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Last night might have been an utter low for the New York Knickerbockers.  Haha, yup they get a full name scolding like your mom used to do.  Got shellacked by the Lakers by 31, in another horrific TNT Overtime fail.  It’s funny that the Lakers were involved in another redonkulous blowout this month:  One because the first was also on TNT OT when the Clippers beat them by, I dunno a million (?), and second because I had the following remarks on Xavier Henry, whom I call Wheels, three-ish week ago after that Clips blowout: “I dunno, I just have a weird feeling he is going to be fantasy-relevant even in shallower leagues in a few weeks because D’Antoni likes him.  And why not give him minutes again on this team?”  And that’s me quoting me!  It’s been a little up-and-down, and Wheels is a bit of a ThrANOF, but 8-11 (3-4 3PTM 3-5 FT) 22/3/0/2/1 last night.  Only 23 minutes (and oddly enough 23:20 exactly in the past two games), but mid-20 minutes seems about right the rest of the way.  He can easily score mid-teens, get a couple swipes, and nab a trey for you.  Jodie Meeks-lite, if you will.  I think even in 12-teamers he’s worth a look right now for the remainder of the week with three games left on the slate that all are pretty saucy (@MIL, @MIN, PHX).  And another 4-gamer next week with good matchups.  I just picked him up myself as I hope to slip by the Slippery Squirrels in my RCL playoffs.  Need more points and only up one in steals.  Go JB HUMAN!  Here’s what else I saw last night in NBA action:

Greivis Vasquez – After a brutal start, salvaged a solid stream day!  16/4/4/0/0 with four treys and 4-4 FT.  A lot of effing 4s.  Shot 4-13 overall, but I think was 1-8 in the first half.  Thank you Mr. Streamboat!

Amir Johnson – Feels like every game he’s a rainbow threat.  12/9/2/1/2 shooting a very efficient 6-9.  “You…”  Rubs bed sheet.  “You Amir to me…”

Jonas Valanciunas – Semi-was-turning it around, but we all know how much I’ve flipped-flopped.  Could not look more done last night.  Feeling pretty good after my flopping.

Jarrett Jack – As the immortal Will Smith would say, “Welcome to Earff!”  “But wait, JB, didn’t you say he was a must-own?”  Shut up!  13/5/5/2/1 is still pretty good.  Plus shot 6-9.  I’m happy with that.

Anderson Varejao - Did go 11/8, but only 23 minutes, no blocks, I just don’t see it.  A lot of drop Sideshow Bob questions, and I’m all for it.  PS, what’s he doing taking a three?!  Was probably a heave or something, but he’s now 1-39 behind the arc in his career.  HAHA.

Tristan Thompson – We’ve had our fun debating him which has run its course, but 15/13/0/0/1 shooting efficient 3-4 FG and 9-10 FT is usable.  10+ boards in three of five.  Nothing to go nuts about, but he’s a rich-man’s Reggie Evans.  Which isn’t saying too much, but Gus Ayonin’!

Robin Lopez – 20/13 with two swats.  But couldn’t even help the Blazers beat the Magic.  Still a scrub.

Will Barton – Whoa, productive 16 minutes good sir!  I imagine that’s how a hoity-toity British woman from the 18th Century would compliment a love making session.  7/9/4/1/1 with no TOs.  Obviously nothing much to do fantasy-wise, but I like him if he ever found a consistent role somewhere.  He’s a little funky to watch, but racks up stats.

Tobias Harris – I don’t care if I’m the sixth man!  33 minutes 25/11 with a swat.  Shot 10-15 (2-3 3PTM 3-4 FT) to shore up some %s.  Hey, if you’re going to be a big bust, might as well show up now!

Jose Calderon – Needs to get elbowed in the face more often!  Was a little iffy coming into last night after a Mason Plumlee elbow the game prior, but racked it up with 6 treys, shooting 7-10 22/4/8/0/0 and no TOs.  Ratio-fixer!

Dirk Nowitzki – Went nuts helping the Mavs to a huge win, going 32/10/6/4/1 with two treys, one being a pivotal one to bring it to OT.  Hurt ya with the 6 TOs, but 8-8 FT is mighty guten.

Russell Westbrook – Almost didn’t come back into the game after hitting the 31-32 minute threshold they’re trying to keep him at, but they let him come out late in OT even though it didn’t matter.  Just something to be aware of.  Typical RW game, trip-dub threat 23/7/8/3/0 but with 8 TOs.

Kevin Durant – Nothing is more annoying than going against a KD team this week, and being way behind because the Thunder have already played twice.  Ugh.

