Apr 5, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith (8) drives around Orlando Magic shooting guard Jason Richardson (23) during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Fantasy Basketball Recap of April 5-Starting 5

The Thursday night NBA showcase continued to whet our appetite for the NBA Playoffs just weeks away. In the early games, Orlando dropped its fifth in row amid the mayhem that is the Dwight Howard saga, and the Pistons beat the Wizards in a battle of non-playoff contenders.

The late game were great too,C with the Celtics unable to overcome the Bulls at home even without Derrick Rose still sidelined, and the  Clippers got past the Kings in Sacramento.

Here’s our first and second all-NBA fantasy players based on last night’s action as well as 5 disappointments and 5 to think about adding for tonight’s game if you’re in a daily transaction league that’s coming down to the wire.

Apr 5, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng (9) is defended by Boston Celtics center Greg Stiemsma (54) during the first half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

5 First Team All-Fantasy

SF. Luol Deng-Chi: Deng had probably the best line of the night despite struggling shooting (just 9-21 and 0-4 from three). He finished with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assits, and a block. in his 41 minutes to lead the still Derrick Rose-less Bulls past the Celtics.

PF. Carlos Boozer-Chi: Boozer added 14 rebounds, 3 assists, and 12 points in Chicago’s win over Boston.

C. Greg Monroe-Det: Monroe led Detroit to the win with 18 points, 7 rebounds, and an assist while playing just 21 minutes.

SG. Randy Foye-LAC: Foye had a team-high 20 points as his scoring continues. He added 6 rebounds and 2 assists in helping the Clippers cruise past Sacramento.

PG. John Wall-Was: Wall scored a game-high 28 in his Wizards loss to Detroit. He added 10 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals in his 42 minutes of playing time.

5 Second Team All-Fantasy

Apr 5, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith (8) and small forward Steve Novak (16) celebrate in front of Orlando Magic shooting guard J.J. Redick (7) during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

SF. Paul Pierce-Bos: Pierce poured in 22 points on 8-21 shooting in Chicago as the Bulls knocked off the Celtics. Pierce also contributed in other categories, featuring with 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.

PF. Jason Maxiell-Det: Maxiell had a double-double in his 28 minutes finishing with 11 points and 11 boards and added 2 assists, and a steal.

C. Jason Thompson-Sac: Thompson had a league-high 16 boards and added 15 points, an assist, and 2 blocks trying to fill in for the Kings as they fell to the Clippers.

SG. J.R. Smith-NY: Smith had 15 coming off the bench and helped the Knicks  second unit continue to be successful. He hit 3 threes last night and 6-12 overall and added 9 assists, 4 rebounds, and a steal.

PG. Rajon Rondo-Bos: Rondo enjoyed no-Derrick Rose and took avantage. He had 10 points and 12 assists with a steal and 4 rebounds.

5 Disappointing Fantasy Nights

Apr 5, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) reacts after a turnover during the fourth quarter at Amway Center. New York defeated Orlando, 96-80. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

1. Dwight Howard-Orl: Howard is at the center of the media storm in Orlando and now reportedly wants his coach fired. I’m not a huge Stan-Van fan, but in this situation I support him. Howard didn’t go out and prove his point by scoring just 8 points to go with his 8 rebounds, 3 blocks, an assist, and a steal.

2. Jordan Crawford-Was: Crawford hit 2 of 13 and scored just 9 points in the Wizards loss in Detroit.

3. Nick Young-LAC: Young is struggling and came off then bench to play 22 minutes with 10 shots taked. He made just 3  and finished with 7 points, an assist, and a block.

4. Brandon Knight-Det: Knight had 6 points on 108 shooting with just 1 assist, 1 steal, 3 rebounds, and 5 turnovers.

5. DeMarcus Cousins-Sac: Cousins played just 18 minuts due to foul trouble and had 8 points, 3 rebounds a block, and a steal in that short amount of time.

5 to Consider for tonight

April 03, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Phoenix Suns shooting guard Shannon Brown (26) controls the ball against the Sacramento Kings during the first quarter at Power Balance Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

1. Shannon Brown-Phx (7.2% owned): Brown has answered the call while Grant Hill has been sidelined for Phoenix. He’s had double-digit scoring and averaged 3.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in his last 5 games. He can blow up for big numbers, but usually is good for 10-16 points and 3+ rebounds and assists.

2. J.J. Hickson-Por (49%): With 11 games tonight, you’re going to want to make sure you have a full roster. If you’re in search of rebounds and points, Hickson is probably your best bet. He and the Blazers visit Dallas tonight, and he’s had 4 double-digit games in his last 5 while averaging over 8 boards per game.

3. Byron Mullens-Cha (17.1)%: Mullens has has 20 in 2 of his last three and contributes nice rebounding numbers as well. Tonight, he Bobcats visit Milwaukee.

4. Chandler Parsons-Hou (32.2): If he plays the minutes he’ll help you in multiple categories such as rebounds, points, and steals. Houston visits the Staples Center to face the Lakers in tonights 10:30 NBATV matchup and should be  a good game. Grab PArsons if you need to.

5.  Donald Sloan-Cle (0.1%): Sloan is expected to start once again for the injured Kyrie Irving. He’s played over 35 minutes in two of his last 3 games and has an average of 4 boards, 6.5 assists, a steal, and 11 points in those 2 games. He most likely won’t go off, but he could be a decent contributor if you really need assists and there aren’t other, better options.

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