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Josh Smith only missed two of his 16 shot attempts on his way to a season-high 34 points. Has Jorsh really become a top 5 forward in this league or are we seeing simple runoff from a Joe Johnson-less Hawks team?  I dunno. Does a rainbow lead to the pot of gold or shoot out of it? Statistically, Smoove hasn’t improved tremendously from last year’s totals, but he does have a pair of things going for him that suggest his top 10 status isn’t a fluke. Coincidentally, this is what they said about John Holmes 40 years ago. I never did find out what the other half of the pair was. Josh’s minutes per averages have improved. He’s playing two fewer minutes a game while still maintaining his 2009 numbers. This bears out when you look at his efficiency stats. He’s shooting over 70 percent from the line for the first time in three seasons and has the third-highest FG% of his career despite re-introducing threes into his repertoire. Oh yeah, he’s shooting threes again. Making 45 percent of his attempts too. His ability to efficiently shoot threes is like a phoenix rising from the ashes … and wondering why the Hell it was in ashes in the first place, as it had never existed before. The second half of Josh’s pair is that Larry Drew understands what an asset Smith is in a way Mike Woodson never quite did. Smith’s Usg% in his last two seasons was 22.4. This season, it’s climbed to 24.1, which has also allowed him to do more in fewer minutes on the court. For those of you who didn’t waste the spring getting drunk on Boone’s Farm in your grandfather’s garage, you’ll remember that Smith’s minutes steadily climbed as the season progressed, while his averages took the down elevator. Even if his minutes increase this year too, if he’s starting at a lower burn rate now, his stats won’t dip during fantasy playoff time. B’Gosh!

Here’s what else I saw in fantasy basketball last night:

Jamal Crawford – Crawford offered a season-high 26 points. In the last five games he’s averaging over three minutes, three points and an assist more than he did in November.

Thaddeus Young – Season-high 26/11. Wow. Cavs basketball: gotta love it!

Spencer Hawes – Double-doubled for the first time all season and I’m pretty sure Anderson Varejao made tiny cuts in his arm after the game, just to feel something again. Anyway, Hawes is averaging 9/8 in his last four games. If that does it for you, get in there and get it.

Andre Iguodala – Shot 3-of-12 and looks like an afterthought in the Sixers’ offense (18.8 Usg% this year as compared to 22.6 in his last three seasons). Relax. Breathe into this bag. Iggy’s been hurt and the rotation has been in flux. They’ll start giving ‘Dre the ball. He’ll start feeling comfortable doing something with it. There. Don’t you feel better? You should. That bag is full of cocaine.

Jodie Meeks – He’s averaging 17 points in his three games as Philly’s starting SG along with an unconscious 4.3 3ptm. I don’t want to say that he can’t keep this up, so … I’ll just tell you that I’m thinking it.

J.J. Hickson – 18/4 with a block. This is as believable as your bald co-worker showing up one day with a brand new head of hair.

Jordan Farmar – Has scored at least 16 points in each of his last five games, only two of which he started or played more than 28 minutes. He’s got to be the only Net thriving in that tortuous situation. He’s the Farmar in the Hell.

Troy Murphy – DNP-CD. F.U. Aver-E.

Luis Scola – Luis Schoolya dropped 35/12 on the Pistons, but the real story of the night is that he also exploded for one block.

Chuck Hayes – Hayes technically started, but who could tell? Houston’s Voltron trio, Jordaduck Hilleres, combined for 5/9/2 in over 44 collective minutes.

Kyle Lowry – You’re expecting me to mention the 22/3/12 and six steals he earned last night. But I’m not going to. I’m going to mention the season-high six turnovers he had last night because I own Aaron Brooks in three leagues. Schadenfreude, snitches!

Chris Kaman – An MRI revealed an ugly bone bruise that will keep him out of Wednesday’s game at the very least. The bruise’s ugliness had no real bearing on the length of time Kaman will be out because every bone in Kaman’s body is ugly, you see.

