Antawn Jamison, Tony Parker injured

March, 1, 2011

The shortest month of the year ended with a long list of NBA injuries.

On Monday, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced that Antawn Jamison could miss the rest of the season after fracturing his left little finger against the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday. The optimistic projection is that Jamison could return in five weeks, but considering that five weeks from now head-to-head leagues will be into their championship finals, Jamison should be dropped in most formats.

Rookie Samardo Samuels will apparently take Jamison's place in the lineup. The rookie has been playing more recently, averaging 8.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 20.0 minutes in his past three games. Obviously fantasy owners will need to see more from Samuels, but he could ultimately be worth a roster spot in leagues of at least 12 teams. Of course, J.J. Hickson owners, who saw their guy average 18.4 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in February, are feeling just fine about now.

Tony Parker is also headed for a lengthy stint on the sidelines. He's expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a sore left calf muscle. Plenty of Parker owners can still grab George Hill, who's available in more than 60 percent of leagues. Other possible point guard replacements include Luke Ridnour (also available in 60-plus percent of leagues) and Kirk Hinrich.

Oh, wait: Hinrich is hurt, too.

Looking back

• Hinrich, who's nursing a sore right calf, was scratched before Monday's Atlanta Hawks-Denver Nuggets game. Though "sore right calf" sounds ominously like Parker's "sore left calf," Hinrich is, as of now, day-to-day. The Hawks host the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.

Josh Smith left that Hawks-Nuggets contest with a right knee injury. He actually got tangled up when teammate Damien Wilkins knocked down J.R. Smith on a drive. J.R. Smith hurt his left hip on the play, but he stayed in the game. The Nuggets went into Monday minus Danilo Gallinari, who could miss up to 10 days with a broken left big toe.

• At least some players are getting healthier. Andray Blatche (15 points, 11 rebounds) returned after missing two games with a strained hip. Kenyon Martin (14 points and 11 rebounds) played after missing a game due to illness.

Mo Williams (ankle) finally made his Los Angeles Clippers debut. Though he shot only 7-of-18, it was a productive night overall: 16 points, 5 assists, 5 steals and a couple of 3-pointers. Williams can still be had in about 10 percent of leagues.

Marcus Thornton (29 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals) had his best game with the Sacramento Kings. Maybe most impressive was the fact that the second-year pro got to the line 12 times, canning 10. With Tyreke Evans on the shelf, Thornton should continue to produce points, 3s and a few steals. He's available in more than 60 percent of leagues.

Mike Bibby, who agreed to a buyout with the Washington Wizards, could be headed to the Miami Heat. Bibby wouldn't gain much fantasy value in South Beach, but he'd have a decent chance of bettering the 1.9 3s he's averaged this season. He's worth stashing in leagues of at least 12 teams. Troy Murphy also got his buyout from the Golden State Warriors. He could land with either the Boston Celtics or the Heat. Beefing up Miami's thin front line would probably do the most for Murphy's fantasy value.

Looking ahead

Greg Monroe is currently the most-added player in leagues, but his availability remains in the 40 percent range. Monroe has averaged 16.8 points, 12.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals in his past four games, although the Detroit Pistons were without a number of injured or suspended players during that span. The team will be close to full strength Tuesday against the Milwaukee Bucks, as Tracy McGrady (illness) and Ben Wallace (personal) should be available. Tayshaun Prince (back) is a game-time decision.

• No word yet on Andrea Bargnani's status for Tuesday's game with the New Orleans Hornets. He missed Sunday's contest against the Dallas Mavericks due to illness.

Neil Tardy is a fantasy basketball analyst for



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