When healthy, a fantasy b-ball team’s identity, like its real world counterpart, can change on a dime. Just look at the Brooklyn Nets. They started the season exceeding all expectations – in the crappy department – but were also dealing with debilitating injuries up until this point—more or less. They’ve won five of their last eight, four of their last five, and can so a forward surge if Brook Lopez can remain healthy.
Brook Lopez (ankle) – First word said that the big guy was going to suit up against Philly, but, of course, that didn’t happen. Not that the Nets needed him. He’s an expected game-time decision for Wednesday’s turn.
James Harden (ankle) – Not the guy you want to be without. Luckily, his ankle sprain isn’t considered serious and should play tomorrow.
Chandler Parsons (bad back & beyond) – The multi-talented forward has labored through back spasms all season—though there have been times when they’ve got the better of him. Now, he’s also dealing with an ingrown toe nail. Think of him as day-to-day.
Kevin Martin (knee) – First he was supposed to play in Monday’s game, then he didn’t. His knee has been bothering him as of late but the Wolves have an important game against the impressive Blazers. Martin might have to suck it up.
Jeremy Lin (back) – Don’t bet on the point guard playing Wednesday.
Rajon Rondo (knee) – Rondo would rather not rush back and the Celtics are in agreement. Though he’s been cleared to play. A January return is the best possible scenario and that’s an optimistic assessment.
Danny Granger (calf) – The day?: Friday. The enemy?: the Rockets. That’s what sources say as Granger could be back in the lineup as soon as this weekend eve. Vogel isn’t thinking of limiting his minutes either.
Jordan Farmar (hamstring) – The Lakers might need him more than he needs them at the moment. With an aged Kobe playing point, L.A. could really use Farmar’s return. He was playing very well prior to injury and could come back as soon as Friday.