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No, you’re not accidentally on baseball and we’re not reviewing Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle’s little HBO romp. Wait, why does LeBron James get an asterisk then?!  I think the mask is helping him.  It’s like the Jim Carrey movie.  Without it he’s a nothing out there – –  dammit, metaphors and parallels just aren’t working today!  Unless the improbable scenario in which you pounded em hard at happy hour, passed out before tipoffs last night, stumbled to your computer when you awoke this morning, and Razzball Basketball is your first NBA news choice, then you probably saw what BronBron did last night.  I for one fully endorse the aforementioned scenario, see you at happy hour after work!  LeBron went bob-bonkers on the bob-Bobcats for 61 points shooting 22-33, 8-10 from deep, and 9-12 from the stripe.  Chipped in 7 boards and 5 dimes on top of it.  The gap Kevin Durant had over King James is slowly deteriorating as MaskBron is taking over Gotham City.  Now, it did help that there was no Dwyane Wade (not that it would’ve made that much of a difference), but KD is still your numero uno.  Twin towers!  I bet 50% of fantasy H2H title matchups will pit LeBron vs. KD.  Fantasy basketball is too top heavy followed by a bunch of bastard children.  It’s turning into Shawn Kemp!  Zing!  Here’s what else I saw last night in NBA action:

Caron Butler - Signed with the Thundah and will play tomorrah.  Probably going to start with Thabo Sefolosha not abiding by OSHA with a strained calf.  Still means pretty much nothing to me, I have no desire to run out and grab Butler.

Andre Miller – So this is what I did last weekend…  A whole new experience.  “Andre Miller Hands!”  Just like Edward 40 hands, you make one a Miller, but replace the other with a bottle of Andre champagne.  Top ten in assists!  It’s pretty much the best drinking game since “Pin the Gun-Related Felony on Arenas”.  Unlike the immediate success of Andre Miller hands, the real-life version hasn’t seen a lot of rock.

Marc Gasol – Super rainbow!  10/7/8/3/3.  Playing like we all shouldn’t have been scared.  I wasn’t too scared!  Maybe had a cold chill, or a little bit of a rash downstairs if you know what I mean, but it went away!

John Wall – Having a great year, with another solid 23/6/9/1/1 last night with two treys.  Gloat alert!  In both Yahoo and Basketball Monster, Wall is ranked #10 overall in total value.  With Serge Ibaka 9th.  And some crazy fantasy dude out there had em both first rounders…   Got something right!

Raymond Felton – Wow.  1-9, and I mean, just can’t shoot his way out of a slump despite his best effort on and off the court.  4/3/5/2/0 with 4 TOs and he might be playing/off-court issuing his way out of the NBA.

Tyson Chandler – Didn’t he play for a Gold Team USA?  And now… This.  8/18/2/1/2 in a near-rainbow and at least he’s getting some his shizz together unlike his compadres.

Andre Drummond – If he only he could learn how to dime!  17/26/0/2/3 shooting 6-9.  5-7 at the stripe is a good start for the month despite being an awful free throw shooter… Regardless, un-gloat alert!  One I should’ve been in on…

Kyle Singler – Along with Mike Dunleavy, becoming a very boring high-minute, under-the-radar multi-cat producer.  8/4/2/2/1 last night in 32 mins.  God I hate these Duke scrubs…

Al Jefferson – As expected, tore the Heat interior D a new one.  38/19/1/1/0 shooting an unreal 18-24, but will be lost in the shuffle with the LeBron-ness.

Gary Neal – Started for the injured Gerald Henderson, and then vomited on the court.  33 minutes shooting 3-11 for 10/0/5/0/0 with 2 TOs.

D.J. Augustin – After being ice cold, got 23 Pts against the hapless Knicks on Sunday then 16/3/4 in 27 minutes yesterday.   We believed in you, D.J.!  Kirk Hinrich was atrocious for 5/3/1 with 3 TOs in 32 minutes.  If Hinrich gets hurt again, which, let’s face it, is fairly probable, D.J. will be rocking the club.

