It’s the semis baby, only 2 weeks left for standard h2h!  Under a month of the NBA regular season left!  On today’s show, Slim and I catch up on the pickups from the Kings, Suns, and Lakers that can make a difference in your title-run, then play another edition of Can We Make Slim Look Stupid.  Slim definitely wasn’t stupid today!  We then preview tonight’s games and make our 30-point challenge picks.

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REL Basketball1The semis are here!  Only 2 weeks left in the REL and 4 teams left standing for the coveted gold jersey.  If I don’t get a title this time out, I’m going to give the winner a white jersey that I just made gold, if you know what I mean!

With some big deadline deals to improve their depth, High as Greg Kite is looking high and mighty as I thankfully miss that juggernaut for at least one more week, as they tackle Scurry to the Left.  But I have to deal with the friggin’ Clippers team, argh!  So I’m not too happy with the scheduling, but I guess I was going to have it rough one way or the other.  Good luck to everyone alive in the REL, and all you readers out there primed for a dynasty title!  Here’s how the quarterfinals wrapped up in week 20 in the REL, plus a preview of this week’s semi-finals in week 21:

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Welcome to the semis!  If you’ve survived this long in your standard H2H formats, then you’re merely 2 wins away from a title.  Hard to believe after the marathon!  Just think of how many more games the NCAA title hopefuls have to win to get a National Title!

With a mere two weeks left, there’s only 14 more days of streaming on the docket, making every add/drop count.  So now’s the time (if you haven’t yet, whaaaaaaaaaaa?!) to check out The Stocktonator!  Check out or new short-shorts robotics to help with your streaming decisions for each and every day this upcoming week.

And well, I have one RCL team that WON’T need The Stocktonator, due to The Omen getting absolutely possessed last week!  Damian Lillard is now my least favorite player, after going 49/1/5/0/1 with 9 treys last night on 14-21 shooting.  He scored 141 points last week, hitting 19 treys, and shot 55% from the field while doing so.  Cost me the playoffs with narrow wins in FG% and points for my opp in a 4-5 loss.  I’m done with you, Omen!  Doesn’t help he shot 36-36 from the FT line either.  What a preposterous week.  Not to mention that after their bad loss to the Pels last Tuesday, he held a players-only meeting which led to a huge win at San Antonio Wednesday, followed by two big wins against the East besting Hotlanta and HotMiami over the weekend.  Why is Atlanta hot, but Miami isn’t?!  Whoever named it Hotlanta hasn’t been to many other cities!  Portland is the hot city right now though!  Here’s what else went down over the hot weekend in fantasy basketball action:

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Rusell Westbrook continued his dominating ways against the Raptors, and the Thunder steamrolled them tonight.  123-102 was the final score, and the Thunder outscored the Raps by 17 in the third quarter. OKC has moved into 6th place in the west, and there’s a decent possibility that they could lock up home court, since they’re only 3.5 games back of the 4th seeded Jazz squad.  At any rate, let’s get back to Westy.  He finished with 24/10/16/1/0, and oh yeah, he only had 2 TOs.  Plus, he hit 4-8 from deep! Did I mention that he did it in only 28 minutes?  Oklahoma City had 7 players in double digits, and they seem primed for a solid playoff push.

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Super-charged, lightning round edition of the Podcast!  So much to cover, so little time!  On today’s show, we run through tons of fantasy-impacting news like must-own Suns, guys getting shut down, and vets working their way back in.  It’s been a roller coaster these past few days!  We then run through the RCL leaders through the completion, a quick edition of Can We Make Slim Look Stupid, make our 30-point challenge picks, and even have time to check in with our Razzball Fantasy Movie League.  Told you it’s a lightning round!

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For anyone who is in their early 30s (or older), this song would be familiar.  Sadly, I’m giving away my age.  Slim is totally not gonna be drafting me if I was a professional NBA player.

