Monday brought a slew of more bad news in the land of fantasy hoops, as Derrick Rose and Bradley Beal lead the headlines. Rose elected to have his meniscus repaired instead of removed, which means he won’t play again this season, but the hope is that he’ll make a full recovery and be as good as new down the line. You have to feel bad for Rose, who is ready to go through another round of extensive rehab, and owners in keeper leagues might have to consider cutting him in order to stay competitive this season. Rose has played in just 50 games over the last three seasons, so dropping him might make sense for many of you.
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As for Beal, Bill Simmons reported that he aggravated the injury that ended his season last year, which was a broken fibula. And, of course, this news didn’t come out until Monday night, which means he is going to be stuck in a lot of weekly lineups. Beal was leading the league in minutes played and was simply killing it. I’m not going to drop him or do anything crazy until we get more information, but owners have to expect the worst and hope for the best here. Martell Webster, who appeared to be about done with the expected return of Trevor Ariza on Tuesday, is definitely relevant again and should be grabbed in all leagues. Garrett Temple could also see a boost if Beal’s out indefinitely. Beal hasn’t even been ruled out for Tuesday’s game against the Lakers yet, but the Wiz are going to release more information this morning. Teammate Otto Porter finally practiced through his hip injury, but it’s going to be slow going for him, even if Beal is out.
Rudy Gay practiced with the Raps on Monday and sounds like a go against the Nets Tuesday, but it sounds like he gave the flu bug to Tyler Hansbrough and Amir Johnson, leaving them both a little shaky for that one. If they’re out, maybe we’ll finally get a big line from Jonas Valanciunas.
Spencer Hawes missed Monday’s practice with his sore left knee and it doesn’t sound like the Sixers plan on having him available for Wednesday at Orlando. The hope is that Thaddeus Young is back from his personal leave in time for that one, and he could be a strong play if Hawes is out.
Brook Lopez didn’t practice due to his bum ankle on Monday and will miss his sixth straight game on Tuesday. They’ve lost all five games that Bro-Lo has missed and Andray Blatche should be a sneaky play vs. the Raps tonight. Deron Williams (ankle) didn’t even travel with the team to Toronto. Shaun Livingston practiced and is listed as probable despite a head injury, Andrei Kirilenko’s is likely out with his back problem, while Jason Terry skipped practice with a sore knee.
Rajon Rondo (knee surgery) has increased his activity and is doing some 5-on-0 work in Celtics practices. There was also a late report on Monday that he’s nearing 100 percent health and if that report is true, you have to think he could play sometime in the next 10 days. Jared Sullinger’s hand swelled up during Monday’s game, but he still had five points, eight boards, a steal, a block and two more assists Hopefully he’s ready to go on Wednesday against the Grizzlies.
Derrick Williams is being traded from the Wolves to the Kings for Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, pending physicals. The Kings aren’t exactly stocked at power forward and it’s possible Williams could see a big role, which could even include a starting gig at some point down the line. I’m not bending over backwards to pick him up, but if you have room at the end of your bench, taking a flier on him makes a ton of sense. Mbah a Moute will now be trapped behind Kevin Love and Corey Brewer, which means he shouldn’t have much value in Minnesota.
Andrew Bogut and Mo Williams were each suspended for one game for their part in an altercation on Saturday, meaning Bogut is out against Anthony Davis and the Pelicans on Tuesday. That should mean big things for Davis, who struggled against Tim Duncan and the Spurs last night, but still had four blocks.
Monday Game News
Pistons Roll Bucks - The Bucks made a lineup change, benching Caron Butler and Luke Ridnour, and starting Khris Middleton and Brandon Knight. Middleton was OK with 14 points, while Knight struggled against the Pistons, his former team. This Bucks team is an absolute disaster and the Pistons ran over them in the first quarter, while O.J. Mayo disappeared, hitting 1-of-4 shots for five points. He’s a miserable Buck, but is simply too good to drop. Caron Butler’s benching didn’t help him much, while Ersan Ilyasova played just 16 minutes with two points in the blowout loss. John Henson was nice with a team-high 15 points, seven boards, two steals and two blocks, but relying on anyone in a Bucks uni right now is too much to ask for. Middleton, Henson and Gary Neal were the only Bucks to score in double digits.
Brandon Jennings was nice with 15 points, 13 dimes, two steals and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes, although it came against the NBA’s version of the Washington Generals. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 14 points and Rodney Stuckey stayed hot with 17 points for the Pistons. And while Josh Smith played and had 10 points and seven boards, he was also 0-for-4 from downtown. He’s now hit 19-of-69 3-pointers this season, and while Mo Cheeks is allowing him to even shoot one a game is beyond me. We also had a Charlie Villanueva sighting last night with 12 points, but that’s because the Pistons were basically using this game as an organized practice.
Pacers Down Wolves - Nikola Pekovic double-doubled with 18 points and 11 boards in Monday’s loss to the Pacers, Ricky Rubio had five steals and Kevin Love hit just 6-of-20 shots, but still finished with 20 points, 17 boards and a 3-pointer. Corey Brewer was off, hitting just 3-of-12 shots, but I still think his job is safe.
George Hill finally had a breakout game with a season-high 26 points, seven dimes, five steals and three 3-pointers on 9-of-13 shooting. Hopefully this is a trend and not just a Rubio defensive fluke. Paul George was all-world again and Roy Hibbert had his worst game of the season with three points, five boards and a block. He’s fine.
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