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NBA Who's Hot, Who's Not - February 28th

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Two young guards Jordan Crawford and Isaiah Thomas, who are free agents in more than 50-percent of all Yahoo leagues, were lighting it up just before the break and lead the Who's Hot portion of today's program.

Hot

Jordan Crawford, Washington - On February 14th someone turned on the Crawford "light switch" and he's been shining ever since. Averaging just 10.4 ppg over the season's first 37 games, Crawford is averaging 21.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 3.0 apg over the past five games. After back-to-back 2-for-12 shooting nights, he's hit 40 of his last 74 shots from the field (54.1-percent). Ride the wave until he turns cold again. Crawford is owned in just 40-percent of all fantasy leagues.

Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento - Thomas continues to build his resume towards becoming a full-time fantasy starter. The tiny 5'9" former University of Washington point guard earned his first start four games ago and has put up great fantasy numbers - 19.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 6.5 apg while turning the ball over just nine times. By comparison, the new Knicks point guard who is getting all the media attention is averaging 21.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 8.7 apg, but with 22 turnovers. Jeremy Lin is owned in 92-percent of all league and likely unavailable, but Thomas is still a free agent in half of them. Pick Thomas up if you need a point guard.

Chris Kaman, New Orleans - Kaman is a short-term fix as his value after March 15th, the NBA trade deadline, can not be easily determined. If you are currently short at the center position, Kaman's 17.8 ppg and 9.0 rpg over the last six games could solve many problems.

Cold

Paul Pierce, Boston - Pierce has shot over 50-percent from the field in just two of the last 12 games. His scoring returned after a short hiatus in mid- February and he has cracked the 20-point mark in each of the last two games. Still, Rajon Rondo takes over too many games and Pierce has been too inconsistent.

Danny Granger, Indiana - Granger ended January with four consecutive days of 20-plus points and started February with a 36-point explosion. Then he injured an ankle and he's cracked the 20-point mark in just two of the last seven games. He hasn't hit his 18.0 ppg season long average in the last three games and the Pacers are getting more balanced scoring than earlier in the season. This doesn't bode well for Granger owners.

Stephen Curry, Golden State - Curry has been dealing with foot injuries for most of the season and it's killing his fantasy owners. He scored 9 and 11 in his last two games and has shot 50-percent in just two of his last seven games. Curry's current foot/ankle problems will make him an unlikely participant on Tuesday and you should send him to the bench until you are sure he can carry a full workload. Nate Robinson is Curry's replacement and is available in 90-percent of all leagues if you are in need. A healthy Robinson is better than a gimpy Curry.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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