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.
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!
Nine games, a trade of minimal consequence between the Pistons and Celtics, an unspecified Larry Sanders surgery, and Tristan Thompson smooching a sideline reporter. Is this a regular season Friday or do my eyes deceive me? Trick question, I’m near-sighted. Just eleven more day until the NBA season kicks off.
So, Brook Lopez is out with a foot injury and Steve Nash is forced to miss time with a back complaint. No, this isn’t 2013. Welcome to the reality of professional sports, where some guys’ bodies just can’t handle the rigors inflicted upon them. It’s an unfortunate by-product of this game we love so much, but for fantasy leagues, it’s better to have this clarification now before most drafts, than in the first week of the season. But it wasn’t all doom and gloom. Here’s Thursday’s Box Score Breakdown.
My brief appearance on the Rotowire NBA preview show on XM was made even briefer by my crappy mobile service. As I hate for you all to be deprived of my wisdom, here’s what I would have said given the time.
One of the players I’m high on this season is New Orleans’ Ryan Anderson. His “stretch big” game is an ideal complement to both Anthony Davis and Omer Asik; he averaged more than three made threes per game last season while shooting over 40% from long range and 44% from the field overall. I expect him to log significant minutes even if he doesn’t start. There have even been reports that Monty Williams will use all three of his bigs together, with Anderson shifting to the three spot.