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Yup, bringing that back!  Pretty much my reaction looking at my line-ups last night where I endured a long broken hand heal fest.  Loved me some Kawhi Leonard heading into the season, and even though Pop is still keeping Kawhi’s minutes from full climax, 7-10 last night (2-2 3PTM 2-2 FT) 18/5/3/4/3 in 26 rainbow-licious minutes.  Since returning from the broken hand, Kawhi has gone full multi-cat-hard hitting all 5 cats in all 4 games, a trey in each one, and 9-9 from the FT line.  This is what I envisioned all season!  I’m thinking Kawhi shoulda punched something early in preseason and this would’ve been what we got all year.  It’s going to be fairly tough to pry Kawhi from anyone else’s roster given his torrid return, but can’t hurt to float some stuff out there if the Pop-factor is still haunting any Kawhi owners.  If you’re making your final push for your playoff rosters and can still make a move or two, Kawhi has 4-game weeks in the semis and the championship.  So I for one think you can cry “Kawhi Kawhi Kawhi!” all the way home.  “Thanks Mrs. H…”  My name is JB!  Here’s what else I saw last night in fantasy action:

Tyreke Evans - Going bonkers since put in the starting 5.  24/7/11/1/1 but still shoots 3-pointers like Andre Drummond shoots free throws going 0-4.  I think it’s pretty clear he’s a must-own on all leagues, but still at only 80% in Yahoo.  Been stupid good the past three games and all of the last 4 have been 36+ minutes.  “Your rest with the Pelicans is about to be Brief!”  Womp womp.

Eric Gordon - I have no backing to this, nor the recourse to look it up, but 28 Pts and 6 Asts might be Gordon’s best game of his career.  I kid of course, but EG shot 9-13 (4-5 from deep) and was just on like Donkey Kong.  Plus against a terrible D.  Not buying too much.

Alexis Ajinca - 16 minutes and got 5 fouls.  Might be the worst foul-control starting 5 in the NBA.

Kendall Marshall - Still the Lakers PG I want after yet another non-scoring game.  Did get a dimebag though!  Hmmm, no scoring and with a dimebag… It’s me in high school!

Jordan Farmar - 20/1/8, but I’m still going with the high school version of myself.  Farmar’s production is all over the map, but dimes and treys look a little forrealz.  I guess I’m buying in a tiny bit; kinda have to.

Kent Bazemore - 23/4/3/1/1 with 4 treys is pretty nasty.  I’ve been low on the Baze.  Oh, new nickname!  Purple Baze.  Yeah, that’s a new official one.  I think I’m about to light one from Marshall’s dimebag and getting pretty high on the Purple Baze now.  Looking like a must-own in 12ers and a “for your consideration” in 10s.

Xavier Henry - 14 minutes for Wheels for 12/1/2.  I don’t think Wheels on his own is fantasy relevant, but the minutes drain he’s going to give will.  Keeping my eye on it.

Wesley Johnson - 5 fouls with a really empty line.  Was more like a Wesley Crusher last night.

Danny Green - 24/1/3/2/1.  Took an absurd 15 shots in 23 minutes.  Who does this guy think he is, J.R. Smith?!  Good to see Green with a good game, but I’d take Purple Baze over him at this point.

Boris Diaw - A steal away from a rainbow and pretty much the best 25 minutes you could ask for.  16/5/3/1/2 shooting 7-7 with two treys.  Two straight near rainbows in a row, and while he doesn’t have much upside game-to-game, is producing.

Dion Waiters - Didn’t wait long to bounce back from the bum knee!  11-18 for 24/1/3/0/1 and can give you that cheap scorin’ you were whorin’ fo’.

Tristan Thompson - Ugh.  5/10/0/0/0 shooting 2-8.  Eh, he’s still fine for what he is, just a bad one against the Spurs.

