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In Kyrie Irving’s first game back from injury, he helped the Cavs beat the Lakers.  Surprised?  You shouldn’t be, because the Lakers stink right now.  Now a confession… the headline was lying.  Now are you surprised?  Irving punished the Lakers going 28/6/11/1 with four 3PM and shooting 11-21 from the field.  Now that he has shaken off the rust, we should expect him to score 100 points in his next game.  Sorry that’s irrational me.  Rational me says if you own Irving then be very happy, and if you traded for him, then make fun of the owner that traded him to you immediately.  Like right now.  DO IT NOW.  Yikes!  That was irrational me again.  Here’s what else happened in the NBA last night:

Kobe Bryant – I’d attempt to write about someone from the Lakers that isn’t universally owned here but everyone else outside of Metta World Peace is a steaming pile of crap.  Kobe once again went 1 on 5 because he doesn’t like being upstaged by a sophomore guard returning from injury.  The fantasy results were fruitful, scoring 42 points, 5 boards, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 5 TOs, and three 3PM on 16-28 shooting.  Until Steve Nash (2 more weeks) comes back, I’d be shocked if Kobe didn’t at least attempt going after Wilt’s single game record.  They’re going to lose anyway.

C.J. Miles – Man the Lakers are terrible on defense.  Seriously start any player that gets major minutes against them (unless their name is Tristan Thompson).  Miles blew up for 28 points including FIVE 3PM, 5 boards, 1 steal, and 1 block.

Jason Kidd – Before someone in the comments yells at me… Carmelo Anthony scored 45 points.  There I mentioned it.  Hey diddle diddle, Carmelo Anthony right up the middle.  I mentioned it again and now I’m moving on.  I really don’t know what to do with Kidd.  I just can’t believe he’ll continually put up lines like last night (18/6/6/1 with SIX 3PM).  Ride it while he’s hot.

Andray Blatche – BLATCHE ATTACK!  23 points, 4 boards, and 2 steals on 9-13 shooting.  Just like Kidd, ride him while he’s hot (basically till Brook Lopez comes back).

Reggie EvansKris Humphries 2.0.  What?  Humphries is on the bench on the same team and younger?!  Awkward!  Evans got 33 minutes compared to Humphries non-injury 8 minutes.  He was productive too with 5 points, 18 boards, 1 steal, and 1 block.  If you need boards, this is your man.

Ty Lawson – YES! YES! YES!  There’s my ridiculous preseason love!  26/5/7/4 with one 3PM and shooting 9-17 from the field.  I hope this continues.  If it doesn’t, he may need to file a restraining order.

Kenneth Faried – The manimal has been caged over the past 3 games and last night was no exception.  Attempted only ONE shot in 23 minutes.  His final line was 3/6/1/1/2.  Just might show up in the buy section this Friday.

Brandon Knight – Wow, a couple weeks ago this knight was playing like Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir Launcelot and now the guy is straight up killin’ it.  20 points, 4 boards, 5 assists, 1 steal, and two 3PM on 8-16 shooting.  It’s about damn time.

Rodney Stuckey – 17/3/2/1 with two 3PM (and five TO’s), he is doing enough to convince you to pick him up again.  Stay away from his siren’s call, he’ll be making you curse again soon enough.

Anthony Davis – It must be a new thing.  Return from an injury and have the best line on your team.  In case you were worried about Davis, 13/8/0/3/3 in 25 minutes should alleviate any concern.  Outside of Ryan Anderson, everyone else on the Hornets was awful.

Kevin Seraphin – Many people consider Seraphin to be one of the better players on the Wiz.  Strangely he received only 16 minutes of action but he made the best of it with 8 points, 8 boards, and one assist.  I’ll keep a lookout as to any reason why he saw so little action since Chris Singleton was terrible.

Jordan Crawford – Should be owned if you can take the FG% hit.  26/6/4/0/1 with two 3PM and 9-24 shooting in 42 minutes.

Carlos Boozer - With a line of 24/13/3/1/1, Boozer has put up 5 double doubles in his past 6 games.  He had a bit of a down November but has been looking strong in December.  Maybe he gets juiced by all the holiday spirit.

Marco Belinelli – The Italian stallion has been ridden hard the past four games, playing at least 40 minutes in each.  If he gets that much playing time every night you will see lines like this:  18/7/5/2 with four 3PM.  Of course you may see things like this as well:  6 for 22 shooting.  Ah free agents… always have to take something away from the table don’t you?

Matt Barnes – Ah, the LA Clippers bench.  The problem with having a deep bench is that you get sporadic lines from guys like Barnes and Eric Bledsoe.  Barnes was very solid last night with a 14/4/2/2 with 2 3PM, but he tends to be up and down.  Be wary.

  1. Zandy says:
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    0 Team H2H – 11 categories (9 cat but breaks out d-rebs and o-rebs then adds Techs)
    My Team is:
    Conley
    Turner
    Teague
    Batum
    Parsons
    Horford
    Love
    Marc Gasol
    Pekovic
    World Peace
    Bench:
    Larry Sanders
    Jordan Crawford
    Rubio
    Wall

    Just dropped Hickson for Crawford as a hedge on Wall’s return?. Was that the right move? Anyone you think I should target? Do I hold tight for Rubio and wall to come back?

    Waiver guys include:
    Hickson
    Eric Gordon
    Jason Kidd
    Vucevic
    Seraphin
    Drummond
    Shved
    Robin Lopez
    Danny Green
    Jason Thompson

    Despite my team i’m somehow 2-4, what am i doing wrong? Do I try to move Evan Turner for Paul George? Struggling here….

