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Everyone saw it coming.  Everyone had it circled on their calendar.  The epic in-state rivalry of the NBA’s best team going for their 16th straight win playing at home against… the second-worst team in the NBA.  Of course it would be a nail-biter!  The Heat went up big, but the Magic went on a 46-21 run and kept it tight until LeBron James’ game-winning layup.  Good thing Nikola Vucevic had fouled out so there were no shot blockers left.  The Magic certainly didn’t put a spell on the refs, racking up 30 fouls and two foul-outs to the Heat’s 17.  Conspiracy!  The Magic fouls were illusions!  You don’t have time for my illusions!  Tricks are what whores do for money.  Or cocaine.  LeBron better get some nice wedding presents from those home refs.  You think Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert got invited?  Be funny if Lebron sent him an invite with a -1.  This is a fantasy basketball blog right?  Hah, let’s get into the numbers from last night’s games:

Tobias Harris – 16 Pts (6-15 FG) 1 3PTM 7 Reb 1 Ast 1 Stl 1 Blk.  Just a little bit of everything.  Like a brownie sundae.  Or a Paul Verhoeven movie.

Moe Harkless - Didn’t exactly put up huge stats, but had two big dunks and two three-pointers, ending with 12 Pts 3 Rebs 3 Stls and 2 Blks.  Liking the rook’s game more and more.  Still out there in a lot of leagues, I think he could be a good contributor down the stretch.

Nikola Vucevic - Goromotaro!  Going to be one of my new terms in a revamp of the glossary which I’ll do in the offseason.  Named for a blend of two Mortal Kombat characters with Joakim Noah’s head, it’s when a player goes 20 20 (25 21 for Vuc last night).

Jameer Nelson - A fantastic night only his second game back from injury (minus FG%) going 6-18 3 3PTM 14 Asts and 3 Stls.  A fantasy blog that talks about four straight Magic players?  I challenge you to find another this in-depth!

Mo Williams – Another guy returning from injury, Mo went 8 Pts and 6 Asts with 2 threes in his first game in two-and-a-half months.  As reported, got the start and got 27 minutes.  Pick him up if available.

Byron Mullens - Here’s a guy you could drop from Mo.  Played only 13 minutes, scored 4 Pts and didn’t log a single rebound.  Doug Collins shout out!  That’s another new vocab term when your big man gets either 0 or 1 boards.

Enes Kanter - Logged his third straight big game in only 21 minutes last night, going 8-11 FG for 17 Pts and 7 Rebs 1 Ast and 1 Blk.  If you have the roster space I would still give him a look even though Al Jefferson should be back soon.  I think Kanter has played himself into 20 minutes a night and if he can go 17 7, it’s a fantasy worthy 20 minutes.  Don’t let me tell you what I do in a fantasy 20 minutes, but let’s just say I don’t usually need it all.

Evan Turner - Told ya I wasn’t a fan of his game!  1-7 FG 2 Pts 3 Rebs and 4 Asts last night.  Yikes!

Dorrell Wright - Three 3s last night and multi-3PTM in his last six.  TAGNOF! Or should it be ThrAGNOF?  I almost like the second one better for “three’s ain’t got no face.”  If you’re confused, you don’t read Grey enough on baseball!

Jeff Teague – As I exclaimed when I took over the reigns, Teague will be someone I’ll be in love with heading into drafts last year.  A huge 27 11 night supplemented with 3 threes, 2 Rebs 1 Stl and 1 Blk.  The second best Hawk behind any of the Blackhawks.

Anthony Tolliver - 5 3PTM last night, and 8 in his last two.  Been wildly inconsistent in the rotation, but has played 63 minutes in the last two and if you need a few triples in deeper leagues, could be worth a flier.

Raymond Felton - His best game in a while going 10-15 FG (4-5 3PTM) 6 Rebs 4 Asts 1 Stl and 1 Blk.  #IScoreMoreWithoutCarmeloPlaying.

