Games Played for Week 22
4 Games – ATL, BOS, IND, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIN, NOH, NYK, ORL, PHI, UTA, WAS
3 Games – BRK, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, MIL, OKC, PHO, POR, SAC, SAS, TOR
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Atlanta – The Hawks go four times and are pretty healthy, although Devin Harris went down with a foot injury on Sunday. Between the constant injuries and extreme inconsistency, I just don’t have much faith in Harris. Kyle Korver will get you 3-pointers, but outside of that category, he’s going to be hit or miss.
Boston – Kevin Garnett is undergoing an MRI on his left ankle and Courtney Lee also missed Saturday’s game with the same injury. Maybe he’ll play on Tuesday, but we’re still awaiting more information on Garnett. If KG misses more games, both Jeff Green and Brandon Bass will benefit. Jordan Crawford had 21 points on Saturday in Lee’s absence, but will still be hit or miss going forward.
Brooklyn – Joe Johnson was out on Sunday with a quad injury leaving his owners in a bind, while his replacements (Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks) did nothing that was noteworthy. Joe Cool will be iffy for Wednesday, and I don’t think you can start him at this point. Kris Humphries somehow played well and racked up 17 points and eight boards in 28 minutes. Keep an eye on him, but also keep in mind that he hasn’t done anything all season and was playing against the Suns. Gerald Wallace actually had a nice game on Sunday, but like Humps, has not been playing well, Reggie Evans had 16 and 22 boards in his last two, making him worth a look if you need them.
Charlotte – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist double-doubled on Sunday with 13 points and 10 rebounds, but has been far too inconsistent to put into lineups. Byron Mullens started for injured Josh McRoberts (shoulder), but managed just five points and two rebounds, offering further evidence that this is not the year (or time) to trust him. McBob is now questionable for Wednesday and with three games, shouldn’t be used in most leagues. Gerald Henderson still looks like a nice three-game start.
Chicago – The Bulls go three times this week and Nate Robinson has been a model of inconsistency lately. But the good games have outweighed the bad and it’s probably only a matter of time before Kirk Hinrich goes down again. Joakim Noah was out all weekend with plantar fasciitis and his status for Wednesday is unknown. Taj Gibson had a double-double in his absence, and is worth holding until Noah is back. Marco Belinelli was out on Sunday with an ab strain and Jimmy Butler had 20 points, nine boards, three steals, a block and two 3-pointers in the start at SG. If Bello’s going to miss time, Butler looks like a decent grab. There’s still no word on when we might see Derrick Rose.
Cleveland – Kyrie Irving is doing some shooting, but my guess is he’s done for the year. Dion Waiters will be reevaluated for his knee injury soon, but you can’t start him as of now. Shaun Livingston and Wayne Ellington join Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller as possible plays for Cleveland.
Dallas – Mike James had 19 points and five assists in another start for the Mavs on Sunday and now looks like a safe PG pickup, especially if you need threes, and his rise is hurting Darren Collison. Shawn Marion is back and rolling, while I don’t trust centers Elton Brand, Brandan Wright or Chris Kaman enough to use any of them right now. You might have a better four-game option than O.J. Mayo with three.
Denver – Ty Lawson and Wilson Chandler both practiced on Sunday and look ready to go on Monday. Lawson’s return hurts Andre Miller, but he has been playing well even when Lawson is playing. With Chandler back, forget about Corey Brewer.
Detroit – Jose Calderon, Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey are all worth a look, but things are pretty thin in Detroit. Charlie Villanueva played well on Saturday, but is too unreliable to use. Andre Drummond may or may not play again this season, but I’m not into holding him, as the Pistons are going to baby him.
Golden State – Stephen Curry is hoping to play Monday against the Lakers after rolling his ankle on Saturday. He only has three games and a Monday miss would make it two, but I’m guessing he’ll play tonight. Harrison Barnes is starting to come on a bit, but the W’s schedule is not good. Andrew Bogut and Jarrett Jack are fringe fantasy players this week, while Klay Thompson and David Lee should probably be in most lineups.
Houston – The Rockets are pretty healthy, although Jeremy Lin is in a slump, which has allowed Patrick Beverly to make a little noise. But not enough to trust him. James Harden is the only must-start with three games, while Omer Asik, Chandler Parsons and Lin are worth a close look. Thomas Robinson showed signs of life on Saturday, but it looked fluky to me.
Indiana – George Hill tweaked his groin on Saturday but played through it, so watch for news on him Monday. David West’s back injury has him doubtful for Monday, meaning you can’t count on him this week. Tyler Hansbrough will get his starts and minutes for as long as he’s out. Deep leaguers should keep an eye on Gerald Green, who is back in the rotation.
L.A. Clippers – DeAndre Jordan played well on Saturday with 13 points, 12 boards and three blocks, and I like him as a four-game play this week, along with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford. Watch for an update on Paul’s knee, as he tweaked it in that game.
L.A. Lakers – Antawn Jamison is planning to play through his sore wrist the rest of the way. Kobe Bryant is back and should be in lineups, along with Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash and Metta World Peace. And no, I am not interested in Jamison as long as Pau is back.
Memphis – Marc Gasol has a torn abdominal muscle and we still don’t know when he’ll play again. Both Ed Davis and Darrell Arthur stepped up their games in his absence on Saturday, and both are worth picking up in all leagues. Jerryd Bayless had 30 points off the bench and looks like a must-own player with four games, while Tony Allen is still worth a deep-league look.