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Oh man.  Am I sorry if anyone had to watch Battle: Los Angeles last night.  I hated that movie and actually would rather have watched that again than the atrocity in Staples.  Reggie Miller was having so much fun dogging that game.  I was saying that it was like watching an All-Star game at the office, then either Miller or Kerr then said the same thing!  Followed by, “well, except all the All-Stars are on one team!”  Lakers burn!  El Burro, I hope you’re around, because I’d love a rant from this game from a true Lakers fan.  Sure there have been worse NBA blowouts, but man, that was straight up Cornell going on the road to Wichita State.  Even that would be a lot better to watch!  I’m not taking much to heart fantasy-wise in the 48-point romp of blue/red over yellow/purple, but my main takeaway was that Kendall Marshall still got a 7/4/7 line in 24 minutes and Jordan Farmar was awful in his 21 minutes.  I’m a big Farmar hater, and think Marshall is actually a little underrated right now.  Marshall as we all know was playing well in big minutes earlier in the year, and I think can get back to the 30ish range.  And even if he falls short of that, the dimebags will afloweth like a Denver dispensary.  Cash cow business for the Girl Scout cookie industry as well!  Probably should’ve had a few Girl Scouts paroling the Staples Center last night.  “Eat your pities away, Lakers fans!”  “A peanut butter delight won’t disappoint you at all!”  Here’s what else I saw last night in fantasy hoops:

Boris Diaw – Playing exceeding well lately.  16/8/5/1/0 shooting 5-5 including 2-2 from deep.  The 4 TOs were a croissant on his otherwise creme brulee, but love the 37 minutes.  You can’t trust that kind of run every game from Pop, but dude is now 12-12 the past two games and 4-4 from deep while able to hit all cats.

Danny Green – It’s the multi-cat of old!  6/3/3/1/3 in a near-rainbow with 2 treys.  But I’m still not too big on him, the Blks are obviously a bit of an anomaly (still, 1.0 a game is pretty good looking at his season stats, but still not enough everywhere else) and only 21 minutes is just meh in standard leagues.

Kawhi Leonard – Racked up 5 steals in a down game.  Another 7 and we could have a Kawhi’s Eleven heist ensemble film reboot.

Marco Belinelli – Like Marko Ramius, is defecting to the waiver wire.  “Wait, did JB just compare the US to the waiver wire!  Commie!”  Easy there, McCarthy.  The metaphor is no good, but you’re a crazy Ivan if you’re still holding onto Belinelli even in 14ers.  Hunt for a better October.

Patty Mills – Got 10 boards.  “Wtf, mate!?”  9/10/4 for a saucy line with two treys.  Obviously needs minutes, but about as good a 17 minute line you could ask for.

Mario Chalmers – Still a little cold, but nearly rainbowed for 5/2/3/2/1 with a trey.  A minor step up against a good defensive team, so the leash is still pretty long.

Russell Westbrook – Um, wow.  36/9/9/4/0 with four treys in a loss.  No defense allowed in this game!

Caron Butler – 14/1/1/0/0 with four treys.  The Pts and treys seem high, the rest about right.  “Ouch, JB!”  Yeah, he’s not fantasy relevant.

Gerald Green – Um, louder wow.  8-13 from deep to throw up a redonk 41/5/2/3/1.  “This game was for some lame fantasy site called ‘Razzball’ mocking me!”  Well, sure, but both treys and Pts were career-highs and the Thunder don’t have their best perimeter defender in Thabo Sefolosha.  So I’m not ready to unroll the carpet and say, “Sorry yo, you’re the king of everything!”  Could easily shoot 2-14 Sunday.  Be happy if you got him, I’m not sad I don’t.

Markieff Morris - I am a little sad I don’t have the Kieff in more leagues, which in a few I did but yo-yoed him back out.  22/6/3/1/0 shooting 8-13 and 8-10 FT.  Now, I’m not saying I’d rather Kieff over Green or anything, but just part of the fun little biases we all have.

Alex Len – Played 11 minutes, got 5 fouls, did virtually nothing.  He’s useless.

P.J. Tucker – Crazy that you could play 43 minutes of a 128-point team effort and only take 3 shots!  2-3 (1-2 3PTM 2-2 FT) 7/9/4/2/0 in a very efficient outing.  P.J. is not a project!

Ish Smith – 8 dimes in 20 bench minutes.  Playing really well when given time.  Not much to take away in most leagues right now, but interested to see where his career takes him.

