Cause for concern with Dwyane Wade

January, 10, 2012

First, the good news: Kyle Lowry and Andrew Bogut are both expected to return to action on Tuesday. However, Dwyane Wade's status remains unknown -- a growing, more troubling unknown.

The Miami Heat start a West Coast swing in Oakland, and Wade is considered questionable against both the Golden State Warriors and Wednesday's opponent, the Los Angeles Clippers. A left foot injury has kept Wade sidelined since Jan. 2, but what was initially described as a contusion is sounding more ominous. The Miami Herald described the ailment as "mysterious" and "frustrating," and added that Wade hasn't ruled out plantar fasciitis.

The Heat could also be without Mario Chalmers. Chalmers, who injured his shoulder against the New Jersey Nets on Jan. 7, was held out of practice on Monday. While the Herald article says he's expected to play, Chalmers is still considered a game-time decision. The Warriors will most likely again be without Stephen Curry due to his lingering ankle problems.

Looking back

• As of this writing, Iman Shumpert is still available in about a quarter of leagues. Let me be, I don't know, the fifth or sixth fantasy basketball analyst to tell you: Get this kid. In four games since returning to the New York Knicks lineup, Shumpert is averaging 13.8 points, 4.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 3-pointers and (best of all) 2.8 steals. Shumpert more than likely won't keep up the accuracy (he's also 50.0 percent from the field in that span), but he's the best thing Mike D'Antoni has going at point guard at the moment.

• Coming off of an ACL injury, it's unsurprising that David West has started slowly this season with his new team. But on Monday, West had perhaps his best performance as a member of the Indiana Pacers: 15 points and 11 rebounds in 33 minutes. Though it was his third double-double on the young season, the 15 points is West's best scoring output so far.

Vladimir Radmanovic made the start for Marvin Williams (ankle) on Monday and nailed four 3s against the Nets. The well-traveled veteran now has nine treys in his past two games with Williams sidelined. Should Williams miss more time, Radman could be a viable fill-in in leagues of at least 12 teams.

• The offensively deprived Nets may have found something. Starting MarShon Brooks (19 points, 10 rebounds, three 3s) and Anthony Morrow (20 points, four 3s) together for the first time, the Nets produced a season-high 101 points on Monday. Brooks, who's averaging 14.4 points and 1.6 3s, is available in about 40 percent of leagues, while Morrow, who's drained 13 from downtown in his past three games, is available in about two-thirds of leagues.

• I concur with Brian McKitish: If you like Danilo Gallinari now, just wait. Despite an impressive line of 16.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals, Gallinari has yet to find the range from downtown. A 37.0 percent shooter from beyond the arc in his brief career, this season Gallinari is just 25.5 percent from deep after going 2-for-6 against the New Orleans Hornets. As good as he is now, Gallinari will get better.

Looking ahead

• As noted, Tuesday should see some big names back in action. Lowry (foot) practiced Monday and said he expects to play Tuesday when the Houston Rockets host the Charlotte Bobcats. He's missed the past two games. Bogut, who was in Australia last week tending to a personal matter, has rejoined the Milwaukee Bucks and is expected to start against the San Antonio Spurs. He was away from the team for four games.

• With Michael Beasley (foot) out at least one more game, rookie Derrick Williams should again see big minutes against the Chicago Bulls. In two games since Beasley went down, Williams is averaging 13.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 3s, though he's shooting just 39.1 percent (9-for-23) from the field. The Minnesota Timberwolves also have Jose Juan Barea (hamstring) back. After missing five of the previous six games, Barea scored 16 points in 17 minutes against the Toronto Raptors.

• With two guards sidelined, starter Richard Hamilton (groin) and reserve C.J. Watson (elbow), Kyle Korver has stepped in for the Chicago Bulls. He's topped 30 minutes in each of the past three games, averaging 13.0 points, 3.3 3s and 2.0 steals in that span. He's a good fill-in Tuesday against the Timberwolves, but maybe not for the reason you think. Wolves opponents are only 27th in 3-point makes; however, they're first in steals.



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