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Week one of the fantasy playoffs are in the books. Since I had a bye-week, I had to sit idly by and watch the action from the sidelines instead of being apart of the action. However, I return to the game this week and am eager to continue my winning ways.
Stephen Jackson (SG,SF), Golden State Warriors: Jackson will miss the rest of the season after he undergoes surgery to remove bone fragments from his toe. He was averaging 20.7 points, 5.1 reb, and 6.5 assists on the season.
Troy Murphy (PF,C), Indiana Pacers: Murphy has not played in a game since March 21st after spraining his knee. There is no set date for a return and it is very possible that he won’t play again this season.
Baron Davis (PG), L.A. Clippers: Davis missed both Friday’s and Saturday’s games with a strained calf. The Clippers don’t play until Wednesday, so Davis has had time to rest.
Chris Bosh (PF,C), Toronto Raptors: Bosh is coming through in a big way for playoff time. Week 22 gave owners 23.3 points and 14.0 reb on 53.2% shooting. He has recorded a double-double in his past four games and been dishing the ball our more than usual with 4.3 assists last week.
LeBron James (SF), Cleveland Cavaliers: James nearly averaged a triple-double in three games last week. He gave owners a sweet lne of 23.7 points, 8.7 reb, and 10.0 assists. He was even able to bump his FT% up to 81.8% for the week. He is becoming the total package and should go #1 in drafts next season.
LaMarcus Aldridge (PF,C), Portland Trail Blazers: There were almost no holes in the big man’s game when he averaged a double-double with 23.7 points and 10.3 reb. The shooting was stupendous with a 49.1 FG% and 93.7 FT%. He threw in 2.3 blocks just as icing on the cake.
Randy Foye (PG,SG), Minnesota Timberwolves: Foye’s points, reb, and assists all took a dive last week and his shooting was also problematic as he had a terrible 38.9 FG% and 63.6 FT%. Way to come through for playoff time Randy!
Jermaine O’Neal (PF,C), Miami Heat: O’Neal has been sluggish lately with only 11.7 points and 2.7 reb. In fact, he has failed to reach his season averages for points and rebounds in each of the past four games.
Andrei Kirilenko (SF,PF), Utah Jazz: Oh man, what stinks around here? Somebody light a match. Oh wait, it is Kirilenko’s numbers! What could warrant such poor insults? How about 6.7 points on 31.6% shooting. He hasn’t even reached double digit points in his last four games with his highest point total in that timeframe being seven points.
Brandon Rush (PG,SG,SF), Indiana Pacers: Rush has taken advantage of injuries to the Pacers and has started four straight games. He had a season high 29 points in back-to-back games and averaged 23.0 points for the week to go along with 7.3 reb and 2.0 three pointers.
Andres Nocioni (SF,PF), Sacramento Kings: 37% owned in Yahoo! leagues, Nocioni should get more pick ups with his Week 22 that gave his limited owners 16.5 points, 4.5 reb, and 2.0 blocks. The 63.2% shooting was superb and the 2.5 threes were incredibly valuable.
Shane Battier (SF), Houston Rockets: Battier has been useful for the playoffs. Especially in Week 22 when he posted 16.5 points, 4.5 reb, 3.0 assists, and 1.0 steals. If you need three’s, Battier has been dropping them like crazy with 3.0 per game last week.