As I mentioned on Twitter last night, you only have four business days left to schedule Monday off from work. If you’re a fantasy hoops head and you’ve never taken the MLK holiday off to watch games all day, you’re basically missing the best NBA day of the year. Do it.
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Ryan Anderson will be shut down for at least two months due to a herniated disk in his back. This could actually end his season, as two months from today is March 14, and the regular season ends on April 16. If he were able to play on March 14, he would be available for the Pelicans’ final 18 games of the season, but that sounds like a pretty big ‘if’ to me. Unfortunately, in most leagues, it’s time to drop him and move on. Al-Farouq Aminu should see a boost the rest of the way, while Jason Smith and Anthony Davis are also going to be forced into playing more minutes.
Kevin Durant skipped Monday’s practice with his left wrist injury and coach Scott Brooks said “we’ll see” when asked if he’d play Tuesday night against the Grizzlies. The good news is that it’s his non-shooting wrist and the injury doesn’t appear to be serious. My guess is he plays tonight, but owners will obviously want to watch for updates today. I’m guessing Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones III would be the main beneficiaries if he’s out.
Pau Gasol has been diagnosed with a moderate strain in his left big toe and he’s a game-time decision for Tuesday night against the Cavaliers. Given that he underwent an MRI, this is pretty good news. If he’s out, look for Jordan Hill to become relevant again for the Lakers.
Rajon Rondo posted something about 29,233,380 seconds on his Twitter feed, leading us to believe he’s planning to play on Friday. That number of seconds is equal to 338 days, which is how long ago he had knee surgery as of Friday.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (broken hand) practiced for Charlotte again and it looks like he should play on Tuesday against the Knicks. If you own Chris Douglas-Roberts or Anthony Tolliver, it’s probably time to think about saying goodbye. Having said that, it’s not like MKG is exactly a must-own, must-start player in his own right.
Mario Chalmers missed another practice on Monday and his lingering Achilles injury could keep him out against the Wizards on Wednesday. Norris Cole is always a viable option on nights when Chalmers is out for the Heat. Shane Battier practiced through his quad injury on Monday and is hoping to play for the Heat on Wednesday.
Tony Allen missed another Grizzlies practice on Monday with his hand/wrist injury and is questionable tonight against the Thunder. If he’s out, look for Courtney Lee to make another start at SG.
Danny Green is expected to miss the next month for the Spurs with a broken left hand. This should mean good things for Manu Ginobili and Marco Belinelli, while angry Green owners finally have a concrete reason to drop him. And if you have owned Green this year, I’m guessing you will sleep better once you make the move.
Raptors Stop Bucks
DeMar DeRozan stayed hot and Kyle Lowry looks like one of the top point guards in the league again now that Rudy Gay is out of the way. Tyler Hansbrough sat out again with an ankle injury and Patrick Patterson stayed hot, finishing with 18 points, four rebounds and a 3-pointer in 25 minutes off the bench. I came dangerously close to starting him over Kris Humphries in League Freak this week, but couldn’t do it. Pat-Pat is playing great, but still struggles with rebounding, and doesn’t hit enough threes or block enough shots to justify the move right now. But regardless of the league you’re in, Pat-Pat should be on your radar after his play over the past 10 days.
Ersan Ilyasova exploded for a season-high 29 points on 11-of-16 shooting with three 3-pointers, nine rebounds and two steals in 33 minutes for the Bucks. Finally! Whether this is the start of a hot streak remains to be seen, but Ilyasova’s been known to turn his play around in the blink of an eye and go on major hot streaks before. Stay tuned. John Henson returned from his ankle injury and had eight points, five rebounds and four blocks in 17 minutes. The blocks were nice, but like most of his teammates, trying to figure out on what night to play which Bucks is nearly impossible. Larry Sanders was disappointing with six points, eight rebounds and no blocks on 2-of-8 shooting, as he still can’t seem to get it going. He still looks like a buy-low guy to me.
Giannis Antetokounmpo came through again with 11 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in 33 minutes, but is still too raw to be fully trusted. O.J. Mayo played just 17 minutes and scored five points last night. I have given up trying to figure out what Mayo is going to do from game to game, but chances are he’ll have at least one more miserable night this week, along with a couple good ones. Khris Middleton started again, but was underwhelming with two points on 1-of-8 shooting. He’ll have some nice games, but who knows when and where they’re coming? This team is still a mess, but at least Larry Drew has started the same five guys in back-to-back games, giving some hope for some consistency going forward.
Rockets Rip Celtics
Chandler Parsons returned from a myriad of injuries for Houston and had 14 points and a full stat line in 39 minutes. He’s good to go. Despite Parsons’ return Omri Casspi had 12 points, six boards and three more 3-pointers, making him a deep-league option after some nice play over the past couple weeks. Dwight Howard had 32 & 11 and Terrence Jones also double-doubled in the win, while Jeremy Lin added 16 points and nine assists, and James Harden also scored 16 on 6-of-18 shooting.
Kris Humphries and Jared Sullinger both started, sending Brandon Bass to the bench. Sullinger was dealing with neck spasms during the game, but was able to finish with eight points, 10 rebounds and a block on 3-of-11 shooting. Not a great night, but not bad against the Rockets. Humps wasn’t much better with a similar line, but did have three blocks, while Jeff Green had a disastrous outing. He suffered a shoulder injury in the first quarter and hit just 2-of-10 shots for four points, six rebounds and four TOs. He says he’s going to play on Wednesday, but owners will want to watch for updates. Jerryd Bayless played well yet again, going for 17 points, four assists, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer in 24 minutes. The Celtics like him and are using him to give Jordan Crawford and Avery Bradley a rest, but things will get tight when Rajon Rondo returns, which could happen on Friday.