An MRI on Harris' left shoulder has revealed a torn deltoid muscle, the New York Daily News reports. That changes Harris' status from "doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Knicks" to "Are we going to see him again this season?"
The injury is an awful blow to the Nets' playoff hopes. As I write, the Jersey Boys are 28-39 on the season, 2.5 games behind Chicago for the eighth and final playoff berth in the East. To make the post season, New Jersey will have to make up those games on the Bulls - and leap-frog the Bucks, Bobcats and Knicks.
From a fantasy owner's perspective, though, this represents a significant opportunity. Laurence Frank's version of the dribble-drive offense has proven to be very friendly to point guards' stat lines, and Keyon Dooling is a highly capable fill-in for the short-term. Dooling has averaged over 15 points, five assists and a steal per game in seven starts this season - and had 17, six and one in Sunday's loss to the Nuggets. Word of the severity of Harris' injury apparently hasn't circulated yet; as of this morning, Dooling is just seven percent owned.
Mario Chalmers (MIA) - March seems to be a good time for Chalmers. Last year's Final Four hero is averaging 12.9 points, 4.4 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.6 3-pointers this month, and shooting 96 percent from the line.
Demetris Nichols (NYK) - This one may be a reach… but New York just lost rookie Danilo Gallinari - possibly for the season. Gallinari has been the Knicks' best three-point threat. If D'Antoni's guys fall out of the playoff chase… or if Wilson Chandler (fighting a
sore ankle) or Quentin Richardson are unavailable, Nichols could get a look. He wouldn't be the first deep, deep sleeper to emerge as a fantasy threat on a D'Antoni team.
Andres Nocioni (SAC) - Becoming a consistent part of the Kings' attack.
Article first appeared on 3/18/08