Well, I do keep my eyes open all the time, and if you’ve been reading my thoughts on Jeremy Lin the past few weeks, you’ve heard me repeatedly say that I’m worried about lingering/long-term injury with this bad hammy strain earlier in the season. The deathblow – for me – was when after coming back from the hammy, Lin suffered back issues, which I mentioned I had seen time and time again in baseball as a lingering effect from not having your upper leg base. And here we go again with another hammy strain last night, again to the left hammy, the same hamstring he pulled in early November (emo band alert!). On a VERY friendly 3-year deal in today’s market at only $38 million (thanks Razzball player pages!), I see no reason the Mess wouldn’t just shut him down another extended period of time with the injury to the same hammy, so hopefully you sold in these past couple weeks when you could. In his stead, look for Sean Kilpatrick to play some PG again, which actually hurts his value in my eyes. He wasn’t thriving the same way as his SG run, as he’s not a great facilitator and it jacked up his TO rate. For deeper leagues, it puts Isaiah Whitehead back on the radar, although he will hurt your FG% and TO in some games (9/2/3/1/1 last night, but with 4 TO in 16 minutes). Thankfully Whitehead was able to come back at exactly the right time after a few games off due to foot soreness. And that’s not even mentioning Randy Foye and his “epic” 3/1/2 line last night, with his only FG being this one:

Hah, your final shot goes to a guy who was 0-1 in 21 minutes up until that touch. Yeesh, this team is certainly really close to the creamy nougat center of Dante’s Inferno, on maybe the 2nd or 1st Ring of Fire… Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy hoops action:

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REL Basketball1Christmas on a pivotal Sunday, it doesn’t get much better than that for H2H Fantasy Basketball Leagues! Hopefully Santa brought you some nice D stats in a efficient manner (he’d have to be pretty efficient to get to the billions of houses across the world!) for a nice week 9 win. In the REL, it’s a tie at the top! Off an 8-1 win, Yappers has caught Scurry to the Left for a dead heat at the #1 spot. Unsurprisingly for the Xmas week, not too much going on the wire, but find below how a few of our owners are feeling this past week.

Here’s how week nine in the 2016-17 REL went down, and how we’re looking heading into week ten:

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Merry Christmas! Thanks to everyone for making Razzball Basketball what it is today with your comments, readership, and most importantly – immense knowledge of fantasy hoops! I learn as much from your comments as I do from anything else. So curl up around the fireplace and watch NBA all day, because nothing is more fantasy sports-ish than ignoring your family because it’s a pivotal Sunday slate of games in H2H leagues! And of course, special thanks to our staff who make the Razzballs spin round and round.

Happy Holidays to you and your families, from all of us at Razzball Nation!

PS – I’ll try to hop into the comments throughout the day to chat some of the Christmas games, so pop into the comments when you can!

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Merry Christmas, Razzball Nation! I hope you’re enjoying the holidays with friends and family, and on today’s show, we review the big news and notes from the past couple nights including Dirk Nowitzki returning, Zach LaVine‘s monster game, and the emergence of the new Rockets’ C. Slim and I then make our 30-point challenge picks while previewing Christmas Day games tomorrow, and we wrap up the week at the movies.

PS – Totes forgot about Fantasy Movie League! Shout outs to Dreamwork’s EMBIIIIID Shake & Giant & The Jew for having perfect cinemas last week! Giant & The Jew moves into 1st place in the Awards season, but I’m making a comeback this week!

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…and by that, I mean they finally got Chandler Parsons into his stockings and ready to friggin’ play an NBA game again! And stockings is very apt, have you seen his leggings these days?! Looks like an elf! Well, of course you haven’t seen him “these days”, he’s barely played at all! Stupid knees… I tried Googling an image of “Chandler Parsons legs”, but that just got my safe search in all sorts of trouble… Knees; who needs em?! At least he’s not as bad an investment as Ian Mahinmi is looking to be on the Wizards… Awwww, boo, too soon! I’m a little frustrated with knee injuries these days, OK?!

