by DANIEL DOBISH
The Fantasy Basketball world was shaken up significantly when it was learned that Chicago Bulls PG Derrick Rose(knee) suffered a right knee injury which will require surgery on Monday. He has returned to Chicago for the procedure to repair a torn meniscus. The good news for Bulls fans, and Fantasy owners, and Rose, for that matter, is that the injury was not to the same knee where he tore his anterior cruciate ligament. He might be able to rehab and get back onto the field before season’s end. So if you have an Injured Reserve spot, definitely use it and don’t drop him just yet.
With Rose on the mend, the time is now to add veteran G Kirk Hinrich. Unless something crazy happens, and the team looks outside the organization for help via trade, Hinrich is expected to start. G Marquis Teague will also see a tremendous increase in Fantasy appeal, and it wouldn’t be surprising at some point to see him even supplant Hinrich in the starting five. That’s a situation to watch, although, the veteran is the play now.
Kirk Hinrich is a Fantasy must-start once again.Photo Credit: Nathaniel S. Butler
Teams with four games (19): Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, L.A. Lakers, Miami, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Orleans, New York, Phoenix, San Antonio, Washington
Teams with three games (10): Chicago, Cleveland, L.A. Clippers, Memphis, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Portland, Toronto, Utah
Team with two games (1): Sacramento
TV TIME (national broadcasts in the upcoming week)
MON Chicago-Utah (9:00pm WGN/NBATV)
TUE L.A. Lakers-Washington (7:00pm NBATV)
WED Miami-Cleveland (7:30pm ESPN), New York-L.A. Clippers (10:30pm NBATV)
FRI Golden State-Oklahoma City (8:00pm NBATV)
SAT Brooklyn-Memphis (8:00pm NBATV)
* All Times Eastern (ET)
The schedule has all NBA teams off for the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday. So basketball fans, enjoy the day with your families, and come back at it on Black Friday.
There are still plenty of teams with four-game schedules despite the six-day window in the new week. The Detroit Pistons have the most favorable set of circumstances, as all four of their games are on home hardwood. And they have favorable games against Milwaukee and L.A. Lakers, two teams not necessarily known for their defensive prowess. The Philadelphia 76ers also pay a visit to Cream City, and they rank dead-last in scoring defense, allowing 109.6 points per game. Look for the Pistons to roll up some impressive Fantasy stat lines this week.
The Golden State Warriors also have four games, but they’re all on the road. Don’t fret, though. Sacramento is on the schedule, and after a big defensive start, they’re starting to get back to their old ways, and Dallas and Oklahoma City allow well over 100 points per contest. The Warriors will be fine for Fantasy owners.
If you have plenty of Kings, unfortunately, they are the only team with two games on the docket. If you’re in a cumulative Fantasy league, you’ll likely want to reserve everyone not named F/C DeMarcus Cousins. Even Cousins might be a risky play if you have a handful of other alternatives with four-game schedules.
Houston Rockets G James Harden (foot) is unlikely to play in Monday’s game in Memphis, and after that things remain murky. The Rockets have four games for the upcoming week, so if he just missed one game, it wouldn’t be the end of the world. But that is no guarantee, and he could miss multiple games. And for that, no one would be thankful. … Brooklyn Nets C Brook Lopez (ankle) continues to be a Fantasy turkey, as he was sidelined again Sunday. With Lopez still on the shelf, C Andray Blatche has gotten extended play, and he has been Fantasy gold. If he is available, you’ll definitely want him in your lineup. Even when Lopez can return, it’s hard to imagine head coach Jason Kidd not finding more minutes for Blatche as well as he has played. … If you were waiting for Denver Nuggets G Danilo Gallinari (knee) to return, that isn’t likely to happen any time soon. The Denver Post reports Gallinari has yet to even resume running, as he slowly recovers from surgery.
If you need help in specific categories in Rotisserie Fantasy play, you’ve come to the right place. Check out these guys, who should be available in your league, to help out in certain areas.
Jeremy Evans, SF, Utah (11.0 ppg over past two games)
Marcus Morris, PF, Phoenix (10.7 ppg over past 10 games)
Michael Beasley, PF, Miami (10.6 ppg over past eight games)
Marcus Morris, PF, Phoenix (6.0 rpg over the past 10 games)
Lavoy Allen, C, Philadelphia (5.8 rpg over the past 12 games)
Jeff Adrien, SF, Charlotte (5.7 rpg over the past seven games)
Luke Ridnour, PG, Milwaukee (4.6 apg over the past five games)
Diante Garrett, PG, Utah (4.5 apg over the past six games)
J.J. Barea, PG, Minnesota (3.7 apg over the past 13 games)
Shane Larkin, PG, Dallas (1.8 spg over the past four games)
Patty Mills, PG, San Antonio (1.6 spg over the past 10 games)
Steven Adams, C, Oklahoma City (1.6 bpg over the past nine games)
Jeremy Evans, PF, Utah (1.5 bpg over the past two games)
Gorgui Dieng, C, Minnesota (1.4 bpg over the past eight games)
Randy Foye, SG, Denver (21 3-pointers over the past 10 games)
Gary Neal, PG, Milwaukee (18 3-pointers over the past eight games)
Marcus Morris, PF, Phoenix (16 3-pointers over the past 10 games)
Mike Miller, SG, Memphis (16 3-pointers over the past 10 games)
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