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Monday, April 14, 2014

Knicks Beat Bulls


The Knicks rallied, even though it doesn’t matter, and beat the Bulls, getting 20 points from Tim Hardaway Jr., and 17 a piece from Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith. I’m a little surprised that Melo is playing through his shoulder injury, but maybe he’s poised to finish out the season.


The Bulls got 13 points, 17 rebounds and nine assists from Joakim Noah, and saw five other players score in double figures, but still couldn’t beat the Knicks. They still have a shot at the No. 3 seed, so it would make sense for them to keep playing the regulars.


Blazers Outlast Warriors in OT


The Blazers got 26 points out of LaMarcus Aldridge, 24 points out of Wesley Matthews, 18 points and 12 boards from Nicolas Batum, and saw four other players score at least 13 points in a tough, overtime win against the Warriors. The can move up to No. 4 if they win out, so the regulars will hopefully keep it going.


Stephen Curry went off for 47 points, five assists and seven 3-pointers, while David Lee played through injuries and had four points in 33 minutes. Klay Thompson was solid with 25 and six 3-pointers, yet the Blazers still got the win. Andrew Bogut left this one with a rib injury and had X-rays, leaving his status in doubt for the week. If he’s out, Jermaine O’Neal would likely take over center duties. They clinch No. 6 with a win, so look for Curry and company to keep playing hard.


Kings Take Wolves, Cousins Gets A Tech


The Kings held on to beat the Wolves last night, but DeMarcus Cousins picked up a technical foul, and as of now, is suspended for Wednesday’s finale against the Suns. Maybe the league will overturn it, as I’ve certainly seen him do a lot more than he did last night while picking up a tech. He had a big game with 35 points, 15 rebounds, six assists, a steal and three blocks, and I think a lot of us are hoping the league will let him play Wednesday. But I also think it’s a long shot. Isaiah Thomas returned from injury and had 14 points in 30 minutes, while Ray McCallum stayed relevant with 11 points and six assists off the bench. Rudy Gay sat this one out and I’m not holding my breath that we’ll see him on Wednesday. Ben McLemore had one of his best games of the season, hitting 6-of-11 shots and three 3-pointers for 19 points, his second highest scoring night of the season. Derrick Williams had 13 points and could get another start on Wednesday if Gay sits again.


The Wolves got 43 points, 11 rebounds and four 3-pointers from Kevin Love, despite his shooting elbow injury. That was quite impressive, but it remains to be seen if he plays on Monday and Wednesday. Corey Brewer cooled off with just 10 points, but Gorgui Dieng continued to do his thing with 21 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Ricky Rubio failed to score, but at least had 11 assists in the loss. So frustrating.


Grizzlies Roll Lakers


The Grizzlies breezed past the Lakers with 24 points and eight assists on 9-of-12 shooting from Mike Conley, while Tayshaun Prince returned for nine points, ruining the James Johnson party (one minute). Marc Gasol had 18 points and 15 rebounds, while Zach Randolph never got it going against Jordan Hill, finishing with just 10 points and six rebounds, ruining some of my Daily dreams.


The Lakers are a mess and even their reliable players are no longer all that reliable, as they seem to dance all over one another. Hill was solid with 10 points, 10 boards and two blocks, Wes Johnson had 15 points and 15 rebounds in 40 minutes, Jodie Meeks scored 20 points in 39 minutes and Nick Young had 14 points off the bench. Kendall Marshall played 29 minutes for nine points and nine dimes, while Jordan Farmar came off the bench to hit just 2-of-10 shots for five points and seven assists. Meeks, Johnson and Hill look relatively safe, but any of them could be ruined if Ryan Kelly, Young, Marshall or Farmar get hot. Tread carefully with the Lakers.


Injury Concerns


Pero Antic – ankle – Day-to-day (Elton Brand)

Jared Sullinger – ankle – Day-to-day (Kelly Olynyk)

Rajon Rondo – rest – Day-to-day (Phil Pressey)

Jerryd Bayless – knee – Day-to-day (Avery Bradley)

Kris Humphries – knee – Day-to-day (Olynyk, Brandon Bass)

Alan Anderson – abdomen – Day-to-day (Mirza Teletovic)

Shaun Livingston – toe – Day-to-day (Marcus Thornton)

Kemba Walker – groin – Day-to-day (Luke Ridnour)

Luol Deng – back – Day-to-day (Alonzo Gee)

Dirk Nowitzki – ankle – Iffy for finale, but guessing he'll play (Jae Crowder, Shawn Marion)

Wilson Chandler – groin – I don’t see him playing (Evan Fournier)

Ty Lawson – ankle – I don’t know why he’d play (Aaron Brooks)

Josh Smith – knee – We still don’t know if he’ll play this week.

Andrew Bogut – ribs – Very iffy at this point (Jermaine O’Neal)

Chandler Parsons – wrist – Could play, but risky.

Pau Gasol – vertigo – Done for the season (Jordan Hill)

Brandon Knight – hip – Who knows? (Ramon Sessions)

Kevin Love – elbow – Maybe he’ll play through it again.

Tyreke Evans – knee – Day-to-day (Anthony Morrow, Luke Babbitt)

Brian Roberts – ankle – Iffy to play again (Austin Rivers)

Anthony Davis – back – Done for season (Alexis Ajinca)

Eric Gordon – knee – Guessing he’s done (Quincy Miller)

Carmelo Anthony – shoulder – May be ready to shut it down (J.R. Smith)

Raymond Felton – ankle – Played through it Sunday (Pablo Prigioni)

Reggie Jackson – neck – Iffy for the week (Caron Butler)

Russell Westbrook – knee – Not likely for Mon., could also sit Weds. (Derek Fisher)

Jameer Nelson – groin – Would be surprised to see him (Victor Oladipo)

Nikola Vucevic – Achilles – Done for season (Kyle O’Quinn)

DeMarcus Cousins – suspended – Likely out Weds. (Quincy Acy)

Rudy Gay – back – Could be done (Derrick Williams)

Isaiah Thomas – ankle – Played well Sunday (Ray McCallum)

San Antonio Spurs – Nothing to play for, watch your step.

Marvin Williams – knee – Likely done (Enes Kanter)

Nene – rest – Could play to get into game shape for playoffs (Trevor Booker)

Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for and a contributor to The 2017-18 NBA season marks (at least) his 16th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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