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So this is going to be the lamest open ever, but I sustained a blogging injury!  Wife wanted me to make this crockpot chicken marsala recipe, which as you guessed, calls for marsala wine.  She buys this cheap bottle at the grocery store, and it’s such a shitty product, the lid of the bottle won’t separate from that little connector part at the bottom.  Obviously I’m a straight MacGyver with these things, so my first thought is to get a small kitchen knife to try and pry the main part of the bottle top off.  I even said to myself, “this is probably going to end badly…”  And aha!  The knife shoots into my finger and I bleed everywhere like a moron.  But the good news is a pair of pliers finally got the job done!  Little bitch, you bottle of chicken marsala wine, you…

And you probably felt the same way as me hovering over a cheap bottle of wine with a knife if you started Nikola Mirotic last night.  “I think I’ve made a huge mistake!”  However, with Robin Lopez suspended and Cristiano Felicio out with a sore back-io, the Bulls were down a few on their front line (mainly calling for Bobby Portis to play C), so Miro was sure to get some run even if he was playing like a zero (no Gilbert Arenas – 0 is the number of guns you should have in your locker!).  But eureka!

28/5/2/3/1 for Miro last night, on 12-15 shooting with 4 treys.  I also wanna mention that Googling “Youtube Mirotic” had me find some sort of Kpop album, which has me think a future nickname or Podcast sounder has to come from this…  Anyway, the top 7 in the Bulls rotation actually looked really, really good despite no Wade and no big men, while Tom Petty croons about the Pistons…  Free fallin’!  Miro has been one of the most inconsistent players in fantasy this year, so with Rolo due back Friday, I still wouldn’t go too nuts to add Miro.  Tomorrow against the Sixers still might be worth the upside ThrAGNOF stream though, even if it feels as risky as jabbing plastic with a kitchen knife…  Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy basketball:

Marco Belinelli Mmmmm, the ThrAGNOF pasta is very tasty this time of year!  20/3/1/1/0 with no TO and 3 treys last night.

Terrence Ross Part of the ThrAGNOF 3-course meal as well!  19/2/1/2/0 with 3 treys.  Why you don’t pay for treys!

Paul George Tried his one-man show routine in Boston, but the Bostonians HATED it!  “Contrived and ball-hoggy” the reviews said…  37/5/2/3/1 with 5 treys in a great solo effort, but the Pacers still fell to the C’s.

Myles Turner Man, he seemed locked into a 2nd-round pick for next year, but continues to fade down the stretch.  7/9/5/2/2 for the rainbow is always nice, but 0-2 FT, and his scoring and FG% in Feb-Mar have been trending wayyyyy down.  Too man Myles on his treads!

Joffrey Lauvergne After feeding Rolo wildfire to make him go nuts, and stabbing Felicio in the back, King Joffrey got the start last night, going 17/7/3/1/0 with a trey in 28 minutes.  Somehow held his own against…  Andre Drummond?!  Not sure how that worked, but a big Bulls win considering they now have the same record as the Pistons…

Paul Zipser Also played well in the starting 5, going 15/4/2/1/1 with a trey.  Zippity doo-dah, Zippity day!

Jimmy Butler Let’s go back-to-back on some superstars with mad efficiency, brah!  16/5/12/2/0 for Buckets, on an absurd 6-6 FG, 4-4 FT, and no TO line.  My efficiency boner is lasting way more than 4 hours.

Russell Westbrook I know right?!  Westbrook?!  Efficient?!  18/11/14/0/2 on 6-6 FG and 6-6 FT.  Well, he did have 5 TO, so it’s not like he was as squeaky clean as Buckets.  Nice bounce back for OKC after they got pooped on by the Dubs.

Enes Kanter I know this was a cupcake matchup, but I still get in awe when I watch Kanter dominate the post like he can do most games.  24/11/0/1/1 on 8-9 FG, 8-9 FT.  And they’re not like DeAndre Jordan easy alleys, they’re isolation post moves mixed with a jumper or two, and really fun to watch.

