Hightower was originally considered questionable to return, but he was on the sideline without a helmet after halftime. It is a good sign that he returned to the sideline, as opposed to hanging back in the trainer's room. Jerod Mayo is now staying on the field for passing downs, which could make him a viable IDP option if Hightower misses time beyond Sunday.
Before you start to panic, fantasy owners, we think there's a silver lining here. To his credit, Weber does have six goals so far this season, which is almost halfway to last year's total of 15, and roughly on pace for the 23 he scored the season before that. So we know his much-feared slapshot is still finding twine with regularity. The real problem, however, is that his assist totals are down, and that's more a reflection of his teammates failing to convert his passes into goals. As a team, the Preds are one of the most offensively aggressive teams in the league, currently seventh in the league in shots per game (30.7), but they are converting on only 8.1% of those shots, which ranks them 19th in the league in that category. Bottom line, we believe as long as Weber and his mates continue to fire the puck with abandon, the goals should follow, and Weber's point production should get back on track. Keep him rolling like you normally would.
Kevin Seraphin recorded 14 points (7-10 FG), seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, and four blocks in 32 minutes during the New York Knicks ' 116-111 overtime loss versus the Rockets on Sunday.
Seraphin did give the ball away five times, but he played well in extended minutes on Sunday. Part of this likely had to do with Carmelo Anthony sitting out with an illness, but Seraphin has seen more than 10 minutes six times this year, so coach Derek Fisher clearly isn't afraid to call on Seraphin when he sees fit. Still, his previous season-high was 21 minutes, and he was averaging only nine minutes per game entering Sunday's contest.
T.J. Ward left Sunday's game against the Patriots with an ankle injury and will miss the rest of the contest, according to Denver Broncos VP of Public Relations Patrick Smyth reports.
Ward was replaced by David Bruton, who appeared to be responsible for Scott Chandler's 11-yard touchdown. Ward left in the first quarter with just one tackle, giving him 57 for the season.
Arron Afflalo posted 31 points (13-19 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), seven rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 41 minutes during the New York Knicks ' 116-111 overtime loss versus the Rockets on Sunday.
Afflalo stepped up big time with Carmelo Anthony sidelined due to an illness, scoring a season-high 31 points on only 19 field goal attempts. He also committed only one turnover, and came up with several tough buckets at the end of regulation in order to help force the extra session. Afflalo won't be asked to carry the scoring load like this on most nights, but he is cemented as the team's starting shooting guard, and should continue to earn plenty of minutes going forward.