Games Played for Week 10
4 Games: Atlanta, Brooklyn, Denver, Houston, Indiana, L.A. Clippers, Miami, Memphis, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, Washington.
3 Games: Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, L.A. Lakers, Minnesota, Milwaukee, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Toronto, Utah.
2 Games: Golden State
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Kings whip Boston behind Cousins, Thomas
DeMarcus Cousins had the first triple-double of his career on Sunday with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He also dinged up his shoulder, but played through it and should be good to go this week. Or, at least until his next meltdown and accompanying suspension. Isaiah Thomas started at point guard for the second straight game and went off for a season-high 27 points to go along with four boards, five assists and three 3-pointers. Aaron Brooks missed the game and Marcus Thornton went down with an ankle injury, so the Kings are dangerously thin at guard, meaning Thomas should be a lock for heavy minutes this week. He looks like a must-start player right now, despite the fact that I don't trust Keith Smart. Tyreke Evans missed yet another game on Sunday with his knee issue and I wouldn’t start him until you see him make it through a game or two. The Kings have won three of their last four games and injuries to guards are forcing Keith Smart to play a tighter rotation, which appears to be helping.
Rajon Rondo returned from his hip injury on Sunday and had two points and 10 assists on 1-of-6 shooting in 36 minutes for the Celtics, and should be OK to get back in starting lineups this week.
Ersan sighting on Sunday
Ersan Ilyasova scored a season-high 24 points and hit three 3-pointers in a loss to the Pistons on Sunday. Ilyasova’s maddening season continues, as he likely burned a few former owners tonight, or was on fantasy benches due to his inconsistency. He’s still worth hanging onto, but shouldn’t be in starting lineups in weekly leagues until this type of game becomes the norm instead of a headline.
Mayo disappears vs. Spurs
O.J. Mayo had just eight points in Sunday’s loss to the Spurs, marking the fifth time in his last six games to score less than 10 points. I’m benching him in my weekly leagues, especially with Dallas only playing three games this week. The same goes for Dirk Nowitzki, who had eight points on Sunday. Darren Collison went off again and is locked and loaded as the starting PG in Dallas, and deserves to be back in lineups now that he’s back in the good graces of Rick Carlisle.
Eric Gordon scores 24 in return
Eric Gordon finally returned for the Hornets on Saturday and went off for 24 points and seven assists in just 25 minutes. If you own him and want to start him for his three games this week, go for it. I will just say that I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t have more knee problems at some point this season, making him a bit of a risky start in weekly leagues.
Wesley Matthews still dealing with hip injury
Wesley Matthews missed Sunday’s game with his lingering hip injury, but says that he’ll play for the Blazers on Jan. 1. Whether he plays or not remains to be seen, but he’s probably worth the risk if you’re thinking about starting him for four games in a weekly league.
Royce White says ‘no’ to D-League
Royce White is now refusing to go to the D-League and continues to basically label the Rockets as insensitive, bad guys as they attempt to appease him and deal with his unique demands stemming from his mental health issues. I really was rooting for White and his cause, but he’s making it very difficult to get behind him. He’s got a great platform from which to raise awareness, but has done nothing but rip his team and create huge headaches for the Rockets. The team is still saying it has no plans to release the disgruntled rookie, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see it happen.
Derrick Rose in non-contact practice
Derrick Rose is practicing with the Bulls, sort of. He’s participating in the non-contact portions and is still without a return date. Depending on who you ask, it’s either time to pick up Rose because he’ll be back soon, or he won’t be back until the All-Star break (or later), meaning he’s only slated to play in about 30 games. I am of the belief that he’s still not all that close to game action and would take the under on 25 games if I was betting in Vegas. But the fact of the matter is that no one really knows when or if he’ll play this year.