Ersan Ilyasova – Um, what?  Was ridiculously hot last night shooting 13-14 for a 31/5/0/2/1 line.  I mean, I guess the Stls and Blk was helpful, but pretty empty for a career-high.  I still think this Turkey is deep fried.

Zaza Pachulia – I guess we live in a world where John Henson is not going to start this year…  Zaza for 14/6/5 last night is pretty decent in 26 minutes.  But yeah, not much to buy here.

Jeff Adrien - Despite Ersan being hot, got 20 minutes and was productive!  Now, this game was a blowout (in favor of the Bucks, so effing weird!), but 8/11/0/1/1 is useful.  In 5 games as a Buck, he’s logged double-digit boards in 4 of em for a 9.6 overall average.  While also at 0.6 in Stls and Blks.  0% owned in Yahoo is crazy talk, the Bucks are going to see what they have in him and continue his bench minutes, and I think he can help even 12-teamers needing boards.

Enes Kanter – 27/14 in 35 great minutes.  I like this Turkey a little more than the Bucks Turkey, but by just a drop or two of gravy.  That said, not buying too much of this one.  Derrick Favors got Corbined on the bench for only 19 minutes despite playing well lately, with Corbin going most of the game with Kanter.  Then looking at the Bucks and weighing their horrible big man defense, and this looks like an anomaly.  Don’t think this is a changing of the guard.  Or changing of the center, I guess…

Ty Lawson – Welcome back!  Finally got his ribs healed up after making Eve to go 31/4/11/4/0.  Like he never left!  Except, ummmm, when he had to leave with 6 fouls…

Evan Fournier – A healthy Lawson means a chaste Fournier.  Going to do a lot of sitting on the wood – wait that doesn’t work – I mean spend a lot of time on the bench.

Timofey Mozgov vs. J.J. Hickson – In the epic battle for Denver big man minutes, the winner last night was… NO ONE!  Healthcare.Mozgov for 4/3 in 10 horrible minutes and Hickson for 5/7/2/1/0 in 27 slightly more productive albeit still awful minutes.  The adjective police are after me for that one!  Hickson is still the guy to own even though it’s a Rocky Mountain Horror Show.

Wilson Chandler – I can picture Brian Shaw imitating Tom Hanks, going “WILLLSSSOONNNN!  Stop shooting threes!”  11-22 for an awesome 25/10/2/1/0 line, but shot 2-11 from downtown.  Take a dribble my man!

Kevin Love - Having an elite year.  I feel bad questioning his health.  I feel like his production is bitch slapping me.  And if it’s so hard that he happens to break his hand on my cheek, well, I’d feel even worse.  Because it’d effing hurt!

Nikola Pekovic – Second game back and no issues, 16/9/1 on 5-8 shooting will get it done.  Only 24 minutes, but should be solid.

Kevin Martin – The thumb injury doesn’t look like it’ll keep K-Mart from being aggressive!  16-17 at the stripe last night for an otherwise empty 22 Pts.  The Nuggets were swiping at his thumb all game!  Rapscallions.

Ricky Rubio – This is one I would redo… 5/5/5 last night in 26 minutes with 5 fouls and 4 TOs.  Didn’t play down the stretch yet again because he might actually consult Raymond Felton on shooting form when RayRay is in jail.  Ricky R has shown flashes, but just hasn’t come together like I thought it would.

LaMarcus Aldridge – Welcome back L.A.!  Andddddd for your second game back you’re going to lose to L.A…  Solid 21/6/1/2/0 though.

Robin Lopez – 19/16/2/0/3.  Just… Wow.  I guess he indeed is a must own in all leagues.  Late to join that parade.

Nicolas Batum – 17/15/5/2/1 in another patented near-rainbow from Batum, but I’m wondering to myself how the Blazers got all these boards and lost!  +9 rebounding and lost to scrub team.  Eh, how it rolls sometimes.

