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NBA Podcast: S2-Ep.13

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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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NBA Podcast: S2-Ep.17

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POINT GUARD –  

 

BOB- Kyrie Irving-Boston Celtics- Danny Ainge said that Kyrie Irving who is suffering from a right knee strain is “very, very close” to a return. All signs are pointing to a return after the all star break. It is also noted irving has traveled down to Charlotte for All-Star weekend with the Celtics physical therapist Brian Dolan and his personal trainer, Robin Pound. Kyrie’s status for the All-Star game on Sunday night has not yet been determined, but Ainge said he would not have an issue with Irving playing even though he sat out of the Celtics last two contests.

 

FSF- Tony Parker- Charlotte Hornets- Parker was forced out of Thursday nights game with the same back issue.This will move Devonte Graham into the backup PG role but not worth the pick up in most leagues. Nothing suggests this injury will linger through the All-Star break, although Parker hasn’t been a fantasy asset even at full strength in Charlotte. Only way he would see an increase role is if Kemba Walker went down.

 

BOB- Austin Rivers- Houston Rockets- Rivers is dealing with a sore right elbow was out of action thursday but it doesn’t sound like a long-term injury and sitting out this game allows him to rest until Feb. 21. This also gives time for the team to get healthy for a last big playoff push. If anything we learned last year have the backup to Chris Paul because the man cannot stay healthy coming into the playoffs.

 

FSF- Goran Dragic-Miami Heat- Update 2/15/19: Dragic is currently at the eight-week mark of his initial 6-8 week timetable, and while Erik Spoelstra declined to provide a specific target date for Dragic, there’s a chance he could be back for their first game after the break on Feb. 21. Once Dragic is back, Justise Winslow will return to the second unit. Justise Winslow himself has voiced his opinion saying he would like to stay in the starting line up unsurprisingly. Winslow in Dragic absence is averaging 14.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists, while shooting 39% from downtown. Dragic is close enough to justify stashing in most scenarios.

 

BOB- Elfrid payton- New Orleans Pelicans- Payton is Suffering from a right ankle sprain and did not play thursday night. No surprise here Payton will now get to rest through the All- Star break but you could see New Orleans go full tank mode. So his fantasy arrow is pointing down.

 

FSF- Fred VanVleet- Toronto Raptors- Fred VanVleet will undergo surgery for ligament damage in his left thumb and miss approximately five weeks, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.Now the Raptors will have to turn to Danny Green, Norman Powell and newly-added Jeremy Lin for some help. Lin could be worth a look for PG-needy owners while Green should be owned in standard leagues.

 

SHOOTING GUARD-

 

BOB- Gary Harris- Denver Nuggets- suffering from a right adductor strain. He will rest until after the all star break. The first game Denver has is February 22nd and even for this game consider him questionable. Malik Beasley will continue to start in his absence, and he should be considered must-own for Harris owners.

 

SMALL FORWARD-

 

FSF- Kyle Anderson-Memphis Grizzlies- Kyle is suffering from right shoulder soreness. Anderson recently had a follow-up visit with a shoulder specialist, but we didn’t hear the results of that, which isn’t a great sign. He could trend up, but there is a shutdown factor. It is unclear if he will return after the all star break. Justin Holiday will continue to start in his absence, and he’s the primary beneficiary here.

 

BOB- Mario Hezonja- New York Knicks- Mario is suffering a bruised left leg and did not play vs. Atlanta on Thursday. Dotson got the start with Mario Hezonja (leg) out and Noah Vonleh moved to the bench, but saw fewer minutes than both John Jenkins and Kadeem Allen. He’s had periods of fantasy usefulness this season, but Dotson is best left on the wire in standard leagues.

 

FSF- Kawhi Leonard- Toronto Raptors- He missed the last game before the all star break for rest and to deal with knee soreness. We believe he is healthy just trying to get extra rest before the all star game. His replacement however made some noise Pascal Siakam went off for 15-of-25 FGs and 10-of-12 FTs to score a career-high 44 points on Wednesday, with 10 rebounds, four 3-pointers, three blocks and two assists.Siakam has been a terrific value in any fantasy format, and Wednesdays career game pushes him closer to top-50 overall in 9-cat.