Nik Stauskas After hanging tough most of the first quarter, the Sixers then fell apart, with only Sauce Castillo doing anything much on his 20/0/1/0/0 line with 5 treys.  Add his sauce to the Italian ThrAGNOF menu above, and baby we got a feast goin’!

Dennis Schroder Unfortunately doesn’t fall into the “mad efficiency superstars bucket” huh?!  18/2/6/0/0 on 5-16 shooting with 10 TOs.  Das barf!

Tim Hardaway Jr. – TIMMAY! helped keep the Hawks in it though, shooting 9-16 FG (3-8 3PTM 8-9 FT) for 29/2/3/1/2 and no TO.  Schroder acting as the TO vortex!

Marcin Gortat Turning into a legit Martian.  Flourished, then disappearing and dying off…

Will Barton Wow, can I hop on the Nuggets fanwagon with Slim?!  20/4/2/2/0 with 3 treys for Barton witn no TO, as the Nuggets shocked the Cavs with a 13-point win at home.

Wilson Chandler Returned from a week off with a groin issue, going 18/5/3/1/0 with a trey, in a whopping 41 minutes.  Must’ve gotten some great treatment on that groin!

Kenneth Faried Weirdly enough, even with Chandler back and Mason Plumlee still starting, was beastmode for 17/9/1/2/0 in 19 minutes.  Fear the Manimal!

Giannis Antetokounmpo Gave us some minor blips, but 32/13/6/2/1 last night with a trey and no TO…  Greek finishing strong!

Willie Cauley-Stein Hasn’t been the smoothest ride, but 10/7/2/0/4 will work.  “How you spell ‘Cheehawk’, W-C, or W-S!”  “Why not both!  WCS!”  Literally 2 people in this world would get that joke, but it’s late March and I wanna make their day!

Buddy Hield 21/4/2/1/0 with a trey in a team-high 36 minutes.  Hey, with two treys and how bad Steph has been this year (compared to how I thought he’d do), it’s kinda Curry-ish!  Hah!

Derrick Rose His foot is super sore, but he came back into the game after a foot injury scare, despite leaving the arena in a brace with a limp.  Nice little microcosm imagery for how the Super Poppycockers have played this year.

Kristaps Porzingis We all kinda thought he would fade or maybe even get DNPs down the stretch after picking up some injuries, but Goose is still on the loose!  24/7/0/1/1/ with 3 treys.  Not how you grind through, but how you finish!

Rudy Gobert Well, for fantasy, Goose was good.  But mannnnnn, did Monsieur Elbow just plow through the Poppycockers!  35/13/1/1/4 on 13-14 shooting and 9-12 FT.  An absolutely absurd start to the week for Stifle.  Looks like FG% and blocks are shored up!

 

I hope everyone got nice contributions on the busy Wednesday schedule!  Note for the Podcast – we’re going to be back Saturday morning this week to preview the weekend for streaming, so check us out then!  Good luck in the rest of the semis, Razzball Nation!

  1. Dusty says:
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    With the Cavs on a back to back fri-sat, who has other best chance at being a thragnof Homer among deron, Frye, shumpert and Jr? I hate that my season is coming down to this type of decision

    • Dusty says:
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      And way to tough out a blog on a damaged finger, at least we can count on JB not resting this time of year

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Dusty: Hah I would probably take JR Smith for pure 3s, even though he was bad last night. Frye is close though, if any sort of rebounding need, could try him.

        Hah I’m typing with only the middle finger on my left hand. It’s like a bruised deep puncture, hurts like shit to type on my pointer finger. BUT I AINT RESTING FOR SHIT!

