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Mickael Pietrus went 16/7/2, as he got the starting nod at PF with O’Neal and Wilcox both out. It was one of those douchey bro-nods, too. Like the kind two frat guys might give one another in passing. I don’t really want to talk, but I DO want to acknowlede your existence, so I’m just going to tilt my head up quickly and then back down. Then you’ll do the same. Then we’ll move on. That’s the kind of nod Pietrus got for the starting PF spot tonight, because that’s the kind of nod French people deserve. As long as the Celtics’ frontcourt is decimated like this, all available Celtic bigs should be owned. The more Celtics that are healthy, however, the less valuable they all become. And in case you were hoping this was a Mickael Pietrus-only blog, it’s not. And that’s a weird thing for you to hope for. Here’s some more fantasy basketball from last night.

Kevin Garnett – Returned from personal shizz to a Celtics team dealing with personnel shizz. He played 38 minutes and ended with 23/13 and a pair of blocks. Cagey is 47 years old and should not be doing anything for 38 straight minutes.

Kendrick Perkins – Ended with 8/10 and a block before fouling out. Those were hugs, ref! Boston is his home and the Celtics are his homies.

Rodney Stuckey – Took two shots (missed ‘em both) in 18 minutes. That’s it? If he isn’t hurt, he’s about to be. Someone’s about to give  Stuckey the ol’ rod-knee.

Aaron Gray – 12/12/2, with 2 blocks in 30 minutes. “… And I heard, as it were, the noise of thunder. One of the four beasts sang and I saw. And behold! A pale horse.” Just a little Old Testament to prepare you for the coming apocalypse that is now so clearly upon us.

Jerryd BaylessLinas Kleiza‘s knee kept him out of last night’s game, but the newly-healed Bayless swooped in a went 7/2/4, and a block in 20 minutes. When Toronto closes a door, it opens a window, which is surprising considering how energy-conscious all of Canada is.

Trevor Ariza – He shot 0-for-6 last night after having a great game the day before. Why? Because Trevor Ariza likes watching you throw breakable objects hard against non-breakable objects.

Jarrett Jack – 16/7/3 in 30 minutes, while Greivis Vasquez went 13/2/5 in 38 minutes (along with 6 turnovers). Oooo, it’s so exciting. Who’s on top? Who’s the better start? There hasn’t been this must exciting tension since Willis and Shepard in Moonlighting!

Gustavo Ayon – Bravo Ayon! Career-high 17 reebs last night and he’s grabbed double-digit boards in three of his last five.

Tristan Thompson – Double-doubled. It was a weak double-double. It was his second 2-by-2 in three games, but the meat in that particular double-double sandwich was a spoiled 0/7/0, 0-for-5 mess. Think of him as a young Ariza (only without the Zubaz pants and all the Fabolous cds).

Daniel Gibson – Shot only 1-for-9 in his second game back from injury. But here’s the thing. I still suggest you deep leaguers grab you some Boobie, if for no other reason, than because he was allowed to brick eight shots over 34 minutes. He’s good enough to have made at least six. Maybe he will next time.

George Hill – 4/4/3 in his limited minute return from injury. It’s a shame he wasn’t healthier, because Indy’s bench was the pack of mutts and the Bobcats were the t-bone steak they all got to fight over.

Tyler Hansbrough – See 1/8 of an inch above, only disregard the injury portion and also the limited minutes portion. Basically, just pay attention to the Indy’s-bench-got-a-lot-of-burn-because-the-Bobcats-are-in-decay part.

Corey Maggette – He’s scored 22, 18, 16, 10 and 20 in his last five games, which makes you smile until you realize that he shot .500, .353, .417, .286 and .400 to get those points, which makes you lie down on an electrified train track.

Francisco Garcia – 12/5/1, with 2 steals and 3 blocks in his second game playing solid minutes. I’d ignore him. This line came against the Wizards, whose only trick seems to be making good things happen for the other team.

Isaiah Thomas – 18/2/6, with a steal. He was almost completely unowned a week ago and he was the last pick in the NBA draft. You’ll take this and dip it in gravy, you will.

Jordan Crawford – Drilled 32 points on  the Kings because Sacramento’s SF is about 6-foot-3 with a bubble butt. The Wizards aren’t good. The Kings aren’t good. Crawford is good, but not THIS good. Add him, but don’t expect this.

MarShon Brooks – 24/5/2, with 2 steals and 4 threes. I’m putting him third on the Rookie of the Year list, fourth if we can count Lin applying the same qualifying playing time rules baseball uses.

Jeff Teague – No assists in 22 minutes. He’s the assist guy. Assists are his main job. Zero assists in a game is like Don Draper skipping ad meetings to make endless copies at the Xerox machine.

Joakim Noah – First career triple-double. I like it more than Skittles.

