LeBron On Trip-Doub Watch in Miami
came close to recording his second triple-double of the season in Monday’s 93-83 win over Toronto as he scored 32 points with one 3-pointer, seven rebounds, eight assists and one steal. James had to carry the load for the Heat as Dwyane Wade
missed yet another game (this time with a strained left hamstring). While James’ owners have to be pleased with his production this season, Wade’s owners have to be left shaking their heads as they’ve only had what was likely their first or second round pick for only 51 games this season. Dropping Wade isn’t an option, however, so all owners can do at this point is grit their teeth for another two weeks and add Wade to their “do not draft” list for next season.
The notable news on the Raptors’ side of the ball stems from Kyle Lowry
leaving the game with a knee injury, but we’ll get into that more below.Mozgov Double-Doubles in Loss
scored 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting with 10 rebounds, one assist, and one block in Denver’s 94-92 loss to Memphis. Mozgov has been averaging 27.8 minutes per game over his last five contests and has shot 53.2 percent from the field during that span to go along with 12.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.4 steals, and 1.2 blocks. With Denver’s frontcourt decimated due to injuries, Mozgov should get plenty of run over the final two weeks of the season and makes for a strong pickup for owners in search of a boost in field goal percentage, rebounds, and blocks. Kenneth Faried
continued his torrid second half with 17 points, eight rebounds, two assists, three steals, and one block. The Manimal has taken his game to new levels and is now averaging 18.1 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 23 games after the All-Star break (as compared to 10.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals, and 1.0 blocks before the break).
The Grizzlies received another strong game from Zach Randolph
(who double-doubled for the second time in his last four games) as he poured in 20 points to go along with 11 rebounds, three assists, and one steal. Z-Bo doesn’t offer much besides points, rebounds, and field goal percentage, but he can be an asset in all three categories. Carmelo Carrying Knicks
If the Knicks are going to make the playoffs this season, it will be on the back of Carmelo Anthony
. Melo scored 34 points to go along with eight rebounds, three assists, three steals, and one block in Monday’s 92-83 win over Utah that kept the Knicks a game behind the Hawks for the East’s final playoff spot. Fantasy owners can set their watch to Anthony producing somewhere around 28 points and nine rebounds on any given night, so this game came as no exception to Melo’s extremely strong fantasy season. As polarizing as he is in basketball circles, Anthony is currently sitting among the Top 10 fantasy players this season and has a chance to break into the Top 5 with a strong finish to the season.
The lowly Jazz didn’t have any huge fantasy performances in Monday’s loss, but Alec Burks
was able to return to the court from a sprained ankle after missing Utah’s previous four games and scored 17 points with two treys, seven rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 34 minutes. Burks should get plenty of run over the next two weeks and could be a sneaky pickup for owners in medium-to-deep leagues.News and Notes
- Kyle Lowry left the Raptors’ game with a knee injury and was carried to the team bus on a cart after the game. X-rays came back negative, but it would be a surprise to see Lowry suit up for Wednesday’s game against the Rockets, so owners in dire need of assists will want to give Greivis Vasquez a look.
- Dwight Howard (ankle) will miss Tuesday's game against the Nets and Terrence Jones (flu) is listed as a game-time decision. Omer Asik will get plenty of run in Howard's absence while Omri Casspi and Donatas Motiejunas would stand to benefit if Jones can't play.
- Nikola Pekovic missed the second half of the Timberwolves’ game with a reaggravation of his ankle injury. Stay tuned to the Rotoworld Hoops page for more updates on this situation, but Gorgui Dieng just became a must-own player again.
- Avery Bradley left Monday’s game against the Bulls due to a sore right Achilles and he could be looking at a trip to the inactive list. We’ll update the situation as we hear more, but Jerryd Bayless would become a solid add in most leagues if Bradley were to miss any time.
- Marcus Thornton (back) is questionable for Tuesday’s game against the Rockets while Andrei Kirilenko (ankle) and Kevin Garnett (back) will both miss the game. Shaun Livingston would stand to benefit from Thornton’s potential absence, while Mirza Teletovic, Miles Plumlee, and Andray Blatche will continue to receive a value boost with KG and AK-47 out.