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JB be California dreamin’!  Sorry for the later notes today, as I wrap up my West Coast trip and head for sunny Florida tomorrow.  I’m so discombobulated with my jet lag and California culture, I thought the Jamal version of Crawford got traded to the Pelicans or something!  But nooooooo, Jordan Crawford is back in the NBA ladies and germs!

In a game where the Pelicans were unsurprisingly stagnated by the Jazz D, Jordan of the Crawfords kept it close with a bench spark, going 19/1/3/2/0 with 3 treys on 8-15 shooting.  All that in 20 minutes too!  Did the Pelicans expect the ridiculous offensive prowess of E’Twuan Moore and Solomon Hill would provide some bench wing scoring?!  It isn’t shocking that a 28-year-old Crawford was slaying the D-League with nearly 24 points a game, and isn’t surprising to see him be a good bench scorer on the right squad.  Maybe you give him a look in the Michael Beasley/Derrick Williams sort of way as a deep league scorer, but this is likely one of his best lines on the season.  Not like he can gel with the twin tower USG-whores  in the starting 5 – he’s gonna be the bench scorer like we’ve always seen from Jamal Crawford.  Wait, I mean Jordan Crawford!  Ahhhhhhhhhh!  Here’s what else went down last night in NBA action:

Dion Waiters Led the Heat to a big win in Cleveland, in a game where the Cavs didn’t bench anyone!  Take that for sitting everyone at Miami, you veteran elitists!  29/2/5/0/1 with no TO for the D-Wait.

Josh Richardson Big game to break out with both Tyler Johnson (neck/shoulder, which is connected to the…) and James Johnson (…elbow!) out, but only goes 5/2/4/3/0 in 32 minutes.  Only took 4 shots.  Bleh, not his year.

Andrew Bogut Just unbelievable…  As I’m sure you’ve seen by now, Bogut broke his leg less than a minute into his Cavs debut.  It’s fun to snicker at how injury prone he is, but we all of course wish him a speedy recovery.

Ron Baker Got the start for Carmelo Anthony, who sat with a sore left knee.  I think it’s legit filled with caramel, like a caramello!  The doofy Ron Baker did nothing with the start though, it’s just sooooo Poppycock.

Willy Hernangomez The Poppycockers seem intent on playing Kristaps Porzingis at the 5 for right now, so WIlly Hernangomez continues to come off the bench after missing a few with a kankle, and went 14/8/3 on 7-10 shooting in only 18 minutes last night.  Get him more run, Poppycockers!

Elfrid Payton While I clown that silly NY team, they did beat the Magic last night, despite Elfrid putting a tripdub on the Shelfrid!  16/11/10/1/0 on 7-13 shooting in 35 minutes.  I of course love my Elfrid, but I despise the stupid Magic – he’ll play 24 minutes of “ARGH!!” next game.

Terrence Ross Rough night going 2-10 from the field and committing 3 TO.  That said, still got 35 minutes and hit all the cats in a 5/4/1/1/1 line with a trey.  If anyone cuts bait off this one, I’d scoop him back up.

Bismack Biyombo 10/14/0/0/1 with his usual brand of 4-8 FT. Most importantly though – 42 minutes.  The Magic really have no center depth while Nikola Vucevic is out with a sore Achilles.

Giannis Antetokounmpo Rainbow alert!  24/8/5/2/3 with a trey and no TO.  Super to the star!

Tony Snell Ohhhhh, what’s that fluke?!  21/7/2/2/0 outta nowhere, with 5 treys.  Oh wait, they played the Sixers, so not outta nowhere…  Tore up the Sauce defense!

Malcolm Brogdon The price you pay for owning Jason Kidd assets that aren’t the safe Giannis or Duchess!  6-7 from the field in a mad efficient 13/5/1/1/1 line, but only 21 minutes!?  I hate Kidds!  Matthew Dellavedova gets 27 minutes with 10 points and 7 dimes just to rub our face in it.  Kidds are the worst, they cry, are irrational, lack understanding…  Ah!

Richaun Holmes Damn, in a start he shoulda absolutely dominated against Thon Maker, was a disappointing 8/9/0/0/0 on 3-9 shooting in 22 minutes.  Jahlil Okafor sat with a sore knee, so not like he’s definitively back in a game or two.  Keep Richaun owned, Holmes!

Shawn Long – Ummm, who?  13/7/1/0/1 in 15 junk minutes for the Sixers…  5-8 from the field, but only 2-7 FT.  He got a 10-day deal yesterday to bolster their big man depth, and a little interesting with a 20.2/11.2/1.6/0.6/1.3 slash in the D-League.  But meh, tough to see minutes-consistency making him relevant enough in most leagues.