Kent Bazemore – 14/7/2/0/0 with 4 treys.  Still feels like an empty scorer to me with ThrAGNOF upside like this one.  Sure, a great add in deeper leagues, but not hopping in for shallower unless a stream.

Pau Gasol – Rainbow!  22/9/5/2/2 and playing like L.A. is his favorite team.  Unlike most people from L.A.

Wesley Johnson – Rainbow two, electric bugaloo!  14/7/4/2/2.  Has the ability to be a multi-cat gold mine, but has been inconsistent all year.  The last four have been pretty nice though.  Worth a looksy.

Kendall Marshall – I’ve been steadfast in my Jordan Farmar hate making me semi-have-to-like Marshall, who stepped it back up for 7/6/11 last night.  Think he needs to be owned in most leagues.

Xavier Henry – Finally was able to return to action for 5 no stat minutes.  On any other team I probably wouldn’t mention, but this is a D’Antoni tanking team and he could syphon off minutes from guys like Bazemore if he stays healthy.  Keeping my eye on it.

Tyreke Evans – I mean, he could literally shoot 1-10 and do nothing next game, but 27/10/8 with 2 treys in a triple-double flirt is almost a must-own guy.  Crushed his old team, and loving the move into the starting line-up with 41 minutes.  I’m going to go ahead and say should be owned in almost all leagues.

Alexis Ajinca - Just when it’s coming around, a 20 minute dud last night racking up 5 fouls.  In the deepest of leagues he’ll throw you a little something, but that’s about it for now.

Reggie Evans – 30 minutes for 10/13.  So many boards so little time!  I buy he can be like a 2008 version of… Reggie Evans.

 

Next Game: MIA @ HOU!  Should be a dandy.  Over/under on LeBron scoring…  I’ll set it at 37.  Make your bets below!

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  1. Tsilaeri says:
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    Thanks for the post!
    Which two out of these do you like?

    G Hill, E Kanter, K Faried, K Marshall, W Johnson, PBeverly.

    Currently I got the last two. Maybe drop WJ for KMarshall?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tsilaeri: Any time! Yeah def wanna get Marshall. I think I’d pick Faried and Marshall of the group, I just don’t buy Wes’ consistency

  2. Spence says:
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    12 team roto. Need Rebs, Asts, Stls.

    Got offered IT2 + Marion + Vucevic for Ibaka + Wes Johnson + Deron Williams.

    What’d you think?

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Spence: Hmmmmm. Looks pretty good, I think I might do it. Ibaka is best in deal, but since you don’t have blks as a need, I think the haul you get and dumping DWill’s injury risk makes sense.

  3. Hinrich Maneuver says:
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    Andre Drummond is my guy. I drafted him on every team. Granted i am last in FT% in every league but this guy is a big treat and happy to have. Thanks for the write ups! I love devoting my time at work to free agent acquisitions and reading Razzball!!!! Let Grey know too!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Hinrich Maneuver: Yup been a nice pick! I will man, thanks so much!

  4. TR says:
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    I successfully got Meeks off waivers for Lou Williams. Should I now try and claim John Henson and drop Giannis? And when Bledsoe comes back off my IR, do I drop Wroten or Gianni’s/Henson?

    • TR says:
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      @TR: or Kanter instead of henson

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TR: Niccccce. Rather Henson over Kanter. I think between Henson and Giannis depends on needs. Would probably drop a Buck when Bledsoe is back.

  5. Jay_0321 says:
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    Streamer of the day? Dropping K Midd. Drop K Midd?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jay_0321: Yeah his minutes are low with pretty much Pts only production that is any consistent, don’t mind it for a good streamer

      • Jay_0321 says:
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        @JB Gilpin: You are supposed to tell me who that streamer is? Splitter, Caron Butler, RJax, Jordan Hamilton, Tony Wroten?

        Also, would you do this? My Gordon and Boozer for his Sullinger and Scott?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Jay_0321: Haha did not think that’s what you meant at all. Sorry just able to get back now, who’d you go with? If Eric Gordon, I like getting Sully side.

