The playoff race in the West got even tighter on Thursday and there are some critical games this evening. On the fantasy side, many Head-to-Head playoff matches will be decided this weekend; the whole season may come down to what happens tonight and tomorrow.
Congratulations to the Chicago Bulls for clinching a playoff spot. They also accomplished something no other team had done since February 1 — they beat the Heat. Luol Deng (28 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST, 2 STL) played 44 minutes and hit four 3-pointers, while Carlos Boozer (21 PTS, 17 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK) made up for the absence of Joakim Noah (foot) by crashing the boards.
For countless fantasy basketball owners, this is Week 1 of the head-to-head playoffs. Maybe your team has a bye (congratulations) or your league doesn’t use the most popular dates. For the majority of us, this week is sudden-death and tonight will go a long way toward deciding the result.
For once, Miami didn’t give their opponents a big head start, and their 25th consecutive win was never in doubt. LeBron James (29 PTS, 8 REB, 8 AST, 2 STL) made 12 of 15 shots, Dwyane Wade (19 PTS, 4 AST, 3 REB, 3 STL) helped out and the second unit outscored Detroit’s bench 35-13.
Yes, there are 16 more games in the NCAA tournament today, making the NBA an afterthought for countless hoops fans. Sure, your bracket is important and the Madness is contagious, but season-long fantasy leagues are based on the pro game and it’s getting to be crunch time, with trade deadlines looming, Head-to-Head playoffs around the corner and Roto standings getting tighter.
For the entire first half, it looked like Miami really didn’t care about their win streak, as the wounded, underdog Cavaliers raced out to a 55-34 lead and LeBron James had just six points. They were down by as much as 27 in the third, when the King finally went to work, finishing with a triple-double (25 PTS, 12 REB, 10 AST, 3 STL, 2 BLK) and lifting his team to a 24th consecutive victory.