DeMarcus Cousins benched

February, 14, 2011

DeMarcus Cousins didn't get to enjoy the Sacramento Kings' 113-108 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday, as he didn't make the trip to Phoenix after an altercation with Donte Greene on Saturday. This marks multiple off-court incidents for Cousins, who has played brilliantly at times and is statistically impressive, averaging 13.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.7 blocks in 27.0 minutes per game as a rookie. He's really turned it on over the past couple of months, and so far was averaging 17.0 points and 11.4 rebounds per game in February, numbers that could take a short-term hit if he loses playing time due to his inability to stay out of trouble. The Kings are in a pickle, as they want to promote the proper attitude, but also want to give their young players as much opportunity to develop as possible. I look for the latter cause to win out, and Cousins' numbers shouldn't be impacted very much by the incident. I'd be surprised if he wasn't back in the lineup for the next game and putting up start-worthy fantasy numbers, so don't be too dismayed by his DNP on Sunday and expect him to continue his statistically encouraging rookie season.

Looking back

Chris Bosh had his best game since returning from his ankle sprain, scoring 24 points on 8-for-11 shooting from the floor and 8-for-10 from the stripe, to go along with 10 boards, two assists, a steal and a block in 41 minutes on Sunday. He had 17 points and 10 rebounds on Friday, and in his past five is averaging 18.0 points and 7.8 rebounds, roughly his season averages, so consider him back to where he was before the injury. ... Brandon Bass returned from his injury and played 30 minutes off the bench Sunday, scoring six points with eight rebounds and an assist. This is much needed for the Orlando Magic, who are thin at frontcourt, although it'll impact Ryan Anderson, who played just 18 minutes. He still drained three 3-pointers, although he scored just nine points with five boards. It wouldn't be surprising if Bass was back in the starting lineup in the next few games, which shouldn't be too much of a concern if you're an Anderson owner. His averages off the bench (11.5 points, 2.2 3s) are actually better than those as a starter (9.3 points, 2.0 3s), so you can be confident that Anderson will still be a solid source of 3s even with Bass back in the picture. Bass provides efficient scoring when he's healthy and getting minutes, so if your team needs percentages and he's available, his 50.6 percent mark from the floor and 82.3 percent mark from the stripe will provide you with a boost. ... Mo Williams is back for the Cleveland Cavaliers and has immediate fantasy value, as he's averaging 13.5 points, 11.0 assists and 1.0 3s per game in the two games since he returned on Friday. The Cavs are obviously desperate for any sort of inspired play, so feel free to immediately get Williams back in your lineup. It doesn't appear that it'll affect Ramon Sessions' value too much, as he still had 14 points, six assists and three steals in 25 minutes off the bench Sunday. Daniel Gibson and Manny Harris should be the players most negatively impacted by Williams' return. ... Tracy McGrady had his best game since Rodney Stuckey's return on Sunday, scoring 16 points with five assists, three 3s, a steal and a block in 28 minutes. He's averaging just 3.2 assists in the four games since Stuckey's return, compared to his average of 4.6 overall as a starter, so expect that number to go down now that he's sharing point duties with Stuckey. He undoubtedly still has value, it's just likely that his assists will dip.

Looking ahead

Al Horford returned from his back contusion Saturday and scored 16 points with 10 rebounds in 42 minutes of play, so consider him a go for Monday's contest against the Detroit Pistons and be sure to get him back in your starting lineup. ... Don't expect Eric Gordon back anytime this week, as he'll likely be out until after the All-Star break and could be back for the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Feb. 22. For now, feel free to continue rolling with Randy Foye. ... Darko Milicic has missed the past three contests with a left hip flexor strain, and is considered day-to-day against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday. If he can't go, Nikola Pekovic is a nice spot-start candidate in deep leagues, and should produce some rebounds and blocks. He grabbed nine boards with three blocks in 29 minutes of play on Saturday in Milicic's absence, and has short-term value that will disappear once Darko returns.



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