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Whoa, domino.

We’ve seen it time and again in this year of NBA action, which has looked more like an episode of “E.R.” wrapped inside a scene from “Grey’s Anatomy” inside Nurse Jackie’s scrubs than it has the FAN-tastic exhibition of athletic excellence constructed by now-ex-commish David Stern.

The injury domino effect has wreaked havoc everywhere in real life, wrecking players’ seasons, sending some teams into tank mode while helping other teams tank.

In the fantasy world, the impact of these boo-boos has been equally killer for some owners and the big ones don’t even need to be listed. You all know ‘em.

Maybe the real story of injuries in the fake world in 2013-2014 is how GOOD they’ve been for some players and certain teams. Where would some fantasy owners be without Laker replacement guards Kendall Marshall and Jodie Meeks? Darren Collison has been pumping some unexpected assists and points into stat sheets for lucky owners ever since Chris Paul went down. And Nikola Vucevic’s many woes have sporadically made Glen Davis relevant while also indirectly opening the door for Tobias Harris to approach his fantasy potential.

Then there’s Rajon Rondo, whose absence all year has made the Boston Celtics even more of a mess of green gunk than they would have been anyway.

But now that Rondo’s back and gradually getting up to regular minutes, things are gelling a little bit, and one of the biggest beneficiaries of that has been Jared Sullinger.

Once Brad Stevens gave up on his dream of a two-headed monster of Vitor Faverani and Kelly Olynyk (seriously, have a look at those mugs and you’re realize that’s more like a nightmare), Sully has been given every chance to succeed, and now he’s succeeding. Dude has had two big games back-to-back, including a 24-17 in a loss on Wednesday against the 76ers and a 21-12-1 in a winning effort against the Magic yesterday before the Toilet Bowl.

[Pause to note Rondo’s B-n-B relevance here, as we should remember that he can clean the glass a lil’ bit as well. He had six yesterday, and eight in a game last weekend.]

JB has been crushing on Sullinger and his upside all year, and I’m now digging on what he’s been seeing. He might not be a 20-10 stud (yet?), but he looks like a legit double-doubler for the C’s as they try to cobble together something resembling a winning team and not just a collection of some of the weirdest looking dudes available.

Here’s what else I saw in the paint over the past week:

Andrew Bogut – For some reason it’s easy to forget that he was a No. 1 overall pick, and I’m not really sure why. Part of it is that he doesn’t look like one (aging, balding, lumbering Australian guy), but also that he doesn’t necessarily play like one, and that’s not totally a bad thing. He ain’t flashy at all, he’s just a genuine Board-n-Blocker, a guy who doesn’t even care if he scores as long as he piles up a load of the meat and potatoes of stats. Had a 14-17-3 and a 16-17-3 in his last two, and it looks like he’ll be holding up just fine health-wise (knock on hardwood).

Pau Gasol – What’s funnier, that Pau has a strained groin, that he’s most likely faking the strained groin so that the Lakers can work out his trade to the Suns, or the idea of someone doing an MRI on a strained groin? Regardless, if this deal goes down the fantasy ramifications would be extensive: D’Antoni’s Big Man-Go-Round would be less crowded; Gasol might be The Guy in Phoenix; Miles Plumlee and Markieff Morris could take a hit. Keep an eye on La-La Land.

Tyson Chandler – Back to being Tyson Chandler, although yet another minor injury (shoulder) hints that another major one could be just around the corner for the old man.

Marvin Williams – Two straight double-digit rebound games, but no reason to think he’ll do it again next time. Just thinking about a starting lineup featuring both Williams and Richard Jefferson makes me want to never watch basketball again. Free Rudy Gobert! Speaking of which …

Rudy Gobert – Still getting run, but because of the likes of Williams and Jefferson, not enough. Had 7-5-2 against the Warriors on Friday and 5 points and 4 rebounds in his next game against the Clips. He’s still raw but on a crappy team like the Jazz guys like Gobert should be playing, yo.

Larry Sanders – 8.6 rpg, 2.6 bpg over his last three. If you bought low, good on ya. If you still can, I’d do it.

Anthony Davis – He’s been scoring like a guy with the most dominant unibrow on the planet. Not surprising. He’s been cleaning the glass at about 10 per game. Not surprising. He’s blocking, which is also not surprising, but he’s wiping away 7 shots per game in his last three and is averaging 5.5 bpg in his last six, and that’s just wow.

Ronny Turiaf – 7 boards and 5 blocks on Saturday in Atlanta. Use him for the next couple of days and then dump when Nikola Pekovic comes back, which could be sometime this week.

Nikola Vucevic – The other Niiiikola notched a double-double yesterday, and although it looks like he’s got his game straightened out along with his head, I might be looking to sell the Montenegran Madman if I could spare the boards. Something doesn’t feel right about this year.

DeAndre Jordan – Rebounds in his last four games: 14, 20, 17, 18. Like Bogut, an ultimate B-n-B guy. But the fact that he puts up eye-popping rebound and block numbers, and plays for a nouveau-glamour franchise in the Clips, will make some owners overvalue him. Remember that he kills you in FT% and only plays C. And when you trade him, trade him to me please.

