Monday was a rough day for yours truly, and I’m pretty sure I wasn’t alone given the list of surprise DNPs that broke before the games started, and then the list of All-Stars who went down during the games. It reminded me of a Modest Mouse album title; 'Good News For People Who Love Bad News.'
I listed this fantasy all-star team on Twitter Monday afternoon, which consisted of surprise DNPs for Monday night: PG Raymond Felton, SG Jarrett Jack, SF Anthony Morrow, PF Kevin Love/Elton Brand, and C Nene/Amare Stoudemire.
And the news only got worse on Monday night, as the following all-star team went down in-game. PG Derrick Rose, SG Chauncey Billups, F Carmelo Anthony, F Danilo Gallinari, C Samuel Dalembert (not technically hurt, but might as well be on a seven-minute night).
So without further ado, here’s a recap of Monday’s injury-fest, along with a few bits of good news for guys like Jeremy Lin, Jerryd Bayless, Linas Kleiza and LaMarcus Aldridge.
But first, I’ve got to lead with Jeremy Lin, who is the new starting point guard for the Knicks. He went off for a career-high 28 points and eight assists, and led the Knicks to a win over the Jazz with a team-high 45 minutes played. He should be owned in all leagues at this point, especially since Baron Davis suffered a setback. It’s possible Davis doesn’t play a game this season, so dump him for Lin (or anyone else) if you can. ‘Linsanity’ also had 25 points and seven dimes on Saturday, which was the night to move on him in most leagues.
Billups Could Be Done
Chauncey Billups went down with a left Achilles injury and all signs are that it’s a serious one. We’re still waiting for an official report from the team, but it’s pretty rare that rumors about an injury turn out to be false, and everything we’ve heard is that it’s a severe injury, which could mean he ruptured it. And if that’s the case, he’s done for the season and could even have trouble resuming his career. Hopefully it’s just a strain, but Randy Foye will likely take over his starting job, and Mo Williams will likely see the biggest boost in value if Billups is done.
Derrick Rose left last night’s game with back spasms and is day-to-day after playing just 11 minutes. C.J. Watson had 14 points and 11 assists, but will only be worth owning if Rose is going to miss time. And as of now, he’s a game-time decision for Wednesday at New Orleans.
Melo’s Groin Injury A Concern
Carmelo Anthony left after just six minutes with a strained right groin, which is pretty scary. Groin injuries, if serious at all, usually result in at least a couple missed games, while he could be out for a couple weeks or more. We really don’t know any more at this point, and will have to wait to find out the severity of the injury. Bill Walker had 11 points and five rebounds in his stead, while Steve Novak got hot for 19 points and five 3-pointers in just 17 minutes. Walker would be the pickup if Melo is going to miss a lot of time, but is probably not capable of putting up Melo-like numbers.
Danilo Gallinari suffered a “chip fracture” in his left foot/ankle and the replays on television were brutal to watch. I don’t mean to raise the alarm flag irresponsibly, but as Reggie Miller once said, this one looks like a “monther,” as in he could miss a month with the injury. We should know more on Tuesday. Rudy Fernandez had 14 points and could replace Gallo in the starting lineup, while Al Harrington is a must-own player in all leagues. He’s been playing well for most of the season and had 12 points and 15 boards last night.
Amare Loses His Brother
Amare Stoudemire’s brother, Hazell, tragically passed away in a car accident on Monday morning and Amare has taken a leave from the Knicks, missing last night’s game. And given funeral arrangements and the gravity of the situation, he could miss more games, including Wednesday at Washington. Jared Jeffries started in his place and had 13 points and eight boards, but isn’t exactly trustworthy.
Kevin Love has been suspended for two games for stepping on Luis Scola’s face and will be out on Tuesday and Wednesday. Derrick Williams and Michael Beasley will benefit.
Nene was out on Monday with his lingering heel injury, which is becoming quite concerning. He’s day-to-day, while Kenneth Faried had six points and eight boards in the start. Chris Andersen had 10 points and nine boards, and Al Harrington added 12 points and 15 boards. Nene’s heel has been an issue for most of the season and owners have to hope a shutdown of some sort isn’t on the horizon.