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.
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.
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!
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.
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!