 

POWER FORWARD-

 

BOB- Rodions Kurucs- (Row DEE ons Koo rooks)Brooklyn Nets- Left elbow strain It’s unclear exactly when Kurucs suffered the elbow injury, but he’ll now have a full week to rest up until Brooklyn’s next game on Feb. 21. Caris LeVert is still being eased back into things, so it’s unlikely he’ll move into the starting five tonight, but Allen Crabbe or Shabazz Napier could get the call. Kurucs has been trending down with the Nets getting healthy again, and he’s not worth owning in most leagues.

 

FSF- Wilson Chandler- Los Angeles Clippers- Wilson Chandler right quad injury is expected to return to practice after the All-Star break.

 

BOB- Nikola Mirotic- Milwaukee Bucks- Has been dealing with recovery from a calf strain. Based on recent reports of him ramping up his workload, there’s a decent chance he’ll be able to make his Milwaukee debut on Feb. 21 against the Celtics. His value will take a bit of a hit in Milwaukee after the trade, but he should still be able to flirt with top-75 value.

 

FSF- Anthony Davis- New Orleans Pelicans- Davis is dealing with a Volar plate avulsion fracture on his left index finger and now it is reported he has a shoulder injury. He plans to play in Sunday’s All-Star game, but it’s dependent on how he responds to treatment in coming days, according to Chris Hayes of Yahoo Sports.

 

BOB- Jerami Grant- Oklahoma City Thunder- He is suffering from a right ankle sprain and at this time it is undetermined if he will be ready for after the all star break. His back up Patrick Patterson has not done much to warrant a spot but off the bench it was Deonte Burton who stepped up the most with 18 points in 26 minutes. This is a deep league target only if you are desperate.

 

FSF- TJ warren- Phoenix Suns- Recovering from an ankle injury sat the last game before the all star break. He is projected to be back after the all star break. So he is worth a pick up in most leagues.

 

CENTER-

FSF- Aron Baynes- Boston Celtics- suffering from a left foot contusion he has now come out to confirm he’ll be back in action by late-February or early-March.

Daniel Theis to take up his minutes off the bench. Once he is back in the rotation Daniel Theis’ minutes will take a substantial hit.

 

BOB- Clint Capela-Houston Rockets- Update: 2/13/2019- Clint Capela who suffered a thumb injury and had surgery on Jan 17th.  Could return for the Rockets’ first game after the All-Star break on Feb. 21 against the Lakers. Mike D’Antoni referred to Wednesday’s game as the last game “before Clint comes back,” implying that he’ll be cleared for the first game after the break. Once he’s back, Kenneth Faried will head to the bench and his value will take a decent sized hit.

 

FSF- Mo Bamba- Orlando Magic- Mo Bamba underwent a procedure in New York to correct a stress fracture in his left tibia and he is currently without a timetable to return.There’s a decent chance Bamba will miss the remainder of the season, so he’s safe to leave on the waiver wire in all re-draft formats. Khem Birch will likely pick up most of Bamba’s minutes, and he could have some low-end value as a shot-blocking specialist in deep leagues.

Picks for the week:

 

Dr. Pagnani:

  1. Devin Booker-SG for the Suns-one of the biggest all star snubs this week, Booker has been on a tear this season which isnt easy when you are playing for the lottery.  Booker is a 6’6 guard with a nasty streak, i think he is a lot like Westbrook but a better shooter. 25 a game this year but 27 over the last 5 including 38 on the spurs last week. The suns are about to hold open tryouts and Booker will be fueled by the snub, I think he will try to play his way out of Phoenix which is bad news for any opponent
  2. Here is a guy for you Scotty, Pascal Siakam, (si a cum)15 and 7 guy who gets a ton of minutes up in Toronto for the Raptors.  He gets like 35 minutes a game and is making it count, he is doubling his career average and has really learned to play off of Kawhai, the East belongs to Toronto and Siakam will continue to flourish. Stat of the week, over the past 5 games Pascal has shot 95% from the charity stripe, he also hung 28 on Milwakee a last week and 33 on atlanta  He is capable of putting up numbers. I expect big things for him with all the changes
  3. Miles Turner-Center for the Pacers, Oladipo is out, Turner is the true Center there coming in at 250 lbs on his 6’11 frame and he plays physical.  He is usually around a 12 point a game guy but he is on a big push for minutes and taking advantage. The Pacers are on a downward spiral and they are looking for anyone to step up and I think Turner is doing it. He put up 27 on the Magic, he shoots over 50 % from the field and over 85% from the free throw line. I picked Thaddeus Young last week and Turner is my Pacer pick up this week.

