POINT GUARD –
Kyrie Irving- Boston Celtics-Irving got poked in the eye during Monday’s loss to the Spurs, and he missed wednesday game and is questionable for friday’s game against the Timberwolves
Rajon Rondo- Los Angeles Lakers-Update:Rajon Rondo suffered a right ring finger sprain earlier last week. It was later determined that surgery would be required. Per the Lakers press release, Rondo is expected to make a full recovery in 4-5 weeks. Lonzo Ball is the primary beneficiary here. With both Rondo and LeBron James (groin) out of action.
Jeff Teague/Derek Rose- Minnesota Timberwolves-Teague has been dealing with ankle issues for most of his career. He is currently suffering from left ankle inflammation that has sidelined him since 12/17/18. Rose is dealing with a right ankle sprain. Teague and Rose are day to day. In the meantime tyus Jones looks like a strong pickup/streamer.
Kyle Lowry- Toronto Raptors-Update: Nick Nurse said that Kyle Lowry’s (back) return will be a matter of pain tolerance. Lowry received pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory injections for his lower back over the weekend, but Nurse re-iterated on Tuesday that he believes Lowry will be able to make it back to the court relatively soon. As of now he is labeled as doubtful for thursday. Fred VanVleet will continue to start while he’s out, and Kawhi Leonard will also see a slight uptick in usage.
John Wall- Washington Wizards- John Wall suffering from left heel pain from bone spurs will undergo a debridement and repair of a Haglund’s deformity and a chronic Achilles tendon injury in his left heel. He will have the surgery next week and Wall will be out for 6-8 months. Advice is to pick up Tomas Satoransky who we will talk about later in the podcast.
Kent Bazemore- Atlanta Hawks-Kent Bazemore right ankle sprain will miss at least the next two weeks of action for Atlanta. But with the atlanta hawks record. He should be out even longer than two weeks. Consider Kevin Huerter the main pick up.
Allen Crabbe-Brooklyn Nets-Update 1/2/19: Is suffering from right knee soreness. He has been diagnosed with a bruised fat pad in his right knee, which has caused the lingering soreness. After the 1-2 week period, the team will then determine the next phase in his return-to-play protocol. Treatment is as follows Modifying or limiting positions and activities that increase pain. Stretching the quadriceps and hip flexor muscles may help to lessen some of the downward pressure the patella applies to the fat pad and of course ICE before and after activities. It’s possible he could miss more than two weeks, This will again result in Rodions Kurucs earning another start and there will be more minutes available for DeMarre Carroll.
Jeremy Lamb- Charlotte Hornets- He is suffering from a right hamstring strain. He was ruled out of Wednesday’s game vs. Dallas , and there’s a decent chance he’ll miss the Hornets’ upcoming Saturday-Sunday, back-to-back set. Devonte’ Graham is expected to get the start in his place tonight, and he’s on the radar as a potential deep league streamer.
Eric Gordon- Houston Rockets- Gordon is dealing with a bruised right knee that will have him day to day for now. Austin Rivers could have some value until Gordon and/or Chris Paul are back.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson- Brooklyn Nets-Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s groin injury is not as bad as his prior adductor strain, but that there is currently no timetable for his return. DeMarre Carroll will be the primary beneficiary while he’s out, and Jared Dudley could find himself back in the starting unit.
Lebron James- Los Angeles Lakers-Update 1/2/19:LBJ was able to get up some shots on Tuesday, which is the first time he’s been able to do that since sustaining the groin injury, so that’s a positive.Still consider him doubtful for fridays action.
Robert Covington- Minnesota Timberwolves- He did not suit up wednesday because he is suffering from a sore right ankle.This will be just the second missed game for Covington since donning a Timberwolves jersey, but considering it’s just a sore ankle, we wouldn’t expect this to be an extended absence.
Rudy Gay- San Antonio Spurs–Gregg Popovich was not optimistic when asked of Rudy Gay’s sore left wrist chances of suiting up for Thursday’s game against the Raptors.
