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NBA Podcast: Season 2-Episode 15

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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.    

 

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.22

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POINT GUARD –

BOB- Kris Dunn- Chicago Bulls- Dunn is suffering from a mid- back strain. We will consider him questionable for saturday’s game. Antonio Blakeney is starting in Dunns place but in his couple starts he has not impressed. so Felicio could play 25+ minutes by default. He’s worth a speculative add if you need FG% and boards.

FSF- Patrick Beverly- Los Angeles Clippers- He suffered a hip pointer on tuesday. He is questionable for thursday’s game but if he sits you should go out and grab shai Gilgeous-Alexander. With Three games to play you need him for your championship match with Beverly.

BOB- Jrue holiday/Elfrid Payton – New Orleans Pelicans-Update 3/28/19- It is what we feared Jrue holiday was shut down after having abdominal core surgery. Payton is suffering from a right wrist contusion is being listed as probable for thursday. Frank Jackson and Kenrich Williams should continue to start in their absence.

FSF- Dennis Smith Jr.-New York Knicks-  DSJ Is still  dealing with a Sore lower back. This mean Emmanuel Mudiay will still start in his place. Only pick up Mudiay if your team is hungry for decent guard play as of late he has been shooting 40%.

SHOOTING GUARD-

BOB-Allen Crabbe- Brooklyn Nets- He is dealing with right knee soreness. I think they shut him down until playoffs. Deangelo Russell has been playing a lot more with Crabbe off the court. Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie and Joe Harris should all get a mild boost in his absence. All are decent plays this week for a championship round if you need someone.

FSF-Jeremy Lamb- Charlotte Hornets- suffered a right ankle sprain and his availability for friday is up in question.  Dwayne Bacon and Malik Monk with but bacon is definitely worth owning in standard leagues after scoring a career high 24 points (9-of-16 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs) with six rebounds, one assist, three steals, one block and four 3-pointers

BOB- Zach Lavine- Chicago Bulls-Update-3/28/19- He is still dealing with a thigh bruise. For now we have him as questionable status for saturday. If he does not play. Shaquille Harrison will get another start tonight and with averages of 11.3 points, 5.8 boards, 2.0 assists, 3.0 steals and 1.5 turnovers on 41.9% shooting through four starts this season, he’s worth a look in deep leagues.

FSF-Eric Gordon-Houston Rockets- suffered a right ankle injury. He is expected to play on thursday even with a ankle sprain. If he does sit pick up Danuel House he is averaging 14.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.5 3-pointers in his last two games.

BOB-Josh Hart- Los Angeles Lakers-Hart is dealing with knee soreness. Hart could have a nice run as everyone else on the squad gets the shutdown call. Look for ALex caruso to possibly give you value and no else is worth adding. But we do suggest in the championship start Javale Mcgee the past three games with 23.3 points, 16.0 rebounds, 5.0 blocks and 1.3 steals.

FSF- Donte Divincenzo/ Tony Snell- Milwaukee Bucks- Update Donte DiVincenzo who is dealing with left heel pain will not play again this season. Snell is suffering a left ankle sprain. The Bucks are getting a little thin at the forward spots, so there could be a lot of minutes headed to Pat Connaughton, who is a hold in standard leagues right now.

BOB- Tyler Johnson- Phoenix Suns- Johnson again was ruled out wednesday. He has been dealing with knee Soreness. I would drop him and take a shot on De’Anthony Melton.

SMALL FORWARD-

FSF- Otto Porter Jr. – Chicago Bulls- Porter who is suffering a right rotator cuff strain likely done for the season with only seven games left. Porter is a cut candidate. Shaq Harrison has the most to benefit with Porter out.

BOB- Josh richardson/Justice Winslow- Miami Heat- Richardson is suffering from a bruised left heel. He is being listed as questionable for Thursday. If he does sit look for Goran Dragic would likely return to the starting lineup. Stay tuned. Winslow is dealing with a right thigh contusion. No one really worth picking up here besides Goran Dragic.

FSF- Kevin Knox- New York Knicks- Is dealing with a ankle sprain from his last game. The rookie has slowed down lately after becoming the only option in new york he is being double teamed and seeing teams best defenders.

BOB- Josh Jackson- Phoenix Suns- Is suffering a right ankle sprain with a couple games left and suns in the ping pong ball race. Jackson should be shut down soon and dropped in all leagues.  Mikal bridges is a decent pick up.

