NBA Fantasy Basketball Recap-Starting 5-games of April 23

The San Antonio Spurs are the top seed in the West, and the Charlotte Bobcats might be the worst team ever. Those are just 2 of the results from last night’s 6 games in the NBA. The Sixers beat the Nets in their final game in Jersey (some would say a fitting end) and clinched the 8th and final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Grizzlies also won keeping the pressure on the Clippers for home-court out West.

Apr 23, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs players (from left) Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Tim Duncan during the national anthem prior to the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the AT

One team that didn’t win and has won a lower percentage of their games than any team in NBA history was the Charlotte Bobcats. The Cats lost in Washington, to the Wizards who have won 4 in a row now. It was Charlotte’s 21st straight loss, and if they close out the season with 2 losses (@ Orlando and vs. New York) they will have the worst winning percentage of any team in NBA history.

Here’s 4 quick lists of 5 so you can start your day caught up on what went down last night and who you should pick up if you’re still fighting for your fantasy basketball championship.

5 Standout Fantasy Studs

Apr 23, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) dunks against Detroit Pistons forward Vernon Macklin (20) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Detroit 103-97. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

1. Paul George-Ind: George led a furious Indiana comeback and finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals in his team-high 34 minutes. While the other starters took it easy, George made sure that Indiana still beat Detroit.

2. John Wall-Was: Wall had 16 points and 14 assists while adding 5 rebounds and a blocked shot as the Wiz trounced the Bobcats.

3. Ersan Ilyasova-Mil: Ilyasova had 15 rebounds and 19 points with 2 assists and a blocked shot in his 36 minutes. He made a three-pointer and was one of just 2 Bucks starters with a positive differential, +3.

4. James Johnson-Tor: Johnson played 41 minutes for Toronto and scored a team-high 22 points. He added 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, and a steal; but the Raptors still fell to the Bucks in Milwaukee.

5. Kyrie Irving-Cle: Irving has reminded Cleveland why they had hope earlier this year in his brief return from the sidelines at the end of the season. He had 25 points on 10-16 from the field including 2 three-pointers and added 4 assists, 3 steals, and 2 rebounds in the Cavs loss to Memphis.

5 Bigs Playin’ Large

1. Tim Duncan-SA: Duncan had 18 points, 4 blocks, and 8 rebounds in just 26 minutes to lead San Antonio to an easy victory at home over the Blazers.

Apr 23, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards forward Jan Vesely (24) dunks the ball against the Charlotte Bobcats during the first half at the Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

2. Jan Vesely-Was: Vesely started at PF and played 24 minutes without missing a shot. He went 8-8 from the field finishing with 16 points, 4 steals, 6 rebounds, and an assist.

3. Nene-Was: Nene came off the bench but showed why the Wizards traded for him finishing with 18 points on 8-11 from the field while adding 6 rebounds, 3 blocks, and an assist with a +21 differential in just 21 minutes.

4. Elton Brand-Phi:Brand had 15 points, 4 blocks, and 6 rebounds in 29 minutes to help the Sixers roll past the Nets.

5. Marreese Speights-Mem: Speights has his 2nd consecutive double-double finishing last night with 17 points and 10 rebounds adding a steal and a block.

5 Guards Gettin’ it Done

1. Tony Allen-Mem: Allen had 13 points as part of a balanced Memphis attack and had a league-high 8 steals slong with 8 rebounds, an assist, and a blocked shot.

2. Wesley Matthews-Por: Matthews played 45 minutes for Portland and finished with a team-high 24 points to go with 4 steals, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 three-pointers. The Blazers are one of the many limping to the end of the season but Matthews is showcasing his potential for next year.

3. Brandon Jennings-Mil: Jennings led the Bucks back to beat the Raptors finishing with a game-high 25 along with 3 steals, 5 assists, 3 treys, and a rebound.

4. Daniel Green-SA: Green literally couldn’t miss last night scoring 18 points in his 15 minutes of playing time hitting all 6 of his shots from the field including all 4 from three-point range. He added 2-2 from the free throw line and 2 rebounds, an assist, and a block.

5. Gerald Henderson-Cha: Henderson continues to be the best scorer on the horrible Bobcats. He had 19 last night on 5-12 shooting and added 5 rebounds, a steal, and an assist. He also had a team-high 4 turnovers in his 32 minutes.

5 to Grab for Tuesday 4/24

Apr 20, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Boston Celtics shooting guard Avery Bradley (0) brings the ball up the court against Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague (0) during the second half at Philips Arena. The Hawks won 97-92. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

1. Avery Bradley-Bos: (37.7% owned in ESPN Leagues) Bradley may start at PG if Rondo rests or he may play the 2-guard but either way he’s a great add for tonight. He’s blossomed at the end of the season, and he’s averaging 2.4 three’s, 21.6 points, 1.2 steals, 1.6 assists, and 2.4 rebounds in his last 5 games (all over 35 minutes played). He went from draft bust to quite the find for Boston and is part of what they’re calling the “New 3″

2. Shannon Brown-Phx: (20.3%) Brown had a team high 28 points in the Suns loss to the Nuggets Saturday. They’ll face a showdown with the Jazz which basically amounts to a playoff game tonight and Brown will look score early and often against the Jazz. He has 7 steals in his last 2 games as well, so he’s also a good grab if you’re looking for thievery.

3. Derrick Favors-Uta: (18.7%) Favors can be maddeningly inconsistent mostly due to playing time, but he does have 3 double-double’s in his last 5 games with at least a block in 4 of those 5 contests. He’s averaging 9 points and 9 boards over those games and tonight will be part of a Jazz team looking to secure the 8-seed in the playoffs as they host Phoenix.

4. Marvin Williams-Atl: (4.8%) Williams had 29 points with 4 three’s, 10-14 from the field, and 5-7 from the line whil also adding 3 blocks and a steal with his 11 rebounds in 39 minutes in the Hawks last game when they hosted New York. It was a matchup play, but it would seem that Williams would have earned some more time and should get plenty as the Hawks try and secure home court while the host the Clippers tonight.

5. Jason Thompson-Sac: (29.8%) Thompson has scored in double-digits in each of his last 3 games and had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds while adding 7 assists, 5 steals, and a block. He should get some extra minutes since DeMarcus Cousins will most likely be out suspended after picking up his 13th tech of the season.

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