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On Saturday night, I was in a German shop which sold a variety of imports, from marzipan to steins to cuckoo clocks. As I was eyeballing the clocks on the wall, the shop keeper came up to me to chat. As my companion asked about maintenance of the clocks, he noted that like anything made in Germany, if you take good care of it, it will last a thousand years. Except the Third Reich, but I presume that was implied. That leaves us with Dirk Nowitzski. The 34 year old returned to the Court last night after recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery. If you took good care of Dirk, maybe he would last a thousand years. And the Mavs will probably take that approach, at least for a while. Dirk played 20 minutes, earning 8 points (including a three), 6 rebounds and a steal during that time. As he plays more time, Dirk’s knee is going to take a pounding. He won’t last a thousand years in the NBA, but as far as this season is concerned, once he plays a few games to shake the rust off, he will be good to go for the rest of the season.

Dahntay Jones – NBA player Dahntay Lavall Jones of Trenton, New Jersey, is married to Valeisha Butterfield, the daughter of a congressman and former fiance of rap artist “The Game.” If I didn’t read that from a respectable source, I would presume someone made that up based upon a CW Network failed sitcom. Anyway, DJ didn’t have many hits last night, going for 7 points, 3 boards, and an assist.

Daniel Green – After going 3 of 17 from behind the arc over the past 3 games, Danny finally found his mojo and hit 7 of 8, finishing with a team high 25 big ones, 4 rebounds, a steal and a block.

Manu Ginobili – A lackluster 6 points and 4 rebounds combined with an impressive 9 assists and 4 steals added up to an action packed 21 minutes for Manu. Jrue Story.

Gerald Wallace – He had a solid night with 14 points, 9 rebs, 6 assists, 2 steals and a three pointer. He’s sort of been sputtering in December, so it’s nice to see a performance where everything seemed to be clicking for him.

Joe Johnson – With 22 points (8-17 FG, 3-5 3P), 7 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal, he had a productive night and came one shy of tying his season high for boards.

Amar’e Stoudemire – Earlier this month, it seemed that Stat would not be back before the end of the year. That’s how I read the reports, and I am a medical doctor (strictly in sexual role play situations). Then everyone kept saying that Stat WOULD in fact be back in time for Christmas, so, well, that was good news. Now coach Woodson said Stoudemire would not debut until 2013. Super.

Jason Kidd – He missed his 3 three point attempts and finished with 0 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals. That’s like a heavy rebounding Steve Novak (4/1/0/0 on 0-2 from behind the arc).

J.R. Smith – He hit 2 of 6 from downtown, but more importantly 7 of 15 overall, tallying 19 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals. If you are waiting for him to slow down, you may need a magazine to pass the time.

Nikola Pekovic – A Double Double for Peks thanks to a season high 17 rebounds and 21 points (7-16 shooting). He also threw in 2 assists.

Alexey Shved – Thanks to 4 of 9 from behind the arc, Shved had a high scoring game to combine with 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and, yech, 5 turnovers. With Love out, the Timberwolves started with three guards, and that worked out well for Shved.

Ricky Rubio – Still working his way back? Not sure, but he only had 5 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists and 5 turnovers.

Randy Foye – Including 2 threes, Foye finished for 10 points, 3 boards, an assist and 2 steals.

Gordon Hayward – Hayward ya score a lot? “Sure, here’s 17 points!” Hayward ya grab some rebounds? “NO!” Hayward threw in 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 block.

Nikola Vucevic – The other Nikola had a mere 16 rebounds and 16 points. We know which Nikola is Yugoslavia Serbia & Montenegro Montenegro’s favorite son. Vucevic did fine, of course, also contributing 1 assist and a block.

Gustavo Ayon – With Glen Davis out for a month or more, there is an opening for some minutes. Ayon stepped in and sort of stepped up with 9 points, 12 boards, and 3 assists. He’s worth an add if he’s available.

Blake Griffin – You can’t really ask for a better night from Blake: 8-12, including a three, for 23 points. A perfect six for six from the free throw line. 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 4
steals, only 1 turnover, and a block.

