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.
I give this year a ‘D,’ for delightful! Sunday brought about widespread resting and blowouts galore. With RotoWire applying similar tactics by resting their starters, sixth men like myself are left playing out the string. That string includes watching the Game of Thrones marathon for the fourth straight Sunday. Much of what you’ll read is a summary of yesterday’s uninspiring basketball. The average margin of victory was 17.7 points. Seven of the nine victors won by at least 11 points. This may be my shortest breakdown of box scores all season.
Tim Duncan blocks James Harden and the world loses their collective minds. Victor Oladipo hit the go-ahead three-pointer only to be one-upped by Lou Williams, Oladipo’s defensive assignment, seconds later. Gordon Hayward missed the game-tying free throw with 0.1 seconds left. Raymond Felton blocked Kenneth Faried’s layup in double-overtime, triggering a little-known out clause for the Nuggets due to the absurdity of the event. Lou Amundson rejected Giannis Antetokounmpo at the summit, yet no one reported that because the only witnesses were the crowd and me. People would rather focus on Antetokounmpo’s coast-to-coast block/dunk instead. I’ll support the unheralded, those not as accepted by the mainstream. Because if I don’t, someone else will.
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.