Drew Gooden – His injury will keep him out until at least after the All-Star Break, but probably a while after that. Mike Dunleavy‘s injury kept him from making more than one shot in nine attempts. Drew’s got the right idea.

Devin Harris – He’s been hotcolding. He went 10/2/8, after playing decently the night before. If he’s anything better than your third-best PG, your team won’t finish anything better than fifth place.

J.J. Barea – 22/4/4, with 5 threes. That line weighs more than J.J. does.

Nikola Pekovic – Basically played on a sprained ankle, basically outplayed Kevin Love, despite basically having no lift (3-for-11 from the floor).

Nikola Vucevic – It’s very difficult to write about two different Nikola’s in two positive ways. It’s a Razzball first and I want you to enjoy it for a moment. Anyway, Vucevic went 18/8/1, with a trio of blocks. Battie and Allen combined for 4/91, with no blocks in eight more minutes. Pekovic is the one to on, but he’s still clunky and will have nights that resemble the combined efforts of “Tovoy Attie’s.”

Stephen Curry – He hurt his foot and left the game. In other news, snow is cold. Also, Sugar Nate and Rush are the adds if Curry annoyingly misses another five games that feels like 20 to his owners.

Kobe Bryant – Shot 3-for-11 after three quarters and had already turned the ball over five times. I mention that because it’s makes me and many others happy.

Lamar Odom – Missed last night’s game due to a family issue. Kloe was hanging curtains and couldn’t reach the high parts.

Chris Andersen – Lawson was out. Nene was out. Gallo was out. RuFer was out. Birdman can’t take playing two games in two nights, so he was out (which makes him a dodo bird, I believe). I’m pretty sure there are no healthy Nuggets left. What I am sure of is, any of the Nuggets remaining – hang on to with dear life.

  1. hello says:
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    is wilson chandler worth holding on to in 10 team leagues? I love his multi cat game but denver will get crowded at the wings when they finally get healthy.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @hello, It depends some on where he lands (he was rumored to be canoodling with the Raptors or perhaps taking the rest of this season off). Assuming he lands in Denver, I like him as a backup guy on a 10-team fantasy league. Even on his old team, remember he hasn’t been in Denver’s system long. He won’t be out of shape, but he will be out of sync. Don’t drop anyone too precious to your team, but if you’ve got a weak link, take a flier on Chandler.

  2. Jeremy says:
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    would you drop boobie gibels for Faried, Kawhi Leonard, Willie Green, or Danny Green for a quick spot start tonight?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jeremy, Sure. Either one of the Spurs would do.

      • Jeremy says:
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        @Adam, in terms of threes would u go Novak (vs the heat) or Danny Green?

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @Jeremy, Novak.

  3. Tbone says:
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    11 team roto with positional maxes.
    My team stands to make up the most points in BLKs (and FT%). Strong in FG%, PTS, REB, and AST.

    I’ve been offered Ibaka for KG and Tyreke, but I’m thinking about countering with:
    Tyreke and Kaman for Ibaka
    OR
    Tyreke and KG for Ibaka and Jack (not thrilled about Jack, but he becomes my best bench G option)
    …which do you prefer if any?

    Current roster:
    PG – Rose
    SG – Harden
    G – Tyreke
    SF – LBJ
    PF – AlJef
    F – KG/Kaman
    C – Monroe
    UTIL – Parker
    UTIL – Ilyasova
    BN – BroPez
    BN – Kaman/KG
    BN – Greivis
    BN – Watson

    • Adam

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      @Tbone, Well, KG/’Reke is too much to give away for Ibaka. I mean, aside from blocks, KG does everything Ibaka does, but better. So you’re giving away Tyreke Evans for one category. Your second counter is better for you. Also, why not just Tyreke for Ibaka?

  4. Moses says:
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    Adam, is this enough to give away Durant?

    Trade 1: I’m giving up Jack/Durant, getting Stuckey, Monroe, and Rudy Gay back.

    Trade 2: Paul george/Monroe/Gay.

    Trade 3: also have an offer of Monroe and Gay for just Durant.

    any of those 3 would you do?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Moses, This season, I’d rather have Jack than either George or Stuckey (George feels like a “next year” kind of guy to me), so Trade 3 is your best bet. I’d hate to trade away Durant, but I feel you’d be getting equal value back for him.

  5. david from wyoming says:
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    Adam, is Spencer Hawes dead? Is he worth an add in any league or should I just keep waiting for more news about what is wrong and when he might be back?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @david from wyoming, No, no, no, no. He’s not dead. No. The Sixers just sent him to a nice farm up in Amish country. He’s happy. He’s free.

      Don’t add him.

      • david from wyoming says:
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        @Adam, Thanks! I picked up Gerald Henderson over Jamal Crawford instead.

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @david from wyoming, Yup. Either one will help you more than Haweful.

