Knicks Win 5th Straight In OT Over Suns
Tyson Chandler was out again due to his upper respiratory infection and could miss Tuesday’s game, as well. But that didn’t stop the Knicks from winning their fifth straight game with a tough, overtime win against the Suns. Beno Udrih was a DNP-CD, which means Raymond Felton’s owners are going to see their guy get all the minutes he can handle going forward. J.R. Smith had 10 points, and in the words of What About Bob, baby steps, people. Felton had 19 points and just one assist, but is playing well for the red-hot Knicks. Iman Shumpert didn’t score much, but had a full stat line and is worth hanging onto right now. Carmelo Anthony hit just 9-of-24 shots but had 29 points, 16 boards and four assists in the win.
Leandro Barbosa came off the bench to hit 8-of-15 shots for 21 points in 30 minutes last night, and I never saw it coming. It looks like he’s going to play both guard spots, but keep in mind that Goran Dragic (28 points) is playing out of his mind and Gerald Green (2-of-16 shooting) saw 42 minutes. Barbosa also may have suffered a shoulder injury, so watch for updates on that. I don’t think you need to race to pick him up, but I sure wish I would have grabbed him in my 30-team league. Markieff Morris picked up a couple quick technicals and was ejected after just nine minutes. P.J. Tucker was quiet, but spent most of his time trying to slow down Carmelo Anthony, and is another player worth keeping a close eye on right now.
Wizards Crush Bulls
Nene moved back into the starting lineup on Monday, pushing Trevor Booker to the bench. Booker can be dropped, while Nene had 19 points, five boards, five assists, two steals and two blocks, and it’s time to own him again, as well as get him back in the lineup. Bradley Beal played 30 minutes and had 13 points, but isn’t playing like a must-start guy right now. John Wall and Trevor Ariza both played well in this one.
Jimmy Butler returned from his quad injury and had 12 points, and should be thrown back into lineups now that he’s healthy. Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah both played well, while D.J. Augustin hit just 2-of-11 shots, but still had seven points and seven assists off the bench.
Spurs Pound Pelicans
Tony Parker led the Spurs with 27 points on 9-of-15 shooting and added seven dimes in the win. Manu Ginobili started despite a hamstring injury and had 14 points in 25 minutes. I’m surprised he played through the injury, but the Spurs need him with Danny Green shelved. Boris Diaw struggled, Marco Belinelli scored 12, and Kawhi Leonard continued his strong play with 13 points, six boards and a full stat line. Tim Duncan had 18 points and nine rebounds before fouling out, and just keep kicking along for the Spurs.
Tyreke Evans was out again with his left ankle injury and has now missed two straight games, and remains day-to-day. Alexis Ajinca had seven points, four boards and two blocks in 20 minutes off the bench and is worth a deep-league look with Anderson down and out. Austin Rivers had 11 points and five assists, but will take a hit when Evans is back, while Brian Roberts finally got hot with 19 points, four rebounds and four assists as the starting point guard. He should still be owned in all leagues, despite some recent struggles. Al-Farouq Aminu had eight points and 13 boards on 3-of-10 shooting and is also a nice own with the Anderson news.
Mavericks Maul Magic
Shawn Marion missed his fourth straight with his shoulder and ribs injury. Wayne Ellington came out of nowhere for 12 points and six rebounds, which is likely a direct result of Marion sitting. Vince Carter is the better option in place of Marion, and had 17 points and three 3-pointers. Jae Crowder also played well with 14 points, three steals, a block and two 3-pointers, but I doubt Marion is out much longer.
Nikola Vucevic missed yet another game due to his concussion and Arron Afflalo was also out with a strained foot, while Jameer Nelson (finger) and Moe Harkless (knee) were able to play through their injuries. Afflalo is hoping to play on Wednesday against the Bulls, but that will depend on how things go during Tuesday’s work out. Nelson had 21 points, seven dimes and four 3-pointers, while Glen Davis added 19 points and eight boards in the loss.
Jazz Hold Off Nuggets
Gordon Hayward missed his second straight game with a hip injury and will be iffy against the Spurs on Wednesday. Marvin Williams started for the Jazz despite a flu bug and had seven points, while Trey Burke had 18 points, three 3-pointers and eight dimes despite playing through a tweaked Achilles. Alec Burks hit 13-of-19 shots for a career-high 34 points. If you had him in your lineup, congratulations, but he’ll continue to be hit-and-miss going forward, especially once Hayward is back. Richard Jefferson had 16 points and three 3-pointers, and is an interesting option any time Hayward is out. Derrick Favors came through with 19 & 15 in the win, and kept the trend alive of opposing power forwards dominating against the Nuggets.
Wilson Chandler returned from his hip injury and had 12 points, five boards and two 3-poiners off the bench, meaning it’s time to get him back into your lineup. Randy Foye was in foul trouble all night, clearing the way for Evan Fournier to get loose for 16 points and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes. Foye had been unstoppable prior to this one, and we’ll have to see what happens in the next one before declaring Fournier as a guy you’ll want to add to the mix. J.J. Hickson had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Kenneth Faried added 11 points, seven boards and a block. That’s a disappointment after his strong play of late, but still not terrible.