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Losing Love is never easy, but here's a start

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - David Tyree and Plaxico Burress ruined the New England Patriots' perfect season. Michael Jordan ruined the Charlotte Bobcats (and the Washington Wizards). Soulja Boy ruined hip hop. And now JaVale McGee has ruined fantasy basketball.

Well, maybe McGee, whose clumsy antics should land him a role in the next "Three Stooges" movie alongside Big Baby Davis and Metta World Peace, didn't ruin fantasy basketball for everyone. But don't tell that to Kevin Love's fantasy owners.

Wednesday night in Denver, Love took a McGee elbow to the skull that left him woozier than Will Ferrell after he shot himself with a tranquilizer in that scene from "Old School."

With fives games left on the Minnesota Timberwolves' schedule and nothing to play for, Love's incredible 2011-12 season appears to be over.

But yours doesn't have to be. It's time to wipe away the tears and move on. Don't worry Love-owners, we're going to find you a new power forward.

Here are a few candidates from the waiver wire who might be able to help you in your time of need:

Bismack Biyombo, Charlotte Bobcats (15.4 percent owned) - His first name sounds like pancake mix, but Biyombo has actually been doing a nice job for the Bobcats lately. Biyombo is not much of a scorer (5.1 ppg), but he is a shot-blocking fiend (1.8 bpg in his past five contests) and he'll throw in the occasional monster rebounding night (14 last week in Milwaukee) when he feels like it. Biyombo plays for the Bobcats, the worst team in human history, so at the very least, you know that getting minutes won't be an issue for the 19- year-old.

Taj Gibson, Chicago Bulls (2.4 percent owned) - The Taj Mahal hasn't started a game for the Bulls this season, but unlike his bench buddy Brian Scalabrine, Gibson actually gets some playing time. In just a little over 20 minutes per contest, Gibson has tallied 7.7 ppg and 5.1 rpg. Gibson is an efficient shooter (50.1 percent) and isn't a stranger to scoring double-digits (he's done it 17 times this season). If Chicago can lock up home court advantage in the next couple days, head coach Tom Thibodeau might opt to rest Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng and Joakim Noah for the playoffs. That would give Gibson a huge uptick in minutes and greatly improve his fantasy value going forward.

Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs (16.7 percent owned) - I know he's really a three, but if ESPN lists him as a power forward, that's good enough for me. Leonard isn't great in any one area, but his contributions in points (7.9 ppg), rebounds (5.2 rpg) and steals (1.3 spg) are strong enough to garner at least some attention from fantasy owners. Also working in Leonard's favor is that Gregg Popovich is famous for resting his veterans (Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker) to keep them fresh for the playoffs. With San Antonio already assured of at least the two-seed out west, Duncan should be in "straight chill mode" for the next week and a half, which means plenty of minutes for Mr. Leonard.

James Singleton, Washington Wizards (1.0 percent owned) - Singleton is making the most of his 10-day contract. After putting up a goose egg in his 2012 season debut, the 6-foot-8 journeyman has since scored in double figures in four out of his past six games. In fact, his 31.8-fantasy-points-per-game average is the highest of any power forward currently on the market in fantasy leagues. With Nene and Trevor Booker out for the forseeable future with plantar fisciitis, Singleton's coming out party should last through the end of the season.

Jason Smith, New Orleans Hornets (4.4 percent owned) - You probably know Smith best for the boneheaded foul on Blake Griffin that got him suspended for two games, but the dude can ball. With Carl Landry in coach Monty Williams' doghouse and Gustavo Ayon playing pitifully in the month of April (2.4 ppg this month), Smith has been the power forward of choice for the Hornets and he makes a pretty convincing case in fantasy, too. A week ago in Minnesota, Smith buried the T-Wolves with a 26-point effort and on Wednesday he scored 22 in just 27 minutes against Sacramento. That's some solid production for a player who is available in over 95 percent of fantasy leagues.

Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers (16.7 percent owned) - Here's another young player who might be able to help you down the stretch. Just like Barack Obama, Thompson's season has been all about progress. Thompson's scoring average has increased every month since January (6.9, 7.8, 8.4 and now 9.6 ppg in April). Thompson also can aid you in an area that Love never could: blocked shots. The 21-year-old has registered at least one block in each of his past five contests. With eight games in the next 12 days, Thompson should have plenty of chances to produce big fantasy numbers.

Ekpe Udoh, Milawaukee Bucks (5.8 percent owned) - Udoh and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (yes, that's all one person) both play for the Bucks and both have power forward eligibility. So who is the best option? Well, Mbah a Moute has the more impressive scoring average (7.6 ppg to Udoh's 5.5), but much like Biyombo, Udoh is a dominant shot-blocker and he's stepped it up bigtime over the last month. In the last 30 days, only five players (with Serge Ibaka miles ahead of everybody at an insane 80 blocks in the past month) have registered more rejections than Udoh's 30. That's probably why Udoh is owned in 5.8 percent of leagues and Mbah a Moute is owned in just 0.2.

Others you might consider:

Carl Landry, New Orleans Hornets (15.7 percent owned)

Derrick Williams, Minnesota Timberwolves (38.7 percent owned)

Brandon Wright, Dallas Mavericks (2.5 percent owned)

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Jesse Pantuosco at jpantuosco@sportsnetwork.com.


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