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NBA Podcast: Season 2-Episode 19

F Scott Feil, DPT

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POINT GUARD –  

 

BOB- Kyrie Irving-Boston Celtics- Irving is dealing with  a left thigh contusion. Coming of a back to back he sat out wednesday night. This could be just a rest day after a big game against the warriors the night before. The Celtics and Irving have made it known they are more worried about the playoffs so expect a few more days in between. What this means is Terry Rozier becomes a must add in all formats similar to last year.  Rozier started Wednesday’s game and put up 16 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals in 32 minutes, making 6-of-13 shots with four 3-pointers.

 

FSF- Goran Dragic- Miami Heat-Update 3/5/19- He is dealing with a left calf strain that has put him out of action the past three games. Our fantasy advice is move on from Dragic if you are fighting to make the playoffs.

 

FSF-Dante Exum- Utah Jazz-update 3/1/19- Dante Exum left ankle sprain is dealing with a bone bruise and will be evaluated on friday. We will monitor the situation but we still advice you drop Exum.  

SHOOTING GUARD-

 

BOB- Klay Thompson-Golden State warriors- He has missed the last two games while he is dealing with some right knee soreness. The warriors could play it safe with Thompson and rest him on friday as well. We should get more of an update on friday before shootaround to know if he is good to go. If he can’t go, Andre Iguodala, Damion Lee and Alfonzo McKinnie could see more run.

 

FSF- Terrence Ross- Orlando Magic- He is dealing with left achilles soreness that has ruled him out and they play again on friday as they try to hold on to the 8th seed in the east. With that said play Evan Fournier. Over the last five, the seventh-year guard is averaging 15.0 points, 4.8 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game.

SMALL FORWARD-

 

FSF- Treveon Graham- Brooklyn Nets- is dealing with a back issue but it is looking like Both Kurucs and DeMarre could be streaming options with Kurucs being inserted into the starting line up.

 

BOB- Brandon Ingram- Los Angeles Lakers- He is dealing with right shoulder soreness. They’ll likely have to go bigger with more JaVale McGee at the five, and maybe Josh Hart is finally starting to get healthy. Ingram before this issue was starting to turn a corner. So hopefully he is not out to long.

FSF- Kyle Anderson- Memphis Grizzlies- Kyle Anderson will receive an anesthetic injection in his right shoulder in an effort to alleviate pain, and another update will be provided in approximately two weeks. With only 17 games left they may just shut him down. Our fantasy advice is to move on from him and get someone with value.

 

POWER FORWARD-

BOB- Trey Lyles- Denver Nuggets- Trey Lyles is dealing with a strained left hamstring and is unlikely to play in the Nuggets’ upcoming three-game road trip. Paul Millsap and Mason Plumlee are both playing well and the Nuggets have excessive roster depth, so there’s no reason to think Lyles will help owners when he’s healthy.

 

FSF- Kyle Kuzma- Los Angeles Lakers-The good news is that an MRI and X-ray on Kuzma’s right ankle came back negative and he’s being listed as day-to-day, so maybe he’ll be able to get back out there for Saturday’s game against the Celtics with three full days to rest up. Josh Hart is getting the start in his place but he is not fantasy relevant.

 

CENTER-

 

FSF-Kenneth Faried- Houston Rockets- Faried is suffering from a left hip flexor strain. The Rockets will go smaller again  Gary Clark, Gerald Green and Nene will see some extra minutes with Faried and Shumpert off the floor tonight. We like green as a pick up if available for the short term.

 

BOB-Domantas Sabonis-Indiana Pacers- Indiana Pacers- has been held out of the last 4 games with a left ankle sprain. He won’t be traveling with the team for Thursday’s game, but head coach Nate McMillan did say he’s hopeful that Sabonis will be able to practice on Friday or Saturday ahead of Sunday’s game in Philadelphia. Turner will keep tearing it up in the absence of Sabonis.  

 

FSF- Joel Embiid- Philadelphia 76ers- He is dealing with a sore left knee soreness.  Brett Brown said he’s hopeful that Joel Embiid (knee) will be able to rejoin the team in Houston for Friday’s game or sunday against the Pacers.

 

Picks for the week:

 

Dr. Pagnani:

  1. Trevor Ariza-SF for the Wizards. Veteran journeyman has settled into a nice role in washington and with John Wall out, that gives Ariza plenty of touches. Lets remember this guy has played with some big scorers, Kobe and the Beard and he still knows how to get his shots.  He is kind of a swiss army knife of a player, averaging 12, 4 assists and 5 ½ boards. The guy is a 3 point threat but also fills the lane on a break. I like his role with the Wizards who are trying to figure out who they are and battle for a low playoff spot.Ariza came from Phoenix after signing a 1 yr deal for 15 mil, i think he puts on a show and raises his stock to see if LA will come knocking.
  2. Julius Randle, Center for the Pelicans. Everyone is talking about the Brow going to LA but lets talk about the guys who came from LA, Randle is a beast and he let LA know the other night on what they gave up as he put 35 on them. All year he has been averaging 20, 9 and half a block but he has upped his average over the past 5 games to 25 a game. The guy is 6’9 250 and has the luxury of playing off of the Brow! I think Randle uses the Lakers game make a statement and keep rolling, proving to everyone else there is someone besides the Brow in New Orleans
  3. Here is my sleeper, Terrence Ross, shooting guard for the Orlando Magic. 6 yr guy is averaging career highs in points, assists and rebounds and has found a nice spot usually coming off the bench but averaging 25 minutes a game. He is putting up 15 a game including the other night when he had 28 against league leading raptors.  The magic are sitting at the 8 spot but onl3 3 games put them out of the 6 spot. Role players are what Orlando is made up of and I think Ross will continue to be a big contributor.

 

Dr. Feil: This week Most of our picks have 4-3 games next week. Setting up perfectly for your last playoff push. Before week 22- 24.

 

  • Patrick Beverley Point Guard for the Los Angeles Clippers.  Over the last two weeks the veteran guard has been a top-50 player in nine-category leagues. Beverley’s been able to add stats all over the place with averages of 8.0 points, 7.6 boards, 4.0 dimes, 1.2 blocks, 1.8 steals and 1.4 treys. He should be owned in standard leagues. and he’ll be of even greater importance as the Clippers look to lock down a playoff spot.

  • Trae Young Point Guard Atlanta Hawks. Since the All-Star break, Young came into this game ranked second in the NBA in triples  with 26, second in free throws made with 52, third in total points with 206 and third in total assists  with 65. He is making his case for rookie of the year granted we think Luka has it locked up. Look for Young to finish the year strong.

 

  • Kelly Olynyk Power Forward Miami Heat. Olynyk has been one of the bright spots for a Miami team trying to make the playoffs in Dwayne Wades last season.  Since the All-Star break, averaging 17.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists. He needs to be owned at this point in all formats until he cools off if he does.

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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