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NBA Podcast: S2-Ep.13

F Scott Feil, DPT

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POINT GUARD –

FSF-Dennis Smith JR.- Dallas Mavericks- He has not been playing his best ball as of late with his nagging wrist injury and now he is dealing with some mid back tightness. It ruled him out of wednesday game.

BOB- Chris Paul- Houston Rockets-Update-1/8/19: Mike D’Antoni said it will be around 2-3 weeks before Chris Paul (hamstring) will be cleared to return. Austin Rivers has been the main beneficiary of his absence.

FSF- Derek Rose- Minnesota Timberwolves Update 1/8/19-Rose sat out tuesdays game but will be back in the lineup on friday. With the change in coach this may change Roses role. So we will monitor his minutes upon his return and see if he is still the 6th man of the bench.

BOB- Ricky Rubio/ Dante Exum-Utah Jazz- Rubio suffered a hamstring strain on 1/7/19. An MRI revealed nothing more than a mild strain. So he could beat the two week time table it usually takes for grade 1 Hamstring strain. Exum is suffering from a left ankle sprain from 1/5/19 and is expected to miss a couple weeks. He was guarding Langston Galloway and stepped on Derrick Favors’ foot to roll his left ankle. With both men down look for Donovan Mitchell to take more point role.

SHOOTING GUARD-

BOB- Rodney Hood- Cleveland Cavaliers-Update 1/9/18: He is still dealing with some achilles pain.His Achilles issue will keep him out for six of his last eight games, and he could miss more time, too. At this point with the way the Cavs have been playing it is time to drop him and move on.

FSF- Gary Harris- Denver Nuggets-Update-1/9/19: Harris is suffering from a left hamstring tightness. He is questionable for Thursday against the Clippers. But it is more than likely the Denver Nuggets will realize he has past medical history with upper leg injuries.

BOB- Eric Gordon- Houston Rockets- Gordon is dealing with a bruised right knee that will have him day to day for now. He will be re evaluated at the end of the week Austin Rivers could have some value until Gordon and/or Chris Paul are back.

FSF-E’Twaun Moore- New Orleans Pelicans- Moore Is dealing with a left quad injury the injury kept him out of Wednesday’s game against the Cavs. The Pelicans don’t play again until Saturday in Minnesota, so maybe Moore will be able to return for that one.

BOB- JJ. Redick- Philadelphia 76er’s- Redick has been dealing with a lower back injury that had him ruled out for Wednesday’s game against the Wizards.

FSF- Devin Booker- Phoenix Suns-He was listed as doubtful or this game, and he’ll miss both games of a back-to-back set with a DNP on Tuesday. Booker had a back problem at the end of last month.

BOB- Iman Shumpert- Sacramento Kings- Shumpert is suffering from a sprained right index finger that has ruled him out the past 3 games. Bogdan Bogdanovic should start while Yogi Ferrell gets the backup minutes behind De’Aaron Fox.

SMALL FORWARD-

BOB- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson- Brooklyn Nets-Update-1/8/19: Wednesday will mark RHJ’s fifth consecutive game on the sidelines, and it’s not a great sign that he’s getting ruled out a full day in advance of tip-off. He is another candidate to be dropped. Before his injury he was having a average season. The one bright spot is Demarre Carroll.

BOB- Will Barton- Denver Nuggets-Update-1/7/19: Mike Malone said that Will Barton (hip) continues to make progress and he hopes to have him back within the “next couple of weeks.” This is a guy who can win you a league possibly pick him up if you have an IR spot and wait for his return.

FSF- Lebron James- Los Angeles Lakers-Update 1/3/19:LBJ is not traveling with the team for friday’s game. Instead he will stay in LA to be Reevaluated if the test go well he can play in sundays match up against the Cavs.

BOB- Robert Covington- Minnesota Timberwolves-Update 1/10/19- Robert Covington (right ankle) remains out indefinitely, according to interim coach Ryan Saunders. Covington has a bone bruise in his ankle and an initial multi-week timetable seems accurate.

FSF- Moe Harkless- Portland Trail Blazers- Harkless is dealing with left knee soreness. It’s the same knee that has flared up on him several times this season.

