Evans, Gay sit out; bad night for Bucks

December, 29, 2009
12/29/09
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Tyreke Evans, Rudy Gay, Ron Artest and Chauncey Billups didn't play on Monday. Andrew Bogut and Michael Redd didn't play after halftime.

The biggest news on the injury front might be with Evans, who has a sore right ankle. Sacramento Kings coach Paul Westphal said that the potential Rookie of the Year might also miss Wednesday's game with the Philadelphia 76ers.

MONDAY, DEC. 28
HIGHLIGHTS
Kevin Durant, Thunder: 40 points (15-of-22 shooting), 5 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists at New Jersey.
Monta Ellis, Warriors: 37 points (15-of-26 shooting), 4 assists and 3 rebounds versus Boston.
Rajon Rondo, Celtics: 30 points (11-of-18 shooting), 15 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals at Golden State.
LOWLIGHTS
Stephen Curry, Warriors: 0 points (0-of-4 shooting), 2 rebounds in 11 minutes versus Boston.
Jeff Green, Thunder: 6 points and 2 rebounds in 16 minutes at New Jersey.
Jason Richardson, Suns: 4 points (1-of-6 shooting) and 2 rebounds versus Los Angeles Lakers.

Gay aggravated a left ankle sprain at Dallas on Dec. 26 and apparently was experiencing pain at practice on Sunday. The Memphis Grizzlies host the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.

Artest, who's still dealing with a concussion and elbow injuries as a result of a fall at his home on Christmas Day, didn't accompany the Los Angeles Lakers to Phoenix. Coach Phil Jackson did say he was hopeful that Artest could play Tuesday against the Golden State Warriors.

Billups missed his second straight game with a groin strain, but four off days should allow him to heal. He's expected back when the Denver Nuggets visit the Utah Jazz on Saturday.

Looking Back

• As for Bogut and Redd, let's just say that Scott Skiles snapped. After watching his struggling team yield 56 first-half points to the punchless Charlotte Bobcats, Skiles benched Bogut (who had two points on 1-of-6 shooting), Redd (who had two points on 0-of-4 shooting) and Carlos Delfino for the second half. Bogut, who has shot better than 50 percent once in his past seven games, will have to deal with Dwight Howard in Orlando on Wednesday.

• While many New Jersey Nets fans were thrilled by Kevin Durant's exploits, Yi Jianlian was the story for fantasy owners. With his best performance yet since his return from injury (29 points, seven boards and two steals), Yi is now the most added player in ESPN.com leagues.

• Just when I wondered if Stephen Curry could stay hot, the rookie barely saw the floor on Monday, going scoreless in 11 minutes against the Boston Celtics. I'm guessing that Rajon Rondo (30 points, 15 dimes) had a lot to do with Curry's struggles.

• Even more than normal, that Warriors box score is a fascinating study. With a rusty Andris Biedrins (no points and four rebounds in 14 minutes) playing for the first time since Nov. 8, Anthony Randolph's days as a starting center are over. However, Randolph owners can be encouraged by his productive 24 minutes (18 points and nine rebounds). Anthony Morrow had his best game in awhile (13 points and a couple of 3-pointers), but his confidence may not be all the way back. And with Curry out of the picture for this night, C.J. Watson played 37 minutes, getting 11 points, seven assists and a jaw-dropping seven steals. It continues to surprise me that Watson, who's available in 98 percent of ESPN.com leagues, doesn't get more of your love. Next to Monta Ellis, Watson might be the surest thing in Don Nelson's rotation. The 25-year-old is averaging 33 minutes per game in December, and has played fewer than 28 minutes just once this month. His 1.7 steals alone make him worth rostering in leagues with at least 12 teams.

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