Celtics Beat Bobcats - Jordan Crawford scored 21 points with four boards, five dimes and four 3-pointers for the Celtics on Monday, but the return of Rondo should really hurt his fantasy value. Gerald Wallace went off with 17 points and a full stat line, and was probably motivated against the Bobcats, his former team.
For the Bobcats, Al Jefferson actually played 33 minutes for 14 points, three boards and two blocks. Maybe he’s finally healthy and this is a sign of good things to come. Kemba Walker’s slump is officially over after hitting 11-of-17 shots for 28 points, six boards, five dimes and a 3-pointer, while Josh McRoberts scored just five points, but managed to stuff the stat sheet again. And Gerald Henderson poured in 20 points, while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had just four points in 17 minutes. I have no idea what the deal is with MKG, but you can bet he’s going to start showing up on waiver wires everywhere. And if he ever gets hot again, you might want to grab him.
Heat Roll Suns - Mario Chalmers missed Monday’s game with a hip/groin injury and should be considered day-to-day. Norris Cole started in his place, but managed just two points on 1-of-6 shooting in 34 minutes. If Chalmers misses more time, Cole should be better than this on most nights. LeBron James went off, hitting 11-of-14 shots for 35 points, five boards, four dimes, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers, and also hit 11-of-11 free throws for good measure. And Dwyane Wade graced us with his presence, going for 21 points, six rebounds and 12 assists in the win. The Heat don’t have a back-to-back this week, which is why I started him in a weekly league.
Eric Bledsoe was out again, but could play on Wednesday. It will probably depend on how his shin feels just prior to game time so don’t be surprised if there’s not much notice on whether he’s in or out. Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris both played well, but starter Channing Frye was even better with 16 points, eight boards, three steals and four 3-pointers. Frye is playing well enough to be owned in all leagues, and looks to be a little more valuable than either twin. Gerald Green had 12 points and two 3-pointers, but should take a bit of a hit once Bledsoe is back, while Goran Dragic stayed hot with 14 points, eight boards and nine assists, just missing a triple-double. Dragic is on fire right now, probably due to Bledsoe’s absence.
Rockets Rock Grizzlies – Omri Casspi had 16 points and two 3-pointers for the Rockets, which was likely a direct result of Harden’s absence, not to mention that Casspi seems to do this about once a week. Patrick Beverley was quiet again with nine points and two assists, and it’s quite possible we were wrong about him. But it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, and there’s plenty of time for him to get going. James Harden missed another game, as expected, and remains day-to-day with his sore foot. Consider him iffy for Wednesday against the Hawks.
Kosta Koufos had eight points, 13 boards and two blocks in his first start for Marc Gasol and is someone you should pick up immediately, as Gasol could miss a month, if not longer, with his knee injury.
Denver Downs Dallas – Nate Robinson scored 17 points and has hit double digits in four straight games, meaning it’s time to put him on your watch list. Wilson Chandler played just 19 minutes due to foul trouble, and we’re trying to be patient while awaiting a breakout game from Danilo Gallinari’s stand in. J.J. Hickson had 22 points, eight boards, three steals and a block and he’s looking good as Denver’s starting center, while Kenneth Faried pulled off a 10-10 double-double.
All five Mavs scored in double figures but they couldn’t get by the Nuggets. Monta Ellis led the way with 22 points and Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 to pass Kevin Garnett on the all-time scoring list, and now sits at No. 14. Ellis tweaked an ankle but said afterwards that it was “no biggie,” so let’s assume that he’s fine. DeJuan Blair drew a start at center for Samuel Dalembert, and it was later revealed that Dalembert missed part of Mavs’ shootaround because he overslept.
Spurs Beat Pelicans For 11th Straight – Tiago Splitter sprained his right ankle but was available to return. However, he plays for Gregg Popovich and could get a couple nights off to let it fully heal. Manu Ginobili had 16 points and Boris Diaw returned from a rib injury to score 13, and will be a solid option if Splitter misses more time with his ankle injury. Kawhi Leonard had 11 rebounds, but scored just seven points as his disappointing season continues.
Eric Gordon played just 19 minutes in the blowout loss, while Tim Duncan smothered Anthony Davis. Brow looks like a great play tonight with Bogut out.
Jazz Nip Bulls in OT – Gordon Hayward had 15 points, 11 assists and six boards for an odd double-double, as all five Jazz starters hit double figures in the rare win, including Trey Burke, who looked good against the ancient Kirk Hinrich. Enes Kanter (ankle) was out, as Derrick Favors and Marvin Williams played well in a rare Jazz win. Marvin’s been playing heavy minutes and is starting, making him worth a look in most leagues. Kanter is hoping to return for Friday’s game against the Suns.
Carlos Boozer torched his former team for 22 points, 16 boards and six TOs, while Joakim Noah and Luol Deng each joined Boozer on the double-double train. Hinrich was awful, scoring just one point with four assists in 36 minutes, but he’ll bounce back. Jimmy Butler still can’t put any weight on his injured right foot and remains out indefinitely. I was expecting big things from Mike Dunleavy in his absence, but Dunleavy was a dog, hitting just 1-of-8 shots for three points. The good news is that he played 36 minutes, so I fully expect him to rebound from this dud. Tony Snell started in order to keep Dunleavy coming off the bench, but had just nine points. Butler was money when Rose went down last year and we could be in for more goodies once he’s back. In other words, pick him up or hang onto him if you can.
Blazers Blister Knicks – LaMarcus Aldridge stayed hot with 18 points, 14 boards and two blocks, while Nicolas Batum and Damian Lillard each scored 23 points.
The 3-10 Knicks lost again, but got 10 points, five boards and six assists from Kenyon Martin, who is suddenly relevant again. Andrea Bargnani also stayed relevant with 16 points, six boards, two 3-pointers and a block, Carmelo Anthony added 34 points and 15 rebounds, and Beno Udrih was useful in place of Raymond Felton (hip) with 13 points, five boards, five assists and three 3-pointers. Keep a close eye on him if Felton continues to sit. Starter Iman Shumpert didn’t even score, while J.R. Smith hit just 2-of-8 shots for six points and picked up five fouls. Yuck.