Originally written on Hoop Fantasies Fantasy Basketball Blog  |  Last updated 2/28/15
Mike Conley injured his ankle on Friday (Photo: Mark Runyon/BasketballSchedule.net).Mike Conley suffered a sprained ankle in Memphis' 94-90 victory over Minnesota. It was a pretty bad sprain, and Memphis sports talker Peter Edmiston of Sports 56 WHBQ sent a Tweet saying Conley could be out four weeks. Heard from a birdie this morning Mike Conley's ankle is indeed sprained pretty badly. No timetable but bad sprains can be ~4 wks recovery.— Peter Edmiston (@peteredmiston) February 1, 2014 I'm not sure how reliable Edmiston is, but if that's true, it's a huge blow to fantasy owners. The Grizz could be forced to go with rookie Nick Calathes, who had seven points, a three and two steals in 12 minutes on Friday night. He's averaging 3 points and 2.2 assists through 34 games.Or they could opt to run the offense through Courtney Lee, who handed out only one assist to go with 16 points (5-of-7 field goals, 5-of-7 free throws), a three, five rebounds, a steal and a block. Lee has been excellent since shipping out of Boston. He's shockingly under-owned at 13.2 percent in ESPN leagues.Kevin Love double-doubled for the Wolves with 28 points (12-of-20 field goals, 1-of-1 free throws) and 16 rebounds to go with three 3-pointers, two assists and a block. Serge Ibaka made all 12 of his shots for 25 points in Oklahoma City's 120-95 win over Brooklyn. Ibaka grabbed nine boards to go with an assist, a steal and a block. Kevin Durant made 10-of-12 shots and all three of his 3-point attempts for 26 points, along with three rebounds, seven assists and a steal.Jeremy Lamb hit 5-of-6 shots and both of his free throws for 12 points, a rebound, two assists and a block. He's on a roll.Deron Williams came off the Nets' bench for 14 points (5-of-8 field goals, 1-of-2 free throws), three 3-pointers, an assist and two steals in 31 minutes. That's a disappointing amount of dimes. But it's likely an aberration given he handed out 11 in his previous game.What foot injury for Rudy Gay? The Kings small forward went off for 35 points on 10-of-16 shots and 15-of-17 free throws. He added 12 boards, six assists and a steal in 36 minutes. Gay out-dueled Dirk Nowitzki, who had 34 points on 11-of-19 shots and made all 11 of his free throws, a three, five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Vince Carter fell off, getting just four points, three rebounds and an assist in 26 minutes. Brandan Wright did double-double with 10 and 10 in 26 minutes. Wright hadn't played that much since December 21. Terrence Ross had a full box score with 18 points on 7-of-10 shots (and 3-of-3 free throws), a three, a rebound, three assists, two steals and three blocks in 37 minutes. A good game from Ross meant Greivis Vasquez disappeared, going scoreless in 20 minutes.No Ty Lawson meant Randy Foye became the Nuggets' playmaker with 16 assists to go with 10 points, a three, three rebounds and two steals. Nate Robinson is out for the season with a torn ACL, so Evan Fournier went off (as I predicted) with 18 points (7-of-20 field goals, 1-of-1 free throws), three 3-pointers, six rebounds and two steals. The only negative for the French shooting guard: seven turnovers. Al Jefferson was in Hulk smash mode with 40 points on 18-of-32 shots (and 4-of-6 free throws), 18 rebounds, four assists and three steals. Wow. Big Al had 35 and 32 in his previous two, and he's double-doubled in seven of his last eight games.Ramon Sessions handed out 13 assists to go with nine points and four rebounds. Again, the assists are nice, but the lack of threes and steals hold down Sessions' value.Despite going for 24 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in 33 minutes, Pau Gasol is headed for an MRI on his groin today. So watch out for news on the results.A sprained right wrist kept Milwaukee Bucks big man John Henson out of Friday's game, and he's going to miss Saturday, too. O.J. Mayo was too sick to play. So Nick Wolters started at the point and played well with eight points, seven rebounds and nine assists (vs. zero turnovers). So did Larry Sanders, who swatted four shots to go with 10 points, nine rebounds, two assists and four steals. Caron Butler looked good off the bench with 20 points on 7-of-12 shots, four 3-pointers, four rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block. Giannis Antetokounmpo filled up the stat sheet with 15 points (4-of-7 shots, 5-of-9 free throws), two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, three assists and a steal. Alphabet has been struggling of late, but the rookie is still worth stashing.A sore left knee knocked out Jameer Nelson after 12 minutes. Victor Oladipo put up 15 points (5-of-10 field goals, 4-of-5 free throws), a three, five rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Nikola Vucevic played 26 minutes, going for 12 points, six rebounds, four assists and a steal. The big man's minutes are trending up.The Atlanta Hawks blew out the Philadelphia 76ers, so none of the starters played more than 30 minutes. Jeff Teague returned with 12 points (3-of-10 field goals, 6-of-6 free throws), a rebound, eight assists and two steals in 24 minutes. The Hawks were led in scoring by Mike Scott and Elton Brand, who each scored 18 points. Brand picked up eight boards, while Scott pulled in nine to go with four assists. Thaddeus Young put up 29 points on 11-of-19 shots, including three 3-pointers, to go with eight rebounds, an assist and five steals. He should have a warrant out for him after that thievery.David Lee missed Golden State's 95-90 win over Utah due to a shoulder injury. Harrison Barnes had a quiet start with eight points (2-of-10 field goals, 4-of-4 free throws), six rebounds and an assist. Stephen Curry torched the Jazz with 44 points (14-of-26 field goals, 8-of-9 free throws), eight 3-pointers, two rebounds and four assists. The Jazz were without Derrick Favors due to a hip injury and Marvin Williams due to an Achilles. Enes Kanter started and went for 15 points (6-of-10 field goals, 3-of-6 free throws), seven rebounds and an assist. The rest of the starters, not so great. Alec Burks came off the bench with 26 points (9-of-14 field goals, 7-of-8 free throws), a three, five rebounds and three assists. And Diante Garrett emerged from the bench with 13 points (6-of-8 field goals), a three, two rebounds, an assist and three steals in 26 minutes. Looks like it was a case of DG getting hot while everyone else struggled.
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