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Lamar Odom will have ‘problematic,’ lingering shoulder pain, according to Phil Jackson. I really appreciate when coaches expand on injury announcements by adding color with words like “problematic.” This lets us plebeians differentiate between injuries no one is happy to have from those that serve to improve lives; like that kid in ‘Rookie of the Year’ or Doc Brown’s run-in with the toilet back in 1955. At least Lamardashian is in a joking mood. “‘I’ll have to play right-handed. That will be kind of crazy. I don’t know how I’ll pull that one off,’ Odom said jokingly,” I typed hoping that Lamar Odom made that statement jokingly. It’s hard to tell how bad this news will be for Odom owners, as they’ve already been dealing with the fact that in five games since moving to the bench, he’s playing seven fewer minutes and has almost completely stopped earning threes, steals and blocks. His rebounds have already decreased 2.2 per game, a shoulder injury sure won’t help the cause. But more than anything, there’s just no telling how a guy like Odom will respond to playing with pain. He’s one of my favorite players to watch, but I wouldn’t ever mistake him for one of the more motivated players in the league. Whereas Kobe might see an injury as a challenge to overcome, Odom is more likely to see it as roadblock and then, an excuse to chill. I’d run him out there this weekend against the Hornets and Knicks, see how he plays, and move forward accordingly.

Here’s what else went on last night in fantasy basketball:

Daniel Gibson – Will miss at least the next five games. Let the next two weeks be known as the Sessions sessions.

Shawn Marion – 10-for-13, 21 points at halftime. The Matrix took the blue pill and bent the spoon. Or was it the red pill and deja vu means there’s a glitch? Also, does anyone still refer to Shawn Marion as ‘The Matrix?’ Also2 , Marion added just four points on 2-for-4 shooting in the second half, which was about as underwhelming as ‘The Matrix’ sequels.

Jason Kidd – 0-for-7 in 40 minutes, but did manage 10/7 rebounds and assists respectively. Chauncey Billups scored 16, but recorded no assists. If we combined these two broke-down old floor generals you’d have one awesome one. And if ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ were candy and nuts, we’d all have  a handful to share.

J.J. Barea – Matched his third-highest point total of the season last night after scoring a season-high 28 three games ago. And although that makes Joe Jon sound like he’s on fire, keep in mind the Barea tar pit scored four and 10 points in between those two games and his third-highest point total of the season is 14.

Tyson Chandler – 14/18 with two blocks last night, making it three double-doubles in a row. It would be difficult to argue against2007 being Chandler’s best season, (he might have been better in ’02 if given more burn), but this season he’s vastly improved his shooting percentages, he’s playing his best defense since 2004 and he’s doing it all without being a focal point in Dallas’ offense. Held out of all but the deepest drafts because of the preseason appearance of a timeshare with Brendan Haywood, Chandler’s one of the biggest fantasy free agent pickups of the season so far. Recognize!

Jeff Green – 16/9/2/2 stl. Now do that for the next 10 games and you’ll begin justifying your 65 ADP. Wait, no. No you still wouldn’t.

Aaron Brooks – Aaron Broke. Out Friday. Maybe out Saturday too. Even if he does play, he’s averaged 9.4/4.5 since returning from the initial ankle injury and he’s not likely to improve on this until he’s fully healthy. Acting like you’re too good to roster Kyle Lowry (11.4/7.2 as a starter) is soooo 2010.

Arron Afflalo – Dropped the rather inert 4/3/1/1 blk line on national television last night. Worst performance by a guy who spells Aaron with two Rs all week.

J.R. Smith – Played through a toe injury last night, but ended shooting just 2-for-5 on the night. J.R.’s first problem? He’s shooting with his toes.

Ty Lawson – Averaging 5.5/1.8/2.2 in his last four games. Don’t drop him. He’s a stash. Not a ‘stache, which I believe is what you call a homosexual helping a heterosexual pretend to be gay. It’s also completely possible that I just made that up.

Tyreke Evans – 27/5/12. He should really consider, publicly discuss, then eventually reject plantar fasciitis surgery more often.

Jason Thompson – Seriously, Jason Thompson? Westphal paraded you out there for 14 minutes last night and you can’t grab a single rebound? You can’t dish to DeMarcus or something for a quick assist? You’re almost 7-feet-tall, averaging just one rebound every 3:40 and you somehow managed to do worse than that last night? You’re averaging over 21 mpg on the court in January and you can’t grab more than 4.5 boards? I can’t even look at you. Sacramento can’t look at you either. And that’s saying something because it could look at its roster from a decade ago and everyone but Chris Webber was hideous on that team. Hideous. Doug Christie? Hedo? Vlade? Bibby? Bobby Jackson? Hideous. Jason Thompson, your game is uglier than the 2002 Kings.

