Brandon Jennings improving lately

December, 14, 2010

Brandon Jennings is starting to hit some shots. In helping the Milwaukee Bucks end the Dallas Mavericks' 12-game winning streak, the 21-year-old enjoyed one of his best all-around performances of the early season with 23 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Most importantly for fantasy owners, he made 9 of his 19 field goal attempts, including three 3-pointers.

On Nov. 24, Jennings managed just three points on 1-of-10 shooting against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Perhaps that was a turning point. In the nine games since, the second-year pro is averaging 22.7 points, 5.2 assists, 2.3 3s and 42.3 percent shooting.

Looking back

Derrick Rose owners apparently dodged a bullet, but their guy could miss at least a game. Rose (18 points, 12 assists, 6 rebounds) injured his right wrist and left ankle against the Indiana Pacers. The wrist injury came when Brandon Rush tried to thwart Rose's layup attempt with 1:56 to go. Rose rolled on the court for several minutes, but he returned to the game. X-rays were negative, and he'll be re-evaluated Tuesday.

• A night after tweaking his injured knee, Brandon Roy struggled again, going just 3-of-16 against the Memphis Grizzlies. Roy has topped 33.3 percent shooting in just one of his past six games.

• The Miami Heat are 8-0 in December, and they're doing it with defense. Not even Chris Paul could withstand the Heat's harassment, as he scored just 11 points on 3-of-10 shooting. More notably, CP3 was held without a steal; he had at least two takeaways in 19 of his previous 21 games.

Andrew Bogut's lingering injuries were a major concern for fantasy owners in October, but he sure looks healthy now. Bogut went 10-of-12 from the floor in Dallas, and in five games since returning from a back injury, the big Aussie is averaging 20.8 points, 15.6 rebounds, 3.4 blocks and 1.2 steals. If only Bogut didn't make Blake Griffin look like Steve Nash at the line -- he's just a 45.7 percent free throw shooter this season after going 1-of-6 against the Mavericks.

Looking ahead

• There are rumblings about Tyreke Evans sitting out a few games to deal with the plantar fasciitis in his left foot, but the Sacramento Kings guard did travel with the team, which begins a three-game road trip Tuesday against the Houston Rockets. Still, in fantasy leagues of at least 12 teams it wouldn't be a bad idea to stash Francisco Garcia. Although Garcia hasn't seen meaningful minutes in more than a month, he did start -- and have a big game -- when Evans was suspended for the season opener.

Reggie Williams (19 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 4 treys and 2 steals) did a little of everything against the Utah Jazz, but his run as a starter could already be over. There are conflicting reports on the condition of Stephen Curry (ankle), but he could play on Tuesday when the Golden State Warriors host the Minnesota Timberwolves. Even if Curry doesn't go, the San Jose Mercury News says that Williams may come off the bench anyway after the Warriors' reserves managed just 14 points against the Jazz.

Neil Tardy is a fantasy basketball analyst for



You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?