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Leading up to last night’s game, it was fairly unclear who would make up for Danilo Gallinari‘s minutes, or if not minutes, his production. If Corey Brewer can go 16/5/3 in 7 mpg, God bless him. But he can’t, so the Nuggets are a game of Clue, right now. Everyone is a suspect, anyone could land in the jackpot at any time and it’s damn near impossible for Ty Lawson not to look good in a smoking jacket. Last night, Rudy Fernandez came through with 17/3/1, with a couple threes and a steal. And while my money is on him to pick up the bulk of Gallo’s slack over the next four weeks, I’m unconvinced he’ll be reliable. He disappears in games and is fairly easy for defenses to shut down. Some other ‘perts have expressed renewed hope in Arron Afflalo bustin’ loose with the added responsibility. Frankly, I don’t see it. Harrington, Brewer, Fernandez; these are the guys who’ll see additional time. Afflalo is a defensive guard whose game doesn’t translate to fantasy hoops. He’s not a scorer and he doesn’t have the ball in his hands enough to rack up assists. Brewer, too, is a situational guy who’ll be out a couple games because his father passed away. And Julyan Stone stood on the court for about seven starter’s minutes last night and I’m still not sure why. Really, this comes down to whether RuFer is available in your league. It’s Fernandez in the library with the noose. Grab him if you can. All other guesses are incorrect. Here’s more fantasy basketball for your eyes.

Chris Andersen – (Cakaw!) Got the start and, (Cakaw!) after earning 10/9 on Monday, (Cakaw!) went 2/2, with 2 blocks. Caka–wait, what? Oh. Ugh.

Kenyon Martin – From the Nuggets to an ex-Nugget, Martin made his season/Clippers debut to the tune of 6/4, with 2 blocks and a steal. The tune needs a little more rehearsing.

Randy Foye – 15/1/2, with a steal and three threes (stutterer!). It looks like he’ll be starting so that Mo can go nuts from the bench. Mo knows bench nuts. Foye will have better games and worse games, but the averages will suggest he should be owned in most leagues.

DeAndre Jordan – Didn’t shoot a shot. Didn’t make a free throw. Didn’t earn an assist. Played 25 minutes and only grabbed four rebounds. THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS BACKCOURT DO NOT WANT TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR DEANDRE JORDAN.

Ramon Sessions – Started in place of the concussed Kyrie Irving and ended with 24/2/13. The Cavs play tomorrow and Saturday, and there’s a good chance Irving won’t play either of those games, which means there’s a good chance someone just plucked Sessions out of the free agent pool while you were wasting your time reading this blurb.

Anderson Varejao – No one told Andy that when one goes hard to the mothereffin’ paint, that this is a figure of speech and should not be taken literally. Waka Flaka should never be taken literally. Ryan Hollins and Samardo Samuels mightd see bumps in production if the injury is deemed Ryan Hollins-bad, but not enough for you to roster either of them.

Ryan Anderson – 24/8, with 5 threes in the first half. Then went 3/3, with no 3ptm in the second half. Shucks. Maybe the NEXT game will be the one where he drops 48.

Hedo Turkoglu – Hey, dude! Turkoglu! What’s up with shooting 15-for-79 (.190) over the last 12 games (including .167  last night)? Hateyou, Turkoglu.

Mario Chalmers – Was slowed due to a hand injury. When Clapton is slowhand, we get “Layla.” When Chalmers is slowhand, we get Norris Cole. I’d prefer “Layla,” especially considering Cole only went 9/2/4 in a loss last night. If you’re in a point guard pinch, Cole is grab-able, just so long as you know he’s equally droppable.

Stephen Jackson – 17/4/3, with a peppering of good stuff on top, all wrapped up in a scrumptious 33 minutes. Jax is playing well now. When my wife and I get into a fight, inevitably I apologize and inevitably, she takes the opportunity to pile on all the awful things I’ve ever done for which I need to atone. She knows I’m uninterested in fighting anymore and am likely to just do whatever she says. This lasts anywhere from 1-5 days. Consider this Day 1 of Jackson’s atonement. In your lineup he goes.

