March 26, 2012
Kyle Lowry was with the Rockets Monday but is still a ways away from basketball activity and his chances of returning with any kind of impact on the fantasy season are minimal. Lowry still had the IV setup in his arm on Monday and will continue on his antibiotics cycle through April 7. He's now three weeks removed from any physical activity and, in addition to his bacterial infection, the groin injury that originally put him on the shelf is still an issue. It's safe to drop Lowry in all standard h2h leagues, and there does not appear to be a good argument for holding him in many other formats. Goran Dragic remains locked in and has been absolutely massive as the starter (16.6 points, 52% FG, 2 threes, 9.5 assists, 1.8 steals) - congrats if you've already rostered him. As for that other injured Rocket, Kevin Martin: he remains out indefinitely with the labrum tear his his right shoulder, and that's continued good news for Courtney Lee and Chandler Parsons. The one consideration when adding Lee or Parsons in h2h leagues is that you'll only get three games next week [schedule].
• It's more of the same with Derrick Rose and his groin injury. The latest update is that he's feeling better and is trying to get back to the active roster as soon as possible. The reality is that he's yet to advance beyond running in a pool or on a body-weight supported treadmill, meaning he's not close. And the Bulls are 5-1 during Rose's most recent batch of missed games and 12-4 during the 16 total games he's missed, so they are doing just fine without him in the short-term, and the overall focus here remains squarely on his being healthy for the playoffs. How you deal with Rose in h2h leagues, as always, will depend on your specific team and matchup situations. If carrying his dead weight means you have no chance of winning your current matchup, then you'd got an add/drop to consider. C.J. Watson will continue to start for at point guard until Rose can return. He's taken some time to get back to 100 percent from his own ankle injury, but has averaged 19 points, 2.5 threes, 3.5 boards, 2 assists, and 1 steal in 35 minutes over the past two games.
• Nikola Pekovic is dealing with bone spurs in his right ankle and already leaning towards having off-season surgery. But he's in a walking boot for now, hoping to return on Friday and play out the remainder of the season. Pekovic is out for at least two more games (Tue @MEM, Wed @CHA), so you've got to consider a drop if you are fighting for your h2h playoff life during the current week. Pek's continued absence gives Anthony Tolliver serious short-term appeal. Derrick Williams has been getting the starts at power forward with Pek sidelined, but he's been playing and producing less (26 minutes, 9.3 points, 40% FG, 0.7 threes, 3.3 boards over the past three) than Tolliver (36 minutes, 16.3 points, 61% FG, 1.3 threes, 6.3 boards), who has been the sole big off the bench for Rick Adelman.
• Tim Duncan was rested Sunday because of the Spurs' playing five games in six nights. Duncan should be active for all of the Spurs' games over the next two weeks, as the team plays as many as three games in four days just once. The remainder of April is packed, however, so expect him to miss two or three games during the regular season's final three weeks. The Spurs play 13 times over the course of 19 days, including another back-to-back-to-back from April 16-18 [schedule].
• Amar'e Stoudemire will undergo an MRI of his ailing back on Monday and, at this point, it's unknown whether it's precautionary or something more serious. Steve Novak and Josh Harrellson would be in line for surplus minutes if Amar'e misses time, particularly with Jared Jeffries out for the next two weeks.
• Status updates: The Warriors are expected to make a decision regarding the rest of Stephen Curry's season by the end of the week .. Andre Iguodala (knee tendinitis) is hopeful that he'll be back in the lineup on Tuesday .. Ray Allen (ankle) is out again Monday but is expected to play on Wednesday .. Nene Hilario (back spasms) will be a game-time decision Monday .. Jeremy Lin (knee) is headed for game-time decision on Monday .. Rodney Stuckey (toe) is officially a game-time decision but plans to play on Monday .. Jason Thompson (ankle) practiced Sunday and is expected to play on Monday .. Raptors on Monday: DeMar DeRozan (ankle) is out, Jerryd Bayless (ankle) and James Johnson (illness) are questionable .. Mo Williams doesn't have significant damage to his injured left big toe but he looks likely to miss a few more games. With Williams out, Vinny Del Negro will start Randy Foye and use Nick Young as his sixth man .. J.J. Barea (thigh contusion) is day-to-day .. Anderson Varejao (wrist) remains at least a week or two away from consideration for team practices .. There are no recent updates for Danilo Gallinari (thumb).
• Scanning the Buzz Index leaders: Raja Bell is now dealing with the possibility of microfracture surgery on his left knee, which means continued good things for Gordon Hayward's playing time .. Any questions of whether Zaza Pachulia could play major minutes with his lingering Achilles issues were answered emphatically on Sunday (54 minutes, 15 points, 20 boards, 3 blocks). A Monday add still gets you four games in the current week, but be aware that the Hawks play only three games in each of the next two weeks [schedule] .. Through some ups and downs, Brandon Rush has now averaged 29 minutes, 10.3 points, 1.8 threes, 5.1 boards, and 1.4 blocks over the past nine games, and he's third on the team in minutes over the past five games. Assume his value is inversely tied to Dorell Wright, who is slumping once again (18 minutes, 5.5 points, 36% FG over the past four) .. Alonzo Gee's strong run as a starter has come to a grinding halt, as he's averaged 9 points on 29-percent shooting, 0 threes, 6.8 boards, 1 steal, and 3.5 fouls in 31 minutes over the past four games. The minutes will remain if he can avoid foul trouble, but the drop-off in production can't be whitewashed .. The Hawks' 7-3 record over their past 10 games ensures that Kirk Hinrich will keep his starting gig. He hasn't exactly been a per-minutes stud, however - in 39 minutes during those 10 games, he's averaged 11.2 points on 47-percent shooting, 1.7 threes, 3.2 assists, and 0.5 steals .. Carl Landry saw 29 minutes in his return to the Hornets' active roster (15 points, 5 boards) thanks to Chris Kaman (illness) and Jason Smith (suspension) missing the game. Landry is a reasonable deep-league option but there's only so much time available here once everyone is healthy and active .. Derrick Favors' per-minute impact is peaking. He's played 22 minutes during his past six games as a reserve, averaging 10.5 points on 56-percent shooting, 8.7 boards, and 2 blocks.