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I’ve noticed in both my leagues how there is very little trading. I attribute this to basically everyone being so satisfied with their team that they are willing to put the same roster out there every single day and just fill in the holes with random free agents. I mean, it is suiting me well in the SoB league but not so much in my other league. Frankly, I think trading will happen just like drafting a kicker in a Madden video game. It won’t happen until one person does it and then a flooding of trades will happen. Everyone is afraid to pull the trigger and we are all waiting for the first person to make a move. Who’s it going to be?
Yi Jianlian (PF), New Jersey Nets: The big man has a problem on his little finger. Yi broke his pinky finger during a game against his former team, the Bucks. He will miss at least a month of action.
Ron Artest (SF,PF), Houston Rockets: What a friggin’ shocker, Artest once again finds himself on the bench only this time with an ankle injury. Artest has missed four of the last five games and won’t play in Tuesday’s game either.
Josh Howard (SG,SF), Dallas Mavericks: Howard has sprained his wrist and will not play in Tuesday’s game against the Nuggets. He was out of action earlier this season with the same injury.
Danny Granger (SG,SF), Indiana Pacers: The only words to describe Granger’s week would be “offensive explosion.” Granger lit up opposing defenses for 35.8 points including tying a season high with 42 against Golden State. Granger threw down 3.3 three’s and shot 48.4%. He rounded out his stats with 5.0 reb, 3.8 assists, 2.0 steals and a sweet 93.0% on his FT.
Vince Carter (SG,SF), New Jersey Nets: After I mentioned him in the “fading stars” section last week, Carter went on a rampage. Vinsanity shot 53.5% for the week and scored 25.7 points. He proved he can really feed the ball to his teammates with 11.0 assists that included back-to-back games of 12 and 14 assists (first time he has reached double digits in assists this season). Throw in 8.0 reb and 1.3 three’s and Carter has shut me up for one more week.
Randy Foye (PG,SG), Minnesota Timberwolves: Foye’s 22.0 points were fueled by a season high 32 against Oklahoma City and the fact that he made a nice living from beyond the arc with a ridiculous 4.0 three’s for the week. His shooting helped boost owner’s stats with 51.2 FG% and 92.3 FT%.
Gerald Wallace (SF,PF), Charlotte Bobcats: A very low scoring week for Wallace as he only scored 10.8 points on 42.1% shooting. His dreadful week was capped off with Saturday’s game when he was not just held scoreless, but failed to even attempt a shot.
Peja Stojakovic (SG,SF), New Orleans Hornets: The Peja of old is becoming a distant memory. Last week he scored just 8.3 points on a dismal 32.1% shooting. He failed to knock down enough three’s (1.0) to bring him back to vintage Peja status. So far this season he is only shooting 39.9% and is on his way to the lowest ppg total (12.6) since the ’99-’00 season.
Allen Iverson (PG,SG), Detroit Pistons: A.I. struggled again last week with below average scoring of 16.0 points and he also shot very poorly with 32.0% from the field. Detroit continues to be a poor host to Iverson since he has only shot 40.9% since joining the Pistons and has also forgot how to shoot three’s with only 0.7 made per contest.
Nick Collison (PF,C), Oklahoma City Thunder: Collison missed significant time in December while battling a broken thumb. He was back to a starting role last week and looked great with 15.3 points and 9.7 reb on 67.9% shooting.
Mardy Collins (PG,SG), L.A. Clippers: With injuries piling up in L.A., Collins has been called upon to pick up the slack. Collins has scored double digit points in four straight and is averaging 15.8 points in that time. His 4.5 reb, 4.8 assists, and 2.0 steals are filling up the stat sheet nicely. Ride the hotness while it lasts.
Rasual Butler (SG,SF), New Orleans Hornets: Helped by a season high 27 points against the Clippers, Butler had 15.3 points in three games last week. His shooting (50.0%) was great and adding to his recent value is his ability to make those ever important three’s (3.0 per game last week).