FSF- Trevor Ariza- Washington Wizards- He went in on tuesdays game for 7 minutes before reaggravating a left groin strain. He is a candidate to be shut down and dropped. Troy Brown has been a highlight pick up for those who took a chance on him.

POWER FORWARD-

BOB-Lauri Markkanen- Chicago Bulls- They will reportedly be shut down for the remainder of the season.so Felicio could play 25+ minutes by default. He’s worth a speculative add if you need FG% and boards.

FSF- Kenneth Faried- Houston rockets-  He Is dealing with a right sore knee. Kenneth Faried will not play on Thursday against the Nuggets.

BOB- Noah Vonleh- New York Knicks- An MRI revealed a right ankle sprain and right foot bone bruise for Noah Vonleh and he will miss at least another week of action.

CENTER-

FSF-Wendell Carter Jr.- Chicago Bulls- suffered an ulnar collateral ligament damage in his thumb and has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

BOB-Joakim Noah-Memphis Grizzlies- is suffering from right knee soreness and his status for saturday is questionable. Check back around shoot around if you need to make a move.

FSF-Jusuf Nurkic- Portland Trailblazers- He underwent season-ending surgery on Tuesday to repair compound fractures to his left tibia and fibula and he is currently without an official timetable to return.Nurkic suffered the gruesome injury with two minutes left in the second overtime during their victory over the Nets. It’s a brutal blow for Nurk, who was playing the best basketball of his career, and the Blazers, who were hoping to make some noise in the playoffs. If you need to add anyone. Go with Zach Collins should see an increase in minutes. Zach Collins had 13 points, three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers on Wednesday, making 4-of-6 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs in 25 minutes.

FSF-Harry Giles- Sacramento Kings- Is suffering from a right thigh contusion. It is not expected to be to serious but with past leg issues the team may shut him down to make it easy on him. All the following players benefit in his absence Willie Cauley-Stein, Nemanja Bjelica, Bogdan Bogdanovic and possibly Kosta Koufos could benefit.

Picks for the week:

Bobby:

    1. Andrew Wiggins, SG for the T-Wolves. So Minnesota is shutting down people like they are the Lakers. Wiggins, the former #1 overall pick, will take on an even bigger role not only as a finisher but as a facilitator.  He has been averaging 17 a game 2 assists and 5 boards but to me this is a bit underachieving. Lately he has pushed his numbers with added minutes where he put 20 on Golden state and Charlotte, I think that he and Anthony Towns continue to work together and make a statement for next season.
    1. Bradley Beal, SG for the Wizards, This guys is sneaky good and plenty overlooked. Washington is in the basement in the east and I think once Wall went out people forgot about them, but Beal is a beast. This guy is no longer a sidekick journeyman, he is signed in Washington through 2021 and has settled in nicely. Averging 26 a game and throwing in 5 dimes, 5 boards. He is strong with a nasty first step and averages nearly 40% from behind the Arc. it will be an early summer for Beal and the Wizards but I think he will go out shooting.
  1. Reggie Jackson, PG for the Pistons, when you talk about the East all you hear about is either Boston or Toronto but the Pistons have been battling all year to a 6th place spot in the east right now and I would not want to meet up with them because of their lineup. It is a group that could ruin your playoff run quick, we know about Griffin and Drummond but a guy that is a stud and getting hot lately is Reggie Jackson, Scotty you have liked him in the past, i really like him now, he has been averaging 15 a game with 4 assists and a couple of boards, with the bench getting shorter for playoffs his assists will go up and with Blake and Drummond as finishers, its a good spot to be in. I think he is peaking at the right time.there is a tough line up coming for him including golden state and a couple against the blazers and one against the nuggets! Detroit will need him to do well!

FSF:

Nates Picks:

  • Lastly, my end of season MVP is between Harden and Giannis with the greek freak taking it. This is my pick only for the reason of Giannis can take over the playoffs and Possibly pull a HOF performance and give Milwaukee it will be a Chicago cub celebration if he pulls it off.
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NBA Podcast: S2-Ep.21

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POINT GUARD –  

 

BOB- Darren Collison- Indiana Pacers- Indiana’s Point guard is dealing with a right quad contusion.That has held him out of the last two games.   mild bruise or strain may heal within a few weeks. A more severe bruise or strain may take 6 weeks or longer. This means more minutes in the coming weeks for his back ups.  Cory Joseph has been the started in his place but the one to take advantage is none other than Tyreke Evans with his big bench minutes.

