Playoffs Edition! The Razzball Basketball Podcast is back, and on today’s show we discuss March Madness (join our Razzball Bracket Challenge!) and the fantasy postseason including the mess in Memphis. We then play another edition of Can We Make Slim Look Stupid, and preview tonight’s games with our 30-Point Challenge picks.

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The tournament is finally here!

It’s time to make our NCAA Tourney Bracket picks and join the 4th annual Razzball Basketball Bracket Pool, which through the power of hyperlinks, can be joined by clicking it right there! Yours truly put together a 2nd out of 27 finish in last year’s Razzball Bracket, so take that everyone that probably follows college basketball more than me! Hah, I keed, I’ve been pretty invested this season with Chapel Hill looking so good. And look at my alma mater making it! UNCW getting a ridiculous draw playing same-state opponent Duke in a 4 vs. 13 matchup… Duke seems to choke when they’re not a #1 seed though, Gus Ayonin’! Although I dunno, I went to a UNCW game this year and watched a handful of their other games… It’s gonna be near impossible for them to keep up unless Duke misses all their 3s, since that’s all Duke can ever do on a basketball court…

So come one, come all, and the winner of the pool will get a spot in the Commenters REL League plus lots of notoriety on the Pod. Phrases like “___ is so much smarter than us!” and “____ will pick my lotto numbers next time!” How is that not the coolest prize ever, Hurley?!

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REL Basketball1The quest for the golden jersey starts here!  I’m now going to use that term to describe winning the REL title, just look at how sexy that graphic at the bottom is!  I want to be on there!  With the playoffs now set, we had some crazy jostling between teams #2-#5, with Slim sneaking in to second for a first-week bye.  Damn that sneaky Slim!  We also had a few high-priced waiver adds as we wind down the season and NBA opportunities are created.  Here’s how week 19 wrapped up the regular season in the REL:

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It’s hard going into the fantasy playoffs without thinking of that cliche soundbit over and over… I feel like the dude from Pi trying to write an open to this, the drill is plugged in!

But seriously, if you’re still reading at this point in the season, there’s a 95% chance you’re in the fantasy playoffs or in the running to win your Roto league. The other 5% of you… I love you. Thanks for reading until the bitter end!

As with the advice you’ll see anywhere, now is the time to move on from anything that isn’t nailed down, no more stashing unless you have a bye, and it’s week-to-week, all-hands-on-deck (can-I-come-up-with-any-more-linked-together-phrases?!) here on out. I’m all over the place with emotions right now, I can’t focus on a succinct open! I shocked the world by winning the reg. season of the Slim vs. JB RCL, got another playoff berth in the REL, UNCW (my alma mater) is playing in-state rival and a buncha-crooks Duke, just had my first epic fantasy baseball draft… There’s so much going on! And with March Madness obviously cutting into our basketball time, don’t sleep on your fantasy hoops postseason and start partyin’ it up like James Harden when your season is on the line. I don’t care about getting my 14 over 3 upset, I need to get to the semis! So stay locked and loaded, don’t let the NCAA Cinderellas these first 2 rounds distract you, and let’s go out and bring home the bacon. Here’s what went down over the weekend in fantasy hoops action, plus The 7 Ahead for Week 20 – the first week of the playoffs for standard H2H leagues:

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Ya know, Brandon Knight and The Dark Knight metaphor work pretty well as a parallel to my time here on Razzball Hoops.  In 13-14, Knight was one of my first bolder calls that panned out (hey, it’s easier for me to forget the bad ones OK!  …cough, MCW, cough…), exploding onto the scene as the Bucks PG like Batman Begins.  I guess that implies I exploded onto the scene, let’s just say I feel like I was better than Batman & Robin, so that’s a plus…  Then he was somehow even better for most of 14-15; the rare sequel that’s better than the original in The Dark Knight.  In my second season, I was the only ‘pert to have #OccupyDraymondGreen top 100!  Take that, Christopher Nolan!  Then he was traded to the Suns, and thus far this season, we’ve only seen flashes of the former brilliance.  Exactly like The Dark Knight Rises.  He got a bigger budget with his max deal, and also got a longer run time.  And while Anne Hathaway is hot and all, there’s a lot of things that just didn’t make sense.  Only time will tell if Knight can break this analogy, because the next stop for Batman is this horrific looking dawn of justice movie hooblah.  Whatever the hell it’s called…  Why in the hell is Affleck going from Oscar-winning director to star of a CGI clusterF$*#?!?!?!  Not like he needs the money!  Knight returned last night (hah!) for 10/2/5/0/1 in 25 minutes off the bench after nearly 2 months out due to a groin.  He looked pretty good out there, even though he shot only 2-9.  Was cutting hard and ran into a mess of big men to scuffle for a board, so he’s not just coasting until the end of the season.  Good timing before the fantasy playoffs!  Hopefully you were able to hold; while I think he’s gonna be ho-hum compared to his numbers pre-injury with the Suns tanking, I do think he’ll be must-own.  So here’s to hoping he’s finally healthy, and buck the trend of both the Batman franchise, or movies by Christopher Nolan.  I have to buck the trend of this analogy too!  Now THERE’S some pressure for 16-17 ranks!  Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy hoops action:

