Dose: MLK Day RecapTuesday, January 17, 2012
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The Big 5 Injury Status
Derrick Rose was a very late scratch on Monday, although we did say in an early blurb that he “seems doubtful.” His toe injury won’t go away, he’s still wearing a walking boot and remains day-to-day. He’ll be doubtful for Tuesday’s game at Phoenix, then the Bulls are off until Friday, which seems like the most realistic target date for his return. Just stay tuned Tuesday and make sure he’s officially ruled out.
The Heat have “no timetable” for a return date on Dwyane Wade, although he hasn’t been ruled out for Tuesday’s game, yet. His ankle sprain wasn’t pretty and owners just have to hope he feels better tonight and gives it a go. But the reality is he could also miss the entire week.
Chris Paul missed Monday’s game against the Nets with his hamstring injury, but is traveling with the team. That means he could play tonight at Utah, so consider him a game-time decision for now.
Carmelo Anthony played through his wrist and ankle issues on Monday and had 33 points, eight boards, five assists and three steals in another ugly Knicks loss. Hopefully you had him in your lineup, where he should stay. He said he tweaked his ankle, but fully expects to play again on Wednesday.
Stephen Curry doesn’t sound likely to play on Tuesday due to his sprained ankle. He says he’s close to 100 percent, but owners should probably be thankful he’ll get an extra game to heal. My guess is we’ll see him Wednesday at New Jersey.
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Other Injury News
Eric Gordon is targeting returning from his sore knee early next week. This is great news, but owners will be gun shy and worried about his next injury.
Andrea Bargnani was out again with his calf injury. The good news is it’s not as bad as the Raps originally feared, but the bad news is he could miss more games. Consider him questionable for Wednesday.
Andrew Bogut returned from a concussion and had 20 points, 11 boards and three blocks.
Spencer Hawes had 10 points, 11 boards and hit a couple threes on Monday. He’s been dealing with a sore back and didn’t play well in his return, but looked better yesterday. Hopefully the problem is behind him.
Evan Turner was out Monday with a right thigh contusion and is day-to-day, despite saying he would play through the injury. It doesn’t sound serious.
Andray Blatche returned to action from his shoulder injury and had 11 points and 12 rebounds off the bench. I doubt he’s coming off the bench all season, or for much longer, and he should be owned in most leagues. I was thrilled to see him sitting there in a 14-team league on Monday morning and grabbed him.
Jose Juan Barea wants to play through his ankle injury on Wednesday, which might cool off a hot Wayne Ellington, who has scored 15 and 13 points in his last two games.
Trevor Ariza sounds likely to return from his groin injury this week and should go straight back into the starting lineup for the Hornets.
Rashard Lewis missed Monday with a sore knee, as Chris Singleton got another start. While Singleton’s production hasn’t exactly been mind-blowing, it is pretty clear that you can stick a fork in Lewis.
Derrick Favors is listed as doubtful for Tuesday with a sprained ankle. This just means that Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson should be in all starting lineups, no questions asked.
Vince Carter sprained his foot on the final play of Monday’s game and is day-to-day. He was playing well coming in, but wasn’t great last night, and should probably be left on waivers with the injury.
For all the rest of the injury news you need, check out the Rotoworld Injury Report.