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Jeremy Lin started over Iman Shumpert again, which suggests three things: 1) Shumpert is still very, very raw and not ready to lead this team anywhere but downward. 2) Baron Davis will be used when he returns. Oh, yes. He will be quite used. And 3) Lin is clearly the egghead New York threw out there for Utah to take aim at, while Carmelo Anthony everyone else ran the show. But he finished all night at the basket! He was poetic! Agreed. It was a great game for Jeremy, but I’m not sold that the Knicks found their answer. This happens all the time. A team doesn’t do it’s scouting on a guy and the guy goes off. It happened with Douglas. It happened with Shumpert. You watch. Lin is like the infantry helmet one half of the platoon raises up on a stick to draw fire from the enemy, while the other half of the platoon sneaks around the back way to slice their throats with bowie knives. If I ever played professional basketball against an Ivy Leaguer, I’d never NOT make him try to draw a charge. Still, Lin played a fine game for a team that has played very few fine games this season. Stoudemire was out, Carmelo injured his no-no zone, Chandler was in foul trouble and so what you got left? The P’n’R with Lin and Jared Jeffries for days, son. Lin ended the first half with 9 points and 7 assists in 21 minutes and finished with 28 points and 8 assists in 45 minutes. Forty-five minutes!?! Okay, fine. If you dumpeddumped ShumpShump, I can no longer hold it against you, just as I can no longer hold it against you if you’ve forgotten which way is the correct spelling of Tony/Toni/Toney Douglas. At this point, the best strategy is to own whoever the starting Knicks PG is. Lin is the man now. It won’t last, but he should be owned now, while he’s playing that many minutes. It’s that easy. All he does is Lin!

Carmelo Anthony – Pulled his groin and went to the locker room, which just illustrates how backward this team is: it’s far more appropriate to pull one’s groin once inside the locker room, not before you get there! That’s so ‘Melo! Bill Walker is the add, which should be good for about 25 percent of Anthony’s production. Just 75 more to go!

Steve Novak – Season-high 19 points including 5 threes.  His previous high this season was 9 points and 3 threes. His previous high before that was with friends at Bonnaroo.

Jose Calderon – Since his 17-assists asplosion against the Wiz on Friday, Kettle has assisted only 7 times in the two games since (including another one against the Wiz last night). He’s the second best player on the Raptors, which means the Raptors aren’t good at playing professional basketball.

Linas Kleiza – Sank a season-high 30 last night, and has scored at least 15 in five of his last six. He’s also sank 17 threes in his last seven games. Also, I might have meant that he sunk 17 threes. Or maybe sanked. Sunken, maybe? Is sanka a thing? Maybe I meant sanka.

Greivis VasquezJarrett Jack out last night and likely tomorrow, allowing Vasquez to air his grievances (20/2/9 last night) for the next two games. Stream it.

Chris Singleton – Started in place of Rashard Lewis and ended with 4/2 and a block. So, um … success!

Jameer Nelson – Returned after a week long layoff to go 15/3/12. Raise your hand if you saw that coming. Okay, now all of you put your hands down you damn dirty liars.

Hedo Turkoglu – Only played 25 cold minutes in an overtime loss to the Clips. A few more onlys before we move on. 0-for-6. Only grabbed two boards. Only got to the line never.

Jason Richardson – 2.7 3ptm/16.3 pts/5.7 rbd/3 ast/1 stl/1 blk in his last three coming into this game. He dropped 20/3/2, with 3 threes last night. What does it all mean? I dunno. I’m the numbers guy, you come up with the meaning.

Kenneth Faried – Starting! Fouling! Disappointing! … Especially disappointing considering Faried was starting alongside Lawson, Gallinari and a couple guys I’m pretty sure won a radio call-in contest.

Luis Scola – 25/8/3, Probably his best performance all year. It just takes a little accidental stomping. I own Scola in one league: More Stompings, Please!

