It’s almost there. The light at the end of the tunnel. We have just two nights of preseason basketball remaining until the curtain goes up on the NBA regular season and that’s when our stats start counting for real on our team. Fantasy heaven. But for now, let’s breakdown those box scores.
Strong strains of eye viruses, Anthony Davis injury scares, explosions from fantasy sleepers, Monday’s preseason action had it all. The Box Score Breakdown for Monday, October 20th is locked and loaded.
The early games were mostly bad again, at least until the fourth quarter where there were some exciting finishes. The penalty flags continue to pollute the action, and by my unofficial (and anecdotal) tally, two out of three of them were either bad calls – where maybe it looked like holding from the ref’s angle, but it wasn’t – or something minor and away from or irrelevant to the action. If you designed a robot to make holding calls at random on players who made contact with opponents, it would likely be no worse.
It was a night of sprained ankles in the NBA on Saturday with David West, Rudy Gay, and Josh Smith all either sitting out or going down with the dreaded tweak of the lower extremity. Thankfully, none of the injuries appear all that serious at this stage, and we can look ahead to the season which is a mere 10 days away. Rejoice!