Jose Calderon - 16 dimes.  Or 1 Euro and 6 dimes.  Been an assist machine.

Steve Nash - Thought he was finally settling in, then a paltry 5-4-1 line in 35 minutes.  #StandingAroundLikeKeanuReevesInTheWatcher.

Kobe Bryant - 42-7-11.  Nasty.

Jodie Meeks - 5 3s and 19 points.  Wildly inconsistent off the bench.  Not a ThrAGNOF I would want.

Al-Farouq Aminu - Crazy efficient 4-7 FG (4-4 FT) 12 Pts 16 Rebs 1 Ast 2 Stls and 3 Blks.  Smother me in that roto gravy!

Trevor Ariza - Been boasting his goodness to you loyal readers, and he delivered with a 16-7-6 line last night.  Boom ya naysayers!  OK so there wasn’t really any naysayers.  Love you guys.

Shawn Marion - Playing like it’s 2005.  22 Pts (12 in the first quarter) 3 Rebs 4 Asts and 3 Stls.  Still available in some leagues.  I like him to finish strong.

Marco Belinelli - Two straight 20 Pt games.  I hate Belinelli though.  He’ll go 1-10 and score 4 points if you pick him up.

Manu Ginobili - 18-9 off the bench in 26 minutes.  Still got that value!

Andrea Bargnani - Only 24 minutes (played 36 Monday night) and went 9 Pts 1 3PTM and 5 Rebs.  I think he bounces back closer to what we saw Monday.  Sheesh, how many NBA players have their last names end in I’s?

Brandon Jennings - Third straight double-double.  I love me my BJ.  And not like that, but because I’m a JB.

Matt Barnes - 6 3s and 20 points last night.  Fills up some peripheral stats, but still not a ThrAGNOF you can trust.

DeMarcus Cousins - Followed up 1-10 Tuesday night with 2-10 last night.  Someone’s gonna get punched soon.

Jarrett Jack - Really falling off a cliff.  Wahhhhhh I’m Jarrett Jack!  3-14 12 Pts 3 Asts and 3 Stls.  Still usable, but like the Duke Brothers in Trading Places – “Sell!  Sell!  Sell!”

 

Next Game: I’ve got highlights for Memphis @ Cleveland on Friday Night so I’ll be watching for the much-publicized matchup of Marreese Speights and Wayne Ellington against their old team.  OK, so I’m stretching for a headline.  As always post your questions and comments below!

 

 

27 Responses

  1. Shogun says:
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    Hi, which one of the three to pick up for depth heading into the playoffs?

    Shawn Marion, Mo Harkless, or Thabo?

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shogun: Razor close between those first two, I think I would go Marion for safety. But I really like Moe Hark.

  2. Pavel says:
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    if this was your team in a h2h 16 teamer:

    Pg: Dragic, Lowry, Foye
    Sg: James Harden, Dwayne Wade,
    Sf: Nicolas Batum, Maurice harkless, Andrew Nicholson
    Pf:Dirk Nowitzky, Markieff Morris, Donatas Montejeunas, Arnett Moultrie
    C: Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins, Andrew Bynum

    would you trade Wade for Noah??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pavel: Eesh you do need big help, but Wade is playing unreal. I would either ask for another decent big with Noah (and drop Bynum who probably won’t be playing this year), or trade a different guard.

      • Pavel says:
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        @JB Gilpin: He has bosh, hibbert, west, and noah. I figure i am making the playoffs and can hold off on keeping bynum until the fat lady sings. I originally offered lowry for noah, but he replied with wade. What do you think?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Pavel: I would definitely try to get Noah and one of those guys for Wade. Wade is elite ELITE right now. Or like a said a diff guard for one. You gotta get top $ for Wade.

