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Monday, January 13, 2014


Injuries

 

Kevin Durant – Left the arena with his left wrist in a brace on Saturday, but was able to play through it. Maybe he’s a little iffy for Tuesday, but for now, go ahead and put him in lineups and watch for an update later on Monday.

 

Ryan Anderson – We still don’t have a timetable for when he’ll return to action and the fact he’s dealing with a spinal cord injury is pretty scary stuff. Just keep him stashed until further notice.

 

Eric Bledsoe – A report surfaced on Saturday that Bledsoe had his meniscus removed from his right knee, but I’m pretty sure that wasn’t the case. Instead, a piece of his meniscus was removed, which is what was reported in the Arizona Republic. Either way, he’s not going to be back in action any time soon and can be dropped by owners needing to start healthy players in daily lineup leagues. Maybe he’ll be ready to go after the All-Star break.

 

Gordon Hayward – He’s a game-time decision against the Nuggets on Monday night due to a hip injury.

 

Tyreke Evans – Evans sat out on Saturday due to his left ankle injury, which is a shame because it looked like he was about to blow up with Jrue Holiday sidelined for the next month. Austin Rivers will be worth a daily-league look on days when Evans isn’t playing, and Evans is officially questionable for tonight’s game.

 

Chandler Parsons – Missed Saturday’s game with his knee problem and has now missed three straight games. Consider him iffy for Monday night against the Celtics.      

 

Wilson Chandler – Chandler sat out on Saturday due to his lingering hip injury, which started a chain of events that saw Quincy Miller get a nod in Waiver Wired. Chandler remains day-to-day for the Nuggets until further notice.

 

Arron Afflalo – Afflalo sat out Saturday’s game for the Magic with a right foot strain and was in a walking boot instead of a uniform. He was hoping to play on Saturday and is now officially iffy for Monday’s game. Victor Oladipo will pick up the slack in his place if Afflalo misses any more games. With four games this week, I’d probably start him in weekly leagues depending on my options.

 

John Henson – Henson sat out again on Saturday with his ankle injury but appears to be nearing a return. Maybe he’ll play against the Thunder on Monday night, but even if he does, I’d have a problem putting him into a weekly lineup right now.

 

Jimmy Butler - He missed Saturday’s Bulls game with a quad injury, leaving him a bit iffy for Monday’s game. Mike Dunleavy still looks like a solid option.

 

Jameer Nelson – He got an X-ray on his right index finger on Saturday, which were negative. Consider him a little iffy for Monday’s game.  If Nelson’s out, E’Twaun Moore could become relevant for Orlando.

 

Kemba Walker – Walker suffered a left hand injury that required X-rays, but was able to finish Saturday’s game and scored 29 points for the Bobcats. Hopefully it won’t bother him this week, but owners would be wise to watch for updates throughout the day.

 

Manu Ginobili & Danny Green – Ginobili sat out on Sunday with a hamstring injury and I seriously doubt he plays on Monday. Danny Green left that game with a sprained left index finger and won’t even travel with the Spurs for Monday at New Orleans. That means more Marco Belinelli, who looks like nearly a must-start with these two injured.

 

Deron Williams – He won’t travel to London for his one game this week due to his ankle, meaning Shaun Livingston should be a strong play in that one.

 

Marc Gasol – Will go through a full practice on Monday and could be very close to a return for the Grizzlies. And that sound you hear is Ed Davis and Kosta Koufos crashing back to earth.

 

Tyler Hansbrough – Hansbrough was out on Saturday, which allowed Patrick Patterson to step up once again. Patterson probably should have been included in this week’s Waiver Wired after averaging 14.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five games. He also went off for 14 points, 12 boards, three steals, a block and a 3-pointer on Saturday and has four games this week, making him worth a close look in all leagues.

 

Pero Antic – He missed the Hawks game on Sunday due to back spasms. Mike Scott had 15 points and three 3-pointers off the bench, while Elton Brand added eight points, four rebounds and two blocks. Consider Antic day-to-day for now. 




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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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