One team. Two broken noses. Four bloody nostrils. One protective face-mask company that has lost a client.
In case you missed it, in the battle of the oldest teams ever in NBA history (yeah, no stat to back that up, but pretty sure George Gervin played a few minutes in the third… [Ok, ok, the Spurs benched all their old guys, whatever!]), both Nando De Colo and Matt Bonner broke their noses and got all bloody. Bonner with his mask still on! On both (De Colo, Bonner) you got some really good in your face camerawork. I feel like both of those could become UFC moves. The “Russian wrister”! The “Livingston shoulder slam”! De Colo gets mad props for coming back in the game in the second half. Bonner gets mad props too for trying to come back in, but Pop wouldn’t have it. Pop hates props! Plus Bonner’s quote, “By tomorrow, I’ll either have a new mask or a new face” is friggin’ awesome. Kinda have a boner for Bonner. While De Colo is not a standard league option, with Tony Parker an elf on the shelf with a bad back, De Colo got 27 minutes 11/3/2/2/1. Near rainbow! It’s actually a pretty light slate of games looking ahead on Saturday, so De Colo could be a nice streamer for you in deeper leagues if Parker stays on that shelf. But as Slim pointed out to me earlier in the week, they’re against Charlotte – a top-5 PPG NBA D, but his defense and boarding should be fine if you need a lil-a-dat from a PG over the weekend. Here’s what else I saw last night in fantasy hoops:
Cory Joseph - Just like De Colo, a solid streamer Saturday if no Parker. 18/4/3/2/0 last night and looked really good. Need more of the threes action and a tad more scoring in that stream? JoesphNOF!
Joakim Noah - Dude, he just yells all the time. So effing annoying! But it was Draymond Green who yelled on this one! Sick dunk. Mostly just really like that screenshot I got for the thumbnail… Anywho, we don’t care about annoying on-court Pero Antics from Noah when he goes 7/10/11! Career-high dimes for Noah, who ironically has no Ark on his shot…
Danny Green - Has a little more long-term allure than Joseph or De Colo. “Well, duh” you may say! 17/8/3/1/2 with three treys, and while it took injuries for him to get reintegrated into more minutes, it’s not like we haven’t seen production from him before. No Kawhi Leonard or Manu Ginobili for a few more weeks, so he should have some staying power as a Spurs 3 in the short-term.
Shaun Livingston - Four blocks and broke a nose with his shoulder. Pretty aggressive! 8/5/4/0/4. After a 13/6/8/7/0 line his last game out, combine those two and you have Eric Bledsoe numbers! Hah well not really, but we’re having fun here! Still not a huge Livingston guy, but Deron Williams had to briefly leave with a knee-to-knee hit and if he misses a game then it should be even more run/more rock in his hand for S-Liv.
Alan Anderson - “My name is Neo!” 22 points in 30 bench minutes and led the Nets in scoring. 9-15 (2-3 3PTM) 22/1/2/1/0/0. 30+ minutes in the past two games, but the other one was against Philly and he shot 1-8!? Against that terrible D!? Moving on…
Andray Blatche - I literally can’t recall a single steal of his… 10/6/4/3/0 and Slim is starting to take off on me in our wager… We’ll have to make more next year to make up for this travesty…
Andrew Bogut and David Lee - Both sat out this game. But it didn’t matter since it was against the lowly Bulls. Both should be back soon.
Draymond Green - As linked above, nasty dunk in the start. 28 minutes for 9/7/1/0/2. Harrison Barnes got 29 minutes off the bench of yet more uninspiring 11/6/1/2/0. Well, semi-inspiring. We’ll call it non-constipating. At least a little bit came out! Green and Barnes are both good fill-ins at small 4 and big(ish) 4, respectively, so neither really have any value should Lee miss more time.
Jermaine O’Neal - I had a friend text me, “Jermaine O’Neal is still alive?” Barely! 26 minutes of 4/5/2/1/3 ball. Like a mini-Bogut! Even at 36, the blocks are kinda for real if Bogut misses more time. Like Ronny Turiaf, BlockNOF!
Stephen Curry - Psshhhh what a bust this year…
Klay Thompson - 22/1/1/1/0/1 with three treys. ThrAGNOF!
Carlos Boozer - Strained his calf. Or his baby Bull, if you will… Hurt himself jumping in the locker room? Maybe he was on the plyometrics day of P90X.
Taj Gibson - Rainbow line! Hopefully some leagues had some Taj streamed like I did! Now these would obviously be shallow leagues… 26/13/4/2/2 and even in a shallow 10-teamer, I was surprised he was out there. Welcome to the long term “Sam Cassell Phone Home” squad!
Jimmy Butler - 14/9/2/1/0. Played 46:30. If you get a chance to read a little bit about his upbringing, hard not to be a huge JB fan! This JB is a huge JB fan!
D.J. Augustin - One of his worst lines in recent memory. He looked good early too! Tell Noah to stop racking up all the dimebags! Not too worried.
Nick Young - Officially out 2 or more weeks. Still no news if the Lakers will resign Manny Harris after letting him go after two 10-day deals. I say bring in Harris! Instead they re-sign Shawne Williams. Yawwwwwwwwwn.
Omer Asik - Close to returning. Close to not mattering again.
I hope everyone had a solid week, and have a great weekend Razzball Nation!