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Hmmmm, ok, who did you pick in you office “who scores 40 points tonight” pool?  I bet the Vegas odds were… a million to one on Nick Young.  “So you’re saying there’s a chance!”  Too bad Nick Young sucks in fantasy.  You actually have to go back 15 games to find him putting up a 5 in any counting stat other than treys.  The ThrAGNOF fairy strikes again!  Dude went a preposterous 15-26 (6-13 3PTM 4-5 FT) 40/4/1/2/0 and only had one turnover last night.  The Blazers should be ashamed.  I’m pretty sure this game never actually happened, and it was some sort of elaborate April Fool’s joke.  Swaggy P shockingly led the Lakers in minutes off the bench, and with his shoot first, ask questions later attitude, Mike D’Anotni’s rape stache kept curling upwards in facial hair glee.  By the end of the game (and yes, another Lakers loss), D’Anotni’s mustache looked like Rollie Fingers.  Here’s what else I saw last night in fantasy basketball action:

Kendall Marshall - Kid can’t catch a break!  Had a nice game going – shooting 2-4 (2-3 3PTM 2-2 FT) 8/6/5/1/0 with only one TO, but stuck at 19 minutes!  Why you ask?!  The ghost of Steve Nash!  And he would’ve gotten away with it too if it weren’t for you meddling kids.  Nash racks up a dimebag, which hopefully can alleviate some of these nerve problems.  If you’re in a H2H final, really neither are ownable unless in super deep leagues, even with Nash already ruled out for tonight.

Ryan Kelly - Slim’s latin lover for 9/9/2/0/2 with a trey in a very solid 20 minutes.  Get a room!

Chris Kaman - Well he better have done something, since Jordan Hill got an unannounced DNP!  I swear, D’Anonti is just jerking it around just to read fantasy basketballers’ rants.  He’s basically trolling fantasy basketball with these lineup decisions.  29 minutes for Kaman for a very useful 12/6/2/1/3 line.  Probably was a popular stream choice last night, I think I recommended him a couple times, and you’ll take it.

Pau Gasol - Got 28 minutes in his return.  Almost rainbowed it too!  9/4/7/1/2 and played alongside Kaman for what I thought would be the Lakers front court all year.  Instead I got bent over and D’Antoni gave it to me right in my back court.

Jodie Meeks - Ughughughughughughugh.  Yet another reason to hate on Swaggy P – hurting the Meeks.

Damian Lillard - Man, must be fun to be a good NBA PG and play against a terrible D’Antoni system, and terrible defenders in Marshall and the ghost of Steve Nash.  34/2/8/3/0.  Was in a mini-lull to close out last week, comes out strong this week.

LaMarcus Aldridge - Oh man, it’s like it’s 2013 again!  31/15/6/1/2 in his best line for a couple months.  Championship special dewivewry!

Draymond Green - Yeah boi!  9/7/6/2/1 for a guy I’ve talked a lot about.  Harrison Barnes got 13 minutes off the bench while Draymond for 42 starting minutes.  What happened to Harrison Barnes man!?  Seems like he could’ve be really good…  Roy Williams southern gentlemen-ed him to death…

Jermaine O’Neal - 20/8 with a block.  Shot 9-12 and now three straight usable games with Andrew Bogut and David Lee hurt.  Both should be out again, so old man O’Neal a possible stream tonight!  Well, if your line-up isn’t already full that is…

Samuel Dalembert - A slap in the face 7 minutes as the starting C.  I haven’t seen any injury updates, so I think it’s just Dallas going small.  Either that or old man O’Neal was just plain too much!  Not a guy I’d love to trust, obviously.

Dirk Nowitzki - Sprechen sie Schnitzel!?  Humungo line from Dirk last night of 13-21 (6-8 3PTM 1-3 FT) 33/11/3/2/1 without a single TO.  But those two FTs could’ve meant the game.  He’s a drop in all leagues because of that.