Nick Young - Dropped season-high 30 points on the Lakers last night, including six treys. Ixnay on Nick’s six treys. I really don’t know what to make of this. He’s been mostly consistent over the last 11 games and is the only NBA reserve with seven 20-point contests under his belt already, but … Nick Young: Sixth Man of the Year? I just can’t swallow it. He’s been shooting a very high three-point percentage and a ton of those were open looks from lazy defenders who didn’t respect his jump shot. Defenders will start respecting it soon enough (my guess is after last night) and we’ll see him plummet back to Earth.

Yi Jianlian – Started in his first game of the season, his 11th total in place of late-scratch Andray Blatche (I’m an almost-poet!) Blatche had a hip contusion, which is different than a hip-confusion. That’s where my mother tells me she likes gangsta rap like Will Smith and Coolio. Yi finished with 7/5 in 26 minutes, almost allowed Pau Gasol to earn a triple-double, and reminded the Wiz why he should not be starting. It sounds as if Blatche will return for D.C.’s next game.

Jason Richardson – Foul trouble. Not to be confused with “Fowl Trouble,” the poignant story of a rooster’s inability to love or guard against the pick and roll.

Chauncey Billups – Augustin was feeling hands-y and Diaw thought Billups had an Almond Joy hidden in his waistband, so they both helped him get to the line a season-high 12 times. It was just the third time this season he scored 20+ points, but the second time he’s done it in five games.

J.R. Smith – I’m going to paraphrase Limp Bizkit about 35 words from now. If that’s going to irk you, go ahead and skip down to Andre Miller’s blurb. For those of you who don’t mind soul patches and barbed wire tattoos, Smith sank four threes on his way to 14 points in just 24 minutes. After months of keeping Earl in a cage, everyone running their mouth, he’s playin’ and breaking the eff out. He keeps rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ …

Andre Miller – Iguodala’s consecutive game streak? Done. Samuel Dalembert‘s? Done. Andre Miller’s 296 consecutive games? Done. Thanks for being frustrating, Blake Griffin!

Ian Mahinmi - 12/10 after going 8-for-10 from the free throw line. Biedrins had never seen the guy before and kept swatting at him. Let that be a lesson to any other fringe players in the league, if Biedrins mistakes you for a fan of the home team bum-rushing the court, he will swat at you like a sleepy baby.

Dirk Nowitzki - Is 7-feet-tall, attempts two treys a game and is shooting .553 from the field this season. That is all.

Hakim Warrick – Even with Channing Frye and Earl Barron in foul trouble all game long, Hakim Warrick played fewer than 11 minutes. Any instance in which Alvin Gentry removes a player from his rightful place in the rotation in favor of someone who clearly doesn’t belong there will henceforth be known as Gentryfication.

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  1. Eric chen says:
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    Picked up Meeks and N. Young they combined for 10 threes for me lol. I don’t think Young will hit 6 3s consistently, but he’s pretty much a Jason Terry type scorer who doesn’t share the rock dontcha think? Dude’s been hot all year.

  2. Eric chen says:
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    Also, Grant Hill’s a beast, wish I didn’t drop him

  3. Migs says:
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    I’m really slow – what’s with the Blake Griffin mention in Andre Miller’s blurb?

  4. Migs says:
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    Hey Adam, what are your thoughts on Lamar Odom once Bynum gets back? Will his productivity drop drastically like everyone else is saying? Everyone says to “sell high” on Odom… I don’t know what type of leagues they’re in, but everyone in my league sees Bynum coming back as a threat to Odom’s numbers, so that whole “sell high” crap won’t work with them. What’s a realistic trade target in your opinion?

  5. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Eric chen: There are numerous things going right for Young. Smart money says his luck runs out sooner or later. My guess is it happens when both Josh Howard returns to shake things up in the rotation. Party up until then.

    @Migs: Miller’s hard foul on Blake Griffin and his post-game comments about wishing he’d hit him harder were what got Miller suspended. Griffin had his way with the Blazers that game.

