Some leagues are already in the playoffs, many others are winding down the last three weeks of regular season towards that end. If you are playing fantasy basketball, you are well aware of the barrage of injuries that have peaked this past week in the Association. I have personally seen a comfortable margin in first place turn into a nightmare situation of trying to salvage even a playoff spot. I have no fewer that seven players that are either missing games, or are a threat to miss several. What makes things worst is the injuries are more of the day to day variety, so disabling the players are not an option. Lets take a look at the walking wounded.
As we roll into the 2012-'13 NBA season, we're going to take you through an overview of each of the six divisions. Who are key newcomers? Who are notable for your fantasy team? Last season was brutal with a late and sudden December start to an abbreviated season. We continue our previews wrapping up the Eastern Conference with a look at the Central Division. Can Chicago stay competitive until Derrick Rose returns? Will Rose actually return this season? Are the Pacers for real, or was last season an abberration? Danny Granger's injury will put them to the test. Detroit is slowly rebuilding a nice core surrounding Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight. Did the Pistons hit the jackpot with the Andre Drummond draft gamble? Milwaukee has a dynamic, but tiny backcourt, did they get too "small" by trading away Andrew Bogut? The Cavs hit paydirt with Kyrie Irving, but were Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters lottery reaches?
As we work our way towards Pro Basketball's version of the Final Four, injuries have and continue to play a huge role. Is there any doubt that Chicago would have taken care of business against Philadelphia with a healthy Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah?
With the second half of the shortened NBA season underway, we pass along our Mid-season grades. Continuing in the Eastern Conference, we look at the five teams that make up the Central Division. The Chicago Bulls appear set to rule supreme in the Central, with the Indiana Pacers their only threat, albeit a nominal one.
Only four games tonight in the final action before the Association takes a four day break. Who leads the way on the road to the MVP as we approach tthe NBA All-Star break? Who has the best chance of delivering in the second half of the abbreviated 66 game season? King James is the favorite while it will take a Lin-sane second half for Jeremy to make a run. The numbers for Lebron and the longshot overnight sensation from New York, plus eight others inbetween.
And a Happy Ash Wednesday on the eve of the final games before the NBA All-Star break. We have some replacement news, involving those opting out of this weekend's festivities due to injury and more. Impact fantasy players are using the break to get a few extra days to heal heading into the weekend and news of some potential "hazing" of a rookie in the slam dunk competition.
The NBA season is less than six weeks old, but its already time to announce the All-Star game starters. The names will be unveiled tonight LIVE during a one hour special on TNT at 7pm EST. Shaq, Charles, Kenny and Ernie will do the honors prior to the Thursday night doubleheader. The Bulls and Knicks tip off at eight, followed by the Nuggets and Clippers. *** SPOILER ALERT ***
A pair of brutal injuries top your mid-week update from the Association. The NBA releases its All-Star ballot and a trade to report. The trade was made to try and lessen the impact of one of the injuries and we give our early vote for the All-Star classic.