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It’s been a while since the East has boasted a better division than the West, but even when you spot a lowly East team a big lead on a West team, nothing is safe!  Russell Westbrook just went insane (I would too if the Magic were beating my playoff bound team!) in the OKC comeback charge, turning around a 21-point deficit during the second half on his way to a 57/13/11/3/0 line.  He shot 21-40 from the field with 6 treys, just willing OKC to the W after this dramatic 3 to get it into OT.

Good thing Nikola Vucevic can’t hit his FT!  Westbrook took the missed freebie board, and no Magic was gonna stop him…  Take that, Voldemort!  It’s come to pass as just the norm, but at 31.8/10.6/10.4, it looks like Westbrook is going to easily average the tripdub, something I really didn’t think we’d ever see again.  Hopefully you built your team around his deficiencies fairly well, because man he’s tough to beat if you can slaughter the right cats.  Westy is your besty!  What an unbelievable season,  Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy basketball action:

Terrence Ross If you’re California Dreamin’ and ThrAGNOF Streamin’, hopefully you got some Ross in your line-ups last night!  23/1/2/1/1 with 5 treys.  Too bad it was a few treys too short for Orlando…

Evan Fournier Monster 24/6/5 line with 3 treys.  The Virgin certainly got deflorated with this deflating loss though…

Dwight Howard From the depths of the dwindling stables of true NBA big men, it’s a…  Goromotaro!  22/20/4/0/1 on 8-17 shooting and a very uncharacteristic 6-7 FT and only 1 TO.  Tearing up Philly and all their 3rd and 4th string bigs!  Didn’t need to be Superman, just had to be Man Man.

Kent Bazemore Returned after 11 games off to actually be…  good at basketball?!  19/4/4/2/1 with no TO on 6-10 FG (4-5 3PTM 3-5 FT).  A return trip off the IL against Philly will get ya on the right foot!

Richaun Holmes Not like he played bad, going 25/8/1/1/1 on 11-16 shooting with a trey.  Sherlock just couldn’t stop Dwight Moriarty!

Giannis Antetokounmpo I think he got the memo I’m pimping him for #1 next year!  22/9/3/3/3 with 2 treys in another 1.5 rainbow performance.  Bucks beat the Celtics too!  So much green in this game, it was like St. Patty just vomited everywhere!

Malcolm Brogdon A nice game from of one of the most frustrating PG positions of the 2016-17 season, Broggy Bear went 16/4/9/1/1 with no TO in 29 stellar minutes.  Actually gives him a pretty nice run lately, and he still has a Friday/Sunday left this week if he’s somehow available for championship streaming.

Avery Bradley The rebounding is coming back!  12/10/2/2/0, but still not quite the same breakout we saw before his Achilles injury.  Hopefully he can finish strong and have a nice Playoffs to instill some 17-18 confidence.

Goran Dragic Slim’s 30-point challenge pick had a nice game, but was more the tripdub flirt variety!  20/7/9/2/0 in a nice fat W for the Heat against the nice fat Poppycock.

James Johnson Year of the neck tat!  18/7/4/3/2 with 2 treys as he continues his breakout year.  Seems he could easily fit a similar role next year for the Heat, they just need some consistent wing play and avoid a brutal start…

Kristaps Porzingis Your only Poppycock to show up, going 20/8/2/0/3.  Derrick Rose sat, and 40 minutes of the doofy Ron Baker only yielded a 6/5/3/0/0 line with 3 TO.  Yuck.

Marco Belinelli 21 points and 2 treys in a night he got hot.  ThrAGNOF!  He’s at 20+ points in 3 of 6, and single-digit points in the other 3…

Kemba Walker Shoots only 7-25 and scores a measly 19 points, yet the Hornets somehow stole a W at Toronto.  We the North, more like We Didn’t Show Up!

Cory Joseph Cojo played well for his home country though, going 18/7/5/2/2 in a poutine – I mean rainbow – line.  Mmmmm, now I’m hungry…  Huge start to his week if you used him in the Finals.

