Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Elton Brand Scheduled To Return For Championship Week

Like Willis Reed beating the odds and hobbling onto the Madison Square Garden court before game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals, Elton Brand will reward his owners by playing in the final 5-6 games of the season. His return is tentatively scheduled for either Sunday April 6th versus Houston or Tuesday April 8th against Denver. Both are Clippers' home games and an April 6th return will give you one Brand start during the semifinal round, an added bonus.

Fantasy Impact

Brand's return would hurt the value of Chris Kaman - who is targeting a March 31st return from his own injuries -reducing his offensive touches and taking away rebounds from the big man who has enjoyed a fine season. Further, it would end the cinderella run of the Clippers current center, Josh Powell, who has been averaging nearly 12 points and 9 rebounds over the last week or so.

We all know the great things Brand can do for a fantasy basketball team. He is a double-double threat on a nightly basis and one of the finest scoring big men in the game today. Upon his return following a long layoff, he will most certainly be rusty and might even play inconsistent minutes as he is not in prime game shape. Regardless, even at 75%, he will be a solid option in all leagues.

I would not advise sacrificing a roster spot to add Brand right now in smaller leagues. Remember people, to use him in 2 weeks, you still need to be in the playoffs! It's crunch time, use your moves wisely...

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