Just a couple of weeks left in the regular season, as we all limp towards the finish line with injuries. I have reached a point where I am considering dumping legitimate keepers that can't stay healthy in order to try to salvage things down the stretch. Fortunately for me, I am pretty locked in scoring (first) and rebounding (last), so I can really pinpoint the other categories. Unfortunately, I still need someone who can pass the ball and block shots. Nene fits the bill for me to some extent, but he hasn't played the last four games.
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 approach the NBA break, more details are emerging about All-Star weekend. We know Alicia Keys will be performing at halftime of the main event and we also can pass along particpants in the Sprint Slam Dunk, Taco Bell Skills Challenge and Foot Locker 3-point contest. All events, including the Sears Shooting Stars competition will take place Saturday night February 16th, with the main event on Sunday. Everything will be carried LIVE on TNT from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
Are you building for next year? Is your NBA fantasy season on the rocks? The NBA has released rosters for the 2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game and it would be a great start in planning your franchise's future. Friday night, February 15th in Houston, nine team rosters of first and second year players (drafted by NBA assistant coaches) will kick off All-Star weekend. Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal will again serve as GM's and will draft live on TNT a week from tonight (Thu Feb 7th).
We are rapidly approaching the All-Star break as the NBA season passes the midway point.. We continue our swing through the Association, checking in on each Division. Who is having a break out season? What rookies are fantasy worthy? Who may be on the block and possibly moved by the trade deadline? We continue with the Central Division.
The NBA will announced reserves for next month's All-Star game this week and in advance of the release, we wanted to name our own list. First, the starters as announced by the Association. The guards are Boston's Rajon Rondo and Miami's Dwayne Wade. Wade's teammate Lebron James will man one forward spot, alongside New York's Carmelo Anthony with Boston's Kevin Garnett manning the middle. The starters are always a popularity contest, now a look at those deserving of a reserve roll.
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 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 Central Division of the Eastern Conference with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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.
Four more night's of action until the Association heads to Orlando for the annual NBA All-Star weekend. We've told you about the Slam Dunk competion and share with you those competing in the three-point shootout. We went through the draft by Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley for the "Futures" game and now we wrap up our previews with the Skills Challenge contestants.