In what could be a significant blow to the hopes and dreams of fantasy owners, Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand will not play the final two games of the season. Elton will be rested and Iggy because he’s banged up but mostly because he needs the rest, as well. I was DM’ing on Twitter the other day with a reader and the issue of when to end H2H playoffs came up. Simply put, I compare it to why most Fantasy Football leagues have their Super Bowl in week 16. The final week of an NBA season is, for intents and purposes, garbage time and it’s a shame that a H2H championship has to be decidedon who grabbed Lavoy Allen or a schmoe like Shane Battier (Batty-er, if you’re from the U.K.!) first for the final two games of the season. My advice if you’re currently an angry man playing in your H2H Finals is to have your commish end the finals on the last Sunday of the season. That’s what I does, I give advice and insight in case you haven’t noticed. Anyway, here’s what else I saw in fantasy basketball last night:
Spencer Hawes – May be rested in one or both of the Sixers’ final two games so consider grabbing Nikola Vucevic or Lavoy Allen. I wouldn’t drop Hawes just yet but keep an eye on Allen who dropped 9/4/1 in 20 minutes last night. Vucevic played 2 minutes. And 2+2 =??. I’ll let you do the math.
Lou Williams – May pick up some extra minutes along with Thadeus Young in Andre Igoudala’s stead. That’s the order I’d go if both were available. Evan Turner is also worth a look-gander, too! Oh, wow, I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it!
Zach Randolph - 3/5/1 in 19 minutes. I don’t know, I think Z-Bo may have one more good game left in him before the money games start. Just a hunch.
Lester Hudson – 9 points in 12 minutes off the bench against his old team, the 5 Non-Lebrons. That was weird. Consider streaming Thursday if you’re desperate, I guess. Maybe he’ll see more minutes in the finale, I assume he might but I’m not expecting much unless Mike Conley sits.
Darren Collison – Returned and dropped 4/3/4 with 6 tovs in 31 minutes on 1-8 FG. Thank you for the final kick in the ass, said his fantasy owner. George Hill is expected back on Wednesday and will start.
Danny Granger – DNP Knee bone. Danny 3 Ball will miss Wednesday’s game too but should be ok for the playoffs. Paul George should be the biggest beneficiary as last night’s line attests, or detests if you went against George in your H2H Finals. Leandro Barbosa is also worth streaming if going Brazilian is your thing. Don’t be shy, girls go Brazilian all the time.
Manny Harris – 11/3/2 with 3 steals and a three. Worth streaming with 2 games left, I guess.
Carlos Delfino – I told you to drop him last Friday and now he’s gone for the rest of the year so if you didn’t listen to me on Friday go ahead and drop him now, you hardheaded person you!
Drew Gooden – Played limited minutes, I’m not going to list the line but trust me, you don’t want to see it anyway. Ekpe Udoh is your huckleberry, followed by Larry Sanders followed by the ball boy who is 5’4.
Armon Johnson – 10/2/2 in 23 minutes and scored the last two points in New Jersey Nets history. No word if the Nets cut down the nets after the game. Give Armon a look-gander if you’re desperate for a guard on Thursday.
Jameer Nelson – Didn’t practice on Tuesday (today!) but plans to return Wednesday night. We’ll see, man, we’ll see.
Shane Battier – Worth grabbing in a non-perverted way if Lebron James and Dwyane Wade both sit which may happen. They gots to rest up for the playoffs. Mickey said, “You got a bum eye, you can’t win, Rock!”. Mickey from Rocky, not the Heat owner. Miami doesn’t even have a guy named Rocky.