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Welcome to the first edition of I’m Just Writin’… here on Endscore.  This will be my weekly column where I will take a look back at the past week in sports with a dash of pop culture because who doesn’t like pop culture?  I mean, besides anarchists and Ferris Bueller’s Economics teacher.

So, just like that one uncle in your family that asks you to pull his finger, let’s let ‘em rip!

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Paul Pierce has been clutch as of lateThis past week has been great for all fantasy owners of Paul Pierce, and it has also translated into wins for the Boston Celtics as well.  Not only has Pierce been putting up monster numbers, but also delivering in the clutch.  This past week Pierce has been dueling with Gilbert “I’ll make the Eastern Conference pay!” Arenas, Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson and Lebron James all to exciting finishes at the end of the game.  Pierce has set a Boston Celtic record by averaging 33.5 points per game in February, the most in Boston Celtic history for a given month.  Yes, even more than the great Larry Bird.  This is an amazing turn around for Pierce, who was being discussed during the trade deadline.  Even the Clippers at one time this season were rumored to be linked to Pierce, but I guess now we’ll never know.

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Larry Hughes out another 6-8 weeksSorry to dampen the mood Cavs fans, especially after the impressive wins over the defending NBA champs San Antonio Spurs.  Looks like if the Cavs are going to make the post-season this year, it will be without arguably their second best player in Larry Hughes.  Hughes was supposed to come back from a broken right middle finger.  Hughes cashed in during last summer’s free agent market with a five-year, $60 million contract.  This move was to entice mega-star Lebron James to stay in Cleveland instead of testing the waters of free agency himself when the time comes.  Look for rumors to swirl around PF Drew Gooden once again, since the Cavs may now look to add another scoring threat or PG.

Kevin Martin heating upKevin Martin has a couple things working for him, the defenses focusing on Ron Artest and the green light to shoot away in the place of the injured Bonzi Wells.  For you NBA fantasy players out there in need of some scoring punch, Martin is your man.  In his last 11 games, he has hit the 20 point plus mark six times.  He shoots around 50% from the field this year, hits three pointers at least once a game, and grabs a few rebounds for you also.

NBA Draft Lottery logoAs a fan I love participating in the sports polls by ESPN and Sports Illustrated just to see what the rest of America thinks.  I also like to compare and see if I’m on the same page with other fans across the country.  The newest poll asked which player from the last two NBA drafts would you most want to build your team around?

The choices are Andrew Bogut, Dwight Howard,  Emakor Okafor, and Chris Paul.  The reason I found this particular poll interesting was that I couldn’t make my decision for about five minutes; normally these polls make me formulate an answer instantaneously.  I could not choose from either Dwight Howard or Chris Paul.  I finally went with my initial gut and went with Chris Paul, because finding a good floor general is just too hard to find.  My debate with Howard was that, scouts and GM’s normally go for size when it comes down to two players.  Howard will end up being a rebounding machine which might also make me regret my decision.

Well, America has spoken and with over 72,000 votes it was a close race.  The winner was Dwight Howard with 36%, Chris Paul with 30%, Emeka Okafor with 23%, and Andrew Bogut coming last with 12%.

Quarterback: Drew Brees could have single handily brought fantasy teams to a win.  He’s now considered a top flight fantasy player, ranking only behind Carson Palmer, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady.

Running back:  Stephen Jackson limited to 6 yards, 16 receiving yards, and a fumble.  Who knew the Arizona defense had it in them?
Dallas situation with Julius Jones and Marion Barber might end up like last years Pittsburgh tandem of Duce Staley picking up the majority of the yards and Jerome Bettis putting it in for the touchdown.

Wide Receiver:  Everyone is waiting for a scoop on the Terrell Owens situation, maybe he’ll get released, and someone will be able to pick up a bona-fide all world player.  Many teams are shying away; the only team that seems to have no comment on situation has been the Dallas Cowboys.  Matt Jones of the Jaguars has been turning it up, catching a touchdown the last 2 games.

Tight End: Everyone with Antonio Gates should not worry, it looks like he won’t miss any time off.  Randy McMichael was shut out completely by the Cleveland Browns, people might have under-estimated their defense, which is 4th in the AFC in Pts allowed, though much stronger against the pass than the run.

Kicker: Neil Rackers of the Arizona Cardinals is having a monster season.  He is actually ranked in the top 20 of total players in the league for fantasy point production.  The 2nd most for kickers is Jay Feely in the mid 40’s.  Thank you Arizona for hardly ever getting all the way to the endzone.

Defense: Denver Broncos gave the Jets a pounding.  Those who picked up Denver defense was in for a treat.  Everyone should just follow the strategy of picking up whoever the Jets have as an opponent.  Oakland will be available in most leagues also, there facing Miami, who might pack it in for the rest of the season.