Monday brought some more devastating injury news to fantasy owners, as Danilo Gallinari went down with a broken left thumb that could end his season. Here’s the breakdown of what happened in a six-game night, that also brought a breakout performance from the new starting center in Cleveland – Tristan Thompson.
Dallas Downs Denver, Gallinari Breaks Thumb
Danilo Gallinari suffered a fractured left thumb in Monday’s loss and didn’t return to the game. It’s not on his shooting hand, which is the good news, but there are reports that he could miss a month with the injury. If he’s out a full month, he’d only be back for the Nuggets final five games of the season. I wouldn’t cut him yet, but if we don’t get better news within 48 hours, owners will probably have to let him go. I haven’t been bullish on owning Wilson Chandler, but now that Gallinari is hurt again, that significantly changes things. Chandler made his season debut and had 13 points, four rebounds, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer in 28 minutes. If you can still get Chandler, he’s now a must-own player given Gallinari’s injury. Arron Afflalo had 24 points and two 3-pointers on 7-of-10 shooting, and should be locked and loaded as the starting 2-guard the rest of the way.
Andre Miller left Monday’s game with a right shoulder contusion and didn’t return, lasting just five minutes. Starter Ty Lawson struggled, hitting just 4-of-11 shots for 11 points, six assists and four turnovers, but should completely blow up if Miller’s going to miss time with the injury. JaVale McGee was held out of Monday’s game despite being healthy and ready to go, which is a fantasy buzzkill if you started him. George Karl might be ready to work him into the mix slowly, and McGee needs to play since the Nuggets only got six points and one rebound out of starter Timofey Mozgov. But because Karl didn't just throw him out there for Game 1 leaves me concerned that Karl might bring him along too slowly for anyone's liking. But do not cut him. Kenneth Faried cooled off with nine points and five rebounds, but still played 25 minutes. While Gallinari’s injury shouldn’t directly impact Faried, it could mean he sees a few more minutes per game, and I still like the idea of holding him.
Shawn Marion didn’t travel with the Mavs for Monday’s game due to a sore knee, leaving him questionable for Wednesday against the Lakers. The news isn’t all bad and he’s hoping to play on in that one. Lamar Odom took advantage of the extra minutes to finish with six points, a season-high nine rebounds, four assists and a steal in 26 minutes, and might finally be ready to start contributing for the Mavericks, but will take a hit once Marion is back. Brandan Wright had a season-high 15 points to go along with six rebounds and a block, and could be a beneficiary of Brendan Haywood being out this week with a sprained knee. Vince Carter had 14 points in 33 minutes, Jason Kidd had seven points, 10 dimes and four steals, and Roddy Beaubois made another start, finishing with 14 points, six assists and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes. Once Marion and Delonte West (finger) are back, Beaubois’ outlook becomes a bit cloudy, but he’s a safe start until it happens. Just keep in mind that Rick Carlisle is concerned about Beaubois’ heavy minutes of late, and he’s been known to shut him down in similar situations in the past. Center Ian Mahinmi had 11 points, five boards and zero blocks in the start, but should continue to get solid minutes at center with Haywood out all week. Dirk Nowitzki stayed hot with 33 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, a block and three 3-pointers on 12-of-19 shooting, and it seems like years ago that he was struggling mightily before being shut down by the Mavs for a week. If you bought low on him, congratulations.
Cavs Beat Nets
Tristan Thompson finally broke out on Monday with a career high of 27 points on 12-of-16 shooting, and added 12 rebounds and a block in 37 minutes, making his second straight start for the Cavaliers. I’m kicking myself for not featuring him in Waiver Wired, as I decided to leave him off the list after a mediocre performance in Sunday’s start. My bad. Kyrie Irving had 26 points, five boards, seven assists, a steal and three 3-pointers in the win, and held his own against Deron Williams. Daniel Gibson left Monday’s game with a sprained ankle and didn’t return, finishing with just four points on 1-of-5 shooting. He was coming on with Ramon Sessions in Los Angeles, but never got it going before the injury.
Deron Williams showed no signs of a calf injury and had 28 points, eight assists, two steals and four 3-pointers, but hit just 8-of-23 shots and committed five turnovers. Gerald Wallace hit 8-of-14 shots for 27 points and 12 rebounds in 40 minutes, and looks like he’s going to fit in just fine in New Jersey. MarShon Brooks had 10 points, four boards and two assists in 30 minutes, as he continues to struggle to live up to the hype. Gerald Green finally cooled off on Monday with five points on 2-of-6 shooting, and is a true risk vs. reward player. Monday didn’t work out if you used him, but he’s got three more games to get it turned around this week. Anthony Morrow remained inconsistent last night, hitting just 3-of-10 shots for six points and no threes, and will continue to be up and down off the bench. Shelden Williams played through a shoulder injury and had nine points, five boards and a block in 26 minutes, and remains a very low-end center option in deeper leagues. Jordan Farmar missed Monday’s game with his groin injury and remains day-to-day, but is hoping to play on Wednesday.
Bulls Crush Magic
Derrick Rose was out for the Bulls on Monday, as expected, and it’s unknown when he’ll play again due to his groin injury. Rose is targeting Saturday for a return, but is very iffy for that one at this point. John Lucas came off the bench for 20 points and four 3-pointers in 21 minutes, while C.J. Watson missed all eight of his shots for one point and three assists in a start for Rose. The Bulls have two more games this week, and my guess is Watson is going to be much better in those two, if Rose is out.
Dwight Howard had 18 points, 12 boards and three blocks, but the rest of the Magic were simply terrible in the 85-59 blowout against the Rose-less Bulls. There’s not much to read into this pathetic performance, and owners of Ryan Anderson, Jameer Nelson, Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu simply have to hope for a bounce-back against the Suns on Wednesday.