The Cleveland Cavaliers, their fans and Fantasy owners will be holding their breath leading up to Monday’s Fantasy lineup lock.
Cavaliers SF LeBron James (knee) reportedly tweaked his knee in Sunday’s victory at Orlando. The good news is that he was able to finish the game against the Magic, but he will reportedly get treatment and see how it feels leading up to Monday’s game in Miami.
It is hard to imagine LeBron not doing whatever he can to play in Miami in a much anticipated game against his former team, in his former place of employment. Should he be forced to sit it would be PF Kevin Love (back) stepping up. He missed Sunday’s game in Orlando, but is expected to return after resting due to minor back soreness. Swingman J.R. Smith could also have a much bigger role than normal, while SG Iman Shumpert could also be forced into a larger role.
Teams with four games (26): Atlanta, Brooklyn, Boston, Charlotte, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, Indiana, L.A. Clippers, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, Toronto, Utah, Washington
Teams with three games (4): Chicago, Houston, L.A. Lakers, Phoenix
Atlanta Hawks swingman Kyle Korver (nose) suffered a broken nose in Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The team was expecting to rest him Monday, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, so he was going to be limited to three games in the upcoming week anyway. Fantasy owners in cumulative leagues should avoid him, although those in Rotisserie formats and leagues which average points per game in a scoring period will want Korver active still. For Daily Fantasy purposes, G Shelvin Mack is expected to be a fill-in Monday in Sacramento, and he could have some added value for owners in weekly formats as well.
Denver Nuggets PG Ty Lawson (illness) returned to action Sunday in New Orleans after missing a game Friday due to an illness. He posted 19 points with nine assists, five rebounds and three steals in 48 minutes. It’s all systems go for Fantasy owners heading into the new week, and the Nuggs have four games on tap so it could be a big week.
Sacramento Kings PF-SF Rudy Gay (knee) is dealing with a knee injury and he is listed as questionable for Monday’s home game against Atlanta. He has already missed one game, so he is a big question mark for the upcoming week. The Kings have four games in the upcoming week, but if you have healthier alternatives it is a good idea to use them. There is no guarantee he plays Monday, and he could be limited to three or fewer games this week. Fs Carl Landry and Jason Thompson would each see added run if Gay cannot play.
It was good news for New Orleans Pelicans PF/C Anthony Davis (eye), who was able to shake off an eye injury and play Sunday against Denver. Not only was he fine, but he was almost historic. Davis posted 36 points, 14 rebounds, nine blocked shots and seven assists with a steal, coming super close to a quadruple-double. He came close to joining an exclusive club, as only three NBA players have managed quad-doubles since 1985. Needless to say, Fantasy owners can feel safe in starting him this week and beyond barring any setbacks.
The Pels also welcomed back swingman Tyreke Evans (ankle) Sunday, and he bagged 25 points while knocking down 11 of his 20 field goal attempts. He also had nine boards, two dimes and a pair of swats. His return is tremendous news for Fantasy owners heading into a crucial stretch of the schedule, and it is terrible news for those owners of PG Norris Cole, who heads back to the bench and a reserve role.
MON Cleveland at Miami (8:00pm ESPN), L.A. Lakers at Golden State (10:30pm ESPN)
TUE Milwaukee at New Orleans (8:00pm NBATV)
WED Orlando at Dallas (8:00pm ESPN), Atlanta at Golden State (10:30pm ESPN)
* All Times Eastern (ET)
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POINTS PER GAME
Dennis Schroder, PG, Atlanta (14.3 PPG past 10 games)
Gary Neal, PG, Minnesota (12.6 PPG past nine games)
Wayne Ellington, SG, L.A. Lakers (11.7 PPG past 10 games)
Ray McCallum, PG, Sacramento (11.6 PPG past 11 games)
Justin Hamilton, C, Minnesota (11.3 PPG past four games)
REBOUNDS PER GAME
Thomas Robinson, PF, Philadelphia (9.0 RPG past 10 games)
Ian Mahinmi, C, Indiana (7.7 RPG past nine games)
Cole Aldrich, C, New York (7.5 RPG past 10 games)
Dewayne Dedmon, C, Orlando (7.5 RPG past 10 games)
Jason Thompson, PF, Sacramento (6.6 RPG past 11 gmaes)
ASSISTS PER GAME
Dennis Schroder, PG, Atlanta (6.4 APG past 10 games)
Andre Miller, PG, Sacramento (6.0 APG past 11 games)
Ray McCallum, PG, Sacramento (5.1 APG past 11 games)
Shaun Livingston, PG, Golden State (4.7 APG past 12 games)
Norris Cole, PG, New Orleans (3.7 APG past 11 games)
STEALS PER GAME
Al-Farouq Aminu, SF, Dallas (2.5 SPG past eight games)
Nick Calathes, PG, Memphis (1.6 SPG past six games)
Kent Bazemore, SF, Atlanta (1.5 SPG past 10 games)
Elijah Millsap, SG, Utah (1.3 SPG past 11 games)
Iman Shumpert, SG, Cleveland (1.3 SPG past 11 games)
Justin Hamilon, C, Minnesota (1.3 SPG past four games)
BLOCKED SHOTS PER GAME
Cole Aldrich, C, New York (2.0 BPG past 10 games)
Elton Brand, C, atlanta (1.3 BPG past six games)
Lou Amundson, PF, New York (1.3 BPG past 10 games)
Justin Hamilton, C, Minnesota (1.3 BPG past four games)
Chris Anderson, PF, Miami (1.2 BPG past 10 games)
Jerami Grant, PF, Philadelphia (1.2 BPG past 10 games)
3-POINTERS MADE PER GAME
Randy Foye, SG, Denver (24 3PT past 11 games)
Anthony Morrow, SG, Oklahoma City (24 3PT past 10 games)
Henry Walker, SG, Miami (21 3PT past 11 games)
James Jones, SF, Cleveland (21 3PT past 11 games)
Hollis Thompson, SF, Philadelphia (20 3PT past 11 games)
(statistics through March 14, 2015)