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Just like a vacation to Cape Cod, Tim Hardaway Jr. got a sabbatical Mike Woodson’s bench at the start of 2014.  “My New Year’s resolution will be… Bench my best players!  Well except Melo…”  Playing under 15 minutes in first 5 2014 games, it looked like it would be a Hardaway Way Back.  But as they say, “slow and steady wins the race!”  Then how come Andrew Bynum isn’t running track?  “Usain Bolt got nothing on me!”  Then starting on the 14th, Coach Woody got Timmy Tim more minutes, capped off with 30+ in three of the last four.  And man, was last night some straight ballin’!  Topping his career-high by 8, Timmay(!) went 29/3/1 in 31 minutes, shooting a sizzling 11-17 FG with 6-12 from deep.  “That means he made every shot inside the arc!”  Thanks arbitrary remark man!  Enough with the quotes this morning JB… This game was virtually over the second Tyler Zeller lost the tip to Tyson Chandler (the ridiculous mismatch on the tip was a nice foreshadowing of the game…) and the Knicks embarrassed the Cavs about as bad as “The Decision.”  But while Timmay(!) racked up some points in junk time, the Knicks have won four straight with him helping to stretch the floor.  Of course no Iman Shumpert factors in, but there’s no way Coach Woody doesn’t have some morning woody seeing 4 straight wins – thanks to a lot less of Timmay(!) on the pine and more of him on… hardwood.  So I think Hardaway Jr. is here to stay as a ThrAGNOF, which isn’t necessarily a derogatory term.  Stream him when you can even in shallow leagues!  Free points and threes!  But not much else… Here’s what else I saw last night in a light slate of Thursday games:

Raymond Felton - Another rainbow line flirt?!  He’s craving some Skittles so he’s trying to taste the rainbow!  12/5/9/1/2 and half a rainbow in 4 of 5.  Shooting really well lately on top-a-dat.  Just like Felton is on top-a-dat buffet!  Worth Golden Corral-ing to your roster in all leagues.

J.R. Smith - Looked like an NBA player.  And didn’t untie anyone’s shoes!  19/4/2/1/1 is a solid multi-cat, and yea, he’s playing decent lately, but I’m not a Smith guy.  He’s my all-hate team starting 3!

Anthony Bennett - The bust giveth, and as soon as he giveth a glimmer, he taketh away.  4/2/1/1/0 in 23 minutes shooting 1-6 (2-4 FT) and after the game asked Felton to save him a seat at the Sizzler.

Dion Waiters - 21 points, great!  Aaaaaaaand nada.  21/3/0/2/0 with two treys, while owned in 59% of leagues.  Think of all you could do with that spot for ThrAGNOF!  Hardaway Jr. owned in 9%.  Gus Ayonin’!

Tristan Thompson - Ummmm.  Yeah.  Foul trouble on top of the blowout.  Can you drop him in 10ers?  Sure.  12ers… Eh I still wouldn’t, but close, depends on needs and who’s out there.  I’m about to lose my bet and have to buy Slim a dinner of roasted dingo.

Goran Dragic - I feel like my past 5 Dragic mentions have been “dude is playing unreal what a steal!”  28/3/7/1/0 shooting 11-21 last night.  And don’t sleep on his FG%, which at 49.9 for a PG averaging 1.4 treys a game on top of 19.7 PPG, and wheeewwwww-eeeee!  I’m in love!

Morris Twins - One for 15/3/2 the other 16/6/2 I just can’t tell them apart!

Channing Frye - As you know, not a big Frye guy, but nice to see 7/8/2/0/2 with no TOs on an off-shooting night.  However, only once has he reached 8 Rebs and once multi-blocks in the past 10.  ThrAGNOF!

Lance Stephenson - Trip-dub!  Does he get them every game or something?!  14/10/10.  I feel like his trip-dubs have all been about like that.  Not to sully a trip-dub!  “Are you trying to tell me there’s a party in your Lance and I’m invited?”

George Hill - 17 points but no assists.  Wait, is this George Hill or Nick Young?  Well, he shot 7-8 from the field, so it has to be HIll…

Roy Hibbert - Abused the Suns bigs.  26/6/0/0/2.  I will say, it’s good to see the blocks coming back up, he was downtrending 6.0-3.4-1.6 in blocks from Oct-Nov-Dec, back to 2.1 this month.

DeAndre Jordan - 20 boards.  The Clippers?  34 team rebounds.  Ha!  As soon as the opposing team puts up a shot, everyone else just takes off.

