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:

Hold up there, Speedy Gonzalez!  Before you keep reading, be sure and fill out your Razzball March Madness Bracket!  Brackets are due by noon and we’re giving out a $50 Amazon Card, create yours this morning if you haven’t yet!

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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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No, it’s not the title of some campy 1970’s Sci-Fi movie – Zubac really IS the savior of the world!

I don’t need to keep tooting my own horn – if I was a dog I would – but Ivica Zubac continues to impress, and I’m happy to have the big fellah leading the charge in my RCL playoff efforts!  Getting his second consecutive start, the Zubes tore up the Nuggets for a career-high 25 points on a 25/11/1/0/1 line.  Now, now, I know Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets in general have putrid interior defense, but I don’t care!

Post move O face!  Look at how smooth he is!  Well, despite the fact Jokic has no interest in playing defense, I concede that haha…  Zubac is going to promote World Peace (not the Metta kind though!), figure out how everyone is going to get water, and we’ll be building statues of him by the 2050s.  He shot 12-15 from the field, but weirdly only 1-4 FT as that is a little bit of an issue lately, despite profiling as more of an 80% FT shooter…  So don’t let that bugga-ya-boo, I think that’ll improve.  Just let our future defeater of invading aliens and our inventor of light-speed travel take you to the promised land.  Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy basketball action:

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We’re back with an audio-fixed, standard Podcast, as JB and Slim return to their virtual studios out in the wilderness!  On today’s show, we catch up on LaMarcus Aldridge‘s injury, where we’ll rank Bradley Beal and Jusuf Nurkic next year, and other thoughts on the first round of the H2H playoffs.  We then wrap the show with our 30-point challenge picks while previewing tonight’s games.  Plus, be sure to play along with us in the Razzball March Madness Pool, and play for a free $50 Amazon gift card prize!

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The tournament is back, let’s get some-a-dat mad-ness!

It’s the best time of year to hope to get lucky when randomly picking names (like Santa!), and join the 5th annual Razzball Basketball Bracket Pool, which through the power of hyperlinks, can be joined by clicking it right there.  Damn, after finishing 2nd outta 27 in 2015, I got only 13th outta 37 last year.  I’m ready to win it this year, dammit!  My alma mater, UNCW, going all the way!  But goddamn, why we gotta play an ACC team outta the gate again?!  Stupid Virginia…  At least we got a higher seed!

The prize this year is going to be pretty epic!  Yup, if you get a perfect bracket in our pool, I’ll pay you $1 fiftillion dollars!  Hah, I keed of course; while Razzball is da shiznit, I’m not exactly Warren Buffet out here!  We’re going to award the winner a $50 Amazon Gift Card, just for besting us schmohawks in the Razzball Pool.  The pool is private this year since I don’t want any internet trawlers (trawlers?  trollers?), so the password to join is “razzball”.  I know right, tough to crack that code!  I employed a Navajo Windtalker just to make it!  So join in the Madness, make a bracket, vie for the free price, and cheer for those Cinderellas!

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