Douglas ended up cutting into the court time of Norris Cole (24 minutes) a little more than usual. Though the Pelicans outscored the Jazz by nine points when he was on the court compared to minus-7 when Cole was running the offense, Douglas probably isn't primed to see his role blossom much further. Douglas had produced a combined seven points on 2-for-17 shooting over the preceding four games.
The 11 boards were one shy of a season high for Ajinca, who has seen his role grow the last two games. He's played 17 and 21 minutes, respectively, in those contests, as coach Alvin Gentry has shown a greater willingness to go bigger to counter the large frontcourts of the Timberwolves and Jazz. The Pelicans will face another sizable trio of big men Thursday in the Thunder's Serge Ibaka (6-foot-10), Steven Adams (seven feet), and Enes Kanter (6-foot-11), so Ajinca could again be asked to cover 15-to-25 minutes behind starting center Omer Asik.
Babbitt saw 15 minutes of court time in the Pelicans' previous game Monday against the Timberwolves, but that's been his lone appearance over the last seven contests. Even though the Pelicans continue to play without Eric Gordon (finger), Tyreke Evans (knee), and Quincy Pondexter (knee), there's been little effort from coach Alvin Gentry to integrate Babbitt into the rotation.
Dejean-Jones' second 10-day contract with the Pelicans expired following Wednesday's 100-96 win over the Jazz, during which the rookie put up nine points (3-5 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT). While he's since taken hold of the starting role at shooting guard while Tyreke Evans (knee) has been sidelined, Dejean-Jones is only averaging 6.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 0.8 steals over 19.9 minutes in 11 appearances, production that might make the Pelicans reluctant to sign the 23-year-old to the two- or three-year deal he appears to be seeking, according to Kushner. The Pelicans will continue to negotiate with Dejean-Jones and his agent over the break to see if an agreement on a new deal can be reached.
The injury didn't force Beverley to exit Wednesday's game prematurely, as he played 32 minutes and finished with seven points (3-7 FG, 1-4 3Pt), four assists, and one rebound. Still, because the left ankle has bothered him at various points this season, Beverley isn't inclined to risk further injury in a meaningless competition. He's expected to be good to go for the Rockets' first game out of the break Feb. 19 against the Suns.
It's his best defensive performance since Biyombo rejected seven shots on Dec. 17 against the Hornets. His overall fantasy production has dwindled with Jonas Valanciunas healthy and playing well as the starting center, but even in reduced minutes Biyombo is still capable of making a contribution in blocks, averaging 1.7 a night in 21 games since Valanciunas rejoined the lineup.
It was his best performance since moving into the starting lineup at small forward in place of James Johnson (ankle), but Powell still isn't seeing enough minutes to make much of a fantasy impact as Terrence Ross continues to see the bulk of the action at the three. Johnson will now have the entire All-Star break to heal up, so Powell will likely return to the end of the bench after the break.
It's the third straight game that Burke missed due to a case of the flu, but with a full week off to recover from the illness during the All-Star break, Burke figures to be back to full health for the Jazz's next game Feb. 18 against the Wizards.
The Rockets recalled Motiejunas from his rehab stint in the D-League in advance of their Tuesday and Wednesday back-to-back set, but the big man was left inactive for both contests. It appears the Rockets would like him to pick up a little more practice time before interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff feels comfortable deploying him in games. Once healthy, Motiejunas, who is averaging 5.6 points and 2.1 rebounds over 13.4 minutes in 14 appearances this season, is only expected to play a bit role off the bench.
Arthur has now sat out the Nuggets' last five games with the sore left quad, but he'll have just over a week to heal up until the team's next tilt Feb. 19 against the Kings. The Nuggets appear hopeful that Arthur will be ready to go by then.