Saturday, April 01, 2006

Head-to-Head's Up (4/3-4/9)

George Mason is in the Final Four and its no April Fool’s joke. Here's a short and sweet look at the NBA this week guys. Preview for 4/3-4/9.

Four Games: Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, LAC, Miami, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Sacramento, San Antonio, Toronto, Washington.
Three Games: Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, LAL, Memphis, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle, Utah.

Plug ‘em in, Plug ‘em in:
Derek Fisher, PG – New rule: Never draft Baron Davis. Just take his veteran backup in the later rounds… he’ll be more productive. The pride of Little Rock, Ark., Derek Fisher has just been great as a starter this season: 15/3/7 with 2 thefts and 1.3 treys.

Nenad Kristic, F/C – Playing the best ball of his career right now, making major contributions during the Nets’ current 11-game win streak. The 22-year-old Yugo is averaging 16/9/2 over his last dozen games. He’s got nice matchups against four weak defenses this week (ATL, CHA, CLE, @MIL).

Luther Head, G – Some player raters have the rookie ranked ahead of Jason Terry, Jason Richardson, and Tim Duncan for their performance over the last two weeks. It’s a short period, but Luther has posted 14/5/4 with 1.4 threes, 1.7 steals, and great percentages (48%FG, 83%FT) over that span.

Delonte West, PG – Right back on track after struggling earlier this month with a groin strain. 14/4/5, 1.2 steals and 1.2 treys since returning to Boston’s starting lineup. What a delight to have in your lineup!

Chris Duhon, PG – Four consectutive starts and six straight games scoring in double figures. The former Blue Devil started off hot this season and may be looking to finish the year on a high note as well.

Bonzi Wells, G/F – Kevin Martin has sat out the last 5 games for some reason (he’s not listed on the Kings' injury report), and Bonzi Wells, though still hobbled a bit by his groin injury, is back in the starting lineup and getting consistent minutes. Bonzi led Sacramento with 22 points and 9 boards in last night’s win over Golden State.

Charlie Villanueva, PF and Morris Peterson, G/FWarning: Contents may be extremely hot. As if you needed me to tell you. Career highs of 48 and 38 points, respectively, this past week. Plug 'em in fools.

Etan Thomas, F/C and Toni Kukoc, F – If you’re in a VERY deep league… and really desperate. Well, probably not.


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