 

Dr. Feil: The theme this week is young big man turning into studs finally.

 

  • Bobby Portis Center for the Washington Wizards following the trade deadline has been lighting up the league. Portis is loving life as a Wizard with 21.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.3 triples through three games and looks like a big winner of the deadline. He has taken all the minutes from the starting center Thomas Bryant. Get him now or possibly trade him while his value is this high.

 

 

  • Jabari Parker Power Forward Washington Wizards last two games put up an average of 13.5 points, 8.0 boards, 7.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and 2.0 steals, though it should be said that those were against the Cavaliers and Bulls. The starting Power Forward Jeff Green is Struggling to stay healthy and seeing a Dip in his minutes with Jabari Parker lighting up the score board and stat sheets. If he wasn’t already scooped up in the past week, go get him. Hats off to the Wizards getting two young studs. That had so much to offer a team but could not find the right fit.

 

 

 

  • Marvin Bagley Sacramento Kings Power Forward Here is another young stud finally finding his shot a groove. The No. 2 pick recently had a stretch of four straight double-doubles and if he was still on your waiver wire he won’t be there for long. His potential arrow is pointing upward with AVG 16.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.4 blocks over his last five games.

 

 

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NBA Podcast: Season 2-Episode 16

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POINT GUARD –  

 

BOB- Spencer Dinwiddie- Brooklyn Nets Update 1/28/19 – Spencer Dinwiddie underwent successful surgery on Monday to repair ligaments in his right thumb. Dinwiddie will miss 4-6 weeks. As long as he’s out, Shabazz Napier instantly gets a boost in the rotation, and Joe Harris.  Those struggling who need an extra player can cut Dinwiddie. Those who are in strong position can pick him up and stash him in your IR spot.  

 

FSF- Tony Parker- Charlotte Hornets- Parker was forced out of Tuesday’s game with the back issue, so it’s not surprising to see the 36-year-old PG hit the sidelines for the second leg of this back-to-back set.. This will move Devonte Graham into the backup PG role but not worth the pick up in most leagues.

 

BOB- Jeff Teague/ Derek Rose- Minnesota Timberwolves-  Teague is suffering from left  foot/ ankle injury and is doubtful for against the Magic. Derek Rose is dealing with an ankle injury that he seemingly can not get rid of. He is also ruled out for tuesdays. This is likely a multiple game absence for the veteran. Jerryd Bayless is seeing heavy minutes lately and taking advantage of it all. He is the guy you want in your lineup. Jerryd Bayless kept it going on Saturday with 15 points, three rebounds, 10 assists and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Nuggets. His recent game on tuesday was the only recent outlier.

 

FSF- Elfrid payton/ E’Twaun Moore- New Orleans Pelicans- Payton is Suffering from a right ankle sprain as of and E’Twaun Moore left quad contusion will remain on the sidelines for Wednesday’s game against the Bulls. No one is worth investing in for this team. They could be in full rebuild mode if they trade the pieces they have.

 

BOB- Emmanuel Mudiay/ Frank Ntilikina(NITLIKEENA)- New York Knicks-Emmanuel Mudiay suffered a left shoulder strain and he will be out at least two weeks. David Fizdale said that Frank Ntilikina could be out for 1-2 weeks with his groin injury. Now with the news circling the NBA of the Big trade with the Knicks and Dallas look for Dennis smith Jr to come in right away and start. This could be a guy to carry you for the next two weeks.

 

FSF- Deanthony Melton – Phoenix Suns- The Suns can’t keep a starting point guard healthy. It is being reported Melton is projected to be out until the All-Star break. Suffering from an Ankle injury. He turned his ankle on a rebound attempt and limped off the court. Melton then went to his knees near the bench before heading back to the locker room. This wasn’t a minor ankle tweak. This sounds like it could be grade 2 or which means expect a 4-6 weeks. Look for Elie Okobo to  become a deep-league pickup.  

 

BOB- Derrick White- San Antonio Spurs-  the Spurs are not expecting Derrick White who is suffering from a plantar fasciitis to return before the All-Star break.

 

FSF- Dante Exum- Utah Jazz- Suffered a left ankle sprain and will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break. He’s been out since Jan. 6 with little to no details on his recovery. Ricky Rubio continues to flourish in big minutes without his back up. Ricky Rubio scored 18 points and handed out eight assists on Sunday, helping the Jazz beat the Wolves 125-111 in Minnesota.

