Bogut in, Curry Out for Golden State
Andrew Bogut (ankle) shockingly started for the Warriors on Monday, while Stephen Curry left the game late after aggravating his right ankle injury (again). Bogut lasted 24 minutes and finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocks, which was a nice coming out party for a guy who was supposedly out another month, according to reports on Saturday. The good news starts and ends there, as he’s already been ruled out for tonight’s game against Cleveland, which makes sense due to the fact he hadn’t played a game since Nov. 7. He won’t play in back-to-back games until the All-Star break, but if you picked him up, Monday’s line was about as much as an owner could hope for. Now let’s just hope he’s still playing when the All-Star break gets here.
I don’t have the patience, energy or time to look it up, but it would be interesting to know how many times the word “aggravate” has been used in Curry blurbs over the past three years. In any case, while this injury is said to be similar to the last one (which kept Curry out for just two games) you have to think he’s highly questionable for tonight’s game against Kyrie Irving and the Cavs. And if it is similar to the last injury and he misses two games, his four-game week is now a two-gamer, and he would return on Saturday against Phoenix. However, we still don’t know when he’ll be back and the reality is that he could play tonight, or miss the rest of the week. Obviously, Jarrett Jack is the big winner any time Curry misses time.
Carl Landry might have been in starting fantasy lineups with four games, but played just 14 minutes for 12 points and five boards, while Harrison Barnes woke up with 14 points and five boards in 33 minutes, but left the game late with a calf injury. Consider him day-to-day for now. If he misses time Landry will bounce back sooner than later. David Lee stayed hot with 21 points, 12 boards and seven assists, as he prepares for his All-Star appearance in Houston, and Klay Thompson chipped in with 19 points and remains a must-start player.
For the losing Raptors, Kyle Lowry was out with back spasms and remains day-to-day. Landry Fields left Monday’s game at halftime with an illness, as Alan Anderson stayed relevant with 11 points, four boards, three steals and a 3-pointer, but hit just 2-of-11 shots in 26 minutes. With or without Landry, Anderson looks like a great player to own right now, scoring in double digits in seven straight and averaging 17 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.0 3-pointers, while shooting 83 percent from the line and 41 percent from the field over those games. And if you throw out Monday's 2-for-11 performance, that number goes up to 44 percent over his last six. DeMar DeRozan hit 7-of-18 shots for 21 points and a season-high nine assists, but his lack of threes and steals is still a buzzkill. Aaron Gray started at center over Amir Johnson, presumably for matchup purposes, and exploded for 22 points and 10 boards on 9-of-12 shooting. AJ had just nine points, five boards, a steal and a block, while Ed Davis had 12 points, nine boards, a steal and three blocks in the loss. I’d still rather own Johnson and Davis over Gray, but things are about to get very crowded for this group once Jonas Valanciunas and Andrea Bargnani return, which could happen next week.
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Memphis beats Sixers after being down 17
Marc Gasol put up a monster line, hitting 10-of-15 shots, all six free throws and a rare 3-pointer for 27 points, seven boards, seven assists, two steals and two blocks in Monday’s tough comeback win over the Sixers. His fantasy owners have to be pumped after getting things off on the right foot for Week 14. Rudy Gay had a much better line than normal, and I’m hoping this is a sign he’s ready to turn things around, while Zach Randolph disappeared with four points, but did have 12 rebounds. Speaking of Gay, it sounds like the Raptors are ready to make a serious move to try to acquire him in a trade, with Jose Calderon and Ed Davis possibly heading to Memphis. I just don’t know why Memphis would want Calderon with Mike Conley and Jerryd Bayless on hand. Conley missed the game with a sprained ankle, which wasn’t surprising. The question now becomes how many games will he miss? The good news is that they’re off until Thursday against the Thunder, meaning there’s a decent chance Conley will play in that game. Jerryd Bayless started in his place and had season highs of 21 points and nine dimes to go along with five boards, a block and a 3-pointer in 41 minutes. If Conley is back on Thursday, Bayless will return to irrelevant status, which is too bad after this line.
Jason Richardson missed Monday’s game with his sore knee and is hoping to return for the Sixers on Friday. However, it looks like Nick Young, who had 13 points, two 3-pointers, a steal and a block last night, might have stolen his job. Evan Turner got hot again last night and hit 12-of-18 shots for 27 points, and has scored 20 or more in three straight. Jrue Holiday double-doubled, Thaddeus Young had 23 points and seven boards, and Spencer Hawes disappointed in another start with eight points, four boards and a block.
Nets crush Magic
Deron Williams led the way for Brooklyn with 20 points and nine dimes, while Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson and Keith Bogans (off bench) all hit double digits in the easy win. Gerald Wallace is still struggling, and had seven points and four boards despite hitting all three of his shots, including a 3-pointer. You have to figure he’ll get it going at some point.
Arron Afflalo missed this one with his strained calf, and remains day-to-day. Moe Harkless started and had a career-high 16 points, four boards, three steals and two 3-pointers on 7-of-10 shooting, but should go back to the bench once Afflalo is back. J.J. Redick cooled off after his eight 3-pointers on Monday, hitting just 2-of-13 shots and one 3-pointer last night, but also added a career-high 10 assists in the ugly loss. Redick remains a must-start player in all leagues right now. Hedo Turkoglu returned from his hand injury and had four points in 12 minutes. I’m not touching him until he gets hot, as he hasn’t shown us anything this season, except a massive struggle in returning from his hand injury suffered in the first game of the season.