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Man, that title seems all sorts of wrong… But what is right is Nikola Vucevic returned to action last night For a solid 16/10 dub-dub in only 20 minutes.  Efficiency!  Shot 6-12, 4-4 from the stripe and added a few steals.  Very encouraging return for a guy people were dismissing since he had no timetable from the concussion.  Concussions can really jack ya up, but hopefully you stayed true on your course to the playoffs and have a dynamic top-20ish big man.  Of course the Magic now have lost value in other places, with Big Baby going 5/4/4 in 32 minutes, Arron Afflalo looking like the scrub I’ve said he was all year (still think his 20+ PPG is one of the most preposterous stats this year) and Tobias Harris temporarily moving to the bench.  Although T Dawg isn’t Walking Dead (going 9/11/3/1/1 in 37 minutes), he shot like a stiff going 2-8.  Afflalo is still a sell as soon as you can, Davis a drop, and hope you bought low on Vuc while there was a window open.    Here’s what else I saw last night in fantasy hoops:

PPD - That’s weird to see next to a basketball game!  Atlanta virtually shut down during the winter storm.  People stuck in their cars for 19 hours or more?!  Nutso.  Freddie Freeman had to hit up Chipper Jones to pick him up off the interstate in his 4-wheeler.   No Hawks/Pistons last night so hopefully you read that yesterday and adjusted accordingly.

Kyle O’Quinn - Almost got as many blocks (4) as Big Baby points (5) in 18 less minutes!  I’m going to stream O’Quinn on St. Patty’s just to say I did it…

RainbTOladipo – Well, only 3 TOs this time, but a paltry 12/2/3/1/0 in 39 minutes while shooting 3-14.  That earth-shattering Greivis Vasquez defense!  Haha.

Greivis Vasquez – Speaking of Vasquez, started with DeMar DeRozan out again and in 38 minutes only 6/1/6.

Jonas Valanciunas - Another solid game with lackluster ancillary stats… What are you doing to me LL!  14/15/0/0/1 and only 5 combined Ast/Stl/Blk in the past 6 games.  This is like a Tristan Thompson stretch!  Slim just threw up in his mouth a little bit.

Kyle Lowry - Grab the Imodium because Lowry blew it up!  33/7/11 with 6 threes.  Just playing insane right now.

Amir Johnson - Sure broke out of his slump!  Tied Lowry for the most shots on the team last night at 20 for 22/11/3/2/0.  I’m not ready to fully buy back in especially with DeRozan probably back by Friday to sap up all those shots.

Terrence Ross - Well the huge points never came back, but 12/8/4/0/2 is pretty nasty.  You will take it.  And like it!  And I’ll hold a game or two past DeRozan getting back to see what happens.

Serge Ibaka - If only he could play against the terrible Heat interior defense every game!  Well, Ibaka is starting to become a shooter too, but yea… 22/8/1/1/1 shooting 10-20.

Kendrick Perkins - Only played 4:36 giving way to Perry Jones, who played a ridic 30:26.  Only 3/2/2 for Jones, but if minutes keep coming his way, he could be a cheap James Johnson.  Well, cheap 2 weeks ago James Johnson…

James Johnson – While we’re on JJ, only 4/2/1/1/0 in only 15 minutes.  The way of the JB foresight!  Glad I didn’t write this on my phone, or else that woulda auto-corrected to foreskin…

Mike Conley - Having a solid season and about the only Grizzlies constant… One of his best lines of the year for 27/3/10/2/0 shooting an uber-efficient 8-13 from the field with 2-4 treys and 9-9 stripes.  IT2 needs to work on that D!

Rudy Gay - Returned to action making Derrick Williams irrelevant once again… 34 minutes for Gay, so pretty confident he’s good-ta-go!

Goran Dragic - Took a hard fall but sucked it up and stayed in the game for a 30/4/6 line.  What a year.

Alex Len - Grabbed 10 rebounds.  Jeff Hornacek was asked what inspiration he gave Len to hit the glass hard last night and Hornacek said he told Len, “just pretend the ball is Nick Young‘s head!”

Gerald Green - Another good game.  “A good shooter when he’s on!”  23/2/3/2/0 shooting 7-13 including 4-6 from downtown.  Be sure he’s scooped up in your shallower leagues.

Larry Sanders - Came off the bench.  Played 33 minutes to John Henson‘s 22.  Now, Henson did get into foul trouble, but who knows with this mess.  Sanders for 14/9 with two swats does inspire a bit of confidence that there’s still upside there.