Drew Gooden – Two weeks ago I told you to stop what you were doing to grab Gooden. Since then he’s averaged 21.5/7.8/2.5. So, uh … you listened to me, right? Cool. Just checking.

Jerryd Bayless- Left early with ankle soreness. You know what? Just drop him. Don’t even think about it all that much. He’s been off and on your roster so many damn times already, what’s one more spin around the carousel?

DeMar DeRozan – Sank 4 threes on this way to 25 points. Do that for the rest of February and we’ll be square from January.

Jeremy Lin – 23/4/10 for his first career double-double. AND THE  LEGEND CONTINUES! It just goes to show, if your team is struggling, start every last one of your point guards at some point in the season. You never know, one of them might turn out to be Asian-Canadian with a Harvard education. I don’t want to be a huge stick in the mud, but it’s still worth noting that 1) he’s averaging 39 minutes in his last three, which he is unlikely to sustain, 2) Monday’s game was against the respectable Jazz, yes, but the other two were against D.C. and Jersey, and 3) the Knicks are an emaciated team without it’s two best players in the lineup and with it’s scheduled starting PG a week or two away from returning. These are Jeremy Lin’s salad days.

Steve Novak – Thirteen 3ptm in his last two games, as the Knicks have won its last three. Clearly Carmelo Anthony will have to win his job back when he returns from injury.

Bill Walker – 5/6/1, in 21 starter’s minutes. What? You didn’t really think there was enough room for Lin, Novak AND Walker to go H.A.M. while ‘Melo and Amar’e were absent, did you? That’s just too much Cinderella Story for one town, even if that town happens to be New York City.

Tony Parker – Last night, the Spurs did tapas together in Philly. Tony Parker asked everyone if they wanted the last steak skewer. No one did, so he took it. Back at the hotel, they had one free upgraded suite. Parker asked everyone if they wanted the upgrade. No one did, so he took it. Last night, Parker kept asking if anyone else wanted to score some points. No one did, so he ended with 37 points. That’s 100 over the last three games.

Gary Neal – 18/5/6, with 4 3ptm last night.  And you wondered why this non-descript bench player is owned in over 60 percent of leagues. You didn’t wonder? Well, perhaps being a little more inquisitive would do you some good.

Spencer Hawes – Missed last night’s game. MRI came back negatory. Tony Battie didn’t play, Nikola Vucevic played, but you wish he hadn’t (he had more fouls and turnovers than rebounds, assists and points combined). Really, Thad Young will see the biggest bump and Thad Young is almost certainly already owned.

Paul George – 5/3/1, with a pair of steals in 29 minutes one day after I spent 250 words explaining how friggin’ brilliant he is. Awesome George. Thanks. I asked you never to contradict me in public!

Kirk Hinrich – Season-high 17 points, season-high three treys. Skip him. Avoid the season contact high.

Trevor Ariza – Everything goes better on Ariza … except for the bulk of NOLA’s shooting. Dude’s a terrible shot, which is why he goes through ebbs like the one he’s in now. What ebb you say? The “.390-FG%-since-January 18″ ebb. Oh right. You forgot about that.

JJ Barea – 17/3/6 in bail-out minutes for the super-cold Rubio. I wouldn’t put much stock into Barea. Barea hates stock. Gives him gas.

Mike Conley – This begins our stars-who-didn’t-suck-but-nevertheless-let-fantasy-owners-down-last-night section of Razzball. Conley ended with seven assists and four steals, but only two points on 1-for-8 shooting. He did a lot to help your team and a fair amount to hurt it. That’s okay, I guess. But he’s shot sub-.300 in six of his last 10 games. Go ahead and monitor that.

Kevin Martin – 4-for-24 in his last six halves of basketball, including 0-for-8 from behind the arc. No clue what his deal is, but if you want to bench him until he shows up again, I wouldn’t blame you. This streak is more disappointing then getting a new Walkman for Christmas, but no batteries with which to operate it.

