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THREE UP, THREE DOWN

Posted by Ed Ryan January 29, 2009 05:54 AM

UP Jose Calderon, PG, Toronto
A hamstring injury kept Calderon out for six games recently, but his return has been spectacular: 23 points and 10 assists against Chicago, and 16 points and eight assists against Sacramento. Calderon is a maestro with the basketball, and now that he's returned, Toronto feels as though it can make a playoff push. He'll be playing big minutes, so get him in your lineup.

UP Ramon Sessions, G, Milwaukee
Sessions' playing time will spike because of the season-ending knee injury star guard Michael Redd suffered on Jan. 24. When Redd was out injured in November, Sessions averaged over 15.8 ppg and 5.8 apg, and since then he's been extremely productive in limited action off the Bucks' bench.

UP Andrew Bynum, C, LA Lakers
Bynum is making his move: In his last three games, he's submitted 42 points and 15 rebounds; 23 points and 14 rebounds; and 15 points and 11 boards. He also has eight blocks over that span. It's understandable if you had Bynum on your bench, but with upcoming contests against Minnesota, Memphis, and the Knicks, you're going to want him in your lineup.

DOWN Amar'e Stoudemire, F, Phoenix
Stoudemire has not put up numbers worthy of the first-round pick I used on him. He's averaging 21 ppg, 7 rpg, and one block per game. All of those numbers are down from last season, and it's no surprise that Phoenix' recent skid has coincided with Stoudemire's decrease in production. Stoudemire is hardly a bust, but at this point he's basically Antawn Jamison: a solid player, but not someone who will carry you.

DOWN Jamal Crawford, G, Golden State
Crawford is well suited for the Warriors and their green-light offense, but a couple of things are working against him this week: a sore hamstring, and the return of high-scoring guard Monta Ellis. Golden State has been waiting on Ellis all season, and Crawford's opportunities are sure to diminish now that he has returned to the rotation.

DOWN Brad Miller, C, Sacramento
Wins are not coming easy for Sacramento, which is finishing up a brutal road trip. The Kings have enough scorers -- like Miller -- to hang with teams for a half or so, but their jump-shooting ways usually land them on the wrong end of double-digit deficits. As the losses mount, expect the Kings to either deal Miller or take longer looks at young big men Jason Thompson and Spencer Hawes.

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