Lowry injures ankle; McGee playing well

November, 7, 2012
Let's hope Kyle Lowry's injury only looked bad.

Lowry suffered a right ankle sprain when he stepped on Serge Ibaka's foot following a made basket late in the first half Tuesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. If you've seen the video, you know that Lowry's discomfort was audible. He had to be helped off the court, and he didn't return.

The new Toronto Raptors point guard is off to an incredible start, averaging 23.7 points, 7.0 assists, 3.7 steals and 2.7 3-pointers over his first three games.

While there was no word on Lowry's condition as of late Tuesday, it's safe to assume that Jose Calderon will replace Lowry when the Raptors visit the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. With 12 other NBA games going, Lowry owners in daily leagues should have ample lineup alternatives.

Looking Back

Rodney Stuckey shot poorly again, but considering he was 1-for-23 from the field over his first three games, a 5-of-17 night (for 16 points) against the Denver Nuggets is definitely progress. He also got to the line (though he went only 5-of-7) and contributed from long range (2-of-6 from downtown). Though Stuckey may still be dealing with migraines, the big issue is his evolving role with the Detroit Pistons. The offense now runs primarily through second-year point guard Brandon Knight, so Stuckey must figure out how to impact the game without having the ball in his hands as much. I can understand owners in standard 10-team formats dumping Stuckey, but in leagues of 12 or more teams, or in points formats that don't penalize shooting percentage, you'll have to be patient. Stuckey will be a solid scorer this season, and he should be a factor in the 3-pointers category.

E'Twaun Moore had another nice start. Filling in for the injured Jameer Nelson (hamstring, groin), Moore managed only two assists versus the Chicago Bulls, but deep-leaguers will take the other stats (17 points on 7-of-13 shooting, 5 rebounds, 3 3-pointers). Expect the second-year pro to start again Wednesday, when the Orlando Magic visit the Minnesota Timberwolves.

JaVale McGee is making the most of his limited playing time; he put up 16 points and three blocks in just 18 minutes against the Pistons. That followed a 16-point, 9-rebound showing against the Miami Heat on Nov. 3. And surprisingly, McGee is 6-of-7 from the stripe so far. Rejections will keep McGee fantasy-relevant -- he has eight blocks in his first four games -- but fantasy owners should not expect him get more minutes. Kosta Koufos continues to start, and he produced his best showing of the young season Tuesday (14 points, 5 boards, 3 blocks).

Looking Ahead

• There's no word yet whether Josh Smith (ankle) can play against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, but the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that while "J-Smoove" was limited on Tuesday, he did seem to be near full speed as he worked on his post moves after practice.

• There is no timetable for Anthony Davis (concussion) to return. He's not expected to play against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. The New Orleans Hornets are in a 10-day stretch in which they play just twice, so Davis could be sidelined awhile without missing much action. Starting center Robin Lopez (17.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in his past two games) has greatly picked up his production in Davis' absence.

Shawn Marion (knee) is expected to miss at least the next three games. Fortunately, the Mavericks play Wednesday, Friday and Saturday this week, nights when fantasy owners in daily lineup leagues should have ample lineup options. It will be interesting to see how Jae Crowder, the impressive Mavs rookie, fares with the extra minutes.

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Ramon Sessions
Kevin Jairaj/US PresswireRamon Sessions scored a combined 33 points, with nine assists, in the first two games.

• With Gerald Henderson (foot) expected to miss 2-4 weeks, Ramon Sessions becomes an intriguing option in most formats. Sessions had 22 points in 28 minutes against the Mavericks on Nov. 3, the game in which Henderson was injured. The Charlotte Bobcats, who host the Phoenix Suns, haven't hesitated to pair Sessions with Kemba Walker early on.

• After missing the opener because of a calf injury, Kevin Seraphin had 19 points (8-of-9 from the field) and seven rebounds against the Boston Celtics on Saturday. The Washington Wizards play the Celtics again, this time in Boston, on Wednesday. At least until Nene's return, Seraphin should continue to produce for the short-handed Wizards.

Larry Sanders has quietly impressed for the Milwaukee Bucks, averaging 13.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks over his first two games. The rail-thin Sanders -- he's listed at 6-11, 235 pounds -- has actually been getting most of his work in the post, as starter Samuel Dalembert has been used sparingly. With the Bucks facing Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and the Memphis Grizzlies, I'd expect fewer minutes for Sanders. But let's wait and see.

Isaiah Thomas owners can't like where this is headed. Thomas played just 21 minutes against the Golden State Warriors on Nov. 5. While Aaron Brooks saw only 20 minutes that night, he logged 35 against the Pacers on Saturday. The Sacramento Kings beat writer for the Sacramento Bee has already said it's inevitable that Brooks emerges as the starter. The Kings host the struggling and already road-weary Pistons, but again, with 12 other NBA games Wednesday, fantasy owners can easily avoid this timeshare for now.



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