Andrew Bogut - So effing productive per minute.  14/17/0/1/3 in only 28:03.  Not that he needs to play more minutes!  You better stay healthy, A-Bo!  You’re my A Boo!

 

It’s the weekend folks!  Sorry for a slightly shorter post this morning, weather rocking our sched’s in the South!  Ready for it to warm up and keep the North out of here.  I swear I’ve seen the second half of that sentence on a bumper sticker once you get out of metropolitan NC… Have a good weekend!

  1. Michael says:
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    What’s up JB! Is Steve Blake stashable? Should I pick up Jordan Hill or ride the Hardaway? I would be dropping D. Williams.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Michael: Sure Blake is, but I am leery, Lakers are tanking, no need to play vets too much but Dantoni was loving some Blake early on. I’d probably pick up Hill and stream Hardaway when there’s an open spot. I’d pick up one or the other depending on needs one game at a time

      • Michael says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Well its H2H weekley yahoo 9 cat and the waiver doesn’t go thru till midnight and I don’t get him till the day after. I’m leaning towards Blake even tho I have Curry Wall Lillard PBev. I could use the assists for the next couple weeks. Rebounds I’m decent on with Pek RoLo Harris Hickson Hawes. I know these guys don’t clean the glass as well but I can live with that.

        By the way are you watching the hawks/sixers? Just curious as to why Hawes only played 4:30 and being benched. I get that he has 3 fouls but really?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Michael: Yeah rough game for Hawes, sorry had a hectic end to the week. I’ll chalk it up as a blip in the blowout.

  2. justin.g says:
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    Do you believe Fournier will have a big role going forward?

    Is it time to drop Giannis in 12 team or does he take the Bucks reigns at some point

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @justin.g: Big? Eh, marginal maybe. Yeah Nate Robinson news helps, but still Lawson and Foye in the backcourt. 25ish minutes for the foreseeable future? Sure I buy that. I would get Fournier right now. Think Giannis will have some nice games but never be the main guy

  3. Joe says:
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    Hi JB! Today’s three-fer is:

    1. Would you drop Tyreke Evans for DeMarre Carroll? I’m beginning to lose faith in Tyreke Evans in light of his ankle problems, 6th man role, and inconsistent performances.

    2. Would you trade J.Green or Luol Deng for injured Kawhi?

    3. Do you think Burke’s “potential” is enough to warrant keeping him, or should I drop him for quietly consistent George Hill? I already own Lillard, IT2, and Knight.

    (And in case I don’t say it enough, thank you. Your responses are always very thoughtful.)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joe: Threeway! Love threeways… 1 – I think I’d still have to drop Caroll first if I had to. Evans upside in assists is worth it even if inconsistent. 2 – Both maybes, depends where I was in the standings, if I’m feeling solid for the playoffs then yes on both, probably rather move Green but close. 3- Ugh George HIll is just so brutal, yeah 17 pts the other night but no assists?! I’d hold Burke. Thanks man really appreciate it any time!

  4. Jake VZ says:
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    Hey JB, I’ve got some trades for ya to analyze yet again. Remember 2 reb cats and a DD.

    1) My Lee and Jackson for Vucevic and Rondo
    I think Rondo gets back into regular shape and puts up good value towards the end of the year.

    2) My Wall for CP3

    3) My Boogie and Chandler for his DeAndre Jordan and Hayward
    DJ is an absolute stud in these formats IMO, almost as good as a healthy Cousins. What do you think?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jake VZ: 1 – Yup love it, Rondo I’d much rather over R Jax ROS and it’s buying Vuc low which I definite endorse while you can. 2 – how are you doing in the standings? I would if I felt solid for the playoffs, Paul is close to being back, but no Wall will hurt until then. 3 – Ehhh, I like 1 and 2 better. I know DJ with the boards is sick but I feel like lately it’s been a lot of 4/18 games so not helping the dub-dubs. With Chandler a threat at the boarding too I probably hold on that one.