Jason Thompson – 4/2/0, in 17 foul-riddled minutes. I would have preferred another double-double, but he decided to go in another direction.

Chris Kaman – 10/12, with 2 blocks. Likely could have gone for 14-16 points last night if he hadn’t been so rusty. Gustavo Ayon played poorly and, although I wasn’t leaning toward Kaman yesterday, I am today. Kaman won’t save your team, but he could help it.

Derrick Rose – Rose’s toes was froze, so off to the locker room, again, he goes. I’d tell Razzballers to grab C.J. Watson, but everyone already knows.

Mehmet Okur – DeShawn was out and Mar$hon was out and Morrow was out and mares eat oats and dos eat oats and the little Nets won’t thrivey. I’ve got nothing else to say about a game that saw a 21-point chasm after one quarter.

Andrew Goudelock – In his last six coming into last night: 20 mpg/.490/1.000/9 3ptm/ 63 pts. Last night he went 4-for-6, scored 9 and hit a three. For you deep leaguers looking for a Korver-alternative, here he is.

Spencer Hawes – 13.5 pts/11.8 rbd/3.7 ast/2.2 blk in the first six games of his season, 8.3 pts/5.6 rbd/2.1 ast/1 blk, in his next eight, including last night. Haweful. I’m calling sell-high on him before word spreads.

Channing Frye -Ended with 19 points and 3 threes. It was just the second time in his last 13 games that he scored in double-digits or sank multiple threes. It’s the first time in 14 games that he did both simultaneously.

Randy Foye – If you own Billups, you know that he was carted off the floor like damsel being helped over a puddle. If you own Mo Williams, you already started drooling at the prosepct of more playing time. If you already own Randy Foye … well, you probably don’t already own Randy Foye. If you do, for God’s sake drop him and pick him right back up so that people don’t know you were rostering him for some damn reason. If Billups misses time, Foye is the new Mo is the new Chauncey. Dig it?

Danny Green – 0-for-8. Green stood on the court for almost 30 minutes and had only a quartet of assists and boards to show for it. That’s it. And I’m pretty sure Quincy Pondexter tripped and fell into Green, lost the ball and the Memphis scorer’s table just awarded him a block. Pity block! Green can quietly fill a box score, similarly to James Johnson, but unlike Johnson, Green’s unreliability isn’t adorable.

Tony Allen – Speaking of Quincy Pondexter, Tony Allen is not him. Pondexter was just pretending to be him while Allen recovers from his hip and knee injuries. I’m not a fan of owning Allen, but I’m 100 times more supportive of that decision than the decision to own Pondexter.

  1. In_ertiatic says:
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    Adam-
    Got an offer of Jrue Holiday for my Paul Pierce, jrue story.

    I need AST & STL but is that too little? PP34 has been on a roll but will level out I imagine, am I selling him short by taking Jrue?

    • thegrave says:
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      @In_ertiatic, this one is easy… HELL YES you are giving away too much. Paul pierce has more assists, points, more ft impact, more rebounds, more 3pters. Only thing Jrue has on pierce is TOs and Steals… Even accounting for Pierce falling off/Jrue improving… it’s still not a good trade for you.

      • In_ertiatic says:
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        @thegrave, Thanks you make it so obvious. I needed that. I guess I hesitated cause it’s a h2h league where pp34s slow start killed me and chalmers is my best pg. thanks for pushing me back off the ledge.

  2. chaz says:
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    whats up with dalembert,drop him for ilyasova?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @chaz, It’s a good question. Dalembert pisses people off easily and McHale gets pissed off easily. I’d bench him or trade him, but don’t drop him. These things tend to ebb and flow.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @chaz, Oops. Sorry. Forgot to answer your question about Ilyasova. I’d hold Dalembert. Ilyasova’s been shooting terribly and can’t get you the blocks Sam can.

