Daily Lies & Statistics: One Whining Moment

This is what happens when guys who follow the NBA every day try to put together a reasonable NCAA Tournament bracket. Each year, Greg and I watch less and less college basketball. I’m not sure we’ve seen an entire game between us. But we usually do very well with our picks. This year, however, it has been a complete disaster. And it’s only been one day.

Bracketapology: Jeff and Greg need a perfect Friday to merely be labeled as a total embarrassment.

After we squeaked out a 51-50 win by Old Dominion, the wheels came off and every single close game went against us. Murray State. Northern Iowa. Washington. St. Mary’s. Wake Forest. Tennessee. We lost them all. On day one. And before overthinking things, we had most of those teams down for wins before switching it at the last second.

The lesson from the gods above? Stick to the pros. I will do so now. Gladly.

There were two games last night. Miami lost a tough one to Orlando at home in overtime, 108-102. It was Dwyane Wade (36 pts, 10 reb, 7 ast) against the world once again, and I can’t imagine Mr. Wade is too happy. What will he do this offseason? I’m very intrigued. I can’t see him leaving the warm climes of southern Flaw, but what if no star free agents promise to join him? The NBA needs a happy and productive Wade. Let’s make it happen, somehow.

Orlando overcame a foul-plagued Dwight Howard outing (10-11-4 blks in 31 minutes, 5 fouls) thanks to Vince Carter (27 points, 6 assists) and the infuriating Rashard Lewis (24 points, 11 boards, 4 threes, two blocks). Lewis has been awful for months now, and this week was the first week I took him out of my lineup since Orlando plays just twice. Lovely.

The Nuggets jumped out to a 62-37 halftime lead over New Orleans and never looked back en route to a 93-80 win. Carmelo Anthony has been going bananas lately and had 18 rebounds last night. Chris Andersen returned from a sprained ankle and had 13 boards himself but no blocks. He’ll get plenty of those and probably should be owned in all leagues down the stretch.

Some injury notes for the weekend: Gerald Wallace will return to action tonight after missing three games with a sprained ankle… Carlos Delfino is day-to-day with an ankle injury and will probably sit out a game or two… Derrick Rose (wrist) and Luol Deng (calf) are both out again tonight and could miss the weekend and perhaps more… Marc Gasol (neck) is likely out Saturday, so Hasheem Thabeet might have one more good game in him… Danny Granger is out indefinitely with a head injury, meaning Brandon Rush and Dahntay Jones are the ones to monitor… Rodney Stuckey and Ben Wallace are expected back in Detroit’s lineup Friday, raining on the Will Bynum/Jason Maxiell parade… Stephen Curry and Andray Blatche are both day-to-day with ankle sprains… Jeff Andriesse (ego) and Greg Fox (pride) are doubtful in general for everything in the near future.

Final note: Tom Lorenzo and I participated in a fantasy hoops roundtable that is posted over at Give Me the Rock. Check it out.

Have a good weekend, everyone.

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