          • Jay_0321 says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Went with PBev and I would be trading my Gordon and Boozer for Sully and Scott.

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Jay_0321: Nice! Three treys early and yup like the trade!

              • Jay_0321 says:
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                @JB Gilpin: Help me quantify. I am giving up better numbers overall. I am in first and currently rostering, CP3, George, LBJ, Ibaka, Howard, Wall, Batum and the RainbOladipo! Made mad trades this year and in a great position.

                • JB Gilpin

                  JB Gilpin says:
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                  @Jay_0321: Quantify that trade you asked about/. Yeah sick team!

                • JB Gilpin

                  JB Gilpin says:
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                  @Jay_0321: Meant that to be a question mark… ha

                  • Jay_0321 says:
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                    @JB Gilpin: Yea help me quantify the trade. Trading Gordon and Boozer for Scott and Sully.

                    • JB Gilpin

                      JB Gilpin says:
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                      @Jay_0321: Gordon is a score-only player and not a guy I’m a big fan of. Boozer and Sully I think will be even Pts/Rebs, but Sully will chip in 3s, more Blks. And I have a fear Gordon might get shut down with the Pelicans awful, and has a lot more injury risk. It may be the unpopular choice, but I’m a big Sully guy and like Scott.

  6. I love lamp says:
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    I have dion waiters on my IR and it’s the second day of my fantasy playoffs. I was wondering if it’s worth activating dion today. I would have to drop vince carter, loui williams, matt barnes or henson in order to activate him. I was thinking about dropping barnes, but he has a game today. Should i just not play waiters tonight? It’s his first game back so should i not expect him to produce to much? thanks

    • matt says:
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      @I love lamp: playoffs? Already That stinks mine don’t start till week 20

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @I love lamp: I woulda held Waiters out but I know I’m late…And woulda been wrong! Good start for him tonight

  7. Carlson says:
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    So I’m trying to decide who should get these last two spots on my team for the playoffs. Right now I have Dunleavy and Boozer, but would you take any of these guys over either of them?

    Amir Johnson
    Tristan Thompson (all bias aside)
    Jodie Meeks
    Terrence Jones

    I need help with FG%, 3’s, boards, and blocks. I’m punting on assists and steals.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Carlson: Hmmm I love Meeks and he sticks out, but would only really held treys. Normally I’d take him over Dunleavy but think you’re holding your Bulls for now.

  8. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Weekly H2H pts, trying to make up ground in the standings, and get the 1st place team next week; he has the talent advantage across the board, so I’m loading up on Bucks (Ilya and Giannis) for the games played; it currently looks like I’ll have 3-4 games in hand on him. Our scoring format gives a big bonus for dbl-dbls and otherwise weighs peripheral stats heavily. If Bledsoe doesn’t come back by next week, I’m looking at either Reggie Jackson or Beverley w/ 3 games in my Util slot (probably Jackson, who gets HOU, LAL and DAL, while Beverley has @OKC, @CHI, @MIA). Would you rather put 5 games of Jeff Adrien or 4 games of Reggie Evans in that slot and hope for a couple dbl-dbls, or stick with one of the Gs?

    Also, same format ROS, Dalembert or Ajinca?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: In that format, I’d probably double down and play both, both are boarding a ton right now and the extra games are nice. Probably Ajinca for me, but not a big fan of either for consistency.

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks. Not planning on playing Ajinca or Dalembert, but it’s a 2 C league, and it pays to carry 3 b/c the wire’s thin. BroLo going down hurt me, as I usually skate into the playoffs just by carrying 3 top-15 Cs.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Steve Stevenson: Yeah I hear ya, I think Ajinca has the upside esp. for dubdubs too since Dalembert can never score unless its an easy dunk haha. Dalembert is a little safer for tad higher boards.