Brandon Knight - My boyfriend!  11-11 at the stripe for 24/2/8/2/0 last night.  That’ll do, Buck, that’ll do.  Luke Ridnour back to 9 minutes.  As that situation should be…

Khris Middleton - Seems to always produce when given minutes.  28+ the past five games, double-digit scoring in all of them capped off by 17/4/2 last night with two treys.  12 team worthy again until Larry Drew shakes his magic 8 ball again to set his line-up.  “Will I lose my job in the next month?” Shhhhhhhake!  “Without a doubt!”

Anthony Davis - A surprise inactive after dislocating his finger the other day.  Have you seen how lanky his fingers are?!  He looks like friggin Nosferatu…

Greg Stiemsma - Got a start and played 33 minutes for a 3/12/1/2/1 near-rainbow flirt.  I see you batting your eyes at him in your deep leagues!

Al-Farouq Aminu - Still not a big fan.  18/12/1/1/1 in a huge game, but bleh.

Jerryd Bayless - Well I said this would be a must-stream if no Rondo, and I think I get a push.  10/4/1/3/0 with two treys, but only shot 4-13.  Not bad given he’s owned in like 2 leagues other than the Bayless family league.  Did get 30 minutes and pile up some stats for ya.  But not huge like the last two must-stream calls.

Jared Sullinger - Games like these are why I keep tellin’ ya to hold on!  Hope you still had him in your lineups for this 24/17/2/1/0 game.  Did take a ridiculous 25 shots though.  Last time he took that many shots, he was stumbling all over the place and really though he was J Sully from Avatar

Jeremy Lin - Playing like the Linsanity days!  18/7/7 in 37 minutes with two treys.  No James Harden, no problem!

Donatas Motiejunas - Double-double off the bench.  He’s raw, but also got a minutes boost due to some foul troubles.

Dirk Nowitzki - Spreken ze Dirk?!  38/17/3.  Went all dominatrix on the red Rockets.

Devin Harris - 14/1/3 and continues to have marginal fantasy value.  Deep leaguers are loving that pickup.

Ramon Sessions - Did what I told ya!  Helping out the FT% for 8-10 last night in a 16/4/7/2/0 line.  Bueno.

Al Jefferson - If you bought him low, you are reaping the rewards!  35/11/2/0/2.  Big Al gets a big A plus.  Like the Scarlet Letter.

Nate Robinson - Hurt his knee.  Rumor is they may have to amputate, making him 7 inches tall.  Short jokes!  Jogged to the locker room under his own power, so doesn’t sound too serious.

Randy Foye - “A good shooter when he’s on!”  33 pts, but a surprising 7 dimes.  Had to facilitate with no Ty Lawson, so I’m not clamoring to pick up Foye.

Evan Fournier - The Virgin on the other hand, a little more interested in.  No, it’s not to pop the cherry, but the 19/5/6/3/0 line with three treys is muy interesante.  Wait, wrong language!

Timofey Mozgov - 15/14 in a nice dub-dub.  Playing pretty decent lately, but not interested in enrolling in Healthcare.Mozgov.

Joakim Noah - Monster line.  10/10/8/0/4.  Not quite a rainbow, not quite a Goromotaro, but Noah is giving you an ark of good stats.

D.J. Augustin - This one wasn’t pretty, but still 15/5 with two threes.  Not the worst floor in the world.

Boris Diaw - Came off the bench in favor of… Othyus Jeffers?  Did Tiago Splitter change his name or something like Jeff Pendergraph to Jeff Ayres?!   Literally never heard of that guy, and he played 15 minutes of nothing-ball.  I could be in the Hall of Fame of nothing-ball!  Diaw only 4/3/2 in 29 minutes.  Still like him over Othyus!  Haha.

Manu Ginobili - Will be out the next 3-4 weeks with a strain at the tapas of his hamstring.  Since Popp is going to start guys like Othyus and Nando De Colo, nothing really helps fantasy right now…

Darren Collison - Still playing decent, marginally upticking his game the past two with 16/1/9 last night.  Shot 5-9 and 6-6 from the stripe, no steals, but not too shabby.

 

Next Game: I’ve got TNT Overtime again tonight!  And it’s the game of the century… Cavs at Knicks!  Ummm, who the hell scheduled this one?!  Be sure to set your line-ups and think about some streams tonight in a light slate of games and stay warm out there!

  1. Johan Barleycorn says:
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    Traded my D12 for Marc Gasol. Not sure if Gasol will ever play up to his preseason expectations, but at least my FT% won’t be so depressing. Besides I had rebounds to spare. Thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Johan Barleycorn: I like it! Sure boogie has the upside but he’s got the bum ankle to worry about now too

      • Johan Barleycorn says:
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        I’m taking about Dwight Howard.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Johan Barleycorn: ohhhh shizzzz, I read DC sorry about that. Defffffffffffff like Gasol over Howard

          • Johan Barleycorn says:
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            Thanks for writing back JB. You’re money as always.

