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Monday, November 5, 2012

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Here are some headlines from Sunday, followed by the Injury Report.


J.J. Redick had 24 points, six assists, and three 3-pointers on 9-of-14 shooting in Sunday’s win over the Suns. DeQuan Jones started at SF for Hedo Turkoglu (broken hand), but played just 16 minutes, and Redick looks like the must-own player in Turk’s absence. And with four games next week, Redick is going to be in a lot of starting lineups. Let's just hope his hot start isn't a mirage.


E’Twaun Moore started at PG and added 15 points, six dimes and three 3-pointers, and he also played very well in his previous game, when Jameer Nelson was still healthy.  Odds are he’ll chill out once Nelson is over his groin injury, but he might be a decent low-end option with four games this week.  I dropped Devin Harris and his 3-game week for Moore in a league or two.


Nikola Vucevic hit 9-of-16 shots for 18 points and 13 rebounds in another start and the win.  He should be locked into the starting lineup going forward, although Gustavo Ayon will eventually eat some of his minutes when he’s back to full strength.  He came back from a thumb injury on Sunday, but played just nine minutes. 


Jared Dudley hit just 1-of-4 shots for three points on Sunday and is off to a disastrous start this season.  I still think he’ll get it turned around as long as he doesn’t lose his job, but he’s not playable right now.  And if you feel like you have to cut him for a hot free agent, it might make sense.  Just don’t be surprised if he’s rolling a week from now.


Jason Kidd had 12 points, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, six assists and three steals on Sunday, without turning the ball over in 25 minutes.  I’m not ready to run out and pick him up, but he is playing some shooting guard and is worth a watchful eye until further notice.


Alan Anderson played 31 minutes and finished with 18 points and four 3-pointers on Sunday for the Raptors.  He is running circles around slow-starting Landry Fields and is worth keeping a close eye on going forward.


Jonas Valanciunas had four points and four rebounds in 23 minutes for the Raptors.  He’s only going to get better, but he is off to a slow start.  Keep him on your bench until he gets going.


Russell Westbrook suffered a bruised shoulder on Sunday, but powered through it for 14 points and nine assists.  OKC plays four games this week and it would be shocking to see him limited in any of them.


Brandon Roy struggled badly vs. the Raptors, finishing Sunday's road loss with four points on 0-of-3 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs, with one rebound and five turnovers in 22 minutes.  He’s going to be rusty just coming out of retirement, but as long as he’s healthy, he’s worth hanging onto in most leagues.


Greg Stiemsma has eight blocks in two games, despite seeing limited minutes.  He’s not worth owning in most leagues, but if you’re desperate for blocks, give him a look.


Trevor Ariza played just 17 minutes on Saturday, missing all four FG attempts to finish scoreless with zero rebounds, zero assists and one steal.  He’s averaging just 21 minutes through two games and Martell Webster’s strong play is hurting him.  Chances are he’ll hold onto the starting job and bounce back, but he’s not necessarily a must-own player at this point.


Rodney Stuckey and Brandon Knight were disastrous on Sunday night, combining on 1-of-14 shooting, while the Pistons were thrashed by the Lakers, who finally got in the win column.  Things were so bad for Detroit that Jonas Jerebko was their leading scorer with 18, but I need to see him perform consistently before thinking about picking him up. Stuckey has been dealing with headaches and will bounce back at some point, but I wouldn't blame you if you cut him for Gerald Green or J.J. Redick.


Dwight Howard posted a big line (and missed more free throws) and Metta World Peace caught fire and scored 18 points as the Lakers finally got a win.  I'm still not buying MWP, but you should at least keep an eye on him going forward. 


Injury Report


Josh Smith ATL ankle – Hawks are off until Wednesday, when Smith could play. Start at your own risk.

Gerald Wallace BRK ankle – X-rays negative, but iffy for Monday. MarShon Brooks & Andray Blatche benefit if out.

Gerald Henderson CHA foot – Left Saturday’s game, iffy for Weds. Ramon Sessions & Ben Gordon get boost if out.

Derrick Rose CHI knee – I’m not holding my breath for him to play this year.

Dirk Nowitzki DAL knee – May not be ready until Christmas.

Roddy Beaubois DAL ankle – Missed Saturday and is day-to-day. And it seems like he’s always hurt.

Wilson Chandler DEN hip – Missed Saturday and it’s going to be baby steps with the hip.  

Corey Maggette DET calf – Maggette will be banged up all year. Don’t trust him.

Klay Thompson GSW head – No new info, but I’m guessing he’ll play on Monday. Watch for updates.

Andrew Bogut GSW ankle – Sat out Saturday and it’s starting to look like a long year. Festus Ezeli worth a look.

Brandon Rush GSW knee surgery – Out for year with knee surgery, Jarrett Jack auto-pickup.

Royce White HOU head – Missed Saturday with migraine, and may be giving owners one.

Danny Granger IND knee – Awaiting 2nd opinion, Gerald Green starts, DG may not be worth the wait.

Chauncey Billups LAC Achilles – Practicing and nearing a return, but Jamal Crawford is the man.

Steve Nash LAL leg – Could miss a month with a broken fibula, and was off to a very slow start.

Kobe Bryant LAL foot – Continues to play through it, but a missed game could be coming at some point.

J.J. Barea MIN head – Possible concussion leaving him iffy for Monday, but he wants to play.

Kevin Love MIN hand – Looking like an early December return, which is a tough break.

Ricky Rubio MIN knee – Targeting Christmas time, but could be out until January.

Anthony Davis NOH head – Iffy for Weds, but sounds like he wants to play. NO plays just twice this week.

Eric Gordon NOH knee – Says he’ll be ready in eight weeks, but I’m not sure I believe him.

Amare Stoudemire NYK knee – Could be out 2 months after surgery and you may not have time to wait.

Marcus Camby NYK calf – Still not ready from calf injury and will be dinged up all year.

Iman Shumpert NYK knee – Won’t be ready until January.

Jameer Nelson ORL groin – Day-to-day, E’Twaun Moore will start until Nelson returns.

Hedo Turkoglu ORL hand – Should miss a month, J.J. Redick is guy to own.

Al Harrington ORL knee – Sounds like he could be back in about 10 days.

Jason Richardson PHI ankle – Stepped on a photographer and ruled out for Monday. Bench him.

Andrew Bynum PHI knee – Still no timetable, but we expect an update on Monday.

Manu Ginobili SAS knee – Played through gimpy back on Saturday, but still not fully healthy.

John Wall WAS knee – Should be back by the end of the month, so just hang in there with him.

Nene WAS foot – No timetable and Kevin Seraphin might steal his job. 

Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for and a contributor to The 2017-18 NBA season marks (at least) his 16th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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