To recap Mega Slam Wednesday, it can be said in one word, Thriller! There were 26 teams in action last night and there was no shortage of close games, game winning attempts, blowouts, playoffs implications and injuries. It makes you wonder why we sit here on Thursday morning and there is only one game of action tonight. For all of you avid NBA Fantasy players you get the day off today. I don’t know about you but I was surely disappointed to find out that Milwaukee and Indiana is the only game I will get to see tonight. Especially considering the games that went down last night. We started off the night with the Bulls and Raptors and the Bulls showed why they are still in the hunt in the Eastern Conference and why the Raptors are looking at another first round exit. The Raptors have been reeling of late and given the fact that Kyle Lowry can’t seem to stay on the court over a bruised back, it doesn’t surprise me that Raptors find themselves falling hard down the stretch. The Bulls however are starting to get healthy and with Derrick Rose seemingly ready to return to action in two weeks, they are a team to look out for moving forward. We quickly moved to the Miami Heat game and I fully expected them to tank that game given the fact that Dwayne Wade was (resting) and Whiteside had to get ten stitches in his hand the night before. They unpredictably came out on fire and got huge contributions from Haslem and Dragic. While they did let the game get close they were able to pull it out and remain on top of Boston, there was a moment with about three minutes left that I thought, are they going to lose on a buzzer beater again! The Atlanta Hawks got back on track with a victory against the Magic last night. For all you fantasy players, this was the game to watch. If you had Millsap, Payton and Korver, then you kicked off the night with a great start. If you added Carroll, Harris, Teague and Vucevic then you were sitting around 275 on Fan Duel with two guys to play. George Hill hit a shot late to secure victory over the Wizards, who just like the Raptors, are looking at falling into the playoffs. What happened to this team that started out so hot? The only thing I can tell you is I believe it all comes down to Gortat for the Wiz. I wrote an article three weeks ago, highlighting Gortat, where I was able to determine that if he plays 30 minutes in the game then the Wiz are 19 – 3. Unfortunately, it appears that they haven’t figured this out just yet and so he continues to play around 28 minutes and they continue to lose. Some other thrilling games were the Nets against the Hornets and I can’t believe I am saying this, the Lakers versus the Timberwolves. Brook Lopez continued his fantasy hot streak as he lit up the Hornets for 34 points and 10 rebounds, accumulating 54+ fantasy points for only the second time all year. The Lakers pulled out an overtime victory against Minnesota and the star of the game was Chase Budinger. If you follow our DiRTy Plays then you would have known, he was one of our key Sleepers last night and he did not disappoint. What I took away from these games is that if Thad Young plays, Lopez is unstoppable, if Young misses time as he got injured last night, Lopez will be an over priced center for your daily lineup. As for the Lakers and T-Wolves, what can you say, the T-Wolves give it all they have each night. The Lakers are quietly tanking in hopes of top 3 draft pick this summer to make one last run with Kobe. Nothing would please me more than to see the Lakers add Kevin Love this summer, get Randle back and add a strong small forward to the mix, who can shoot threes. You keep Lin and Clarkson as your point guards and now the Lakers might compete for the 7th or 8th seed next year. We finished the night with Rockets holding off a late surge by the Pelicans, 95 – 93. What was crazy about this game was the fact that the Pelicans were up 16 early in the first half, only to relinquish it in the second half. They were down 12 when Anthony Davis jumped up and stole a full court lob. As he came down, he tapped shoulders with Cory Brewer and went to the ground. I immediately thought to myself, there he goes again, he can’t stay on the court and will he be another tragedy of big men who can’t stay healthy. He did return and almost lead a come back but clearly his shoulder is going to require surgery. I welcome the thought of an NBA player, playing through the pain, attempting to make the playoffs. We just don’t see that these days and instead we get a bunch of guys complaining about chartered flights, back to back games and an otherwise grueling schedule #INeedRest. Don’t get me started on that again but thank you Anthony, you put a glimmer of hope back into my mind that not everyone is as soft as these guys are today. That said, I fully expect Davis to require surgery this summer and hope that he will be back at it next season because the Pelicans are not going to make the playoffs. The last game was the Spurs and Thunder. A marquee matchup, highlighted by ESPN, we got what the Thunder really are, HOPELESS! They got blown off the court and no MVP that I can remember every took a beat down like that so good-bye to this notion that Westbrook deserves to be in the MVP race. No one put Kevin Love in the MVP race last year, while he put up 26 points and 11 rebounds per game, every night. The reason for this is simple, they didn’t WIN and neither are the Thunder. Good thing there is only 10 games left and they have a three game lead.
It’s On The Way
Let’s have a quick breakdown of the NBA playoff picture and highlight some key games coming up over the next few days. In the East we have a crazy race to the 8th spot. It’s going to come down to who can win games against each other down the stretch. Boston, Indiana, Charlotte and Brooklyn will probably all finish 8 or 9 games under .500 and yet they will be rewarded with a first round playoff birth against the Atlanta Hawks. Most might think that they would get blown off the court but come playoff time a team that I think can beat the Hawks is the Indiana Pacers. It appears that Paul George is going to return here shortly and if the Pacers can squeak in, while George gets game ready, they would be a team that has the ability to compete with the Hawks. That said only one game separates these four teams, with the Heat and Bucks, only two and four games ahead. If one of those teams hits a cold spell or catches the injury plague then we might get two of these bottom feeders in. It does however, appear that we are going to get three teams under .500 to make the playoffs in the East and that makes me sick!
The Western Conference is an entirely different situation. If you watch or listen to any sports radio or talk shows on ESPN, they are constantly talking about the Thunder and Warriors potential matchup. I certainly hope that last night’s beat down of the Thunder will quiet these folks. I don’t care how well Westbrook appears to be playing. If you actually watch his games, like I do, then you would quickly see that he loses just as many games for his team as he wins. Yes, he is playing lights out when you look at the stat sheet and for guys like me that are constantly after fantasy value, he is your guy. If you want to win games in the West, you cannot afford to have a turnover machine and a guy that jacks up 15 foot jumpshots with a one on four break. That team NEEDS Durant if they are going to have any shot and that has seemingly been shot down. Look for the Suns to make a push down the stretch and squeak in this year and leave three All-Stars watching from home. It’s not that I don’t like the Pelicans chances but as I continue to say, Davis is hurt, he is giving it everything he can but he is not enough. Tyreke Evans is not a point guard and until the Pelicans have one that can actually take the court. I do believe that we will have ten, yes count them, ten teams that go over .500 in the West.
Teams like the Jazz, who have been playing very well during the back half of the season are going to finish a few games under .500 for the season with a bright future. The talks of just taking the top sixteen teams to the NBA playoffs in the future is something that I embrace. Embrace change and think outside of the box. It is visionary people that lead our country, fortune 500 companies and I would like to think lead our major sports. Do we really need to watch teams that can barely beat the Nuggets on a night in a night basis for a 7 game series? I say NO! Make this change while at the same time rewarding the team that makes the last spot in the draft with a top 5 lottery pick. You reward the teams that want to win and take away from the teams that seemingly want ten centers on their team, Philadelphia. I can’t even tell any of your players apart with the exception of Noel and Covington. Noel is your big man and Covington should be your shooting guard. The rest should be sent to the D-League along with your management team for building a team of centers in a league full of guards.
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