Clips Roll Over Pelicans
The Clippers handled the Pelicans despite a relatively quiet night from Blake Griffin, who had 22 points and just four rebounds, but he did come through by hitting 10-of-14 free throws, which has become the norm for him. DeAndre Jordan had another monster stat line, Chris Paul double-doubled and Jamal Crawford stayed hot with 24 points, five dimes and seven more 3-pointers. Matt Barnes was solid with 12 points, three boards, three assists and two 3-pointers, and deserves a look in most leagues, while Hedo Turkoglu (remember him?) and Darren Collison each scored 12 points off the bench. And no, I’m not picking up Turk.
The Pelicans got 26 points, 11 boards and two blocks from Anthony Davis, while center Alexis Ajinca came off the bench for a career night featuring 19 points, 12 rebounds and a block. How he did that against Jordan remains a mystery and he’s now worth keeping a close eye on again. Brian Roberts struggled and played just 19 minutes, but I don’t think it’s time to panic. Just hope he bounces back in the next one, as he had been playing well prior to his last two games. Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon didn’t do much, while Anthony Morrow and Austin Rivers each scored in double figures off the bench. The Pelicans backcourt is a bit messy right now, and I’d avoid all of them in daily money league action.
Jazz Beat Boston
Derrick Favors returned from his hip injury and hit 8-of-9 shots for 20 points, four boards and three blocks. Props to you if you had the guts to start him last night (or in a weekly league). Marvin Williams broke out of a funk with 19 points, seven rebounds, two steals, a block and two 3-pointers on 8-of-10 shooting, but was awful in his previous few games. Maybe he feels more comfortable when Favors is out there to handle the big-man duties. I don’t trust Marvin, but had him in a lineup last night with Favors on my IR, so I’ll take it. Enes Kanter went back to the bench and had 12 points and five rebounds in 26 minutes. I am just as mad as you are that he can’t start alongside Favors, but there’s not much we can do about it. Gordon Hayward was quiet again with eight points on 4-of-11 shooting, but at least came through with 10 dimes. Hayward was the only starter not to score in double figures last night. Alec Burks had 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting, but take a look at his game log before getting too comfortable with him.
The Celtics welcomed back Rajon Rondo from a day of rest, sort of. He had 18 points and 10 assists, but the C’s are considering disciplinary action against him for staying behind the team in L.A. while they traveled to Sacramento. Jeff Green had 21 points and two 3-pointers and Kelly Olynyk got hot off the bench for 21 points, eight boards and a 3-pointer. Jared Sullinger was out with a mild concussion, which is the reason Olynyk was turned loose last night. Brandon Bass played 39 minutes and I still like him as an under-the-radar own right now, but hit just 2-of-11 shots for eight points, eight boards, a steal and two blocks.
Injury Report & Monday News
Ty Lawson – Lawson remains questionable for Tuesday’s game against the Blazers with a broken rib. My guess is he plays tonight, but it’s only a guess.
Nikola Pekovic – He’s still iffy for Tuesday night with an ankle problem and there are conflicting reports. He’s been out for about a month and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him play tonight.
Kevin Martin - We’re still awaiting a report on Martin’s thumb after he visited with a hand specialist on Monday.
Jimmy Butler – The Bull will be re-evaluated Tuesday morning and may or may not paly tonight due to a rib injury. We should know his status prior to tip off.
Nene – Nene will miss four to six weeks with a sprained left MCL, leaving the rest of his fantasy season in doubt. Go ahead and cut him. I like Kevin Seraphin as my first choice for his replacement, followed by Trevor Booker and then Al Harrington.
Paul Millsap – Millsap’s bruised knee will keep him out of Tuesday and Wednesday’s games, but I was unfortunately taking my daughter to the doctor with a case of strep throat on Monday, and have him stuck in a lineup. And there’s no excuse for that, as I should be reading Rotoworld on my phone all day, just like you.
Amir Johnson – Johnson’s ankle injury is not severe and he’s hoping to play on Tuesday night. He’s heating up and is not a bad start tonight if he plays.
Kawhi Leonard – Leonard practiced in full on Monday and looks ready to go on Wednesday. Of course, Gregg Popovich has the final say in that matter, but I think he plays.
Tony Parker – Parker remains out indefinitely and as long as that’s the case, Patty Mills is a sneaky play.
Eric Bledsoe – He played 3-on-3 on Monday and is nearing a return, but I doubt we see him this week, as the Suns want him to fully practice before playing again.
LaMarcus Aldridge – He’s iffy for Tuesday, but given that the Blazers wanted to re-evaluate him on Tuesday makes me think he won’t go. If he doesn’t, Thomas Robinson could be the man (again).
Danny Granger – He didn’t practice or play on Monday and we really don’t know if he’ll ever play for the Sixers as he continues to work toward a buyout.
Timofey Mozgov – Tinafey will start at center on Tuesday, sending J.J. Hickson to the bench. Pick. Him. Up.
Metta World Peace – He was bought out by the Knicks on Monday and now we’ll have to wait for him to clear waivers to see where he lands.
Glen Davis – Was picked up by the Clippers but didn’t play on Monday. And seeing how he’s behind Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan on the depth chart, it’s hard to see him having value again this season.