One of the saving graces of a slow start to any fantasy season is the return of the some of the injured players you may have drafted. I was/am awaiting the return of Manu Ginobili, Monta Ellis, Deron Williams, Leandro Barbosa and Michael Redd on some teams.
Of course, you always anticipate the return of injured players as if no one on your team will suffer an injury for the remainder of the season. It’s nice how the NBA quickly welcomed me back from the Pacific with harsh reality, for my excitement about the return of Ginobili was tempered by the loss of Andrew Bogut and Jameer Nelson.
Ginobili made his season debut on Monday evening and was typically solid with more points (12) than minutes played. Looking at the Spurs roster, it’s hard to imagine his return will destroy the value of the emerging Roger Mason. It seems like Bruce Bowen, Michael Finley, George Hill, etc would be more likely to have their minutes crunched until Tony Parker returns.
However, the game between the Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks was a veritable bloodbath, with Bogut and Nelson suffering injuries after news coming down about Keith Bogans’ hand injury.
Bogut, who is averaging a double-double this season, suffered a bruised left knee and the prognosis is unknown. This is a great time to capitalize on all those twitchy owners who dropped Charlie Villanueva. Also, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute could be a big help in rebounds if Bogut is gone for any extended period.
Nelson resurgence has been halted by a groin strain. No word on how severe the injury may be, but groin problems tend to linger, especially on players who rely on quickness. Time will tell.
Bogans was probably not a commodity in many leagues, but his absence along with Nelson’s injury leaves a vacuum in the backcourt. J.J. Reddick, Anthony Johnson and possibly rookie Courtney Lee could all see extended time but I’m not dropping anyone to grab them until some definitive is release about Nelson’s status.
You would think it would be a natural condition not too get overly excited when one player returns, for things balance out by another getting hurt.
It really is like a basketball to the groin.