 

FSF- Mike Conley- Memphis Grizzlies- He is suffering from general soreness but it is undisclosed at the time where. This is a way to give a guy rest after a overtime game with another back to back coming at the end of the week. I think he maybe misses the second of the back to back. What does this mean? This means Delon Wright is basically a must-own player right now.

 

BOB- George Hill- Milwaukee Bucks-Update 3/22/2019- Hill is recovering from a Groin strain. He is listed as questionable to play the miami heat. Even if he does play this man is not fantasy relevant right now.

 

FSF- Jeff Teague/ Derrick Rose- Minnesota Timberwolves- Jeff teague is still dealing with a left foot injury we got some bad news to report on 3/21.Teague recently had an injection in his left foot to treat chronic inflammation, and he’s expected to miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season. This is what we were saying to you last week be careful he is a shutdown candidate. Now look for Tyus Jones to take over the starting spot. This make him must- own.  

Derek Rose who dealing with a sore right elbow. An MRI revealed a chip fracture and loose body in Derrick Rose’s sore right elbow and he’s expected to miss the remainder of the season. Tyus Jones will see big minute down the stretch with these injuries taking out the starter and back up.

 

BOB- Jrue holiday/E’Twaun Moore – New Orleans Pelicans- The Pelicans only have nine more games this season and have already been mathematically eliminated from the postseason, so it’s looking like we won’t see either of these guys again in 2019.  Frank Jackson and Kenrich Williams should continue to start in their absence.

 

FSF- Dennis Smith Jr.-New York Knicks-  DSJ Is dealing with a Sore lower back. DSJ will be reevaluated next week. He is projected to only miss 3 more games. This mean Emmanuel Mudiay will still start in his place. Only pick up Mudiay if your team is hungry for decent guard play.

 

BOB- Kyle Lowry- Toronto Raptors- He is dealing with a sprained left ankle injury. He is already ruled out for friday’s and at best questionable for sunday’s game. Fred Vanvleet is the pick up here as he will start in his place.

 

FSF- Dante Exum- Utah Jazz- An MRI revealed Dante Exum (knee) has a partially torn patellar tendon in his right knee and is out indefinitely. Ricky Rubio should see his starting minutes increase a little with this news.

SHOOTING GUARD-

 

BOB-Allen Crabbe- Brooklyn Nets- He is dealing with right knee soreness. He has had the knee drained but has been ruled out for the past 3 games. We think he keep getting ruled out for now. Deangelo Russel has been playing a lot more with Crabbe off the court. Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie and Joe Harris should all get a mild boost in his absence.

 

FSF- Zach Lavine- Chicago Bulls- He is dealing with a thigh bruise. Does not seem to be to bad to rule him out saturday. Fro now we have him as questionable status. If he does not play.  This should open up a ton of opportunity for Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, Shaq Harrison and Antonio Blakeney.

 

BOB- Tim Hardaway Jr. – Dallas Mavericks- He is being reported as out for the year after suffering from a left tibia stress reaction. Stress Reaction is a precursor to a stress fracture. If you have a stress reaction of any bone, and you continue to put repetitive stress on that bone, the stress reaction could become a stress fracture. This means he is being shut down to prevent a stress fracture from occurring. Jalen Brunson should be owned in all standard leagues while Kleber could be worth an add.

 

BOB-Josh Hart/Lance Stephenson- Los Angeles Lakers-Hart played tuesday only 19 minutes and he could play tonight. Depends how his knee soreness is doing. Hart could have a nice run as everyone else on the squad gets the shutdown call. Lance Stephenson is suffering from a left foot and toe sprain. I am projecting even when healthy he will be shut down soon. Look for ALex caruso to possibly give you value and no else is worth adding.

 

FSF- Avery Bradley- Memphis Grizzlies- An MRI revealed a right shin contusion for Avery Bradley and he will miss at least the next week of action. Bradley is scheduled to be re-evaluated in one week from today, but at that point, the Grizzlies will just have eight games remaining on their regular-season schedule, so there’s a decent chance we’ve already seen the last of Avery in a Memphis uniform this season.Delong Wright will likely slide into the starting five while he’s out, and with averages of 11.0 points, 7.0 boards, 4.8 dimes and 1.3 steals as a starter this season.

