NBA Skinny: If you are reading this…
The NBA Skinny will take a look around the league and highlight news and information, coach-speak and major storylines, good or bad stats, and anything else relevant to fantasy basketball each and every Tuesday over the course of the season.
If you are reading this, then you are either still in the running for your league’s championship or are the type that finishes what you started no matter where you happen to be in the standings. Either way, I commend you. On to the Tuesday status updates…
• We’ve still got nothing concrete out of Minnesota regarding Kevin Love’s(notes) groin injury other than he’s officially considered day-to-day. We know that he didn’t practice Tuesday, that the injury is actually not new, and that he’s also been dealing with a thigh and knee injury in recent weeks. The T-Wolves are off until Thursday and there’s no reason to expect an update on his status before game day. I’m holding here until we get more clarification, or at least until closer to the point of no return from a matchup perspective - you are likely to be able to fill your entire Wednesday roster without dropping Love right now, given the 12-game schedule, so the prospect of making a move to add another game may not even apply in this case.
• Tim Duncan’s(notes) sprained ankle has been called between grade 1 and 2 and he’s out at least through the rest of the week. He’ll get treatment in San Antonio while the team travels for a three-game road trip, and we’ll have a better idea of exactly how long Duncan will be sidelined after a few days. There is no motivation to rush him back to the active roster, short of a total collapse while he’s out that allows the Lakers to make a legitimate push for the top seed in the West. If you need help this week, cut him. If you can carry the dead weight for a few more days, it’s not a bad idea to see how his ankle reacts to the first few days of treatment. DeJuan Blair(notes), Tiago Splitter(notes), and Matt Bonner(notes) are due for more playing time while Duncan sits, and they each merit some fantasy consideration, depending on league settings and team needs and who else is on the wire. The Spurs play three more games in the current week (Wed @DEN, Fri @POR, Sun @MEM).
• Stephen Jackson(notes) says he’ll play Wednesday, but he figures to be in bad shape, at best. Look at his line over his most recent four games: 17 points, 31% FG, 2 threes, 5.8 boards, 3.5 assists, 4.3 turnovers, and 0.5 steals in 36 minutes. That’s a few counting stats but a massive hit on field goal percentage and turnovers, so weigh your options carefully here. Jackson will almost certainly shut things down as soon as the Bobcats give up on chasing the playoffs, so rostering him doesn’t have long-term benefits, and the pay-off in the short-term is questionable, at best.
• The Grizzlies announced Tuesday that Rudy Gay(notes) needs surgery on his left shoulder and will miss the remainder of the season. This news doesn’t affect Gay’s status as a high-quality keeper, but obviously fantasy owners in re-draft leagues can cut ties across the board. This news also reinforces Tony Allen’s(notes) impact the rest of the way - he’s been a top-40 player over the past month, and that number is trending upward.
• For the Wizards: Andray Blatche(notes) (shoulder) didn’t travel with the team and looks to be out for at least Tuesday (@POR) and Wednesday (@LAC). Nick Young(notes) (knee) is out Tuesday but will try to play against the Clippers on Wednesday.
• Other status updates: Andre Iguodala(notes) (knee) is probable for Wednesday … Raymond Felton(notes) (ankle) plans to play on Wednesday … Devin Harris(notes) (hamstring) is likely out Wednesday … Amir Johnson’s(notes) X-rays were negative, but he’s questionable for Wednesday … Marcus Camby(notes) (ankle) is out Tuesday … The current target for Tyreke Evans(notes) is Friday with limited minutes … Arron Afflalo’s(notes) nagging left hamstring issues are expected to keep him out until next week … Baron Davis might be back on the active roster for the Cavs Wednesday … Chase Budinger(notes) (ankle) has been upgraded from out to doubtful for Wednesday.
• A few adds to consider strictly from a favorable matchup perspective: Rodrigue Beaubois(notes) (Thu MIN, Sat @UTA, Sun @PHO); Leandro Barbosa(notes) (Wed @PHO, Fri @GSW, Sat @LAC); Jordan Crawford(notes), Trevor Booker(notes) (Wed @LAC, Fri @DEN, Sun @GSW). Other adds to consider here.