    • ChrisV

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      @Zandy: I believe you got some feedback in the other post, but James may have something to add (he usually does, that rascal).

      • Zandy says:
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        @ChrisV: Thanks. Looking for James’s input too. I am also getting offers for Love – some combination of Kobe, Varejao, Bosh, Anthony Davis, Griffin, DWill, Gallinari or Parker. Thoughts there?

        I love Love’s 4-4-4 playoff schedule. Right now I have 4-4-4 playoff schedules for Conley, Teague, Horford, Love, Gasol, Pekovic, Rubio, Wall and Crawford. (Also Batum goes 5-3-4). Seems like all I have to do is make the playoffs and then out game everyone for an easy win…

        • James Redacted

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          @Zandy: No need to worry about playoff sked yet… gotta make it there first. Seems like your settings are skewed heavily towards big men with all those rebounding cats. I’d find someway to get Vucevic on your team ASAP. Drop Crawford for Vucevic. If you’re desperate, go ahead and drop Wall for Seraphin because Wall isn’t even practicing yet. Win the big men stats (FG, REB, OREB, DREB, BLK) and you should be fine.

          BTW, if you are somehow able to get George by trading Turner do it immediately.

          • Zandy says:
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            @James Redacted: Awesome. Thanks! Making the Crawford drop now. That said, would you trade Love for more big man depth? Like pick two of Varejao, Bosh, A Davis, Griffin?

            • James Redacted

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              @Zandy: Oh man that’s tough. I’m not sure you should sell Love unless LeBron, KD, or CP3 is involved. Anthony Davis + Varejao is REALLY tempting though. You may need those 3′s that Love gets ya.

              • Zandy says:
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                @James Redacted: To solve the 3pt issues I proposed :
                Love
                Pekovic
                Turner
                for
                Varejao
                A Davis
                Kobe

                Assuming he rejects this, what should I be willing to offer for Varejao, A Davis and Kobe? Or just stand pat? (my full roster is above)

                • James Redacted

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                  @Zandy: I don’t think that trade helps you much but it may be because I’m big on pekovic. Stand pat for now because I think Love will skyrocket soon.

  2. Carnac says:
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    I didn’t watch the LA-Cle game last night. Looking at the box score this morning, I see that starting PG Chris Duhon played 33 min, shot 1/2 (0 Free throws), 2 assists. In 33 minutes? As I tried to wrap my head around how this is possible, all I could picture was Kobe with the ball.

    • ChrisV

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      @Carnac: Kobe has been inspired by that kid who took 100 shots a few weeks ago.

      • Carnac says:
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        @ChrisV: I was inspired to take 100 shots in my driveway. 2 shots in, the ball bounced into the street. It proceeded to bounce into the window of a passing, really ugly, yellow lamborghini with “24″ painted on the hood. Haven’t seen the ball since.

  3. Nathan says:
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    Would yall trade zach randolph for jrue holiday?

    • James Redacted

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      @Nathan: Overall value, yes.

  4. Jeff says:
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    Do you think Iguodala will produce more ROS or do you think his stats so far is about right for the ROS?

    • James Redacted

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      @Jeff: I’d look for his FG% and STL to go up a little bit as both are below his career (and recent years) numbers.

  5. Hotrod says:
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    Asked/answered in previous post, wanted James input as well.

    Trade away DeRozan & Javale for Tyreke & Pat Patterson? (I do not need Javales blocks) Do you think Tyreke will be too much of a nagging injury concern all year?

    14 team H2H 10 category – My team prior to trade:
    Starters

    Westbrook
    George
    Gerald Wallace
    David Lee
    Dwight
    Robin Lopez
    Mullens
    DeRozan
    JRich

    Bench

    Javale
    Collison
    Hinrich
    Amir Johnson
    Bogut(IR)

    Do the deal? I typically just make the move when I am getting the best player, but Tyreke’s injuries scare me…

    • Eric says:
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      @Hotrod:

      I think you should trade for a more reliable PG than Tyreke. Even when healthy he’s very inconsistent, I’d target a Tony Parker like player instead. Should’ve dropped Bogut for Larry Sanders, but too late right?

    • James Redacted

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      @Hotrod: Evans is more valuable than DeRozan and I think Patterson is at least equivalent to McGee (as long as McGee isn’t starting) if you don’t need blocks. This is a nice trade even with the injury history. Be sweet if you could sell Evans after a streak of great games and get an even better upgrade at PG. Rondo would be sick on this team.

  6. Eric says:
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    Kevin Seraphin has the flu, hence the limited minutes?

    • James Redacted

      James Redacted says:
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      @Eric: Ah, is that what it was?

  7. Para Noid says:
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    Is Mullen’s run over?

    • James Redacted

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      @Para Noid: I think he will stay around top 80-100 ROS

  8. dan says:
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    Hey should i start shved, bellinelli, or tony douglas tonight? I’m in a head to head points league.

    • James Redacted

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      @dan: roll with Belinelli since he is getting a ton of minutes

      • dan says:
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        @James Redacted: yeah thats what i was thinking. thanks

  9. Nick says:
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    The rumor mill (aka, I can’t remember where I read this) tells me that the Wizards could have had Harden for Beal and Singleton, but passed because they wouldn’t give him a max extension. Your thoughts? Now answer as if you were a Wizard’s fan (I know… I know… it’s an impossible hypothetical… but let’s pretend).

    • James Redacted

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      @Nick: Yea, they are a bunch of idiots. Beal may be pretty good one day but Harden is a sure thing.

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