Rondo, Wade could miss additional time
Rondo (ankle) left in the third quarter of Wednesday's game with the Memphis Grizzlies. Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers told the Boston Herald he wasn't sure about Rondo's availability for either Friday against the Toronto Raptors or Sunday at the Detroit Pistons.
As tough as it is to replace Rondo in a fantasy lineup, you should at least have other point guards on your roster. The Celtics don't. Leandro Barbosa (17 points, 2 steals) started against the Brooklyn Nets, while Courtney Lee (13 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals) played a season-high 33 minutes.
Wade, who had knee surgery this summer, is also dealing with a sprained foot and a jammed finger. After sitting out on Nov. 9 against the Atlanta Hawks, Wade shot just 30.2 percent (13-of-43) over his next three games. A 25.0-point scorer during his career, he's averaging just 16.9 points through eight games in 2012-13.
It will be interesting to see how coach Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat deal with Wade. Once they complete their current road trip on Saturday, the Heat will be off for nine of the next 11 days. Perhaps Wade will get that time to heal. With the short-term schedule in mind, Wade's replacement in the lineup, Mike Miller (12 points on four 3-pointers against the Denver Nuggets), has no value in most formats.
• Mario Chalmers told the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel that he hopes to play Saturday against the Phoenix Suns. Chalmers sustained a triceps injury after tangling with Kenneth Faried in the first quarter. Norris Cole (7 points, 3-of-12 FG) ended up playing 38 minutes in Chalmers' absence, and hit a big 3 late.
• Speaking of Faried, after grabbing a career-best 20 boards against the Heat, he's now averaging 11.8 rebounds on the young season. But whatever value fantasy owners get from that and his 14.1 points, 54.1 percent shooting, 1.1 blocks and 0.9 steals is curtailed by Faried's dismal 51.2 percent foul shooting. The Manimal was 65.5 percent from the line as a rookie.
• Further free throw frustration is coming from Brook Lopez and Raymond Felton. Lopez (24 points, 4 blocks) had another strong game, but was only 2-of-5 from the stripe against the Celtics. For the season, Lopez is making just 62.5 percent of his free throws, despite being a 79.1 percent foul shooter for his career. Felton went 3-of-5 from the line against the San Antonio Spurs, which actually raised his free throw rate to 57.1 percent on the early season. He's a career 78.5 percent foul shooter.
• Jameer Nelson (groin, hamstring) is expected to start for the Orlando Magic in Detroit. Nelson hasn't played since the Nov. 2 season opener. E'Twaun Moore averaged 13.3 points, 4.3 assists and 2.2 3s in six games as Nelson's replacement.
• Shawn Marion (knee) is traveling with the Dallas Mavericks and could return either Friday against the Indiana Pacers or Saturday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Marion has missed the past five games with an MCL sprain.
• Nikola Pekovic (ankle) is again questionable. With the Minnesota Timberwolves off for four straight days after hosting the Golden State Warriors on Friday, the team could play it safe and sit Pek for a second straight game.
• DeMarcus Cousins (suspension), Isaiah Thomas (personal) and Aaron Brooks (ankle) are all expected to return on Friday, when the Sacramento Kings host the Hawks. Jason Thompson averaged 11.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in Cousins' absence, but is averaging only 9.7 points and 6.5 boards when Cousins plays.