 

SHOOTING GUARD-

 

BOB- Caris Levert- Brooklyn Nets- Caris LeVert will be available for Friday against the Bulls. Levert is coming back from a gruesome injury that occurred on november 12th, where he suffered a subtalar dislocation.  The Nets might be easing him and he is going to have a minutes cap. But he is a guy to pick up before the all star break.

FSF- Gary Harris- Denver Nuggets- suffering from a right adductor strain and has been ruled out for Friday against the 76ers. Grade 1 strains will take 1 to 2 weeks of rest before a person can return to exercise. Normal movement, such as walking, should be possible within a few days. Grade 2 strains may take 3 to 6 weeks to heal fully. The Nuggets keep ruling him out early before games and it’s starting to feel like they may hold him out to get him right after the deadline. Monte Morris and Malik Beasley should remain owned.

 

BOB- Jamal Murray- Denver Nuggets- Suffering from a sprained left ankle will not play vs. Houston on Friday.This is his fourth straight DNP and we haven’t heard about him doing on-court work, so presumably he’ll also miss Saturday’s game in Minnesota. With Jamal out Monte Harris is the guy to pick up. Monte Morris was outstanding in a start against the Pelicans on Wednesday, making 8-of-12 from the field for 20 points with seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals, three 3-pointers and no turnovers in 40 minutes.

 

FSF- Reggie Bullock- Detroit Pistons traded to Los Angeles Lakers- Bullock tweaked his ankle during the first half of last Friday’s game, and while he was able to play through it initially. This is the same ankle that Bullock has sprained twice this season.He is back in the line up we will see how he does coming off the injury.  

 

BOB- Garrett Temple- Memphis Grizzlies traded to Los Angeles Clippers- He should be back from his shoulder injury any day now, but it’s not a great landing spot for Temple because of the direction of the franchise.he’s not a standard-league pickup.

 

FSF- Josh Hart- Los Angeles Lakers- He is dealing with knee tendonitis. A person should wear the brace to combat the tendonitis for 3 to 6 weeks. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Lance Stephenson will be forced into major minutes. Both of late have been playing well. With James and Kuzma back Hart can be dropped for that stud waiver wire pick up.

 

BOB- Donte Divincenzo- Milwaukee Bucks-  He is dealing with a left heel injury. He hasn’t played since Jan. 1, is in a walking boot and currently without an official timetable to return. Donte belongs on the waiver wire in all formats. Malcolm Brogdon is set to return. He will take back his starting spot. He can be a big help for your team.

 

FSF- Nik Stauskas- Portland Trail Blazers traded to Cleveland- Stauskas returned from a four-game absence from the knee issue on last Saturday, but apparently tweaked his knee after just five minutes of floor time. It sounds like he came back too soon, so he could be looking at a lengthy absence this time around. With his back up shipped off look C.J. McCollum to see more minutes Portland’s past four games, CJ is  averaging 27.3 points on 52.6% FGs and 84.6% FTs, 4.0 triples, 4.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.0 steals.

 

BOB- Devin Booker- Phoenix Suns- Devin Booker is suffering again from a right hamstring tightness is listed as questionable for Friday’s game vs. the Warriors. We can consider him day to day for now. But with all star break looming they may give him the long extended break.

 

SMALL FORWARD-

 

FSF- Chandler Hutchison- Chicago Bulls- The Bulls announced Chandler Hutchison sustained an acute injury to a sesamoid bone in his right foot, and he will be placed in a walking boot for 2-4 weeks. Sesamoid injuries may be painful for weeks to months. Sesamoid fractures may take 4 to 8 weeks to heal. To keep swelling down and help relieve pain: Put an ice pack, gel pack, or package of frozen vegetables, wrapped in a cloth on your foot every 3 to 4 hours, for up to 20 minutes at a time. For the Moment we like the newly acquired Otto Porter Jr. as a pick up.

 

BOB- Cedi Osman- Cleveland Cavaliers- (Jeddy) Cedi suffering from a right ankle injury has been ruled out for Friday’s game against the Wizards.This will be his second consecutive game out of the lineup, and him getting ruled out a day in advance of tip-off isn’t a great sign. He was only able to do some light shooting at Thursday’s practice, so it seems unlikely that he’ll be able to play on Saturday against the Pacers. With him not available, Marquese Chriss will be able to get into the rotation should get you some good fantasy value.

