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.
Were you looking for fireworks at the NBA trade deadline? As things turned out, the pre-season James Harden deal and the trade that sent Rudy Gay north of the border, turned out to be the biggest deals across the Association. New, more stringent rules involving the luxury tax are trying to keep the NBA elite (Lakers, Knicks, Bulls, etc.) from dominating the transaction market and clubs are certainly more luxury tax sensitive. The biggest move ending up actually came on deadline eve, making for a very un-eventful Februuary 21st.
All-Star weekend in Houston has wrapped up and was generally panned by observers. What did you think? Did you watch? I found it entertaining for the most part, but found the musical entertainment leaving much to be desired. I would like to see the slam dunk and three point contest get more high profile entrants, perhaps using charity donations as the draw. Lebron in the slam dunk? JJ Reddick in the three point? Just food for thought. We wrap up our mid-season reviews with the Southwest Division of the Western Conference.
The NBA will announced reserves for next month's All-Star game tomorrow and in advance of the release, we wanted to name our own list. First, the starters as announced by the Association. The guards are Chris Paul from the Clippers and the Lakers Kobe Bryant, the Clippers Blake Griffin and Thunder forward Kevin Durant, along with Lakers center Dwight Howard. 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 in the Western Conference, with a look at the Southwest Division. San Antonio's big three are back for another run, do Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan have anything left in the tank? The Memphis Grizzlies continue to ascend and may be poised to take over the Division with Marc Gasol and Rudy Gay among the best in the West at their positions. O.J. Mayo is finally showing his potential, but can Dallas stay competitive until Dirk Nowitzki returns? Wow, that's all I can say about Houston and new leading man James Harden. Lastly, New Orleans rebuilds around Anthony Davis but the process has a long way to go.
With the NBA regular season tipping off this week, a major trade from the Association. The defending Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder shipping mainstay James Harden to the Houston Rockets in a multi-player deal. What are the fantasy implications? Why would the Thunder break up their big three? We break it down for you in the inaugural edition of Talking Hoops for the 2012-'13 season.
While the Eastern Conference featured Philadelphia's shocking win over top seeded Chicago, the Western Conference held serve, for the most part. The Clippers seven game elimination of Memphis could be considered an upset, while expected by others.
As we play out the final days of the 2011-'12 NBA regular 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 Oklahoma City Thunder.
As the NBA season storms into the second half, we continue our reviews of the Association, division by division. We have wrapped up the Eastern Conference, and now begin the Western Conference with the Northwest Division. Oklahoma City is on a collision course to meet the Miami Heat in the NBA finals. Anything short of that would be a major disappointment for the Thunder and their fans.
The NBA All-Star game voting is over and the starters have been announced. On Thursday, prior to the TNT doubleheader, the NBA will announce the reserve players for the Eastern and Western Conferences for the mid-season classic. We are only a week short of the midway point of the abbreviated 66 game season and what better time to identify the leaders in the race for the annnual awards. While many players of this caliber are rarely available on the waiver wire or in free agency in fantasy leagues, we list ownership percentages in Flea Flicker leagues... just in case!