Wow, what a wild night across the NBA-osphere. Tons of injuries, lots of scrubs getting some burn, if I didn’t know better, I woulda though it was late March. But no! I guess we can start with that other JB as Jerryd Bayless moved into the starting line-up and lit up the Hawks for a season-high 29 Pts. Shooting 12-21, it was pretty ThrAGNOFfy for 29/2/2/1/0 with 5 treys. Why you avoid the 3-point specialists on draft day! Who knows what preppy-boy Brad Stevens is going to do next, and while getting the Pacers on Saturday isn’t a great matchup, home games vs. GS, BKN, then DET next week could be a 10 3PTM week for JB. And while he’s not as multi-cat as the real JB over here, we can all grab the band if we need some scoring. I’ll wear a headband as well for the moral support! Here’s what else went down on a very busy night of injuries and surprise games in the NBA:
Archie Goodwin – Find another site where Goodwin is the 2nd player mentioned! I love Archie, sue me! Played 27 minutes in a blowout loss with a lot of Suns injuries, but career-highed with a 16/7/1/2/1 line along with a trey. The younguns like to multi-cat! 9+ Pts in 3 straight and needs to be owned in the very-deeps, but could disappear again when everyone is back. Personally, I think he’s earned minutes, but psh, Dionte Christmas and the ghost of Leandro Barbosa are the obvious answers for bench SG minutes…
Goran Dragic – Indeed sat out with a sprained ankle. The desolation of Smaug.
Ish Smith – Been playing pretty well. 13/8/5/2/0 without a single TO in 36 minutes. Did shoot only 5-15, but hey, it’s Ish Smith we’re talking about here. Probably nothing to worry about, but I will have a liitle more ish towards Ish if Dragic misses ish. I don’t even know what ish really mean, shit? Like, “What’s up?” “Not ish.”?. Urban dictionary says that’s what it means – full stream of consciousness here. “They call me Ishmael!” And in the Cliff Notes version it’s “They call me Ish!”
Gordon Hayward – “Everything you have is because you went to Butler!” 17/10/9 and couldn’t muster one more dime for the dimebag.
Trey Burke – Just when I was feeling good again, Burke falls back off the map. At least he shot a great % going 4-6 (cough, shooting less is his answer that’s not good, cough) but 10/1/2/0/0 ain’t gonna cut it, fellah.
Diante Garrett – Scrubs to the rescue! Kidding, I like Garrett. Dunno if he’ll ever be a starting NBA PG when everyone is healthy, but 15/2/2/2/0 shooting 6-9 (3-4 3PTM) in 21 great minutes. Again, part of this was the blowout factor, and part was Suns injuries. Still, Diante shown dem flashes. Given us a little flashdance.
RainbOladipo – All over the spectrum with a 17/11/3/2/1 near-rainbow, 2 treys, and 7 TOs. The Magic had 10 total TOs. Protect the ball! Like the numbers though…
Jameer Nelson – 16/6/12 with two treys. I had never been a huge Nelson fan coming into the year, but he’s having a solid year that is remarkably similar to what he did last year. And no major injuries thus far. Knock on wood.
Thaddeus Young – Cooled off a bit, but still almost rainbowed for 19/3/3/2/1. 0-5 from deep and 7-18 overall as it had to slow down at some point.
Byron Mullens – Well, not the best of starts. Hey, he did get 11 shots though! Only made 3 and bricked all 4 from deep, but the opportunity is still there!
DeMarre Carroll – Dude is awesome. 8-11 FG (3-5 3PTM 5-6 FT) 24/7/1/1/1 and I just want to double every letter in his name. So it’s like I’m screaming it. A DeMargasm.
Elton Brand – Me yesterday: “The Hawks are going at Boston tonight who lack any sort of consistency up front as well and Brand could get ya another multi-cat gem.” Me today: 10/7/5/1/5 and I’m going to need a new pair of pants.
Andre Iguodala – Staying ice cold. Shot only 1-8, but I still like the lines, which was 5/7/4/1/1. I’m still buying low even though the rest of the Razzball brass is trying to set him on fire at the bottom of their line-ups.
David Lee – Returned, but off the bench for only 21 minutes. 11/6/0/2/2 in a near-rainbow and you can deploy as per usual.
Stephen Curry – What in the world?!
Taj Gibson – Continues to be uber-consistent for 21/5/3/1/1 last night. Must own in all leagues.
Mike Dunleavy – I just don’t like Dunleavy, but he gets all the friggin’ minutes his little pompous Duke-booty can handle and almost rainbowed for 15/4/3/1/2. Pshhh, on any other team he’d be the 10th man off the bench. He’s Tom Thibodeau’s little play-thing.