  2. Pong says:
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    Just dropped gortat for cody. He’s carried me in the regular season, but I can’t deal with this performance anymore.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pong: Totally with you. And I don’t see it improving since they’re certainly limiting his minutes until the playoffs

  3. Dante Green says:
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    Just dropped Willy H for Zubac, not sure if it was the correct move but I think he has a better chance of playing more than 20 mins a night compared to Willy’s 17. Though I know Walton will pull a Skiles on us. Fuck my life

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dante Green: Ugh yeah both are flight risks for PT for sure. I think Zubac has more upside ho

  4. E says:
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    I’m in a close semi’s matchup, Ibaka being suspended for tonight certainly doesn’t help.

    Sanity check, I need to make up some ground in 3s and assists to have a chance. Even though Elfrid Payton has been a beast lately I’m thinking I gotta drop him tomorrow since he doesn’t play Saturday or Sunday. I’m looking at picking up Jamal Crawford since he plays a back to back Saturday/Sunday. I’m not crazy for dropping him, right? I gotta get to the ship to win it!

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @E: This time of year you do what you have to do to win NOW!

      Worry about replacing him next week. I just dropped Aaron Gordon and Big Sauce because there’s no chance of winning with dead roster spots.

    • BILL BLAST says:
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      @E:

      Dumped Seth Curry (because of a GTD) for Jamal Crawford.

      I wouldn’t do that in the regular season, But this is GO TIME!

      Good luck!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Bye Felica: @BILL BLAST: I know right, Rolo and IBaka fighting during the FANTASY PLAYOFFs?! Bastards!

        With you on the Magic – it’s time to shine! I think they only have 3 next week too…? not sure, would have to check our h2h playoff post. Def like that move for Crawford! Surprised he was avail in my RCLs yesterday for Thur/Sat/Sun stream.

        Good luck rest of week you guys!

  5. The Gintern says:
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    Which two of three would you start tonight: JV, Big Sauce, Big Willy

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Gintern: Prob leaving the Willy out methinks. That’s what she said!

  6. miles proudfoot says:
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    For the three games coming up, Len or LeVert for overall production? Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @miles proudfoot: I’ll lean LeVert, even though 2 of his last 3 have been pretty putrid

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @JB Gilpin: wow thanks for the quick response! Best of luck with your teams and as always thanks for the help!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @miles proudfoot: Any time as always man! Sorry LeVert didn’t do much, I can’t believe the Mess scored 126 on the Suns and he wasn’t a big factor, ugh

  7. Ryan says:
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    Yo JB, idk if you’ll be able to respond quick enough, but I’m somehow surviving without Lowry and Millsap! Dropped Lin earlier this week and considering picking him back up.

    My drops would be either Colly, RoLo, or Kanter. Blocks and FG% aren’t needs. Guard stats are despite me having a million PGs.

    RoLo and Colly don’t figure into my starting lineup on Sunday btw, so I’m really only losing one game from them. I know Colly seems like an odd choice, but he hasn’t been playing well and SAC has tough defensive teams like GS, MEM, and UTA on the horizon. I like my chances for this week and would like to improve them for next week if possible.

    • Ryan says:
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      @Ryan: Also, sorry about your finger. Did you need stitches? If Whiteside can play through it, so can you! Cutting your finger against the backboard is way cooler tho, you should tell people that’s how it happened.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Ryan: Damn glad you’re staying alive, those are tough setbacks. Yeah losing Colly makes the most sense, kinda surprised Lin is playing, but still isn’t gonne get huge PT. But I like it.

        Haha, yeah my story was def really cool too 🙂 nah it’s more a deep stab/puncture, than a slice, but it’s way better today. finger is swollen around it and bruised, but i can type on it now, so all is good!

        • Ryan says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Oh, nice! Glad you made a speedy recovery. I dropped RoLo btw.

          Just made more sense to me given my needs. Also, the first game the Bulls play next week is on Thursday, so I figured I could save a MU acquisition by cutting him this week. Ofc this only matters if I survive.

