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In a light slate of games, there were two premiere matchups with the Knicks at Celtics and Clippers at Mavericks.  What game do I get highlights for?  Timberwolves at Pistons.  C’mon Gary!  J.J. Barea looked good!  Sigh.

The Knicks took care of the Celtics and apparently after being compared to Stevie Nicks in a major sports media outlet, have started playing like a team atop the East again.  In the West, The Mavs needed overtime to knock off the Clippers with both Chris Paul and Dirk Nowitzki putting up 33 a piece.  “Whatever you can do, I can do equal!”  How communistic.

Let’s go through the noteworthy fantasy performances last night:

Carmelo Anthony - Scored 29 but on 10-30 shooting.  Bye bye FG%! Good to see him scoring at his elite clip again, but c’mon Melo, hit ya shots!

J.R. Smith - Scored 32 on only 24 shots.  Yeah Melo!  Be more efficient like J.R. Smith’s tattoo cover.  Hard to believe Smith only averages 17.1 a game this year… You’d think it be higher with the amount of scoring outbursts he has had.

Jeff Green - Another big game in the start over the injured Kevin Garnett and went 19-10-6-1-1.  Green owners want Garnett out.  Garnett owners want Garnett in.  I just typed Garnett too many times.

Jordan Crawford - With Courtney Lee out, Crawford played 41 minutes and went 14-4-6.  If Lee is out a few more games, which increasingly looks the case, Crawford is worth some spot starts if available on your wire.

J.J. Barea - Got the daily en fuego award, scoring 21 including 5-7 from deep.  The Pistons looked absolutely inept.  It was like a pickup game, no one stepped out on Barea.

Nikola Pekovic - Back in stride after Pek missed a few games with a bad ab.  Went 18 Pts and 11 Rebs on 7-10 FG and 4-5 FT.  Those Europeans are just so efficient in their posts… Maybe I should take notice and not have as much redundancy in my posts… Pekovic is so good down low.  He did have an ab injury, but looks healthy now.  A double-double last night!  Love his efficiency.

Jose Calderon - Only 1 assist last night scoring 14.  After big double-digit assist games after moving to Detroit, he’s been cooling off.  Mas frio.  Tough to rack up assists when your teammates brick everything.

Caron Butler - Took 10 threes last night.  10?! Give me that many shots I’d hit four of em.

Chris Paul - As mentioned in the open, put up 33 supplemented by 3 treys 6 boards 5 dimes and 2 swipes.  Couldn’t quite get the Clip the W.

Dirk Nowitzki - Could get the Mavs a W.  33 and 9.  Didn’t hit any 3′s in his big night either, which is a bit surprising.  Like Wall, those who stashed Dirk are getting high on their own supply.

Shawn Marion - After missing substantial time with a calf bruise (serious!), Marion had his worst game of his three since returning going 4-4-3-3 with 4 TOs.  Still contributed across the board and I think should be owned.

 

Games Tonight: Hawks @ Raptors.  Meh.  Then a great one with the Nuggets @ Spurs.  This was supposed to be the streak breaker, not the Hornets!  Still should be a great game.  Shoot your comments below hope you’re murdah-ing the playoffs!

20 Responses

  1. Purewater says:
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    Just wanted to say “thanks”. I drafted using your pre-season rankings and my team struggled the entire year finishing 11th out of 12. Your new slogan should be “We Keep You From Finishing Last”.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Purewater: Woooooo! If you’re not last then you’re not… last… And also they weren’t my rankings, I took over about a month and a half ago. But I hope to get ya a 10th or maybe even 9th place finish next year…

    • Principle Blackman says:
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      @Purewater:

      Don’t blame the rankings. You can draft as well or as poorly as anybody and still recover or tank your team via the waiver wire; in-season acquisitions make all of the difference in the world. I drafted according to the Razzball rankings in my league, and I am currently sitting in 4th place with a snowballs chance of moving up to 3rd. I’ve made the third most roster moves of any team in my leaguef at 32. The first place team in my league has made 60 roster moves over the course of the season, while the 12th place team has made 5 moves. It’s all about what you do with your team after you draft it.