D.J. Augustin – Is now 4-30 his last three games. Ouchie. Slim and I both were on the gravy boat when it started up, but it’s looking like it’s about out of gravy. Or the gravy has gone cold. I think I’ll go with the latter metaphor. You can always heat up the gravy in the microwave. And with that in mind, I’m giving him another few games.
Anthony Davis – Hurt his shoulder and didn’t return. Ruh-roh. Already established he’s traveling with the team for their next one, but still could miss a contest. Keep one of your brows on the Brow’s status.
Alexis Ajinca – I didn’t watch this game so I can’t speak on any defensive improvements, but another good line of 14/8/3/0/1. Still not fully buying, but if no Davis, Ajinca will pretty much have to play again Friday at the Suns which could be a decent game for the Eiffel Tower (new nickname?).
Dirk Nowitzki – Also hurt his shoulder. Geez, were the opposing fours bashing each other like rams out there, sheesh! But Dirk was able to Diggler deep and play through it, for an 18/5/3/2/0 line. Dirk has been solid value.
Brandan Wright – Doing enough of a little bit of something to be a lot-of-bit useful for deep leaguers. Huh? 8/8/1/3/3 in a near rainbow was a nice outburst last night, but a tad of scoring with a block or two a night can help the deepers.
Tristan Thompson – Don’t you ever call TT non-multi-cat again Slim! 11/11/5/1/1 shooting 4-6 and 3-3 FT in maybe his most efficient game of the season.
Spencer Hawes – Why I said to hold on to him after the trade – we had no idea when Anderson Varejao would be back. Hawes for 19/7/1 and three treys and still providing value. I’m still not sold it’ll hold up when Varejao is back to full strength, but that might be even a few weeks down the road. Who knows, Sideshow is such an injury-bob.
Kendrick Perkins – We’ve ragged on him a lot so we could get more interesting guys minutes, but no one was rooting for him to have to have groin surgery…
Steven Adams – Got the start! Wooooo, the fantasy world rejoices! Well this was his second one, but topped 20 minutes! Andddddd 25 minutes of 4/4/0/1/1. At least it was multi-cat! I think he is speculative add in 16ers by now, even with this bad start.
Serge Ibaka – I love me some Serge. That’s been a good bold call.
Kent Bazemore – Another huge run playing 39 minutes, but 14/2/4/1/0 with 4 TOs isn’t gonna work out for 10 or 12ers. Which he was on the outside looking in to me anyway.
Kendall Marshall – Marshall has got to be one of the more frustrating assets right now. 0/5/8/0/0 shooting 0-6 and a lot of owners are saying adios. I mean, he’s still starting… And despite putting up 16 last night, I still hate Jordan Farmar. Farmar only had 3 dimes anyway, so it’s not like he’s facilitating like Marsha Marsha Marshall is.
Marc Gasol – At least it’s working out for Marcy Marc. 14/12/5/1/2. Playing solid.
Andre Drummond – Not to be out-rainbowed in this game, 16/17/2/3/2 and not buying Drummond was an oopsie on the year.
Brandon Jennings – Left with a toe injury. Gave a ton of minutes to Will Bynum, who I said I’ve always liked when given minutes. I could grab the quote, but I’m lazy. 18/1/9 last night in 31 minutes and could start against the Rockets on Saturday. Stay tuned.
Andray Blatche – Only 14 minutes of 3/2/1/0/0 as the Nets spread out their minutes to everyone as they got demolished. Utter beatdown. Shameful.
Will Barton – Dude, I love Will Barton. Drafted him in REL, loved what he did post-Wesley Matthews injury last year, but they never played him. Showed what he could do last night for 20/11/4/0/1 shooting 8-13. Really nothing you can do though, the Blazers aren’t going to murder opposing teams and get cupcakes on the schedule like the Nets very often.
Jamal Crawford – Strained his calf. Danny Granger might sign. Short sentences. This update only. Severity unknown. Not acting yet.
DeAndre Jordan – The big man rainbows are everywhere! 13/10/2/3/4 shooting 6-7. Unbelievable year.
Terrence Jones – Welp, I’m done. I’m not holding out any more hope. 19 minutes of blah. Whilst…
Jordan Hamilton – … Got 24 minutes off the bench, threw up another 12 shots, and went 16/3/2/2/0 with 4 treys. I’m not making a Jones for Hamilton swap just yet, but the fact J-Ham is the D-amn way, Jones doesn’t look like a must-own anymore by any means.
Next Game: TNT Overtime! Knicks at Miami. I was telling people at work I hope Miami hands out shirts like Jaws wore in Happy Gilmore. “Guns don’t kill people, I kill people!” With a nice picture of Raymond Felton on it. Should be some enjoyable drama and enjoy your Thursday Razzball Nation!