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Dose: Week 23 Preview

Monday, April 01, 2013

Now that the Heat’s streak is over, we’re going to have a ton of random DNPs. It happened Sunday as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers all sat out against (ironically) the Spurs. The Heat said James had a hamstring injury, Wade an ankle and Chalmers an ankle. If it were the playoffs, would all have played? Probably.

Coach Erik Spoelstra now says all his players are day-to-day for the rest of the season. Each will be reevaluated Monday and then he’ll go from there.

Last Wednesday, Brandon Jennings cursed out coach Jim Boylan and played 17 minutes. That’s apparently water under the bridge now as Jennings played 32 minutes on Thursday and 37 minutes on Saturday.

Perhaps Nikola Pekovic isn’t the warrior we thought he was. After sitting out Saturday due to a sprained ankle, he’s now missed 16 games on the year. There’s no word on the severity of this sprain, leaving him as a very shaky play for Monday’s game against the Celtics. Greg Stiemsma is the handcuff if you’re desperate for blocks.

Kevin Love (hand) is headed back to the doctor for a reevaluation at some point this week. I wouldn’t be holding a roster spot for him.

Greivis Vasquez (ankle) burst back into the lineup Sunday with 25 points, nine assists and three steals in 35 impressive minutes. Eric Gordon has played in three straight and the Hornets don’t have any back-to-backs this week. He’s good to go.

Tyson Chandler (neck) hasn’t played since March 13, but he sounds like a great bet to be back Tuesday.

“I’ve come along slowly, but I’m starting to feel better. … I’m shooting for (a return Tuesday), barring any setbacks,” he said.

Kenyon Martin may be running out of gas anyway. He had three points, four rebounds and one block in 22 minutes Sunday while battling an abdomen injury.

As usual, the Thunder’s rotation is as steady as it gets. If you’re worried about rest for the studs, check this out.

Arron Afflalo’s season-ending hamstring injury shook up the fantasy landscape. Jameer Nelson’s ankle sprain has a chance to be an earthquake. He’s highly questionable for Monday’s game against the Rockets. Nelson was spotted limping around the locker room on Saturday.

“I’m not 100 percent, obviously,” he said. “It’s one of those things you’ve got to be conscious of and be careful pushing it. I don’t want it to get worse.”

The fantasy friendly game of Beno Udrih is a must own right now.

The Sixers are healthy and coach Doug Collins has settled into a consistent rotation. It included DNP-CDs for Nick Young, a bit bench role for Dorell Wright and major minutes for Damien Wilkins. Over the last 10 games, Wilkins is averaging 12.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.9 treys and 31.8 minutes.

Goran Dragic was strangely held out for rest on Wednesday and Thursday. Perhaps the Suns are trying to tank, as Dragic said he wanted to play.

Either way, he was back in the lineup on Saturday and played 37 minutes. I’d feel comfortable starting him this week as there are no back-to-backs on the schedule.

LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) has an outside shot at returning Monday, but Wednesday looks like a better bet. Meyers Leonard is the handcuff.

Tyreke Evans is over his mysterious stomach ailment, leaving the Kings very healthy as they play out the string.

Manu Ginobili (hamstring) is going to be out “weeks,” according to coach Gregg Popovich. Giddy-up for Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard. On the rest front, the Spurs have a back-to-back on Wednesday/Thursday. Tim Duncan/Tony Parker owners should be aware.

Rudy Gay (back) shutdown rumors were overblown. He’s played in three straight and looked relatively fine. Meanwhile, Jonas Valanciunas is a beast. He had 18 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks Sunday, his second straight double-double. Jonas has scored 10 points or more in 11 of the last 12.

Mo Williams is back in the groove, averaging 15.0 points, 6.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.4 treys and 1.2 steals over his last five games. Enes Kanter’s shoulder injury has not yielded more minutes for Derrick Favors, but it has ensured monster burn for Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap.

Brad Beal returned to action Sunday, impressively posting 24 points and six 3-pointers in 30 minutes off the bench. Get him in all lineups. Nene (knee) has missed four straight games and there’s no sign he’ll be back anytime soon.

Adam Levitan is in his seventh season covering football and basketball for Rotoworld. He won the Fantasy Sports Writers Association award for Best Series in 2011 and 2009, and ESPN's overall fantasy football title in 2000. Find him on Twitter.
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