Danilo Gallinari suffered a fractured left (non-shooting) thumb during Denver's 112-95 loss to the Mavs on Monday and could be sidelined for up to a month. The team has yet to issue and official timetable and Gallinari hopes to cut the initial expectations short, but his fantasy season could be over for all intents and purposes, particularly in default h2h leagues.
"I don't know how long it's going to be. It's not going to be short. It's a fracture. The doctor told me the fracture takes four weeks to heal. Hopefully I can put something on and play sooner than that."
Wilson Chandler played 28 minutes on Monday (13 points, 6-16 FG, 1-5 3PT, 2 steals, 1 block) but suddenly has a clear path to starter's minutes while Gallinari sits, and his career per-36s include 15.6 points, 1.2 threes, 5.9 boards, 0.8 steals, and 1 block. Simply put, add Chandler if he still happens to be available in your league (36% ownership). Additional fallout here is that minutes for Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, and Kenneth Faried are more secure. The backup minutes on the wing will be split between Rudy Fernandez and Corey Brewer, but there is only deep-league relevance here if one can emerge as the "primary" reserve option.
And what about JaVale McGee, who dressed and was active on Monday, but received a DNP-CD? Karl chose to hold him out because of a lack of practice time - take a look at the box score and you'll see that neither team opted to play their centers for anything but a few minutes. But make no mistake, Karl likes McGee's potential to impact the defensive end of the court and is eager to see how his athleticism at the center position can help the team. McGee will get a chance to practice with the Nuggets on Tuesday, and we should see him debut with the Nuggets on Wednesday versus the Pistons.
• Tristan Thompson struggled in his matchup with Zaza Pachulia during his first start on Sunday (35 minutes, 3-8 FG, 7 points, 6 boards, 4 fouls) but found the going much easier against Shelden Williams on Monday (37 minutes, 27 points, 12-16 FG, 12 boards). Eight offensive boards and quality looks from his teammates led to 15 of his 16 shot attempts and all 12 makes coming at the rim, and his athleticism will help make up make up for his size disadvantage (6-9, 227) in occasional matchups. But Thompson gets Pachulia again his next time out (Wed @ATL) and things get tougher from there (Fri @ORL, Sun PHO), so deep league owners that understandably picked him up since Monday night need to assume that his inconsistencies will continue. Thompson's averages over the past 16 games include 25 minutes, 8.2 points (44% FG, 57% FT), 6.9 boards (3.8 offensive), and 1 block.
• Eric Gordon, sidelined for all but two games this season with knee problems, is now expected to begin practicing with the Hornets next week in an attempt to return to the active roster sometime over the following weeks. His opportunities for full practices are few and far between [schedule], and the chance that he'll be asked or allowed to play substantial minutes at any point is very small. He'll essentially be going through training camp with 80 percent of the season complete, assuming he has no setbacks, so relevance in a standard league is asking too much, particularly with the h2h playoffs beginning on Monday.
• Status updates: Nikola Pekovic tried to play through his ankle issues Monday but lasted just 11 minutes. He's day-to-day in advance of the T-Wolves matchup with the Spurs on Wednesday but could be held out a game or two in an attempt to finally get him healthy. Derrick Williams' stock is inversely tied to Pekovic's .. Ersan Ilyasova (illness) is expected to play on Tuesday .. Tyreke Evans (ankle) is expected to play on Tuesday .. Shawn Marion's knee has no structural damage but the Mavs have yet to officially update his status and he looks questionable for Wednesday. Rodrigue Beaubois remains a strong play .. Kevin Martin (shoulder) is highly unlikely to play on Tuesday .. Andray Blatche has been shut down for the next few weeks for conditioning purposes. He's expendable in all leagues, Trevor Booker is now completely locked in, and Kevin Seraphin has continued deep-league relevance .. Andre Miller is out for at least Wednesday because of a separated shoulder .. Baron Davis (hamstring) is out Wednesday .. The Warriors are expected to sign J.J. Hickson once he clears waivers on Wednesday. He'd be expected to move ahead of Andris Biedrins almost immediately and could see around 20 minutes per game .. Richard Hamilton (shoulder) is not close to a return .. Gilbert Arenas has signed with the Grizzlies for the remainder of the season, but he'll only be used sparingly as the team's fourth guard.
• Scanning the Buzz Index leaders: Spencer Hawes' line from Monday has understandably stoked fantasy owners' optimism (24 minutes, 13 points, 11 boards, 1 steal, 3 blocks). Hawes isn't headed for starter's minutes at any point and matchups don't get much easier than the Bobcats, but the reward potential here is as real as the risk of yet another injury .. Deep-league owners should give Kevin Seraphin a look for a number of reasons. He'll be back to the bench when Nene is activated but is now the primary backup big for the Wizards with Andray Blatche having been deactivated. Seraphin has averaged 8.5 points on 62-percent shooting, 7.3 boards, and 1.8 blocks when seeing at least 20 minutes, and the Wizards have four games remaining in the current week [schedule] .. Sure, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was excellent over his past two games (30 minutes, 17 points, 67% FG, 15 boards, 2.5 steals), but both Ersan Ilyasova and Ekpe Udoh are active on Tuesday and will seriously limit his minutes moving forward.