Andre Iguodala Dude, are you effing kidding me?!  Streamed him in virtually all my leagues last Thursday since it was a low-schedule night and Kevin Durant had just gotten hurt, and he was so meh.  Then blows up for 24/5/4/3/1 with no TO last night, on only 6-8 from the field with 4 treys.  Maybe you can give him a stab in 12ers, but we’re obviously not going to expect lines like this except once in a blue moon.  Which is to say, a game or two after I drop him everywhere.

Dennis Schroder Go to the bench, mach schnell!  After dropping 19 in the first quarter and having a 23/4/3/1/0 line, got benched virtually the whole second half after a yelling match with Dwight Howard during live action.

Hah!  Wait, kinda looks Dwight distracted Schroder to me…  Das German still had a good line and should be fine for minutes moving forward.

Tim Hardaway Jr. – Had 5 dimes in a little extra bench run thanks to Schroder’s court awareness skill-level dropping from 85 to 80 in the next NBA 2K…

Nikola Mirotic Well, that’s annoying…  Even with Bobby Portis kinda being meh, only 18 minutes of 6/0/1/0/0.  One of the two could still emerge, but for right now, I’m not holding fast on Bulls PF…

Cameron Payne There we go, baby!  I did hold fast on Payne in some leagues, as Slim and I both fully expected him to take that PG job by the horns.  Bulls puns!  14/3/3 with 4 treys on 5-14 shooting in 23 minutes.  Time shared with Jerian Grant, but Payne is so much better…  Rather him than say, Ulis…

Reggie Jackson Hopefully you stayed true!  A lot of drop-Rjax questions flowing through the comments the last few weeks, but 26/2/6 last night in 31 minutes should assuage your fears.

Sean Kilpatrick Whoa, upset alert!  The Nets shocked Memphis last night in Grizzly country (which I guess isn’t really in Memphis, they really should change their name!), highlighted by the Grizzlies literally trying to Kill Pat.  The Revenant!  25/5/3/1/0 with no TO in a great line, but only on 3-5 shooting!  Took 16-17 FT!  Cray Tennessionians…

Jeremy Lin Ok, ok, mayyyyyyybe I’ve been a little too harsh.  18/4/1 in 24 minutes with 3 treys, but the dimes just aren’t there.  I’m not mad I let Lin rot on my wires in RCLs.

JaMychal Green Damn, need a better reason to keep a guy in the starting 5?!  Got benched for Brandan Wright, and then the Grizz lose at home to the Mess.  Too much rosterbation, David Plop Plop Fizz Fizdale!

Myles Turner Damn, tough loss for the Pacers last night, and as a commenter pointed out, kinda seeming like Myles is running out of steam.  Ran too many Myles!  4/7/3/0/3 is still nice, but I was expecting the nice scoring would continue through.  At least the blocks are back.

Cody Zeller Good timing he’s back with Frank the Tank being more like Frank on the Shelf!  Wait, that’s horrifying, only Elfrid can be on the Shelfrid!  13/11/2/2/0 for CZ in a nice win for the struggling Hornets.

Patrick Beverley Best rebounder on the Rox!  11/10/1/1/1 with 3 treys in 33 minutes.  While the D’Antoni effect didn’t impact the scoring, his REB, AST, and STL are all at career marks.

Kawhi Leonard I didn’t think anyone had a shot to rival Russell Westbrook for MVP, but Kawhi is making one hell of a push.  After burying this monster trey…

…blocked another MVP candidate trying to win it on a drive with this Mutombo-no-no-no!

39/6/5/1/2 on 12-18 shooting with 4 treys, 11-11 FT, and only 1 TO.  Unfair.

Ty Lawson Ok, ok Las, you get your Lawson blurb today!  Haha.  13/2/6/4/0 with no TO, and yeah he’s on a decent little run.  I just think he’s old and pudgy, I ain’t no big fan.  I guess worth owning, but bleh.

Willie Cauley-Stein Fouled out in 28 minutes on a 10/5/1/1/0 line.  He should be playing C and tearing up that Nikola Jokic defense!  Well, I guess for last night it was that Mason Plumlee defense, as Jokic had dat illness…  Stupid Kings playing WCS at PF though, Kings got dat illness too!

Wilson Chandler WILLLLLLLSON!  Career high night going 36/12/4/2/1 with 5 treys.  Kings playing all sorts of wrong matchups had Wilson shooting fish in a barrel!  Wait, why are there no fish teams in the NBA?!

