Mixed results for Jarrett Jack

March, 8, 2011

As expected, Chris Paul was inactive on Monday. Anxious fantasy owners should learn more about his condition in the next day or so. Paul left Sunday's game with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a stretcher after a scary collision with Ramon Sessions. It was confirmed that he suffered a concussion, but further tests revealed no neck or spinal problems.

Prior to the game with the Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Hornets head coach Monty Williams said the team won't speculate on Paul's possible return until he meets with doctors in New Orleans. The Hornets start a five-game homestand on Wednesday against the Dallas Mavericks.

In Paul's absence, Jarrett Jack gave fantasy owners a respectable line. However, his 23 points and two steals were offset by 8-of-19 shooting and five turnovers (to only three assists). As long as Paul is out, Jack is a prime free-agent fill-in.

Looking Back

• Paul wasn't the only top-10 fantasy force sidelined on Monday. Dwight Howard served his automatic one-game suspension for receiving 16 technical fouls on the season. Howard is the first player to reach the 16-T threshold this season.

• With Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire combining to go 24-for-31 from the floor against the Utah Jazz, the New York Knicks could afford to be without Chauncey Billups (thigh) again. Don't be surprised if Billups misses another game or two, making Toney Douglas (20 points, 6 assists, 5 3-pointers) an outstanding short-term play. The Knicks take a quick trip to Memphis and Dallas on Wednesday and Thursday.

• As if the 32-point loss at Madison Square Garden wasn't ugly enough, the Jazz didn't get any healthier on Monday. Both Andrei Kirilenko (back) and Paul Millsap (knee) started, but neither could finish the game. With Millsap on the bench, Derrick Favors (16 points, eight rebounds) played 25 minutes in the blowout. C.J. Miles (12 points, two 3s) was a dreadful 3-of-14 in the game, but he would be a nice add in leagues of at least 12 teams if Kirilenko misses time. The Jazz have a very inviting schedule during the next week or so.

Stephen Jackson (hamstring) missed his second straight game, though he could return Wednesday when the Charlotte Bobcats host the Bulls. But should Jackson sit again, Gerald Henderson (20 points, two steals) merits consideration in leagues of at least 12 teams.

Trevor Ariza (groin) missed his third straight game for the Hornets.

Looking Ahead

Luis Scola continues to be bothered by soreness in both knees. He played just 17 minutes on Monday before leaving with a sore left knee, and is considered questionable for Tuesday's game with the Phoenix Suns. It will be news, though, if Scola doesn't play -- he's never missed an NBA game, a streak that currently stands at 311 games played.

Channing Frye will miss 2-3 weeks after separating his right shoulder late in Sunday's game with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Hakim Warrick could start in Frye's absence, though fantasy owners should also watch Mickael Pietrus, who's coming off back-to-back 20-point outings, and Jared Dudley.

Andrew Bogut (muscle strain) is questionable for Tuesday. He was expected to miss about seven days when he sustained the injury in practice early last week. Bogut's Milwaukee Bucks visit the Washington Wizards, who may again be without Rashard Lewis (knee) and Josh Howard (hamstring).

Brandon Roy (knee) isn't expected to play against the Miami Heat. The Portland Trail Blazers have said they will rest Roy in the second of back-to-back games for the remainder of the regular season. The Blazers also play this Friday and Saturday, but then won't have another back-to-back until March 27-28.

Neil Tardy is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.



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