowed the third-most assists and the fourth-most 3s.
• Talk about a mixed bag: Dorell Wright is averaging 2.4 3s and 2.1 steals, but shooting 35.0 percent. He's also coming off the bench again now that Jason Richardson has returned from an ankle injury. If I had to pick one, I think I'd go with J-Rich, who's available in about 90 percent of ESPN.com leagues. Then again, with the Philadelphia 76ers hosting the winless Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, either option likely will work.