Donatas Motiejunas – The Russian’s 13-point, 12-rebound showcase in Dallas last Wednesday gave Rockets GM Daryl Morey the platform to say “we’re not trading him even though everyone is asking about him.” And by everyone, Morey meant Mikhail Prokhorov.

Greg Stiemsma – Deep league special! Averaging 8.6 rpg and 1.6 bpg over his last three even though he only pulled down three rebounds in Saturday’s game against the Bulls. As long as he’s getting time he’ll get you blocks.

Tobias Harris – Plopped out a 13-5 stinker in yesterday’s loss to the Celtics. I mentioned Harris earlier and I think it should be noted that I’m still not a huge fan.

Lance Stephenson – Double-digit rebounds in six of his last eight. Scoring big and getting assists and steals too. That kind of production from a guard slot is the kind of stuff that can win you a title.

Marc Gasol – Only two games with 10 or more boards all year. I know he was hurt for a chunk of the season but that’s a little disturbing. Sell baby sell.

Little Big Man of the Week: Jeremy Lin – We don’t have to tell you what broke out on Saturday in Houston when Jeremy spoke in class and schooled the Cavs backcourt for a triple-double of 15-11-10, throwing in a block for good measure. That followed a 7-board effort in Dallas, and although he’s not a rebounder by any stretch, Lin is active enough to earn this award again.

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  1. Frank says:
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    Why no mention of Denver’s MOZGROV? What’s you expectation of his stats ROS? ….Oh and has anyone seen JaVale?

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Frank: I could see a spec add based on Shaw saying he wants to give MOZ more touches but you can’t give someone rebounds and blocks. Yes he had that double double but then a bunch of garbage all around it. McGee is maybe enjoying a certain new law in Colorado.

  2. mike says:
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    I’m trying to figure out who you can compare Davis to, historically. A cross between Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki? This guy is just unreal.

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @mike: Maybe KG at his peak?

      • The Tristan Thompson Conundrum says:
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        @Pete Nice: Patrick Ewing?

        • Pete Nice

          Pete Nice says:
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          @The Tristan Thompson Conundrum: I love Patrick Ewing but it always seems like he lumbered. AD doesn’t really lumber does he? I think Nerlens is going to be the next Patrick Ewing, so long as he gets to eating as many cheesesteaks as possible.

          • Lasandro says:
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            @Pete Nice: You’re right Pete, he’s obviously a young KG. Ewing, TD and Dirk are completely different players. KG and AD had similar frames at that age, both tremendous boarders and shot blockers and supremely active, with fluid jumpers stretching out to 18ft. Only thing AD is currently lacking to be compared to MVP KG is his assists numbers

    • manosun16 says:
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      @mike: Definitely reminiscent of a prime KG. His main pro is his athleticism, which has made him a defensive monster, yet he has the agility of a guard and ability to take jumpers. Very K.G.-esque.

  3. Wutang says:
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    Reccomend selling chandler for someone like kemba?

    Also, do you really think Pau can still hold value in Phoenix? Trying to sell him now with iggy for cousins and redick, thinking a trade will destroy his value

    • Pete Nice

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      @Wutang: if you can get cousins for Pau and Iggy you are either a genius or you are trading with a dumb owner or both. Pau could hold value in PHO because when he’s played he’s played well. The uncertainty plus getting rid of Iggy makes that trade a no brainer.

  4. tony says:
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    this may sound ridiclous, BUT its a weekly h2h league FANTASY PTS…..

    would you start James Harden with 2 games

    OR Nick Calathes with 4 games who is starting for Conley?

    Harden in two games will put up between 120-150 fpts, 180 if he absolutely goes off both games, and they are vs PHO/MIL

    Calathes by my leagues scoring went for 50 some when he started this weekend… he could avg 40 per game, and go for 160, he has a couple big big games he goes for 200+…..

    ughh hate to set the beard for this unknown…. thoughts?

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @tony: It’s too early to really sweat the decision either way right? I’m of the opinion that you don’t sit your best guys unless they’re on a minutes cap or nicked up.

      • tony says:
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        @Pete Nice: weekly lg line ups lock before first tonight…..

  5. Adam says:
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    Larry Sanders and Jared Sullinger were just dropped in my 10-team category league. Are either of them worth picking up for Jameer Nelson or Robin Lopez for the home stretch of the season?

    Thanks as always!

    • Pete Nice

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      @Adam: Very interesting. Well, for starters, in one league I dealt Lopez for Sullinger partially for the fun of making a trade but also for Sully’s upside…so far I haven’t been disappointed. That being said, I’m holding RoLo in another league, and I’m pleased with what he gives me b-n-b wise. If you’re playing it safe: Lopez. Sully – more bang for your buck. BUT if Sanders was out there, I would definitely get him for Lopez.

      In sum: Sully = Lopez, but Sanders > Sully and Lopez

  6. Jonathan says:
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    Would you trade Kevin Love for Anthony Davis? Who has more value?

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Jonathan: We know Love’s ceiling, but we still don’t know the Brow’s. If my team seemed stuck I might try something like that, depending on needs. Otherwise Love is a known quantity and I wouldn’t rock the boat by trading him if I was cruising along.

  7. Frank White says:
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    Wutup Pete.. Which guy should I bench tonight, Rondo, Stuckey or Redick?? I’m close on all CAT`s.. Thanks!!

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