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Ben Affleck may get shat upon by the hip and snarky, but he had the last laugh when his film Argo walked away with the Best Picture Academy Award (TM) (C) ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCbzzzt. Where was I? Oh, Surviving Christmas  is a much better holiday movie than you would expect, and is worth watching if it comes on TV in 9-10 months. Just store that in your head. If you haven’t see The Town, it’s also enjoyable. Wait, is this the basketball blog? I thought we were talking about movies. Hmmm, well, let’s talk about Andrew BogutBogut’s MRI came back and showed a protruding disc in his back. He has been ruled out indefinitely and will not travel with the team. Some of you may remember I had a minor herniated disc back in September, and it took me a few weeks to recover from, derailing my basketball career even further. Bogut is clearly a world class athlete while I get winded getting up from the toilet, but still, back pain is back pain, and Bogut has to wipe the same way the rest of us do. All of you that were so happy to grab Bogut may have to wait a couple of weeks to begin savoring his production again.

Andre Drummond – Talk about a pain in the ass! Drummond is still recovering from his broken tailbone, and although he avoided surgery, he is still due out for another 2-4 weeks. Coach Lawrence Frank told the press, “you get better intellectually and physically when you’re injured.” I guess Drummond will be walking to the library for home hardcovers. When he reaches Stephen King and George R.R. Martin, we’ll know he’s ready to return.

Joe Johnson – He’s considered day to day, although he could be out for a few weeks. Johnson believes he has a “serious heel bruise” rather than plantar fascitis, but I wouldn’t trust an NBA player to paint my house, let alone provide a medical diagnosis, so we’ll see.

Kirk Hinrich – When does day to day become out 2-4 weeks? Hinrich has missed 10 of the last 11 games with an elbow injury. At this rate, he’ll wind up dead.

Derrick Rose – He has not been experiencing setbacks, but they’re not setting a timetable for his return, and he’s saying he’s in no rush to get back, sooooo…maybe you seem him in 3-4 weeks.

Brandon Knight – His MRI came back negative, but he will still require a few days to recover from his knee injury. This Knight won’t be able to genuflect before the Kings any time soon, but the Pistons don’t play Sacramento again this season, so Brandon will rest a while to let the swelling go down.

Pau Gasol – He won’t require surgery, is close to coming off his crutches, and believes he will be able to join the Lakers if they make the playoffs. Broken down, that news is good, good, and you need to drop him if he’s still on your roster.

Kevin Love – After his check-up in March, we will know for sure whether or not he can make due on his promise to play 15-20 games this season. Translation: see Gasol, Pau.

Jameer Nelson – Has a bruised knee, should be back within a week. At least, he better be.

Andrew Bynum – Sixers coach Doug Collins watched Bynum’s practice and told the press this “looked like a guy who had not played in nine months.” Optimistic! If you listed to me, you avoided Bynum in the first round. If you’re contemplating stashing him, I ask you, why bother? And if you drafted him and still have him, then good luck coming out of your coma. I hope Quentin Tarantino doesn’t film your feet.

Brandon Roy – The Timberwolves’ coach, Rick Adelman, mused that Roy would not play this season. Unless you are in some ungodly deep league where Marcus Camby is a sought after commodity, Roy has been collecting dust on waivers for months already.

Tony Parker – He is sitting out the road trip to allow his bruised triceps a chance to heal. Should be back shortly.

Linas Kleiza – Should be back within a week, according to the words I read that formed a sentence which meant Kleiza is expected to return next week.

21 Responses

  1. skizzy says:
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    would u drop martell, shved or chauncey for devin harris, tobias harris, deshawn, c.j. watson or wilson chandler? I feel like shved should be dropped. your thoughts?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @skizzy: I might try my luck with Chandler (dropping Shved).

  2. DanDan says:
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    Should I stick With Green or pick Up Drummond?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @DanDan: Drummond is out for 2-4 weeks, so you probably don’t need to make that decision right away. I’d ride Green while he’s hot.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @DanDan: Even if Detroit rushes him back with his brace within 2 weeks, if he’s not completely healed, it’s going to affect his game.

  3. Ian says:
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    Do you think drummond is worth picking up now and hope that he’s back earlier than scheduled? i saw that he may get cleared for basketball activities within a week. Or do you think that thomas robinson is a better pickup right now? I’m just looking to sure up my bench while getting a guy with upside for the playoff run/playoffs

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Ian: Even if Detroit rushes him back with his brace within 2 weeks, if he’s not completely healed, it’s going to affect his game.

  4. Steve says:
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    Do I need a Center?

    Lillard, Dragic, Walker, Bledsoe
    Wade, Beal, Thompson
    George, Anthony
    Jefferson, Bargnani, Nicholson
    Asik, Valanciunas

    Jefferson and Asik isn’t enough in my eyes, but somehow I don’t want to lose anybody. However, I’d be okay with loosing Wade/Melo if I get a big name in return. What would you offer for someone like Marc Gasol, Ibaka or David Lee (or whoever fits this team)?
    Or would you stay put? Thanks.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Steve: I think you do need another big. I think Melo’s perceived value is better than his actual value, which is still very high, so you need to get back good value. I’d be okay with any of those three you listed, although some blocks would help, so unfortunately Lee isn’t a big aid there.

  5. Zandy says:
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    ChrisV, whats your view? i already asked JB.

    Please rank the following for rest of season value so i can adjust my bottom 4 roster spots: 10 Team H2H Thanks!

    Danny Green
    Byron Mullens
    Jarrett Jack
    Metta World Peace
    Earl Clark
    Maurice Harkless
    Evan Turner
    Jeff Green

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Zandy: MWP, EC, JJ and D. Green.

  6. Frank Lynch says:
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    How do you feel about me picking Nelson up now to have him next week through the playoffs? Do you think he’s gonnaput up good numbers or maybe do you got another guy inmind that might be on the wire? I’m in2nd but I got a guy in 3rd coming up strong, I

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Frank Lynch: I would take Jameer

  7. Justin says:
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    I am fighting for a bye week going into the playoffs, then 3, 2 week rounds to win it all. I am going to reactivate Thaddeus Young, so who should I drop? Moe Harkless, Gerald Wallace, Nick Young, or Andre miller? 3 pointers and FG/FT % are the categories I need to preserve most.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Justin: I have no long term faith in Harkless this season.

  8. Hulk says:
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    Top in my league and have been stashing Bynum hoping for production in Yahoo playoffs.

    Also have Bogut right now, and saw your responses on Drummond.

    Im definitely making playoffs but want extra fire power for the playoffs.

    Biggest issue is Bynum hasnt played, worried about Bogut and I have Duncan, who can sit any game.

    Including this week, I have 3 weeks left, then playoffs for next three weeks

    Should I roll with any of these three or would I be better off utilizing my adds during the week and picking up hot people or someone who has been consistent lately like Derrick Williams?

    Thanks for the advice!

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Hulk: I would put my faith in Bogut over Bynum. It really wouldn’t surprise me if Bynum isn’t back at all.

  9. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey Goodmorning buddy… RHey I think u know my team, Do u think I should trade Rose for Love? Straight up

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Frank Lynch: Rose will probably be back before Love.

  10. Frank Lynch says:
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    Thanks man… Hey also I was looking at the waiver wire and Luis Scola is on there and he’s 81% owned.. Is there something wrong with him or is that a good pick-up??

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Frank Lynch: He can just have bad games, that’s all. He’s a decent pickup, depending on league size (12+).

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