Spencer Hawes - Just killing it with his new digs.  20/13/1/1/1 with four treys shooting 7-9.  I’m glad I didn’t say to dump him right away when changing cities!  Hopefully no one was too hasty.  Anderson Varejao is becoming a craw in everyone’s side (or something like that), and Hawes has won the job.  Probably going to be ownable in all leagues for the duration even when the Sideshow-walking-hospital is back.

Klay Thompson - If only game winners made you good at fantasy!

Andre Iguodala - Dislocated a finger but didn’t break it.  Don’t break my finger, my achy breaky finger!  Played only 24 minutes after coming out for a stint of time, for an empty 6/2/1.  I still like Iggy just fine and not worried.

Evan Turner - This is more what I expected heading to Indy.  0/3/1 shooting 0-5.  Womp womp.

Michael Beasley - The game I watched last night, and was going to say I thought he looked great when he was at about 12 Pts.  Ended up with a 24/4/2 line shooting 9-13.  Played 28 minutes and more importantly, finished with the big boys down the stretch.  It’ll be tough to buy any consistency, but deep leaguers should be eying him like a hawk if he’s unowned.

Chris Andersen - Had 5 blocks.  Taunted Donatas Motiejunas on a dunk attempt so hard he got a tech.  Dude, I think anyone woulda clowned Motiejunas on this dunk try!

LeBron James - 22/1/6 even though he had 19 at half.  Was .1 seconds from a buzzer beater trey to end the third, but didn’t take over like I had hoped in my 37 Pts over/under odds makers.  Oh well!  Also didn’t re-break his nose, which is unfortunate, because he’d then have to wear two masks.

Mario Chalmers - Man, patience is running thin!  3/4/2/2/0 – at least gave you your steals – but shot 1-5 and 1-3 from the FT line in only 22 minutes.  The fringe options I weighed him against in a lot of questions the past few weeks are getting increasingly close.

Patrick Beverley - Better late than never for Razzball’s own!  Absolutely on fire for 6-12 (5-8 3PTM) 19/2/2/3/1 near-rainbow.  I’m taking PBev over Chalmers right now, and not too close.

Jordan Hamilton - Had a nice jumper to close out the first, but other than that was a bleh.  I thought when the trade was made he’d be a bleh.

Terrence Jones - Wait, what?!  Is it November again?!  19/12/2/0/1 shooting 8-13, hitting his only trey, 2-3 FT, and not a single TO.  Two great games, and two games over 32 minutes, after his playing time was waffling like a Waffle House after a Phish concert.

Russell Westbrook - Triple doubled in 20 minutes.  I mean, what a joke the 76ers have become.  13/10/14/3/0 with a trey.

Kevin Durant - It’s like an NBA player going against a rec team out there.  42/9/3/2/1 in a near-rainbow and a sure-reminder he’s our fantasy king.

Caron Butler - Didn’t end up starting, but got 26 minutes for 2/5/1/1/1.  He and Jordan Hamilton can lay the groundwork for my bleh party.

Byron Mullens - Patience to those who wait! I felt like a moron holding on to him as long as I did in a few leagues, but 15/6/2 last night with 3 treys.  Henry Sims is like an immobile totem pole, Jarvis Varnado is some dude I had never heard of until recently is a D-League block specialist, and Arnett Moultire played 7 and a half minutes for 0-2 0/0/0/0/0.  So the obviously answer is spread the minutes across all four of these guys.  Give Mullens the rock!

James Anderson - The Sixers leading scorer and shot taker.  20/2/1/2/0 on six treys.  “My name is Mr. ThrAGNOF!”

Matt Barnes - I streamed him in a league!  At least I think I did… Sheesh the season is long!  28/6/2/1/1 in a beaut of a multi-cat with 4 treys.  Not that he was necessarily a big threat for minutes anyway, but Jared Dudley has back spasms, which could solidify Barnes in his huge minutes role (40 last night).  Barnesburner!