    Re: Bynum – It’s inevitable Odom will see the floor a bit less with Bynum back, but this idea that Odom will suddenly be worthless is silly. First of all, most people drafted him sometime after the sixth or seventh round. The production they’ve been getting from him so far has been epic for that late a pick. The production they’ll get with Bynum back will be what they expected. Average it out over an entire year and owners will still have gotten value. He’ll probably go from averaging 15/10/3 to 10/9/3. And besides, I’m not convinced Bynum remains healthy for the next 3/4 of a season, nor am I convinced Phil Jackson even plays Bynum the 31 minutes he played him last season. If you MUST trade him, I’d aim for another 6-8th round pick.

  6. David says:
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    J Salmons was dropped in our league last night. Should I use my #2 waiver for him in my 9cat roto league? Our waiver wire is pretty slim pickings.

  7. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @David: Do you need him? I think he’ll bounce back sometime after the All-Star Game (that’s his schtick), but I wouldn’t imagine he’ll do much for you anytime soon.

  8. Jeremy says:
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    for future’s reference what do you do when you have jameer nelson darko milicic and tyson chandler all not effing playing because of a stomach bug or a charlie horse for basically a whole week? i mean is it impossible to avoid getting an automatic loss?

  9. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Jeremy: Yeah. This time of year is always kind of a bitch, but I don’t ever remember so many players missing games with the flu as they have (and are continuing to do) this season.

  10. Ceasar says:
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    10 team seasonal roto.

    Just got a healthy Boozer back to go with Love and Horford in my frontcourt.

    D Wade’s owner has an itchy trigger finger.

    I don’t think he’d take Carlos, but would you deal Love or Horford for Wade? Preference on which one you’d deal?

  11. Eric Chen says:
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    Btw, love Limp Bizkit reference :) Reminds me of the good ole days

  12. Migs says:
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    @Adam: Thanks for putting it into perspective for me. I was hoping Odom would continue to play at a decent clip but I should be happy with the production he has given so far.

    I need to stop reading into the “sell high, buy low” articles so much

  13. Adam

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    @Ceasar: I’d rather keep Love at this point than Horford, but I’d offer him Boozer first. You never know.

    @Eric Chen: Not sure if my good ol’ days included Limp Bizkit, but I’m glad you dug it.

    @Migs: No problem. There’s nothing wrong with sell high, buy low articles. They can be helpful. It’s just important to always keep perspective while reading them. There isn’t just one ubiquitous “sell high” level. If you can get Josh Smith for Lamar Odom, that’s an appropriate “high sell.” Selling Odom for Chris Kaman, simply because Kaman was taken a round earlier than Odom in the draft and “Bynum is coming back” is a big mistake in the long run.

  14. Eric Chen says:
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    just traded baron for jameer, hope that was a good trade

  15. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Eric Chen: Trading a big headache for a moderate one? Not bad!

  16. Eric Chen says:
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    lol – any thoughts on Mike Miller and whether or not I should pick him up? This my team now:

    PG Calderon, Jameer, Andre Miller
    SG Eric Gordon, Jason Terry, Jodie Meeks
    SF Rashard Lewis, Nick Young (who’s really a SG), Shawne Williams (noticed him b/c of you)
    PF Dirk, Al Jefferson, Varejao, Taj Gibson
    C Roy Hibbert, Camby, Nene, McGee

  17. longbeachyo says:
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    What’s the word on Steph Curry, anyone know?

  18. Fletch says:
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    @Adam: Which 2 of 3 would you rather have for the rest of the season: A. Johnson, C. Landry or llysova? thanks

  19. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Eric Chen: How deep is your league? You might want to drop Williams and fill the spot with Miller.

    @longbeachyo: As of this writing, he’s having his ankle x-rayed. It’s the same ankle that’s been bugging him and he couldn’t leave the court on his own.

    @Fletch: Amir, Ilyasova, Landry in that order.

  20. Eric chen says:
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    10 teams with 17 players on each team

  21. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Eric chen: Yeah. Go ahead and drop Williams or Gibson and grab Miller. Your wings are weak and you have enough bigs that Gibson will never see the light of day on your team anyway.

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