  3. Zandy says:
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    Please rank: Thinking of moving Wall for some more big man depth or big time performance for next week. Best big on the wire is Splitter or I guess Harkless

    Wall for Vucevic?
    Wall for Kobe?
    Wall for Okafor and Anthony Davis? (drop AK47)

    I dropped Mullens and JJack last night for Ariza and Mo Will btw…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Zandy: Nice moves! Yea Mullens is a no brainer drop now, Jack is iffy, but I don’t blame ya. I definitely like that third trade option the best. I like Davis to finish strong and Okafor has been very consistent. If I could make that move I would probably make that deal myself.

  4. Frank Lynch says:
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    eahbut when Beal comes back it won’t nearly be so sweet right? Also I’m looking long term through the playoffs.. this guy Anderson V has an average of 14 points 14 reb. If he comes back soon then with Beal back soon, you don’t think thats a wise pickup?? Especially if Rose doesn’t come back… IDK, you know alot more then me but if this were your team, what would you do? Not talking about for now, just talkin about for a week n a half from now for playoffs?

  5. Frank Lynch says:
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    And Damn!!! Why you talking ish about one of my players?? He had a bad game which pissed me off but look at his game logs, He’s not bad.. What the F?? HAHAHA LOL… JK

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank Lynch: Who did I slam too hard, Evan Turner? Haha. I haven’t seen anything indicating Varejao is coming back this year. So I wouldn’t even consider that option. And yea I think Ariza can be 90-95% of what he has been doing with Beal out when Beal is back. He’s a big part of that team.

  6. Frank Lynch says:
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    Thank you so much man… If I win the championship It’ll be dedicated to u guys

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank Lynch: Woohoo! I’ll have my own “Buy a Drink For” button up soon, so you can buy me a Crown and Coke :)

  7. beantown says:
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    hey JB,

    Byron Mullens just got dropped in my league, should I try to get him off waivers?

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @beantown: Unless you’re in a really deep 10-team or 12-team, I just don’t see the upside. The Bobcats are so bad that they don’t need to extend his work with the balky knee…

  8. JCraw passed? says:
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    Yo! Trading is over, If you had to choose three going forward…

    Bargnani, kanter, mullens, Nick young, burks, hinrich, Wilson Chandler, MKG

    Some I have, some are on waivers. Kinda even across the cat’s but could use help on Ft, 3′s, blocks…

    As always thanks man!!!

    • JCraw passed? says:
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      I’ve also got KLove waiting on the bench. 12 team league.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @JCraw passed?: Thanks for reading! I like Barg, Kanter and Chandler. All 3 pretty good FT%, Chandler and Barg will hit some 3s and the bigs will get ya some blocks. MKG is 4th for me, just too inconsistent for me to want him.

        • JCraw passed? says:
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          Thanks man. Mullens seems to have messed up quite a few around here lately.

  9. Frank Lynch says:
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    No doubt dude!!

  10. chillmodious says:
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    Drop Mullens for Dorrell Wright or Shaun Livingston?

    Sounds like Kyrie may be shut down soon, and Nick Young is also iffy going forward, so I’m looking for the best overall add for the next 4 weeks. Position is irrelevant. I’m 2nd in my league and playoffs start the week after next, so it’s basically a matter of “who would you rather own if you could only own one of these guys for the next month?”:

    Byron Mullens
    Dorrell Wright
    Shaun Livingston

    Thanks for any help!

    • chillmodious says:
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      @chillmodious: Oh, I also own Martell Webster, but I’d imagine Mullens is more of a drop candidate than Webster.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @chillmodious: Yea definitely, Mullens is a lost cause for the rest of this year fantasy wise IMO.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @chillmodious: I don’t think they shut down Kyrie unless he has a setback, so I would go Wright. He will be frustrating but can 5-7 3s any given night. And the 76ers need offense.

  11. Michael says:
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    Do you think it’s worth it if I drop Mullens and Sessions for Aminu and Bradley?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Michael: Yup I like the latter two a lot more than the former. Stupid Bobcats.

  12. Zandy says:
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    Aminu for 3 games, Amir Johnson for 3 games or Tiago Splitter for 4 games?

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