  2. Draco21 says:
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    So about Ant Dave. Frickin might get him straight up for Dirkkk!!!!!! #HopefullyOwnerIsDadadum

    10 team, 9 cat H2H, Playoff – Week 21-23

    PG – Curry (SG), Bledsoe (SG), Conley, IT2
    SG – Kawhi (SF), T.Ross (SF)

    SF – T.Jones (PF)
, M.Barnes (streamer)
    PF – Nowitzki (C), Millsap (C), Kieff Morris (C)
    
C – Valanciunas, Henson (PF), Splitter

    I have a Dirk for Batum + Hawes trade. Iffy cause Hawes might get traded.

    What say you?

    Currently want to improve lead. I’m No. 1 in my league.

    • Draco21 says:
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      Also, what do you think of Kieff Morris for Amir Johnson?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Draco21: Nice on #1. Def would rather Brow, but Batum and Hawes is nice too. Ehhh, don’t think I’d buy Amir, too inconsistent, and this last big game had a lot to do with no DeRozan

  3. Connor says:
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    Blatche or Sullinger ROS?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Connor: I’d take Sully

  4. Moes says:
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    Hey guys
    Just wondering , thinking
    Would you guys trade Nikola Vucevic for M.gasol? Thinking big v gets me more boards but overall .. Pretty close right? Who do you think is the better keeper long term guy or even value wise who could I get more in the future( lol I’m only asking you to tell me the future..no biggie :p)
    Later!! Another good read

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Moes: It’s pretty close but I would go for Gasol. The difference being more blocks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Moes: Haha any time! I’d take Gasol for this year, Vuc in future years. I think Vucevic can keep developing and Gasol having this knee injury and getting semi-old, I like Vuc for the upside.

  5. Jeremy says:
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    Loving the recaps. Looking to Friday who do you like better as a plug and play SF DeMarre Carroll (@PHI), Middleton (@ORL), or maybe James Anderson (vs ATL)? Looks like Khris is starting for now and producing, but I’ve always been impressed with how many minutes Carroll gets in ATL, seems like he’s staring to hit his stride as well.

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Jeremy: I’ll take Carroll @Phi. They play no defense.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jeremy: Thanks man! Agree with slim, if any doubt, play your guys vs. Philly, by far worst NBA D

  6. Jake Van Zuiden says:
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    What’s up JB? I just made the trade Irving and Redick and got Henson and Harden. Do you like this? Also there’s a lot of interesting names on our waiver wire. Kobe, Bledsoe, Holiday, Ilyasova, JR, and Felton. Would you add any of these guys and drop either Ross or Jackson? I’m in 2nd place so if one of these injured guys will help me in the playoffs, I’ll take it. Let me know what you think. Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jake Van Zuiden: Not much man! Dudddddde, killer trade! Love it, Harden by far best in deal. Def passing on Kobe, stashing Holiday and Felton are close, but I think for right now I’d hold. Maybe if you’re in a really easy matchup vs. a bottom feeder you can grab Holiday and assess how Ross does through the weekend

      • Jake VZ says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Do you think we’ll eventually get to see a Henson/Sanders? I think Henson would be killer

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Jake VZ: In stretches yes, but not sure if they will ever start together too much. I mean, like I said above, Larry Drew shakes his magic 8 ball for lineups who knows what could happen!

  7. E says:
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    Trade P. Gasol & B. Jennings for Monta & Nikola?
    9cat H2H W-L

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @E: Yeah I’d do that one, nice buying Nikola low and Gasol selling high

  8. Papajeansegura says:
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    Ugh I let Jimmy Butler slip through my grasp for Augustin and James Johnson was looking like a better version of Larry Sanders with his numbers, but damn…Re-pick up Sanders or go with Sullinger, JJ Hickson, Frye, idk. I might just punt rebounds even though my team is 6-7 in that cat somehow with only 2 centers right now. There was a lot of movement in my league last night.

    • The Tristan Thompson Conundrum says:
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      @Papajeansegura: Sorry that’s my baseball commenter name I am replying to myself here. I’m trying to build my rapport on this site haha

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Papajeansegura: Haha your rapport shall meet no bounds! Dude, I think you’re solid holding DJ. Def losing James Johnson though, I think Sanders for the upside is worth the pickup.

  9. The Tristan Thompson Conundrum says:
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    Well idk where my 1st comment went…but I’m just wondering who to pick up for James Johnson, who’s looking like a drop, I could get Sully, Taj, Frye, or Sanders cause I need a Center baddddd. I need 2 centers badddd. I might even need 3 I’m only gonna have 1 after the Lebron trade goes through on saturday.

    • Slim

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      @The Tristan Thompson Conundrum: Your 1st comment is pending… Only JB can push it through. I’m still going with Sanders. I just can’t quit him. Then I’d say Frye if you need 3s, Taj for some nice upside, Sully… not really a fan. He has too many off nights for me, doesn’t block shots.

