Injury News and Notes
Raymond Felton’s left hand/thumb was swollen after Sunday’s game, but because the Knicks are off until Wednesday, I’m guessing he won’t miss any time with the injury.
Richard Hamilton is going to miss a couple weeks with a foot injury, meaning Marco Belinelli and Jimmy Butler are going to see more minutes for the Bulls. Belinelli is the safer fantasy option if you’re looking for a deep-league pick-and-play.
Steve Nash is still 10-14 days away from a return, as his “broken leg” was clearly more of an issue than the Lakers said it was early on. They have no point guard, as Steve Blake is out indefinitely with his abdominal injury, which will require surgery, so look for Kobe Bryant to continue to facilitate the offense until further notice.
Kyrie Irving has still not been cleared for contact with his broken finger, but is getting closer. Look for good news coming out of Cleveland regarding Irving’s injury in the next week to 10 days.
Brook Lopez’s MRI on his foot was negative, along with X-rays, but he sounds like a long shot to play this week. I benched him in my weekly leagues, and will be watching for more news as the week progresses. Andray Blatche is a must-start for as long as he’s out for the Nets.
If you missed the picture of Tony Parker and Tim Duncan assaulting a Joey Crawford lookalike at a Halloween party, it’s worth a look. However, I doubt either will be penalized for having some fun at a costume party.
Kevin Love was back at practice on Monday and sounds like a go for Tuesday’s game against the Sixers. Andrei Kirilenko, however, will not travel with the Wolves for their two-game road trip and may not play at all this week. Derrick Williams, J.J. Barea and Alexey Shved would all benefit if he’s out.
Rudy Gay missed Monday’s practice with back spasms but it sounds like he’ll play for the Grizzlies on Tuesday. Tony Allen went through practice despite a groin injury, and is a game-time decision.
Tyreke Evans’ knee injury doesn’t sound too serious and my guess is he’ll be ready to play on Wednesday when the Kings face the Raptors.
Eric Gordon is still rehabbing his knee and his quadriceps, but says he wants to play at the end of December. Pick him up if you want, but my guess is he’s more of a headache than he’ll be worth, at least until February gets here.
Kyle Korver was working with trainers in Hawks practice on Monday as he continues to try to get his back spasms to calm down. He sounds like a game-time decision for Wednesday, and should be a solid fantasy play when he’s healthy, although it might be tough to trust him as long as his back is acting up.
Shane Battier’s knee injury could keep him out for a few more games and Rashard Lewis should start in his place. Lewis isn’t exactly killing it, but if he plays well, it’s not out of the realm of possibility he could eventually start over Battier for the Heat.
Spurs Danny Green (hamstring) and Gary Neal (Achilles) missed Monday’s practice for the Spurs and both are iffy for Wednesday against the Bucks.
Nick Young is a game-time decision for the Sixers Tuesday with a toe injury. If he’s out, Evan Turner should continue to roll, along with Jason Richardson and Thaddeus Young.