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Mike D’Antoni is basically the only coach I ever talk about, and it’s partly because of the mustache, partly because of his offensive style. Chris Duhon has become revitalized under his old coach’s system. Last night, he shot for 12 points with 11 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 of 5 from downtown. His assists have doubled with the new coach, and while Steve Nash remains sidelined (more on him this afternoon), his minutes should remain healthy. He never saw more 3PG or APG than he did under D’Antoni on the Knicks. This won’t last forever (because Nash will eventually return), but you can ride him while he’s hot and then dump him when he’s not, i.e. the proper way to date women.

Linas Kleiza – Got the start and proved himself with 17 points, including 5 of 6 from downtown, 3 boards, 2 assists, a steal and a block. Kleiza’s number 1 fan already has a compilation video up from yesterday’s game.

Kyle Lowry – Disappointed with 4 points (only 6 shot attempts), but still had 9 assists, 6 rebounds…and 5 turnovers.

Amir Johnson – He produced a double double with 11 points, 12 rebounds (6 offensive), a steal and a block. He’s not much of a rebounder, but there’s rumor he could replaced Jonas Valanciunas (1/3/1 with no blocks) as a starter.

DeAndre Jordan – He bricked 6 of 7 field goal attempts, but otherwise had a good game with 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, a steal and an assist.

Eric Bledsoe – Despite failing to play 20 minutes, he still finished with 14 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. I would need to see him do that two more times before he found a seat on my bench, but hey, it’s nice for anyone in H2H leagues who grabbed him for Sunday.

Brandon Jennings – Thanks to 8 of 19 shooting, including 4 of 7 from downtown, BJ led his team with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and 5 steals. I haven’t seen that much thievery since a Cookie Crisp commercial.

Larry Sanders – A poor accuracy led to a mere 6 points (sadly, not the worst of the Bucks’ starters), but he had 4 blocks and 6 rebounds. You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both, and then you have…Larry Sanders.

Kris Humphries – From the bench, he saw 25 minutes for 4 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 blocks. When you get outperformed by Larry Sanders, you’re either defunct news show Turning Point or, I guess, Kris Humphries.

Gerald Wallace – Homeboy (is that a thing people still say?) got 16 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and a block. He’s seen double digit points in 5 of the last 7 games, but this is the first time he pulled down more than 9 rebounds all season.

Reggie Evans – With the starting gig, he grabbed 9 rebounds and 4 steals (Ca-oookie Crisp!). Unfortunately, he also had 5 turnovers and only 5 points.

David West – The Pacers haven’t been amazing, but David West put up some pretty solid stats with 21 points, 9 rebounds, an assist and a steal. He’s had 16 or more points all but once over the last 10 games.

Roy Hibbert – Hibbs put up 10/6/1 with 2 blocks, which is about average for him. In a league where Centers blossom like STDs at an NBA all-star break hotel, Roy is playing like a back-up, not a starter.

Kendrick Perkins – I just don’t understand this guy. He played nearly 30 minutes and took two shots, missing one. He grabbed 9 rebounds, but only 1 offensive, and had 1 assist. Does he only play defense? And if so, why doesn’t he block more often? And why is 9 rebounds his season high?

Thabo Sefolosha – Not to be outdone, Thabo also tharted and played 25 1/2 minutes for this beauty of a stat line: 2/2/0/1.

Kevin Martin – Off the bench, he hit 3 of 6 from behind the arc to add to his team leading 24 points. Yeah, sure, sit him, start Sefolosha.

Jason Kidd – He didn’t take many shots (7), but he made them count, finishing with 17 points (including 3 threes), 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and 1 steal. The Knicks are undefeated at home and begin a lengthy home stand. If you need help, Kidd might be a nice grab.

Tyson Chandler – He had another doub-doub with 15 points, 12 rebounds, an assist and 2 blocks. Maybe Hibbert should take notes.

J.R. Smith – He is slowing down a bit, but still produced 17 points (2-7 from deep, yeesh), 9 boards, and 2 steals. Anyone that talks about their swag genuinely needs to shut up and make way for J.R.

Maurice Harkless – Not sure what the importance of a starting job is when you don’t even reach 8 minutes, but whatever, 4/0/0/0/0 isn’t going to earn you more time.

J.J. Redick – The sore member continues to blaze with 20 points and 9 assists. He has basically doubled his career APG output this season. He is still only 67% owned despite being a steady source of points, assists and threes. I know there are some of you in some crazy shallow leagues (one recent commenter is in a 7 team league), but I don’t think that explains 67%.

Jameer NelsonJames Redacted called Jameer a sell, and Nelson responded with a 4 point, 4 rebound, 3 assist performance. Oof.

Michael Beasley – In his 2nd game as a bench player, he finished with 3 points, 1 board and 1 dime. Cue Chopin.

Jermaine O’Neal – He saw approximately the same amount of time as Beas but still managed 9 points, 5 rebounds, an assist, and a steal. His production has really tailed off since the end of November, however.

Shannon Brown – Shannon tossed up 8 three pointers and missed 6 of them, but she still finished with 17 points. There wasn’t much else to go with that, just 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.

Sebastian Telfair – He shot poorly and only accumulated 6 points, but he did tally 4 boards and 8 dimes, along with a steal. The assists are highly unusual, as he hasn’t had as many as 5 since November 27.

Metta World Peace – Did any of you watch the Marquez/Pacquiao fight in Vegas? Well, me, Ron Artest and Mitt Romney did. I kid you not. I should have put money on Marquez, as I thought he would win with a knock out, but I only said that because the crowd was behind him. Look, I don’t really follow boxing, okay? That said, the undercards were pretty boring. Watching feather weight fights if you’re not a boxing afficiando is like watching a middle school fight. Even the announcers kept complaining about how boring it was. Anyway, I presume Metta Whirled Peas parties pretty hard after the fight, because he did not show up last night, going for 12 points, 0 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 steals and block.