Jonas Valanciunas Minutes are still too rough to trust, but he does have back-to-back good games, going 14/15/0/1/3 last night.  Vintage Luminescent Lithuanian!  Raps have games against Indiana and Philly left on the docket this week, and I still think the minutes-risk of him going back down to 20 mins in those games makes him tough to feel confident about.

J.J. Barea Racks up another low-minute dimebag.  8/2/11 in only 19 minutes, while no one else on this team can facilitate.  I’m still a little surprised his run is so low.

DeMarcus Cousins/Unibrow Rides – The Pels bigs were feeling it, going 29/16/6/0/1 and 30/13/2/2/1, and proved to be just a little too much for the Mavs.  Hey Boogie, remember when you cost me a Finals appearance because your kankle was too sore?!  Thanks for saving it for this week, you clown!

Jeff Teague Yeah, I am in basketball frustration mode.  Friggin’ Teague let Mike Conley (36/3/6/4/0) run all sorts of game on him, so he imploded for only 4/1/5 in under 20 minutes.  Yup, there goes my title hopes for my one team left standing.  Shit like this happenin’!

Vince Carter I shoulda just streamed VC, going 21/9/0/1/0 with 4 treys.  As Trump would say on this situation… “Sad!”

Marc Gasol At least went into this game questionable instead of doubtful, but you gotta start getting the stats!  Probably gotta let him go if this is your final week.

Stephen Curry Friggin’ dead holed me!  29/3/11/1/0, but one point short for the clinching 30-point challenge point.  At least he made all his FT (7-7). because nothing it worse than a missed freebie costing you a point.

Kawhi Leonard Nothing egregious to really point to for the Spurs dropping this one – Kawhi was only 7-20, but no one else really stepped up.

John Wall Damn, some fireworks in LA!  Wall went nutso on the Clip for 41/7/8/3/0 and a trey on a red hot 16-23 shooting, but the Wiz just couldn’t get stops in the 133-124 loss.

Marcin Gortat “The Ten Foot Pole was a good soldier for 3/4 of the season, and will be remembered for his weird-shaped bald head and metrics-friendly dubdubs.  But now we must lay him to rest!”  I just eugoogalized him!

J.J. Redick On the Mt. Rushmore of ThrAGNOF!  31/0/1/0/0 with 7 treys.

Blake Griffin Nearly tripdubbed for 26/10/9/2/0.  If you bought him cheap while injured, you’re reaping some big rewards right now!  Like a free Kia!

Gordon Hayward We’re going streaking!  Through the quad!  So Hayward’s quad must feel better, going 20/7/4 last night with 3 treys.  Good to see him back in action to wrap up the championship week.

Rodney Hood Thankfully if you streamed Hood, you still got a brilliant 24 minutes on an 18/1/2/2/0 line with no TO and 5-5 from deep.  Hopefully someone is dancing to that line in a 3PT% league!

Rudy Gobert No blocks?!  NO BLOCKS?!  WHERE’S L’BEEF?!?!?!  16/15/0/0/0 in an oddly empty line…

Ben McLemore Ugh, the Kinds were awful!  Buddy Hield had a -29, but how about 19:51 minutes for poor Georgios Papagiannis with a -33!!  Yikes.  McLemore went 22/4/1/0/0, but I think underscores there just isn’t a single King you want to be playing over your standard fantasy league’s final few nights.

 

Hopefully everyone is looking solid through the first half of their Finals matchups, and looking towards the prize at the end of the rainbow!  Did I get that phrase right?!  Hah!  Shoot me your thoughts on the week so far, and let’s win you some titles!

 

  1. Slim

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    JRich looked AMAZING last night. Jumping passing lanes, hitting 3s, playing dominant shut down 1-on-1 defense. I’ll probably project him better next year than I did this year, esp in the steals department. Looks to me like he’s finally healthy and playing with confidence, he’s RFA this year and is going to get a nice fat contract, and you know, I wouldn’t want to face the Heat in the playoffs right now, they are humming along nicely.

    • Jensen says:
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      @Slim: The Heat have one more year of control actually. He will be a RFA in summer of 2018.

      • Slim

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        @Jensen: ah, I see. I just thought a year after tyjo but Johnson only signed a 2year initially.