Purple Baze – Kent B looked really out of control in this, well, out of control game for 14/2/6/1/1 and 5 TOs.  Shot 5-10 FT and while I still think I’m fine with him in 12ers, just seems a little less dank than others see him.  I’m not as high.  Trying to figure out why.  It’s because I got – – well you see where that was going…

Chris Kaman – Was sitting on the end of the bench talking to the injured Nick Young, who was in a ridiculous blue suit with no socks on.  I mean, if that’s not an insult to where you are in terms of your role, I don’t know what is…

Xavier Henry – I keep mentioning him and he keeps improving.  5-10 (3-3 3PTM 2-2 FT) for 15/5/3/1/0.  19 minutes of run in his third game back as minutes increase, and I dunno, I just have a weird feeling he is going to be fantasy-relevant even in shallower leagues in a few weeks because D’Antoni likes him.  And why not give him minutes again on this team?  Maybe worth a spec add in even 14ers right now.

Wesley Johnson – 1-9 going 0-7 from deep.  Wait, was this Gerald Green or Wesley J?

Jodie Meeks – Bust of the night.  7/0/1/0/0 shooting 3-11.  Still think Meeks shall be forever in your favor.

DeAndre Jordan – If alley-oop slams are a stat cat in your league, hopefully DeAndre went first round.  The Clippers looked like they were on NBA Jam last night…

Matt Barnes – Needs to be owned virtually everywhere right now.  17/12/5/3/0 hitting three treys, and just killing it in the starting 5.

Darren Collison – Another start at the 2 with Jamal Crawford out (but JC should be close), and actually led the Clips in scoring.  24/4/3/2/0 shooting 9-16.  Might give ya one more big start Saturday at the Hawks.

 

I hope everyone is owning their matchups so far this week, and have a great weekend!  The playoffs are just around the corner, and I’m getting pumped to have the RCL winner’s team name shaved in my head in just over a month.  The champ will be branded!  Peace!

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  1. yokev_o says:
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    after saturday drop collision or diaw for pj tuck?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @yokev_o: I would drop Collison. 3-game week next week then a 2-game week the following week. Throw in the imminent return of Jamal Crawford and I think Collison will be back to his 20ish minute role off the bench. Diaw is a hot play right now and it looks like he’s solidified a 25-30 minutes role. A 4-game week next week, followed by a 3-game week. Throw in the potential for more minutes when Duncan gets rest days and I’m picking Diaw over Collison pretty handily.

      • matt says:
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        @Slim: I wish they’d start Collison over Jamal. He was sooo much better coming off the bench :-)
        (Cuz I don’t own him)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @yokev_o: Yeah I agree, I’m keeping Diaw and Tucker because Colly is gonna lose a lot of minutes.

  2. Nikko says:
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    I’m still pondering on this trade. It’s my Durant, Beal and Drummond for his Melo, Thad and Noah. It’s a H2H league with 1.5 pts for assist and rebounds and 1pt for everything else with no Ft and Fg%. Help!!!

    • TR says:
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      @Nikko: and an additional 4 points for double doubles and 10 points for triple doubles *cough Noah cough cough*

    • matt says:
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      @Nikko: Durant side for me, others might disagree. Especially that format. Drummond has to be a beast also

    • Nikko says:
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      @Nikko: now I was offered Melo, Cousins, Favors and Young for my Durant, Millsap, Beal and Drummond.

      • Slim

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        @Nikko: I don’t like taking Noah out and adding in Favors. Are you really in a hurry to dump Durant? If he wants him so bad then he’s going to have to pay for him.

        Lets see how about… Durant, Beal for Melo, Noah? Alright Melo and Cousins…
        How bad does he want Drummond? Drummond, Beal, Durant for Melo, Noah, Cousins? If not then we’re right back to the original offer with Thad, Noah, Melo.

        I would avoid taking on Favors and I’m not that high on Thad. So would I take the original offer. It’s pretty good… but if I’m truly 50-50 on a trade then I don’t take it.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Nikko: I pretty much agree with @Slim: but I might hold for all of them, I know Noah is killing it esp. in that format, but I don’t think it’d be any shock if he doesn’t get another triple double and Durant I just wouldn’t want to trade.

          • Nikko says:
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            @JB Gilpin: what about Melp Cousins and Thad for Durant, Drummond and beal

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Nikko: Still holding there

              • Nikko says:
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                @JB Gilpin: whys that?

