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Monday, February 24, 2014


King’s Crossing


Isaiah Thomas, DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay combined for 92 points as each player scored between 27 and 33 points in Sunday’s romp over the Nuggets. Boogie was listed as a game-time decision with a hip injury, which makes me nervous about dropping him into weekly lineups right now. But you simply have to do it after he limped for 27 points, nine boards, five assists and five blocks on 8-of-16 shooting, as well as knocking down 11-of-12 free throws. And maybe Rudy Gay’s funk is finally over, as he hit 12-of-23 shots for 32 points and 11 rebounds. Perhaps Thomas was the best of the three, hitting 12-of-16 shots and four 3-pointers for 33 points, six dimes and three steals. That was fun to watch.


Injury Report


Paul Millsap – Day-to-day with bruised knee, I don’t think it’s serious and would lean toward starting him in weekly leagues.

Jeff Teague – Teague tweaked his ankle on Saturday and played through it, but he’s a misstep away from missing time. Tread carefully.


Marcus Thornton – Nets debut delayed two games with flu. Should be close.

Shaun Livingston – Tailbone injury could open door for Thornton.

Kevin Garnett – Old man rest on Sunday, could miss seven more games with back-to-backs.


Jared Sullinger – Concussions are tricky business and even though it’s minor, he’ll have to pass the tests. Benching him is the safe play, while Kelly Olynyk and Kris Humphries will benefit most from his absence, along with Brandon Bass.

Rajon Rondo – Got Saturday off for rest, but no back-to-backs this week to worry about.


Jimmy Butler – Bruised ribs will leave weekly owners with a tough decision after he missed Sunday’s game. It’s a shame too, as the Bulls have four games and Butler is finally starting to come on. I’ve currently got him benched for teammate Mike Dunleavy in League Freak, but could change my mind if we get a positive report on Butler later Monday.


Dion Waiters – His knee injury makes him unplayable this week, and is more good news for Jarrett (3-of-9) Jack.

C.J. Miles – An ankle injury is leaving him iffy as well, and is more good news for Mr. 3-of-9.

Anderson Varejao – Varejao’s back is one of those injuries we just don’t have much information about, and he’s apparently also dealing with a knee problem. Spencer Hawes came off the bench behind Tyler Zeller on Sunday, but that could be the last hurrah. Hawes had 16 points and 12 boards off the bench, and could be even better when starting, making him a must-own player still. Especially since we don’t know when we’ll see Andy again.


Ty Lawson – His broken rib continues to sideline him and we still don’t have a timetable, although they said on the broadcast Sunday that he is “close.” I wouldn’t be surprised to see him play Tuesday night, but start him at your own risk.


David Lee – Lee’s been ruled out for Monday as he continues to deal with the flu, which should mean more Draymond Green tonight. DG had 18 points and 10 boards with Lee out on Saturday.

Andrew Bogut – Bogut’s shoulder ailment continues to be an issue and Jermaine O’Neal will continue to be worth a look for as long as Bogut sits. JO turned back the clock on Saturday with 23 points and 13 boards on 10-of-13 shooting.


Nick Young – He played through his knee injury Sunday but is considering shutting it down and continuing his rehab, making him a shaky play right now.


Kevin Martin – His finger injury will be checked out Monday in L.A. and we should know more once those results are known. I don’t think you can start him in weekly leagues right now.

Nikola Pekovic – His ankle injury still isn’t right and the Wolves don’t know when he’ll return. Dante Cunningham is worth a look if Pek continues to miss time, as Ronny Turiaf is out indefinitely with a knee injury.


Nate Wolters – He’s day-to-day with an ankle injury, and the arrival of Ramon Sessions could be enough to end his run. I wouldn’t play him.


Jrue Holiday – Crickets. I honestly don’t know if or when he’ll play again this season.


Kendrick Perkins – He’s out with a groin injury and could miss a week or so. And maybe that will be enough time for Steven Adams to finally put us out of our Perkins misery. Of course, Adams will need to do more than Sunday’s one point, six boards and one block in 16 minutes for it to happen.


Arron Afflalo – Won’t travel for Tuesday’s game with ankle injury, leaving him in doubt for Wednesday as well. Moe Harkless should start.


Eric Bledsoe – All reports are that he’s close to returning from knee surgery, but we still don’t know when that will happen.


LaMarcus Aldridge – He’ll likely be re-evaluated on Tuesday, leaving his week in jeopardy. Thomas Robinson is the play here.


Tony Parker – He’ll be iffy for Wednesday with his sore back and if he remains out, Patty Mills is your guy. Parker has missed three straight games and Pop’s not talking.

Kawhi Leonard – Appears to be very close to a return from a broken hand, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him on Wednesday.


Amir Johnson – He was kicked in the right ankle on Sunday but the injury isn’t thought to be serious. If he does miss time, Patrick Patterson is the play.


Derrick Favors – His mysterious hip injury remains a problem and I don’t think you can trust him this week, despite Utah’s four games. The Enes Kanter train rolls on.


Nene – Nene suffered a left knee sprain on Sunday and we’re awaiting the MRI results. I think he’s going to miss time and I like Kevin Seraphin over Trevor Booker if you’re looking for a replacement. 

Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for and a contributor to The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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