  1. Tony says:
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    Adam- so my Collinson-Gate ended up standing at what the original proposed/accepted deal was, as it should. I was going to be happy either way. I accumulated more draft dollars than anyone else has gotten in the league for probably less than anyone has had to give up.

    I also checked my team last night to find an owner with an Anthony Morrow fetish offered me $1 of trade money and his Tyler Hansborough for him, i accepted, cash for a guy I wont keep and he wont either? SURE.

    Another guy has offered me $1 draft cash which would give me the max of $10 you can take on for my Evan Turner, who i plan to not keep, and i’d get maggette, but kinda have mixed feelings about doing this. I can maybe forsee how he could just want to get a more attractive guy to deal, or he could be wanting him to roster him until after this season and then move him for draft cash next year before the season starts….. kinda weird but I dont know why he’d want a $31 overpriced evan turner unless he forsee’s him getting more PT this year OR he’s planning on moving him to someone else? kinda baffled, im just letting it sit right now, what do you think?

  2. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Tony: Why sit on it? If it’s good for you, why concern yourself with his motives? At this point, Maggette and Turner are worth about the same anyway.

  3. Cary says:
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    Just traded Andre Miller for David Lee. Feel like I’m getting away with murder. Is it too much to expect 16-8 from a healthy Lee in the second half?

  4. Tony says:
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    @Cary: no its not too much…. and i dealt ben gordon and NAZR mohammed for D-lee earlier this year in a 20 team hardcore keeper lol…. good trade tho.

  5. Tony says:
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    @Adam: Ya I hear ya. I’ll check it out when i get home. It puts him at 298 cap wise too, so he’d only have 2 bucks wiggle room for other trades. It all kinda baffles me, and the guy is known for being a sheister LOL

  6. Adam

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    @Cary: 16/8 is more than reasonable. He’s at 15/10 now. More reasonable is assuming Andre Miller drops off from his current half output as well. Good job.

    @Tony: He might see Evan Turner figuring it all out in the second half and being totally worth the dough. I don’t think Turner will, but I’ve been wrong once or twice or dozens of times before.

  7. brad says:
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    which side y’all like?

    horford+lawson / carter/ridnour

  8. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @brad: Horford/Lawson.

    Why would anyone want to trade for Anthony Carter?

  9. Tony says:
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    @Adam: HA i hear ya, or iggy goes down/stays down/whatever….

    What turner does second half to me really doesn’t matter my team is done for this year.

    What would you want a $32 West for next year or a $20 Hibbert? I’m thinking of somehow trying to make one last move and save some draft cash + get a top center of the future, i wonder if Hibberts slacking in stats of late would get a guy to deal him? The doodes in 1st in his division, vying for the trophy, so ya never know….

  10. brad says:
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    @Tony: if you can get hibbert, now’s the time, i like that move a lot.

  11. Tony says:
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    @brad: thats what im kinda thinking… the guy is -$6 in trade cash from making other deals to better his team, im even thinking of offering him $1 or $2 in order to make him feel better, I’m max’d out at $10 of extra cash from trades anyways…

  12. Tony says:
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    @brad: man i dont see how i can do it cap wise, crap crap crap, i’d need to trade for someone elses $1 junk and make it a 2 for 2 deal somehow…. too much work! Dammit.

  13. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Tony: I agree with Brad. Hibbert’s too good, too multi-faceted to keep down. Same thing with Anthony Randolph. I’ll carry the torch for these guys for at least another two seasons if I have to.

  14. Tony says:
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    @Adam: haha whoa on anthony randolph, lol…. im trying to work a deal looking at our team league page, man i’d have to get someone else to trade me their $1 guy THEN get this guy to deal with me… ineed an OK from him before i go doing anything else.

  15. Cary says:
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    @Tony and Adam, thanks for the confirmation, I’m thinking of flipping Luis Scola for a Wes Matthews-type and wanted to make sure the boards would be there.

    Also, Troy Murphy was dropped in our league and is languishing on waivers, but I wonder how effective he would be after a trade to the Nuggets? Could he get the 25-30 minutes a game he needs to be effective, and how will he fit in George Karl’s system?

