Ty Lawson (fractured rib) suffered the injury on Saturday and “can’t even stand straight,” leaving him doubtful for Monday’s game against the Pacers. Unfortunately, that’s all we know right now out of Denver. Randy Foye (hamstring) played through his injury on Saturday and is getting a ridiculous amount of minutes right now, averaging 38 of them over his last five games. It looks like Brian Shaw plans on riding Foye until he breaks, and you should too. Foye had 25 points and five treys on Saturday.
Trey Burke (back) is having trouble walking and will be questionable for the Jazz on Tuesday against the Lakers. He had 13 points, three assists and three-3-pointers Saturday.
Carlos Boozer (calf) missed Sunday’s Bulls win against the Lakers and is now questionable for Tuesday against the Hawks. Taj Gibson started and had 18 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in the win. I’m planning on starting Boozer in weekly leagues, at least for now.
Tyreke Evans got a coach’s decision DNP on Sunday for an “internal matter” and he could be in Monty Williams’ doghouse. He’s also dealing with a rib injury, but was able to play on Friday. I expect to get more details on this situation on Monday, so watch the news page.
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The (mess that is the) Lakers
Kobe Bryant (knee), Pau Gasol (groin), Jodie Meeks (ankle), Nick Young (knee), Jordan Farmar (hamstring) and Xavier Henry (knee) are all out through All-Star break, while Steve Nash left Sunday’s game against the Bulls with a left leg injury. The Lakers are saying that Nash will play on Tuesday, but I’m still not fully convinced. Kendall Marshall is suddenly relevant again with Nash and Farmar hurting, and had 13 points, 11 assists and three 3-pointers in the loss. Steve Blake cooled off by hitting just 3-of-12 shots for eight points, four boards, four assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes, as life gets a little tougher when you’re a guard not playing against the Sixers or Cavaliers.
Ryan Kelly played just 16 minutes and failed to score on Sunday, but is still worth a look, while Jordan Hill had 15 points, nine rebounds and two steals. Chris Kaman scored a season-high 27 points with 10 rebounds and two blocks on Sunday, and is officially rolling for the banged up Lakers, while Wes Johnson struggled in that one. I own Kelly and Johnson in some leagues and am not panicking just yet. I also dropped Marshall recently, and am (kind of) regretting it.
League News and Notes
Mo Cheeks has been fired by the Pistons and John Loyer will serve as the interim coach. Whether Kyle Singler continues to start at shooting guard is the main question on my mind, while it will also be interesting to see whom they hire as Cheeks’ replacement. If it’s no-nonsense Lionel Hollins, Josh Smith could have a problem with his authority, as well.
Goran Dragic hit 10-of-13 shots, six 3-pointers and 8-of-10 free throws for a career-high 34 points, 10 assists and two steals as the Suns beat Stephen Curry and the Warriors on Saturday. Weekly owners are in a bind with the red-hot Dragic, as he plays just one game this week. Markieff Morris failed to score in that one, as his season of peaks and valleys rolls on.
Starter Kirk Hinrich hit 7-of-13 shots and three 3-pointers for 19 points, five assists and three steals for the Bulls on Sunday, while D.J. Augustin came off the bench for 15 points, six dimes, two steals and two 3-pointers. DJA is still the player to own, despite Hinrich’s nice game.
Monta Ellis played through a hamstring injury for the Mavs on Sunday and hit just 3-of-9 shots for 11 points. He’s in a fairly serious slump, but could break out of it at any time.
Mason Plumlee came out of nowhere and scored a career-high 22 points with 13 rebounds, three steals and two blocks for the Nets on Sunday. Andray Blatche was in early foul trouble and Kevin Garnett is seeing limited minutes. I’m not racing out to pick up the other Plumlee, but he now has my attention.
Rudy Gay played through an illness for the Kings on Sunday but had just five points on 2-of-11 shooting. He’s been fairly quiet since DeMarcus Cousins returned from his sprained ankle, but I have faith that he’ll get hot again soon. Cousins took a blow to the head and hit just 3-of-16 shots on Sunday, but it sounds like he avoided a serious injury. I’m starting him in my weekly lineups, although I’m a little nervous about doing so. Isaiah Thomas went off for 30 points and eight assists against the Wizards, but it wasn’t enough to beat John Wall and company.
Anderson Varejao played 43 minutes for the Cavaliers on Sunday and reportedly suffered a hand injury. As of now, it sounds like he should play on Tuesday, but owners will want to watch for updates.