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In one of my leagues, I forgot to play one player on Sunday. Thinking it to be no big deal, I checked the box scores at the end of the day and then checked Yahoo!’s Stat Tracker and discovered that if I had played this one man, I would have tied two categories and won my matchup. The lesson: every point counts.
Utah Jazz PF/C Carlos Boozer strained his quad muscle last Wednesday against Milwaukee. He was slated to miss 10 days but he could be out even longer than that.
San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobli, who had off-season ankle surgery, returned Monday Night against Memphis. He was supposed to be out until mid-December but, this is great news for Ginobli owners.
Bulls forward Luol Deng has missed three straight games after sustaining a groin injury last Tuesday against the Lakers. He is also nursing a hamstring injury as well so, don’t expect a speedy return.
Antawn Jamison (SF,PF), Washington Wizards: Jamison’s great season continued in three games last week with 54.1% shooting, 24.8 ppg, 11.5 reb, 1.5 three’s, and a solid 1.8 steals.
Chris Kaman (C), L.A. Clippers: Kaman shot 67.3% from the field with 18.3 ppg and 10.3 reb. The big man also added 2.0 blocks to his great week of play.
Chris Bosh (PF,C), Toronto Raptors: On 54.3% shooting, Bosh blew away the competition with 30.3 ppg and 11.0 reb. This season, his shooting is improved with a 53.8 FG% as compared to last season’s 49.4% and his rebounds per game have gone up by almost two full boards.
Chris Paul (PG), New Orleans Hornets: CP3 can’t be stopped. He averaged 22.0 points, 6.3 reb, 12.3 assists and 3.3 steals while shooting 61.5%. I had my doubts if he could repeat last season’s performance. The doubt is officially gone.
Rashard Lewis (SF,PF), Orlando Magic: Lewis didn’t have the best shooting week (45.7%) but he made up for it with 21.0 points, 7.0 reb, 3.7 steals and most impressively, 4.0 three pointers. He was the only player to average over 3.5 three’s and 3.5 steals last week.
Allen Iverson (PG,SG), Detroit Pistons: A.I. can’t find a rhythm in Detroit. He shot just 40.0% from the field last week with only 16.0 ppg. His assists are down from last season and his turnovers are up. He is shooting 40.3% since becoming a Piston.
Tayshaun Prince (SF), Detroit Pistons: Although Prince is on pace for the best season of his career, he hit a speed bump last week when he shot 41.2% FG and 75.0% FT with only 11.0 ppg to show for it.
Hedo Turkoglu (SG,SF), Orlando Magic: As if getting the flu wasn’t bad enough, Turk shot an anemic 27.3% from the field. In addition, his 75.0% FT and 12.5 ppg failed to inspire owners (including me).
Paul Pierce (SG,SF), Boston Celtics: Featured in the “Best” section one week ago, Pierce finds himself here with a week of 38.9% shooting and only 13.5 ppg to show for it.
T.J. Ford (PG), Indiana Pacers: Ford’s stats were below his norm last week with only 13.0 points on 36.8% shooting. His assists (2.7) and steals (0.7) were also down last week from his season average.
D.J. Augustin (PG), Charlotte Bobcats: Augustin cashed in from three point land averaging 2.7 three’s per game and as a result, accumulating 19.7 ppg as well.
C.J. Miles (SG,SF), Utah Jazz: Miles had a great shooting week (49.1%) with a respectable 17.8 ppg. He also sunk 1.3 three pointers per game and nailed 14-15 free throws.
Quentin Richardson (SG,SF), New York Knicks: His shooting was pretty bad (40.0%) but, he can help you with your three pointers. Last week, Richardson made 3.7 per game and for the season is hitting 2.4 per game.