Management has me on some other projects, so this Dose is going to be a quick-hitting review of Tuesday’s news.
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Manu Ginobili started doing “basketball work” and is about a week away from performing in one-on-one drills. This isn’t a hamstring tear or muscle ailment that is subject to aggravation, but rather a broken bone that has a definitive timeline more or less. Ginobili’s return will be guided by the doctor’s recommendation on what timeline is needed for the bones to properly set, and from there it will be an issue of pain management and slowly building up the small muscles around the hand so the hand itself is stable. All of this is more or less a cookie-cutter transaction from a doctor’s perspective, so if Ginobili is sitting around in your daily league go ahead and pick him up.
Brook Lopez (foot) ran for the first time on Monday, and while I have him coming back a few weeks after Manu I’d also be willing to take a chance on him with what we know. Just look at your schedule and figure out if you can swing things with Lopez rotting on your bench. So far, it sounds like his rehab is going well, and he could be a force for your squad down the stretch.
Richard Hamilton (groin) could be out “a while” after he got up for Sunday's big game against the Heat and Tom Thibodeau didn’t stop him. This means that Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer deserve a close look, because no matter what Hamilton or Luol Deng (wrist) say, they could be missing some time.
Rajon Rondo (wrist) did not play on Tuesday and one way or another somebody is lying about his return date. Doc Rivers said he is probably targeting Friday for his return.
MarShon Brooks (Achilles) is out indefinitely, and I feel a little lame for not raising the red flag a little higher. I did initially, but was convinced by team reports that he was healthy when my gut said otherwise.
George Hill will not travel with the Pacers for their next two games after suffering a chip fracture in his ankle, and it sounds like he could be out a week or more. This takes some pressure off of Darren Collison and owners in deep leagues should watch Lance Stephenson.
Steve Nash (thigh) is a game-time decision for Wednesday’s game, but if he can’t go Ronnie Price isn’t playing well enough to be used unless you’re semi-desperate. Sebastian Telfair actually played better than Price on Monday and could also get the start.
The Blazers website tweeted news that Nicolas Batum had a bone contusion on his left knee, which in other words is a bone bruise. The tweet did not say that there was ligament damage, but we can’t rule that out as a large percentage of bone bruises come with torn ligaments. Bone bruises also can come with torn cartilage and restrict the growth of cartilage, so this isn’t a small thigh contusion or anything. The fact that he is being evaluated in a week should let owners know that this is a week-to-week injury and not day-to-day, as the Blazers website would like you to believe. Jamal Crawford, Wesley Matthews, and Raymond Felton all deserve to be owned outside of terribly shallow formats that don’t reward 3-point shooting.
Raja Bell (adductor) will not play on Wednesday, and this could be the opening Ty Corbin needs to move him out of the starting lineup. Bell has struggled with this injury in the past and owners may want to consider it a multi-game injury. Al Jefferson (foot) is annoying his owners with constant minor injuries, but with solid performance all year long the instant reaction is not to overact. The other reaction is to figure out if this is his body breaking down or if he is just a guy that attracts minor injuries.
I thought Spencer Hawes (Achilles) might have been held out on Monday so he didn’t have to deal with Dwight Howard, but if he misses Wednesday that theory turns to mud. He is playing 2-on-2 and 3-on-3, but has been day-to-day forever and his injury history says that’s not good. Nikola Vucevic might have also been held out on Monday for the same reasons, and both players should be watched to see who can step up.