Danilo Gallinari goes down again

March, 20, 2012

Fantasy owners and analysts were wondering about Wilson Chandler's value. Wonder no longer.

Chandler had a solid 13-point outing in his return to the Denver Nuggets, but his fantasy stock is soaring after Danilo Gallinari broke his thumb Monday against the Dallas Mavericks.

Gallo apparently sustained the injury when he hit the backboard while trying to block an Ian Mahinmi layup attempt in the third quarter. The fracture will take about a month to heal, but because it's his left thumb (non-shooting hand), Gallinari hopes he can eventually play with the injury. Still, he's likely to miss some time. As a result, fantasy owners should expect Chandler to receive starter's minutes, if not a starting assignment, in the short term. As of Tuesday morning, Chandler was available in about two-thirds of ESPN.com leagues.

In addition, Andre Miller left the Nuggets-Mavs game with a shoulder injury. Afterwards, though, Nuggets coach George Karl expressed hope that Miller would play on Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons. The Nuggets should also have JaVale McGee on Wednesday; Karl didn't want to use McGee against the Mavs due to his limited practice time with his new team.

Looking Back

• There are a couple of reasons not to get overly excited about Tristan Thompson's 27-point, 12-rebound performance. First, it came against the New Jersey Nets, who are currently employing 6-foot-9 Shelden Williams as their starting center. Second, the Cleveland Cavaliers hope to have Anderson Varejao back around April 1. Still, with the Cavs playing seven times in the next 12 days, Thompson is worth considering in leagues of at least 12 teams. Incidentally, new Net Gerald Wallace also went for 27-and-12 in that game.

Derrick Rose (groin) is sitting out the Chicago Bulls' two-game road trip, but his backups are too risky to bother with in most formats. Against the Orlando Magic, C.J. Watson went 0-for-8 in the start while John Lucas contributed 20 points and four 3-pointers off the bench.

• Fantasy owners seeking blocks have a couple of options. Apparently Spencer Hawes (13 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks) is near full strength, as the Philadelphia 76ers said that they would no longer limit his minutes. Hawes, who's available in about 70 percent of ESPN.com leagues, played 24 minutes Monday in the Sixers' rout of the Charlotte Bobcats. Deep-league owners in need of rejections could turn to Greg Stiemsma (four points, four blocks in 19 minutes). Stiemsma, of course, is very limited offensively, but with Jermaine O'Neal and Chris Wilcox both out for the season, the Boston Celtics figure to give him steady playing time from here.

Corey Maggette (back) sat out against the Sixers, but with the Bobcats off until Friday, his absence may just be the one game.

Nikola Pekovic (ankle) lasted only 11 minutes in the Minnesota Timberwolves' win over the Golden State Warriors. With Michael Beasley (toe) also limited, Derrick Williams (six points, 11 rebounds, three blocks) played 37 minutes.

• The New Orleans Hornets said that Eric Gordon (knee) is expected to practice next week. That being the case, Gordon could give fantasy owners something over the final three weeks of the season. He's available in more than 70 percent of ESPN.com leagues.

J.J. Hickson agreed to a buyout on his expiring deal with the Sacramento Kings. The Phoenix Suns and Warriors are believed to have interest. Hickson could have some value, particularly if he lands with the Warriors, who barely use center Andris Biedrins and have no legitimate backup for power forward David Lee.

Looking Ahead

• The Kings will need more inspired play from Jason Thompson (18.3 points, 13.3 rebounds in his past three) when they host the Memphis Grizzlies. It's a tough matchup against the recently returned Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, but Thompson (available in about 75 percent of ESPN.com leagues) is one of Tuesday's top fill-in options. In other Kings news, Tyreke Evans practiced on Monday and is expected to return to action tonight as well, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Kevin Martin (shoulder) has missed the past four games, but he's looking like a game-time decision for the Houston Rockets when they host the Los Angeles Lakers. If Martin doesn't play, Courtney Lee would get another start. Lee (98 percent availability), Chandler Parsons (85 percent availability) and the just-acquired Marcus Camby (65 percent availability) are all potential fill-ins.

Al Jefferson (personal) will return to the Utah Jazz after missing two weekend games. Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter both played well in Big Al's absence. The Jazz host the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Leandro Barbosa is expected to debut with the Indiana Pacers, who host the Los Angeles Clippers.



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