Ben Gordon – Returned for the first time since January 20 and ended with 14/5/2, 2 stl and 4 tov. That’s a pretty okay line for a creaky Gordon. It’s a killer line for anyone on the Bobcats and it’s the type of line I’d get tattooed to my lower back if it happened to me.

Dirk Nowitzki – He’s averaging 26/8 on .615 shooting from the floor in his last three. This is a bigger relief than the time my dog came home after I had spent all weekend thinking he was dead. Turns out he just spent three days inseminating all the neighborhood bitches. So, yeah. Anyway, this is happier than that.

  1. Jeremy says:
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    If lowry’s a no go tonight would you advise picking up dragic for the spot start and dropping either Reggie Williams or tayshaun?

    Love gettin the extra minutes on a light games day, hate dropping valuable assets for a spot start.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jeremy, Answered you over on the other post. I’d drop Tayshaun for Dragic. There’s always the chance Prince will still be available in a few days if you want to add him again.

      • Jeremy says:
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        @Adam, Dragic already got snatched up by my opponent who also happens to be my brother! at this point I may have to punt assists, and go more for boards and blocks. Would it be semi-advisable to drop tay for Koufus instead?

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @Jeremy, No. I don’t know all the details of your league, but no. I’d go with any of the Rockets you mentioned over anyone else. Probably Budinger, Parsons, Patterson in that order.

      • Jeremy says:
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        @Adam, or Patrick Patterson, Chase Buding (need 3′s too), chandler parsons, or JO (perhaps this is the best option). at this point really just need the extra minutes tonight esp. if Lowry’s a no go

  2. Zebo says:
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    tiem to panic about brandon jennings yet?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Zebo, Not yet. Might be worth a benching.

  3. Benny says:
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    DJ Augustin is available in my league.. he should be coming back soon, would you pick him up for Bayless? Also, what are your thoughts on Maggette? He’s been cleared to practice and that team can definitely use his scoring. Can he and Reggie Williams both be rosterable at the same time? And who do you think suffers when Gerald Henderson comes back in a few weeks?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Benny, I like the Augustin for Bayless swap. I’d like it even if both were healthy.

      As far as Maggette and Hendo returning, I tend to think Hendo will be the preferred add of the three. Maggette was terrible before getting hurt and just doesn’t figure to take over the scoring load, especially with a new shooter on the roster and Kemba Walker that much more comfortable in the offense. Williams, Henderson and Maggette will all have games in which they look like THE man, but Williams has never been THE man, Maggette might be too old and injured to be THE man and Henderson just doesn’t have the skills to be any more of the man than he was before his injury. I like Hendo, Maggette, Williams in that order.

  4. Tbone says:
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    I’m reaching the end of the line with my patience for Hawes…I also have Iman and CJ Watson (own Rose) who like to mess with my nerves…nice effort last night CJ.

    Drop Hawes for Kaman?…and/or make moves for any of the above: Budinger, Gee, Kenyon, Kleiza, Foye, Meeks, Bonner?

    I just lost Billups and I could use either BLK, FT%, ST, 3PTM.

    Roto:
    PG-Rose, SG-Harden, G-’Reke, SF-LBJ, PF-Big Al, F-KG, C-Monroe, UTIL-Parker, UTIL-???, BN-Watson, BN-Hawes, BN-Shumpert, BN-J.Johnson, BN-B. Lopez.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Tbone, I might ditch both Hawes and Shump for Kaman and Kleiza. The rest I’d rank in order: Foye, Budinger, Gee, Kenyon, Meeks and Bonner.

  5. Ryan says:
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    Should I be worried about grevis’ crappy output last night? If should I drop him for dragic since I have Lowry on my team.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Ryan, Not worried, exactly. I mean, he’s Greivis Vasquez, you know? Not Deron Williams. He’s going to have off nights because, well, he’s not a terribly astonishing NBA player. I’d strongly consider grabbing Dragic. There’s a decent chance Vasquez will still be available by the time you drop Dragic in a few days.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Adam, Cool thanks I’ll make the switch for dragic. Btw should I trade amare and turner for hibbert and tony Parker. This is a keeper league.

