Jazz stop four-game free fall with win over Philly
The Jazz got a much needed win, although Al Jefferson managed to disappoint yet again with 12 points, nine boards and zero blocks in just 18 minutes due to foul trouble, and the fact that most of the other Jazz bigs are playing better than him right now. I really need him to get his act together for their remaining three games this week, but am not holding my breath. Derrick Favors had 13 points, 10 boards and three blocks off the bench, but is still pretty unreliable as long as he’s not starting. None of the Jazz players did anything too impressive, but if you own any of them, keep rolling them out there as the four-game weeks continue.
The Sixers saw Jrue Holiday play a miserable game, as he hit 2-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, one assist and four turnovers. I’m rolling him (and Al Jefferson) in League Freak, so I’m hoping for a bounce-back in the next three. He generally rebounds after games like this one. Damien Wilkins scored 13 to remain relevant, Spencer Hawes had 14 points, eight boards and three more blocks, while Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young were disappointing. Dorell Wright is heating up again and had 19 points, three steals and two 3-pointers, rewarding those of us who played him this week due to his four games. Arnett Moultrie had his best game of the season with 14 points and eight boards, but I’m not ready to drink that Kool-aid.
Warriors hold off Lakers behind Stephen Curry & Klay Thompson
Stephen Curry looked as if he might sit out with his bum ankle, but decided to play and looked fantastic with 25 points, seven boards, 10 dimes and three 3-pointers, while Klay Thompson chipped in with 22 points, six 3-pointers and a full stat line. David Lee double-doubled with 23 points and 12 boards, while Jarrett Jack came through with 19 points, three boards and three assists on 9-of-16 shooting, but uncharacteristically failed to hit a 3-pointer. Andrew Bogut had four points, nine boards, two blocks and five fouls, and it’s becoming apparent he’s out there to focus only on defense and rebounding, as he took just three shots. Harrison Barnes had 10 points and five boards in 29 minutes, making him a very shaky fantasy start with endless three-game weeks.
Dwight Howard took three stitches in his lower lip during Monday’s game but played through it, finishing with 11 points, 15 rebounds and one block, while Kobe Bryant scored 36 points on 27 shots, and Steve Nash blew up for 21 points, nine boards and seven assists in the loss. Part of the reason Curry was able to have his way is the fact he was going up against the old man. Metta World Peace went down with a strained left knee and was unable to return, leaving his owners in a bind with three more games this week. I would be surprised to see him play on Wednesday. Antawn Jamison played through his bum wrist, but lasted just 15 minutes, while Pau Gasol was hugely disappointing with seven points and eight boards in 23 minutes. Eventually, he’ll figure this out. This was a big win for the Warriors (holding off Houston for the No. 6 seed), and a tough loss for the Lakers, who are being stalked by the Jazz for the No. 8 seed.
News and Notes
Chris Paul is now iffy for the Clippers on Tuesday when they play the Mavericks. He has a sore knee and some swelling, and if he’s out, Eric Bledsoe looks like a nice pick-and-play for that one.
Dion Waiters is not showing improvement in his knee and has no timetable to return for the Cavs. If you have to cut him, do it.
Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo is concerned about Joe Johnson’s health, as he deals with quad and heel injuries. He’s been struggling lately, as well as missing games, and could continue to get rest as the Nets prepare for the playoffs. He’s a drop candidate for a hot free agent.
Tyreke Evans will see a doctor for his flu that hindered him over the weekend. The Kings don’t play until Wednesday, so I’m guessing he’ll be fine.
Kevin Love could play again for the Wolves this season, but I just don’t see it happening.
Kyle Lowry’s knee is still a concern for the Raptors and he’s a little iffy for Wednesday. I’m guessing he’ll play, but owners have to stay tuned. Rudy Gay practiced on Monday and doesn’t look like a guy who is ready to shut it down due to his back injury. However, whether he plays on Wednesday is still anyone’s guess.
Tyson Chandler could play for the Knicks on Tuesday or Wednesday, but is far from guaranteed due to his neck injury.
Kevin Garnett will miss a week or two for the Celtics with his ankle injury, which means he can be dropped in many leagues. Jeff Green and Brandon Bass benefit. Courtney Lee is probable for Tuesday with his an ankle injury of his own.
Andre Drummond could still return this season for the Pistons, but I just don’t see them giving him heavy minutes and risking his future. Chances are you can find a more reliable player on waivers.
Kyrie Irving still hasn’t been ruled out for the season with his shoulder injury, but Cavs’ coach Byron Scott doesn’t sound like he’s overly confident we’ll see Irving any time soon.