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Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Loose Ends

 

Chandler Parsons had a season-high 31 points, adding 10 boards, seven assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers. This is probably the top of the mountain for Parsons.

 

Matt Barnes started over Jared Dudley for the Clips and had 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers. I don’t know if this move is going to stick or not, but I’m certainly a fan of picking him up in case it happens. Barnes has 9-cat potential and Monday’s line was certainly useful if he happened to be in your lineup.

 

DeMarre Carroll returned from a personal absence and had 19 points, six rebounds and three 3-pointers for the Hawks. While it feels like he could start doing this every night, chances are he’ll continue to mix in good games with bad ones.

 

Ryan Kelly started again for the Lakers and had 13 points, seven rebounds and a 3-pointer in another loss. If you’re in a deep league, give him a look, but don’t be surprised if he’s not starting for Mike D’Antoni a week from now. Wes Johnson played just 14 minutes and with Nick Young, Jodie Meeks and Kelly all seeing minutes, Johnson’s hot run might be coming to a quick end. His minutes and production have both fallen in four straight games. Young scored a season-high 31 points, while Meeks added 16 points, seven dimes and two 3-pointers, making both of them must-own, must-start players right now.

 

Injury Report

 

Dwyane Wade missed another game on Monday and has officially become one of the more frustrating players to own in fantasy. And if you’ve tried to trade him, you might have noticed his trade value is in about the same shape as his knees. Missing Monday’s game should mean he’s ready to go tonight against the Celtics, but I wouldn’t exactly be shocked if he’s given the night off for some more rest, either. The Heat don’t have another back-to-back situation until Feb. 11-12, so it would be nice to see Wade go on a playing streak for the next couple weeks.

 

Nicolas Batum said Monday that he’s either going to need a new splint for his broken finger, or he’s going to have to start missing games. That leaves him iffy for tonight against the Thunder, and Dorell Wright would become relevant if Batum is going to miss time.

 

Terrence Jones missed Monday’s Rockets game with a thigh injury, which is a tough way to start the week. He had a career-high 36 points on Saturday, but took a knee to the thigh in Sunday’s practice that was enough to shut him down. Owners now have to look toward Wednesday’s meeting with the Kings and pray he’s ready.

 

Tony Parker is listed as probable for Wednesday’s game after sitting out Sunday’s game with a bruised shin, but sounds likely to be ready for the Spurs.

 

Gordon Hayward actually practiced on Monday and could play Tuesday after missing five straight games with a hip injury. He’s been day-to-day for about 10 days now, and I’ll believe he’s back when I see him on the court for the Jazz.

 

Nikola Vucevic has been ruled out for Tuesday and has played a total of 19 minutes for the Magic in January due to a concussion. Maybe he’ll play by the end of the week, but if you’re in a weekly lineup league, I hope he’s on your bench.

 

Tony Wroten doesn’t have a timetable for his return from a sprained ankle for the Sixers, which should help guys like James Anderson and Elliot Williams get minutes.

 

Andrew Bogut banged his right knee on Monday, but was able to return to the game and double-double for the Dubs. Owners will want to keep an eye out for more news on this situation, but he looked fine once he was back on the court.

 

Trevor Booker was out with a sprained ankle on Monday and is day-to-day. Kevin Seraphin stepped up for the Wiz with 16 points and seven boards in his absence.

 

Denver’s Randy Foye should be back on Thursday from a stomach illness.

 

Luke Ridnour’s right wrist injury could set him back this week, but X-rays were negative. Giannis Antetokounmpo would likely replace him in the starting lineup, while Khris Middleton and O.J. Mayo could see a few more minutes for the Bucks.

 

Samuel Dalembert left Mondays’ game with a left shoulder injury and didn’t return. He was starting to play well for the Mavs, but DeJuan Blair, who had 13 points and five boards on Monday, would benefit most from his absence. Brandan Wright had 10 points and four rebounds, and will also see a boost if Sammy D misses time. Shawn Marion had 18 points and a full stat line before leaving Monday with an illness. I’ll be surprised if he’s not ready on Wednesday.

 

John Salmons played through his back injury for the Raptors Monday, but didn’t do much. He was hot before going down, but struggled to get going in just 17 minutes. 



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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 2013-14 NBA season marks his 12th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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