There were six games in the NBA on Monday night and we saw some monster lines from guys like Stephen Curry, Isaiah Thomas, DeMarcus Cousins, Kemba Walker and DeAndre Jordan, while injuries are still the news of the league, at least in fantasyland.
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Charlotte Downs Warriors
Kemba Walker did his best to keep up with Stephen Curry, finishing with 31 points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds and five assists in Monday’s tough win over the Warriors. Gerald Henderson scored 24 and Josh McRoberts stayed relevant with 11 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, a steal and a block in the win. Walker’s slump is clearly over and he’s paying off for owners who stuck with him through the dark days, while McBob continues to do just enough for owners to hang on through the tougher nights. Jeff Taylor was out with a bruised heel so Anthony Tolliver got the start in his place, but had just six points and five boards.
Stephen Curry went nuts with a season-high 43 points, nine assists, five 3-pointers and a full stat line, but the Warriors still couldn’t get by the Bobcats. Andre Iguodala sat out again for the Warriors but appears to be nearing a return from his hamstring injury.
Clippers Best Sixers
DeAndre Jordan played through his foot injury and blew up for 11 points and 21 rebounds in a win over the Sixers. If you started him this week, congratulations are in order, as the move was obviously a gamble. Hopefully he makes it through all four games this week. Blake Griffin had 26 points and eight rebounds, while Chris Paul added 25 points, 13 dimes, three steals and two 3-pointers in another stellar performance.
Michael Carter-Williams rejoined the Sixers (from the hospital) on Monday, but didn’t play. He’s basically questionable for the rest of the week with his knee infection, but there’s still a chance he’ll play on Wednesday. Tony Wroten only hit 2-of-12 shots, but still had nine points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in the start, and remains a must-start player any time MCW is out. Spencer Hawes cooled off in a big way with just two points, four rebounds and no 3-pointers, which is part of the reason the Sixers lost. Maybe he was overwhelmed by DeAndre Jordan, or maybe he’s getting ready to struggle, but my guess is he bounces back against the Wolves on Wednesday. Evan Turner bounced back from Saturday’s dud with 25 points, eight rebounds, five assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in 40 minutes. Hollis Thompson played a career-high 39 minutes, but had just eight points, five rebounds, three steals and a 3-pointer in them. While James Anderson can now be cut, I’m not convinced Thompson is going to be worth owning in most leagues, even if he continues to start at shooting guard.
Nuggets Sneak By Wizards
Ty Lawson skipped this game with his lingering hamstring injury and remains day-to-day. Andre Miller started and had missed all five of his shots for a forgettable night, while Nate Robinson chipped in with 16 points and four steals. Lawson shouldn’t be out much longer, and it’s become clear that Robinson, and not Miller, is the second point guard to own in Denver. Wilson Chandler played better with 17 points, eight rebounds and three 3-pointers, and might finally be ready to start producing for the Nuggets. Kenneth Faried struggled for the fourth straight game, finishing with six points and seven rebounds. He looks like a good buy-low candidate, but his quiet start to the season is definitely a concern. Believe it or not, Robinson and Chandler were the only two Nuggets to score in double figures last night.
Martell Webster (ankle) and Nene (Achilles) were out on Monday night, meaning Glen Rice Jr. and Trevor Booker got the start for the Wizards. Booker actually double-doubled with 12 points, 12 boards and two blocks in the loss, and could be a sneaky play until Nene is back in action. John Wall, Marcin Gortat and Trevor Ariza all played well in the starting lineup, but Rice Jr. hit just 3-of-9 shots for seven points. Bradley Beal was cleared to increase basketball activities despite his leg injury, which is great news if you own him. Hopefully he’ll be back in action next week, and once Beal and Webster are back, Rice becomes an afterthought, if he’s not already.
Grizzlies Beat Magic
Ed Davis was out again with a sprained ankle, while Tony Allen was also out with his lingering hip injury. Zach Randolph had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Jon Leuer stayed hot with 16 points and 12 boards, and Kosta Koufos had seven points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. I’m still not convinced Leuer can keep this up, but he should at least be on the radar screen in all leagues. And as long as Davis is out, he’s probably worth throwing into lineups. He’s averaging 13 points, eight boards and 27 minutes over his last five games, and has scored in double figures in three of them. He also saw extended minutes at center with Koufos in foul trouble last night.
Nikola Vucevic (ankle) and Tobias Harris (ankle) were both out for the Magic and remain day-to-day. Andrew Nicholson stepped up with 19 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks and two 3-pointers on 8-of-12 shooting, while Glen Davis added 16 points, nine boards and three blocks.