I’m a little bored with the normal format I write the Dose in, so I’m switching it up a bit today. Hopefully it still covers all the same bases after an action-packed, nine-game MLK Monday. The Hawks beat the Knicks at the buzzer, the Pacers and Jazz won close games, and the Wizards, Sixers, Nuggets, Celtics, Warriors and Clippers all won in blowout fashion on Monday. We were all fired up about seeing the Warriors vs. the Cavs and the Clippers vs. the Thunder, but the two games were decided by a total of 57 points. Follow me on Twitter by clicking here!
NBA Injury News
Anthony Davis (hip) – Davis left Monday’s game with a hip and a left thumb injury after attempting a power jam on Myles Turner and never returned to the game. X-rays on both injuries came back negative, but to say he was walking to the locker room gingerly would be an understatement. He’s day-to-day, at best, and it would not be surprising to see him miss a game or two, as he was already day-to-day with various ailments coming in. If he’s going to miss any time, Terrence Jones is your guy, while Cheick Diallo and Donatas Motiejunas would likely become relevant. The Pelicans next play on Wednesday night against the Magic. Speaking of Jones, he went back to the bench in favor of Dante Cunningham again yesterday, but came through with 15 points, eight boards and two blocks in 26 minutes, and is looking like a solid player to own, even if Davis’ injuries heal quickly.
Chris Paul (thumb) – It initially looked like a knee injury after Paul banged right knees with Russell Westbrook, but he also banged his left thumb at the same time, which was what knocked him out of the game. He didn’t return to the game and will be questionable for Friday’s game against the Timberwolves. X-rays were negative, but CP3 will have an MRI on Tuesday morning, leaving his owners holding their collective breath. We’ll obviously know more about his status by Tuesday afternoon, but if he’s going to miss time, a red-hot Austin Rivers will look even better, while Raymond Felton would likely be vaulted into the starting lineup. Stay tuned.
Kevin Love (back) – Kevin Love’s back tightened up on Monday and he didn’t play in the second half of a blowout loss to the Warriors. The lopsided score likely played into the decision to rest him and he said after the game that he doesn’t expect to miss any more time. But backs are tricky things and owners will want to make sure he’s good to go for Thursday’s game against the Suns before blindly starting him.
Blake Griffin (knee surgery) – Griffin is still out after knee surgery, but was seen running on Monday and could be within a week of returning. He’s getting close, so watch for updates in the next few days.
Kristaps Porzingis (achilles) – Porzingis had a chance to play on Monday but didn’t give it a go. He was ruled out well before game time, which is a bit concerning and he’s now missed three straight games with a sore achilles. The Knicks are off until Thursday, so hopefully he’ll be ready to go against the Celtics. If not, Mindaugas Kuzminskas will stay relevant after his 14 points, five rebounds, two steals and 3-pointer on Monday against the Hawks. Kuz was poked in the eye and played with a gruesome shiner against the Hawks, but should be good to go.
George Hill (ankle) – Hill had 17 points, eight boards, three dimes and a 3-pointer on Monday but left late with a sprained ankle. He wasn’t noticeably limping after the game, but there’s a chance he could miss a game or two if it swelled over night. The Jazz are off until Friday and I’m guessing Shelvin Mack, who didn’t even play on Monday, would get the nod if Hill has to miss any time. Hopefully Hill will be ready to roll against the Mavericks on Friday night.
Dwight Howard (rest) – Howard was given the day off on Monday and while Joakim Noah had his way with the Hawks, they still got the win over the Knicks, thanks to the heroics of Dennis Schroder, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Paul Millsap. Howard is not injured, according to the Hawks, so he should be good to go on Thursday against the Pistons. I had to pull over on the highway and tweak my DFS lineup to get Dwight out just before tip on Monday, much to my family’s chagrin. Hardaway stepped into the starting lineup and had 20 points, four assists, a steal and two 3-pointers on 9-of-16 shooting and was a great choice if you played him yesterday. He’ll likely go back to the bench with Dwight set to return, but he’s scored 20-plus points in three of his last five games, making him a hot pickup in fantasyland.
Steven Adams (concussion) – Adams has a concussion and missed Monday’s game against the Clippers, which was a blowout loss for the Thunder. Adams is highly questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Warriors, as well as the rest of the week. Jerami Grant got the start and had nine points and eight rebounds in 34 minutes, while Enes Kanter had 12 points, five rebounds, a steal and a block in 23 minutes. Kanter is the big winner if Adams is going to miss time, while Grant will be worth a deep-league look. The good news is that the Thunder only have one more game this week, so if Adams sits tomorrow, he could be ready to go for the following week.
T.J. McConnell (wrist) – The MRI on his wrist came back negative, but there is no timetable for his return from a wrist injury. If he misses a lot of time, and he could, Sergio Rodriguez will be worth picking up again. This is shame for TJM, who was playing well before the injury. Rodriguez had 10 points, seven boards and six assists in 32 minutes on Monday and is probably worth a pickup given the lack of positive news on McConnell. In other Sixers news, The Process (Joel Embiid) had 22 points, 12 rebounds, two steals, five blocks and a 3-pointer after attempting just nine shots in another win on Monday, this time over the Bucks. Embiid should be good to for Wednesday’s game against the Raptors, but will likely sit on either Friday against the Blazers, or Saturday against the Hawks in a back-to-back set.
