More knee issues for Brandon Roy
Brandon Roy has gotten off to slow starts before, but nearly all of his numbers have been down early this season. Most notably for the career 46.5 percent shooter, he's shooting about 40 percent this season. Anyone who drafted him has had to wonder if it's just a typical slow start or something worse. Bad news: it appears to be something worse. Much worse.
The Oregonian reported Tuesday night that Roy -- along with Greg Oden (second opinion on knee) and Elliot Williams (pre-op exam on knee) -- will fly to Los Angeles today to have his left knee examined by orthopedic doctor Neal ElAttrache. Apparently, Roy has been battling swelling and discomfort in the joint and has had it drained twice already since the season started.
Roy recently requested to have his minutes shaved down in the hope that he can play through it. Clearly it's become a major concern for the young star, who is beginning to appear as prone to injury as anyone in the Association. Keep in mind that he's never come close to completing a season (57, 74, 78, 65) and had surgery on his other knee just before the last season's playoffs. To his credit, Roy returned for the playoffs and always seems willing to play through ailments as much as possible. However, this clearly is becoming a major concern for Roy and his fantasy value. Until the results of today's exam are released, we'll just have to hold our collective breath.
• After all the years of fantasy hoops junkies begging Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan to start Paul Millsap and give him the rock, it's finally happening. Millsap exploded for a career-high 46 points on 19-of-28 shooting against the Miami Heat Tuesday night. He even dropped three treys as the Jazz rallied late and snagged nine boards. The kid is legit, and I still find it stunning that Sloan didn't give Millsap his chance years ago.
• The Heat's Super Friends produced Tuesday night just like a lot of us expected they would eventually this season. Dwyane Wade paced the team with 39 points (3 3-pointers and 6 boards), LeBron James messed around and got a triple-double (20 points, 14 dimes and 11 boards) and Chris Bosh nearly double-doubled (17 points and 9 boards). I still expect their production to look like this on most nights.
• Kevin Love stole the headlines with a monstrous double-dub (23 points and 24 bounds), but we already knew the kid could do that. In deeper leagues, it's worth noting that Sebastian Telfair popped off 13 points, 3 triples and 9 dimes against the Los Angeles Lakers. Telfair got the start in place of Luke Ridnour, who is expected to miss at least the next week due to a hamstring injury. Telfair has proved to be productive for short periods when given the minutes. Of course, no one can tell how Wolves head coach Kurt Rambis will dole out minutes from game to game. Still, Telfair's worth a look in deeper leagues.
• Like Roy, Chris Kaman is no stranger to the infirmary. The big man sprained his left ankle Tuesday evening, and though X-rays came back negative, he's expected to miss at least a couple of weeks. In the meantime, DeAndre Jordan and Craig Smith should see a boost in minutes, though neither is very appetizing outside of deep leagues. However, rookie Al-Farouq Aminu saw a career-high 29 minutes last night and responded with his best numbers to date: 20 points (7-10 FG), 2 3-pointers, 8 boards, 2 assists and 2 steals. At 6-foot-9 and 215 pounds, he's not suited to play against most centers, but with Kaman out and Baron Davis hobbled, there are minutes and touches to be had for the rookie.
• The Golden State Warriors are headed to Madison Square Garden to face the New York Knicks tonight in what should be a high-scoring affair. Unfortunately, the Warriors likely will be balling without Monta Ellis, who injured his back in their latest game. It appears to be a short-term ailment, but it sounds like he'll probably miss a couple of games. Look for Reggie Williams to get more play if Ellis is out.This will be David Lee's first game back at MSG, so expect some big production. This also will be Anthony Randolph's first game against his former Warriors teammates, so he might see an uptick in production for the night. I also think we might finally see a monster game from Amare Stoudemire, since the Warriors have no interior defense to speak of.
Tom Carpenter is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.