There are two days left, and unfortunately, these last couple days feel like we are watching a different sport. A sport when a guy called Arinze Onuaku may become the player who decides a fantasy championship. Strange times indeed. With teams either packing up for the season, or preparing for the next phase, there are basically one or two games each night that have any relevance and that is reflected in the box scores. And if, as J.J. Calle put it yesterday, RotoWire is resting their starters and he is a sixth man, then you are stuck with RotoWire’s Arinze Onuaku today, for my final Box Score Breakdown of the season.
Jimmy Butler became the latest star player to sit out a game in this last week of action, with an injury that could most accurately be described as minor, and potentially swinging the momentum in plenty of fantasy matchups. On a brighter note, Steph Curry broke his own single season record for three-pointers made, ending the night with 276 three-pointers on the season.
One week to go. That’s it. Moves here will make or break your season, but beware the dreaded rest. We had John Wall, Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins all sit Wednesday due to the dreaded ‘R’ word, but all that does is open some more opportunities for others. Oh, and yeah, Giannis Antetokounmpo was benched and we still don’t know why. The last week of the season, ladies and gentlemen.
The lull before the storming finish to most fantasy leagues occurred Thursday, but if you played it right, you could’ve gotten a huge bump on your competition by making the appropriate moves. And Dwyane Wade got hurt again, so there’s that.
It was a great night to own some stud players Wednesday, as Chris Paul, and James Harden went off, and DeMarcus Cousins and Russell Westbrook had triple-doubles. Just in time, huh?
Well, you made it! Championship week is here and if your league isn’t in championship week, you need to have a long discussion with your commissioner because no league should extend past this Sunday. That is beside the point. Rookies are blooming, players are going down and you need to respond by making hard decisions. Own Jeff Teague? Bye-bye. Rudy Gay on your roster? As Andre Snellings and the Beastie Boys would say…
There were 13 games, there were injuries, there were massive lines. Just a typical Wednesday in the NBA. Oh yeah, and Brook Lopez is pretty good at basketball and he’s close to the fantasy playoff MVP.