The Rest of the Injury Report
Arron Afflalo was out for the Nuggets with ankle and toe injuries, as Julyan Stone started, hitting 1-of-5 shots for two points. Rudy Fernandez scored 14 and is the pickup if Afflalo is going to miss time. Timofey Mozgov was out again with his ankle injury and Kosta Koufos is starting in his place. Koufos was big in his previous game, but had just seven points, three rebounds and a block on Monday.
Anthony Morrow was out due to his grandmother’s funeral, but could be back on Wednesday. Keith Bogans started in his place, but had just seven points, while Jordan Farmar had 11 points and five dimes.
Raymond Felton was out with a foot injury and Jamal Crawford had 17 points and five dimes in the start at PG for Portland. Felton is day-to-day.
Tony Allen missed Monday with a hip/knee injury and Quincy Pondexter started in his place for the Grizzlies, but failed to score. O.J. Mayo played 28 minutes but hit just 3-of-15 shots for nine points, and is the guy to grab if Allen will miss more time.
Rashard Lewis was out for Washington with a sore knee and Chris Singleton started in his place, scoring just four points.
Jarrett Jack was out again for New Orleans with his sore knee and remains day-to-day. Greivis Vasquez had another nice game with 20 points and nine assists, while Marco Belinelli finally played well, going for 18 points, four assists and two 3-pointers. Vasquez should be owned in all leagues, while I don’t really trust Belinelli after his rough start to the season. But another nice game could change my mind.
Carl Landry (knee) and Jason Smith (concussion) were out, allowing Gustavo Ayon to start at power forward. He had just four points, nine boards and two blocks, but is worth a look if he continues to start. Meanwhile, Chris Kaman returned to action after being pulled off the trading block and had 10 points, 12 boards and a couple blocks. I’d pick up Kaman over Ayon if you’re looking at the duo.
Elton Brand was out with a thumb injury and Lavoy Allen started in his place for the Sixers, but had just four points and four rebounds. Brand is hoping to return on Wednesday.
Jason Kidd (calf) is targeting a Wednesday return for Dallas, while Roddy Beaubois was struggling in Kidd’s absence recently.
Jameer Nelson returned from a concussion for one of his best games of the season with 15 points and 12 assists. Maybe he’s finally ready to start playing well for Orlando, but I need to see him do it a couple more times before being convinced anything has changed.
Jared Dudley was back after a one-game absence and scored 10 points in a start for Phoenix, and can be reinserted into fantasy lineups.
Manu Ginobili (hand) could return within a week for the Spurs, so it’s time to grab him if he’s somehow still sitting out there in your league.
Other Noteworthy Performances
DeMarcus Cousins stayed hot with 28 points and 19 rebounds for the Kings, and has racked up 15 or more boards six times this season, and has hit 19 or more four times.
Blazer LaMarcus Aldridge blew up for a season-high 39 points to go along with six rebounds and a block, as his big season rolls on. Marcus Camby had 15 more rebounds and is a nice starting option right now.
Raptors Jerryd Bayless and Linas Kleiza each scored 30 points on Monday, as Bayless hit six 3-pointers and Kleiza knocked down four of them. Bayless had just three points on Friday, causing me to stupidly cut him, while Kleiza has scored 15, 17 and 30 points in his last three games, knocking down nine threes over that stretch. The Raptors are a rotational mess, but both of these guys are hot enough to be owned in most leagues.
Trevor Booker started again for Andray Blatche and got hot, hitting 7-of-10 shots for 19 points, four rebounds, three steals and three blocks for the Wizards. He won’t do this every night, but is at least worth a look.
Andrew Bynum went off for 20 points, 20 rebounds and three blocks for the second 20-20 game of his career. Kobe Bryant had 24 points and passed Shaquille O’Neal for No. 5 on the all-time NBA scoring list.
Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, John Wall, Nick Young, Lou Williams, Steve Nash, Channing Frye, Tim Duncan, Marc Gasol, Luis Scola. Isaiah Thomas, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka also all had monster lines for their owners on Monday.
Samuel Dalembert played just seven minutes for the Rockets, as Kevin McHale continues to limit his minutes as the slump continues. He’s scored seven or less in six straight games and hit rock bottom last night. He’ll likely get it turned around at some point, but should be on fantasy benches for now. It would be nice to hear McHale’s reasoning for turning on Sammy D, but we haven’t heard anything yet.
Hedo Turkoglu, who is dealing with a sore knee, played 25 minutes for Orlando on Monday, but missed all six of his shots and failed to score. Fail being the key word. Hopefully his knee is OK and this is just a slump. Jason Richardson stayed hot with 20 points, and should be added in most leagues after scoring between 17 and 20 points in his last three games.
Devin Harris had nine points and four assists for the Jazz, while Earl Watson failed to score or dime in 11 minutes. Watson had eight points and 11 assists on Saturday, but will continue to be inconsistent coming off the bench behind Harris, who is not exactly a model of consistency himself.
Jason Thompson, who came in hot, played just 17 minutes, finishing with four points, two rebounds and four fouls. Hopefully it was the foul trouble that limited him, although Chuck Hayes played through his banged up shoulder and had two points, five rebounds and six assists in 25 minutes. I picked JT up and put him in a couple lineups this week after he went off for 15 points and 16 boards on Saturday, but am already regretting that decision.
Houston’s Kevin Martin hit just 1-of-9 shots for eight points and is now 2-of-19 over his last two games with a total of 10 points. It’s a slump and he will bounce back, hopefully against the Blazers on Wednesday.
I’m sure I left off some Hot and Not players you care about, but I’m trying to keep this column at a length that will fit in the email version, which I failed to do on Monday. Good luck wading through all these injuries, as it’s become clear the lockout is not serving anyone well right now on the injury front. Tuesday will be a busy news day, so be sure to hit that refresh button throughout the day as you follow along with the fates of Billups, Melo, Rose, Gallinari, Amare and the rest of the injured fantasy studs who will be getting their street clothes wardrobes in order soon.