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We’re back with our final fantasy regular season Razzball Basketball Podcast, and on today’s show we talk Grizzlies PG injuries, Jrue Holiday and LaMarcus Aldridge’s draft stock for 16-17, and some mutual love for JaMychal Green. We then play another edition of Higher/Lower, preview tonight’s games with our 30-Point Challenge picks, then wrap up with a Fantasy Movie League (Join now! http://fantasymovieleague.com/group/4257 Password “rball”!) update and what we’ve been watching.

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The Razzball Basketball Podcast is back, with only one week of the fantasy regular season remaining! Where has this season gone?! On today’s show, we recap news and notes from across the NBA including some healthy Bulls, we play another edition of Can We Make Slim Look Stupid, then preview tonight’s games with our 30-Point Challenge picks.

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REL Basketball1Whew-ee!  Look at our graphics dept. putting together some sick new logos (aka, hurray for some extra time this weekend)!  Man, look at our shiny new one at the bottom of the post too, I want my jersey retired in the rafters!  Although as we passed through the trade deadline, it was I Ain’t No Jok(ic) who really put the pedal to the metal in acquiring a big haul of rentals.  I haven’t seen rentals this abused since Blockbuster was in business!  The top 5 teams claimed playoff berths with a pretty big margain between 6 and 7, so it looks like the playoffs are set.  All that matters now is the jockeying for seeding, with all of the top 5 in range for a coveted bye week.  Here’s how week 18 went down in the REL:

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That was the last time I saw a Butler as mechanical as Jimmy Butler… “He’s more machine now, than man!”  Well, that was more a bartender, but ya know…  Godzilla returned from a pretty scary knee injury faster than I thought, going 24/11/6/1/0 in 34 minutes Saturday night exactly a month after “straining” his knee.  I’m sorry, when I hear nonspecificity with a knee injury, it’s scarier to me than realizing Deebo from Friday would lead our presidential candidates right now.  “WHY THE HELL IS IT EATING ALL THE SATELLITES!?”  Future came sooner than we thought on that one…  Focus, JB!  Aziz, light!  Godzilla did have some warts with the 5 TO and fouling out (actually the first time he’s fouled out in his career!), but when you’re a lizard-beast born from nuclear winter, it’s tough to have a blemish free outing!  I preached caution in trying to buy Buckets low, so hopefully you were bolder than me.  More daring.  Basically let’s hope you treated this like a giant Dorito, while I was a tasteless vegan vegetable straw.  Here’s what else went down over the weekend in fantasy hoops action, plus The 7 Ahead for week 19 (last week of the regular season!!!!):

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Well, there won’t be too many rainbows though!

Coming into the season, I thought it would be really hard for Devin Booker to do much this year. Then both Suns combo guards go down, and Booker took off, playing some really solid ball in his first full month as the starting 2, scoring 17 PPG on 45% from the field. But February was unkind, as the grind caught up to him and the FG% fell to 33.6% and the scoring down to 13.5. He has been able to maintain a great FT volume though even in cold stretches, so he doesn’t completely turn into a dirty pirate Booker. Last night against the Heat he found his stroke again, breaking out of his ice cold slump and hitting 11-21 from the field (3-7 3PTM), along with 9-9 freebies, for 34/3/4.  LeVar Burton ain’t got nothin’ on me!  I could see a lot of owners dumping him in this cold stretch, so it might be worth double-checking on his availability in shallowers.  Long-term, it kinda sounds like the Suns have soured on Brandon Knight a little, so I could see them moving his contract this offseason, especially with caps expanding and teams more able to adsorb the $.  If that happens, I could see the Suns starting Booker but making him overrated on draft day.  I like the kid’s game for how raw he came into the league, but the AST have been sporadic at best and he doesn’t get steals.  If not for a little FT volume he’d be a pretty clear-cut ThrAGNOF.  Don’t overpay!  And let’s get my boyfriend Knight a better job…  Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy hoops action:

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