There are 10 games on the NBA schedule tonight, which means fantasy basketball owners can’t risk having anyone in their lineup who may be injured. There should be plenty of replacements to fill the void if you own a player like the Chicago Bulls‘ Carlos Boozer, who will miss tonight’s game with a calf injury.
» A calf strain will keep Boozer from playing in tonight’s game vs. the Cavs. Taj Gibson is always the recommended pickup when either Boozer or Noah sit out. Gibson is available in 65 percent of ESPN.com leagues and has averaged 16.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in three starts for the Bulls this season. Cleveland is the seventh-worst team vs. opposing power forwards in fantasy basketball.
» Celtics’ rising star Avery Bradley (sprained ankle) could miss the next two weeks, which included tonight’s game vs. the Wizards. It hasn’t been announced yet, but there is speculation Rajon Rondo could sit this one out, as it will be the second game of a back-to-back set. Rondo is getting eased into minutes while recovering from ACL surgery this past February. If Rondo doesn’t suit up, and with Bradley and Jeryd Bayless out, rookie Phil Pressey is expected to run the point for Boston, but he’s not much of a fantasy option. Playing 23.2 minutes over the last four games has netter Pressey just 10 total points. A more intriguing streaming option would be newly signed Chris Johnson. Johnson scored 11 points, to go with three rebounds, a steal and two three-pointers in his Celtics’ debut on Tuesday. He is available in 100 percent of ESPN.com leagues.
Other Injury Notes:
Spurs’ point guard Tony Parker will play tonight. He missed last game with a shin injury, but it’s more likely Coach Popovich was allowing his All-Star to get some rest. Patty Mills can be sent back to your league’s waiver wire. … And in your daily Milwaukee Bucks news: Larry Sanders and O.J. Mayo both sat out Tuesday’s practice with illnesses and could both be game-time decisions. If Sanders doesn’t play, John Henson gets a massive boost. If Mayo sits out, some extra minutes will be dispersed between Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpko. Point guard Luke Ridnour (wrist) practiced fully yesterday and should be back in the Bucks’ starting lineup tonight vs. Detroit