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NBA Podcast: S2-Ep.14

F Scott Feil, DPT

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POINT GUARD –

FSF- Jeremy Lin – Atlanta Hawks- He is dealing with some low back soreness that held him out of the last game. He should be ready to return for saturday game against celtics.

BOB-Dennis Smith JR.- Dallas Mavericks- He has been dealing with some mid back tightness. Now he has come down with some illness. Look it is not a secret they are shopping him around right now. They may hold him out beyond even these two games. A change of scenery could help him, so he’s worth a stash in most leagues. Jalen Brunson is worth a look in deep leagues while Maxi Kleber should be owned in 12-team formats.

FSF- J.J. Barea- Dallas Mavericks- MRI confirmed a torn right Achilles tendon to put him out for the season. He came down with some stress put on his right foot, but he didn’t look to turn his ankle last friday against Minnesota. Jalen Brunson and Maxi Kleber are your main beneficiary while DSJ is out as well.

BOB- Chris Paul- Houston Rockets-Update-1/10/19: Mike D’Antoni said it will be around 2-3 weeks before Chris Paul (hamstring) will be cleared to return. He reiterated this statement at shootaround where you saw Paul putting up jumpers testing the Hamstring. Austin Rivers has been the main beneficiary of his absence. As a general rule, Grade 1 hamstring strains should be rested from sporting activity for about three weeks and Grade 2 injuries for a minimum of four to eight weeks.

FSF- Ricky Rubio-Utah Jazz Update 1/15/19- Rubio suffered a hamstring strain on 1/7/19. An MRI revealed nothing more than a mild strain. He will miss another week at least of action. Grade 1 hamstring strains should be rested from sporting activity for about three weeks.
BOB- Dante Exum-Utah Jazz Update 1/15/19: Exum is suffering from a left ankle sprain from 1/5/19 and is expected to miss a couple weeks. It is now reported he will be re-evaluated in two weeks. So we will wait for that report to come out.

SHOOTING GUARD-

BOB- Kent Bazemore-Atlanta Hawks Update 1/15/19: Kent Bazemore sprained right ankle still has not been cleared for contact work and he remains without an official timetable to return. Kevin Huerter and DeAndre Bembry will continue to pick up the slack in his absence.

FSF-Caris Levert- Brooklyn Nets Update 1/16/19- Caris LeVert recovering from a subtalar dislocation was getting shots up with the team at shootaround on Wednesday. If you can afford it and are doing well in the standings, he’s probably worth a stash in most case.

BOB- Eric Gordon- Houston Rockets- Gordon returned from an eight-game absence (right knee soreness) against on Wednesday and tallied 20 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 21 minutes. On Thursday, he told reporters that he felt okay afterward. He will likely see his playing time rise on Saturday night.

FSF- Tony Snell- Milwaukee Bucks- Tony Snell (right thumb injury) finished Wednesday’s road victory with one personal foul and zero statistics in five minutes. Snell didn’t return after the mid-way point of the second quarter, and he had a big wrap on his right hand while on the bench. He’s been a non-factor in fantasy leagues even while healthy, so this is just one more reason to avoid him.

SMALL FORWARD-

BOB- Stanley Johnson- Detroit Pistons- Suffering from right hamstring soreness is probable for Friday’s game vs. the Heat. Recently he has seen a down tilt in production and belongs on the waiver.

FSF- James Ennis- Houston Rockets- Ennis is dealing with a calf injury. He was held scoreless in Monday’s win over Memphis and was sidelined on Wednesday due to the calf injury. He has not scored in double figures since December 8th and should be left on waivers.

BOB- Lebron James- Los Angeles Lakers-Update 1/18/19: LeBron James has been cleared to return to practice next week. According to the team, he will “progress towards a return to game play thereafter.” He is not going to travel for the upcoming two games, so it will be at least 13 games on the sidelines.

FSF- Kyle Anderson- Memphis Grizzlies- Suffered a grade 2 ankle sprain is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a Grade-2 sprain. Grade 2- Moderate In most cases, these injuries result in a recovery period of 4 to 6 weeks. With increasing injury severity, the rehabilitation process becomes more complex and extensive. Justin Holiday stands to gain the most with Anderson out of commission at least a few weeks.

