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I’ve been slightly disappointed with my teams over the past two weeks because I am just barely squeaking out 5-4 wins. I’d like to be winning by 6-3 or more, but in the end, winning is winning. After all, when playoff time rolls around, a 5-4 win is just as good as a 9-0 win.
OH NO!!!!! The face of fantasy basketball has gone down. CP3 sprained his ankle against the Blazers and the good news is that there was no structural damage. However, Chris Paul owners will be without the NBA’s best point guard for 3-4 weeks.
O’Neal suffered a bruised hip last week, which forced him out of Saturday’s game. He hopes to return to action on Tuesday.
Shaq is currently battling a strained shoulder and already missed Saturday’s game against Utah. He is not expected to play Tuesday.
The rookie was simply incredible in two games played as he shot 60.4% with 43.5 points, which included 55 points against Golden State. Rounding out the stat sheet were 4.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists, and 4.5 3PTM.
Honorable Mention: Mo Williams, Cleveland Cavaliers (58.5 FG%, 24.7 points, 5.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.0 blocks, 3.3 3PTM)
D-Wade may spell his name incorrectly, but there is nothing wrong with the across-the-board numbers he puts up. Last week, he gave you 33.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 3.0 steals, 1.7 blocks, and 1.7 3PTM.
Honorable Mention: Manu Ginobli, San Antonio Spurs (18.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.7 blocks)
King James gave you what you wanted with 30.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.3 3PTM.
Honorable Mention: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder (33.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.8 steals)
In addition to position flexibility, Granger is also an offensive beast. He gave owners 50.0% shooting with 30.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.5 blocks, and 4.0 3PTM.
Honorable Mention: Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors (26.5 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.0 blocks)
Bynum is a top-5 center if he can stay healthy for the entire season. He showed us why with 22.0 points on 67.4% shooting. The rest of his numbers were great for a big man as well, as he had 13.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocks
Honorable Mention: Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee Bucks (70.4 FG%, 21.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks)
Billups seemed to run out of steam as the week went on. He only put up 14.0 points on 33.3% shooting with 1.0 3PTM.
Honorable Mention: Jameer Nelson, Orlando Magic (66.7 FT%, 12.7 points, 4.0 assists)
You were happy with the 22.0 points (still bellow average), but you hated his 43.1% shooting, 2.7 rebounds, and 0.3 3PTM.
Honorable Mention: Leandro Barbosa, Phoenix Suns (40.6 FG%, 8.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.5 assists)
Wallace’s numbers have taken a heavy hit this season, and last week was no different. He shot 43.8% from the field with 12.3 points and a 60.0 FT%.
Honorable Mention: John Salmons, Chicago Bulls (25.0 FG%, 58.3 FT%, 10.0 points, 1.3 steals)
It really is becoming too easy to pick on Brand, but I am still going to do it. Last week’s totals were once again terrible as Brand gave you 9.3 points and 4.0 rebounds on 39.4% shooting.
Honorable Mention: David West, New Orleans Hornets (41.5 FG%, 12.5 points, 0.3 steals, 0.3 blocks)
Lee only averaged 12.7 points on a mediocre 46.9% shooting. He continues to frustrate owners as he couldn’t manage one block all week.
Honorable Mention: Brook Lopez, New Jersey Nets (36.2 FG%, 14.7 points)
With T.J. Ford injured…again, Watson has been playing more. He finished last week by filling up that stat sheet with 14.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 2.0 3PTM. Injuries are nothing new to T.J. Ford, so Watson will get more playing time.
Bynum has scored 20+ points in back-to-back games and is a safe option off the bench with Tayshaun Prince and Rip Hamilton battling injuries.
Strictly from a defensive standpoint, Wallace is proving to be a nice source of blocks and rebounds. He has at least three blocks in three of his last four games and he is flirting with 10+ rebounds in those games as well.
Basically, they will both be seeing an increase in playing time over the next 3-4 weeks with Chris Paul injured. Watch the box scores carefully to see who is contributing more, and then snatch him up.
He has played 34+ minutes in each of the last two games. As a result, he is averaging 9.0 points and 10.5 rebounds. Hey, a cheap double-double machine is always good to have on the bench.
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