      • ALkoholic says:
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        @Adam, thanks,yeah i dropped ilyasova recently but big sam has me a bit worried,ill ride him out a while longer,i grabbed Kleiza dropping beasley,cant hurt me there

  3. Benny says:
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    Kaman or Thompson moving forward?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Benny, Kaman. If for no other reason than there is no history of Thompson being a reliable option.

  4. JT says:
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    Hey, Adam:

    I want to add Elton Brand from waivers in my dynasty. I could drop Jared Dudley, Jerryd Bayless, or Dalembert…..

    ….I was thinking Bayless but he’s really erupted. Re-erupted?

    Drop Dudley?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @JT, I’d drop either of the other two before I dropped Bayless. I’d probably drop Dudley and hope that Sammy Davis Dalembert catches his second wind.

      • JT says:
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        @Adam, Thank you!

  5. Jeff says:
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    Seems Billups could be done for the year, maybe even career, with this injury. With Foye picking up his minutes (and possibly starting if the Clips want Mo to still be energy off the bench) should I add him and drop Devin Harris. I gotta think that Foye’s 25 min will give me more than Harris’ 25 at this point right?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jeff, It depends. I don’t really trust Del Negro to ever do the obvious thing, so it’s not clear to me how this will shake out if Billups misses a ton of time. The PER36 stats of Harris and Foye match up fairly evenly. Overall, I’d give Foye the slight edge (twice as many threes, bests Harris in every category except FG% and AST). Foye should earn at least 25 mpg with Billups out, but with VDN, I’m more skeptical than I would normally be. If you’re not skeptical, statistically, it makes more sense to go with Foye.

  6. Jeremy says:
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    You really think it’s already time to give up on Hawes? I spent weeks stashing this guy on my bench and he’s only two games into his return. Simply to prove to myself I wasn’t wasting my time I think I’ll be holding onto him.

    Also been in the market for a center this entire season, so I wouldn’t be able to trade him unless for another center

  7. Rob says:
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    Adam:
    In one of my leagues I received an offer Luke Ridnour for Greivis Vasquez who I just picked up. At first glance it appears to be a no brainer accept, but looking at it deeper I have doubts. It appears that even before Jack went down he was getting 25 minutes a game. I don’t see him getting less. And I value his stats more than those of Ridnour anyway.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Rob, Agreed. Keep Greivis.

  8. Jeremy says:
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    also would it be worth dropping Afflalo for Frye (or haslem) to get the extra minutes tonight? I wanna believe in him, but he ain’t doin shit!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jeremy, No, I didn’t say give up on him. Certainly don’t drop him. But I’m still hearing people refer to Hawes as having a breakout season, and realistically, he had a breakout two weeks and has since returned to more normal output. When I hear that kind of disconnect, my immediate thought is to unload him for more than he’s worth. But, again, that shouldn’t suggest that he’s worthless.

      Also, no. Frye had a nice nice night, but he’s got to string together at least three solid nights in a row before I’m biting. Same with Haslem.

      • Jeremy says:
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        @Adam, thanks for the quick reply. Unfortunately I already bit on Frye, needed the extra minutes, doubt Afflalo will get scooped up off waivers with the DTD status, really just hoping some 3s, some boards, and not a complete decimation of my fg%. Plus with the way teams are handling injuries in this season I really can’t afford a week with Afflalo being held out of games so he can fully heal.

  9. In_ertiatic says:
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    With Paul pierces recent success, who is a good pg to target in exchange for him. I firmly beleive his production will drop again (or hell get hurt) and i really need a pg in my weekly h2h league (getting beat weekly in Ast & steals). My team has strong 3pm & ft% so thats not an issue. I need someone who can score relative to pierce (a lil less is fine) and will provide ast in bunches. Is Westbrook too high of an aim?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @In_ertiatic, Westbrook is too high. Guys like Rubio, Conley and Andre Miller would help you a ton in AST and STL, and would likely be accepted by the other team, but with a brand name like Pierce, you might want to aim for someone like John Wall or Kyle Lowry first before settling for the others.

