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Dose: Buh-bye, Porzingis

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Kristaps Porzingis’ season came to an abrupt end on Tuesday night when he tore his left ACL, Josh Hart is for real, the Warriors lost back-to-back games, Carmelo Anthony went down and Draymond Green lost his mind, picking up his 13th technical foul and third ejection.

 

Buh-bye, Kristaps

 

Kristaps Porzingis suffered a torn left ACL on Tuesday night and not only is his season over, but he’s likely to miss a chunk of next season as well. Love or hate the Knicks, this is just sad, as he’s one of the best players in the league, as well as one of the most fun to watch. You probably don’t need to run to your waiver wire, but guys like (in order) Michael Beasley, Kyle O’Quinn and Willy Hernangomez are all going to get a boost, while Enes Kanter should really benefit as well. I’m still not sure if this is the worst season ever for NBA injuries, but it sure feels like it.

 

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Injury Roundup

 

Lonzo Ball may be shut down until after the All-Star break with his bum knee, according to Luke Walton. My guess is that this is more like Ball has been shut down through the break, as they don’t want to rush him back and only want him to play when he’s 100 percent pain free. And given how little he’s been able to do thus far, that sounds like “after the break” to me. I pimped Josh Hart pretty hard in this week’s Waiver Wired, and Mike Gallagher and I were really high on him in the podcast we did on Sunday while you were watching the Super Bowl, and the kid has now double-doubled in three straight games, shot it lights-out and is knocking down 3-pointers like nobody’s business. The Lakers have two more games this week, two prior to the break next week, and there are no guarantees that Ball is going to ever be fully healthy again anytime soon. To me, Josh Hart is a must-own player at this point, even if he might fall off a cliff in a couple weeks. Because he might not. And while we’re on the Lakers, Julius Randle and Brandon Ingram were beasts last night, and I’m not convinced that Randle is going anywhere, although it still makes sense for them to clear a lane for their future star, Kyle Kuzma.

 

Victor Oladipo is sick and iffy tonight for the Pacers, although I’m guessing he plays. If he’s out, Lance Stephenson gets a boost and Cory Joseph is also intriguing with Darren Collison out for a couple weeks. And the red-hot Bojan Bogdanovic should be owned.

 

Devin Booker was out again with his hip injury and Tyler Ulis started and had eight points, seven assists, a board and three TOs in 30 minutes. He’s the play if Booker misses more time. And while we’re on the Suns, Marquese Chriss was back at it last night after a one-game suspension/benching and had 10 points, six boards, three assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers. He was much better than Dragan Bender and might be ready to get it going again. Yeah, I know. I know.

 

De’Aaron Fox sprained his ankle on Monday but it sounds like he’ll play for the Kings on Friday. Skal Labissiere (shoulder) is out for a couple weeks though.

 

OKC’s Carmelo Anthony went down with a sprained right ankle and wasn’t able to return after just six minutes. Y’all know I’m not a big fan, but I don’t like seeing anyone get hurt. If he’s going to miss time, Jerami Grant looks like the pickup.

 

Jonas Valanciunas left after tweaking his foot, but the Raptors were blowing out the Celtics and I think he’s fine. Or, at least I think his foot is fine. Speaking of the Raps, they’ve crawled to within one game of the Celtics for the top spot in the East after Boston’s embarrassing effort against them last night.

 

Caris LeVert ran into a brick wall call Nene last night and probably has a concussion (please keep in mind I’m not a real doctor, but that hit was pretty brutal). Dropping him for Hart looks like the perfect play right now, as I’m guessing LeVert is out until after the break, if he does have a concussion. And it benefits Allen Crabbe, among others if he’s going to miss time. Additionally, Quincy Acy (finger) was out for the Nets and Jahlil Okafor showed signs of life last night. I’m not picking him up, but if you’re into the idea of a productive Okafor and want to stash him, go for it.

 

Kelly Olynyk is iffy for the Heat with his shoulder injury and both Bam Adebayo and James Johnson get a boost if he’s out.

 

John Henson was out with a hamstring injury last night and Thon Maker racked up seen points, three boards, a steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer in the start for the Bucks. If Henson misses more time, Maker’s worth keeping a streaming/DFS eye on.

 

Jonathon Simmons was back from his ankle injury last night and went off for a career-high 34 points against the Cavs. He’s scored 14-plus in five straight and is a nice add, especially with Aaron Gordon out.

 

Ryan Anderson left Houston’s game with an ankle injury last night and P.J. Tucker didn’t do much in his 34 minutes. I’d rather roll the dice on Gerald Green, who scored 16 points in just 18 minutes, with Trevor Ariza also dealing with a hamstring injury right now.

 

As you know, Kevin Love is done for the year and it was Jeff Green getting 24 minutes last night and finishing with 12 points and four boards. I don’t love the thought of picking up Green, but he’s the one to keep an eye on.

 

Andre Drummond sprained his ankle on Monday and is iffy for tonight, so just keep an eye on the newsfeed today if you own him.

 

Seth Curry had season-ending surgery and will not play a single game this season. Yogi Ferrell and Wes Matthews will continue to play big minutes for the Mavs.

 

Marcus Smart is still out with his hand laceration and Terry Rozier went off again, even though Kyrie Irving was back. Rozier should be held until Smart is back, in my opinion.

 

Marco Belinelli was held out for the Hawks due to trade rumors. OK, you can go back to bed now.

Keep reading for hot fantasy free agent pickups!

 


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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2017-18 NBA season marks (at least) his 16th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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