          THJ and M.Chriss will go down in my fantasy hall of fame if I can pull off this W. I’m hoping Lin will get decent run given the Net’s depleted backcourt. His health is a major concern for me, but I need to swing for the fences next week.

          I think his low minutes last night can be attributed to the blowout.. that went in the Nets’ favor? WTF? Well, at least he should be well rested for tonight’s game.

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Ryan: Cool yeah that makes sense. I did see the Bulls awful sched next week. Still streaming Valentine for possibly Sunday for right now.

            We been pimping Chriss for months now! Calling him a great playoff stash. Man it’s working!

            I still don’t see Lin getting to 30 minutes though, Coach Asshat has been spreading mins really thin for everyone, and Lin is off several injuries

  8. Mr. Blast says:
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    Looking ahead, Going to dump Leuer on Friday since he doesn’t play again until next week.

    Trying to nab a Saturday/Sunday stream – Harkless or Aminu ?

    Needs are going to be points, FG%, & Boards.

    Thanks man!

    • Shahed says:
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      @Mr. Blast: Go for Vonleh if he’s available

      • Mr. Blast says:
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        @Shahed: Vonleh not available.

        • Shahed says:
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          @Mr. Blast: Then I would go Aminu, but his FG% sucks

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Mr. Blast: @Shahed: Yeah with Turner back, mins gonna be rough for Hark. I would do Aminu too. Luckily I have Vonleh on I think all my alive RCLs

  9. BBB says:
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    Choose one for tomorrow: Iggy, Muhammad or Zipser? Looking for 3s, Stls and Pts. Iggy and Zipser plays a well rounded game but both risky as well, Iggy may be minutes restricted and Zipser could be fluky the past 2 games. What made me consider Muhammad is because of the b2b games. Badly need your help, I’m in a playoff tight race. Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @BBB: Can you do Muhammad then stream Sunday? THen that would def be my answer, 2 of Muhammad then +1

      • BBB says:
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        @JB Gilpin: ouch! Muhammad is a 🚮 drop him for vonleh? Need boards and pts.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @BBB: Sorry for late answer, but hope you did it! Nice 8/14 from Vonleh

          • BBB says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Didn’t make it though. Only needed 2 more points to win the matchup 5-4. If only​ shabazz scored from the game i added him. Ouch! Thanks for this season, team razzball. 👊

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            @JB Gilpin: Didn’t make it though. Only needed 2 more points to win the matchup 5-4. If only​ shabazz scored from the game i added him. Ouch!

            Anyway, thanks for this season, team razzball. Looking forward to next year 👊

            • JB Gilpin

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              @BBB: Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat. Dude that is fucking brutal. He was 13+ in 3 other games all around it, AND it was an OT game, AND they scored 119. That’s just stupid.

              Sorry man, that’s pretty irksome. Playoff basketball can do that haha. Appreciate ya stopping by, hope to see ya through the offseason!

              • BBB says:
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                @JB Gilpin: Ikr maaan! I have zubac, nurkic and vonleh playing for the last game yesterday with him having no players playing, hoping to save my team but still fell 2pts short. Hahaha worst!

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                  JB Gilpin says:
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                  @BBB: Damn yeah that’s when you kick your computer. Or take it to the field and Office Space it

  10. Blint says:
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    Hey JB,
    You must be in full Baseball mode now ehh?Which sport do you prefer for fantasy?