      • In_ertiatic says:
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        @Adam, Thanks Adam. I’ll get on some trade offers.

  10. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:
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    Kind of a reverse 2 for 1 here. With Gallo’s injury last night, I’m looking to unload Wade for two players. Griffin and Wall for Wade? Wall will give me most of the blocks Wade gets (maybe more, with Wade’s decreased blockage since his foot injury), more assists, and Blake will give me the scoring and rebounding I need while balancing Wall’s FG%. My league’s per-game rating system has Blake at 131 (mostly FT%), Wall at 93, with Wade at 17.

    Go for it?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Feeding the Abscess, Not bad. Try it, but be prepared for Blake’s owner to overvalue him. I’ve found a lot of owners mistaking his SportsCenter appeal for fantasy importance.

      • In_ertiatic says:
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        @Adam, Amen to that. People seem to think BG is a Lebron caliber fantasy guy.

  11. Zebo says:
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    Kaman or hawes going forward?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Zebo, Hawes, based on upside and position within his team’s system.

  12. Ryan says:
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    Would u trade iggy for paul george in a keeper league. Am I buying too or is this a wise move.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Ryan, I’m not a fan of it. It’s entirely possible that in three years Iggy is in decline and Paul George is one of the 10 best players in the league, but rarely do those gambles pay off and it’s not as if Iggy is 35.

  13. agarthered says:
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    Okafor or Kaman going forward?

    Foye or Derozan?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @agarthered, Probably Okafor and Foye. Probably … maybe … perhaps. No, we’re back to probably.

  14. agarthered says:
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    Haha, Derozan is just so hard to start game in, game out, plus his 3′s have dried all up.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @agarthered, His threes were always a desert. It just happened to rain a bit earlier in the season. Never stopped being a desert, though.

  15. Jeff says:
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    Hey Adam,

    8 Team H2H 9 Cat

    PG: D. Rose, Ty Lawson, Rondo, Jrue Holiday
    SG: Mo Williams, Ginobli
    SF: Josh Smith, Turk
    PF: Dirk
    C: Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, Spencer Hawes, Marcin Gortat

    What are some of my weaknesses? Do I have too many centers?

    • Adam

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      @Jeff, You could flip a C for a PF, but I don’t see that as being a huge deal. Ultimately, your two biggest stumbling blocks are injuries/conditioning (Manu and Dirk’s terrible start to the season) and your free-throw shooting. I can’t imagine a team with Howard and Rondo ISN’T dead last in that category.

  16. Nick says:
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    Is Randy Foye worth a pickup over any of these current guys on my roster?

    James Johnson
    Richard Jefferson
    Kemba Walker
    Jason Thompson
    Greivis Vasquez
    Jerryd Bayless

    Thanks

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Nick, Jefferson, maybe. Not much to lose by taking a chance. A lot to gain if it works out.

  17. Moses says:
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    Adam!

    Sorry I never got back to you – I got sick for a while, probably why I haven’t been on here lately. Anyway need big help on a huge trade offered.

    Offered Dorell Wright, Jennings, and Marc Gasol

    for my Durant, and Jarett Jack

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Moses, Nope. Reject that offer.

  18. Moses says:
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    in case you were wondering – my team:

    12 team, (Cats: FG%, FT%, 3ptm, pts, rbs, assists, stl, blk, TOs)
    PG: Rubio
    SG: Jarrett Jack
    G: Tony Parker
    SF: Durant
    F: Marion
    PF: Wallace
    C: Gortat
    C: Ibaka
    Bench: OJ Mayo, Gordon Hayward, Tyrus Thomas, Hawes

  19. ALkoholic says:
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    hey Adam,i grabbed reggie williams for todays short schedule,whats your thoughts on him

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @ALkoholic, He’s always been a huge upside guy who always has trouble getting minutes. Reminds me a lot of C.J. Watson in how much impact he can have in such limited time. He provides a ton of immediate punch off the bench, which is a big reason coaches like keeping him there. If he can get 25+ minutes, most fantasy teams would love to have him. The problem is that those 25 mpg are a big if.

