Games Played Week 16 (All-Star Break)
2 Games: Every team except for…
1 Game: LAC, NYK, ORL, PHX
ESPN Weekly Leagues (Week 16/17 combined)
6 Games: ATL, CHA, CLE, DEN, DET, TOR, WAS
5 Games: BOS, BRK, CHI, DAL, GSW, HOU, IND, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NOP, NYK, ORL, PHX, POR, SAC, SAS, UTA
4 Games: LAC, OKC, PHI
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Sixers Meltdown at Clippers
The Sixers shot 27 percent from the floor in Sunday’s embarrassing loss to the Clippers. They are the league’s punching bag defensively and looked even worse on the offensive end of things last night, shooting just 14 percent in the first half. Tony Wroten was the only that showed up, finishing with 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Yay, Sixers! Blake Griffin blistered them for 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in just 25 minutes, while DeAndre Jordan added 10 points, 20 boards and four blocks. And in case you missed it, Chris Paul was back just in time for the blowout, finishing with seven points, eight assists and four steals in the easiest win the Clippers will have this season. J.J. Redick (hip) sat out again and remains day-to-day, as Jamal Crawford continues to pile up monster numbers in his absence. And while owners across the world are celebrating the return of CP3 from his shoulder injury, keep in mind the Clippers only have one game this week.
Rajon Rondo nearly triple-doubled (15-8-12) in Sunday’s loss to the Mavericks, but will sit out again on Monday as he continues to recover from knee surgery. He’s no longer on a true minutes count, but that information is misleading if the Celtics are still scared to play him in back-to-back games. Rondo will play just one more time before the break, Wednesday against the Spurs. Phil Pressey will likely start in his place, while Avery Bradley returned from his ankle injury (and struggled) for the C’s on Sunday.
Andrew Bogut (shoulder) sat out Saturday’s game against the Suns and is now iffy for the Warriors on Monday against the Sixers. As you know, the Sixers are a cream-puff matchup and Bogut would make for an interesting starter if he’s able to go in that one. David Lee has missed a couple games with a shoulder injury and is also questionable against the Sixers. If Bogut and Lee are out, look for Jermaine O’Neal and Harrison Barnes to pick up the slack.
Spurs point guard Tony Parker (back) struggled through a back problem on Saturday and could be iffy for Monday against the Pistons. Marco Belinelli (back) missed Saturday’s game and is also iffy tonight, along with Tiago Splitter (bruised right calf). With those three hurting, and Danny Green struggling on Saturday, Patty Mills went off for 32 points, two steals and four 3-pointers in Saturday’s win over the Bobcats.
Mike Conley (ankle) is now day-to-day, while fill-in Nick Calathes had 17 points, five rebounds, six assists, a steal and two 3-pointers in Sunday’s loss to Cleveland. Tony Allen (wrist) is out through the All-Star break, meaning Courtney Lee should continue starting for both fantasy teams and the Grizzlies until further notice. We don’t know if Allen will get his starting job back when he returns, so just hold Lee until we see what happens.
Kevin Love (left quad contusion) missed Saturday’s game and is questionable for Monday, while Kevin Martin (broken thumb) is out indefinitely for Minnesota. Nikola Pekovic (ankle bursitis) is out through the break, meaning guys like Corey Brewer (26 points), Chase Budinger (19 points), Ricky Rubio, Ronny Turiaf and Dante Cunningham (14 & 10) could be set up for more good stuff on Monday. Rubio scored a career-high 25 points with nine assists and two 3-pointers in Saturday’s loss to the Blazers, which was a welcomed sight for his owners, while Turiaf is crashing the boards and blocking shots.
Ersan Ilyasova (back) sat out Saturday’s game for the Bucks and is questionable against the Celtics on Monday. Larry Sanders (left eye/blurred vision) left Saturday’s game early and is also questionable for Monday. If they’re out, look for John Henson and Zaza Pachulia to continue to play well for the Bucks. But as we’ve seen, when they’re back at full strength, you’re looking at a bit of a crapshoot with everyone involved.
Eric Bledsoe (knee surgery) is shooting with the Suns, but there is still no timetable on his return. I’ve backed off my prediction that he won’t play again this season, but I also don’t think he’s as close as all the positive reports are making it sound. Hopefully I’m wrong.
Russell Westbrook had a good workout on Sunday but didn’t play for OKC as he continues to recover from knee surgery. Unlike Bledsoe, I get the feeling Westbrook could play at any time going forward, which will mean a drop off for Reggie Jackson, who had 19 points, six assists and three 3-pointers on Sunday. And while we’re talking Thunder, Kevin Durant went nuts again, dropping 41 points, 10 rebounds and nine dimes on the lowly Knicks yesterday.