    I am out of one of my keeper/dynasty leagues and I have two roster spots open. I am looking to stash someone for next year. Looking at Yahoos pre season rankings these guys are available
    Parsons
    Wade
    Bayless
    Olynyk
    Hollis Jefferson
    Tyreke
    Stanley Johnson
    Lyles
    Bayless
    Burks
    Exum
    Hezonja
    Or anybody else you think sucked this year will have value next year.
    Whats the deal with Olynyk anyway? I really really think hes a good player but somehow he doesn’t do enough

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Blint: Hah yeah things are veering towards the diamond right now. Man that’s a dangerous question… I got into fantasy baseball first, and I am a die-hard Brewers fan, so it has a special place in my heart. I think writing for fantasy basketball is way more fun though. A lot more superstar/diva things happen that are good for writing. They’re both 1a and 1b for fantasy for me though 🙂

      Def going Parsons for a spot. If his knee can heal up, he still isn’t THAT old and could bounce back. Wade is a good short-term band-aid for next year. Not huge on any of that youth avail. Olynyk is just a solid player on a deep team with a lot of ways to form lineups. On like, the Nets, he would be amazing

      • Blint says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        I’m glad you didn’t mention Fantasy Football. IT JUST GETS ME SO MAD!! I sometimes wish I was as ignorant as Grey about football. But I love watching football and it doesn’t hurt that I am a Patriots fan 😀 Fantasy football is very very annoying. Not playing it ever again.

        Picking up Parsons and Wade, thank you very much 😀

        For baseball a lot of us play on Yahoo Daily Format, so we need to pick up a pitcher from the WW a day before. You do have a Two Start Pitchers but that doesn’t help too much in a Daily league. It would be nice if you could tweet the streamable pitchers you like for the next day!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Blint: Hahaha yeah being a Pats fan is def good these days. Yeah Football is a far off 3rd. I still semi-enjoy it, but after years of frustrating, realized it’s probably more than 50% luck and I don’t get mad anymore.

          Well we have stream-o-nator that looks at pitchers for the next few days! Def should check that out this year -> http://razzball.com/streamers/

  11. Shahed says:
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    Hey JB,

    Currently 8-1 up in my matchup, 3’s and steals are close though. Gordon Hayward was dropped. Who should I drop to put a claim in for him?

    G: Westbrook, Wall, Beal, D Booker, G Harris, Ulis
    F: Melo, J Johnson, Chriss
    C: M Gasol, Jordan, Nurkic, Capela

    I’m thinking Capela. If I get Hayward, I won’t get any games from him this week, and would lose a game from Capela, but I’m 8-1 up so I think I can afford it. I only have 12 priority because I picked up Booker on Wednesday after he was dropped on Sunday, so I probably won’t get Hayward anyway.

      • Shahed says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah, it was actually my opponent who dropped him, I am winning 8-1 so I guess he made a desperate move, but he picked up Dinwiddle, so that really won’t help him, lol. He also picked up Stauskas for Hernangomez, he wants the games.

        Current stats-
        .464 FG% .463
        .744 FT% .702
        31 3PTM 28
        436 PTS 354
        183 REB 158
        97 AST 84
        34 ST 32
        23 BLK 9
        76 TO 48

        I’m on the left. I kind of don’t want to drop G Harris, because 3s and Steals are still pretty close, and Harris plays on Sunday this week. I might wait to see how things are.

        His Roster is:

        G: A Bradley, T Johnson, McConnell, Rondo, Brogdon, Stauskas, Dinwiddle, Valentine
        F: Draymond, Nowitzki, AD
        C: BroLo, Pau

        He has no more moves either. I think I probably win even without G Harris, so you might be right, even though he’s playing awesome.

        Oh, and when is the next podcast?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Shahed: Hah wow, seems rash, but he needs to do something dramatic I guess. Still close in a few cats. Yeah I’m thinking ahead to next week. your roster is SO much more superior I think you’ll be fine. You can always pull back the claim late tonight at the last minute if you think you’ll need Harris this week.

          Gonna record this afternoon, so tomo early AM as the lead!

          • Shahed says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Got Hayward for Harris, and Booker killed it, I picked him up after he was dropped on Sunday because of injury! I’m looking good right now.

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Shahed: Well I know from comments more recent things might not have gone well 🙁

  12. Shahed says:
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    Damn, the Suns had the youngest line up in NBA history, younger than all but one team in the NCAA tournament. That is insane!

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