 

FSF- Danilo Gallinari- Los Angeles Clippers Update: 2/7/19-Danilo is suffering from (lower back spasms). Gallinari returned to action against the Pacers on Thursday, scoring 19 points with one rebound, four assists, two steals, two blocks and six turnovers in 29 minutes.

 

BOB- Derrick Jones Jr.- Miami Heat- Jones Jr. had a scary fall on last Sunday and needed to be helped to the locker room, so the fact that he’s only dealing with a bone bruise should be considered positive news. From the look of it we speculated an ACL injury. Derrick Jones Jr. has been diagnosed with a pair of bone bruises in his right knee and he will be re-evaluated in six weeks. His minutes figure to be divvied up between Kelly Olynyk, Dion Waiters and Wayne Ellington.

 

FSF- Kyle Anderson-Memphis Grizzlies- Kyle is suffering from right shoulder soreness has been downgraded to out for Thursday’s game vs. the Thunder. He could trend up, but there is a shutdown factor. Bruno Caboclo will continue to get an extended look during his second 10-day contract, but Justin Holiday is the player fantasy owners in standard leagues should be keeping tabs on for now.

 

BOB-Otto Porter- Washington Wizards traded to Chicago bulls- Sprained big toe that hampered him beginning in november is back. That time he only sat out one game. This may be a little more to make sure he gets over the injury. Porter was just traded to the Bulls so there could be more trouble in store.

 

POWER FORWARD-

 

FSF- Anthony Davis- New Orleans Pelicans- Davis is dealing with a Volar plate avulsion fracture on his left index finger.  This has held him out of games. Now if a trade is not made the Pelicans are threatening to shut him down reporters are reporting. If you are a Davis owner I would look to acquire Jahlil Okafor any way possible.

 

BOB- Paul Millsap- Denver Nuggets- Millsap has skipped the past three games due to a sore ankle, but the Nuggets could really use him with a matchup against Philly. We’ll have a better idea on his status following Friday’s shootaround, but if he is able to get back out there. Look for Plumlee to lose minutes.

 

CENTER-

 

FSF- Aron Baynes- Boston Celtics- suffering from a left foot contusion will miss the next few weeks due some foot soreness that has been bothering him for a some time now. Look for Robert williams and Daniel Theis to take up his minutes off the bench. Daniel Theis will see most of the backup center minutes behind Al Horford

 

BOB- Cody Zeller- Charlotte Hornets- Cody who had right hand surgery said he’s about a week away from returning. That’s great news for a Charlotte team that has their eyes set on a playoff spot.  Cody is a nice glue guy for any fantasy owner in need of a big

 

Picks for the week:

 

Dr. Pagnani:

  1. Devin Booker-SG for the Suns-one of the biggest all star snubs this week, Booker has been on a tear this season which isnt easy when you are playing for the lottery.  Booker is a 6’6 guard with a nasty streak, i think he is a lot like Westbrook but a better shooter. 25 a game this year but 27 over the last 5 including 38 on the spurs last week. The suns are about to hold open tryouts and Booker will be fueled by the snub, I think he will try to play his way out of Phoenix which is bad news for any opponent
  2. Here is a guy for you Scotty, Pascal Siakam, (si a cum)15 and 7 guy who gets a ton of minutes up in Toronto for the Raptors.  He gets like 35 minutes a game and is making it count, he is doubling his career average and has really learned to play off of Kawhai, the East belongs to Toronto and Siakam will continue to flourish. Stat of the week, over the past 5 games Pascal has shot 95% from the charity stripe, he also hung 28 on Milwakee a last week and 33 on atlanta  He is capable of putting up numbers. I expect big things for him with all the changes
  3. Miles Turner-Center for the Pacers, Oladipo is out, Turner is the true Center there coming in at 250 lbs on his 6’11 frame and he plays physical.  He is usually around a 12 point a game guy but he is on a big push for minutes and taking advantage. The Pacers are on a downward spiral and they are looking for anyone to step up and I think Turner is doing it. He put up 27 on the Magic, he shoots over 50 % from the field and over 85% from the free throw line. I picked Thaddeus Young last week and Turner is my Pacer pick up this week.

 

Dr. Feil:

Two are going to waiver wire adds and one is a guy I am recommending to trade for.