Tim Hardaway Jr. – Seems to ebb and flow, and right now looking like back into a flow.  17 Pts with two treys, but I mostly want to mention him because the Knicks are a big piece of toast and might just bench Raymond Felton and/or J.R. Smith late in the year.  An idea for Roto players.

Los Angeles Lakers/Doh-Toni – Dude, so friggin frustrating.  The TNT guys were going gaga because the Lakers bench had like, a zillion points.  Well then maybe start these guys then!  Instead Wesley Johnson disappears per usual, and Jordan Hill – looking like on a run the past few games – goes back to 14 minutes.  I really think the Lakers are the worst for fantasy right now.  Yes, even over the Bucks.  Hill even shot 4-4!  Ughhhhh.

Chris Kaman – Should’ve been starting all year.  Or at least a 25ish minute role.  23 minutes for 13/9/3/0/1 and had a few sick plays.  I know, it’s Kaman, but they were nice.  I ranked him high and got Doh-toni-ed!

Ryan Kelly – Should be starting as well, but got the minutes at 34 and rocked out with his Who out for 9/4/8/2/0 with three treys.  RKelly can’t proclaim he’s rocking out with his Who out too often, pretty sure at least one RKelly did something like that…

Jodie Meeks – Another 4 steals.  14 over the past three.  Steals and treys from Meeks, maybe the only thing you can count on for the entire Lakers squad…  Like death and taxes.

 

Next Game: LAC @ NOP.  Oh man, I’m gonna be worn out after highlights for this one!  Who gets the better alley, Anthony Davis or DeAndre Jordan?  Make your bets!

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  1. Lasandro says:
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    What to do with Kendall? He starts but is treated like a bench player. Got a lot of his minutes in garbage time. Damn near 8 folks got 20min today. Even Meeks was well under. Do I give Sessions a shot? Or just shoot myself? Can’t believe I’m looking for help from teams coached by those two..
    Great write up mate. Become my daily pre-bedtime read. Cheers

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lasandro: Yeah the dimes were nice, but I just can’t trust and Lakers anymore that aren’t high-volume shooters like Meeks and Henry. And of course Xavier is like bottom of the barrell haha. Yeah I like Sessions a lot, but only 2 games left. Love the Thursday matchup, but streamable past that. Thanks man! Pretty soon you’ll have dreams of fantasy stats, where you look at your lineup and Sessions went 44/8/17 haha

      • Lasandro says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks man! We literally posted replies at the same time. A second one for you to check out below please

    • Lasandro says:
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      And a good morning to you sir. So, ideally, looking for strong bumps in either assists, threes, stls, or O brds. Sessions, Meeks, Gooden (perhaps), Zaza (perhaps), Sims, Hump and Sammy D. Now if you tell me that Sims is gonna be a dub dub threat with 2-3 assists per going forward, he may be my best bet as he also takes in good O brds. Kendall may still be my most droppable player UNLESS he can hit that 8/9/3 rate I was hoping he could as sole pg banana. Thoughts?

      Your boy Scott is in the ATL starting lineup today. If he smashes out a good game, he may be on my pickup radar.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Lasandro: Haha because I work nights, I think we sleep about the same time. Yup I totally buy Sims for that. Good situation on a terrible team with no reason to keep him from the minutes. I don’t trust Kendall at all. I think Scott can only really help the treys of what you’re looking for. I do like Sessions a lot though looking at ROS. Meeks is gold for 3s and stls, I’d go Meeks then Sessions ROS. Let’s go Scott!

        • Lasandro says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Well at this point in time, Im leaning more on Sessions or Sims. Sims is obviously more of the specialists and Sessions is nice but he’d need to hit that 15/4/5 mark for me to warrant my picking him up.

          To add to all the confusion, I’ve been offered Serge for Demar. Demar’s FTs have helped me skyrocket that cat and the dude offering me Serge is the fella I just passed to get to the top of the cat. I feel like his pts are also a bigger constant than Serge’s. However, the reason I was thinking about grabbing Sims in the first place was for his O brds. I dont like Serge’s last couple of games and I just dont know if I’m risking a little too much if I consider the trade. My current needs are posted in the previous response. Cheers!

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Lasandro: Yeah I feel that. But I think Sessions could easily hit that mark. The biggest hurtle is being on the BUcks, not personal performance. Damn, as much as that’s a no-brainer trade earlier in the year, yeah I think you’re holding out. Giving up DeMar who can help in 3/4 of your needs for Serge with only 1.

