I was filling in for Ryan this weekend and am close to running out of gas. You may have noticed me being more active on Twitter, and if so, that’s why. Let’s do this, as Sunday brought a boatload of 3-pointers and a season-ending injury for Rajon Rondo. Perhaps the craziest thing about Rondo's injury was that Rotoworld broke the news to the world before Rondo even knew the results of his own MRI, and before Paul Pierce was informed of his injury by Doris Burke after Sunday's game on live television.
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Games Played for Week 14
4 Games – Chicago, Detroit, Golden State, Lakers, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Orlando, Sacramento, Toronto, Utah, Washington.
3 Games – Brooklyn, Boston, Charlotte, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indiana, Clippers, Memphis, Miami, Minnesota, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland.
2 Games – Atlanta, Oklahoma City, San Antonio.
Weekend Headlines - Oh no, Rondo!
Rajon Rondo suffered a torn ACL in the fourth quarter of Friday’s game against the Hawks, and while he somehow continued to play through it in double overtime, his season is now over. He told someone on Sunday that he was going to be back in two weeks, but that is the only time I’ve heard anyone suggest that his season may not be over. Rondo can talk about coming back all he wants, but it’s just not likely to happen. Cut him and move on. Avery Bradley, Courtney Lee, Leandro Barbosa and Jason Terry are all going to get a chance to run the point, but the fact of the matter remains that the only point guard the Celtics have is Rondo. And that means that while grabbing Bradley and/or Lee is a good idea, they simply aren’t going to be top fantasy point guards, even with heavy minutes. I still think you should own them, but just don’t expect any miracles. And if the Celtics decide to throw in the towel on the season, look for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to be on the trading block for Boston.
Raining 3-pointers on Sunday night
Carmelo Anthony led the way for the Knicks with a franchise-record nine 3-pointers on Sunday, along with 42 points in a dramatic win over the Hawks. He had all nine of his triples by the end of the third quarter, then finally cooled off, but not before hitting the game-winning three-point play on a foul by Josh Smith. Beast.
J.J. Redick, who may be being showcased for a trade with his new starting gig, hit a career-best eight 3-pointers and scored a career-high 31 points in a loss. Start him.
Ryan Anderson hit seven treys for 22 points and five rebounds.
Brandon Knight had five 3-pointers for a career-high 31 points, but somehow made it through the night without an assist, which isn’t good news for your starting point guard.
DeShawn Stevenson hit four 3-pointers off the Hawks bench and scored 15 points. If you’re desperate for threes, he’s worth a look in deep leagues.
Sunday Injury Report (in addition to Rondo)
Mike Conley left after just four minutes with a sprained left ankle and was in a walking boot after the game. The fact that he couldn’t return to the game and was in a boot make me very concerned, not only for his availability on Monday at Philly, but for the entire week. If he can’t go, Jerryd Bayless is your guy.
Tyson Chandler’s neck was in pain throughout Sunday’s entire game, but he played through it (poorly). He finished with just two points, three rebounds and two blocks, and while I doubt he misses any time, news about his neck should be one of his owners’ top priority on Monday afternoon.
Jason Kidd was held out after just five minutes of action in order to rest his sore back, and while the Knicks say he’s not injured, I have a hard time seeing him as healthy. The good news is that he’s still penciled in as the team’s starting shooting guard for now, with Iman Shumpert starting at SF, but I don’t have much interest in owning Kidd right now, let alone starting him.
Arron Afflalo suffered a minor calf strain on Sunday and sat out the fourth quarter. It doesn’t sound like that big of a deal, but we’ll have to see what Monday’s news brings before making a decision on him.
Rodney Stuckey was put on the inactive list by coach Lawrence Frank and Will Bynum went off for nine points and 12 assists last night. I have no idea what’s going on between Stuckey and his coach, but if he remains in Frank’s doghouse, Bynum is going to be worth a look.