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Sprain Epidemic – Impact

Posted by Erik on November 9, 2008

What is an Ankle Sprain?

An ankle sprain is an injury to one or more ligaments in the ankle, usually on the outside of the ankle. Ligaments are bands of tissue—like rubber bands—that connect one bone to another and bind the joints together. In the ankle joint, ligaments provide stability by limiting side-to-side movement.Some ankle sprains are much worse than others. The severity of an ankle sprain depends on whether the ligament is stretched, partially torn, or completely torn, as well as on the number of ligaments involved. Ankle sprains are not the same as strains, which affect muscles rather than ligaments.

What Causes a Sprained Ankle?
Sprained ankles often result from a fall, a sudden twist, or a blow that forces the ankle joint out of its normal position. Ankle sprains commonly occur while participating in sports, wearing inappropriate shoes, or walking or running on an uneven surface.

Source: www.footphysicians.com

Aside from Tony Parker (Spurs) there are a good number of players suffering from sprains. Notable ones are;

Peja Stojakovic (Hornets)- No more worries here. His sprain was apparently mild and rest and painkillers were apparently enough for him not to miss too much time. He’s back and doing well.

Michael Redd (Bucks) – He is still out the Bucks’ line up for now and Richard Jefferson and Charlie Villanueva should be logging in some sweet fantasy numbers as they try to fill the scoring void left by Redd. Do NOT bother with Charlie Bell. Even if he’s got the starting job in the interim, he will not amount to anything fantasywise for now.

Josh Smith (Hawks) – Out for 2-4 weeks. I actually think he will be back sooner rather than later. In the meantime; Al Horford, Zaza Pachulia, Marvin Williams and Maurice Evans should get some fantasy love in Josh’ absence. Zaza and Evans will have the least upside in the quartet.

Devin Harris (Nets) – He should be gone for a few days to 2 weeks. Keyon Dooling will be favored to fill his starting PG gig. Feel free to pick him in the short term and milk Devin’s time away. He is definitely on most waiver wires.

Drew Gooden (Bulls) – He has a minor sprain. Joakim Noah now has a chance to shine, well at least briefly. Tyrus Thomas has been too erratic at start the season to tell whether or not he can capitalize on Drew’s short absence from his starting center job. I’m not holding my breath for Aaron Gray to have a micaulous turn around just yet.

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NBA Week One: First Impressions

Posted by Erik on November 4, 2008

This is a hodge-podge and mish-mosh of some random observations over the course of the NBA’s first week.

Before I begin, let me say that everything here should be taken with a grain of salt. This is, after all, just the first week. Only 2 to 3 games have been played by most players. So all of the ups and downs; and rants and raves you read here are all just first impressions.

Stud Sightings

Chris Paul – Wow! What an awesome PG! Blah, blah, blah… He’s the hands down BEST player in fantasy today. He didn’t get hit by some random meteor from Alpha-Centauri to stop him, so he simply just began the season like he will continue to play the rest of the season – with unadulterated Awesomeness!

Danny Granger – He had an awesome start and almost singlehandedly kick the defending champs in their championship-winning tushies. He has shown that he can do a lot. I just wonder if he can keep up his pace when his partner in crime, Mike Dunleavy rejoins the Pacer line up.

Josh Smith – Want sick? Josh’s stat line over the first couple of games is what’s really sick! 15-10 with 3.5 BPG, 3.5 SPG, 1.5 3PG. Monstrous? Hell yeah! But as I said earlier, take all of these things with a grain of salt. Josh probably won’t be averaging those numbers throughout the season, but damn those numbers really lit up those stat sheets.

Jose Calderon – It appears all the hype and anticipation was well worth the drool-flooding wait. Jose is now truly an elite passing PG. OMG! 79 more games of his efficiency and production, please! 18 PPG at 50% FG, and 9.7 APG is just like the old Steve Nash, only without the cat-killing TOs.

