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.
And on to March, in like a lion, out like a lamb. Tony Parker owners? Sorry.... We aren't projecting a replacement as Manu Ginobili should handle the ball more (if healthy) with players like Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard getting a bump in value. The Spurs only have two games this week, so we won't get a clear picture of San Antonio's plans over the next month. A busy week otherwise, with 19 teams having four games on the slate.
We hit the All-Star break this week, with most teams in the Association having only two games on their schedule. We are taking this opportunity to check in across the NBA, looking at each team, division by division. Who has emerged this season? Who are potential players as we approach the trading deadline? We move to the Western Conference and continue with the Northwest Division.
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 moving over to the Western Conference, beginning with the Northwest Division. Will Oklahoma City regret trading emerging fantasy superstar James Harden? Is Andre Iguodala the spark that Denver needs to lead the deepest team in the Association? Could Damian Lillard be on his way to Rookie of the Year honors in Portland? Has Utah improved enough on the perimeter to compliment the inside power of Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson? Ricky Rubio is out until Christmas and now Kevin Love is out until December, can Brandon Roy hold the team together?
As we play out the final month of the 2011-'12 NBA season, we take a look at each franchise. Who emerged, what went wrong, what lies ahead. A look at post season chances, long term potential and upgrades possible in this summer's NBA draft. We continue in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Is now the time to pickup Minnesota rookie forward Derrick Williams? The Andrea Bargnani injury watch continues. Does the explosive return of Brooke Lopez rekindle Dwight Howard to New Jersey discussion? We wrap up injury progress from across the Association.
The main event tips off tonight at the Amway Arena, but there has been plenty of action in Orlando this weekend. The All-Star game tips at 730pm EST, but we have already enjoyed the Rising Stars game, the three point shootout, the slam dunk competition and the skills challenge. We put a wrap on it.... just in case you missed it.
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.
Believe it or not, there is news from the Association that isn't just Jeremy Lin related, but not here. The NBA hits the All-Star break this weekend and very wisely, officials have worked Lin into the festivities. While they should have worked him into the three point and skills competition given his white hot stauts, he will assist teammate Iman Shumpert in the slam dunk competition and play in the rising stars game.
While many of the festivities during NBA All-Star weekend have nothing to do with fantasy basketball, one event certainly does. The 3-point shooting contest features players that can certainly help you out in a roto category. The long range shooting event, along with the dunk contest make up All-Star Saturday. The skills challenge also takes place February 25th in Orlando.