  6. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a 14 team h2h keeper league. We keep 5. Anyway I just got offered dwight howard and JJ reddick for my amare and iggy. The thought of having Dwight as a keeper looks awesome. Anyway should I pull the trigger on this deal? Team is below.
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    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 JR Smith
    bn james johnson
    bn Nikola Peckovic
    bn George hill

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Ryan, Do it. Amar’e is done. He hasn’t been the player he used to be for almost 12 months.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Adam, Don’t you think my assists take a hit? Also he offered me Noah and Reddick for Amare. Is that also a good offer.

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @Ryan, Yeah, but no trade is perfect, right? You’re going to take hits in some areas and thrive in others. It just kind of depends where you’re willing to take the hit and where you want to thrive.

          I’m big on selling Amar’e right now, but I’d have to have a better understanding of what you’re trying to improve with your team before saying yay or nay on this one.

  7. Jeff says:
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    Hey Adam,

    I got offered Nene and Gerald Wallace for my Gortat. What do you think?

    • Jeff says:
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      @Jeff, also was offered nene and rubio for gortat. What do you think of nene? Do you think he will stay healthy or do u think the injury affect him for the rest of the season? Thanks!

      • Adam

        Adam says:
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        @Jeff, If you’re cool with that trade just turning into Crash for Gortat, than go for it. I would probably rather have Gortat.

      • Adam

        Adam says:
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        @Jeff, Also, I’d rather have Wallace than Rubio and for the price of Gortat, I wouldn’t want to take a chance on Nene playing hurt for the next nine weeks.

  8. Nick says:
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    I want to pick up Biyombo for the blocks alone but my question is who would you drop for him, if anybody?

    J.R. Smith
    James Johnson
    Mo Williams
    Greivis Vasquez
    Kemba Walker

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Nick, Any of those guys. I mean, you need blocks and BB will get them for you. Are you heavily relying on any of the guys you listed? They all seem like bench/UTIL plug-ins.

  9. Eng says:
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    Morning, Adam. Would you rather speculate on Tristan Thompson or Ekpe Udoh for the second half? Looking for blocks and not to get totally decimated by FT% like TT did last night. Thanks bud.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Eng, I like the prospects for Thompson’s total production more than Udoh’s. But if you’re aiming for JUST blocks and the lesser of two FT% evils, you can’t argue against Udoh.

  10. A Hill O Beans says:
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    Adam,

    G. Henderson or B. Gordon? I’m just looking for overall production, not any particular category.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @A Hill O Beans, Hendo.

  11. Jay says:
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    With Zach randolph available on fa, should I drop Nene for him?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jay, I would. Nene is likely to get a few games in before Randolph returns, so you can better gauge how he is after his 7-8 games injury stint, but my assumption is that someone else would have snapped Randolph up by then. Both have question marks lingering over them. Z-Bo’s question mark is smaller and less ominous.

  12. Lance says:
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    Who do you see having a stronger second half, Gordon Hayward or Alonzo Gee? I must say, Alonzo Gee is one of the coolest names in the league.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Lance, Gee, probably. Not positive about that, though. Gee has less competition to battle for minutes.

  13. Lou says:
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    Just “successfully” traded Tony Parker/McGee/Kemba for Conley/Monroe in 9 cat. He asked for McGee, and i made a silly counter I never thought he’d take. This borderline or veto worthy?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Lou, Nah, it’s not veto-worthy. It’s certainly not veto-worthy by you. Sit on your hands and wait.

  14. Any news on Gallo

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jay Dub, He’s likely to return in Denver’s first or second game after the All-Star Break. So is Nene.

  15. Jeff says:
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    #7

  16. Dimitri says:
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    Adam, i need some major help: 10team h2h league 9 Cat

    Pg: Lowry, Lawson, Isaiah, Stuckey
    Sg: Harden, Marshon
    Sf: Igoudala, Ariza
    Pf: Gasol, STAT
    C: Ibaka, Pekovic, Brook Lopez

    Harden doesn’t fit in my squad, im built to win FG%, FT%, Rebs, Blks, Assists, Steals, and maybe TOs

    So I’m punting 3?s and points (i cant compete in these categories, there are owners shooting over 40 3s and putting up over 650 points so forget it!). Another owner is trading T.Parker. Would you deal harden for parker and rack up those assists? and drop stuckey for a big? or trade harden for another Stud PG like nash (durability?). pls lemme know. sorry for the overly in depth question!

    Your colleague Josh said I should go ahead and do the harden for parker trade since i am punting points and 3′s and just wanted your 2nd opinion. I think Harden is great for 3′s and points, and he provides decent # of reb’s and assists, but parker would help me dominant the assist category. he’ll still rack them up with manu returns right? and i know Parker is a sell high candidate right now :/

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