Nuggets nuke Hawks, Korver sits out
Corey Brewer had 22 points on 11-of-20 shooting off the bench, while Wilson Chandler had 13 points on 6-of-13 shooting but didn’t hit a 3-pointer in the Denver win. Again, these two will split bench minutes behind Danilo Gallinari, making both of them pretty risky plays going forward. Gallo had just seven points on 3-of-6 shooting, but played 27 minutes and should get better with each game he plays. Ty Lawson, Andre Iguodala and Kenneth Faried all played well in the easy win.
Jeff Teague suffered a sprained left ankle in the first half, but played through it and had 15 points, eight assists and two steals, but hit just 6-of-17 shots. He’s fine. Al Horford stayed hot with 18 points, 13 boards, a steal and a block on 9-of-16 shooting, while Josh Smith added 15 points and a full stat line, despite hitting just 6-of-17 shots. Devin Harris had 11 points, a 3-pointer, two rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 21 minutes, rewarding owners who rolled the dice on him this week. Kyle Korver was a surprise DNP with a toe injury, helping John Jenkins score 12 points, and we’ll have to see if Korver’s ready for Wednesday against the Sixers. Anthony Tolliver got a rare start in his absence and had nine points, three 3-pointers and a block in the loss, while Zaza Pachulia sat this one out with his sore Achilles.
Blazers roast Bobcats, Mullens injured early
Nicolas Batum shook off his sore wrist and blew up for 20 points and four 3-pointers on 8-of-11 shooting with four boards, five dimes and a block. Welcome back! Wesley Matthews is finally getting over his ankle problem and had 14 points, four 3-pointers, four assists and a block in 36 minutes, and should be safe to get back into lineups. Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge and J.J. Hickson also had very nice lines for the Blazers. Meyers Leonard had a career-high 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and added six boards in the win. The Bobcats have a way of giving up big lines to marginal players, but Leonard appears to be heating up, scoring between 12 and 15 points in each of his last three games, so keep a close eye on him if you need a center. Eric Maynor had 10 points and three assists, and might be worth a close look in deeper leagues.
Byron Mullens suffered a knee injury just three minutes into last night’s game, but reports are that it’s not serious and that he wanted to return to the game. He’s in a funk and this injury isn’t going to do anything to make his owners feel better. And I don’t feel great about owning him, or telling you all I was going to continue to roll with him. Here’s to hoping the injury isn’t serious and that he’ll bounce back on Wednesday (or at least play). Josh McRoberts had nine points, eight boards and a block in 23 minutes, and would benefit if Mullens misses time. Ramon Sessions exploded for 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting, but hadn’t done much over his last few games due to a lack of minutes. He played 27 of them last night, so keep an eye on him going forward. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 17 points and 10 boards on 8-of-11 shooting, and is heating up for the Cats. Kemba Walker hit just 5-of-20 shots for 15 points, 11 dimes and three assists, and remains a must-start in all formats. Ben Gordon scored 14 points in 16 minutes, but should continue to be ignored in most formats due to his shaky playing time.
Warriors run past Raptors despite Bargnani’s awakening
Andrew Bogut started on Monday despite his back injury and had four points, eight boards and a block on 2-of-4 shooting in 30 minutes. I haven’t been a fan of holding him and last night didn’t do much to change my mind, although he’s not expected to be limited going forward (we’ve heard that one before). David Lee went off with 29 points and 11 rebounds, Stephen Curry added 26 points and 12 assists, and Klay Thompson came through with 22 points and four 3-pointers on 8-of-11 shooting. Jarrett Jack also came back to life with 16 points, six assists and two steals in 38 minutes, while Carl Landry took the “Bogut hit,” playing just 13 minutes for 12 points and three rebounds. Landry’s outlook isn’t too bright as long as Bogut plays.
Andrea Bargnani was iffy for Monday with an illness but somehow started at power forward and went off for 26 points and five 3-pointers on 8-of-18 shooting in 36 minutes, adding seven rebounds and a block. He hit rock bottom recently, but is heating up again and deserves to be picked up if he was dropped in your league. I, for one, and pretty surprised at how well he’s played over his last couple games, and the start he got for Rudy Gay on Saturday appears to have helped his confidence. Gay returned from his back spasms and played well with 26 points, five rebounds, four steals, a block and a 3-pointer on 10-of-22 shooting, so I hope he was in your lineup last night after missing Saturday’s game. Kyle Lowry hit just 2-of-9 shots, but still missed a triple-double by just one assist, while Amir Johnson came off the bench to hit 10-of-10 shots for 23 points, 15 boards and two blocks. Nice. DeMar DeRozan scored 15 despite the explosions from Bargnani, Gay and Johnson.
News and Notes
There was no word of a Serge Ibaka suspension for the "groin punch" Monday, but stay tuned on Tuesday.
Danny Granger’s experiencing “above average soreness” in his left knee and I’d be surprised to see him do much this week, as his knee remains a big concern.
Zach Randolph is experiencing swelling in his ankle and remains questionable for Wednesday. Darrell Arthur is also experiencing neck and back pain, meaning Ed Davis could have a big line tomorrow if Z-Bo can’t go.
Bradley Beal sounds like he avoided a serious ankle injury and is considered questionable for Wednesday. Stay tuned.
Nick Young (ankle), who has really been struggling when healthy, won’t play for the Sixers on Tuesday and may miss the whole week, meaning Dorell Wright should continue to get some nice run. Wright has hit double digits in scoring in five of his last seven games and could be worth a pickup with Young’s injury.