Chris Bosh – You can’t really mention Jose Calderon in a rave section of a post or article without mentioning Chris. You can now add both these guys to the elite PG-PF/C combos. Their names are now in the echelon of Deron-Boozer, CP3-West, Nash-Amare. Scary! 26-10 at 54 FG% and 80 FT% (10 attempts) is definitely nothing to sneeze at.

Andris Biedrins – A couple more months of his production at this level will instantly catapult AB into the elite C status. He’s proving to everyone that he’s indeed worth every penny the GSW decided to pay him. Monster of a C! Wow! I can’t wait to see how he will end up this season in everyone’s rankings.

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GMTR Mock Draft Analysis: Round 7

Posted by Erik on September 30, 2008

Sorry for the delay guys. A new job and a loss in the family kept me away from the keyboard a bit too long.

For everyone following the GMTR Mock Draft, I’d like to inform you that this Mock WILL BE VALIDATED. It (our rosters) will actually be input into a fantasy league and run. There will be no transactions or waiver pick ups allowed. This will be to preserve the “purity” of our picks. All 13 slots will be utilized – meaning there will be no more bench – everyone drafted gets played every week. This was agreed upon by the mockers during the the 8th or 9th round so it may affect strategy in choosing the succeeding picks in the rounds after. I will round up the results of the league come season’s end so don’t forget to watch out for it.

So here’s round 7.

ROUND 7

Pick Round Fantasy Team Player Position
73 7-1 Epicte Jamal Crawford PG/SG
74 7-2 2nd Round Reach Zydrunas Ilgauskas C
75 7-3 Jeff’s Jawai-nots Jason Terry PG/SG
76 7-4 REAL Batman Emeka Okafor PF/C
77 7-5 Bucko Jamario Moon SF
78 7-6 Doneycat David Lee PF
79 7-7 GiveMeTheRock Mike Bibby PG
80 7-8 OKC Thunder Mike Miller SG/SF
81 7-9 Sexy Time Jermaine O’Neal PF/C
82 7-10 SA Spurscasters Tony Parker PG
83 7-11 Points in the Paint Michael Beasley SF/PF
84 7-12 Alpha_Terrance Kirk Hinrich PG/SG

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GMTR Mock Draft Analysis: Round 5

Posted by Erik on September 23, 2008

This is one competitive bunch of drafting freaks! You’ve got a whole buffet of assorted strategies banging around in the paint (draft pool). These guys are tenacious. I’ve even got my own faves: Jeff’s team and SA Spurscasters. Looking sharp there boys. Some teams are coming around nicely, others not so much. I suppose there are mixed feelings from the drafters at this point. Some guys wished this was a real league so they can see their strategies come to fruition, while others are probably wishing they could do over certain picks and are glad that it’s just a mock draft. For the guys who fall into the latter category, fret not fellow drafters! My first round pick, Allen Iverson, probably put it best:

It Ain’t a Game, It’s Just Practice!

I’d like to thank some of the other drafters for chiming in with their comments. I appreciate the interaction, keep it up. I must admit that I’m learning a lot as I find myself having my fair share of “Doh! I wanted him!” moments – I found myself saying it a lot especially in this round .

Let’s keep the ball rolling with ROUND 5.

ROUND 5

Pick Round Fantasy Team Player Position
49 5-1 Epicte Chris Kaman C
50 5-2 2nd Round Reach Andris Biedrins C
51 5-3 Jeff’s Jawai-nots Manu Ginobili SG
52 5-4 REAL Batman Gerald Wallace SF
53 5-5 Bucko Maurice Williams PG
54 5-6 Doneycat Mehmet Okur PF/C
55 5-7 GiveMeTheRock Michael Redd SG
56 5-8 OKC Thunder Tyson Chandler C
57 5-9 Sexy Time Andrew Bogut C
58 5-10 SA Spurscasters Stephen Jackson SG
59 5-11 Points in the Paint Peja Stojakovic SF
60 5-12 Alpha_Terrance Lamar Odom PF

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