      • The Tristan Thompson Conundrum says:
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        @Slim: yea im gonna go with Frye and Sanders. if you combine their skills together they are one hell of a center. If I could add the rebounding skills of Reggie Evans they would an MVP Megazord center.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Tristan Thompson Conundrum: Three centers combine to form….CAPTAIN CENTER! Sorry yeah new comments have to be allowed, protects from Spam

  10. guidedbyvoices says:
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    jb….I need help w/every cat(except REBs),but especially ASTs and 3s.

    I was offered Marshall/Turner for Lee.

    I have Lee,Randolph,Vucevic,Hickson,Valanciunas,Sullinger and J. Smith and J Green.

    yahoo 12tm league standard scoring h2h

    I know Lee is definitely the best player here,but….

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @guidedbyvoices: Seems to fit your needs and yea, you have boarding a plenty. Marshall might stick as starting PG with no Kobe in a rebuild year. I think it fits ya good

  11. matt says:
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    Good lookin on sessions. It helped a lot

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @matt: Thanks man!

  12. miles proudfoot says:
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    What’s happening? I liked the comment above about how we’re only asking you to predict the future, that’s it. Haha. I’m not sure even the illustrious Miss Cleo can answer this one, ROS…Sanders, TJones, or JV in ranked order?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @miles proudfoot: Miss Cleo here – I’m gunna draw 4 cards for ya… First card is Tjones, second card is JV, third card is Sanders and your fourth card is…. [cuts off, you must pay $2.99 more to keep going]

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @JB Gilpin: haha thanks a lot.

  13. Don Majkowski says:
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    Let me start out by 1st saying, I rarely veto, and hate the veto. But as the commisioner of my 14 team league, do I owe it the league to veto this, or would you leave it alone….the “Rule” is that it reguires a majority voteto veto, but as most guys dont vote (its at 3-1 now in favor of a veto, would require 8 votes for an automated veto) should I step in?

    Team A gets: Blake Griffin & Oladipo

    Team 2 gets: Pau, Giannis & Brian Roberts

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Don Majkowski: Nah trade looks fine, I personally would want Blake side and don’t think it’s too close, but it doesn’t scream collusion or anything. I would say only 3 teams have a problem with it so it needs to go through

  14. yokev_o says:
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    Should I drop Kobe and stash steve blake? I’ve held on for so long but it might be time to cut him loose.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @yokev_o: Yeah Kobe was the open yesterday, I think he’s cuttable and would rather Blake or a hot FA option

      • yokev_o says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks JB! one more though I picked up diaw for the short term but someone just dropped Mayo should I drop diaw or markieff to scoop mayo off waivers or hold both? I wanna know your thoughts about him picking it back up during the 2nd half of the season.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @yokev_o: Nah hold both, I am avoiding Mayo in all leagues. I think he gets cut after this year, no reason to play him

  15. AJ says:
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    What side of this trade you like best Matthews/Rondo or Kyrie/Trey? Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @AJ: Pretty close, I’ll take Kyrie side for upside

      • AJ says:
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        @JB Gilpin: sweet thanks what about Kyrie/Gortat for rondo/Matthews? Better deal or you like trey more?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @AJ: Ummm, I think it depends on needs/standing there. Trey has the upside, but Gortat more consistent and if you could use big-depth, I would go there.

  16. Ryan says:
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    Offered a trade my lowry for his J.green and redick what do you think 9cat hth…thanks love reading the articles

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan: Thanks man! As much as I think Lowry is still a sell-high due to health, he’s just producing too much right now. Not huge on Green or Redick, I would hold on that one. Thanks for stopping by!

  17. Sio says:
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    Which side do you like better? Dwill+rjax or ellis+sessions?

    Also would you drop AFA for the virgin in a 9 cat h2h 12 teamer with nate’s acl news?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sio: Deron side. More upside and Sessions is about to be droppable. Hmmm, I think I actually would if didn’t need Aminu’s boards

  18. Aj says:
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    Would you drop Korver for Sullinger or plumlee or hold ? Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Aj: Depends on needs but probably holding

  19. Don Majkowski says:
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    Veto or not?

    As the commish, I hate to veto, but this one stinks to me…

    14 team H2H(Not a keeper)

    Team A Gets: Deron Williams & Tyson Chandler

    Team B gets: Trey Burke, Terrence Ross & Avery Bradley (Ross & Bradley are on & off the waiver wire every week)

    Your thoughts? iu like to get an opinion from outside the league to make these decisions…Thanks!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Don Majkowski: Doesn’t look great but I don’t think vetoable. However, I never veto, managers should be able to manage their teams how they want. If those two guys know each other you can always ask one what they were thinking

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