    • Mike says:
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      @Purewater:
      I drafted with Razzball rankings, ended the season first place. Injuries are hurting me now but I’m still in it… you must really suck at running the waivers.

  2. Rich D. says:
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    Hey JB!
    I have a difficult decision to make. This week is Week 1 of the playoffs and I have a bye for finishing 1st. Week 2 is next week and Week 3 (final) is two weeks long. My dilemma is Kevin Garnett. He’s now out for this week and next supposedly. I obviously don’t want to head into the second round down a man. Should I just drop KG and pick up Gerald Henderson? Kahwi Leonard and Mo Harkless are still available, too. Our system is based on total fantasy points and not categories. Again, this is thinking ahead for Week 2 which starts Monday.
    Thanks for your help, bro.
    Rich D.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Rich D.: Hey man! Mmmmmmmmmm I love me some Kawhi. Henderson is playing some great ball too. Since total points and not cats I think I do make the move for Henderson. Even if Garnett does return, Henderson is right at that level. Glad to help man thanks for reading!

  3. Prodders says:
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    My 1st 3 draft picks were Bynum, Cousins and Dragic… and yet I’m top of my league by over 10 pts, thanks to a ton of trading and waiver wire shuffling. Took a lot of research, a spreadsheet and sites like this one, but was hugely worth it. Currently have Harris, Green, Harkless, Vucevic, Mo Williams, Korver, Drummond and Ilyasova, all from the wire. If you just draft and then watch your team fail, that’s very sad. Even if you draft well, make no moves, and do well – you’re missing 90% of the fun I think.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Prodders: Yea I have one team where I made probably a career-low moves at under 10 due to it not being for much pay and I had literally no injuries and everyone panned out. It was fun to win, but less fun than picking up the gold off the wire. I was one of the first on my boy Tobias Harris, so I woulda helped Purewater there!

  4. Zandy says:
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    Can you please tell marc gasol that he should sit on my bench and get healthy instead of playing tonight? he should come back rested for next week bbut dont kill off my ed davis replacement start!!!!!!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Zandy: Ugh yea and he’s not playing too good either… What you doin to us Gasol?!

  5. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey bro… I got george Hill, Ty Lawson and Rose still out. tonight I have 14 out of 14 guys playing so I benched Hill, awson rose n martin. they said rose wasdef not playing tonight but idk whatto do cause I feel if I dro him nw then my luck he’ll start playing shortly after he’s picked up by the other guy I might play inthe championship.. Anyway Whats up with theses guys? who’s a must drop??? Are any of these guys a good pickup? Mario Chalmbers, jarett jack or

  6. Frank Lynch says:
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    or ben gordon? I need to mave a move tonight if

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank Lynch: I like Jack as the best pickup, but none of those guys are “must drops” by any means. Hill is playing now and Lawson is gonna be out there with tip about now. You’ve held onto Rose this long, keep strong brotha! Keep him there.

  7. Frank Lynch says:
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    what about martell Webster?

    • Daniel N. says:
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      @Frank Lynch:
      He’s injured with no definite return date. I ended up dropping him for Dorrell Wright.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Daniel N.: @Frank Lynch: Yup what Daniel said, no need to drop a hurt guy for another hurt guy.

  8. Daniel N. says:
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    Now that my Ed Davis pick looks straight worthless…who do I pick up in his place? I narrowed it down to Meeks, PatPat, or Brandan Wright since they fit best with my rest of week schedule.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Daniel N.: Yea, DNP outta nowhere… Cmon Grizz! I think I like Wright the best, he seems to be playing with more confidence since he’s been given fairly consistent minutes.

      • Daniel N. says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        Yeah, I am neck and neck in 3PTS and BLKS right now and I figure blocks are probably harder to find, especially this late in the season. That and he has a nice upcoming schedule for next week too (if I make it).

        Thanks for reply!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Daniel N.: Gotta love the lanky! Haha. Thanks for reading man!

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