On a night when Jermaine O'Neal owners finally welcomed back their fallen center after a two month absence, Chris Kaman saw his season come to an abrupt an end. With 26 seconds left in the 1st quarter of Monday's game against Dallas, Kaman sprained his right ankle and did not return. He was later seen leaving the arena on crutches.
Kaman returned ahead of schedule last week and has been a solid fantasy playoff producer averaging 14 points and 9 rebounds over his last 3 games. With only 8 games left, I wouldn't expect to see the Clippers' big man back on the court again this season. With Kaman done and Brand still out, Josh Powell once again will start at center for the Clips. He is a good source of rebounds and can put up point totals in the low teens.
O'Neal only played 17 minutes in his first game back in over 2 months putting up 9 points, 2 rebounds and 1 block. O'Neal should see his playing time increase with every passing game and should eventually see 25-30 minutes a night if he proves healthy. At this juncture of the season with the waiver wire more or less barren, JO is an excellent source of rebounds and blocks and has the ability to put up 15-20 points on any given night. Grab him if he's available.