One week until the trade deadline. Trust no one, and ignore half of what’s reported. If you hear rumors, assume it was already discussed and dismissed, leading to a leak of the proposed deal.
The Mavericks, Knicks, and Heat played their final game before the All-Star break. All three will have nine days off before their next game. The Pelicans are the only team to play two games the rest of the week, and they’ve potentially lost one of their key contributors for the rest of the season.
We’re four days from the All-Star break and 11 days away from the trade deadline. Now’s your last call to stash players before next Thursday seals the fate of many teams. It also means we’re going to see some funky lineups as players with the slightest injury take the next two games off. Try not to fall prey to outstanding stat lines because there’s too much unknown that will transpire over the fortnight. Case in point: Chris Kaman was accumulating a bunch of stats two years ago when Pau Gasol dealt with vertigo prior to the trade deadline. Some people felt the need to roster Kaman should Gasol get traded, but it never panned out and Kaman reverted back to a reserve with limited appeal.
This Box Score Breakdown boils down to two categories: a recap of the Knicks/Pistons game and a short summary of everything else. Enjoy.
The All-Star break is nearly one week away. We’re at the point in the season where injured players will rest the next two weeks and coaches will increase their players’ minutes because of the long layover.
For those unaware, I began writing for the Fantasy Hoops Daily three years ago before joining RotoWire. A trip down memory lane reminded me how far I’ve come and how I can improve on the current Box Score Breakdown format. I’m inclined to recapture the essence of what made my time at Fantasy Hoops Daily successful. Rather than bore with in-depth analysis capturing the minutiae, I’ll provide concise content in an unstructured fashion. I’ll write about trends, schedule quirks, and statistical anomalies while projecting a light-hearted demeanor. In essence, you’ll get a condensed recap of events without the default regurgitating of stat lines from the night’s action.
I’m not going to pretend NBA players aren’t people too. They celebrate New Year’s Eve like the rest of us. For that reason, parsing last night’s performances can be a tricky task.