Rest of the Pelicans – Other than that “other” J Crawf, the Pels struggled mightily against that Jazz D.

Rudy Gobert Monsieur Elbow!  Breaking all the Pelicans beaks one at a time!  15/15/3/2/2 in a rainbow line and a stifling win.

Marcus Smart Celtics struggling on their West Coast trip!  At least Smart had a good game in the loss to the Clip, going 21/3/3/1/0 in 32 bench minutes.  The Celtics are like me, struggling to adjust to dat West Coast time!

Jamal Crawford Just because the NBA is hilarious, of course scored 19 points just like the other J Crawf.  I’m going crazy with Crawfords!

 

I hope everyone had a great start to week 19, and sorry again for being late with the notes for all you East Coasters!  Catch you again Thursday morning!

  1. ThE sHiT says:
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    Scoop up Crawford or Iggy and drop Terrence Jones? Just need overall production. Lost Durant AND Lowry last week, but did clinch a playoff berth and will go limping in.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ThE sHiT: Yeah I think I would nab Iggy, and damnnnnn that sucks. Those were the two biggest blows this late in a while…

  2. hassan's whitesiders says:
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    Time to activate Bradley from my IR spot but I dont know who to drop

    End of my roster options are:

    Payton, Waiters, Portis, Cauley-Stein, Joseph.

    What do you think?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hassan’s whitesiders: Kinda feeling Portis, I just dunno if consistency will be there

  3. The Gintern says:
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    So you really like CP22 over Ulis? I’m thinking of dropping JRich for BoBo (weekly waivers, was dropped last week) and Payne/Sergio for Ulis, you good with that? Assuming you don’t want any of these studs waivers has to offer instead… Saucekas, Bjelica, Belinelli, Nene, Justin Anderson, Lance Thomas, Raymundo the cupcake king

    Still clinging on to 2nd despite losing Lowry, current 16team 9cat roster is:
    Jrue, Kilpat, Sergio, Payne
    Duchess, Tobias, Crowder, JRich
    Millsap, Bookworm, JaMychal
    BroLo, JV, Big Willy, Big Sauce

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Gintern: Yeah I think so, I just see playing-time upside for Payne. I don’t see the Suns shutting down Bledsoe any time soon. haha yeah I don’t really like the other options, but you def could use PG. I kinda think you hold your PG and just lose Jrich for Ulis

      • The Gintern says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Hmm yeah ok I guess it’s more important to fill in the assists than the 3s cause Duchess will bring those now that he’s (*knocks on wood desk for 30 seconds*) back in full swing. Appreciate the help as always!

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @The Gintern: I’m with ya, Duchess should be huge for ya down the stretch. Any time!

  4. Lasandro says:
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    I called Ty to let him know about your shoutout. Must’ve been driving with a Bud, or had his fingers covered in taco sauce, but I’m sure he’ll get my voicemail! 😎

    Payne over Ullis right now?! Ninja, please. Let’s see how he fairs tonight against the wiz.

    And you’re right: why aren’t there any fishies in the NBA? The rugby league competition in Australia have the Sharks, and the Eels. Any of those creatures residing at an NBA city? Surely moreso than grizzly bears in Memphis. Or jazz music in Utah haha! Although the gay community in Orlando surely love their team’s name – and hate Amare Stoudemire. But yes, more fish. I mean, there’s a team named after the bloody temperature, c’mon! The Miami PR guy was like: “there’s sharks in Florida, sure.. but it sure is hot out!”

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lasandro: Hah cool, yeah if his screen isn’t glazed over with donut icing, I can expect a mean text back!

      Yeah as mentioned above, Payne could be a 32 MPG starter, and I just don’t see the Suns giving Ulis that kind of role until maybe the last 2 weeks or something.

      I know right?! Fish are so slighted in the NBA! It wouldn’t be so hot in miami under the water!

      And hahahaha on the Amare point…

    • Lasandro says:
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      @JB Gilpin: Right, a couple of weeks ago I dropped BoBo on my 12ers as this site and Rotoworld were of the opinion that he’d be useless in WAS. Well, shit. And as an Otto owner in my 10er, I’m getting real concerned. Am I cutting bait on him for a CoJo, Broggy, Aminu, Ross? I know Ross is the best overall of this group, but I need the scoring and dude is as erratic as he was in TOR. Or should I hold onto Otto? BoBo is a real threat to his PT.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Lasandro: Def hold onto Otto, this is pure Thragnof. Unless you stand to make like 5 points in treys with the cat really close, there’s not reason to own him

      • Lasandro says:
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        @jb Gilpin: ok that makes me feel better. You sure BoBo won’t eat into his mins tho? He seems to be the flavour of the month for that team. I hate it. Owning he and Crowder can sometimes suck because they can be so erratic haha.