  20. Ryan says:
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    Is there anyone on my team worth dropping for Lin or Peckovic?

    14 team h2h keeper

    pg stephen curry
    sg Paul pierce
    g kyle lowry
    sf kevin durant
    pf bismack biyombo
    f andre igoudala
    c amare staudamire
    c javale mcgee
    util reggie williams
    util evan turner
    bn jarryd bayless
    bn Lamar odom
    bn grevis vasquez

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Ryan, Biyombo or Williams. (Sorry Charlotte.)

  21. EK says:
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    Please rank overall for the short term:
    (10 team H2H 9 cat)
    Foye
    Afflalo
    Rudy F.
    Booker T
    Dudley

    • Adam

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      @EK, Foye, Rudy, Booker, Dudley, Afflalo. I might switch Booker and Rudy. I’m on the fence with that one.

  22. josh says:
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    hey adam, which FA should i pickup?
    -frye, kidd, diaw, okafur, kleiza, bayless, reggie williams, hayward, cj watson, alonzo gee, and bogut (haha..)

    My Team:

    Curry, K Martin, Lowry, Augustin, Vasquez

    Gay, Smith, Bosh

    Gooden, Bynum, Dalembert, Ibaka, Hawes

    also is bynum and lowry for rose and cousins/varejao good?

    • Adam

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      @josh, Deep breath …

      Watson (while Rose is injured), Kleiza, Bayless, Kidd, Okafor, Hayward, (Watson, while Rose is healthy), Gee, Reggie, Diaw, Frye, Bogutron.

      I need a bottled water, stat!

    • Adam

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      @josh, Also, I’d wait to see how Rose is doing. If he’s hurt and set to miss significant time (and you’re giving him away), it’s a great deal. If he’s healthy, it is not a great deal.

      • josh says:
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        @Adam, thank you adam your input always eases the trouble of thinking about these decisions!

        • josh says:
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          @adam, what do you think bout dropping hawes for kleiza

          • Adam

            Adam says:
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            @josh, I’d be cool with that.

  23. Jeff says:
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    Would you drop Turkoglu for Thad Young or dorell wright? My patience with Turk is gone and I’m gonna drop him.

    Thanks!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jeff, Thad probably, if for no other reason than to spare you the insanity of jumping from an underachiever in Orlando to an underachiever in Golden State.

  24. HotRod says:
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    Beasley worth a start tonight with Love out?

  25. HotRod says:
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    Also, now that Billups is out for the year, would you value Foye over Landry?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @HotRod, Not sure if you mean Fields or Carl. Either way, yes.

  26. Moses says:
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    Adam ya still there?

    How about his Marc Gasol, Wall, and Ellis, for my Durant, OJ MAYO, and Jarrett Jack

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Moses, That’s a little closer to what you’d need to give up KD and sleep okay the next day. It’s worth noting that Brooks has asked Durant to rebound more and in the last two weeks, he’s averaging 11.1 rpg over his last seven, suddenly making him one of the game’s 20 most prolific rebounders.

      What I’m saying is, do not give up Durant lightly.

  27. TJ says:
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    Will brewer be worth owning in a 12 team league with Galli’s injury? George Karl was saying how he’d get 20 more minutes a game.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @TJ, He’ll be more valuable than he is now, but I’m not sold that he’ll see more than 20-25 minutes per game. I’d guess he bumps his average from 8/3/1 and a steal to about 12/5/2, with a steal and a three each game.

  28. Goo Goo says:
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    what a lazy guy! when will you update daily notes? readers can’t get anything here in weekend, so you should be diligent on weekdays!!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Goo Goo, Oh, man. Had you waited just six more minutes it would have magically appeared and you would have thought me magical!

      I usually post the daily updates at 1 am PST / 4 am EST

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