    • Lasandro says:
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      @Slim: I’m as much a Heat fan as anyone this season, and guys like the Johnsons have been fantasy gems, but I think that JRich truly is a far better real life player than he is in fantasy. I watched that game and he indeed did play great D, as always. But look at how much he’s been able to “achieve” on the statsheet in those heavy mins he’s played. That, and usage whore Dion has been sidelined, of course. I just think that a guy like Ross would hold more overall value next year than Rich. He’s a Courtney Lee type who does contribute, no qualms there. The BLK/stl/3pt/low TOs combo is awesome, but everything else is so low end, once Dion is back. Curious as to why you’d rank him even higher next year..

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Jensen: @Lasandro: The 5 steals were nice, but yeah, didn’t watch any of the game so didn’t see it at the eye-level.

        Dion def is a concern, he was GREAT for you guys when healthy this year.

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        @jb Gilpin @slim: that’s my main concern. Dion is kinda necessary to that team’s brand of offense as a slasher and facilitator, along with Dragic and the Johnsons. JRich can really only ever be a 3 and D guy, when Dion is back. I’m thinking best case scenario is Danny Green from a couple of seasons ago, with perhaps more scoring and less great %s? If we’re talking reality, LOVE the kid.

        • Slim

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          @Lasandro: Waiters has a player option for next year at 3M. I bet he declines that and odds are doesn’t return to the Heat. I actually think Waiters hurts the team with his inefficient scoring. His role was supposed to Winslows and probably will be next year. Richardson runs some offense, brings the ball up, I think he’s more combo guard than strictly 3-and-D. JRich is a much better defender than TyJo, which should keep him in the starting lineup for the foreseeable future.

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Lasandro: @Slim: Ah yeah there is Winslow. He might be gone, but mannnnn he seemed to fit you so well. We’ll see if other teams offer him good money

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            @Slim @JB Gilpin: I agree with your points, Slim Jones, but I really think that management love Dion, as do the fans and his teammates. I can’t stand his inefficiency either, but he’s great at breaking down players, and is uber aggressive going to the rim. I think JRich and Dion work great as a ying and yang combo on the wings. Hell, even if he somehow moves on from MIA, Winslow’s return, along with TyJo’s development, and Dragic and J Johnson’s ball dominance, will hinder JRich from any increased development. Particularly in fantasy! Maybe increased, low volume, efficiency..?

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Lasandro: I kinda think they keep Dion around as well, but we’ll see if anyone will give him any $$

  2. Jensen says:
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    Giannis #1 really isn’t that much of a reach. If he improved his shooting even the smallest amount say 15% shooting on 3’s and FT to get to 30% and 80% respectively, that would be huge. He’s arguably the only guy in the top group with real room for improvement. I love it.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jensen: I think he’ll be like 4 or 5 on most boards next year. Behind Curry, Durant, Westbrook, Harden. Those typical 4 horsemen. Might make Giannis a value!

  3. BILL BLAST says:
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    JB!!! Great write up, as always!

    Any thoughts on Nwaba for the Thursday/Saturday stream in a DEEP league ?

    Would be dumping Shawn Long (Long gone) you were right…

    Not concerned with points. – Steals would be nice.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @BILL BLAST: Thanks man, appreciate ya stopping by! I’ve been monitoring him, but ya no shout out for him yet, crazy he’s 12 for his last 14! Luke warm, but he is playing mid-20 minutes for the deeper leagues

  4. Jeremy says:
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    no love for marvin? ;[ 18 12 4 treys

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jeremy: Hah yeah he was OK, but he’s been kinda at that level most of the past few weeks. high rebounds, made some 3s. I didn’t think it was the most interesting…

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        @JB Gilpin:

        haha true, not the funnest guy to own, but he’s been huge in h2h leagues in the last few weeks, at least for me, a big reason why I made it to 2 finals out of 4 leagues.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Jeremy: Oh for sure, playing like MArvin of last yr and must own. Nice roster filler, but I figure he’s probably owned and kinda playing at that status quo for a while now, so I skim over those guys sometimes 🙂

  5. Not Your Average Joe says:
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    Yo JB! Probably my last question of the year so I’ll make it accordingly difficult! Yay.

