Well, it finally happened. The New York Knicks shut down Carmelo Anthony for the season. The news isn’t surprising, especially after he went 6-20 in the All-Star Game on Sunday night. The East players tried their best to get Anthony the ball, but it was clear something was amiss with his jump shot.

On Thursday, Anthony had successful surgery to repair his patella tendon in his left knee. The initial recovery time is around 4-to-6 months, but more will be known about his timeline in the days after the surgery. He’s safe to drop in all redraft leagues.

As mentioned in previous injury posts, Tim Hardaway, Jr. and Langston Galloway become the primary beneficiaries on offense. Someone will have to take the shots that Anthony was accustomed to taking. When starting this season, Hardaway has averaged 14.6 ppg and 2.1 3PTM, while Galloway has averaged 11.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, and 3.0 apg. Readily available on the waiver wire (22% for Hardaway and 24% for Galloway in Yahoo leagues), these guys can become useful pickups for the playoff run.

For deeper leagues, Jason Smith should remain the starting power forward for the Knicks. He’s been inconsistent game to game, but in his last five he’s averaged 13.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, and 2.2 apg. With the rash of injuries to big men, owners could do worse.

Jrue Holiday felt more discomfort in his right leg, while doing “light stuff” on the court on Monday. Holiday was working back from his stress reaction in his right leg, with hopes of returning this week. After re-aggravating the injury, he will be out indefinitely and reevaluated again in three weeks.

It’s unfortunate for Holiday, as he suffered a stress fracture in the same leg last year. Last year’s injury forced him to miss the last 48 games of the season. Hopefully, Holiday can return this season, but with Pelicans still out of the playoff picture, they might decide to just shut Holiday down.

While the setback is unfortunate for Holiday, owners of Tyreke Evans should continue to enjoy his improved play. Without Holiday, he’s moved from small forward to point guard and has been pretty dominant, with averages of 14.8 ppg, 8.4 apg, and 5.8 rpg in the last five games.

The Pelicans traded for Norris Cole right before the deadline so it’ll be interesting to see if he becomes the starting point guard or simply another guard to help Evans run the offense. Based on Cole’s mediocre play with the Miami Heat, I would go with the latter. Cole has averaged just 7 ppg, 3.4 apg, and 2.4 rpg as a starter for the Heat this season. Cole might take some minutes from Evans, but I don’t see him overtaking the starting role from Evans.

Staying with the Pelicans, Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson are expected to be back for Friday’s game against the Magic, after both were able to participate in practice earlier in the week.

Washington Wizards’ guard Bradley Beal is doubtful to play on Friday night. Beal will undergo an MRI on Friday to see how his stress reaction in his right fibula is doing. The examination should determine when Beal will return for the Wizards. With Beal out, Otto Porter and Rasual Butler will see increased minutes. Butler is in a cold streak (shooting 38% from the field in the last five games), but could return to the three point prowess he showed earlier in the season.

It seems that stress reactions are all the rage in the NBA right now. In addition to Holiday and Beal, the Boston Celtics’ Jared Sullinger is out indefinitely with a stress reaction in his left foot. Apparently Sullinger suffered the injury in the Celtics’ win over the Hawks on February 11. Sullinger removed himself from practice on Wednesday and X-rays revealed the injury in his foot. Coach Brad Stevens doesn’t think Sullinger will be back anytime soon and there’s no reason to rush him, since the Celtics are in complete rebuild mode.

Meanwhile the Celtics are still without their center Kelly Olynyk. He isn’t expected to play Friday and may miss more games beyond that with an ankle injury. He should return sooner than Sullinger, but with their injuries in the frontcourt, Tyler Zeller and Brandon Bass will see an increase in playing time.

Of the two, I would rather have Tyler Zeller. He shoots well from the field and line (55% FG% and 82% FT% on the season), in addition to good rebounding and point totals. Zeller is also four years younger than Bass so he should be given a chance to see if he’s a part of the Celtics’ future.

After complaining about discomfort on Wednesday, Chris Bosh was admitted to a Miami hospital with flu-like symptoms. He may have gotten sick while vacationing in Haiti with teammate Dwyane Wade during the All-Star Break. [editor’s update – Bosh was diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung and will miss the rest of the season.  Horrible, horrible blow.]

Clippers’ forward Blake Griffin received good news this week from doctors about his elbow. Doctors will remove the stiches in his elbow next week, with a possible return to the court not too long thereafter. Spencer Hawes will continue to start, with DeAndre Jordan taking on a larger role as well.

Darren Collison is doubtful to play on Friday for the Kings with a hip injury. He’s still day-to-day and as long as he’s out, Ray McCallum and recently acquired guard Andre Miller should see the lion’s share of minutes at guard.

Tyson Chandler returned from his ankle injury on Thursday night. He ended the night with a 10/13 double double. It looks like the ankle injury is behind him and he’s safe to use in lineups.

