It was a busy weekend as we head into Week 11 and there is plenty of injury news, surprising performances and fantasy news to fill several doses. Unfortunately, there’s only room for one.
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Games Played for Week 11
4 Games: ATL, BOS, BRK, DAL, DET, MIN, NOP, ORL, PHI, PHX, WAS
3 Games: CHA, CHI, CLE, DEN, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, NYK, OKC, POR, SAC, SAN, TOR
2 Games: UTA
Chris Paul could be out until All-Star break
CP3 suffered a Grade 3 right shoulder separation and while he won’t require surgery, he’s expected to miss about six weeks of action. If he misses exactly six weeks he’d be back for the final 27 games of the season. Assuming he plays in the first game after the All-Star break, he would return on Tuesday, Feb. 18 when the Clippers face the Spurs. In the meantime, Darren Collison is as must-own as they come, while Jamal Crawford and Matt Barnes could each see a boost in playing time.
Nicolas Batum dodged a bullet with a broken middle finger on his left hand, as he’s not expected to miss any time for the Blazers with the injury. He could have some trouble handling the ball and the pain could impact his game a bit, but considering the alternative, owners have to be thrilled with the diagnosis.
Check the Rotoworld Injury Report for updates on Eric Bledsoe, Russell Westbrook, Ryan Anderson, Nikola Vucevic, Carlos Boozer, Tiago Splitter, Jarrett Jack, Kyrie Irving, Rodney Stuckey, Tony Allen, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marc Gasol, Danilo Gallinari, Mario Chalmers, Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Shawn Marion and Draymond Green, who are all dealing with various injuries right now.
Pau Gasol for Andrew Bynum trade rumors
While nothing is imminent it appears the Lakers and Cavaliers will continue to try to work out a Pau Gasol-Andrew Bynum swap before Tuesday, which is the deadline for the Cavs to cut him without financial penalty. If Gasol does end up in Cleveland he would immediately become their starting center, while Anderson Varejao could displace Tristan Thompson at power forward. There’s a lot of chatter out there, but like I said, there is no indication that this deal is definitely going to happen. It also sounds like the Cavs are not willing to include Dion Waiters in the deal. And in case you missed it Pau is hot and went off for 25 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, a steal and three blocks on Sunday night.
Courtney Lee for Jerryd Bayless agreed upon
It appears that Courtney Lee is headed to the Grizzlies in exchange for Jerryd Bayless on Monday. That’s going to make things interesting for Boston PG Jordan Crawford, as he and Bayless could find themselves in a straight timeshare. As for Lee, he will share minutes with Tony Allen and Mike Miller at shooting guard in Memphis, but that shouldn’t cause many fantasy waves.
Dwyane Wade shockingly plays in back-to-back
Dwyane Wade surprised everyone by playing in back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday, and owners now have to hope he didn’t jeopardize any games in the upcoming week. The Heat go back-to-back again this week on Thursday and Friday at New York and Brooklyn, but with just three games this week, it’s conceivable that Wade could play in all three games. I’m starting him in weeklies.
J.R. Smith unties Shawn Marion’s shoe
Click here to see J.R. Smith untie Shawn Marion’s shoe while lined up for free throws. It’s pretty funny/clever/stupid and may or may not have anything to do with Marion limping off the court after hitting just 1-of-6 shots on Sunday. It will be interesting to see if Smith’s move earns him disciplinary action, but my guess is that it will. What if Marion would have stepped on his shoelace and fallen? Or what if his mysterious injury is related to his shoe being untied? In any case, you have to give Smith some credit for knowing how to get under someone’s skin.
Larry Sanders and Gary Neal go at it
Sanders and Neal got into a screaming match after Saturday’s game, when Sanders allegedly questioned Neal’s attitude during another loss. Neal didn’t smell what Sanders was cooking and made some comments about Sanders’ big payday, despite not really having proven himself. Both guys probably have a point and the only thing that would be surprising to me is if there wasn’t feuding in the Bucks locker room.