Omer Asik - Well, I would say he’s a solid Goromotaro threat with no Dwight Howard, but can’t be air balling free throws!  Huge 23 boards for a 12/23/0/1/2 line.  Shot 2-6 from the stripe including this fundamental gem.  If you got the boards you’re happy, but man, he does not look good out there.  A rich man’s Reggie Evans.

Terrence Jones - Has the flu.  Donatas Motiejunas started and caught the foul trouble bug.  Pretty much like the movie Outbreak for Rockets PFs.

Jeremy Lin - Meh.  16/4/2/1/0 with a couple of treys, but hey!  Much better than his first start with no Patrick Beverley!

Joe Johnson - Strokin’ the Js!  That sounds kinda wrong… 13-21 (4-8 3PTM 2-2 FT) for 32/4/3/1/0.  Fantasy-wise, his numbers really don’t look that much better than Nick Young’s.  Gus Ayonin’!

Shaun Livingston - Continues to be a multi-cat gem.  A diamond in the rough!  17/6/2/2/1 last night shooting 6-12, 5-6 FT and only 1 TO.  Literally rocking it in every cat cept the treys.

Andray Blatche - I recommended him as a stream to a comment yesterday, and feels good to get one right!  13/4/2/0/2 won’t blow your socks off, but this could be proven wrong with the 4 TOs.  If you lose by less than two or three TOs, my b!  Blame Asik’s awkward defense.  Kinda like the kid who doesn’t know how to play basketball always getting in the way.

 

Next Game: A very, very busy night across the NBA and I’ve got CLE @ ORL then MEM @ MIN highlights.  Will be bouncing between both, but focusing on Kyrie Irving is he is able to return then how Gorgui Dieng looks back in an assumed starting role.   Be sure to set those lineups and win Razzball Nation some hoops titles!

  1. Slim

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    Good job RKelly and Lillard. Keeping me up 8-1 (losing TOs by 2). That was one of the better Lillard lines all year. 3 steals from him is pretty rare, only his 5th time all year.

    Gotta bench someone today. It’s between…

    Marcus Morris vsLAC
    Gooden vsBos
    RKelly @Sac

    Everyone else looks like a good bet for 30ish minutes. What you think?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Slim: Nice! Ummm probably benching Gooden, Nene could be back and take some minutes, plus vs. Boston is pretty slow paced, low-upside kinda game

      • Slim

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        @JB Gilpin: I’m still thinking Morris but I really don’t know. I think I’ll randomly decide at the last second. Yeah, that’s the best strategy I’ve got.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Slim: Coin flip. Dart throw!

  2. Lasandro says:
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    Similar predicament to above (I’ve decided to bench Markieff for Asik as I need the big brds): who between sessions vs MIA or Rubio vs MEM. Pts and assists are the name of the game. I feel like Memphis’ D my stifle Rubio and I like Ramon’s potential to smash out some fts.. But what are your thoughts? Wanting something close to 15/8/3 with fts

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Lasandro: With the FTs, yeah I’m going Sessions. Agree on a tough matchup vs. MEM and Sessions will almost certainly get more Pts

    • Slim

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      @Lasandro: I agree. Sessions is the play. Think we would have said that on draft day? Rubio is going to be pretty far down in my rankings next year.

  3. mike says:
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    Championship week and I faced swaggy and have Meeks on my team!
    I’m wondering if I should pick up Dalembert for his Thursday game and drop either Demarre Carroll or meeks who will both probably be sitting on my bench Friday and only play the final Sunday game..

    What do you think?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @mike: Ughhhhhhh that blows man haha. After only 7 minutes, I dunno about Dalembert, but if Meeks or Carroll aren’t playing for ya, no problem dropping, probably Meeks sadly

    • Slim

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      @mike: Meeks before Carroll for sure. But If your not getting their games at this point then anyone can go.

  4. TR says:
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    Swaggy’s 40 helped to give me a slight lead it my championship match up! Up 227.5-199 and hoping to build on that

    Baseball question though!
    Would you trade Jose Fernandez, Wheeler, and Machado for Teheran (Grey made me do it), Shelby Miller, and Trumbo?

