It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which means games are played all day in the NBA. Five games have either finished or already tipped off, but five still remain on the docket, meaning fantasy basketball owners need to be aware of injury updates. The biggest news is that the Rockets’ Terrence Jones is nursing a bruised thigh and will be a game-time decision in Houston tonight.
» Jones is on fire over his last five games, averaging 21.6 points, 12.2 rebounds, three blocks and 1.2 steals, including a 36-point pasting of the Bucks on Saturday. If he doesn’t suit up, fantasy owners may be scrambling for a replacement. Donatas Motiejunas (100 percent available in ESPN.com leagues) played sparingly on Saturday, but was coming off back-to-back games of 10 and 15 points. He’s about as bad of a rebounder as one can be for a seven-footer, but his 1.6 threes per 36 last season shows he has the talent to hit the deep ball. If Jones sits, it will also cause a trickle down effect among the rest of Houston’s forwards, meaning Omri Casspi could see a bump in minutes — especially with Francisco Garcia also questionable tonight. Casspi is available in 100 percent of ESPN.com leagues as well.
» Beverley (96 percent available) will be returning to the Rockets’ lineup tonight after missing 14 games with a fractured right hand. He has mediocre upside in terms of his offensive abilities, but is averaging 1.3 steals per game and offers a nice blend of rebounds (3.9) and threes (1.4) for a point guard. He’ll probably be eased into the lineup just a bit, but the Rockets could really use his defensive prowess on the court. Jeremy Lin is not a great defender and he will resume a bench role starting tonight vs. Portland.
Other Injury News:
Anthony Morrow is sick and did not travel with the Pelicans for tonight’s in Memphis. … With Jason Smith (knee) and Ryan Anderson (back) out for New Orleans, Alexis Ajinca, Greg Stiemsma and Al-Farouq Aminu will continue to rotate in the frontcourt. Aminu the only player worth owning and he is coming off a 12-point, nine-rebound game vs. the Warriors. He is available in 95 percent of ESPN.com leagues. … After missing one game due to the birth of his child, Hawks’ small forward DeMarre Carroll will return to the lineup tonight. Lou Williams will revert back to the bench and has limited fantasy value while his shooting struggles continue. Williams is averaging just six points on 28.1 percent shooting in his last five games.