With just two and a half weeks left in the regular season, most fantasy basketball leagues are winding down. The official ESPN/NBA game has the championship starting now in default leagues (including our Bloggers League). Congrats to all those still alive!
As we head into the championship-making time of year in fantasy hoops, here’s the latest injury updates:
Derrick Rose-Chi: Rose is back just in time to save the end of your season if you made it this far without your first-round pick. He lit up the Knicks and the Bulls have 9 games left to tune up and get used to D-Rose back at the point.
Dwyane Wade-Mia: Wade missed Sunday’s game after tweaking his ankle. He’s getting pre-playoff rest and Charlotte on Friday would be another opportunity if he needs to take a break against easier competition. He should be good for the Celtics, Bulls, and Knicks this week, but check before each game to make sure. If your lineup locks for the week, go ahead and start him but temper expectation.
Danilo Gallinari-Den: Also returning just in time (if you can still use him), Gallinari is expected to return tonight against Golden State. Denver is in the midst of the playoff crunch so expect big minutes and big lines from him as long as he can stay healthy.
Kobe Bryant-LAL: Bryant missed Saturday’s game and officially there is “no timetable” for his return. Kobe is such a gamer it’s hard to see him missing time at the end of the regular season with anything short of dismemberment. I expect him to play, but be aware of his injury and be careful…
Andrea Bargnani-Tor: Bargnani left last night’s game with left calf tightness which is the last thing his owners want to hear after he was just starting to come back into form. In weekly lineups, take your best guess and see what alternatives are. If you can hold him until we get a more definitive status, you should. When he’s on the court and playing well, he’s one of the best but all year he’s been extremely injury-prone.
Gerald Wallace-NJ: Wallace had been playing brilliantly recently, but strained his hamstring on Sunday. He’s considered day-to-day at this point. If he misses games, Anthony Morrow and Gerald Green will see an increase in minutes.
Kyrie Irving-Cle: The Cavs are considering just shutting him down, but no final decision has been made yet. They’ll see how he repsonds to treatment this week.
Stephen Curry-GS: Still not officially shut down for the year although that increasingly seems to be the most likely scenario.
Jeremy Lin-NY: Definitely out for the rest of the regular season and said he most likely will miss the first round if the Knicks make the playoffs.
Kevin Martin-Hou: The Rockets backcourt is an interesting situation as Martin and Kyle Lowry near their returns and Goran Dragic and Courtney Lee continue to play well. Martin should return to contact drills soon, although there haven’t been any reports of him doing so as of yet. Wait until he gets some practices in before counting on him for anything.
Kyle Lowry-Hou: Lowry returned to action last night and had a point and 7 assists in 18 minutes. He needs to get back into full game-shape, but grab him if you can if he was dropped in your league. How he and Goran Dragic share time could be a determining factor in fantasy basketball playoffs.
Amare Stoudemire-NY: Still considered out indefinitely he does not look like he’ll be returning this week.
Jarrett Jack-NO: Jack has either missed or been limited in the Hornets last several games. He’s dealing with all kinds of swelling and soreness in his foot and ankle and may be out for the week. Greivis Vasquez is a good streaming start or straight up add as he contributes solid points/assists when he starts at PG.
Eric Gordon-NO: Gordon battled a stiff back on Saturday but hopefully it won’t limit him going forward. It could just be a result of the long lay-off due to his other injuries.
Ryan Anderson-Orl: Anderson is hopeful to play tonight which would move Glen Davis back to the bench.
Luke Ridnour-Min: Ridnour will continue to sit this week with his sprained ankle making J.J. Barea an interesting add. Ridnour should return either at the very end of this week or early next week.
Marcus Thornton-Sac: Thornton has missed most of the last 5 games for the Kings and is very usure heading into this week. He could return as soon as Tuesday against Dallas or he could miss the whole week. If you have another option, go with it; but if he’s all you got you can roll the dice that he returns sooner rather than later.
Mo Williams-LAC: Williams is expected back on Monday for the Clippers. His return could affect Randy Foye and Nick Young’s roles in the Clipps offense.
Wilson Chandler-Den: Chandler downplayed his injury on twitter (players reporting on themselves is cool now) and we’ll probably get more clarity of what his injury is and how long he’ll be sidelined today. Don’t count on him for this week though.
Nene-Was: Nene and fellow Wizards-big-man Trevor Booker continue to miss time with foot ailments. Nene’s has missed 5 in a row so wait until he’s back in action before inserting him. He could be dropped if needed, but could return before the end of the season as well.
Al Horford-Atl: Did some non-contact work at practice but still is not expected to return for any regular season action.
Hedo Turkoglu-Orl: Turkoglu is out with a facial fracture for the rest of the regular season. J.J. Redick and Von Wafer will pick up the slack in his absence.
Tony Allen-Mem: Allen is in store for a 5-game week starting Monday but has missed the last 2 games after receiving 7 stitches in his mouth. He is expected to be ready to play Monday, but check before the game for further updates.
Grant Hill-Phx: Hill resumed running according the the Arizona Republic and did some spot shooting as well. Hill’s return probably won’t be in time to make him relevant this week, but he should return before the season ends.
Jason Kidd-Dal: There’s no timetable for his return at this point which means Roddy Beaubois and Delonte West will continue to see more time at the point for the Mavs as they try to secure their spot in the playoffs.
D.J. Augustin-Cha: Augustin missed Saturday’s game with right knee tendinitis, but hasn’t been playing well anyway. Kemba Walker is now the starter and the Bobcats PG worth owning.
Michael Pietrus-Bos: Passed his first concussion test and is on the way back for Boston. When he returns, his role will determine his value (if any).
Anthony Parker-Cle: More relevant since Lester Hudson has exploded in his absence. Parker could return this week and was playing good ball before he went out. Parker and/or Hudson make sneaky fantasy adds especially if you’re in daily leagues and can grab/drop them while Kyrie Irving is out.