Gooden rolling at Kaman's expense

March, 26, 2010

Drew Gooden continued his recent tear Thursday night against the Houston Rockets, posting his second straight double-double with 17 points and 14 boards in just 26 minutes. He also went 3-for-3 from the line and is 23-for-23 from the charity stripe in his past four games; he's shooting a whopping 93.1 percent from the line with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Caron Butler, Mavericks: 25 points on 11-of-19 shooting, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 3-pointer versus the Trail Blazers.
Trevor Ariza, Rockets: 18 points (7-of-20 from the field, 1-of-3 from the line), 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals, 3 3-pointers and 1 block versus the Clippers.
LaMarcus Aldridge, Trail Blazers: 20 points on 9-of-18 from the field (2-of-2 from the line), 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal and 1 block versus the Mavericks.
Chris Kaman, Clippers: 4 points on 2-of-9 from the field, 12 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks versus the Rockets.
Derrick Rose, Bulls: 12 points on 5-of-16 shooting (2-of-4 from the line), 5 assists, 5 rebounds and zero steals or 3-pointers versus the Heat.
Jason Terry, Mavericks: 11 points (4-of-14 from the field), 3 3-pointers, 3 rebounds and 2 assists against the Trail Blazers.

His emergence has put a damper on Chris Kaman, who could only muster just four points on 2-of-9 from the field. Kaman made up for his scoring elsewhere, but the fact remains that Kaman is scoring 4.3 fewer points since the All-Star break, 16 of 19 of those games played alongside Gooden. Not only has Gooden carved out value for himself, he's turned Kaman into a second-rate center in the process. Make sure to remember this on draft day next year if Blake Griffin can make a full return to health.

Looking Back

Caron Butler (25 points) had a big game for the Dallas Mavericks, but his jump-shooting ways haven't gone over well during his time with the team. He's not much of a standstill 3-point shooter and he doesn't get enough touches to make up for his lack of efficiency with volume, making him a candidate to be dropped if you need a roster spot at this crucial juncture of the season, big game and all. ... Joakim Noah (10 minutes) still doesn't look anywhere near ready to log major minutes, and the Chicago Bulls' playoff hopes are toast. It's looking safe to write him off; Taj Gibson (12 points, 10 rebounds), though, looks like the real deal.

Looking Ahead

Need boards? James Singleton is your man; he's averaging 12.7 rebounds his past four games, but is available in more than 99 percent of leagues. If you're streaming for the playoffs, give him a look when he goes against the Charlotte Bobcats and Utah Jazz this weekend. ... Aaron Brooks bounced back from a couple of off games Thursday with 18 points, and should follow that up with another strong performance against the Los Angeles Lakers: he's averaging 22 points against them in three games. Since the likes of Derek Fisher tend to struggle with quick guards, that's a believable trend. ... It will be interesting to see if George Hill can keep up his hot play against two more quality defenses in the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. He is coming off consecutive 20-point games against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers, two top-10 defensive teams, but consistency tends to be his bugaboo.



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