Monday night was a busy one and there were plenty of injuries to go around. The Hawks got back to their winning ways, the Warriors squeaked by the Sixers, and the Pelicans are struggling without their key players, which now also includes Ryan Anderson, in addition to Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis. Here’s what we learned.
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Dwyane Wade’s hamstring should shut him down until after the All-Star break, and he’s now officially not playing in Sunday’s exhibition.
Carmelo Anthony left early with “knee irritation,” but his coach says he’s fine. However, Melo says he’s not sure if he can play in the All-Star Game and admits that he’s thought about shutting it down. Again, the end is near, if it’s not already here.
Kawhi Leonard is cold right now, but Pop gets his 1,000th
Marco Belinelli hit a jumper with 2.1 seconds left on the clock to lift the Spurs over the Pacers and give Gregg Popovich his 1,000th win. He’s just the ninth coach in history to achieve that milestone. The Spurs went on a 16-4 run to close out the game. Kawhi Leonard wasn’t very good again with 10 points and six rebounds on 4-of-12 shooting, but all it means is that now is a good time to try to buy him from another owner. He had just 11 points and five boards on Sunday.
Covington, who left briefly with a hand injury, torched the Warriors for 21 points, eight rebounds, three steals and four 3-pointers, and simply keeps getting it done for the Sixers. Hollis Thompson, who had been playing very well, missed all nine of his shots and failed to score in 29 minutes. It was just ‘one of those nights’ for HT.
Elfrid Payton with some fantasy gold
EP had a fun line with 11 points, five boards, five assists and six steals on 4-of-11 shooting for the Magic. That’s fantasy gold, right there.
John Wall just misses a triple-double
John Wall hit just 3-of-10 shots and a missed free throw cost him a triple-double, as he finished with nine points, 10 rebounds, 10 dimes, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer for the Wiz. He’s good.
Galloway had 10 points, nine rebounds, a block and a 3-pointer on 4-of-11 shooting for the Knicks, but played just 25 minutes. Those numbers aren’t very point-guard like, but I could see a big second half coming for him. Bargnani played for the first time since Jan. 2 and scored four points in 14 minutes. Yawn.
Whiteside was back in action for the Heat after missing Friday’s game with an ankle injury and had seven points, nine rebounds and two blocks. Cut him. I’m just kidding. Do. Not. Cut. Whiteside. Chalmers, who is playing on a bum shin, finally went off with 18 points, five rebounds, six assists, three steals and three 3-pointers on 6-of-14 shooting. It’s about time, and congratulations are in order if you trusted him enough to use him tonight. He’s been pretty awful for more than a month, but could have a nice second half if he can stay hot and Wade continues to miss games.
Jarrett Jack isn’t going away
Jarrett Jack is still starting over Deron Williams (0-of-5 tonight – he looks awful) and went off for 26 points, four rebounds, eight assists and four 3-pointers on 10-of-15 shooting for the Nets. Make sure he’s not on your waiver wire.
Giannis racked up 12 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, three steals and a block on 4-of-9 shooting in a win over the Nets. He’s averaging eye-popping numbers for the Bucks lately, which include 18.0 points, 10.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.6 blocks on 60 percent shooting over his last five games. It took him some time to figure it out, and the only question now is how high will he be drafted next year? I don’t know the answer, but my guess is you better plan on using a second-round pick if you want him. Especially if Mike Gallagher is at your draft. Dudley had really cooled off with the emergence of Giannis and Khris Middleton, but hit 7-of-10 shots and 5-of-5 3-pointers for 19 points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals. Middleton was also solid with 18 points and four steals on 9-of-15 shooting, while Brandon Knight hit just 2-of-12 shots in the win.
Paul Millsap and Hawks get back on track
Millsap had just four points and six boards in Sunday’s loss at Memphis, but got back on track Monday with 19 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, a steal and a 3-pointer on 8-of-13 shooting. DeMarre Carroll scored a season-high 26 (with three steals and two 3-pointers) and has scored in double figures in four straight games (pick him up), and Al Horford hit 11-of-18 shots for a season-high 28 points, eight rebounds, a steal and two blocks after scoring just six on Sunday. The Wolves are miracle workers! Jeff Teague was quiet with 12 points and seven dimes, and Kyle Korver added 12 points, four 3-pointers and a full stat line last night.
