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In my other league, I have been free-falling in a very fast way. Just over a month ago, I was sitting in first place without a care in the world. Now I sit in 11th place and at this point I think I may just have to give up hope of making the playoffs. I knew my team wasn’t good enough to sustain a first place finish for the whole season, but I didn’t expect to drop 10 spots in the rankings. Maybe next year.
Michael Redd (SG,SF), Milwaukee Bucks: Bad news hit owners last week when Milwaukee’s leading scorer went down during Saturday’s game against the Kings. Redd has a torn ACL and MCL that will force him to miss the rest of the season.
Shawn Marion (SF,PF), Miami Heat: The subject of trade rumors took a hit in value with a strained groin. The injury has kept him out of three of the last four games.
Andrei Kirilenko (SF,PF), Utah Jazz: The injury bug has bitten Kirilenko again as he continues to battle a sore ankle that has kept him out for three straight games. Surgery is looking like a possibility.
Ray Allen (SG), Boston Celtics: Allen lit up the floor last week with 20.5 points in four games. He was a sharp-shooter with his 65.3 FG% and he went perfect from the free throw line. He added in 3.5 reb and 4.3 assists but he made bank with his 13-18 three pointers.
Kevin Durant (SG,SF), Oklahoma City Thunder: In two games, Durant scored 36.5 points including a career high 46 against the Clippers. His 13.5 rebounds were bolstered by a season high 15 (also against the Clippers). For good measure, he tossed in 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals.
LeBron James (SF), Cleveland Cavaliers: King James contributed to all stats last week. First he had a stellar 30.5 points on 44.3% shooting. He completed it with 9.8 reb, 8.8 assists, and 2.3 steals. He was also helpful from downtown with 1.8 three’s made per contest.
Jermaine O’Neal (PF,C), Toronto Raptors: O’Neal returned from knee injuries to make a less than spectacular splash. He scored only 9.7 points and grabbed 5.0 boards (7.0 for season). Rumor is that his lingering knee problems could heavily limit his playing time.
Joe Johnson (PG,SG), Atlanta Hawks: Johnson’s points for the week (17.0) were below average (21.6) and most disappointing were his percentages of 32.9% on his FG and 72.7% on his FT. He also turned the ball over 3.3 times which is nearly one full turnover more than his season average.
Mehmet Okur (PF,C), Utah Jazz: A bad week for Okur who could only manage 11.5 points on 32.7% shooting. His FT% nosedived as well with 66.7%. His 5.7 reb and 2.5 turnovers were just the icing on the cake as Okur underperformed in almost every valuable category.
Anthony Morrow (PG,SG,SF), Golden State Warriors: Morrow has been earning his keep lately by scoring 13.5 points on 55.6% shooting. He made his value soar with 2.5 three’s during his four games played last week.
DeAndre Jordan (C), L.A. Clippers: With the Clipper’s roster hit hard with injuries, Jordan has started three straight games. He scored a season high 23 in one game and then grabbed a season high 20 rebounds on Sunday. As long as the injuries pile up, Jordan is of great use.
Flip Murray (SG), Atlanta Hawks: The name alone is cool enough to merit a pick up. Murray gives you more reason to do so by scoring in the double digits in four straight (season high 25 against the Bucks). He shot an even 50.0% in that time and has been making shots from beyond the arc with 1.3 three’s in that stretch.