March 28, 2018, 1:45 am
Ahh yes, just another bloody Tuesday in fantasy basketball leagues. If you are reading this, you are in the final heap of your Championship run, or envious of the other people in the running in your league and just plain bored. Either way, silly season is upon us and if you don’t have injuries or DNPs, well, you aren’t doing it right.
A lot went down on Tuesday, from injuries to returns to rests galore. Let’s get into the bulk of Tuesday’s action with some rapid fire headlines!
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ALDRIDGE TO GET MRI WEDNESDAY
The Western Conference player of the week from last week got in his first game last night, well some of the first half at least. LaMarcus Aldridge was well on his way to a solid outing with a 13-4-2-0-1 line until he landed awkwardly and started to limp to the Spurs bench.
The Spurs have been riddled with all kinds of rough circumstances this season, so, in the midst of a playoff race, this is the last things their fans wanted to see. Aldridge did not return in the second half or even join the team on the bench. That’s when you know something is serious.
The Spurs fell 116-106 to the Wizards, remaining in sixth place out West.
After the game, coach Pop told reporters that Aldridge will get an MRI Wednesday morning, but for now they are calling it a left knee contusion. Reporters saw him walk to the team bus without a noticeable limp, but he did look stiff, for what it’s worth.
The Spurs play Thursday at home against the Thunder and then Sunday against the Rockets. Consider LMA questionable at this point. Pau Gasol started the second half on Tuesday.
BABY DAME! MONSTER LINE PRECEDES DNP WEDNESDAY
Damian Lillard was unconscious with the biggest line of the night on Tuesday, finishing with 41 points on 18-for-33 shooting from the field, nine boards, six dimes, four steals, three 3-pointers and no turnovers.
After the game, Lillard said he will not join the team in Memphis on Wednesday due to the impending birth of his son. Unfortunately, owners will be left with Tuesday’s monster performance and no stats on Wednesday.
The Blazers fly home to take on the Clippers on Friday and the Grizzlies on Sunday. If all goes well in babyland, expect Dame to be with the team at home two more times this week.
Shabazz Napier is your add/DFS play on Wednesday in Dame’s spot. We wish Dame’s family well on the birth of their child.
LOVE HURTS: KEVIN SITS SECOND HALF ON TUESDAY
Star forwards sitting the second half seemed to be a theme on Tuesday night. After nearly 90 seconds into the Cavs-Heat game, starting center Jordan Mickey (in place of Bam Adebayo) elbowed Kevin Love to the face and knocking back a few teeth.
Love went to the locker room and got it checked out, then returned to play the second quarter. At the half, Love was ruled out for the remainder of the game.
According to a team spokesman, Love was showing signs of a concussion and will be re-evaluated accordingly on Wednesday morning.
The Cavs play the second-leg of a back-to-back on Wednesday in Charlotte. Consider Love questionable to play in the game.
With the Cavs getting shelled by Miami, Love will do everything in his effort to return and make an impact on Wednesday.
WARRIORS LOSE AGAIN DOWN FOUR ALL-STARS
We all know about Steph Curry’s (knee) situation, but the other three all-stars are also still out with a few games left in the regular season.
Draymond Green (throat) has an infection and was not good enough to go on Tuesday. He got in an intense shoot around, but wasn’t able to go. Consider him questionable for Thursday.
Kevin Durant (ribs) wanted to play on Tuesday and absolutely could have, but Steve Kerr held him out for precautionary reasons. He intends to play on Thursday if Kerr lets him. Judging by coachspeak, you can count on KD returning against the Bucks Thursday.
Klay Thompson (hand) has begun to shoot with his right hand in practice, so he is near a return. There hasn’t been a clear indication of when he will return, but you can expect him back this weekend. If not, he should return in the early part of next week.
As for the rest of the squad, Quinn Cook is the only other play who is worth owning at this point. He wasn’t at his best on Tuesday, however, shooting 5-for-17 from the field for 11 points, four boards, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes. He’s a hold in standard leagues.
The Warriors play a back-to-back at Sacramento on Saturday and at home against the Suns on Sunday, for what it’s worth. With the injury bug crawling, be weary of more DNPs.
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