P.J. Tucker - Had been a little quiet since his 16 board outburst over a week ago, but came back to life last night for 18/10/2/2/0 shooting 8-11.  “P.J. Tucker time!  P.J. Tucker time!”

Gerald Green - I think his nickname should have something to do with bricks.  6-19 last night, but was 3-14 I believe late in the game.  17/8/5/3/0 with four treys is still a tasty line, but shattered at least 4 backboards with all those bricks he was heaving.

Alex Len - Miles Plumlee sat with a bad knee, giving Len the start.  Len is awful.  I thought he was awful in college, thought his high draft stock was awful, and he went 6/6/0/0/0 shooting 3-8 in a really uninspiring first career start.  I have no reason to bash Len so much!  Just is overrated to me.

Markieff Morris - Fouled out in 23 minutes.  Maybe he was just really angry a scrub like Alex Len started over him.

 

Next Game:  NYK @ MIN tonight.  Ugh, blowout!  Can’t wait for the OB Global recap.  Love his Knicks analysis = hilarious.  Be sure to set your line-ups on a busy Wednesday and good luck tonight!

  1. TR says:
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    I didn’t originally have a question but I’m not passing up my chance on being today’s first comment!

    Giannis, Matt Barnes, or Waiters?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @TR: And at almost 11:00 too…

      Im going Antetok. I think he’s safely just shy of a 30 minute guy the rest of the way and the 3s/steals/blocks combo is very high end. Throw in some out of position assists and his ceiling is as high as anyones. Barnes is playing well but Jamal Crawford is about to return and take a bunch of those shots from him. Also the Clippers schedule is very poor. Waiters is usually good for points and 3s but thats about it. If thats a need then I would understand but Antetok does a lot more and everyone’s minutes are about the same.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TR: Wooo thanks man! I think Waiters would be a popular answer, but is just too thin everyone but Pts. I’d take Barnes right now, prob with Slim on Giannis ROS

  2. Z-man says:
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    I am already looking ahead to the championship week for my head to head league… I know, conceded but my team is stacked.

    Anyways, I am thinking about trading Durant for LeBron since LBJ has a 4 game week versus’ KD’s 3. Does this make sense? Am I fool?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Z-man: Hmmmmm. Def not a fool. Probably still holdin Durant, maybe look to get a throw in with LBJ that fits another need if you can

      • Lasandro says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I was planning on asking you the same question! Thing is, even though the Heat have a better sched than OKC, how often do you foresee LBJ being rested in some of these games, if at all? Don’t remember how Spoelstra treated him this time last season..

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Lasandro: LBJ had some rough benchings in the finals last year. Very plausible he is sat as well, Another factor for Durant for sure

  3. matt says:
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    I streamed barnes in 2 leagues :-) Then dude I tried trading deande/Bledsoe to for lilliard countered with deandre/kawhi/lebron/for Lamarcus/Tyreke/Joe Johnson/Ariza *sidewayz eyes lol

    • matt says:
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      @matt: hey now! Green has been carrying me since losing bledsoe/Anderson/Jru/Rose I locked the #2 seed last week in the.league of fools who have every laker player on their teams who constantly tell me I know nothing about baskbasketball! Hah One of them is DONE and the other is 3rd and I’ll likely be playing him in the 1st rd. Ok…back to green, some of you slept on him. He’s had around five 30pt games since taking over. Pretty decent on % shoots around 12 att per gets you 6-7 boards a block and a steal here and there. And 5 dimes last night! Say what. Im kind of worried Bledsoe comes back and im in the playoff fight and they start sharing mins! That will hurt Oh, I also told some guys here to hold off on dropping or trading Hawes. I knew that fucknagerie in Philly was killing his value. (Remember the start of the season) Dude was going off every night. If he can hit 4 outta 5 cats on a consistent basis he’s a must hold/own in my opinion. Not many bigs hold those skillsets. Good Luck rest of the way razzball nation!

