Monday, March 28, 2005

Weekend Review

First things first, on Friday we discussed the possibility of the Knicks falling out of the playoff race for good this weekend, and that seems to be exactly what happened. After a rough OT loss to Seattle on Friday, they allowed the struggling Trail Blazers to hit 52% of their shots and fell on Sunday, effectively killing their playoff chances. We’re going to be watching closely to see if either Michael Sweetney and/or Trevor Ariza will get some more playing time with the season out of reach.

Down goes Haywood!

I’m always a little wary of writing about my hometown Boulez, because I don’t want to talk too much about them, but this is probably newsworthy. Brendan Haywood fractured his thumb at the end of the Wiz’s loss to the Clippers on Friday night. Combined with the injury to Antawn Jamison, this opens up plenty of playing time for Etan Thomas and Kwame Brown, two guys who qualify at center. As odd as this might sound, right now I’ve got to recommend Thomas as the better pickup for your squad right now. While Brown certainly has more potential and will get more looks at the basket, other than points and rebounds he won’t help you anywhere. His 44% shooting is subpar for a center, he’s blocked only 2 shots in his last 107 minutes on the court, and shoots under 60% from the stripe. Thomas, on the other hand, will certainly help you in blocks, scored 15 points last night against the Sonics on 5-7 shooting, and should be more consistent than Brown over the next few weeks. Look for something like 8-10 points, 6-8 boards and 1.5 blocks from Thomas while Haywood is out.

Still Barking

Something very interesting is going on in Minnesota – the T-Wolves are winning! True, they have played some cupcake teams during their recent 4 game winning streak, including the Hornets and Clippers at home, but a win is a win and they are still just 2.5 games back of Denver for the 8th spot in the West. Even more unbelievable is that Sam Cassell, of all people, is leading the charge. Over the last 4 games he’s averaging 17.8 points and 4 assists, in just 24.8 minutes. He is absolutely on fire right now and it shouldn’t be long before he’s forced himself back into the 30-35 minutes per game range.

One-Day Wonders
Pick ‘em up today, so you can play ‘em tomorrow!

Only 4 games on Tuesday, so it’s slim pickings, and we’ve only got one guy to recommend:

F – Nick Collison, SEA
With Danny Fortson suspended on Sunday night, Collison showed some flashes of why he was a mid-first round pick in 2003 for the Sonics, putting up 14 and 8 with 2 blocks and looking very impressive on the offensive end. Fortson is also “injured,” so Collison may have another chance to excel Tuesday against the Grizzlies.

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