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With football season over, the time has come for all of my energy to be focused on basketball. If you thought I was doing good before, just you wait. Actually, if you thought I was doing good before, then you are either very flattering or just not very good. I mean, I also have a public hockey league to keep my attention but, I am still a few years away from going full blown balls to the wall excited over fantasy hockey.
Rasheed Wallace (PF,C), Detroit Pistons: ‘Sheed has missed two consecutive games with what appears to be a foot injury. Hopefully he’ll be ready to go for Wednesday against his former team, the Blazers.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas (C), Cleveland Cavaliers: Big Z originally injured his ankle several weeks ago but has since caused further damage to it by playing with the injury. Reports say that he will miss up to 4 weeks with a fracture in that same ankle.
Ron Artest (SF,PF), Houston Rockets: Artest, who hasn’t started a game since Dec. 9 and has missed 5 games in that span, will be day-to-day with a right ankle sprain. Don’t put him in your lineup until further notice.
Paul Pierce (SG,SF), Boston Celtics: Even though the Celtics went 1-2 in three games last week, Pierce still delivered for owners with 28.3 points on 60.5% shooting. His 92.3% on his free throws and 4.3 reb also helped but, it was his 3.0 three’s that really did damage to your opponents.
Jeff Green (SF,PF), Oklahoma City Thunder: The O.K. City Forward made opponents green with envy (get it?) when he put up total of 22.0 points, 7.7 reb, 2.0 steals, and 1.0 blocks. During the week, he also shot exceptionally well with 55.6 FG% and 92.3 FT%.
Marcus Camby (PF,C), L.A. Clippers: Camby’s week was awe-inspiring. He shot 50.0% from the field and had 16.0 points, and 2.0 blocks. What made him so god-like? During four games last week, Camby averaged 21.0 reb. He has recorded 20+ boards in three of his last four games.
Vince Carter (SG,SF), New Jersey Nets: Vinsanity had a dip in numbers last week with 18.3 points (22.4 for the season), 3.7 reb (4.8 for the season), and 3.2 assists (4.4 for the season). In addition, he killed his owners by shooting a pathetic 36.4%.
Mo Williams (PG), Cleveland Cavaliers: Williams also saw a decrease in his season averages when he scored 11.3 points in three games last week. He also didn’t feed the ball as much with only 2.7 assists. Just like Carter, Williams had a deplorable shooting week with 26.7% on his FG. Maybe the transition to Cleveland isn’t going well because almost all of his averages from last season have gone down.
Hedo Turkoglu (SG,SF), Orlando Magic: Turk’s points (12.0) didn’t live up to his season average and his steals (0.5) also were down. Compared to last season, Turkoglu’s points, rebounds, assists, and three’s are all down. Most notable on the decline is his FG% (45.6% to 38.7%).
Eric Gordon (SG), L.A. Clippers: The Rookie earned his keep last week when he scored 24.3 points including a season high 31 against Detroit. Gordon put up 1.8 steals and 2.0 three’s in addition to stellar shooting (49.2 FG% and 96.2 FT%).
Von Wafer (PG,SG), Houston Rockets: Even though he sounds like a villain from a video game, Wafer got to start Saturday with injuries to Tracy McGrady and Ron Artest. In his two games played, Wafer scored 17.5 points on 53.8% shooting. He made 2.5 three’s per game and if the injuries keep piling up in Houston, Wafer will see more playing time.
Jarrett Jack (PG,SG), Indiana Pacers: This is my 2nd call for Double-J. He is only 18% owned in Yahoo! leagues and last week he up’d his value with 21.3 points on 62.2% shooting. Throw in 1.3 steals and 2.3 three’s and we have a (still) very underrated player. Yeah screw it, I just picked him up in the SoB league.
Thanks to Yahoo! Fantasy Sports for the Stats