  9. Joe says:
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    If you’re the Knight owner, would you trade Knight + Deng for Kawhi?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joe: Yeah I probably would in a shallower league

  10. justin.g says:
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    JB hope all is well. 12 team 9 cat. Who would be your pick up out of this bunch? I’m dropping Felton finally but held him because I could use assists. At this point tho I want to go with best overall….

    Beverly, J Hamilton, M Scott, T Ross, M Thornton, Blatche

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @justin.g: Thanks man! Hope all is well with you. You knwo, since you threw in assists, I’m gonna lean holding Felton as I don’t really like any of the other guys too much either. I know Felton is awful though, but role seems assured for now.

  11. Kevin says:
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    Hey JB. i just traded my tyreke evans and trey burke for wesley matthews, per yours and dan’s help. at the time, i got tired of trey burke’s FG% and lack of defensive stats. And tyreke wasn’t performing to his potential. So i was happy when I found out the owner accepted the trade.

    Now that tyreke is going on a tear, would you still go through with it for wesley matthews? (not too late to attempt to veto) i love matthews’ consistency at the charity and his 5 game schedule on my 2nd week of playoffs. i can’t help but feel i’m giving away a good opportunity but you gotta give to get right?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Kevin: Hmmm, I am interested in Evans because he has moved into the starting lineup and getting huge minutes. That siad, he’s been just so inconsistent all year, plus the Pelicans have lost 8 straight anyway, so I don’t think he’s going to be a night by night trip dub threat. i still like it for ya!

  12. Sweeesh says:
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    Hey JB! Who would be better to keep between Derrick Rose and Al Horford?
    12-team, 9-cat, H2H with 3 keepers.
    My keepers are Dwight Howard, Andre Drummond, and am thinking between Derrick Rose and Al Horford. I also have Kemba Walker and Brook Lopez to choose from. Horford and Lopez are FA’s.
    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sweeesh: I’d keep Rose. Not coming off the major surgery this time, younger, you have big men locked up, I think Rose is your man. Probably taking Horford over Lopez and Walker, but still Rose of the bunch

  13. matt says:
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    Philly is a fking discrace, and kawhi is a rainbow beast! That’s all I got…And the Pacers got screwed by the refs tonight.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @matt: Haha yeah what a game from kawhi! I saw Thompson hit a game winner but don’t know what the refs did…

  14. Lasandro says:
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    Amen to teh Kawhi statement above! Just rainbowing all over the place. This is what Im kinda expecting from Oladipo too – shame’s he’s so effing inconsistent.

    Meanwhile, Markieff had a foul plagued game today. he’s been so good for me the past week or so, but do I drop him for a suddenly resurgent T Jones (even though I still think there’s a little too many frontcourt players in HOU atm) or perhaps even a Barnes? Or DJA, Carroll, M Scott?

    I’d also like to add that as much as I’m lovin Kawhi on my squad, Tyreke is just going haywire. It’s only the 3rd right now in LA and dude has 19/9/6/1/1. Taking it back to his rook year, since starting. Oh, and KD did ok for me too, today. Shame it was at the expense of my Thad, but cant win em all

    • Lasandro says:
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      Also other potential pickups: Carter, Bazemore, Dunleavy (your fav, I know) and ol man Brand

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lasandro: Spoiler Alert! Kawhi is the lead tomorrow! I think I might grab Carroll, I just love me some DeMarre. I think I’d take him over everyone. I think you’ll still feel awesome with Kawhi come playoff time when Tyreke goes back to being inconsistent haha.

  15. Shaft says:
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    Is my boy Terrence jones back after that horrible February? Drop Henson for him? I just need one of those guys to get it going.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shaft: Oh man, I watched this game and he looked good. I think I’ll lean TJones over Henson right now, they could easily flip flop again haha

  16. TestTickles says:
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    Hey, would you drop Trey Burke for Bazemore? I’ve got Curry, Wall, and IT2 still for PGs

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TestTickles: You know, I think I actually would. Might not have a week ago, but on board with it now

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