    So I have a surplus of players going Friday and Sunday and I’m thinking I should use my last two adds on players who play Saturday. Tonight is the last add/drop opportunity of the championship. The two choices would seemingly be to drop E.Gordon and Holmes (Lin plays Saturday and I need W.Chandler at SF on Sunday) because as you’ll see below I think I’d probably bench them tomorrow anyway. Although it’s still early in the week, I am up 7-2 and it roughly breaks down as:

    Losing FG: .483 to .495
    Losing FT: .750 to .786
    Winning 3PT: 27-11
    Winning PTS: 339-241
    Winning REB: 106-92
    Winning AST: 55-50
    Winning ST: 18-12
    WInning BLK: 17-11
    Winning TO: 22-29

    1. Based on the FA options (and my lack of FAAB dollars), I’m thinking I should drop E.Gordon for Rondo or T.Ross, in that order, and drop Holmes for Len. T.Ross would help me with percentages and steals in the event I don’t get Rondo, but Rondo is the obvious boost in ASTs. My only hesitation at Rondo over Ross is that Rondo has worse percentages and he can put up duds for points. Len would shore up boards. Thoughts? Which two of those three would you target, given that tonight is my last add/drop chance?

    2. This dovetails on #1. Everyone currently on my roster but Lin plays tomorrow, and I’m thinking about the add/drops above because of my current squad I’d bench W.Chandler, E.Gordon, and Holmes tomorrow. Agree?

    Team in a 9-cat h2h: Walker, Conley, Lin, Beal, E.Gordon, W.Chandler, A.Gordon, Porzingis, Holmes, Jokic, Gobert,

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Not Your Average Joe: No don’t say last! Come visit during the offseason! 1 – Yeah with ya, Rondo fits AST and REB. 3s look like a win. So Ross is a little less valuable to me. %s might be rough but hopefully low enough volume. And yeah would Len over Ross, bc 3s look won. 2. I dunno, holmes is still really interesting to me. Agree on bencing the other 2. I might consider Holmes over A Gordon if that can fit your starting lineup spots. May not if A Gordon has to play SF

      • Not Your Average Joe says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Yeah, unfortunately Holmes is only PF/C eligible so I absolutely need Gordon on Saturday at SF. Holmes seems like the drop because I wouldn’t play him over Goose (at PF), Gobert (at C), Jokic (Util), or Conley (Util), all of whom I need to slot on Sunday.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Not Your Average Joe: Yup that makes sense, totally with ya for Holmes as the drop then!

  6. Bye Felica says:
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    I think it’s comical that James Harden thinks he has. shot at the MVP if he plays 82 games. Russ had MVP locked up back in January. (at least imo)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Bye Felica: Hahaha yeah Harden just needs to rest the limp wrist!

    • Lasandro says:
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      @Bye Felica @jb Gilpin: dang, “comical”?? I can guarantee that a ton of voters will factor in team wins when splitting hairs between the two. If dude does play all 82, they’ll have a better chance of winning. Just saying that neither of them are clearly ahead of the other.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Bye Felica: @Lasandro: Has Westbrook missed any games? I didn’t think he had…

  7. Nukna says:
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    Razzup, JB?!
    With Zubac injured, who`s the better pickup for the Sat/Sun combo, Black or Nance Jr?
    Thanks and regards from Belgrade!

    • Slim

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      @Nukna: So I needed steals and points and my choices were between Nance, Black, and Valentine. I ruled Black out cause I probably lose boards and I have blocks and FG% wrapped up, I ruled out Valentine because I will lose 3s. So I went Nance for the most steals upside, but if boards and blocks were my biggest need I would have gone Black. If 3s were my need I would have gone Valentine.

      • Nukna says:
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        Thanks, Slim!
        I`ll wait for this evening`s games to get a slightly better idea of my team`s needs.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Slim: @Nukna: Yeah I think I’m with Slim, Nance is prob the best all around option. Zubac out, Ingram still banged up, 3s would make sense for Valentine tho

  8. Shahed says:
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    Yo JB, I know you and Slim like to compare players for next year for no good reason, so I thought I’d throw one out there for you. Next year CJ McCollum Vs Klay Thompson Vs Bradley Beal. Who you taking, and when?

