This article is part of our In-Season Strategy series.
Week 9 Schedule Considerations
Welcome to Week 9, where the schedule is remarkably balanced. There are no five-game teams, nor are there any two-game teams. Let's take a quick look at the details:
Four Games: BOS, CLE, DAL, IND, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, OKC, PHI, PHO, SAC, TOR, WAS
Three Games: ATL, BKN, CHA, CHI, DEN, DET GSW, HOU, MIL, MIN, NOR, NYK, ORL, POR, SAS, UTA
Injuries and trades are the biggest factors this week when making our roster moves on the margins. There's less of a concern about benching any of our stars or even second-tier starters due to their number of games, so let's look at those situations instead.
Denver injuries - Let's start with the Denver Nuggets this week. Though they only have three games, a slew of injuries have created playing time opportunities for a handful of players that could have a lasting impact. Gary Harris is out three-to-four weeks with a hip injury, Will Bartonhas missed all but two games and remains out on a week-to-week basis, and now Paul Millsap has been diagnosed with a fractured right toe. On Saturday night, Jamal Murray shuttled in-and-out of the game with a sore shin, and was limited to 24 minutes, well short of his 35 minute average. The good news for Murray is that he ultimately returned and finished out the game.
Who will step into the void? Juancho Hernangomez was covered in this space for Week 6, and his good run