Merry Christmas, Razzball Nation!  The Razzball Hoops Pod is back with an extended holiday edition, and on today’s special pod we recap news and notes since last Thursday including the new Bulls rotation, talk about players and coaches who have been naughty or nice this year, then play another edition of Can We Make Slim Look Stupid.  We also preview tonight’s games with our 30-Point Challenge picks and preview Christmas Day’s slate with a bonus 30-pt Challenge for the holiday on Friday.  Remember to make your picks for both days commenters!  And as this is our only show of the week, we wrap up at the movies with some of our favorite Christmas films.

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The Civil War in the REL goes to JB this year!  In the biggest regular season matchup for Slim and I in any fantasy league (probably not a hyperbole!), I shocked the #1 team with a 5-3-1 upset.  It was really the only big change towards the top of the REL standings, with the playoff picture starting to form with the top-6 4 games separated from the field.  Scheduling note – Slim will be helming the REL update next week, so I imagine he’ll take some pop shots back at me.  Love ya Slim!  Here’s how week 8 went down in the REL:

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Ya know, I used to love the winter.  I like the cold weather, I like snow (hey, when you’re in the south and only see it a few times a year, it’s kinda nice!), my birthday is in December, Christmas is fun, etc. etc.  But now working a 9-to-5, I hate it!  It’s friggin’ dark all the time!  And no different on this Winter Solstice, where I don’t think I’ll ever see the sun this morning and I struggled even through copious amounts of coffee to wrap up this Holiday Edition of Daily Notes – sorry it’s up a little late!  Shout out to anyone reading in Alaska, I have no idea how they do it!  At least this Holiday season, we did get an early stocking stuffer:

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Making his season debut, Kyrie Irving went 12/4/1/2/0 in 17 minutes against the Sixers, hitting 5-12 from the field and both of his 3PTA.  It just makes so much sense to debut against the Sixers – they’re a staging team.  We saw Brandon Jennings get a rehab game in the D-League, but when the D-League comes to you, you can just debut Kyrie right away!  Not to be too much of a Grinch, but Uncle Drew’s minutes are obviously going to be strictly monitored, and I really worry about how much run he gets in the fantasy playoffs.  With all the fervor and fanfare surrounding his return, I actually kinda see this as a sell-high moment.  I’d obviously need more than draft day value back – missing the first 8 weeks is built into the discount – but if I were getting top-25 value in a deal, I’d take it in a heartbeat.  Not that I think Kyrie’s per-minute and eventually per-game numbers won’t be worth that, I just see it as a smart way of minimizing risk.  If you’re able to move him, then double up the rum in your egg nog, cover that ish with a ton of nutmeg, and sing a Christmas DeMarre Carroll to the fortune of your fantasy team heading into 2016.  Here’s what else went down over the weekend in fantasy hoops, plus the 7 Ahead for week 9:

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Pressed into additional service with Nicolas Batum out sick, Jeremy Lin started for the Hornets last night and played like Linsanity was back in full effect.  At 47 minutes of action, even a few cans of Dapper Dan wouldn’t keep the mohawk afloat!  As the game pressed on, the spikes kept drooping like wet noodles.  “Hey Jeremy, the trainer has a handful of Elmer’s Glue for you on the bench for a touch up!”  I still can’t understand how he can play through a really sweaty game, and have it not feel like he just dunked his head in a pool full of Vaseline.

Whatever product he uses is just gonna ooze down his whole face!  While looking like a melting wax statue, Lin went nuts for 35/5/3/0/2 on 13-22 FG (2-5 3PTM 7-9 FT).  He was constantly attacking the rim and all over the defensive glass, really giving this starting opportunity 100%.  Unfortunately there’s nothing too actionable with the strong performance, as Batum should be back soon after his rough Chipotle visit and Lin will be back to a swing man off the bench.  If your streamed Lin then hat’s off to you (mainly because Lin can’t wear a hat), and it does let us know that if Batum should suffer a prolonged injury, you can feel pretty good calling Lin a must-add.  You’d bust out your Ben Stiller hair gel, spike up your hair, and enjoy the ride!  Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy hoops action:

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The Razzball Hoops Pod is back to recap news and notes from the last two nights of action including a quaddub flirt from JB’s #1 flirt, play another edition of Higher/Lower, preview tonight’s games with our 30-Point Challenge picks, then wrap up the week at the movies.