Nikola Mirotic-New Orleans Pelicans PF/C- Update 1/2/19:Alvin Gentry indicated on Monday that Mirotic was nearing a return, but him getting ruled out a day in advance isn’t exactly encouraging. His next opportunity to play will come on Saturday in Cleveland, and for now, we’ll be considering him questionable for that one. Julius Randle will continue to start in his absence.
Cody Zeller-Charlotte Hornets-Zeller fractured his right hand in the third quarter of Monday’s victory over the Magic when his hand got caught in the jersey of Jerian Grant while setting a screen. Had surgery, out 4-6 weeks timetable for Zeller’s eventually return, but it will likely be weeks. Willy Hernangomez is expected to be the primary beneficiary and will be a popular waiver-wire pickup
Myles Turner- Indiana Pacers-Turner will need to be fitted for a mask after breaking his nose in monday’s game, but with the Pacers off until Friday, he might not need to miss any more time. Before the injury He came in averaging a massive 3.6 blocks in his previous seven games, to go along with 16.9 points (52.1% FGs, 69.2% FTs), 1.6 triples, 9.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.4 steals and only 1.4 turnovers. So hope this continues moving forward.
Picks for the week:
- Gordon Hayward-SF-through up a donut the other night against the spurs and then followed up with a 35 point outing against Minnesota where he went 14-17.I think this is his wake up call, we have been waiting all year for him to get back into form and think this boosts his confidence and he slides back into the starting line up and becomes the guy that the Celts wanted. He shoots almost 90 percent from free throw line. Dallas, nets and pacers offer up a good schedule for him
- Rodney Hood-SG for Cleveland, just back into the starting line up after a 4 game stint on the bench due to a sore achilles, the lefty has a nice shot from deep and is a playmaker, he put up 13 his first game back including 3-4 from deep, we have talked about opportunities in Cleveland, Hood is a guy who will take advantage. Jazz, pelicans, pacers are up next, he starts it off with a return to where he started in Salt Lake
- JJ Redick-SG for the sixers, I have been holding off but I love this guy! Wherever he goes he produces, he is a threat as soon as he crosses half court, he put 27 on the suns the other night where he hit 5 bombs from deep and went 8/10 from the line. He averages 20 a game and in philly minutes will never be a problem for him. Mavs and then a back to back with the wizards.
- Tomas Satoransky New Starting PG Washington Wizards scored 20 points with four rebounds, six assists and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Hornets on Saturday. He is a must add if you need a starting point guard with all around contributions to your line up with low end value. Keep in mind last year he did great in replacing Wall. So we can expect the same this year.
- Grab Elfrid Payton New starting PG for New Orleans Pelicans if you have not already. In his second game back from injury. 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting, seven assists, two rebounds, two 3-pointers and four turnovers in 34 minutes. Payton missed 22 games with his injury and some rust was to be expected, but his conditioning is already good since it wasn’t a lower-body injury. New Orleans is now a combined 6-2 in games with Payton this season, and he’s been a strong per-game fantasy asset. He should already have been scooped off the waiver wire and just needs to stay healthy.
- Justise Winslow New Starting PG of the Miami Heat with Goran Dragic out this guy has taken lead of this team putting up an absurd 22.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.3 steals, 2.0 triples and 1.7 turnovers on 59.2% shooting over his last three games. He is starting to come into his own leading Miami. He even has the backing of his coach Coach Erik Spoelstra recently called Winslow his starting PG for the foreseeable future.
MLB Podcast: S2-Ep.4
In this episode, Dr’s Brandon Bowers and Aaron Burger discuss injuries to Corey Seager, Nolan Arenado, Ken Giles, Robinson Cano, Mitch Haniger, Buster Posey, Dylan Covey, Kendrys Morales, Casey Mize, Jordan Lyles, Domingo German, Carlos Correa, Joey Gallo, Hunter Dozier, Yadier Molina, Jose Altuve, Corey Kluber, Andrelton Simmons. Listen in!
MLB Podcast: S2-Ep.3
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MLB Podcast: S2-Ep.2
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