  2. Jeremy says:
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    Kevin Martin or Jarrett Jack tonight? Leaning towards Kevin because I need the points, but the prospect of Jarrett potentially getting the points and dimes is also intriguing.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jeremy: I think I’ll go Jack against a bad Pistons D. Giving up the 4th most points a game and KMart two bad ones outta 3

  3. Jake says:
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    Playing a KD team this week…Points and 3s are out of the question. Should I drop J. Hill or Augustin for Henry Sims/Sessions?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jake: I know a bad game, but Hill has 3 left so holding him. Sims three games too, I might grab him there for DJ

  4. Boom Shakalaka says:
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    Hey JB, I got a close weekly battle going on right now and I think the week will end someone winning 5-4 in cats.

    If Pau Gasol is ruled out for the rest of the week and you need a big replacement who would you go for. I’m looking at Chris Kaman or Chris Andersen… mostly because if I drop Pau today I’ll still get two games out of either one of them for the week and it looks like the blocks cat could go either way. Who do you like or is there someone else you would target?

    Thank mang!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Boom Shakalaka: Man I so wish Kaman got for sure minutes… Andersen should get big run tonight vs. Pacers bigs. Plus against the Bucks later this week, wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of Heat get sat, I’ll go Birdman

  5. Mac says:
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    What should I do with Kyle Korver? I’m dogfighting this guy on assists and points and I need to squeeze as much as possible. 9 cat 12 team keeper league. I already lost Kyrie, and waiver wire is silk thin. Notables: Ray Allen, Livingston, Brian Roberts, Vasquez

    Should I hold tight or stream?

    My team:
    G: Jarrett Jack, Avery Bradley, Monta Ellis, Ramon Sessions, Lance Stephenson
    F: Kyle Korver, Xavier Henry, Tobias Harris, Chris Andersen, DeMarcus Cousins
    C: Chris Bosh, Nikola Vucevic, Joakim Noah

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mac: I think it’s time to stream. Limited moves or can you make a lot? I like Livingston the most tonight, I think I like him the most rest of the week too, but if you can make unlimited moves I’d grab him tonight and someone else tomo

      • Mac says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I got 3 more adds and my league adds not today but the next day. Thanks for your advice^ I’m facing Beardsanity, King James and company (keeper league op) for sure it’s going to be rough. Nothing like the playoffs ^^

        • Mac says:
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          @Mac: assists, fg%, ft%, tos, and blocks up for grabs, i got steals and rebounds, points is slightly to his advantage and 3pters is completely his.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Mac: I think I still like Livingston there, great %s for a G, hasn’t had a TO in 3 games and chips in blocks here and there. Yikes, well I’m rootin’ for ya for the upset! Struggling vs. a KD team myself…

  6. Yokevoooo says:
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    27th and 29th are looking quite empty I already have jordan hill should I also scoop kaman plug both in since gasol is out for two games and hope for one to blow up? I’m gonna drop el humphries lmk JB!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Yokevoooo: Yeah man, totally down with that to fill out games! Plus Thus against Bucks, they should all have a good shot for good lines.

  7. Bi-Felicia says:
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    Don’t feel bad. I face a KD team in the championship next week. I don’t own LeBron either. It’s gonna be tuff. I spanked his ass 8-0 a few weeks ago but Durant had a bad week & he had 2 injuries. Plus my team was on fire then. I’ve lost pek,deng, (who he’s added this week) It’s gonna be a war! Im out of moves, hell…I may end up losing this week. Who knows. Lol

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bi-Felicia: Have faith my man! I’m less angry about it being KD, just that KD had two straight to start the week so I look like I’m in a deep hole haha

  8. Bi-Felicia says:
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    Swaggy P, Sessions, Iggy, korver, who do I drop G. Green for or drop Bev after his game vs Philly on thurs for iggy and get fri-sun games out of him? So many decisions…. I rather have multi cats than points. My.next opponent has a beastmode squad and I’ll never beat him in points he’s 1st in pts & treys all year. Im leaning iggy right now.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bi-Felicia: Hmmm, just a little scared of Iggy since coming back from injury. Might limit minutes. I like getting PBev for Thurs, I like grabbing Sessions for Thurs too dropping Green, then readdress on both.

  9. Frank White says:
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    Hey what’s up.. I saw that Nick Young is probly gonna miss some games and it’s a waiver spot but I’m relying on their schedule so who would you grab, Xavier Henry or Bazemore??

  10. AJ says:
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    With pau out for the next 2 games whats the better streamer for 2marrow Kaman or Bazemore, I’m leaning Kaman, thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @AJ: Yeah I’d go Kaman too. Plays so well when given the opp, hopefully D’Antoni gives him the run

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