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Razzball Nation!  I’m filling in for Charlie this week with a brief RCL update, mainly to express how honored I am at the RCL field this season.  Both in skill and volume!  We’re up to 22 leagues, and the competition has been mad fierce.  Slim and I have really struggled in our leagues, with neither of us with a dominating team (just yet!).  It’s still a long season, monster pickups can still be added, and a league title (or 3!) would be just fine with me.

And then to throw that magnanimity out the window, I’m only going to mainly focus on my teams!  Kanye West for president 2020!

Check out how your teams stacked up in week 7 of the 2015-16 RCL Master Standings Table table, and here’s how the action went down in the seventh regular season week across our 22 RCL Leagues:

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We’re back from the weekend to recap news and notes on The Razzball Hoops Pod including the Bradley Beal injury, monster games from Draymond Green and Eric Bledsoe, and pickups like Matt Barnes.  We then play another edition of Can We Make Slim Look Stupid, and wrap up with a preview of tonight’s games with our 30-Point Challenge picks.

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(Charlie is off from Daily Notes this morning, so any comments shoot them below, and Matty will be back with the Notes tomorrow morning!)

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The deep dynasties truck along with another pretty standard week, as teams are pretty settled into their early-season rotations.  We’ve yet to see any big D-League impacts in the NBA, so I imagine as more injuries rear their ugly, stitched up, corneal abrasion heads we’ll see a lot of young talent to scoop up as stashes.  For the REL standings, pretty status quo for the top 8.  Here’s how week 7 went down in the REL:

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Woooooooooooo!  I don’t need to say much more than that, other than what about this weather here on the East Coast over the weekend?!  I got friggin’ sunburnt!  At a football game in mid-December!

While we continue to watch history for the Panthers franchise, we witnessed history come to an end Saturday night, with the Warriors losing at Milwaukee to move to 24-1.  Those fans wearing the 24-1 shirts were ballsy!

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Most of them don’t look like they have undershirts, they would be pretty stupid-looking if they lost!  Now I’m no fan of the Warriors (look at their paltry .960 win % vs. my Panthers 1.000! – and I don’t mean that to sound like I’m not a fan, I don’t really have a big home-team fandom), so during this whole streak and its impact on real-life NBA, I’ve been more obsessed with the fantasy stuff.  Ya know, Stephen Curry‘s 3s and Draymond Green being a PF deity.  In that 2OT triller against the Celtics, DrayDray went 24/11/8/5/5 in just an epic 2.5 rainbow performance.  Approached a triple-rainbow!  According to Rotoworld (a site that’s awesome for being able to pull research in the history books vs. my lack of even properly communicating which team won a game sometimes…), first 5×5 since Nicolas Batum in 2012 and only the third player to go 20/10 + 5×5 in the past 40 years after Hakeem the Dream and Derrick the Knee.  I’m a little jaded with DC since I used to be a big Hornets fan the first time around, and he was terrible and fat.  Then hurt his knee (yet again!) on that dumb Pros vs. Joes show (hilarious though!  hurting it against average joes!), but sadly I could only find the promo.  Anyway, #OccupyDraymondGreen has pulled yet another article-lead with his multi-cat game, and didn’t even come down too hard in the Saturday loss for 24/11/5/1/1, given a fluky 6 TO.  At 13.9/8./7.0 and still improving every season, maybe he can go full Oscar Robinson and give us a season of the O face.  Speaking of Os, 13-0!!!!!!!!!!!  Man, what a weekend…  Here’s what else went down in fantasy hoops action, plus The 7 Ahead for week 8:

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So I’m watching the Bulls and Clip last night, Blake Griffin starts hot, then sorta melds into his normal role.  BORING!  Virtually 20/10 every night, and after scoring 6 early, it looked like your typical BG evening – as plain and simple as a Kia.  With his line at 18/11/2/0/2, Blake was like, “aight, time to either get a Razzball mention for 5-6 blocks, or swing tryin’!”  He became a medieval dentist swinging at Taj Gibson, getting this flagrant 2 for a hit that would make Holly Holm proud.  I’m not the biggest Taj fan, but he mouths “I’m OK” even though he easily could’ve lost 4 teeth.  Can’t keep him down!  Should’ve been cast in Creed…  Even with the premature exit, Griffin’s line was solid and we’re seeing some microscopic improvements to his game that could make 2015-16 a career year.  But when you’re right at career-norms and performing right at draft day value, it’s tough to get a lot of attention unless you pop someone right in the weasel.  And with the comradery helping Taj up and you could make the argument it was a legit block attempt, he’s certainly not missing any games due to a suspension.  So ride your boring, reliable ol’ Kia and enjoy consistency.  Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy basketball:

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