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This week’s edition of ‘The Review” will be interesting since the NBA All-Star weekend got in the way of a week’s worth of action. As a result, we will have players with some pretty impressive numbers. The most games any team played this past week was two. So for the bulk of these numbers, it was just a two-game average with a sprinkling of a player here and there who only played in one game.
Rasheed Wallace (PF,C), Detroit Pistons: ‘Sheed left Wednesday’s game against Atlanta after reporting some soreness in his knees. The injury isn’t considered serious and I am sure the All-Star break gave him time to heal.
Tracy McGrady (SG,SF), Houston Rockets: Nothing new here. T-Mac sat out Wednesday’s game with more knee trouble. The surgery he had to repair it last year clearly seems to have done nothing except keep McGrady sitting on the bench.
Greg Oden (C), Portland Trail Blazers: The big man, just like the other members of the injury roundup, is also battling some knee soreness. Keep a closer eye on this case though because Oden’s injury history has proven to be disastrous.
Stephen Jackson (SG,SF), Golden State Warriors: I am a Jackson owner and benefited greatly from his impressive week. The 41.2% shooting wasn’t his best asset, but when you score 27.5 points (season high 35 against Knicks) with a perfect 21-21 from the line then who cares. Also adding to the sweetness were his 5.0 reb, 8.0 assists, and 1.0 blocks.
LeBron James (SF), Cleveland Cavaliers: King James is getting better every year and may be the #1 pick in next season’s drafts. He proved that in two games with 36.5 points, on 61.5% shooting. His FT% was a delight for owners with 90.9%. The 6.5 reb and 5.0 assists were good but his 5.0 turnovers were the only blemish on his week.
Tim Duncan (PF,C), San Antonio Spurs: The former #1 overall pick still continues to be a dominant force. Duncan averaged a double-double in his two games with 23.5 points and 11.0 reb. His 54.3% shooting was helpful as were his 7.5 assists and stat-boosting 2.5 blocks.
Mike Bibby (PG), Atlanta Hawks: To be blunt, Bibby has flat out sucked in the past week. He scored 8.5 points on a pathetic 37.5% shooting and his production from behind the arc also took a dip compared to his season average (2.4 to 1.0). Hopefully the break recharged his batteries.
Kevin Garnett (PF), Boston Celtics: KG’s numbers were down all across the board in two games played. He failed to reach season averages in points, reb, assists, and blocks. The blocks were most disappointing since he had zero for the week. Since moving to Boston, Garnett just isn’t the fantasy stud he once was.
Josh Smith (SF,PF), Atlanta Hawks: Smith failed to set off any fireworks with just 9.0 points on 40.0% shooting. OK, so 40.0% shooting isn’t the worst in the world, but 33.3% on your FT’s is. His FT% of 58.3 is worse than Dwight Howard’s 58.8%. To give Smith some credit, he did have 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals. He also however dropped in blocks from his average of 1.6 to 0.5.
D.J. Augustin (PG,SG), Charlotte Bobcats: He returned from injury and looked great with games of 17 points and 24 points. For the week he shot 63.6% from the field and knocked down 2.5 threes. He also was perfect from the free throw line.
Steve Novak (SF,PF), L.A. Clippers: Need some boost to your three’s? Novak has you covered. His 18.0 points were made possible by his 4.5 three’s that included dropping 6 of 8 from beyond the arc against the Knicks. He may just be a one category stud, but at least he does it without killing your shooting percentages.
Kelenna Azubuike (SG,SF), Golden State Warriors: Barely over 50% owned in Yahoo! leagues, Azubuike is making a strong case for an increase in ownership. In two games in Week 16, he scored 14.0 points on 52.6% shooting and grabbed 8.0 reb. He contributed a solid 2.0 steals and 2.0 blocks as well. Throw in 1.5 three’s and a perfect FT% and you have a player who is worthy of an add.