 

BOB- Malcolm Brogdon- Milwaukee Bucks- UpdateAn MRI revealed a minor plantar fascia tear in Malcolm Brogdon’s right foot.  The primary symptom of Plantar Fasciitis tear is heel pain or pain along the arch of the foot. This pain is usually intense and localized. The pain is more prevalent in the A.M. after getting up and also after getting up from sitting for awhile. Your first step is to reduce pain and inflammation. Initially, ice should be applied daily during this phase of recovery. Modalities you can use are Ultrasound and medical laser which are clinically proven effective. The Graston Technique which can help the inflamed tissue return to a more normal level of pain free mobility. Once the pain is gone we can start physical therapy to strengthen the foot again. Treatment time is about 6-12 weeks depending on the severity of the Plantar Fascia tear.

 

FSF- Alonzo Trier- New York Knicks- Trier is dealing with a calf injury is going to miss “a couple more games,” according to coach David Fizdale. The Knicks are expected to have Kadeem Allen back in the lineup, fortunately, giving some much-needed support to Emmanuel Mudiay in the backcourt. With one week you can drop Trier.

 

BOB- Tyler Johnson- Phoenix Suns- Johnson has been dealing with knee Soreness. With not many games left. I would drop him and take a shot on the recently added Jimmer Fredette time with some extra De’Anthony Melton.

 

FSF- CJ McCollum-Portland Trailblazers- McCollum injured his knee in an awkward fall on Saturday night. Fortunately, we have since learned that he avoided a serious injury. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Sunday that McCollum was diagnosed with a popliteus strain in his left knee and he will be re-examined in one week. Probably won’t see him back before the end of the season. Rodney Hood, Evan Turner and Seth Curry will have the opportunity for some extended minutes while he’s out, while Damian Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic will run the show on offense.

 

SMALL FORWARD-

 

FSF- Otto Porter Jr. – Chicago Bulls- Porter who is suffering a right rotator cuff strain is doubtful for Saturday’s game vs. Utah. We should have another update on Otto after Saturday’s shootaround. Shaq Harrison has the most to benefit with Porter out.

BOB- Justice Winslow- Miami Heat- Winslow is dealing with a right thigh contusion. Derrick Jones Jr. has started each of these last three games, but has had a minimal fantasy impact. No one really worth picking up here.

FSF- Giannis Antetokounmpo-Milwaukee Bucks– Antetokounmpo sprained right ankle is probable for Friday’s game vs. the Heat. If he rest it is just to make sure he is right before going into the playoffs. No one has really step up given the opportunity. I would not pick up Tony Snell.

 

BOB- Robert Covington- Minnesota Timberwolves- Here is another guy ready to be shut down with knee soreness. His replacement  Josh Okogie should continue to start in his absence, and while he’s been hit-or-miss this season, he’s been trending up over the past two games with averages of 20.0 points, 4.5 boards, 3.0 treys, 2.0 dimes and 2.0 steals per game, so he’s on the radar in deep leagues

FSF- Josh Jackson- Phoenix Suns- Jackson is dealing with an ankle injury and is questionable for Saturday against the Kings. If he can not play, Mikal Bridges will get all he can handle while there could be a Jimmer Fredette sighting.

BOB- Trevor Ariza- Washington Wizards- He suffered a left groin strain and it is unknown if he will suit up saturday. Troy Brown started in place of Ariza on Thursday and logged 32 minutes, making 6-of-10 from the field for 13 points with five rebounds, three assists and two turnovers against the Nuggets. Brown will likely draw another start on Saturday, assuming Ariza is unable to play. Brown is a great pick up with not many out on waiver wire.

POWER FORWARD-

 

BOB- Kenneth Faried- Houston rockets-  He Is dealing with a right sore knee. He did log a Did not practice on sunday. We project him to dominate the back up job behind Capela.

 

FSF- Jaren Jackson Jr. Memphis Grizzlies- Suffering from a deep right thigh contusion. We think he gets shut down for the seaon sonn. With  Ivan Rabb and Joakim Noah to continue to pick up the slack in his absence, with Noah offering the most upside.

BOB- Nikola Mirotic- Milwaukee Bucks-  He is dealing with a slight fracture in his left thumb and is set to miss the next 2-4 weeks of action. It’s been a rough year for thumbs in the NBA this season. No one is worth a fantasy pick up here.

 

FSF- Taj Gibson- Minnesota Timberwolves- He is dealing with a left calf strain. He will likely sit the rest of the season. With no one worth picking up here.

BOB- Kelly Oubre- Phoenix suns- is set to undergo a minor procedure on his left thumb and will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season.

