Originally posted on Hoop Fantasies Fantasy Basketball Blog  |  Last updated 12/24/13
Carmelo Anthony left Monday's game with a sprained ankle (image: Keith Allison).Carmelo Anthony limped out of the arena after Monday night's game after rolling his ankle. Melo has said he hopes to play on Christmas day, but that's definitely in question. He'll be reevaluated today.Before spraining his ankle, Melo totaled 19 points, three rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers. That wasn't the only bit of injury news for the Knicks. If Melo misses time, J.R. Smith gets a big bump.Raymond Felton tweaked his groin in his return game from a hamstring injury. Felton is likely going to miss some time; he finished with 13 points, four assists, two rebounds and two 3-pointers. Beno Udrih becomes a nice spot start/speculative add. Now for some quick hits:Deron Williams also left Monday's game with an ankle injury and didn't return. Owning D-Will is the new Stephen Curry of ankle injuries. He finished with nine points, eight assists, two rebounds, a steal and a three.Nets waiver-wire prospects Mirza Teletovic and Andray Blatche underwhelmed. Tele started, played 30 minutes and finished with eight points (3-of-10 field goals, 2-of-2 free throws), four rebounds and three assists. Dray managed 11 points (4-of-9 field goals, 3-of-4 free throws), seven rebounds, two assists and a steal in 26 minutes. I'd rank them Dray then Tele, with Dray needing to be owned in all leagues.Paul Pierce got tossed for clotheslining Paul George. The Truth must have been frustrated that he had missed all seven of his shots.  Victor Oladipo played just 16 minutes off the bench for the Magic. His line: three points (1-of-4 field goals, 1-of-1 free throws), a rebound and an assist. The buy-low window is open, especially in dynasty leagues. Khris Middleton moved to power forward, and he put together a nice line: 19 points, three 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. He's available in a majority of leagues.John Henson returned from his knee injury and went for 14 points, nine rebounds, six blocks and an assist. I'm dreaming of a Henson jersey for Christmas.Brandon Knight blew up for 26 points (11-of-23 field goals, 2-of-2 free throws), two 3-pointers, eight rebounds and 14 assists. Every time I see B. Knight, I think of Brevin Knight. Not for long if Knight keeps putting up lines like these. His last four games look like this: 25 points (45.7% FG, 88.2% FT), 8.8 rebounds, 7.8 assists, 2.8 3-pointers, .8 steals and .5 blocks. He's 100 percent owned in ESPN and 67 percent owned in Yahoo. Uh, Yahoo users, you know what to do.Kemba Walker nearly triple-doubled: 25 points, nine rebounds, 10 assists, two 3-pointers. Speaking of tears, Mr. Triple-Double Lance Stephenson is in domination mode: 26 points (10-of-16 field goals, 2-of-2 free throws), four 3-pointers, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals. Kyle Korver hit five more 3-pointers and finished with a fine fantasy line: 15 points (5-of-9 field goals), four rebounds, a steal and an assist.LeBron James is good at the baskets and the balls: 38 points (16-of-28 field goals, 2-of-6 free throws), four 3-pointers, eight rebounds, six assists, two steals.Dwyane Wade took another mini vacation, so Ray Allen showed that he (still) got game: 19 points (7-of-10 field goals, 4-of-5 free throws), a three, six rebounds and an assist.Dirk Nowitzki stuffed the stat sheet: 31 points (11-of-18 field goals, 8-of-9 free throws), six rebounds, three assists, a steal, two blocks and a three. Brandon Wright disappeared: six points, three rebounds, two steals and an assist in 19 minutes. Jeremy Lin put up 20 points in his return from injury, along with two rebounds, two assists, a steal and a three. Aaron Brooks was big off the bench with 18 points, four 3-pointers, three rebounds, five assists and a block. How glorious will this five-game week be?Francisco Garcia didn't score much in fill-in duty for James Harden -- three points (1-of-6 field goals, 1-of-5 3-pointers) -- but he did get four rebounds, six assists and a steal. Enes Kanter's fantasy basketball career might just be ready to meet the Undertaker. He's likely headed for a waiver wire near you: zero points, 0-of-5 field goals, four rebounds, an assist and four fouls. Yuck. Gordon Hayward nearly joined the triple-double club: 16 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists, a steal, four blocks and two 3-pointers.Tony Allen had a rough night for Memphis: six points (2-of-9 field goals, 2-of-2 free throws), four rebounds, four assists and a steal in 32 minutes. Kosta Koufos returned to the starting five and finished with 10 points, seven rebounds, a block and an assist. James Johnson stuck as a starter, and looked like his Raptor self: nine points, five rebounds, two assists, four blocks and a steal in 33 minutes. He's on your wire, and could be a decent spot starter with Tayshaun Prince out. I'd still rather have Allen.The good Terrence Ross showed up Monday: 23 points (10-of-16 field goals), three 3-pointers, three rebounds in 33 minutes. Lots of threes in there.Manu Ginobili's sneaky good season continued: 18 points (4-of-7 field goals, 9-of-9 free throws), five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a three. Danny Green moved to the bench and seemed inspired (14 points on 5-of-8 field goals, four 3-pointers, two rebounds, a block and an assist). His replacement in Gregg Popovich's fave five, Marco Belinelli, predictably disappointed (four points, a rebound, a steal and an assist). David Lee picked up his ninth straight double-double: 28 points and 10 boards. Andre Iguodala had his best game since returning from a hamstring injury: 12 points, six rebounds, two assists, two 3-pointers and a block. Harrison Barnes is begging you to drop him (two points and an assist). Andre Miller would like to remind you that he has not retired: 14 points, eight assists, four rebounds, a steal and a block in 30 minutes. Jodie Meeks was the winner of Laker Wing Roulette: 18 points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Xavier Henry made just 7-of-14 free throws and 3-of-12 field goals for 13 points, six rebounds, a steal and a block. Wesley Johnson gave a little bit (nine points, a three, four rebounds, three assists and two blocks). Nick Young got 19 points, two 3-pointers, two rebounds, a steal and an assist. I'd rank these guys: Young, Meeks, Johnson, Henry. Pau Gasol's return from illness was a quiet 20 minutes (10 points, four rebounds, three assists). So was Jordan Hill (seven points, four rebounds in 14 minutes). Hill is becoming a fantasy frustration. If you're thinking of dropping Channing Frye, don't do it. Yes, this isn't his best line (seven points on 3-of-10 field goals, a three, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks), but he's going to put up lines that make you regret dropping him. Miles Plumlee was a beast on the boards, grabbing 20 to go with 17 points, two blocks and an assist. Marcus Morris added five 3-pointers and 19 points, four rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes.Tyreke Evans has definitely shed his disappointing tag: 25 points (7-of-14 field goals, 11-of-12 free throws), 12 assists, six rebounds and three steals. Eric Gordon suffered a hip contusion and finished with 17 points, two 3-pointers and two rebounds in 21 minutes.Rudy Gay must have thought he was still in Toronto, hitting just 2-of-12 shots for 11 points (7-of-8 free throws) and finishing with five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
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