NBA Observations: Klay is Back, Kyrie Debuts, Dame's Future, Slumping Steph and More

NBA Observations: Klay is Back, Kyrie Debuts, Dame's Future, Slumping Steph and More

Welcome to Week 13 of the fantasy basketball season! This week, we'll officially pass the halfway point in the NBA calendar, so I'll do my best to no longer write about any players who are "off to a great start".

For most fantasy managers, the darkest days of COVID-19, when 10-day hardship signings reached a fever pitch, look to be in the rear-view. A handful of top-150 players are still battling the virus or sidelined due to conditioning, but the league has collectively weathered the storm, and injury reports are no longer resembling a print-out of the entire roster.

Over the second half of the season, the hope is that we'll get as close to a "normal" stretch of fantasy basketball as we've had since the pre-pandemic days. It's a big ask, but as boosters kick in and testing protocols lighten up, more of the league's stars should be on the floor on a nightly basis.

With that said, there are still plenty of injuries keeping key players sidelined. We'll touch on those, as well as the other top fantasy headlines from around the league, in this week's deep dive:

The return of Klay Thompson

We begin in Golden State, where Klay Thompson made his long-awaited return to game action Sunday night against the Cavs. After an emotional pregame introduction, Thompson was back in the lineup at his customary shooting guard position alongside Stephen Curry.

Thompson hit his first shot of the night – a difficult, driving layup in

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Nick Whalen
RotoWire's NBA Editor and host of the RotoWire NBA Podcast. Nick was awarded the FSWA Best Podcast -- All Sports award in 2017 and 2018. Many years ago, Stromile Swift gave Nick his unbelievably sweaty headband after a preseason game. Despite its failure to match his school colors, Nick went on to wear that headband for the entirety of his sixth grade basketball season. Catch Nick on Twitter @wha1en.
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