Rick: Start Sit for Fantasy Basketball Playoffs
I’m back with five start-sit predictions before we all resume the fantasy playoffs tonight.
Stephen Curry, Warriors: Curry re-injured his surgically-repaired right ankle on Saturday against Washington and although he walked through a portion of today’s shootaround, Curry is considered questionable to play against the Lakers. Problem is, it’s a three-game week for GSW, so if Curry sits tonight, you’re looking at a two-game week—at best. Given the recurring injures to the same ankle and the playoffs right around the corner, I think caution is going to win over competitiveness. Sit him.
Tim Duncan, Spurs: Typically, this is DNP season for Duncan, who frequently gets “maintenance” DNPs from Gregg Popovich to keep him fresh for the playoffs. However, this week sets up very nicely for Duncan’s Spurs, who host the Nuggets on Wednesday, the Clippers on Friday, and the Heat on Sunday. No back-to-backs, all three games at home, and all three games against elite teams should lead to Duncan starting all three games. Start him.
Dwyane Wade, Heat: D-Wade sat out Sunday’s blowout over Charlotte with a sore knee, planting doubt in the minds of his owners. The week brings four road games for the Heat: Monday in Orlando; Wednesday in Chicago; Friday in New Orleans; Sunday in San Antonio. My speculation is that Wade was given a night off against a bad team before a grueling roadie, where he will get back to work to help extend Miami’s 26-game winning streak. And given the way he was hamming it up after the Charlotte game, I’d say there’s very little to worry about with Wade. Start him.
Ty Lawson, Nuggets: After missing two games with a heel injury, Lawson returned to practice Sunday and is considered probable for Monday’s game. While that’s good news, it’s only a three-game week for the Nuggets. Plus, with Andre Miller and the bench playing so well, I don’t see a huge week from Lawson—even if he’s close to 100 percent. Sit him.
Joakim Noah, Bulls: Noah has missed the past two games to rest his oft-ailing foot, casting serious doubt on his upcoming three-game week. Noah took some time off to rest the foot in early February and he sat for seven days and three games. If Noah returns for Wednesday’s showdown with the Heat, he will have had five days (two games) of rest. Only the Bulls know if another 7-day mini-shutdown is in play here, but my guess is that Noah plays the warrior card and returns against the Heat. Start him.
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