It’s week 9 of NBA action, and injuries continue to hound teams which could’ve been clear contenders, both in the NBA, and in the faculty head-to-head league.
The biggest loss clearly has to be
For Blues Angles, the Dojoboys’ opponent for week 8, it meant that, despite the team’s best efforts, they fell 7-2 to the ‘boys.
The Dojoboys, however, aren’t scot free, either.
The list of injuries is long, and here's a rundown of the key losses to the faculty teams:
- New Jersey center Nenad Krstic (formerly zyxwv), who is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament
- Seattle forward Rashard Lewis (formerly Blues Angles) who had surgery on torn ligament in his right hand and will miss 2-3 months
- Charlotte guard Brevin Knight (formerly Team JT), who is out for 4-6 weeks recovering from abdominal surgery
- Detroit guard Chauncey Billups (The Green Monster), who is out 2 weeks with a strained calf
- Clippers guard Sam Cassell (Ratboo Warriors), who continues to suffer from foot problems
- Boston guard Paul Pierce (Team Magis), who will miss 2-3 weeks with a left foot stress reaction
- Miami guard Dwayne Wade (asianbites), who sprained his right wrist, and is day-to-day
- New Orleans/Oklahoma guard Chris Paul (Blues Angles), who sprained his right ankle, and will miss 4-6 weeks
The challenge here is for teams to scramble and make some tough decisions: stick, trade, or drop. Sticking with an injured player means that there will be some gaping holes in one’s lineup, but this might not be so bad, considering the rest of the league is also hurting. Trading an injured player is difficult to impossible, because few owners will be willing to take on damaged goods. Dropping a player should be a last resort, unless the player is out for the season, like Krstic, or will miss considerable playing time, like Lewis; the player will be back eventually, in most cases, and you don’t want to have to face that player in a future match up because someone else decided to snatch him up.
It’s shaping out to be an interesting season for head-to-head basketball, where careful planning, and strategic moves will win one the match-up. However, one cannot discount the influence of luck.Update: Week 9 is over, and the Dojoboys continue their winning streak for another week. They're currently 13.5 wins ahead of second placers Rolando's Magic, and Team Magis. The rest of the league is pretty bunched up at the moment, and the battle for playoff spots is fierce; the last place linus12 is only 7 wins away from the 8th place Skylark Express.