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Welcome back! Dalton Del Don and Andy Behrens are here to discuss all things NBA in the latest fantasy basketball podcast. The guys kick things off by asking why Vince Carter didn’t get the same All-Star love Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade received? (3:28) They continue with their Starting Five: (5:39)
1) INJURIES! Damian Lillard (groin) initially backed out of all-star festivities and headed for an MRI (although, according to Chris Haynes, Dame D.O.L.L.A. would reportedly still perform). Lillard is averaging 29.5 PPG, 7.0 APG, 3.9 threes. POR is 5 games behind MEM in the loss column.
2) Karl-Anthony Towns has a left wrist injury of unknown severity, also headed for an MRI. Who can we trust in any potential KAT absence? Naz Reid? Juancho Hernangomez? James Johnson, anyone?
4) Steph Curry ramped up to “5-on-0” court work, so, is he looking good for March 1? How will he adjust to the fact that GS is now clearly Andrew Wiggins’ team? (Related: Should we take Marquese Chriss seriously?)
5) Let’s check in with the new-look Sixers: Al Horford to the bench. Furkan Korkmaz couldn’t miss in back-to-back games, then busted as a starter.
Following their Starting Five, Andy and Dalton look at the early fantasy returns from those big trade deadline swaps, including Houston’s very-small-ball experiment. They also give their predictions for All-Star Weekend’s festivities. (21:20)
We wrap up the show with In Case You Missed It. ICYMI this week: Scott Powers’ must-read oral history of Kevin Garnett’s one season in the Chicago Public League, and Kelly Dwyer on the old-timer’s game at all-star weekend. (30:23)
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