      • Slim

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        @matt: That was always my biggest issue with Gerald Green. How much will he help in the playoffs? That has a different amount of weight to different people but its a pretty heavy one for me. The other big problem I had was how poorly he played last year with a great opportunity in Indy. He burned a lot of people last year. Finally he’s a bit of a ThrAGNoF, 18/5/2/1/0.5 with 2-2.5 3s is where I peg him with 36 min… solid for sure but 2.5 TOs and .430-.440 FGs are significant drags. He’s far more valuable in a points league I imagine but in 9-cat i would rank him in the 75-100 range if I was confident Bledsoe wasnt returning. Tucker is their lock down wing defender and I dont see Green pressing him too much for minutes if/when Bledsoe returns.

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @matt: Yawn… moving on… Thats not even worth a counter.

      • matt says:
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        @Slim: why’s that? Skim :-)

        • matt says:
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          @matt: Slim sry, I wasn’t calling anyone out. A few OP’s mentioned dropping Hawes, and I said that I wouldn’t. And Green hasn’t been terrible. Yes he bricks a few in between but in a deep league who’s gonna get those numbers when you lose Anderson/Jru/Bledsoe around the same time? That’s all I was saying. (HENCE carried my team, somewhat) I didn’t proclaim he’s an all-star. Ok, Fair enough then?

          • Slim

            Slim says:
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            @matt: The trade offer wasnt worth a counter. The guy wants wayyyy too much to take seriously.

            • matt says:
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              Oh!!! HAHA I know right! That’s what im saying. Dudes crazy if he thinks id ever consider that robbery. I thought you was being a dick bcuz of what I posted on green. Misunderstanding..it’s all good. I didn’t have any scoring options other than derozen. Who I traded for, what I was saying is that green has bailed me out in this league BIG this year with all of the injuries I sustained. Sorry for getting you’re comment misconstrued

          • Slim

            Slim says:
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            @matt: hehe… I should probably know what ‘OP’ stands for. Gerald Green is solid and im not even thinking about dropping him until Bledsoe plays and we see what happens. Its going to be real tough for Pheonix to bench him.

            • matt says:
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              OP = Commenter/Author ..It’s all relative I suppose :-) I thought something else earlier, nvmd apologies. This winter has me in bad moods lately and im stressed with school/work.

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @matt: School and work is overrated!

                • matt says:
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                  @JB Gilpin: Yea, why couldn’t I have been born a socialite like Paris…I hate those Hollywood brats. E channel gave em all a TV show. I’d love to run into one of those kids and punch a couple of em in the nose..

                  • JB Gilpin

                    JB Gilpin says:
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                    @matt: Dude, that kind of attitude only helps the drama of the reality show (oxymoron alert)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @matt: Haha yeah terrible offer. I know, Green has been good, but fantasy is more fun with subjective biases haha. Yup I said wait on Hawes too with Varejao hurt and looking really good.

      • matt says:
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        @JB Gilpin: That guys a moron, now he’s gonna miss the last playoff spot for not making any moves all season. I told him 6 weeks ago he wasn’t gonna make it and he shrugged it off! Oh well, he can have fun losing with Pek,LA,Lilliard,Gasol. With those guys how can you possibly finish 5th in a 10 teamer lmao

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @matt: Haha well don’t hate on him too much yet, might upset the fantasy gods!

  4. The Tristan Thompson Conundrum says:
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    Hey dumb question would you trade Beal and Gay for Bosh and Ariza? I’m like 90% sure you’d say yes

    • matt says:
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      @The Tristan Thompson Conundrum: Not really a dumb question nobody had ariza on their radar (ok maybe Washington fans did) but he’s putting up top 10 numbers for weeks. Id have to take that trade. Bosh has cooled off a bit but with Wade situation I see the upside. Beal you know what you’re getting, same with Gay imo. If it fits your needs then by all means do it

      • The Tristan Thompson Conundrum says:
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        @matt: I need 3s I guess, but I really just think both players are up grades but I really need a Center. I guess Rudy is the best player in the trade, but I think Fantasy wise Ariza and Bosh are gems. Beal is so meh…

        • matt says:
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          @The Tristan Thompson Conundrum: bosh improved his 3′s and Ariza will def get u 3′s. I usually stream boards in leagues where I don’t own a dominant Center.

