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Injuries are the story again this week in fantasy basketballnews. Players are resting for the playoffs; some are calling it a season and some players are stepping up to fill the voids. It is always good to check for new updates throughout the week, but here is the top injury news from around the NBA.

Carlos Boozer – F – Chicago Bulls
Boozer and Joakim Noah are expected to play every game this week for the Bulls. They have only played together 23 times this season going 18-5 in those games. While they have stuggled a little bit with their numbers when playing together, both players are too talented to be anything but must-start players as long as they are in the Bulls line-up.

Josh Smith – F – Atlanta Hawks
Smith suffered a knee injury last time out and has been ruled out for at least Tuesday’s game. While it is a huge blow to Smith owners, it makes Al Horford one of the most valuable big men in fantasy basketball while he is out. Look for updates on Smith, but he may rest until the playoffs even if healthy. Al Horford should see a bump in points and rebounds the entire time Smith is out. (Continue…)

 

Despite everything that has happened this season, the Chicago Bulls own the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Injuries have really taken their toll on the Bulls this season, they have lost both Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer for lengths throughout the season. It’s a lot like NBC’s The Office, the cast is always shifting, but as long as the main man (Derrick Rose/Michael Scott) is around the conclusion remains the same, it was well worth the time to watch the final product.

When everything comes together the Bulls are scary good.

They boast the leading candidate for MVP in Derrick Rose with one of the best and deepest front-lines in the NBA.

There are no teams that want to see the Bulls in the Finals this season, but most of all the Los Angeles Lakers should want to avoid them.

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We hear cliches all the time in professional sports.

Defense wins championships.

Big men win championships.

Well, Eastern Conference teams have taken these to heart this year and spent all summer stacking their rosters with frontcourt help.

The Boston Celtics were praised at the beginning of the year for all of the frontcourt depth they acquired in the offseason. They added Shaquille O’Neal, Jermaine O’Neal and Luke Harangody. Pairing them with returnees Kevin Garnett and Glen Davis, along with Kendrick Perkins coming off his knee injury in the finals, was supposed to give them the best and deepest frontcourt in the league.

Two other teams have stepped up to challenge the throne—the Orlando Magic and the Chicago Bulls.

Everyone knows about the Magic frontcourt features Dwight Howard lurking in the paint, but they have underrated players and depth around him. Brandon Bass has been playing well all year and has been more than a solid start option next to Howard. Ryan Anderson has also played well in spurts at power forward, allowing them to space the floor, unlike most teams’ frontcourts.

However, the darkhorse in this race may be the frontcourt that has played together the least so far this year, the Chicago Bulls.

Joakim Noah was playing at as high of a level as any center in the league, averaging 14 ppg and 11.7 rpg before injuring his wrist in December, but has since returned and solidified the Bulls Center position. As Noah went down, Carlos Boozer arrived. Boozer, the Bulls biggest free agent signing this summer, has stepped in Noah’s shoes and averaged 20.6 ppg and 10.1 rpg with Noah out and has kept up consistent play since hereturned.

With Noah and Boozer playing at an All-Star level together, the Bulls have one of the most intimidating frontcourts in the NBA set to roll into the playoffs with a top seed because of their command of the Eastern Conference Central Division.

Their depth is what really sets them apart from the rest of the crowd though.

With all of the injury problems the Bulls have seen, youngster Taj Gibson, who started much of the season last year, has become one of their most valuable assets. Veteran Kurt Thomas has also filled a role on the team by providing solid defense and rebounding all season. Even expected project Omer Asik has been playing a solid 10-15 minutes a game and looking like a seasoned NBA veteran.

This group provides them with more depth than both the Celtics and Magic, and without question possesses the most talented frontcourt top-to-bottom in the Eastern Conference.

This season we will see if big men can truly win championships. (Continue…)

With NBA rotations changing day by day due to injuries and other concerns, fantasy basketball owners need to find players they can count on. The best thing to look for is players playing for teams still competing to the final playoff spots. The other group you can count on is the young players playing for bad teams. Owners, coaches and GMs want to see what they have in them so they will keep running them out there. These four young players should help teams wrap up their championships.

JaVale McGee – C – Washington Wizards
With nothing left to play for McGee has been wreaking havoc on the NBA. He has at least 3 blocks in 4 of his last 5 games and scored 11 points to go with 17 rebounds yesterday. As long as John Wall is in the lineup and Andray Blache is not, McGee should continue to be a double-double machine.

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Space Jam

Space Jam. It’s a great movie, but an even better conversation starter.

What if you had to pick a team of NBA all-time greats to defend the earth in a basketball game?

Who would you choose? And why?

This discussion took place for a little while on today’s (February 10th) First and 10 on ESPN 2 between Skip Bayless and John Ireland.

Assume every player is in his prime and think about it long and hard. The fate of the Earth is in your hands.

There are lots of ways to assemble this team; pick the one that would work best together or pick the most immensely talented players you can. You can choose fundamentals with guys like Tim Duncan and John Stockton. Maybe old school tough guys like Bill Laimbeer and Bill Russell.

Almost everyone’s teams will be different because of their personal preferences about players and there is no right answer, but it’s always exciting to discuss and argue about.

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Too big, too strong, too fast. Too good.

During almost every Chicago Bulls game you will hear TV analyst Stacy King utter these words. And no he is not referring to Keith Bogans.

Derrick Rose has been exactly that this season, just plain too good for the rest of the league. He is having a career year in just his third season in the NBA. He is averaging 24.8 ppg and 7.8 apg and has lead the Bulls to the top of the Eastern Conference.

When comparing Derrick Rose to the other top point guards in the NBA, I found one amazing thing.

He has found a way to combine the best parts of each other PG’s game, like the Frankenstein of the NBA. Right now, point guard is the premier position in the NBA and this skill set is what makes him the best of the best. (Continue…

Tyreke Evans will return to the Kings soon.

With just a couple weeks left in the NBA season, teams are trying to get their injured players healthy and back on the court. While it is not a good time to rush guys back, coaches want their players in top shape heading into the playoffs. If you have been missing and important piece to your fantasy basketball team like Carlos Boozer, Marcus Camby or Tyreke Evans.

Tyreke Evans – G – Sacramento Kings
All reports out of Sacramento say that Evans will return to the Kings for Friday’s game. He is expected to be limited in minutes in some way to start, but should help fantasy owners either way. The main problem is that most fantasy owners that drafted him are likely out of the playoffs by now, so this is only slightly good news. (Continue…)