  • Jahlil Okafor Center of the New Orleans Pelicans  made another start against the Nuggets during a 105-99 loss on Wednesday, scoring 14 points with eight rebounds, one steal and one block in 31 minutes.Okafor looks like a solid waiver-wire pickup with 21.2 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks over his last five games on 74.6% from the field and 63.2% from the line. With the Pelicans looking to either trade AD or sit him for the year. Look for Okafor to be the main beneficiary. Pick this man up off the waiver wire he is only heating up.

 

  • Jusuf Nurkic center for the Portland Trail Blazers. Before seeing his injury report this guy has never flashed in my face  as a top 40 player but over his last five the fifth-year center is averaging 18.0 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.8 blocks per game, shooting 44.3% from the field and 80.0% from the foul line. Over the last two weeks, Nurkic has been a top-40 player in nine-category leagues. Trade for this man. Especially if you are struggling at the center position and have a sell high player such as  Al Horford or Brooke Lopez.
  • Finally we end with Dennis Smith Jr. now a New York Knick Point guard. This is my team so seeing Kristaps move hurt alot. But I like Dennis Smith Jr. he lit up the league with his flashy play last year. He can be a poor mans Russell Westbrook. He isn’t the most efficient scorer on the ball, but his fantasy value just skyrocketed for upside. I think he can be a double double guy pairing him with Knox will be interesting to see. If he is out there go get him.

 

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NBA Podcast: Season 2-Episode 15

F Scott Feil, DPT

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POINT GUARD –  

 

FSF- Spencer Dinwiddie- Brooklyn Nets- Dinwiddie has reportedly suffered torn ligaments in his right thumb, and is evaluating the need for surgery. Dinwiddie could miss 4-6 weeks. Dinwiddie’s fantasy owners should sit tight while we await further details about the injury from the Nets, but a lengthy absence is almost inevitable. As long as he’s out, Shabazz Napier instantly gets a boost in the rotation, and Joe Harris should get nearly unlimited minutes.

 

BOB- Chris Paul- Houston Rockets-Update-1/23/19: Last week, Mike D’Antoni said it will be around 2-3 weeks before Chris Paul (hamstring) will be cleared to return. It is beginning to look like we may see the star point guard next week sometime after he goes through a full practice with the team on friday. Austin Rivers has been the main beneficiary of his absence. So it will be interesting to see what he does with fewer minutes off the bench.

 

FSF- Lonzo Ball- Los Angeles Lakers- Lonzo Ball will miss 4-6 weeks with a Grade-3 left ankle sprain. Now we know that Grade 3 ankle sprains are the most severe of the three grades we have. When we are looking at a grade 3 ankle sprain. With this sprain, the ligament has been torn completely. Symptoms include: Severe swelling, Severe pain,Instability of the joint,Extreme loss of motion,Walking can be quite painful.This explains why he was carried off the court when it initially happened and rushed to the hospital. He probably will be in short leg cast or cast-brace for 2 to 3 weeks. The hope for the Lakers is he misses the maximum 6 weeks but we have seen some grade 3 ankle sprains take up to 9-12 weeks. With Ball out look for Rondo who should be coming back to play significant minutes down the stretch with Josh Hart coming off the bench.

 

BOB- Rajon Rondo- Los Angeles Lakers- Rajon Rondo (finger) said he would be a game-time decision for Thursday’s game vs. Minnesota. With Lonzo Ball (ankle) out, Rondo would likely be looking at minutes in the low 30s once he’s fully healthy, so he is worth an add in most leagues.

 

FSF- Jeff Teague- Minnesota Timberwolves-  Teague is suffering a foot/ ankle injury and is questionable for Thursday against the Lakers. He said he was unable to run on Tuesday, so presumably he is not going to be able to play. It is also being reported his back up Derek Rose is banged up. So there will be some minutes for Josh Okogie and Jerryd Bayless while Teague is out.

 

BOB- Damian Lillard- Portland Trail Blazers-Damian Lillard has a right hand contusion and is questionable for Thursday’s game against the Suns. Lillard has been playing through the hand issue over the past few games, and while he tends to play through his injuries, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him take the night off against the worst team out West. Owners can expect to get another update by Thursday afternoon.played, had 24

 

FSF- De’aaron Fox- Sacramento Kings- He is dealing with left big toe soreness that held him out of tuesday contest .Iman Shumpert (rest) was also out, so Bogdan Bogdanovic got the start and Fox can’t go again look for him to start on friday as well.He’ll see a sizeable uptick in usage with Fox off the floor.

