Happy Thursday to all. We'll get into the day's initial blurbs here in a moment.
Thursday December 29, 2011 10:39 mbuser
Mike Conley aggravated an ankle injury Wednesday night and will be sidelined for at least a few days, and early speculation has him out Friday (HOU) and Sunday (@CHI). Jeremy Pargo filled in admirably for Conley yesterday (37 minutes, 15 points, 7 assists, 2 steals) and would get whatever starts Conley misses.
The Grizzlies' schedule for next week is as follows: Tue SAC, Wed @MIN, Fri @UTA, Sun @LAL
Thursday December 29, 2011 10:44 mbuser
Michael Redd has signed a one-year deal with the Suns. He's not ready to play yet and will work with the team's training staff to get into basketball shape. Assuming he eventually gets there, he'll take a few minutes from Shannon Brown and Josh Childress on the team's second unit. This move is not likely to have an impact in standard leagues this season - Redd has played in a total of 61 games over the past three seasons.
Thursday December 29, 2011 10:53 mbuser
Eric Gordon (bruised right knee) is expected to miss Friday's game against the Suns, according to coach Monty Williams. Marco Belinelli will continue to start in his place at the off-guard alongside Jarrett Jack.
Thursday December 29, 2011 11:12 Justin Phan
The Celtics are searching for answers after falling to 0-3 at the hands of the Hornets. They were once again without Paul Pierce, but the Hornets didn't have Eric Gordon for the game. Jermaine O'Neal has looked particularly bad at center, In 60 minutes through three games, O'Neal has totaled 8 points on 25-percent shooting, 9 boards, 3 blocks, and 13 fouls.
O'Neal does not appear to be in basketball shape himself, while Greg Stiemsma showed he can defend (6 blocks in 20 minutes) and certainly brought more energy to the court. Stiemsma was the 10-11 NBADL Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 7.1 boards and 3.6 blocks (45 games, 28 minutes). I actually dropped O'Neal for Stiemsma in a super-deep league this morning - I'm not expecting much here, but it's a no-risk add in leagues where there is literally nothing else on the wire. And if JO keeps this up, Doc Rivers will have no choice but to look elsewhere for help in the middle.
Thursday December 29, 2011 11:13 mbuser
Another rookie for deep-league radars and Watch Lists: Chris Singleton. It's early, but he's already impressed Flip Saunders with his defensive versatility and how it can open things up for his teammates. And there is fantasy potential here: in 48 minutes, Singleton has four steals, two threes, and a block. Singleton averaged 1.2 threes, 6.9 boards, 2.1 steals, and 1.5 blocks over his final two seasons at Florida State, although his percentages were not exactly a strong suit (42% FG, 59% FT).
Thursday December 29, 2011 11:35 mbuser
Swapped out Jermaine O'Neal for Greg Stiemsma in a very deep league this morning. I should stress that it's a *very deep* league. [via Twitter]
Thursday December 29, 2011 11:37 busersports
A few of my Yahoo columns I'll remember from a wild 2011 http://yhoo.it/uYZJhZ from Don King to Butler to LeBron to... [via Twitter]
Mehmet Okur's first start for the Nets will be tonight against Dwight Howard and the Magic. Good luck with that. The move should (eventually) mean better things for the Nets' offense, however.
Thursday December 29, 2011 3:30 mbuser
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Thursday December 29, 2011 4:40 paulpierce34
Good news from the training room as Carlos Delfino & Luc Mbah a Moute are both practicing today. #BeMilwaukee[via Twitter]
Thursday December 29, 2011 6:11 Bucks
No live blogging from me tonight, but thought I'd drop in and impart a few words of wisdom: you want to invest in MarShon Brooks this season. Thoroughly impressed with this kid; he has the ability to completely change the dynamic of a game with his presence alone. Nets were set to be blown out by the Magic before they even hit halftime, and a mere six-minute stint from Brooks cut the lead in half. We'll see if he can develop into a more well-rounded threat, but man can he create and score.
As to where to valuate him, I'd put him somewhere just outside the top-100, ahead of fellow rookie Norris Cole.
Thursday December 29, 2011 6:22 Justin Phan
As for the rest of the Nets, I'm holding Mehmet, cutting ties with Shawne Williams.
Thursday December 29, 2011 6:23 Justin Phan
Also notable: Splitter and Kawhi started the second half.
Thursday December 29, 2011 6:24 Justin Phan
Really hope you found a way to have some stock invested in Harden and Lawson this season. Two guys I tried to target in every draft; both in the midst of full-on breakouts. It's not too late to get in on the action. Wouldn't hesitate to value both as top-50 assets.
That's all from me for now, folks. Hope this Thursday finds you all well.
Thursday December 29, 2011 6:26 Justin Phan
We are off to a very rough start. Tough to have two home losses to start the season. We will not panic! [via Twitter]
Thursday December 29, 2011 6:34 AlvinGentry
Adding on to what Justin said about MarShon Brooks: Sundiata Gaines was the surprise starter for the Nets tonight, in place of Anthony Morrow. Avery Johnson said he went that direction to get "a little bit extra ballhandling out on the court to help Deron when he gets trapped." The Nets were obviously bad on offense once again (78 points, 38% FG) and Gaines is not the answer. There's clearly an opportunity for Brooks to assert himself.
Thursday December 29, 2011 7:01 mbuser
Not good signs for Chase Budinger tonight. McHale is running a lot of Lowry-Martin-Lee and T. Williams is obviously there to contend with, as well. Rick Adelman was not enamored with Williams, but a clean slate with McHale helps. It looks like I may have to drop Budinger a notch or two here: http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy/nba/news?slug=mb-skinny-122811
Thursday December 29, 2011 7:06 mbuser
Couple thoughts from the road [Phan]:
1) The Nets clearly lack a shot creator outside of Deron (big reason why he's struggled early on), and Brooks is the only other player on that roster who fits that description. Without him there's a good shot they get blown out by 30-plus today. It's blatantly obvious that they need MarShon in there to be remotely competitive.
2) Not too frazzled about Budinger. Still like his shot at a breakout and would put a claim out if others overreacted to his early struggles and cut ties. Two games aren't nearly enough to draw any sort of definitive conclusions.
3) Splitter outplayed Blair tonight, though the raw numbers indicate otherwise. Don't have their plus/minus figures on me, but I'd suspect they would bear that out. Would prefer Splitter of the two.
4) Can we just end the 6th man of the year contest now? No one comes
close to matching Harden's impact off the bench.
5) Finally got to some Wizards film and am impressed with what I've seen from Nick Young. Know I've likened him and Crawford as players in a similar mold, and that's true to an extent, but Young has grossly outplayed Crawford to this point. The starting job should be his.
Thursday December 29, 2011 7:16
Was just about to say that I may have to bump Tiago Splitter and DeJuan Blair up a notch or two, as well. Splitter is looking improved on both ends of the court right now, and Pop clearly is going to give Duncan consistent rest, so we're going to see a lot of Splitter-Blair.
Thursday December 29, 2011 7:21 mbuser
Lamar Odom: 2-11 FG through 3Q, now 4-27 FG on the season. Regression to the mean is a heartless you know what. [Phan]