Jimmy Butler also looks like he’ll play Friday, after dealing with a shoulder injury prior to the All-Star Game.

Lastly, this is unrelated to injuries, but we get a lot of questions about strength of schedule in the comments. For those worried about playoff schedules, be sure to read Slim’s breakdown of the H2H Playoff Schedule.

  1. Mark says:
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    Horrible news about Bosh. Who is going to take his minutes?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Mark: Chris Bosh will definitely be a tough player to replace. He’s a great all-around producer. Hassan Whiteside, Chris Andersen, and Udonis Haslem will see more minutes at the 4/5 spots, but Andersen and Whiteside are limited offensively. They don’t have the jump shot that Bosh does. So on offensive, I would expect Wade, Deng, and Haslem to see added opportunities. The offensive dynamics will also change a little with the addition of Goran Dragic. The Heat haven’t had a true point guard in years.

  2. Sal says:
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    How about KD? Dude hasnt been himself this season, can’t even remember a 2 week span where he wasnt injured, used to be durable! I don’t know how much longer I could hang onto him tho. One of the things that makes it hard for KD owners to trade him is his elite shooting.. Damnn. I also got Dirk whose age is evident this season, down .460 from last season’s 490! Smh. Could I swap KD for Boogey straight up? Thanks pete

    • JoeJ says:
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      @Sal: I honestly would swap KD for cousins at this point. I have KD now and am frustrated too

      • Sal says:
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        @JoeJ: Yea, been thinking bout that too, cousin’s a TO killer tho and his fg% is down from last season’s .490! But yea, I’d rather have him than a player who can’t complete a whole month! Tell me if u were able to move him!

        • Peter Kap

          Peter Kap says:
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          @Sal: I understand that you are frustrated owning Durant. He’s dealt with a sore foot all season and the numbers are slightly down, but he’s still been a beast. Cousins has been a top player this season too, but has been much healthier than Durant. It’s a fair swap for Cousins, but personally I’d rather hold onto Durant for his percentages and lower turnovers.

          • Sal says:
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            @Peter Kap: yea, I’d probably hold, I mean if he goes down so be it.. Thanks pete

  3. JoeJ says:
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    Drop Rondo for Jusef Nurkic? Jusef was recently dropped in a 2 for 1 trade and Rondo has been AWFUL

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @JoeJ: I would not drop Rondo for Nurkic. Rondo hasn’t played as well on the Mavs as the Celtics, but he’s still a top 100 player for his ability to put up elite steal and assists numbers. Nurkic is definitely someone to grab, but I would see if you could drop someone else on your team instead.

      • JoeJ says:
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        @Peter Kap: Drop Rondo with an offer of my Ibaka for his Gobert and Kawhi Leonard?

        • Peter Kap

          Peter Kap says:
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          @JoeJ: I personally would rather have the Rondo/Ibaka side. You might be frustrated with Rondo, but he has so much potential. There’s gotta be someone worse that you can drop.

  4. pavel says:
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    got an offer in a dynasty league. My Meeks for his Stephenson? Do it. I don’t mind doing the trade, but I also give a high pick up (although we keep 12 overall in the offseason so it’s actually not that big of a lottery pick) for his 2nd round. Basically I’m asking if stephenson is worth it in the long run?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @pavel: I’m not quite sure I understand how the keeper system works in your league, but Stephenson is the better long term player over Meeks. Meeks is really just a three/steals/points guy, while Stephenson can produce across the board.

  5. Lawson says:
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    Hi! I got Canaan for Meeks and now I have 2 doubts… First, should I get rid of Pat Pat for James Johnson?
    Second, sadly, Jrue Holiday looks like he wont come back soon, or at all. Would you take Meeks, Shumpert, Casspi, J Rich, Rivers?, Alan Anderson, Caron Butler, Norris Cole or Randy Foye?

    Thanks a lot!

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Lawson: Not sure who Pat Pat is. Is that Patrick Beverley? If it is, then I would hold on to Beverley.

      Depends on what you need in terms of stats. If you have an area that you need more than others, than I would go with the guy who does that best. Otherwise, this is more or less how I would rank them Shumpert, Johnson, Rivers, Cole, Meeks, Anderson, Foye, J Rich, Casspi, and Butler.

  6. Jay says:
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    Hi, Im first in my league and im still holding on to Dwight and Holiday. Should I let them go? Valanciunas, Bogut, James Johnson are all available. Gallanari is also available is he worth a pick up? We are only a 7 team league so there arent too many scrubs taken.

    Thanks!

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Jay: The Rockets have championship aspirations and the Pelicans have the future to look forward to. As a result, both players could be held out for the regular season. I would feel comfortable grabbing Valanciunas for either of your injured stars. In such a shallow league like yours, it’s better to grab guys who are playing, rather than holding onto injured stars who may not return.

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