    Jose is dominant so that makes me reluctant but I feel like Teheran & Miller are safer bets than Wheeler. And I have Reyes and Machado but only one DL spot so this would fix that up

    • Bi-Felicia says:
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      @TR: no way jose

      • Bi-Felicia says:
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        @Bi-Felicia: id dump reyes, He can’t contribute across the board anymore. He’s speed dependant & isn’t even worth it imo. I dropped him for brad miller in another league

        • JB Gilpin

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          @TR: Well first off, disagreeing with @Bi-Felicia: to drop Reyes. But I don’t like the trade either, Jo-Fer is way ahead of the other guys. I like Teheran too, agree Wheeler is above he and Miller, but I’d demand more if moving Jo_Fer

    • Slim

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      @TR: i’m with JB on this one for sure but as soon as Reyes sets foot on the field I would be selling him for his draft day price to anyone that’ll take him.

    • Bi-Felicia says:
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      @TR: Take Brad Miller. You won’t get steals but you’ll get 20+ hr from SS. Hell…he might hit 25or more. Write it down :-)

  5. Jeremy says:
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    Thanks again for all the advice especially during this crucial championship round.

    Which two would you play tonight out of Kevin Martin, Lance Stephenson, Nikola Vucevic, Pau, Kaman, or Asik?

    I was thinking maybe Kevin and Pau. I like Pau’s upside in contributing with assists (which I need), and Kevin for points and threes but that memphis defense might be something I want to avoid. Asik gave me such a lead in rebounds last night that I feel like tonight I should focus more on categories like points, threes, and assists. Maybe Pau and Lance against a poor detroit d

    • Jeremy says:
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      @Jeremy: I guess pau is questionable so that’s also something to monitor

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jeremy: Yeah if you’re good in boards, I’m leaving Asik out. Since you need those cats, yeah I’m playing Martin and Pau, if no Pau then Stephenson

    • Slim

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      @Jeremy: I’m with JB… but I don’t get this whole Pau and Kaman together thing. It feels redundant and the spacing inside seems to favor an opposing shotblocker. I think if I were a coach I would be almost insistent on my PF or C being able to shoot 3s, if nothing else but to let one of them have some room to move without a help shotblocker being in their face so quickly.

      • Jeremy says:
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        @Slim: Yeah I agree with Kaman and Pau it seems redundant because their games are so similar, but I don’t think one of your pf/c has to shoot the 3 necessarily, just be able to operate more on the perimeter. Bulls with Noah and Boozer would be an example of this, however I also think the bulls would hopefully operate a little more smoothly if they did have a 3 ball shooter like Mirotic in there so maybe you’re right

  6. Bi-Felicia says:
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    I picked swaggy P…. lucky streamer

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Bi-Felicia: Haha nice

  7. Bi-Felicia says:
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    Steve Nash is a pos. I watched a interview where he was asked if he’d retire & he responded with “I’ll play 3 games a year until im 50 yrs old if they’ll pay me 15 million per” I need the money! Quote LOL

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Bi-Felicia: Yeah I saw Mike & Mike ridicule that he said he’s only trying to play so he can get the money.

  8. Frank White says:
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    Wutup JB… I’m in the Championship match thanks to you guys and I appreciate all your help Brotha, Couldn’t have done it without you and the rest of the Razzball Fam!!! I basically got a full deck tonight, lineup wise, and I’m wonderin which 2 guys would you start out of 4 knowing that I’m pretty close in steals, 3′s, points, blocks, boards, well basically everything. Lol.. Foye, which has been paying well. Sorry, anyway – Foye, Livingston, Collison and Felton??

    • Slim

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      @Frank White: Looks like Crawford is out tonight so Collison would be my 1st choice. Since all 3 options are good option im going to remove Felton… because he’s Felton… I want to say Livingston but with 3s being a target category and Collison not really a high volume3-point shooter then I’m going Foye. Yeah… Collison and Foye. I think. Ummm… Yes! I think… dang it. YES! … *mumble mumble*

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Frank White: I def like Collison, I’m going Livingston as my 2nd. Since all cats are close and Livingston delivers everywhere, I like him a ton. Good luck tonight!

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