In any case, it’s the 1st week of the playoffs and where it’s either you make it to the next round, or it’s sayonara until next season.  Going into the weekend, it could be do or die… as is the case for most of my teams in Razzball leagues where I hobbled into the playoff spot without Kevin Durant.  So if you’re finding yourself in the similar situation of trying to get through via the band aid solution, these ideas below might help.

Let’s take it by day and some potential pick ups:

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Ugh, rebuilding teams are starting to rebuild earlier, which is good for the waiver wire hounds, but sucks for our stars!  I wish teams would avoid the backlash of the shame they get by just shutting guys down like 2/3 of the way through the season.  Suns even did that more-or-less with Tyson Chandler!

Last night we got word Eric Bledsoe wouldn’t be starting, then after the game we got confirmation the Pee-nix Suns are shutting him down for the rest of the season with “knee soreness”.  Here’s Bledsoe’s response.

Hah!  Well fantasy owners’ emojis would be a lot angrier than that!  A few commenters have posted about a Bledsoe shutdown, but I certainly didn’t think it would be this soon…  Redraft leagues you obviously have to cut him; in keepers – at anything beyond about a 3rd round value – you’re holding on.  Which brings us to one of the of big nights from emerging must-adds from Wednesday’s action – Ulis S. Great!  Big night in the start for Tyler Ulis, going 13/1/13/2/1 in 39 minutes in the youthfest against the Kings.  Yeah, he’s pretty much must-own now.  Above Cory Joseph, Malcolm Brogdon, all those iffy PG that are hanging around as your last roster spot or two in 10/12ers.  So be Great, and add Ulis!  Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy basketball action:

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Razznation!  We are now in the playoffs! I would just like to begin by saying that it is an absolutely gorgeous day today in sunny Florida.  70 degrees, with clear skies, and a lovely breeze.  I’ve heard that some of you Eskimos in the North aren’t fairing so well.  Ah well, enough with the bragging.  Once again, there is very little to comment on, in terms of pickups.  A few names come to mind, but at this point, the percentages have moved to right around where they should be.

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It was the night of the triple-double. Perennial MVP candidates, Russell Westbrook and LeBron James, each notched a triple-double to lead their teams to victory.

Westbrook added 25 points, 19 assists, and 12 rebounds for his third straight triple-double, all of which are Thunder victories. It was Westbrook’s 33rd triple-double of the season, who remains just 8 shy of tying Oscar Robertson’s NBA record of 41 in a season.

For LeBron, he needed just 28 minutes to post 16/11/12 against the Pistons, a team he seems to dominate since his unforgettable 48-point performance in the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals. He wouldn’t be denied and knocked over anything in his path, including teammate Kyrie Irving:

The Cavs were in a bit of a slump, losing 4 of 5, heading into their matchup with the Pistons. With the Cavs just 2.5 games up on the Celtics, hopefully James will finish the year on a tear. It was James’ 10th triple-double of the season and third in the last four games.

Now onto the rest of the nightly notables:

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It’s the most.  Wonderful.  Time.  Of the year!  Yeah, some legit winter wonderland going on up north, sheesh you guys must be excited to be snowed in and watch nothing but basketball the next few nights!

With the playoffs abreast, it’s time to start thinking about those payouts and get paid that money!

Hah, I can’t stop laughing at that silly GIF!  Effin hilarious.  And by money, I mean some Amazon gift cards and another YouTube shaming video, but you can’t really put a price on the latter!

With the regular season now in the books, the 2016-17 RCL Master Standings Table table is now locked in place as we play out the postseason.  Despite a hell of a final push from The Doc is In – going 22-5 over the final 3 weeks – Big Baby’s Lovechild secured the #1 spot through the regular season by a mere half point.  What a close race!  But it’s of course anyone’s game, as the top teams still need to secure their league championship to win the overall title.  So check out where your squads stacked up in the master standings, and here’s some highlights across our 23 RCL Leagues:

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