  6. Eng says:
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    Foye or Ste Jackson? Thanks bud.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Eng, Jackson. But I don’t have to be happy about it.

  7. Eng says:
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    Also, both have more value than Favors right? Been waiting for Mill/Jeff to go down all year getting bored now…

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Eng, Yeah. Favors just isn’t worth much as a reserve.

  8. Eng says:
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    Wow, fast reply. Thanks for that. Razzball: there is no substitute.

  9. Eng says:
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    I also have Maggette. No sure why but he’s nearly back the big turd.

  10. pref says:
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    Hi Allan,

    What do you think about Duncan for the remainder of the season. Is it time to trade or do you think he can sustain what he has been doing so far?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @pref, Assuming you were talking to me, I’d guess that Duncan will continue seeing lean times and fat times for the next couple months as the Spurs try to a) make the playoffs, then b) try to stay healthy and rested for them.

      • pref says:
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        @Adam, Oh crap, Adam not Allan :D. Sorry about that!
        Would you make a trade (Rondo or Parker) + Pierce against Tyreke Evans + (Duncan or Nene).
        Rondo’s FT% doesn’t bother me since I already have Blake in my team. I tend towards Rondo + Pierce for Evans + Nene.

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @pref, No worries. I’m pretty sure Allan translates to Adam in at least one language and I’m just choosing to be impressed at your fluency in whatever that language may be.

          If you stand to be on the receiving end of the Pierce duo, I’d prefer Rondo to Parker. If you’re trading away Evans, I’d rather include Duncan than Nene (because if I were you, I’d rather keep Nene).

          So, if we’re talking about Rondo/Pierce for Evans/Nene, and you don’t care about FT%, then I’d much rather have the Celtics pair than the other two.

  11. WuMan says:
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    Hi Adam, Love your work.
    With Stephen Jackson back in rotation and Kidd’s near return, do you still recommend Dunleavy or Delonte West? I need a little boost in 3s (tie) and Reb/Stls (slight lead) this week.
    Other options are Daniel Gibson, Kleiza, Delfino, Shumpert.
    Thank you.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @WuMan, Probably West, but generally I don’t think either will be hurt too much. I think Livingston and Beaubois will see the bigger dropoffs from their respective teams.

      • WuMan says:
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        @Adam,
        Once again, thank you for quick reply.
        How about Kleiza or Delfino?

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @WuMan, Ooo, close. Probably Delfino, but neither are consistent.

  12. josh says:
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    with dj augustin coming back soon, do you think he will be productive? missing games and all, i dont know if i should start him for next week (stressful because my league only allows lineup changes weekly :(

    and what are your thoughts on jason kidd, hes been a disappointment. i picked him up by dropping vasquez

    • Adam

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      @josh, I think he will be productive, but not as productive as he was before his injury. I think Kemba has become too comfortable for Augustin to slide right back into the role he had before he got injured. Even that role was hindered by Kemba (when you compare this year’s D.J. stats to last year’s).

      I’d leave him on your bench next week. If he returns with a vengeance, great. Plug him in the following week and rejoice. If he doesn’t return or he returns covered in rust, then it’s a good thing you didn’t waste a spot on him.

      Also, while Kidd HAS been a disappointment – everything is relative. As a 90-year-old, he’s been fairly remarkable. Or as a FA add that cost you only Grievis Vasquez, you could do much worse than Jason Kidd.

  13. ALkoholic says:
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    please tell me that teague will come out of his funk and i really need to see a spark from dalembert soon or ill recycle him,rank the top 3 of these guys please,fields,beasley,fernandez,farmwe,novac,thanks for everything,youve been a great help,

    • Adam

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      @ALkoholic, I have more hope for Teague than Dalembert. I should pay closer attention, but it seems as if Teague’s brief decline is connected with Johnson’s recent surge. And seeing as how I don’t have a ton of faith in Johnson’s continuous flow, I’d wait out Teague.

