Injury News Continued
Goran Dragic PG Rockets – Dragic rolled his right ankle last night, but played through it, finishing with 12 points, six boards, seven assists, two steals and a 3-pointer. He’s a must-start player for the next several weeks with Kyle Lowry out with a groin/infection injury.
Luol Deng SF Bulls – Deng practiced on Tuesday and is hoping to return from his sore wrist on Wednesday, likely replacing Kyle Korver in the starting lineup.
Corey Maggette SF Bobcats – Maggette says his tweaked back isn’t a big deal and he’ll likely be a game-time decision for Wednesday. I cut Maggette for Klay Thompson in one league, and am holding him another (because I’m out of moves for the week). Here’s hoping he plays tonight against the Rockets.
Manu Ginobili SG Spurs – Ginobili is dealing with a hip flexor injury and you know Gregg Popovich is going to play it cool with Manu. As I wrote in Tuesday’s Dose, the Spurs have an incredibly high number of back-to-back situations coming up, so Manu’s going to be a roller coaster ride going forward. Consider him iffy for Wednesday against the Magic.
Michael Beasley F Timberwolves – Beasley’s toe injury sounds very painful and he could miss several games. With Ricky Rubio also out, Derrick Williams is now a must-own player.
Ray Allen SG Celtics – Ray Allen’s sprained ankle doesn’t appear to be a big deal and he should play tonight against the Warriors.
Emeka Okafor C Hornets – Emeka Okafor’s knee injury could keep him out for the foreseeable future and he said recently that he’d “rather not get into the specifics of what happened” regarding his knee. Chris Kaman (if not traded) and Gustavo Ayon should continue to see heavy minutes for the Hornets.
Josh Howard G/F Jazz – Howard is dealing with an Achilles injury, but it sounds like he should play on Wednesday. He’s another guy I dropped in a few leagues to pick up Klay Thompson, and I think you should do the same.
Marvin Williams SF Hawks – Marvin left Tuesday’s game with a hip injury and Kirk Hinrich started again, with Joe Johnson going at small forward. Hinrich could stick as the starting SG the rest of the way and had 22 points, four assists and three 3-pointers on 7-of-8 shooting, and is worth a look in many leagues if you have someone to cut.
Spencer Hawes C Sixers – Hawes is targeting a return on Wednesday from an Achilles injury, but will be on a strict minute-count initially. I’m not racing to pick him up.
Timofey Mozgov C Nuggets – Mozgov returned on Tuesday but had zero points and one board off the bench. Kenneth Faried might just stick in the starting unit the rest of the way and had eight points, nine boards and a block in 25 minutes.
Rudy Fernandez G/F Nuggets – Rudy returned to action from a back injury and had five points in 16 minutes. He has no fantasy value as long as Arron Afflalo and Danilo Gallinari are healthy. Afflalo cooled off last night, but Gallinari went for 19 points and a 3-pointer in 37 minutes, and is very close to returning to form.
Hedo Turkoglu F Magic – Turkoglu returned from a one-game suspension and had seven points, six boards, five dimes and two steals, and is a guy worth hanging onto until we see what trades the Magic make. If Ryan Anderson happens to be dealt, Turk could become a force.
George Hill G Pacers – Hill returned from a shoulder injury and had 11 points and three assists, while Darren Collison struggled mightily. The job is Collison’s for the foreseeable future, and I don’t see a point in holding Hill unless you’re in a very deep league.
Game News and Notes
Joe Johnson and Josh Smith went nuts for the Hawks last night, but Zaza Pachulia badly missed a layup in overtime to cost the Hawks a win. J.J. went off for a season-high 34 points and six 3-pointers, while Smoove dropped a season-high 33 points to go along with 13 rebounds, seven assists, a steal, two blocks and another 3-pointer. Smith is playing at a first-round pick value and is still ticked off at not making the All-Star team. He's also a guy who could be dealt by Thursday, although I'm not sure the Hawks want to go there.
Trevor Booker had 20 points and 12 rebounds on 8-of-13 shooting for the Wizards and could be in line for a big five-game week. Andray Blatche had 11 points, but played just 18 minutes, and remains a serious trade candidate between now and Thursday night. Booker looks like a good bet to hold value the rest of the way, unless they trade Blatche for a stud PF (not likely).
Marreese Speights scored a season-high 25 points to go along with seven rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block, while Tony Allen caught fire for 18 points in a double-OT loss to the Lakers. Speights is about to take a real hit once Zach Randolph is back from his knee injury, although we don’t know when that will be. Allen and O.J. Mayo are going to be hot pickups near the end of the season when the Grizzlies play back-to-back five-game weeks, but aren’t worth using before then in most instances.
Alonzo Gee had 16 points, six rebounds and four steals, and continues to be a popular pickup off waiver wires. Ramon Sessions had 16 points, four rebounds, six assists and a steal, and is another serious trade candidate. It all depends on where he lands, but he could be a nice player to own if he ends up as Kobe Bryant’s point guard.
Andrea Bargnani had 19 points, eight rebounds, zero 3-pointers and a block for the Raps last night, and it’s time to get him back in all lineups.
Jameer Nelson exploded for 25 points, four assists and two steals on 10-of-16 shooting for the Magic, and is finally playing better. Make sure he’s not available in your league.
Isaiah Thomas hit 4-of-5 shots and 3-of-3 3-pointers for 15 points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal, but still played just 29 minutes for Kings coach Mark Jackson. He’s still playing well enough to be owned in most leagues, but is not an automatic starter right now. But for the 60th pick in last year’s draft, he’s making a name for himself.
Nicolas Batum had just nine points, a steal and 3-pointer on 3-of-11 shooting in 30 minutes for the Blazers on Tuesday, and has scored between nine and 11 points in each of his last four games, collecting only one steal over that stretch. I have no idea what happened, but if he doesn’t bounce back soon, he’s no longer must-start quality.
Brendan Haywood returned from a sprained ankle and had six points and eight rebounds in 25 minutes. He doesn’t have much fantasy value, but is always worth keeping an eye on in two-center leagues. Roddy Beaubois got hot in a romp over the Wizards and had 19 points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block on 8-of-14 shooting. Jason Kidd didn’t do or play much tonight, so Roddy Buckets got some nice run. It’s just too bad he didn’t have a game like this last week when he had five games.
Lou Amundson had a career-high 21 points on 10-of-11 shooting for the Pacers, and also added eight rebounds in an easy win over the Blazers. Consider this a fluke, and ignore him for now.