FSF-Rudy Gay- San Antonio Spurs- Rudy Gay is dealing with a sprained left wrist and will not play on Wednesday or Thursday.

POWER FORWARD-

FSF- Kevin Love-Cleveland Cavaliers-Update 1/9/19: Kevin Love indicated during a recent interview that he may not make it back to the court until after the All-Star break.

BOB- Larry Nance Jr.-Cleveland Cavaliers- He is dealing with a knee injury. The Cavs are running out of bodies and Tristan Thompson (foot) is questionable, so coach Larry Drew may have to turn to Channing Frye and Ante Zizic way more than he wants to.

CENTER-
FSF-Myles Turner- Indiana Pacers- Myles Turner is suffering from a sore right shoulder and did not suit up Wednesday’s game in Boston. This will be the third consecutive game on the sidelines for Turner, and for now, we’ll be considering him questionable for Friday’s game in New York.

BOB- Jonas Valanciunas- Toronto Raptors- He is recovering from surgery to repair a left dislocated thumb. He has another 4 weeks timetable for his return. It sounds like we won’t see him again until mid-February, and it’ll be Serbe Ibaka getting more minutes.

Picks for the week:

Dr. Pagnani:

LaMarcus Aldridge -big man for the Spurs- starting to really find his stride, he is the main option for Popovich and he has a nice 2 man game going with De Rozan. Last night he put up 56 including 16 for 16 from the line. Aldridge will continue to get plenty of touches and he will take advantage, he has been averaging 27 a game over the last handful of games, grabs 8-9 boards as well
Bradley Beal-Guard for Washington gets the green light with John Wall out and he is pushing, getting 35+ minutes a game and over the bit has been exploding for 30 a game. Get this, over the past week (5 games) he has been shooting 88 percent from the line, 50 percent from the field and 42% from deep, he is a threat from anywhere, nothing to lose and no one that is going to get the rock in front of him
Andrew Wiggins-former #1 pick up in Minnesota has been heating up, I think because of the small market we forget about him but he is really gaining confidence and playing well lately. There are no distractions in Minnesota anymore and WIggins is looking to just put his head down and play ball. He put up 40 on OKC after 2 nights before giving the Lakers 28, he has a great running mate in Karl Anthony Towns who opens up the floor for Wiggins. Young guys in a small market

Dr. Feel:

Taking advantage of teams and players with 4-5 games this week
Austin Rivers is taking advantage of his opportunity in Houston as the PG/ SG harden needs to run with him. You are going to get good numbers out of him for the next two weeks.

Center For the Denver nuggets Nikola Jokic hit 11-of-21 shots, a 3-pointer and 6-of-6 free throws for 29 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and a steal in 40 minutes of Tuesday’s win over the Heat. With 5 games lets lock him in and leave him. I think this guy is beginning to warm up more double double and triples on the way as the team is getting healthy.

Kyle Kuzma and yeah Bobby trying to help you break the streak with this one. I think you were right but for the wrong week. This week the Lakers have 4 Games with two games against the Jazz, Cavs that are very winnable. Look for some big stat lines this week. After he posted up a career high 41 points against Detroit.

F Scott Feil, PT, DPT, CKTP, known by many of his patients as "Dr Feilgood" is a physical therapist who has practiced in outpatient and orthopedic rehabilitation for the last 10 years. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as well as the Sports, Orthopedic, Education, and Private Practice sections. A graduate of Wake Forest University where he earned a BA in English, he went on to get his Masters in Physical Therapy at East Carolina University, his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at University of St Augustine where he is also pursuing his Doctorate in Education. "Dr Feilgood" enjoys golfing, fishing, craft beers, and enjoys all things Fantasy Football Injury related (including his own Fantasy Football Draft Weekend injury...true story) He is a lifelong tortured Mets, Knicks, Islanders, and Giants fan (all hail NY sports mediocrity). F Scott is married and he and his wife are raising two wonderfully exhausting children. Dr Feil is the owner and founder of PT.Educator.com, a blog aimed at improving healthcare literacy.

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