The Villain couldn't be stopped last week - Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
While one former Buckeye basketballer looks to be close to coming back from his ankle injury another has suffered a ankle sprain of his own.
Mike Conley - PG - Memphis Grizzlies: What started off as a good week for Conley ended up in pain with a sprained left ankle early in Sunday's game against New Orleans. The ankle injury is not believed to result in Conley missing a lot of time, but he did sit out Monday night's game versus Philadelphia. Before the injury the Grizzlies had won the two games that they played last week and Conley was feeling it from the field, going 15-21 from the field with 33 points in the two games.
Daequan Cook - SG - Chicago Bulls: Another week of limited minutes for Cook, playing only 14 minutes in two of the four games that the Bulls played last week. Daequan did register points for the 2nd time in a game for the Bulls, hitting a 3-pointer in the win against Golden State on Friday night. The next night Cook played 11 minutes in a loss versus the Wizards, a high for him since he joined the Bulls last month. Cook took 4 shots in that game, missing them all, but did pull down 4 rebounds.
Kosta Koufos - F/C - Denver Nuggets: Denver has continued to roll in January behind the steady play from Koufos at the center position. Koufos' scoring and rebounding were right around their average last week, 8 points and 6 rebounds, with the highlight of the week being grabbing 11 rebounds in Denver's 1-point win over Indiana on Monday night. The Nuggets have won 4 straight games and are now 11-3 in the month of January.
Byron Mullens - F/C - Charlotte Bobcats: News is looking up for Mullens, as he hopes to return during the Bobcats' road trip. Mullens, who hasn't played since injury the ankle in a December 22nd game, hasn't been medically cleared but at least news is looking up for him.
Evan Turner - G/F - Philadelphia 76ers: After some inconsistent scoring the first part of the month, Turner really started to fill the hoop last week. Over 3 games last week Turner scored 70 points, including a season-high 27 points against Memphis on Monday night. Turner continued his strong work in other facets of the game as well, registering 6 rebounds twice and 7 assists in another 2 games. With their youth the 76ers are struggling this year, but Turner and Jrue Holiday look to be providing a good young nucleus that Philadelphia can build around.
Jared Sullinger - PF - Boston Celtics: Even with getting his 4th start of the season against Miami on Sunday, this was Sullinger's worst week stat-wise since he started playing better on Christmas. The highest rebounding total for Sullinger last week was 5, which is surprising seeing as he had 5 games of double-digits rebounds in the month of January coming into last week. Not only did the Celtics blow a 27-point lead against the Hawks on Friday night, but Sullinger fouled out in 25 minutes with 0 points. The Celtics suffered a big loss with Rajon Rondo tearing his ACL and it will be interesting to see how the lineup is tweaked to try and fill that void.