Rose, Wade out of action again

April, 17, 2012

The good news for fantasy owners being driven to the brink of madness by Derrick Rose? Apparently this injury isn't all that serious.

A sore right foot sidelined Rose for Monday's tilt against the Washington Wizards, though he is expected to accompany the Chicago Bulls on their upcoming two-game road trip. For those who've lost track of Rose's myriad of maladies this season, this Chicago Tribune story will get you up to speed.

More injury updates to follow. But you probably expected that.

Looking Back

• The Miami Heat won't push Dwyane Wade (ankle) prior to the playoffs, so he sat for the fourth time in nine games on Monday. As noted by the Miami Herald, the Heat have given D-Wade one night off in three straight back-to-backs, and the team has two more back-to-back sets in the regular season.

Glen Davis (knee) didn't play against the Philadelphia 76ers, but he said he expects to be back in the lineup for the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. Should Davis miss more time, deep-leaguers should take note of Earl Clark's 14 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks off the bench against the Sixers. Daniel Orton (six points, six rebounds) started for Davis and played only 24 minutes, perhaps due to his four fouls.

• These other Monday inactives are considered day-to-day: Deron Williams (calf), Luol Deng (ribs), Nicolas Batum (quad), Jose Calderon (eye), Marcus Camby (back-wrist) and Chris Kaman (foot). Eric Gordon received a night off to rest.

• With David Lee now shut down, the Golden State Warriors seem to be left with only two realistic scoring options: Klay Thompson (29 points, eight rebounds) and Nate Robinson (20 points, seven assists, three 3-pointers). As of Monday, Robinson was available in more than 50 percent of leagues. Get him if you still can.

James Johnson (18 points, five assists, four rebounds) played 32 minutes, so apparently he's back in the good graces of Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey, who'd recently benched Johnson for reasons undisclosed. The Raptors play just once in the next five days, but Johnson becomes a worthy add by this weekend. Toronto closes with the Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks and New Jersey Nets.

• I'm a little surprised that J.J. Redick (18 points, two 3s) is rostered in fewer than 40 percent of leagues. Hedo Turkoglu is out for the season and Redick will start the rest of the way. I'm a lot surprised that Delonte West (16 points, two 3s) is available in almost all leagues. West is a good fill-in for the weekend, with the Dallas Mavericks hosting the Warriors on Friday and visiting the Bulls on Saturday.

Serge Ibaka blocked two shots against the Los Angeles Clippers. It was an off night. In his previous 11 games, Ibaka had no fewer than three rejections. He's averaging a stupefying 4.1 blocks since the All-Star break.

Looking Ahead

• The Boston Celtics should have all or most of their key pieces on Tuesday. Paul Pierce (toe) and Ray Allen (ankle) are expected to play against the New York Knicks, while Kevin Garnett (rest) will be back in action. Garnett's return will mean fewer minutes for Greg Stiemsma, but with Tuesday's five-game NBA slate, Stiemsma is still a quality fill-in for anyone needing to bulk up on blocks. He's coming off a six-block, four-steal showing in a start against the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday. On the Knicks' side, Tyson Chandler (knee) is hoping to play.

• In the five games Kobe Bryant (shin) has missed, Metta World Peace is averaging 17.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 3s and 1.8 steals. He's perhaps the safest potential fill-in play for Tuesday, though the San Antonio Spurs will probably use more of their top talent against the Los Angeles Lakers than they did on Monday. Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili each played 15 minutes or less against the Warriors.

Marc Gasol (knee) likely won't play for the Memphis Grizzlies, who visit the Minnesota Timberwolves. Despite his foul-plagued clunker on Monday, Anthony Randolph (six points, five rebounds) should still finish strong.

Darren Collison (groin) played 16 minutes in his return to action, but George Hill (11 points, four assists) got another start in Monday's blowout win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Expect another useful line from Hill (14.8 points, 4.6 assists, 1.6 3s as a starter) when the Indiana Pacers visit the reeling Sixers on Tuesday.



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