 

SHOOTING GUARD-

 

BOB- Kent Bazemore-Atlanta Hawks Update 1/22/19: Hawks GM Travis Schlenk said on Tuesday that Atlanta might get Kent Bazemore (ankle) back “in a couple of weeks.” Bazemore was able to do some individual shooting drills by himself on Tuesday, but is still a ways away from being cleared for game action. The only incentive the rebuilding Hawks might have to rush him back into the lineup would be to show he’s healthy in order to trade him before the February 7th trade deadline.  Kevin Huerter and DeAndre Bembry will continue to pick up the slack in his absence.

 

FSF- Victor Oladipo- Indiana Pacers- Victor Oladipo has been diagnosed with a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee which will require season-ending surgery. Complete vs partial tears.  Partial Tears: Many tears do not completely disrupt the soft tissue. This is similar to a rope stretched so far that some of the fibers are frayed, but the rope is still in one piece.Complete Tears: A complete tear will split the soft tissue into two pieces. When the quadriceps tendon completely tears, the muscle is no longer anchored to the kneecap. Without this attachment, the knee cannot straighten when the quadriceps muscles contract. Oladipo in this case suffered a complete tear. Complete recovery takes at least 4 months, but most repairs are almost completely healed within 6 months.  The first two weeks of his recovery will be with his Brace locked in full extension for 6 weeks,  Partial weight bearing for 2 weeks, Ice and modalities to reduce pain and inflammation, Aggressive patella mobility drills, Range of motion – 0° to 30°knee flexion, Begin submaximal quadriceps setting.  Tyreke Evans and Cory Joseph figure to see a boost here, with Evans being the guy you’d want to grab.  

 

BOB- Jimmy Butler- Philadelphia 76ers- Jimmy Butler is dealing with a wrist injury he had an MRI on Monday, but the results didn’t reveal anything concerning. So owners of Jimmy Butler should just sit tight and see if he gives it a go next game. Corey Brewer will get another start and should get minutes in the 30s while T.J. McConnell and Landry Shamet could see more time.

 

SMALL FORWARD-

 

FSF- Kevin Huerter- Atlanta Hawks- He has miss 2 straight games with a neck injury.  Huerter was starting to blossom as a starting wing, and perhaps his strong play is why the Hawks reportedly want to trade Taurean Prince or Kent Bazemore.

 

BOB- Rondae Hollis- Jefferson- Brooklyn Nets- RHJ is suffering from a left shoulder sprain injury and is questionable to play vs. the Knicks on Friday. RHJ exited Wednesday’s game with the injury and just can’t seem to stay healthy this season. If you have a Grade II sprain, your discomfort should lessen within two weeks, but it may take as long as six to eight weeks before you can return to your usual athletic activities.   In Grades I or II sprains, the injured shoulder is treated with rest, ice and a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin and others) to relieve pain and swelling. The arm is placed in a sling for one to three weeks. For most Grade III sprains, the sling is worn for four weeks. Some Grade III sprains may require surgery, particularly in very young people, in adults who work at jobs that require heavy lifting, or in people whose collarbone is displaced more than 2 centimeters (about 1 inch) out of its normal position. Brooklyn could really use Hollis-Jefferson to fill out the rotation, given their existing injuries and the prospect of Spencer Dinwiddie (thumb) missing extended time.

 

FSF- Danilo Gallinari- Los Angeles Clippers-Danilo is suffering from (lower back spasms)  and has been ruled out for Friday’s game vs. the Bulls. Patrick Beverley has been a surprise winner in his absence, and should continue playing heavy minutes in a starting role until Gallo is healthy.

 

BOB- Lebron James- Los Angeles Lakers-Update 1/24/19: He is sitting out thursday against the Wolves. Good thing is he has a chance to play sunday against the Suns at home.