 

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FSF- Al Horford/ Aron Baynes- Boston Celtics- Horford is dealing with knee soreness and Baynes is dealing with a grade 2 left ankle sprain. With him and Al Horford out, Daniel Theis will be a popular stream on a back-to-back set while Robert Williams could be a block option.

 

BOB- Cody Zeller- Charlotte Hornets-Update 3/21/2019- This guy is still not healthy. He is dealing with Left knee soreness that will rule him out saturday. This will be the sixth straight game on the shelf for Zeller. Bismack Biyombo, Frank Kaminsky and Willy Hernangomez will continue to divvy up minutes in his absence.

 

Picks for the week:

 

Bobby:

  1. Andrew Wiggins, SG for the T-Wolves. So Minnesota is shutting down people like they are the Lakers. Wiggins, the former #1 overall pick, will take on an even bigger role not only as a finisher but as a facilitator.  He has been averaging 17 a game 2 assists and 5 boards but to me this is a bit underachieving. Lately he has pushed his numbers with added minutes where he put 20 on Golden state and Charlotte, I think that he and Anthony Towns continue to work together and make a statement for next season.
  2. Bradley Beal, SG for the Wizards, This guys is sneaky good and plenty overlooked. Washington is in the basement in the east and I think once Wall went out people forgot about them, but Beal is a beast. This guy is no longer a sidekick journeyman, he is signed in Washington through 2021 and has settled in nicely. Averging 26 a game and throwing in 5 dimes, 5 boards. He is strong with a nasty first step and averages nearly 40% from behind the Arc. it will be an early summer for Beal and the Wizards but I think he will go out shooting.
  3. Reggie Jackson, PG for the Pistons, when you talk about the East all you hear about is either Boston or Toronto but the Pistons have been battling all year to a 6th place spot in the east right now and I would not want to meet up with them because of their lineup. It is a group that could ruin your playoff run quick, we know about Griffin and Drummond but a guy that is a stud and getting hot lately is Reggie Jackson, Scotty you have liked him in the past, i really like him now, he has been averaging 15 a game with 4 assists and a couple of boards, with the bench getting shorter for playoffs his assists will go up and with Blake and Drummond as finishers, its a good spot to be in. I think he is peaking at the right time.there is a tough line up coming for him including golden state and a couple against the blazers and one against the nuggets! Detroit will need him to do well!

 

FSF: Championship rounds

 

  • Delon Wright- Memphis Grizzlies- He is starting in place of Mike Conley. He can give you assist and good rebounding for a guard with 10 points a night. He is stat line stuffer you need for your championship round. Delon Wright played 39 minutes against the Magic on Friday with 12 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one block.

 

  • Thomas Bryant- Center for the Washington Wizards – The new starter for the Wiz has been heating up as of late. He can get you rebounds with decent scoring. His last game Thomas Bryant scored 22 points (9-of-11 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs) with eight rebounds and two blocks in 35 minutes. He has the potential to put  up a double double every night. He is worth an add and start if you need a center/ Power forward for your championship week.
  • Fred VanFleet-Point Guard for the Toronto Raptors-  Has replaced Kyle Lowry while he is injured and it looks like this is the guy to own going into your championship rounds. Lowry should miss at least one more week. VanFleet is a guy who can get points, assist and with steals.  In his previous three games he was a top-50 value averaging 17.7 points (54% FGs, 86% FTs), 3.0 triples, 7.3 assists and 1.0 steals. If you need a guard for the week get Vanfleet if your league mates missed on him.

 

Nates Picks:

  • Jalen Brunson-Point Guard-Dallas Mavericks Over the last three games, Brunson averaged 20.2 points, 4.0 boards, 5.8 dimes, 0.6 steals and 2.0 treys in 35.4 minutes per game. He should be owned in standard leagues.

 

  • Tyus Jones-Point Guard-Minnesota Timberwolves- We mentioned him earlier in the injury section as a replacement for Jeff Teague and Derek Rose both out for the season. He is an Assist specialist and Steals with a splash of 10 points. Through 12 games as a starter, Jones owns averages of 9.9 points, 7.3 dimes, 1.9 steals and just 1.2 turnovers per game on 41.3% shooting, so he shouldn’t be sitting on any waiver wires.

 

  • SHAQUILLE HARRISON- Small Forward for the chicago bulls- He is a name not many will recognize but he may be the pick up of the week for you. With his scoring ability, ability to steal the ball and rebound. The other night Shaq Harrison scored 18 points with six rebounds, four steals and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes. If you need a last ditch effort in your semifinal round this week. You could do worse than Shaq Harrison.
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