BOB- Moe Harkless- Portland Trail Blazers Update 1/17/19 – Harkless is dealing with left knee soreness. The good news is that Portland gets a few days off before returning for a back-to-back set on Monday and Tuesday. Harkless will likely sit out one of those consecutive games as a precaution, but maybe the prospect of off days will help him suit up for Friday’s home game.

FSF- Thabo Sefolosha- Utah Jazz- right hamstring strain will be re-evaluated in another week. The Jazz offered no details on his recovery, but once he’s cleared he’ll have a very limited role on the wings. Kyle Korver has been a solid 3-point streamer lately with 3.0 treys per game over his last five outings.

POWER FORWARD-

FSF- Wendell Carter Jr.-Chicago Bulls- A follow-up examination on Wendell Carter Jr. (thumb) revealed ligament damage that might require surgery. He is expected to have surgery and miss the next 8-12 weeks. Look for Jabari parker to get more minutes and be a viable option with his potent scoring.

BOB- Larry Nance Jr.-Cleveland Cavaliers- Suffering from a sprained right MCL is expected to miss 2-4 weeks. A minor, or grade 1, MCL tear can take from a few days to a week and a half to heal sufficiently for you to return to normal activities, including sports. A grade 2 tear can take from two to four weeks to heal.

CENTER-

FSF- Dewayne Dedmon- Atlanta Hawks- He is probable vs. the Celtics on Saturday. He has been held out of action the past two games with a left ankle sprain.If Dedmon plays he will most likely be push back into the starting lineup and push Omari Spellman out, and Len would lose a lot of his ceiling in fantasy. There’s risk Dedmon could be traded, but he’s worth owning in standard leagues.

BOB- Tristan Thompson- Cleveland Cavaliers- Thompson is dealing with left foot soreness has been ruled out of Friday’s game vs. the Jazz.Thompson missed most of December due to a foot injury, and the tanking Cavs may rest him periodically over the second half of the season. On Wednesday, Zizic scored 16 points with eight rebounds, two blocks and one assist in a career-high 27 minutes. So he is the play for me.

FSF- Clint Capela-Houston Rockets- Clint Capela underwent successful surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, and is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks. The Rockets could be in the market for a big man, but until then Gary Clark, James Nunnally and the usual guards should see more minutes while P.J. Tucker handles minutes at the five.

Picks for the week:

Dr. Pagnani:
TJ Warren-SF for the Suns,big man is averaging 4 points above his career average at 18 points a game. He had a run over the past couple of weeks where he averaged about 20 a game. He has charlotte and then a double header vs the T Wolves. He gets all the minutes he wants right now for phoenix who is dead last in the west
Rudy Gobert-Center and defensive standout for the Jazz just keeps getting better and is now becoming an offensive force. He is putting up 15, 13 boards and 2 blocks. The Jazz are right in the middle of the Western Conference battle, they are a game and a half out of 3rd right now and with the Jazz a little beat up and their depth struggling, Gobert will have to team up with Mitchell to stay in the hunt
Derrick Favors-2nd Jazz man for me, a guy that flies under the radar out here but is a nightmare matchup, he is a legit 6’10, and thick, can play the 4 or the 5 and is a beast on the boards. Favors has quietly become a staple here in Utah, just became 4th on Utah’s career rebounds list. Only these 3 guys ahead of him: Stockton, Eaton, Malone (14,000). Favors pushes a double double every night he laces them up

Dr. Feil:
Otto Porter Jr. of the Washington Wizards is taking advantage of his opportunity in Washington with Bradley Beal running the Point. Otto is Avg 17.5 PPG, 5.5RPG, 2.3 APG. This guy has been top of the fantasy charts and I do not see him coming down anytime soon.

Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks in last couple weeks is showing why he was drafted so high. He is AVG 22.7PPG, 6.7 APG. He is taking advantage as his running mate Lin has been injured. Look for him to keep rising and prove the hawks made the right pick.

Kevin Knox of New York Knicks has been my guy since the beginning of the year as my star rookie on the rise and he keeps proving me right. This is a homer pick AVG 22.4 PPG, 4.5 RPG. He is becoming a problem for other teams. Look for my guy to take your team through the All Star Break.

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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