  5. Frank White says:
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    Conley
    Teague
    Rondo
    Foye
    Reggie Jackson
    JJ Redick
    Stuckey
    Mello
    Ariza
    Millsap
    West
    Marc Gasol
    McRoberts
    Tristan Thompson
    Whats up JB… 1 would you trade Rondo, West and Stuckey for Varejeo, Bogut and Wesley Matthews if you look at my team for needs??
    2 – I would love to get rid of McRoberts but can’t really find anyone right now. Anyway Avery Bradley is on waivers till tomorrow so is he worth a pickup?? If so then for who? Like I said I would drop McRoberts for him but I feel like I have too many PG/SG’s as it is.
    Thanks Bud!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: 1 – yea I would definitely make that move. Gasol isn’t really a huge boarder, more all around, and you need some boards, Bog and Varejao help a ton there and you’re not losing too much. 2 – Eh yeah I’d still hold McBob there. Not a huge Bradley fan. Any time!

  6. fitz says:
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    Sweet Cape shout out.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @fitz: Haha thanks man! Was mostly because the movie “The Way Way Back” (I think) was mostly there

  7. mUshi says:
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    Hey jb… regardless of needs, would you do this deal? My aldridge, beal, markieff and jr for his pg, drummond, holiday/bledsoe and webster.. 13 team 9-cat weekly lineups roto. Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @mUshi: Yeah I think it comes down to wanting George over Aldridge then I like the stash of the good PGs.

  8. tony says:
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    How do you feel about John Henson and the bucks and that whole shitfest of a situation? Looking at long term. So far this year larry drews screwed with that line up & who starts every other night, then henson’s rolled an ankle and now a wrist injury…. I’ve mentioned I have him super cheap in an 18 teamer. I could sell him as a feature piece to make my playoff run. Just not sure if I should part (i think i’m a top 3 team without selling him) or hold and roll with it….. I just don’t want shipping off a cheap Henson to haunt me the rest of my fantasy days!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @tony: Long term, I think Henson gets PT, they just have to. Even if it means firing Drew. Henson just played too well given his opportunity. I think if it helps you at a title I wouldn’t mind selling, but would have to be a really good offer

  9. Lasandro says:
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    Wonder what Larry Screw’s new year resolution is…

    So I just grabbed JV off the wire but T Evans and Sanders are chillin there. What you thinkin as far as best value for the next month or so? If Henson keeps getting injured if prob take Sanders, but I worry with mins over in Milwaukee. Yeah, that’s all to worry about over there ha!

    • Lasandro says:
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      Or should I grab Foye, with Nate now out?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lasandro: Ugh what a mess the Bucks are. I think I might JV still right now but don’t love it. Evans I think has good upside too. I like all three of em over Foye, I’d get Evans for assists upside, JV for board, Sanders if need blocks, think all three would be the right pick given the need.

  10. matt says:
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    I think its horse shit joe johnson made the all-star team over lance or lowry! Im not watching it, they need to change the voting somehow..

    • m1chael says:
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      @matt: seriously. JOE JOHNSON?! its BS.

      • Lasandro says:
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        Assistant coaches just don’t give sht. “Joe Johnson? Yeah I’ve heard of him..”

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @matt: Lance Stephenson and his overrated triple doubles! Let’s bring in Joe Johnson who can’t even SCORE in double digits most the time! Haha

  11. James Johnson says:
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    Am I worthwile ROS? Or am I droppable for a P. Bev, Courtney Lee, or Fournier?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @James Johnson: Sadly, it will take injuries again. I like your upside, just think you’re energy off the bench. Rather all three of those guys, might actually take a big dice roll on Fournier right not with Nate injured

  12. I made a trade this AM – my IT2, Hawes and Tobias Harris for his Stephen Curry and Favors. I couldn’t pass up this new lineup of stars in 12-team league:

    PG Wall
    SG Curry
    SF Gerald Green
    PF Love
    C Anthony Davis

    My other spots are pretty solid, I’m going to have to stream some but any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks guys

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Wnwdotcom: Dude, love the trade. Easy easy win, Curry obviously the best player and I’d take Favors over Tobias or Hawes. Think you came out huge, go get the title belt!

  13. AJ says:
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    Who would you rather pick up or stash.. Kobe, Kawhi Leonard, Trey Burke, Tristan Thompson..i would be dropping Sullinger/Lopez thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @AJ: Definitely would grab Burke. First drop would be Lopez. Then if you were looking at a playoff berth, would grab Kawhi for Sully. Probably would do that in most instances

  14. yokev_o says:
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    JB!! Would you deal my rubio for bradley beal?

    • yokev_o says:
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      @yokev_o:and also would you trade vucevic + kemba for his cp3 or al jeff + rubio for cp3?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @yokev_o: Yo! Nah I’d hold Rubio. Vuc + Kemba for CP3 I might do, like it more than Al Jeff one

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