 

FSF- T.J. Warren- Phoenix Suns- Coach Igor Kokoskov said the team is shutting down basketball activities for T.J. Warren for 2-3 weeks due to the right ankle soreness. Most of his owners may want to stash him, and at least he’ll have the All-Star break coming up. Josh Jackson, Kelly Oubre and Mikal Bridges should be owned in most leagues

 

POWER FORWARD-

 

BOB- Nikola Mirotic- New Orleans Pelicans-  Mirotic suffering from a Calf strain will be re-evaluated in one week.An MRI confirmed he has a strained right calf, and it’s possible he needs more than the week to get back in action. typical grade I calf strain will heal in 7 to 10 days, a grade II injury within about 4 to 6 weeks, and a grade III calf strain within about 3 months. The most common injury is a grade II calf strain that takes about 6 weeks for complete healing. Mirotic bad ankle was also on his right leg, so that may also keep him off the court until around the All-Star break. Jahlil Okafor should be owned in most leagues with Mirotic out.

 

FSF- Anthony Davis- New Orleans Pelicans- Davis is dealing with a Volar plate avulsion fracture on his left index finger and he will be re-evaluated on Friday.Davis won’t play on Wednesday or Thursday, and he should be considered doubtful for Saturday’s game against San Antonio, but it sounds like there’s a chance he’ll be back out there for either Tuesday’s game in Houston or next Wednesday’s matchup with the Nuggets. Again Jahil Okafor should be owned with NOLAs big men injured.

 

BOB- Nermanja Bjelica-  (namanya bialitza) Sacramento Kings- Is Dealing with a back injury and did not play tuesday. The Kings play again on Friday in Memphis, and for now, we’ll be considering Bjelica questionable for that one.Harry Giles, Marvin Bagley and Justin Jackson will be more involved in the rotation

 

CENTER-

FSF– Tristan Thompson- Cleveland Cavaliers Update 1/24/19- Thompson is dealing with left foot soreness. That will rule him out the next couple games. The Cavs likely will rest him till he is 100%. Zizic again is the guy we like with Thompson out.

 

BOB- Deandre Ayton- Phoenix Suns- He is suffering from an ankle injury he will miss thursday’s game and possibly fridays but we won’t know until around tip. Dragon Bender has been the main beneficiary of his absence. With post two back to back double double nights.

 

Picks for the week:

 

Dr. Pagnani:

  1. Thaddeus Young-PF for the Pacers, with a devastating injury to Oladipo I think Indiana is going to have to depend on the big man for points.  Even with Oladipo in the lineup Young showed glimpses of being able to take over a game. He came out on top of a battle the other night against Serge Ibaca where he finished with 23 and 15, he put up 27 on the sixers earlier and now more than ever the Pacers will look for Young to step up and contribute more
  2. Here is a guy for you Scotty, Allonzo Trier (Tree-er), rookie shooting guard for the knicks is really starting to put a nice run together. Averaging 20 points a game over the last 3 games, put up 31 on Houston and the game before that had 13 against OKC where he went 10/10 from the charity stripe.  20 minutes a game and lets face it, he plays for the Knicks, he will get some looks!
  3. Doubling up for you Scotty, former Demon Deacon John Collins, 2nd year guy for the Hawks is really becoming a mainstay in Atlanta, he is listed as a power forward but remember this guy is 6’10, he averages a double double of 20 and 10, i would take that any day, he shoots about 60% from the field because he plays his game,stays close to the rim and cleans up. He takes advantage of lesser teams, put 35 on Chicago which is a bully move but also stepped up and scored 26 against a physical OKC team. He gets over 30 minutes a game so any amount of opportunities

 

Dr. Feil:

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic has taken over the starting PG position for the Sacramento Kings while De’aaron Fox. He been more than a Serviceable replacement for FOX Tuesday vs. the Raptors and played well, finishing with 16 points, nine assists, eight rebounds, three steals and one triple in 36 minutes.

 

 

  • Kelly Oubre Power forward of the Phoenix suns has taken advantage of the starting Suns big men being banged up. Kelly Oubre had 18 points, eight rebounds, four 3-pointers and two steals in 29 minutes on Sunday.  he’s averaging 20.3 points, 2.4 triples, 1.7 steals and 0.9 blocks in his past seven games, shooting 49.5% in that span.He’s obviously found his groove as a go-to scorer with the Suns’ second unit, and it looks like he’ll continue to be turned loose.

 

 

  • Nikola Vucevic Center of the Orlando Magic Vooch has reached double figures in the scoring department in all but one game for the Magic this season. He has been the bright spot for the Magic.He is on the trade block and that is no secret. For fantasy owners hope he stays with the magic instead of being traded to a contender where he will be more of a supporting piece. So we might see even better stat lines in the horizon for him and the Magic.    

 

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