Antawn Jamison – It looks like he is in D’Antoni’s dog house, as he was pulled just shy of 16 minutes. To his credit, everyone but Kobe Bryant and the injured Steve Nash is in Mike D’Antoni’s dog house. Anyway, Jamison finished with 3/3/4, which isn’t horrible, but, you know, isn’t what we expected when it looked like his role on the team was expanding.

Enes Kanter – He had a 14 point, 6 rebound, 1 block performance, and his production has improved with Derrick Favors out. He’s worth the short term add.

Marvin Williams – Not a great line, going for just 7/3/1/1, but if you love blocks, he had 2. Warning: they were his first since November 17.

25 Responses

  1. Jon says:
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    Should I start Andrea Bargnani (@POR, BKN, DAL, HOU) or Chandler Parsons (SA, WAS, BOS, @TOR) this week?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Jon: I like Parsons’ schedule more, but he’s been in a terrible threes slump and it is affecting his overall game, so for that reason I’d roll with Andrea.

      • Jon says:
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        @ChrisV: You failed to mention Bargnani would fall and break his elbow!!!! Just kidding man haha

  2. DG says:
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    The hell happened here? Razzball used to give me some decent insight & commentary. Posts now are far between, lazy, and unremarkable. Way to go & ruin a great thing

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @DG: Posts used to be daily, and now they only appear every day. What a joke. Bring back Adam.

      • Carnac says:
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        @ChrisV: Ha!

    • DG says:
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      @DG: Yes…you’re doing a great job and YOU know it.

  3. BringDaRuckus says:
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    I’m the commish of my league and I had to decide whether or not to approve a move. Do you feel like the following deal is fair? Paul George & O.J Mayo for Chandler Parsons, Iguodala, and Gallinari? Alot of people in the league are unhappy saying The George/Mayo side is getting too much. Just wanted to see what you thought to try and make my life easier. Thanks

    • Jon says:
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      @BringDaRuckus: I don’t write for Razzball but I don’t think that trade is egregious enough for you to deny it. The George/Mayo side does look better, but in my opinion the trade isn’t such a landslide that the League Commish needs to step in to stop it.

    • Pavel says:
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      @BringDaRuckus:
      Don’t disapprove this trade. No trades are equal and so I would never stop a trade from going through unless it was completely ridiculous (i.e. kobe for jason smith). With that said I think this is a fair trade especially considering how hot Mayo has been and how cold Iggy, and Gallinari are.

      • BringDaRuckus says:
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        @Pavel: Thanks for the feedback, and I approved the trade and thats when everyone flipped out on me! I don’t see a problem with it myself.

        • ChrisV

          ChrisV says:
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          @BringDaRuckus: If both teams thought it was fair, and it doesn’t smell bad to me, I don’t see why anyone is complaining. Vetoes should only occur with obvious collusion or where someone is trading LeBron for Omer Asik.

          • Carnac says:
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            @ChrisV: Does LeBron for Omer still stink even if the LeBron owner is punting FT %?

            • ChrisV

              ChrisV says:
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              @Carnac: It’s a great move in Blocks only leagues.

              • ChrisV

                ChrisV says:
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                @ChrisV: Actually, it isn’t even that great in blocks only leagues.

  4. Pavel says:
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    Big trade question:

    give: Metta World Peace/Duncan/Felton

    get: Harden/KG

    My Team (16 teams-deep competitive league, h2h, standard categories, 7 bench slots):
    Pg: Dragic, Felton, George hill, Aaron Brooks
    Sg: Nicolas Batum, Lou williams
    Sf: Josh Smith, Mickael Pietrus, Turkoglu
    Pf: Metta World Peace, Markieff Morris, Seraphin
    C: Monroe, Duncan, Bynum

    I figure I can rework this trade to be better. So his key players are:

    Harden, Iggy, Horford, Garnett

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Pavel: Not sure you can work it, but I would rather have Horford over Garnett.

      • Pavel says:
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        @ChrisV: If you can’t work it. do you take the trade? Do you try to keep MWP? If you can, give me a brief explanation on why you like it (or not)…

        • ChrisV

          ChrisV says:
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          @Pavel: It’s not a bad trade, I don’t mind losing Artest but my concern is the loss of Felton. He’s not your best PG, but he’s clearly #2. I would do it just because Harden has been a top 20 player all year, and those are obviously valuable.

          I think Garnett and Duncan are basically a wash, although I’d lean towards KG. Basically, you have to decide if Harden is worth Felton/MWP. I’d say yes.

  5. Baiden says:
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    Trade Q:

    If there was no collusion or anything of the sort, and both owners actually agree and want it to go through, would you veto this trade?:
    Felton, Aldridge, Lawson, Patrick Patterson, Aminu, Collsion
    for
    Brandon Jennings, Kobe, Ryan Anderson, Ibaka

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Baiden: yeah, although that’s an insane trade.

  6. beantown says:
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    should i drop beasley? its a 14 team league with each team having 12 roster spots. And what does the future look like for jeremy lin owners?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @beantown: I don’t think Beasley becomes a top 200 player any time soon, so I would drop him.

      As far as Lin goes, he should see starter’s minutes moving forward. I wouldn’t panic yet regarding his loss of time or slump.

      • Jon says:
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        @ChrisV: Would you trade Tyreke Evans for Jeremey Lin?

        • ChrisV

          ChrisV says:
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          @Jon: Sure.

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