Matt Barnes – Hit 3 threes which gave him a respectable 15 points. He also had 8 rebounds and 2 assists. This has nothing to do with Matt Barnes, but here’s something for you folks to chew on: “Most oldsters are fascinated by the future, while the young love to look back to earlier days, especially their own.” — Malcolm Forbes (1919 – 1990)

Chris Paul – He hasn’t really played like a top 3 player this season, but last night, he gifted owners 17 points (2-4 from downtown), 13 assists, 5 steals and a rebound.

Sebastian Telfair – He finished with 8 points and 4 turnovers. No rebounds, no assists, no steals, no blocks.

Goran Dragic – He’s been ice cold recently, leading certain politicians to use that to prove global warming is a hoax created by abortionists. Dragic finished with 7 points on 2 of 8 shooting, missing both attempts from beyond the arc, and only throwing in 1 rebound, 1 assist and 1 steal. If there are itchy Dragic owners out there, and it seems like there are, now would be a chance to try and lure him away.

DeMarcus Cousins – Missed his first game of an indefinite suspension by his team. Kill me. No one player looks to benefit from this, either. Whee.

Isaiah Thomas – Only saw 21 minutes but earned 11 points, 1 rebound, 5 assists and a steal during that time. Aaron Brooks saw 27 minutes and did about the same (8 points, 1 rebound, 6 assists, and a steal). Thomas is 4 years younger. Maybe give him more time?

Portland Trail Blazers – With Nicolas Batum (17/3/8/1/1), LaMarcus Aldridge (22/11/1/3/2), J.J. Hickson (14/11), and Damian Lillard (15/2/7/1/1), it’s hard to believe this team is only at .500.

Today is Christmas Eve, and there are no games tonight, so our staff may only check in sporadically over the next couple of days. If you have a burning question, leave a comment and then pray to the newly born baby Jesus, and then take bets on which of us answers you first.

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  1. BringDaRuckus says:
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    I’m starting to wonder if Rubio is ever going to eclipse the 20 min mark. That being said he killed me this week, and I’m still hoping that he gets it together sooner rather than later.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @BringDaRuckus: It will probably take him some time to work his way back into the team and the whatevers of the stuff and things.

  2. tomhimself says:
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    Another trade
    12 Team h2h 9 category

    My Team

    Goran Dragic (Pho – PG)
    Russell Westbrook(OKC – PG)
    Alexy Shved (Minn- PG, SG)
    Marcus Thornton(Sac – SG)
    Kawhi Leonard (SA – SG,SF)INJ
    Josh Smith (Atl – SF,PF)
    Chandler Parsons (Hou – SF,PF)
    David West (Ind- PF)
    Al Horford (Atl – PF,C)
    Ed Davis(Tor – PF,C)
    Amir johnson (Tor – PF,C)
    Dwight Howardl(Lal – C)
    Tiago Splitter (Sas- C)

    I trade David West and Chandler Parsons for Varejo and Ray Allen. THoughts?

    This is his team, any other trade suggestions?

    Steve Nash
    Jameer Nelson
    Tony Parker
    Jason Richardson
    Ray Allen
    Luke Ridnour
    Jordan Crawford
    Luol Deng
    Tayshaun Prince
    Tim Duncan
    LeBron James
    Anderson Varejao
    Spencer Hawes

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @tomhimself: I’d be okay with the trade except you are leaving yourself light at SF.

    • Tony says:
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      @tomhimself: i’d much rather have parsons/west, you’re buying into the varejo hype, which he’s great when he’s on the court….. he’s leaning towards injury prone. And ray allen? he’s almost 40. I wouldn’t want him.

      West is having a nice yr in INDY and HOU is scoring 100+ a game and letting parsons fire at will, when he can pry the ball from the Beard.

  3. Steve Stevenson says:
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    H2H, drop Gee (my only reserve F) for any of the following: Humphries, Nicholson, Odom or Marcus Morris? Pts system gives a big bonus for double doubles, so Hump might be the best stash if he ever gets his game back, but Morris for 4 games this week is a good option. Or i could just stick with Gee’s steady, uninspiring produuction.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Hump has abdominal pain right now, which could maybe explain his decline. I’d probably stick with Gee or try my hand with MM, but there is no real winner over Gee.