                • Nikko says:
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                  @Nikko: Durant: 51.9 avg
                  Melo: 45.9 avg Cousins: 45.6 avg Beal: 27.2 Thad: 31.1 Drummond 38.2

              • TR says:
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                @JB Gilpin: You’re killing me </3

                • JB Gilpin

                  JB Gilpin says:
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                  @Nikko: I may be remembering incorrectly, but isn’t a pretty shallow league? I’d rather the 6 more a game from one guy who is the safest plus Melo could easily phone in the end of the year. Durant’s not only the top performer but the safest performer. Haha sorry @TR:

  3. matt says:
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    Ok let’s play a game razzball,
    I post my team and u guys try guessing my record. The winner gets a plastic spork & a plate of chitlins. Ready?

    PG Collison
    SG Butler,Derozn,G.Green,Meeks,Stevenson, Eric Gordon
    SF Barnes
    PF Serge,
    C/PF M.Gasol,Hawes,Bogut
    IR Bledsoe
    Key losses- Rose, Ryan Anderson, Jru Holliday, Bledsoe

    • matt says:
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      @matt: 12 team H2H 12 categories

      • TR says:
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        @matt: 0-17

        • Bi-Felicia says:
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          @TR: LOL dam that’s harsh TR

    • Slim

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      @matt: That doesn’t come close to telling the story for a whole year but I’ll bite. 122-98-8, after this week. Currently in 3rd or 4th but with serious issues come playoff time mostly due to punting assists, which you really weren’t left with any other choice after your injuries. TOs are solid though so it’s a decent tradeoff. Steals look to be a little low too, you’re asking a lot from Jimmy Butler. FG% isn’t great due to most of your volume shooters being low % guys but this late in the year there isn’t much that can be done for it. I hate to say it but my guess is a knockout in the semifinals.

      Oh I kid. If I remember correctly this is a ‘1-win’, points league and my guess is you could be anywhere from 10-9 to 15-4. I’ll take the upper-middle ground. 13-6, after this week.

      • Bi-Felicia says:
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        No@Slim: No it’s 12 pts available so 6-6 would be a tie. I’m up 8-4 right now. I’ll reveal my overall tonight.

      • Bi-Felicia says:
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        @Slim: yes I didn’t have a choice with punting Ast. (I changed my name , too many Matt’s commenting in baseball)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @matt: A decent amount of wins with less losses :)

    • Jeffro says:
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      @matt: worst team I’ve seen all year

      • Bi-Felicia says:
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        @Jeffro: Yea, but this “bottom feeder team has 156 wins and a 2nd or 3rd place lock in playoffs. It hasn’t been easy. I’ve used max games limits every week and had alot of luck streaming, thanks to my friends at Razzball. Slim was close (sporks in the mail) Im in Indiana if you want the chitlins lol
        Losing Jru, Bledsoe,Gasol,Anderson all at the same time was pretty brutal, not to mention losing Rose for the season. I know I probably won’t win this.league but I’ll have fun trying, I like a challenge

        • Bi-Felicia says:
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          @Bi-Felicia: 146 -58 record….sorry

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Bi-Felicia: Razzball gettin you to the promised land!

  4. matt says:
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    Oh I almost forgot about those Lakers
    Awesome team, awesome coach, awesome GM
    Awesome Sarcasm

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @matt: That was so brutal to watch…

      • Bi-Felicia says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Not if you are a fan of lob city it wasn’t lol

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Bi-Felicia: Haha very true. Watching POR DAL now, looked like it might be another LA blowout, but not POR up after being down 40-10

  5. Sweeesh says:
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    Hey guys! Who would you rather have between Alexis Ajinca, Brandan Wright, Kyle O’Quinn, Marcus Morris, Marcus Morris, or Elton Brand?
    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Sweeesh: If one of the Marcus Morris’ is Markieff, I’ll take Kieff. Second, ehhh, I dunno I might take Wright just for the upside since none of the others I feel good on ROS

  6. m1chael says:
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    Wroten for Henry? Wroten is killing me in FT% along with Hickson… Those two are just bad but I can handle Hickson shooting poorly at the charity stripe but I can’t handle 2 guys. Also Henry has a nice playoff schedule. I do need a big though. What do you think about Antic, Adrien, O’Quinn or REvans?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @m1chael: Yeah Wroten is def a FT killer. I actually kinda like Jeff Adrien of that group. Antic if needing 3s, but Adrien finishing out the game tonight and bigger minuters I think he’s kinda locked into a 10/9 role

  7. I’m here! Traveling, but here in spirit.

    1 – I’m a Clippers fan. Boom. 50 pt margin of victory vs Lakers. Wow

    2 – pretty much enjoying the shit outta this Lakers demise. ‘Antoni is a turd beyond belief. All my October thoughts are being displayed for the world to see. He’s gotta be done soon. Pray, fellas. Pray

    3 – ill be razzing in nex week. Travel has settled. Will be in comment mix soon.