After barely playing 100 total minutes through his first 6 games due to offseason knee operations, Parsons got back on the court last night after over another month off due to a knee bruise to the other knee. My silver lining was always that it gave the surgically repaired knee another stretch to recover, so hopefully after another round of easing-in, we can finally see if he’s going to be that fantasy stalwart I expected on this Grizzlies team. Of course, it doesn’t help his “easing-in” timetable that the Grizzlies are somehow 19-12 despite all their injuries, but ya know! Got 15 minutes off the bench for a paltry 2/2/2/0/0 line, but this was always going to take a minute. So hike up your stockings, activate him off your IL, and if he’s somehow available add him immediately, because 2017 is a new year and right around the corner. Either way, I’ll still find myself Googling Parsons all the time! Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy basketball action:

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Oh man, no rest for the wicked! Speaking of wicked, oh man quick shout out to the Wicked Weed Funkatorium, that brewery rocked! But yeah, an absolutely amazing slate to catch me back up on the daily notes, with 4 overtimes last night. Including a super size me doubler in Miami! Most of the other games stayed close too, and 20 of the 22 teams in action last night topped 100 points. Fantasy orgasm! And leading the charge on such a big-and-tall NBA night was of course Isaiah Thomas! Career-high 44 points for IT2/3, putting up a 4/3rd’s of a full line of 44/3/6/1/1 on 10-16 FG (7-10 3PTM, 17-17 FT) including a big three in extra time in the OT win.

I’m just glad this groin thing got worked out! …That sounded wrong… If you have a smaller groin muscle, does it heal faster?! I’m not saying he doesn’t have a kick stand down there with a line like this, but just wondering! After semi-breaking out last year (well he was only 2/3 better than his career year in 13-14 for the Kings), IT2/3 has taken an even further step up – scoring 26.6 PPPG, upping the FT volume to 8.8/per at 90% (remember when he was like 70% the first few weeks, that changed quick!), and even though the steals are only at 0.9, he’s drastically cut his TO rate to only 2.2 despite all the added USG. After a slow start due to injuries, the Celtics look like a pretty tough team at full strength right now, and maybe IT2/3 can lead this squad into a deep run. I’ll be cheering for them! (cough, REL bias, cough…) Here’s what else happened on an action-packed Tuesday night of Holiday Season basketball:

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I hath returned from my pilgrimage! After several beers and several pounds added to my waistline, I’m back to my home country of Razzball Nation, and Slim and I catch up on the last few nights of action. We discuss injuries to Blake Griffin and Clint Capela and possible pickups there, plus I eat some crow with how the Nuggets are looking these days… Womp womp… We then play another edition of Can We Make Slim Look Stupid, preview tonight’s games, and wrap the show with our 30-point challenge picks.

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REL Basketball1Whew, we’re back with a belated look-in to our elite league! Although, I think all of our dynasty owners were more worried about shopping for their wives off the retail waiver wires than buying any players with their virtual FAAB, twas a quiet week! And not a creature was stirring, not even Scurry to the Left, who just keeps dominating at the top of the leaderboard! With Slim and Hard-N-Tha-Paint taking losses, only Yappers is even close to contending with Scurry for that #1 overall seed. Hopefully Christmas continues to bring my squad luck, like it did over my birthday weekend! Here’s how week eight in the 2016-17 REL went down, and how we’re looking heading into week nine:

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So a little bit of a weird daily notes this morning, as I’m speaking to you from a day behind!  I’m out traveling as I add another notch to my belt as they say, and well in more ways than one!  Eating some good food and going on brewery tours is pretty much the pinnacle of life!  Long story short, notes are through Friday/Saturday games and I’ll be a little slow with comments until Tuesday.  Although I’ll likely pop in at some point with some horrible typos and weird drunken advice….

Anyway, we mentioned on the Pod last week how surprisingly bad the Wolves have been this year, and it looked like they might be turning the corner Saturday night, maintaining a big lead against the red hot Rockets.  But they collapsed in the final minute losing a 9 point lead pushing it to OT, the Rockets took over, Zach LaVine hit a big 3 with 5 seconds left, then on the last gasp, LaVine got nudged out off bounds throwing up the desperation shot.  Another game you throw up your arms and go “huh?!”; all the starters played well and they held Houston to 95 in regulation!  Plus Karl-Anthony Towns went off for a 40 burger!  41/15/5/0/1 on 15-28 shooting and 10-12 FT including this NBA Jam quality alley:

I don’t have much else to expand on here, except the Wolves are going to have to go through some sort of massive change.  Yes, they’re the youngest team/starting 5 in the NBA, but all of the starters are already too good for this team to be 7-19.  Obviously Ricky Rubio getting traded is what most point to, but we’ll see what happens.  And I think KAT is the kind of player that will keep his motor going every night, and not phone it in down the stretch (cough, Hassan Whiteside, cough)…  Here’s what else down over Friday and Saturday’s games in fantasy hoops action:

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Special Friday morning edition! Well, special in that we’re a day behind… But we get to kick your weekend off strong! Who said your weekend doesn’t start on Friday… On today’s show, we catch up on all the players returning from injury including Gary Harris, Derrick Favors and Mike Conley, then get into some possible 12er waiver adds like Luol Deng. We then preview tonight’s games, make our 30-point challenge picks, then wrap up the week at the movies with a Fantasy Movie League update.

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