        How’s Florida?? I’m off to Vietnam tomorrow for the weekend, playing some ball with the ol’ crew in Saigon. Should be a goodun!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Lasandro: Nice to see it play out good for ya! Otto looked great, Bobo lost some run. Figured it would fix itself for ya 🙂

          Beautiful here man! Love it. Both here and LA are gorgeous. Oh cool man, tear up those courts my man!

  5. Johnc says:
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    You like CoJo over Jameer? Not excited about either one but have Jameer for his threes and a Monday game the week playoffs engage for me. CoJo on the wire but never been a fan.

    What is up with Adams? Kanter comes back with Taj and Dougie in the fold, and it is Adams folding the tent? Good thing I have a bye next week or he could be adios with those FTs.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Johnc: I would indeed go Cojo, I think the playing time is a little more assured. Jameer might lose more and more mins for Murray as Nugs look to next yr

  6. Nukna says:
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    Razzup, JB?!
    Drop Tobias Harris for the ThrAGNoF king Bogdanovic? I could use the boost in pts and 3s. The only major drop would be the rebs, if I`m correct. Not a fan of losing all around contributors for ThrAGNoFs, but I`m tempted here, since Harris is not killing it accross the board.
    The other option would be dropping Bradley. Not sure when he`ll be really back, but love his high ceeling, so not too eager to click “drop”.
    Any thoughts?
    Thanks and regards from Belgrade!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nukna: def would hold Bradley. Hmmmmm on Tobias… remind me on your format, h2h or roto? If pts/3s are roto cats you’re chasing, then I would be ok with it, but probably wouldn’t in h2h unless it’s a pivotal week and 3s look to be close

      • Nukna says:
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        Thanks.
        Sorry for not being precise. It’s a standard cat H2H, 6 teams, 4 in PO. Standing at the top spot and likely to remain there, I should not have too much trouble winning in the semis, since the team at the 4th is a tier below the top 3. Therefore, I’m mostly focused on the last PO week, the finals. Both Harris and BoBo play 4 games.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Nukna: Oh no worries! Sometimes the format helps me swing tough calls between guys 🙂 Sounds like you have a good complete team so I would hold Harris, plus last night was kinda the bad side of BoBo

  7. Not Your Average Joe says:
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    Just when I thought my team composition was set for the playoffs, ‘kieff is giving me something to worry about. His shooting the past two weeks has been abysmal, and the other stats are declining as well. Not sure what that’s about. Should I be considering dropping him for Waiters (whom I dropped and then he immediately found his groove), Miles (thragnof!), Iggy (w Durant out), Harkless (until Turner comes back), or brother Marcus (he shoots. a lot.)? Playoffs start next week and I don’t think I’ll get a bye.

    Team in a 9-cat, 12-team, h2h league.

    Kemba – PG; Conley – PG; McConnell – PG; Brogdon – PG/SG; Beal – SG; A.Gordon – SF/PF; Markieff – SF/PF/C; Millsap – PF/C; Porzingis – PF/C; Gobert – C; Jokic – C

    • Not Your Average Joe says:
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      @Not Your Average Joe: Ugh. Linsanity is available too, and Brogdon’s been seeing decreased playing time. Uuuuugh.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Not Your Average Joe: Yeah Slim and I were just talking on Kieff… Yeah the shots seem to be trending down, Bobo isn’t helping at all. Yeah I would add Lin for Brogdon, it’s a little risky, but Broggy isn’t exactly consistent either. Markieff… Mannnn debating Waiters for him, but it’s really close. Got Slim right here, we both say Waiters! Esp. since your TO aren’t too high.

  8. Dante Green says:
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    That $15 I spent on WCS was an effin waste. Hah I just had to drop the guy for Allan W. Should had been Willy H but he now has 2 straight decent outings! Compared to WCS who can’t block shots nor produce double digit rebounds even with decent playing time. I know the Knicks play only twice next week but I just can’t stomach WCS anymore. Smh

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dante Green: Yeahhhhh, i kinda slam the Kings this morning. Playing their vets this late in a rebuild season is a travesty. Agree I would rather Alan W and WIlly H. Sorry man

      • Dante Green says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Haha His first game post-Cousins was awesome! It’s just his coach is pulling a Skiles on us right now. Lol

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Dante Green: I know right?! Ugh, friggin Joerger

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