          • matt says:
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            @matt: He’s still young (Beal) and fragile. He’s one cross over from riding the pine in street clothes in my opinion.

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @The Tristan Thompson Conundrum: I think im taking that trade. I guess it comes down to trusting Ariza and at this point I guess I do. Not really a strong endorsement but yeah I would take that.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Tristan Thompson Conundrum: Agree with all of the above, I don’t think it’s dumb at all and very very close. Since you needed a C anywhere and a few more treys, I think it’s a good fit.

  5. I love lamp says:
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    Hey, so i still have waiters on my IR. The players i could drop to activate him are, matt barnes, henson, gerald henderson, vince carter, loui williams, blatch, or meeks. What do u think i should do?

    • I love lamp says:
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      @I love lamp: its a points league btw

      • matt says:
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        @I love lamp: easy : blatche (I don’t own him in any league) lol

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @I love lamp: I would lose Henderson. What a disappointment and the injury makes the drop hurt a little less. Blatche would be next to go but at least he’s doing something for you.

      • matt says:
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        True…Henderson is dumpsterjuice. I don’t own blatche so I don’t know what he’s been doing. Streamed him once or twice, I didn’t think he was getting run anymore.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @I love lamp: I agree with @Slim: looks like Henderson will be out at least a week

  6. The Glove says:
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    Tempted to drop Augustin or Marion for Ginobli or Bass. Thoughts?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @The Glove: Ginobili will get days off and i dont think he can be consistent in the 20-25 minutes when he does play. I’m in no hurry to add Bass. He’s one of the most boring players to own. His ranking is helped most by percents on low attempts. He can be useful in stretches but 14/6/1/0.5/0.5 with no 3s and 1.5 TOs is absolutely no fun.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Glove: I think I’m holding both, but understand the temptation!

      • The Glove says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks guys. Looks like they both redeemed themselves last night. DJA is really helping me out in the the FT% department. I just wish his steals/assists would come back. Ginobli is off the wire now…and yeah, Bass is meh. His %s are good…but meh.

  7. Nate says:
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    who do you like more,

    Middleton or Sullinger?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Nate: I hadn’t done that in a while… the post right below this is my take on Middleton vs Sully.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nate: I’m taking Sully. Slim likes Middleton, but K Mid its a little bit of an empty scorer and on a little more inconsistent rotation of a team than the Celtics, even though Stevens sucks with consistency as well. That stretch Sully was on in early Feb is better than any K Mid stretchs

  8. Slim

    Slim says:
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    This one isn’t too difficult for me but JB might see it differently. I’m not a Sullinger believer. I hate the extremely low FG% from a ‘big’ and I think hes a sub 1.0 block guy. Throw in the wonky minutes due to all kinds of things and I’m passing. Middleton really needs his minutes and I believe him and Antetok can coexist. Both might end up just shy of 30 minutes per game but I think that’s going to be OK. Maybe this is a need thing but the only need Sullinger fills that Middleton doesnt is boards. I’m going Middleton either way.

    • Nate says:
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      @Slim: thanks man.

    • Shaft says:
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      @Slim: Sullinger just hit my wire. i was thinking it was a no-brainer grabbing him for henson, but now you’ve got me rethinking. I could use the boards and points help.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Shaft: I’m personally taking Sully pretty handily. If you look at Sully’s game log, that stretch he was on pre-concussion was massive and I think he can get there again

        • matt says:
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          I have to agree with you here. It’s not even close imho, I don’t trust Drew and his coaching. I don’t trust Steven’s either but I feel like Sully gets more overall run , FT attempts, & boards. I just hate the Bucks coach. Why hasn’t he been fired yet?