  16. Adam

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    @Cary: If Murphy gets traded to Denver, he’ll likely be replacing Al Harrington (currently playing 26.4 mpg), another three-point-shooting big.

    What’s interesting about owners’ views on Murphy is that they haven’t considered why their opinion on Murphy has shifted so drastically in the last three months. It’s not Murphy’s doing, really. He was a top 30 fantasy option last season, got bumped down 30 spots during the preseason because of a vague injury that scared owners, then completed a free-fall in value because Avery Johnson doesn’t like him.

    But Avery Johnson, with the exception of maybe Kris Humphries, doesn’t have anyone on his roster performing above or even AT expectations. This makes me think Johnson is the poison in the Jersey well, not Murphy. It also makes me hopeful for Murphy returning (somewhat) to his 15/10 form of last year, especially if Denver ships Harrington and Chris Andersen continues his rather underwhelming play. Denver will need a rebounder and another outside threat coming off the bench.

  17. Cary says:
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    @Adam: Yeah, that’s kind of what I was thinking as well. I have Ramon Session, Francisco Garcia and The Everyman Brad Miller as droppable properties on my team. I’m leaning towards giving Miller a couple more nights to underwhelm me, and then drop him to stash Murph.

  18. paul says:
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    @Adam:

    Agreed on Murphy. I mean the issue now really is the lack of minutes he’s getting sitting in Avery’s doghouse. I feel he’s healthy enough where when/if he gets legit minutes, he can produce numbers again like you mentioned. Sorta like a low risk, high reward type. This is the reason why I took a flier on him a few weeks ago the second time he was dropped in my league. Hopefully he does get traded and the patience of stashing him pays off.

    Also Adam, 2 straight beastly games from Reke, with one on national tv. Perfect time to sell high? Or will the soul food help steer Reke back on track?

  19. Fletch says:
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    @Adam – Would you trade Mo Will and Gasol for Holiday and Aldridge?

  20. Tony says:
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    so my Anthony Morrow for Tyler Hansborough and I received $1 draft cash looks good after tonight, lol…. all i need is a few more of those games and I can make some moves/possibly keep that crazy white boy…

  21. Gerald says:
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    @Adam: H2H league with daily transactions.

    Looking to prepare the team for the playoff weeks, would offering Manu for Granger be wise?

  22. The NBA big man situation is weird today. Too many PFs are forced to play Center, and too many big men are too incompetent to play Center. At some point people just decided “Hey, I’m 7 feet tall, I can play in the NBA” and they can’t, so the Center position is either full of really tall shitty players or shorter yet better Forwards who are playing out of position.

    Also, apparently everyone in the NBA will be named Ty-something by 2020.

  23. Adam

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    @paul: If Evans says he can play, I tend to believe he can do it. Most of the bristling from the previous weeks was caused more by frustration at the Kings’ suckiness and less by his hurt foot.

    @Fletch: Which Gasol? If you’re giving away Marc, yes. If you’re giving away Pau, no.

    @Tony: Yup. ‘Brough>’Rrow.

    @Gerald: Meh. It’s kinda robbing Peter to pay Paul. Are there specific categories you’re focusing on?

    @ChrisV82: Nice observation. I’ll give more credence to it if Ersan changes his name to Tylyasova. Or Tyle Korver. Or Tyj Gibson.

  24. Gerald says:
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    @Adam: Not really targettin certain CATS, as it is, manu is better at everythin except pts, rbd and blks.. And it so happens I am punting blks for this team. CATS-wise => manu

    Injury risk: Both are injury prone so its a wash here.

    Just have a thought that with SA winnin as they have been and if they continue to do, Pop might start restin manu as the season comes to a close. During the all important weeks, granger may be gettin more mins. This is my main psuh factor.

    I’m considerin offerin bosh (12 games) for boozer (14 games) for similar reasons to the above. Boozer has more games during the playoff weeks and likely to produce more.

    Thoughts?

  25. Adam

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    @Gerald: Not a bad deal. Manu’s slowed down a bit from his white-hot start to the season. Jim O’Brien’s unpredictability concerns me, but that’s a wash with the breaks San Antonio starters will likely get toward the end of the regular season. I’m not sure the Granger owner would want to drop his first rounder for a 2-4 rounder.