      1. Beasley, 2. RuFer, 3. Farmar

  14. ALkoholic says:
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    sorry but add crawford and c.j watson to that group,could be to pick the hot hand with those guys though

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @ALkoholic, Aside from maybe Andre Miller, there isn’t a better backup PG in the NBA than Watson, so I’d either put him at no.1 on the list if Rose is to miss much more time or no.3 on the list if rose isn’t.

      And this Crawford you speak of: Jordan or Jamal?

      Jamal Crawford, Watson (if Rose is injured), Beasley, RuFer, Watson (if Rose is healthy), Farmar, Fields, Jordan Crawford, Novak in that order.

  15. ALkoholic says:
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    thanks

  16. ALkoholic says:
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    your good and fast thanks again

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @ALkoholic, Ugh. You sound like all my ex-girlfriends!

      • ALkoholic says:
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        @Adam, yeah after writing that i noticed it sounded kinda funny

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @ALkoholic, Hehe. We all have our moments.

  17. Ryan says:
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    I just got offered this trade in a keeper league. I trade amare and James Johnson for hibbert and tony parker. How does this trade sound?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Ryan, Fairly even. I’d probably prefer Hibbs and Frenchie. Kinda depends on team need.

  18. Charles says:
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    Should I get rid of Pau, Teague, and Jamison for Love and Ginobili? H2H, 9 cat, 12×14 league.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Charles, Let me be very clear about this answer:

      Eff. Yes.

  19. GoHawks! says:
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    Just did a trade a few weeks ago and got Pau Gasol? Should I be worried he’s not really putting up Pau numbers with Bynum taking his boards role? Appreciate it.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @GoHawks!, Nah. He’s scoring two fewer points per game and about half a block less, but everything else is right on point.

  20. GoHawks! says:
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    And just got offered D. Wright for my Jeremy Lin. Deal>>?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @GoHawks!, No deal! Keep Lin.

  21. noz says:
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    drop ariza for rudy, sessions, or kaman?

    current team:
    ariza, collison, ellis, rose, rubio, kidd, k.walker, dudley, nene, brand, pekovic, butler, ginobli

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @noz, Sessions. At least for the next couple games.

  22. Jay says:
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    I’m in a bit of a predicament here. I have Parker, Jennings, Lawson, and Nash as my pg’s. Harden, Bryant, Gay, and Dudley as my sg/sf. Hilario, Gasol, Noah, Gortat, and Monroe as my pf/c. I am dominating most stats so far but turnovers/blocks. Would you trade Parker for Josh Smith? Can you give me any ideas on how to get my shotblocking up? I just want to stay competitive in blocks, not necessarily win every week. (I haven’t won once in h2h so far in blocks!)

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jay, None of your bigs are great shotblockers, why not trade off one or two of them? Trading Parker for Josh Smith would be cool if Smith’s owner would be amendable, but I can’t imagine that he would be. I wouldn’t be.

  23. Shawn says:
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    Hey Adam, Should I give up Blake Griffin for Westbrook( keeper)
    Or should I counter with Blake/Batum for West/Ibaka?
    thx man.

    if not Im going to put out a message saying Im looking to package Griff and Rondo I think.

    Andre Iguodala
    Blake Griffin
    David Lee
    Rajon Rondo
    Nene
    Antawn Jamison
    Mike Conley
    Ramon Sessions
    - some of the players i have

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Shawn, Blake for Russie is fairly even, but it would make more sense for you to go after a scoring forward more than a scoring PG. Someone like a Carmelo, Gay or Granger.

  24. Shawn says:
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    Receive Carmelo Anthony
    Receive James Harden
    Send Blake Griffin,
    Send Nicolas Batum

    Thanks a lot for the tip
    How does that look to you?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Shawn, Yup. That’ll work.

  25. djsatane says:
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    looks like lin is proving doubters wrong big time! he was playing like a superstar vs lakers

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