    • Slim

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      @Shahed: I’m still struggling to trust Beals health as much as the other 2. I’ll drop him down a bit even though the stats from this year are about the same. I mean really the stats from each are about the same… So #1, I’ll take the guy with the best playoff schedule, which we wont know till later, so we then must assume they are equal. Do I believe CJ will maintain his FG%? eh, probably less so than I believe Klay will. I’ll take Klay a smidge higher. Since there aren’t enough steals non of these guys can be a 2nd rounder, hell 3rd round is debatable but if I’m a low points team in the 1st 2 rounds I might consider one in the 3rd. So I’ll go Klay/CJ late 3rd and right next to each other, Beal in the 4th, buuuuuut I’ll take Gordon Hayward ahead of them all for the extra boards and FT% volume, still though in the 3rd. And playoff schedule can shuffle them up.

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        @Slim: Interesting, I wonder what JB thinks.

        And how about Otto Porter Vs Ariza Vs Crowder? Do you think Porter has a similar season next year? He’s not finishing great. You had him at 100 this year, and Crowder at 40, but Crowder has lost the steals.

        And how about Myles Turner Vs Porzingis Vs Embiid?

        • Slim

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          @Shahed: ok so just next year… I’ll go Goose, Turner, Embiid. Porzingis wants to be the alpha and he might get the shot to be next year. He could be a 1st rounder, or at the turn for us. Turner is more a late 2nd rounder to pair with a high scorer, high FG% guy. Embiid is tough. With Westbrook/Harden and punting TOs he might be a 2nd rounder but its a reach. If you want the risk then 3rd round is probably reasonable. I highly doubt I do that though. I don’t want that risk that early.

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Shahed: @Slim: Hah it’s just a fun way to move along perspectives and talking points on the Pod 🙂 I don’t fully trust Beal either, but I do a lot more than before! I think I’ll do CJ, Beal, Klay for next yr. I think CJ still has room for further growth in %s and D stats. Least minutes of the trio.

            With Slim on the big men.

            I will probably stick with that order of wings, Ariza is finishing strong enough and Crowder without the steals is mad annoying. Crowder 2nd over Ariza in Roto tho

  9. drez1 says:
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    Hey guys, last few days of the season, and I might swap out a few of my guys for higher upside youngin’s on the wire. 16 team, h2h dynasty (standard cats). Thinking about dropping Thad Young for Taurine Prince, Larry Nance, or Josh Richardson (who I dropped a few weeks back). Somehow they’re still on the wire. See anyone you’d rather have next season? Thanks for everything this season!!

    • Slim

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      @drez1: Wow. Anyway to get more than 1? I’ll go Prince then Richardson then Nance but I definitely want JRich too in a 16er dynasty.

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        @Slim:

        That team is already stacked, which sucks when there’s quality players on the wire, lol. (trading wont reopen until next season, so no 2/1’s to make room, either.)

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Slim: @Drez1: Always fun to get some fun stashes! I dunno if Prince is the “for sure” starter next year, so I’ll go upside. Jrich > Prince > Nance for me.

  10. Stevie says:
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    Need a center for the next 2 days, who would you go with, Tarik Black or Bobby Portis? Limited options obviously but I’m just looking for a flier…. thanks!

    • Slim

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      @Stevie: Sure I’ll go Black.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Stevie: @Slim: Yeah Black is looking to play a lot more minutes on a shittier team, so might get some upside there.

  11. Game of Zones says:
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    h2h league is Pau Gasol worth 9th round keeper for next year?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Game of Zones: Yeah I think so. Probably ranked maybe 70s-ish next yr

  12. Game of Zones says:
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    where would you rank Milsap next year? 30ish?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Game of Zones: Yeah that sounds about right. Maybe 25ish, he still was really good. His owners will be left with a sour taste with him missing a lot of the semis/finals tho…

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