Muhammad came off the Wolves’ bench for 18 points, eight rebounds and a 3-pointer on 7-of-14 shooting after missing 16 straight games with an oblique strain. I think he makes for a nice pick up if he was dropped in your league, despite the presence of Kevin Martin and Andrew Wiggins. Gorgui Dieng got hot for six points, 12 boards, a steal and five blocks off the bench in 24 minutes, while Nikola Pekovic had 14 points and eight boards in 24 minutes. The timeshare is on, but Dieng’s the shot blocker.
Trey Burke scored as many as you did last night
Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward and Enes Kanter all kind of went off for he Jazz, while Burke missed all 10 of his shots and failed to score. Dante Exum is still starting, but hit just 3-of-11 shots for eight points, five dimes and two 3-pointers, and Burke is still the guy you want to own here.
Alexis Ajinca started in place of Davis and hit 4-of-7 shots for eight points, four rebounds and two blocks in 27 minutes for the Pelicans. Hopefully AD is back from his shoulder injury after the All-Star break, but if he’s not, Ajinca could make some noise. With AD, Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson all out, Eric Gordon had 31 points, six 3-pointers and six turnovers, and Tyreke Evans just missed a triple-double with 18 points, seven boards, 10 assists, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers. Both of those guys are must-starts these days.
Hawes started, but played just 14 minutes for four points and one rebound. I didn’t see the game, but my guess is that the Clippers went small when Tyson Chandler went down early, and simply didn’t need to use Hawes. Especially with DeAndre Jordan going bonkers for 22 points, a career-high 27 rebounds, a steal and three blocks. That’s his second 20-20 in the last week after not having one in his first 481 games. He should keep it rolling with Griffin out for the next three weeks (or more). Don’t panic on Hawes. Like I said, they just didn’t need him last night. Griffin had surgery Monday and will be reevaluated in three weeks. J.J. Redick returned from his back injury and had 15 points and three 3-pointers in a start. Jamal Crawford wasn’t bothered by his return and had 22 points off the bench, despite not hitting a 3-pointer. Chris Paul was also a beast with 25 points, six boards, 13 assists, two steals and a 3-pointer, and Matt Barnes got loose for 12 points, seven boards, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers. Barnes should also be more effective with Griffin down and out.
Tyson Chandler and Monta Ellis were both out very early in this one and won’t play for the Mavs on Wednesday. J.J. Barea had 15 points, seven assists and a 3-pointer, and gains even more traction with Ellis joining Rajon Rondo in street clothes. I have no idea who is going to step up in the absence of Ty-Chan, but it was Charlie Villanueva on Monday, who exploded for a season-high 26 points, five rebounds and five 3-pointers on 9-of-13 shooting in 23 minutes. I’m not picking him up, but he at least has my attention on Wednesday against the Jazz. Al-Farouq Aminu came off the bench and had just five points, six boards, a steal and a block in 19 minutes, but could benefit from the absence of Chandler on Wednesday.
Mitch McGary does it again
McGary stayed hot on Monday with 17 points, 10 rebounds and a block in 25 minutes off the Thunder bench. With Steven Adams injured and Kendrick Perkins looking like a grumpy old man, McGary’s worth a short-term look, as well as a cheap DFS play on Wednesday (although he could struggle against a strong Memphis D). McGary had his best game of the season on Sunday with 19 points and 10 boards, and backed it up in a big way tonight. He could be on his way to a nice second half. Kevin Durant scored 40 and Russell Westbrook had 26 points and nine dimes in the win over Denver.
Jusuf Nurkic proves his worth
Nurkic had 16 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and a block on 6-of-10 shooting before fouling out against the Thunder. He’s been up and down like a yo-yo all season, but is averaging 9.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 2.0 blocks over his last five for the Nuggets, meaning he should still be owned. Kenneth Faried also double-doubled, Wilson Chandler scored 23 and Ty Lawson had 22 points, nine dimes and five 3-pointers in the loss.