    Keep up the good work.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @EL BURRO: Haha glad you’ll be back! 1 Haha 2 Yeah I’m surprised he has such a long leash, but no Kobe is a tough team to coach anyway. 3 Sweet! Thanks man!

  8. Jeffro says:
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    Aight guys need some help on lineup for next week(avg per game scoring league 2 pts for assists, in sum number of games doesn’t matter). Bazemore, iguodala, burks, and Augustin this is assuming Jamal Crawford comes back for at least one game next week. Rank em’ ros and this week coming uptoo please. I would rank them jam, Augustin, burks, iguodala, bazemore. I already clinched playoffs but want to sure up end of my roster as these guys are my worst players. I have brand and olynyk fighting for these spots but assists r crucial and they’ve been less consistent than the guards

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jeffro: ROS I like JCraw Augustin (for asts upside) Iggy Burks Baze. Maybe moving Iggy down one, I thought he’d be gettin it back together, but Burks doesn’t dime that often. I agree with your ranks for this week. Other than Bazemore, yeah I like all the Gs over your bigs

      • Jeffro says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I dropped brand for m Thornton just in case pierce is our for a while. Imma sit j Crawford until I know he’s ok and just play iggy or bazemore. Should I get rid of Thornton or olynyk for harkless( imma huge magic fan), adrien, collison, bayless, Middleton, etc. I’m looking for a playoff player bc the next 3 weeks I’m trying to solidify the bottom of my roster so I can win the league. So, how has upside that I can swap for Thornton and olynyk. Assists are 2, avg per game for weekly avg, amount of games played doesn’t matter.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Jeffro: Yeah I don’t mind that, but Thornton is a little boom or bust on a deep Nets roster. If he’s cold he could do nada, but that’s just me. I think I’m actually gonna go Adrien, like him, and none of the guys you listed have big dime upside unless Rondo or Paul got hurt. Think he’s a lock for a near dubdub every game for a nice weekly avg. Probably playing Iggy over Baze and JCrawf, not playing great, but best upside with the dimes

  9. Shaft says:
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    Still liking TJ over Henson and Sully? Granted it was Indiana but still. I feel like everytime I re-add him to my squad he starts slumping again. I apologize to all fellow razzballers

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shaft: Haha, yeah I still like TJ, it was a blowout too so not too worried. Sullinger is getting close though, been big on him since early in the season.

  10. TestTickles says:
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    Ive got Bazemore. Would you rather have Waiters? Also my bigs have been underperforming…Hibbert, Favors, Sullinger (also have pau and Hawes, who have been decent). Should I roll with Waiters or Jeff Adrien? Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TestTickles: Yeah I think I’d go Adrien over Baze and Waiters. Never been a Waiters guy, just nothing beyond points, and fits your big man need.

  11. Connor says:
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    For the duration of the fantasy season who would you rather have, John Henson, Andray Blatche, or Anderson Varejou? I still have some sort of weird faith in Ilyasova and picked him up at the all star break… Im Sitting at number one with a bye right now buy Barnes is also on the waiver wire. Thanks!

    • Connor says:
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      @Connor: Team is as follows,
      PG- Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo, Eric Bledsoe
      SG- Nic Batum, Tyreke Evans, Kyle Korver
      SF- Kevin Durant, Tobias Harris
      PF- Paul Millsap, Ersan Ilyasova
      C- Joakim Noah, John Henson, Andray Blatche

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Connor: Hmmmm that’s a good one. I think I’ll go Henson. While I don’t trust Henson’s minutes, Varejao might not get enough either and has re-injury risk on top of it. Any time!

  12. Bi-Felicia says:
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    Noah is making his case for MVP this season. He has to be the best center right now! Ridonkululous

    • Jeffro says:
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      @Bi-Felicia: yeah, Noah, Lebron, Jennings, and gay carry my team. Vucevic, jam Crawford, burks, and Augustin help out but Noah has me on 10 week streak with 2 pts per assist n he’s a center

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Bi-Felicia: Yeah unreal game. Hah don’t think he can MVP though. Will get votes!@Jeffro: Damn dude, championship here you go!

  13. Bi-Felicia says:
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    MEEEEEEEKKKKKSSSSSS!!!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bi-Felicia: Lead tomorrow!

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