NBA Player News: Steve Nash, Gilbert Arenas, and More

Daniel ShirleyContributor INovember 22, 2010

MIAMI - NOVEMBER 17:  Steve Nash #13  of the Phoenix Suns dribbles around Udonis Haslem #40 during a game against the  Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on November 17, 2010 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Player News

  • Miami’s Udonis Haslem has a torn ligament in his left foot which will sideline him for at least six weeks. This is not good for the Heat as a team, but fantasy owners might take advantage of it by picking up the players who will get the leftover minutes. There’s no clear indication as to who this will be, but some have suggested the Heat are reconsidering signing Erick Dampier. There have also been reports that they might bring Shavlick Randolph back to the team. Keep an eye on this situation and try to get the jump on the rest of your league.
  • Rajon Rondo missed the Celtics’ Sunday game against Toronto. Rondo is suffering from a tweaked hamstring. There is no indication that this is a serious injury. Doc Rivers and the Celtics are being extremely careful because they know that Rondo is the engine that drives their team.
  • Steve Nash may not play in any of the Suns’ games during their current road trip. Nash has been battling a groin injury, and Phoenix understands that some time without Nash is much better than the rest of the season without him. Steve Nash will be fine, just give him time.

Game Notes

  • Nate Robinson scored 22 points while filling in for the injured Rajon Rondo in a loss to Toronto last night. Robinson will keep getting the starter minutes as long as Rondo is having hamstring issues. The Celtics will want to make sure their point guard is completely ready to go, so Robinson will be a good play in deeper leagues until Rondo is all the way back.
  • Toronto’s Andrea Bargnani has filled the scoring void left by Chris Bosh fairly well. He kept it up last night, scoring 29 points in a win against the Celtics.
  • The Wizards fell short to the Pistons last night, but a couple of Washington players really stuffed the stat line. Gilbert Arenas scored 19 and had 16 assists. He’s shown flashes of his old self this year. This may be his next step toward regaining his Agent Zero form. Only time will tell, but this is a good time to buy low on him. Meanwhile, Javele McGee had a great game down low. With 20 points and 16 rebounds, Detroit just didn’t have much of an answer for him. If Arenas can continue his solid play and Wall can finish the season as well as he started, the rest of the Wizards’ starting lineup will see an increase in their numbers.
  • The Hornets-Kings game had one of the worst looking box scores I’ve ever seen. It was just awful.
  • The Los Angeles Lakers might be the most predictable team in the NBA with regards to stat lines. I’m convinced that their stat keepers could take the night off every few games and just throw in one of the old box scores.

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