My how time flies. The “real” NBA season is just days away and this is the final edition of Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em Alone. Congratulations if you are still alive and fighting for a little extra cash or bragging rights right now. However if you are still alive then your job is not done! Here is this week’s edition of Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em Alone.
Jerryd Bayless/Jose Calderon: 24pts, 8ast, and 3rebs is all you need to know about Jerryd Bayless. He started for the hobbling Calderon in the final two games of the week and was stellar. Calderon is iffy for the week but Coach Triano said the team wants to get a good look at Bayless. I already think Calderon is in trouble next year. Love ‘Em on Bayless. Leave Calderon alone.
Andray Blatche: He came back in a big way after missing nearly two full weeks and costing me a chance at a title in one league. I digress. 25pts, 14.6 rebs, and 2.3stls in the 3 games he played last week. No I couldn’t have used those numbers at all. I digress again. Needless to say Love ‘Em.
Will Bynum/T-Mac/Rodney Stuckey: What a disaster the Pistons have become. Their season can’t end soon enough. I don’t want to waste time here as the situation frustrates me to the point of being mute. T-mac leave alone. Bynum and Stuckey are more problamatic. I would take a chance on Stuckey if I absolutely had to otherwise this whole mess should be avoided like the plague.
Tyson Chandler: He missed Sunday’s game with a bad back. He is probably not worth the risk in championship if you have healthier options. Leave ‘Em alone.
Tyreke Evans: Mr. Evans game back to make me look like a fool last week. Beno Udrih got benched as a result of Evans play and the ever frustrating Paul Westphal changed his lineup yet again. I am too embrassed to post the lines Evans posted last week but he should be in your lineup the rest of the way. Love ‘Em.
Pau Gasol: A MRI done his knee revealed nothing but a bone bruise. The “Spaniard” will be fine. Love ‘Em.
Drew Gooden: Another team that has been frustrating for fantasy owners has been the Milwaukee Bucks. Drew Gooden returned last week and played all 4 games averaging 11pts and 10.2 rebs. I don’t trust him as far as I can throw him but if your holding a guy like Kris Humphries this week, Gooden might be a decent replacement. Love ‘Em.
James Harden: Scoring is never usually the problem for Harden but when he doesn’t do that he isn’t worth much in fantasy. He averaged 17.7pts last week with very little else to back it up. If that is something you can use going into championship week then have at it otherwise Leave ‘Em alone.
Kris Humphries: It seems like the injuries to Humphries have come out of nowhere. He is likely done for the season with a slim chance he could play this weekend. Not worth the risk in this all important week. Leave ‘Em alone.
Kevin Love: He returned last week for 2 games and posted 17pts and 8rebs. Then he missed the final game of the week with the same groin injury. No time to play around, thanks Mr. Love you had a great season but we must move on this week. Leave ‘Em alone.
Steve Nash: He is traveling with the team and will likely see limited minutes the rest of the way. He is still Steve Nash and if he is playing he should be in your fantasy lineup. Love ‘Em.
Joakim Noah: Noah is a very risky play this week. Common thinking is that he returns Thursday for the nationally televised match up with the hated Boston Celtics. The Bulls have almost wrapped the conference title up and a win on Thursday would put a nail in the coffin so to speak. I think he comes back and if you can get by with just two games from him this week then Love ‘Em.
San Antonio Spurs: All of the relevant Spurs returned last week and played relatively well despite the team’s slide. Parker, Ginobili, and Duncan should all be safely deployed. Love ‘Em.
Mo Williams: He was abysmal in the final 2 games of the week despite still getting decent minutes. Maybe he has run out of gas or is planning for Summer vacation. He could very well bounce back as the lack of production is unexplainable. If he is all you got then smoke em if you got em. Got options? Then Leave ‘Em alone.
It’s all over! Thats all folks. Best wishes and thank you for reading all season long. I shall return in August/September with previews for the 2011-2012 season assuming the NBA can get their acts together and avoid a lockout. I will still be writing regular blogs on the Boston Celtics, and Orlando Magic throughout the playoffs so be sure to check those out. All comments are welcome. Have a great off season!
About the Author
Written by Warren Shaw
I am an avid Basketball fan who has worked for the New York Knicks, Alonzo Mourning Charities and various other sports organizations. Having covered many NBA and various professional sporting events has given me the opportunity to provide insight with an unbiased but flavor driven view. I look forward to providing NBA content and interacting with knowledgeable fans and readers. Follow me on Twitter @shawsports or Email your questions to me at Warrenshaw@prosportsblogging.com