Daily Fantasy Basketball Recap: 4.5.12

Kevin Durant, LeBron James

LeBron's back at that No. 1 spot. (P Photo/J Pat Carter)

Beast of the Night: LeBron James owned the Thunder with his 34 points, seven rebounds, 10 assists, four steals, one block and three three-pointers last night. He shot 50 percent (10-20) from the field and 85 percent (11-13) from the free-throw line, and had two turnovers. This followed his 41/6/4 line against the Sixers the previous night. Believe it or not, last night’s monster line helped James reclaim the No. 1 spot over Kevin Durant again.

Lines for Discussion:

Darren Collison: 7-8 FG (88%), 3-3 FT (100%), 17 Pts, 3 Reb, 11 Ast, 1 TO; this has been an underwhelming season for Collison, to say the least

Jordan Crawford: 11-22 FG (50%), 1-1 FT (100%), 5 threes, 28 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 TO; he will be one of the most appealing players to consider in next year’s drafts

Andrea Bargnani: 8-15 FG (53%), 5-5 FT (100%), 3 threes, 24 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 TO; in his last five games, Bargnani has averaged 25.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steal, 0.4 blocks and 2.0 threes, while shooting 51 percent from the field and 94 percent from the free-throw line

Eric Gordon: 3-11 FG (27%), 7-9 FT (78%), 2 threes, 15 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 TO; get him in your starting lineups

Marc Gasol: 3-13 FG (23%), 4-6 FT (67%), 10 Pts, 10 Reb, 7 Ast, 4 Blk, 1 TO; Gasol will be a solid or third- or fourth-round pick in next year’s drafts

Andrew Bynum: 13-20 FG (65%), 10-12 FT (83%), 36 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Stl, 4 Blk; we’re witnessing the kid’s incredibly high ceiling when healthy

Waiver-Wire Watch (four stars = must add; one star = keep an eye on him):

Kevin Seraphin: 19 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 TO (***)

Spencer Hawes: 10 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk, 3 TO (**)

Danny Green: 14 Pts, 2 threes, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO (**)

Avery Bradley: 19 Pts, 1 Reb, 1 Stl (**)

Anthony Parker: 27 Pts, 4 threes, 7 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 TO (**)

Ekpe Udoh: 11 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk, 2 TO (***)

Charles Jenkins: 19 Pts, 4 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 TO (**)

J.J. Barea: 15 Pts, 3 threes, 6 Reb, 8 Ast, 7 TO (***)

Wayne Ellington: 17 Pts, 3 threes, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO (**)

Kenneth Faried: 13 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 1 TO (****)

Injuries:

Wilson Chandler (groin): day-to-day

Rodney Stuckey (hamstring): remains on target to return tonight

Drew Gooden (back): day-to-day

Luke Ridnour (ankle): out at least a week

Jarrett Jack (ankle): day-to-day

Jared Jeffries (knee): could be back Sunday

Jameer Nelson (calf): questionable tonight

Dwight Howard (back): ditto

Ryan Anderson (ankle): could miss up to 5-6 days

Devin Harris (ankle): day-to-day

Raja Bell (knee): out for two weeks

Nene (foot): day-to-day

D.J. Augustin (knee): day-to-day

Kyrie Irving (shoulder): out at least a week

Deron Williams (illness): day-to-day

James Johnson (illness): monitor his status

Derrick Rose (groin): game-time decision for tonight

Tony Allen (mouth): monitor his status

For Tonight:

See if Rose returns for the Bulls tonight, as they host the Celtics.

Carmelo Anthony should have another big game against a potentially Howard-less Magic squad.

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