Nerlens Noel (ankle) – Noel sat out Monday’s game with his ankle injury, thrusting Jahlil Okafor back into action for the second straight game. Okafor only had 10 points and two rebounds, so there’s no reason to race out and pick him up. Noel is likely a game-time call for Wednesday against the Raptors and my guess is he’ll play in that one.
Rodney Hood (knee) – Hood is expected to miss a couple weeks with his knee injury and Joe Ingles started on Monday, finishing with 11 points, two rebounds, five assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes. I like him as a pickup for however long that Hood is out. Joe Johnson came off the bench and scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and hit the game-winning 3-pointer. He’ll also be worth a look for as long as Hood is out.
Gary Harris (ankle) – Harris went down after just three minutes on Monday and is doubtful to play tonight against the Lakers. Harris has been a bit of a pain to own this season, as he’s been dogged by inconsistency, and Will Barton will be a strong fantasy option tonight. Barton had 11 points in 24 minutes yesterday, but it was Jameer Nelson who came through with 18 points, four boards, four assists, a steal and two 3-pointers on 7-of-10 shooting in 32 minutes on Monday. Maybe Nelson will do it again tonight, but I still trust Barton a tad more. In any case, don’t be surprised to see Harris hitting waivers in some of your leagues. In other Nuggets news, Nikola Jokic went off for 30 points, 11 boards and three blocks on 13-of-19 shooting, Kenneth Faried hit 10-of-12 shots for 20 points. Emmanuel Mudiay finally came through for 18 points and a career-high 13 assists in the win over the Magic.
Clint Capela (leg) – Capela is nearing a return and could paly tonight against the Heat. Montrezl Harrell will take a big hit if it happens, even though he played well in his last game. Capela may not look great right out of the gate, but is averaging 11.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks on the season.
Josh Richardson (foot) – Richardson will miss the next couple weeks (at least) with his foot injury and he can be dropped if you don’t have room to carry him in a daily league. Dion Waiters looks like the pickup, while Tyler Johnson will remain very relevant going forward.
Ty Lawson (ankle) – Lawson injured his ankle on Sunday and will be listed as questionable for Thursday’s game against the Pacers. If he misses time, Darren Collison should get all the minutes he can handle in that one. Maybe he’ll finally come through for his frustrated owners.
Tyson Chandler (flu) – Chandler sat out on Monday due to the flu and he’s been playing very well. My man Alex Len finally got a start, but managed just six points, five rebounds and two blocks in 21 minutes – essentially the same thing he was doing off the bench. Consider Chandler probable for Friday night against the Cavaliers, and know that I’m still thinking Len will eventually replace Chandler in the starting lineup at some point the rest of the way.
Brandon Knight (wrist) – Knight has now missed two straight games with his injury, clearing the way for Devin Booker to rack up nearly unlimited minutes. Knight is questionable for Friday against the Cavs, while Booker had 25 points and nothing else on Monday.
Jared Dudley (flu) – Dudley, who has played a grand total of five minutes in January, was out with an illness on Monday and chances are you didn’t even notice he was gone.
The Rest of Monday’s Big Fantasy News
Dennis Schroder hit 13-of-16 shots for 28 points and the game-winner.
Kent Bazemore had 16 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and two 3-pointers. He's been hot over his last three games.
Kelly Oubre came off the bench for 18 points and three 3-pointers. Keep an eye on him.
Markieff Morris stayed hot and added 17 points, 13 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Make sure he's not available.
Tomas Satoransky had 10 points & 10 boards in just 19 minutes, but isn't trustworthy.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 23 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 blocks in a loss. Beast.
Myles Turner came through with 18 points, 12 boards and 4 blocks in a win.
Elfrid Payton stayed hot with 20 points and 12 dimes vs. Denver. He's been killing it for three straight games.
Aaron Gordon was a dud with four points in 28 minutes. He's another player on a yo-yo string.
Nicolas Batum hit just 2-of-11 shots for 8 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, costing himself a triple-double.
Cody Zeller had 13 points, 8 rebounds and a block. Pick him up.
Kelly Olynyk had 15 points, 9 rebounds and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes off the bench. I think he's a nice pickup.
Iman Shumpert had 15 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals and two 3-pointers in another start.
Draymond Green triple-doubled with 11-13-11 and added a steal and 5 blocks!
Rudy Gobert had 18 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks in a win over the Suns.
Eric Bledsoe just missed a big triple-double with 31 points, 9 boards and 9 assists.
P.J. Tucker had 8 points, 13 rebounds and 2 steals in a loss to the Jazz.
Russell Westbrook was quiet with 24 points, 5 boards and 4 dimes on 7-of-19 shooting.
DeAndre Jordan took advantage of no Adams and had 19 points, 15 boards, 2 steals and 4 blocks.
Marreese Speights played 27 minutes for 23 points & 10 boards. I'd be more excited if the big minutes were normal.
Raymond Felton had 15 points & 6 assists, and gets a boost if CP3 is out.