Monday was filled with plenty of surprises and the injury list is growing again. Here’s a look at the big injury news, along with the game news that could impact your fantasy leagues.
Brook Lopez, the Nets and his fantasy owners got bad news on Monday when it was announced he’ll be out for three weeks with a severely sprained ankle, and that ankle is connected to the same foot that shut him down for most of the season. As I posted on Twitter on Monday, he’ll miss four games per week in Weeks 11, 12 and 13, and could return for the season’s final four full weeks. And unfortunately, the Nets go 4-4-3-3 down the stretch. Lopez is not guaranteed to return at all, as the Nets’ season is basically over, and if we don’t see him again, he’ll finish the season with a grand total of 18 rebounds in five games. Ouch. As for this affecting a trade for Dwight Howard, as long as he truly just has a sprained ankle, I doubt it would be enough to stop a trade from going down if both teams were motivated to make it happen. And yes, the absence of Lopez should mean good things for Kris Humphries and MarShon Brooks.
Anderson Varejao (wrist) will be evaluated again later this week and it sounds like he could return at some point next week. If you want to drop Lopez for Varejao, it might make sense. Cleveland’s season ends with a healthy 4-4-4-5-4 weekly schedule.
Andrea Bargnani is getting closer to returning from a calf injury, but there’s still no target date available. Maybe he’ll play for the Raptors this weekend, but I wouldn’t count on it. Amir Johnson got a DNP on Monday due to a sore knee. He’s day-to-day, but should also take a hit once Bargnani is back.
Joe Johnson could be out for the Hawks until Sunday as he deals with knee tendinitis. I benched him in my weekly leagues, and am glad I did so. Kirk Hinrich is the guy with the best chance to see a boost in his absence.
Zach Randolph (knee) went through a full-contact Grizzlies practice on Monday, so it makes sense that he plays at some point this week. Stay tuned.
Tyson Chandler says he will play through his wrist injury the rest of the way for the Knicks, as long as he can handle the pain. Keep him in your lineup.
Nikola Pekovic was a surprise scratch for the Wolves on Monday due to a sore foot, and the news hit late enough that most of us (me included) had him locked into lineups. He’s day-to-day and we can only hope he shows up on Wednesday against Portland. Darko Milicic started in his place and actually played pretty well, but Pekovic’s injury would have to take a wild downturn for me to consider grabbing Darko.
Brendan Haywood, who was in a couple lineups of mine with five games this week, left on the first play of Monday’s game and didn’t return due to a sprained left ankle. He could miss a couple games and Ian Mahinmi now becomes the man in the middle, as he had 13 points, five boards, two steals and a block or the Mavericks. Vince Carter failed to score in just 10 minutes, while Roddy Beaubois had nine points and a solid stat line in 21 minutes. So far, the five-game week for the Mavs has been more curse than blessing.
Devin Harris left Monday’s game with a sprained right knee and will be re-evaluated by the Jazz on Tuesday. Earl Watson replaced him, but finished with just five points and one assist in 23 minutes. Harris has been playing well, but tonight’s injury could end up being quite a setback.
Richard Hamilton left early with a shoulder injury and simply can’t stay healthy for Chicago. He’s now questionable, at best, for Wednesday.