  26. Fletch says:
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    @adam – how would you rank these forwards for the remainder of the year: Monroe, J. Thompson, Ty Thomas, Favors and Hickson?

    thanks

  27. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Fletch: No guarantees here for the rest of the year. All five are likely to see rollercoaster seasons from here on out, especially when two of these players are almost certain to be affected by trades. Monroe, Thomas, Favors, Thompson, Hickson in that order.

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    @adam: With a report out that a mega-deal involving Melo could be going down, would you drop Monroe or Ty Thomas to snag Favors if he lands in Denver? It seems like he would get run in Denver with K-Mart and Anderson always banged up and Melo gone…what do you think? And would you drop Monroe or Thomas?

    thanks

  29. Fletch says:
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    I just went ahead and dropped Ty Thomas for Favors and held Monroe…

  30. Tony says:
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    adam- do you think psycho T is going to amount to anything? i’m thinking of shopping my newly acquired hot hand with some other pieces to improve for next year?

    he’s $7 but right now has no place on my team…. unless i’d rather keep him over a $16 darren collinson, not to be confused with nick!

  31. Adam

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    @Fletch: A little late now, but I’m more inclined to wait on Favors. Monroe is getting minutes and doing something with them (in his last two), Thomas is getting minutes in Charlotte and Denver is more crowded with bigs than Jersey. The word on Favors coming into the season was that he was rough and wouldn’t make much of a dent until next season or the one after that. Unless everyone was wrong about him and his poor start was only due to his misalignment with Avery Johnson, I still don’t see Favors improving much from his current production. Murphy on the other hand …

    @Tony: Hansbrough will have a few games like the one he Friday, but that won’t be the norm.

  32. Fletch says:
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    @Adam: Do you still have Hickson ranked at the end of that list above after tonight?

  33. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Fletch: Meh. I might move him past Favors and Thompson. But, really, I’d be surprised if Hickson suddenly sets the league aflame now with Varejao out.

  34. Eric chen says:
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    I know the kings’ lineups are unpredictable, but do you think Francisco will get consistent minutes?

  35. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Eric chen: Only if he starts playing consistently, which he hasn’t so far this season.

  36. Tony says:
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    @Adam: ended up moving evan turner for maggette, got the guys 2nd round res pick for my 4th and $1 of draft money for a guy i wouldn’t keep….

    i’ve moved cousins and evan turner in the past week, ihave a feeling in the future, say next year, one of those moves is going to sting….

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    @Adam: i got an email from a guy to the league saying “classic rookie mistake, shark (the guy i dealt with) has been trying to move maggette for weeks and finally a sucker bites”

    which hey if he see’s it that way that is fine, i didn’t care what I got in return lol…. all i am doing is improving my team for next year.

  38. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Tony: Yeah, you might already be feeling the sting from losing Cousins. I’m losing track now, who are you keeping for next season?

  39. Tony says:
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    @Adam: ha…

    I have stephen curry $38, David Lee $29, David West $32, and Darren Collinson $16…. plus I’ve accumulated the max of $10 extra for the draft.

    I’ve dealt a $32 cousins away and a $31 Turner accumulating upgraded picks and those $10…. I dealt cousins prior to him filling the stat sheet, and turner has just been irrelevant, although he’s looking to gain some PT as well. I can only keep 4 so yeah it would be great to keep cousins and drop collinson, but it’s just alot of my draft money spent…. we start with $200, so i’m $200 minus my keepers PLUS $10…. to buy my other 4 players before we do the reserve draft.

  40. Migs says:
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    Adamn, with all the NJ/Denver/Detroit rumours, what are your thoughts on Troy Murphy in Detroit? Will we see a resurgence? A possible poor-man’s Kevin Love with monster boards + 3pt shooting?

  41. Adam

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    @Tony: Ah. Gotcha.

    @Migs: A very poor man’s Love. It kinda depends on how rusty Murphy is, and if Detroit focuses more on Villanueva/Monroe/Murphy and less on Maxiell/Wallace in its frontcourt, but I’m expecting modest returns int the 14/8-ish range.

  42. James says:
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    what are your projections for monroe if murphy comes to detroit? do u think he will get some PT and blocks at the center position?

  43. Adam

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    @James: Kinda like I said when responding to Migs right above you, it depends on what Kuester has up his sleeve. The smart thing to do would start Monroe and Murphy and C/PF and play Villanueva 32 mpg with Monroe playing closer to 20, using Maxiell and Ben Wallace sparingly (or start Ben against more elite centers like Dwight). I don’t think that’s going to happen. Until I hear from the Kuester or see how he’s working the rotations it’s hard to predict anything in Detroit.

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