  4. Jeff says:
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    Would would you rather have ROS? Wesley Matthews or Kawhi Leonard?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Jeff: Probably Wes, he has a good team around him.

  5. ETMcgee says:
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    as for as the Trailblazers go, it is actually surprising that the team is at .500. The starters are solid, but have you taken a look at their reserves? When luke babbitt might be the best player on the bench, your team has got some depth issues.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @ETMcgee: Yeah, they do have a bench problem, although that wasn’t their problem last night.

  6. Fantastic J says:
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    I’m ecstatic about Dirks return to my fantasy teams lineup. However, Tyreke Evans has given me major headaches this entire year. His injuries single-handedly lost me my matchup, and he is a huge risk right now. So I ask the writers and readers, do I drop Tyreke Evans?

    • Jeff says:
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      @Fantastic J: I’m having the same problem as you but I’m gonna stick it out with Evans at least one more time. There’s really no better options in on the wire and even if Evans takes another week to heal he will probably still out produce anyone on the wire ROS that I pick up today.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Fantastic J: Who would you drop him for? No point in dropping him just because he is frustrating right now.

      • Jeff says:
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        @ChrisV: Would you drop him for Kawhi Leonard?

        • ChrisV

          ChrisV says:
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          @Jeff: In a 10 team H2H, yeah

  7. shogun says:
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    why is Manu only coming off the bench averaging 20 min?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @shogun: He’s 35 and the Spurs are trying to preserve his body.

  8. timmy riggins says:
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    Hi, 14 team, 11-cat, H2H w/daily lineup changes. Would you drop Kevin Seraphin for Gustavo Ayon? Thanks

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @timmy riggins: Yeah, Ayon will see starters min and Seraphin’s recent FT% is devastating.

  9. DanPhilip says:
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    16 Team head to head points league…

    Who do you issue a waiver claim on… Amir Johnson or Kevin Seraphin?

    Thanks!

    • Tony says:
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      @DanPhilip: id snag up Amir if its for this year, if its a keeper maybe seraphin, amir’s getting mins with bargs out. Raps suck, and ed davis/amir flip flop nights on who’s getting stats, it gets old…

  10. Eric says:
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    big baby just dropped in my league, worth picking up and slashing?

    • ninja says:
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      @Eric:

      He’s injured man. I’m sure better PF/C’s are/will be available on your waiver

      • eric says:
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        @ninja: @ninja:

        Ha. Do you play in an 4 team league or something?

        Reggie Evans, Emaka, Maxiell, and Blatche are not legit.

        • ninja says:
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          @eric:

          How big is your league? 12 people? If those are the only people left then I guess big baby is a valuable stash..

          I have 3 teams – (8, 10, and 12 ppl all H2H) In my other 12 person league I have larry sanders, ed davis, amir johnson and tiago splitter available, so I’m sure there has to be some value.

    • Tony says:
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      @Eric: i’d stash him he could be back in 4 weeks.

  11. Arc Angel says:
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    Merry Christmas!

    Start Kenneth Faried @LAC, LAL, @DAL, @MEM or Chandler Parsons @CHI, @MIN, @SA, OKC this week?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Arc Angel: Sorry for the delay. Go with Faried, it looks like Parsons banged his knee up.

  12. Craig says:
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    My bigs are killing me lately, I have Cousins, Mullens, and McGee. Drop Mullens or McGee for Drummond or Ayon? or maybe some other big man? Also, should I look to sell Cousins or hold? Thanks.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Craig: You can’t sell Cousins right now, his value is too low. Drop McGee for Ayon while Ayon is starting.

  13. jc says:
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    Pick 4 to start: Leonard, dragic, chandler, turner, vuvecic, sanders. Im in a roto league. Whats your thoghts on dragic. jack has been outperforming him lately. Is dragic better than jack?

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