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @matt: If Drew is the coach next year, it’s gonna be really hard to rank knight high like I want to!

            • Slim

              Slim says:
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              @JB Gilpin: Maybe this isn’t a good comparison since they put up such vastly different stat lines but I imagine this is a choice lots of people have right now.

              I’m thinking Middleton is a better bet for FG%, 3s, Assists,Steals and all by a good amount. Sullinger for decent boards and low end blocks (0.7 in 27 minutes on the year feels about right to me for a ROS expectation). With FT%, points, and TOs being a push although I like Middleton better for both points and TOs.

              I’m ranking it a Middleton categorical win 6-2-1 or 4-2-3 at worst. Oh and The Bucks end of season and playoff schedule is significantly better than Bostons. I guess I’m alone on this one though…

              • matt says:
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                @Slim: if Middleton didn’t play for this team or was getting consistent run definitely. I just don’t trust the idiot behind the wheel…he’s burned me too many times already this year.

            • matt says:
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              @JB Gilpin: why is he there is what I wanna know? Dude is a clown coach. Knight has so much upside with the young talent let them loose already! Alphabet should be playing 30+ This team is so young 19 yrs old, 20 yr old PG. Gonna be good in a few years if Sanders can stop getting hurt and fking with hookers across the street from the arena

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @matt: I guess they’re giving him a long leash since rebuilding but I dunno. Sanders won’t be able to give up the hookers at all! #IdiocyAddict!

  9. matt says:
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    JB,
    WTF is Charlotte doing to my PACERS!!!! Ugh! Damn you Big Al

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @matt: Closing the gap a little! Sheesh, Big Al 6-6. Rockin’ your Roy

      • matt says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Fking Gey…LOL I know who im drafting next season in round 2 if he’s there! Big Al beastmode

        • matt says:
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          @matt: The Pacers haven’t looked good past 4-5 gms…I think fatigue is getting to the starting 5. They should start sitting Lance & George on separate games. Why not start Turner? That’s what I say, back 2 backs play Mahimi over Big Roy or Scolia (hey Scolia can still ball if given 30+mins pg)

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @matt: Yeah I totally agree with that. Big Al made big Roy look like lil Roy. Against small lineups, they should totally give Scola some C starts

            • matt says:
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              @JB Gilpin: free Scola!!! He was pretty darn good in Phoenix last year. He has a textbook jumper, good range, he’s a lil goofy footed but he can get it done! Hell, he was the MVP when they won Gold in the Olympics? Or was it the world championships? I can’t recall..

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @matt: Hah not sure about his Gold but yea, needs to be getting more minutes totally agree

  10. Nikko says:
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    Who would you choose: Lowry or Rondo? Asts are 1.5 pts and rebounds are 1.5

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nikko: Hmmmm that’s a really really good question. I think I’ll narrowly take Rondo because he’s narrowly better in overall Asts/Rebs, and whil Lowry is a better scorer, Pts are minimized in your format.

  11. Yokevo says:
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    Hensons killing me larry -_-

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Yokevo: Yikes, yeah tough game and now Adrien is getting roughly the same minutes. Ef the Bucks!

  12. Bren says:
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    ROS please rate: antic, mullens, Andersen, illyasova?

    Guaranteed in playoffs with super heavy PG team but only have two Centers in standard yahoo 12 team 9 cat lol
    I do not care for fg pct or TO. my blks are decent as I have josh smith and Terrence jones. My reb are weak but so I am looking to help one of these cats.

    Thank you!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bren: I’m not an Ersan guy at all, but think he’s first. Then Mullens (upside), Antic, Andersen. While Ersan isn’t a huge volume boarder, neither are any of those guys really unless something drastic happens with playing time. Any time!

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