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Andre Iguodala was a late scratch from last night’s throw-down with the Spurs. And because of that, it quickly turned into a throw-down from the Spurs. Word ’round the campfire is he’s got the left knee patellar tendonitis. I put “the” in front of the diagnosis to alert the reader that I am not a doctor and only have a elementary level of understanding of such injuries. Kind of the way your mom calls your favorite rapper “the Jay-Z” or your grandmother calls your best friend “that Asian boy.” Put the or that in front of something that doesn’t need it and you’re tipping your hand that you don’t get it. There was no official word on Iggy’s Jumper’s Knee as of the publication of this post, but I’d count on a couple games off minimum as the Sixers aren’t likely to rush him back this close to the playoffs. Jodie Meeks is the Man in Philly while Iguodala nurses himself back to health. (He’s doing it all by himself, doctors be damned!) Wait. I didn’t finish my thought, Jodie Meeks is the Man Who Only Had 11 Points And 5 Rebounds while Iguodala Nurses Himself Back To Health. There. Much more accurate. Deep leaguers should grab him, everyone else should uncomfortably leer at him threateningly. Here’s more fantasy basketball news at which you may also leer uncomfortably.

Antawn Jamison – Left in the first quarter with a leg contusion, then came back. Which turned out to be a bummer. 2/1/0, and a steal. He missed all but one of his seven shot attempts.

Tristan Thompson – 18.3/9.3 in three games entering yesterday’s shanking from the Suns. He went 8/7/5 yesterday, which sounds okay until I pull back the curtain and show you that the 5 were all personal fouls. Kazaam!

Grant Hill – Season-high 22 points. Also, Shannon Brown had 16 points in 24 minutes. Mistaking these performances for fantasy rough diamonds instead of opportunities born from playing a busted Cavs squad would be like assuming the quart of tequila you poured into your stomach will get you more attractive women instead of just making them appear more attractive.

Wilson Chandler – 12.3/5.8/3 in four games as a Nugg. Kinda what I expected.

Arron Afflalo – Missed yesterday’s game because of the wayward haymakers to Hayward he weighed on Friday.

Luke Ridnour – Tied his season-high 25 points. He’s also had 8+ assists in six of his last nine games.

Michael Beasley – Of the eight T’Wolves who saw more than 15 minutes of action last night, only one player failed to drain a three-pointer. Care to guess who? HINT: Beasley can’t look you in the eye.

Nene – Out because his back was spazzing out. I totally get it. We were all very excited about Mad Men‘s season 5 premiere. I spazzed out, too.

Kevin Seraphin – 15/11, 2 stl and a block, while Trevor Booker shot 1-for-7. The most surprising thing about this blurb is that it suggests the Wizards have not yet forfeited the remainder of their games. I had not expected that.

Avery Bradley – 23/3/1 in place of Ray Allen. I don’t even love owning Ray Allen, I especially don’t love owning Ray Allen’s replacement.

Kirk Hinrich – On a night where Zaza Pachulia grabbed 20 rebounds, Gordon Hayward played more than 57 minutes and four players fouled out of a quadruple-overtime game, Kirk Hinrich ended with 12/2/5 in 44 minutes. Kirk Hinrich is vanilla if half your taste buds are numb.

Gary Neal – Didn’t play Sunday. Won’t play tomorrow. You’re backup fantasy option is Justin Dentmon, a.k.a. not a realistic fantasy option, a.k.a. as far as your fantasy lineup goes, shouldn’t make a dent, mon. Manu and Danny Green are the biggest beneficiaries of The Neal Down™.

Boris Diaw – 2/7/2, with 3 steals last night in his best game as a Spur in three tries. Tim Duncan was out, which explains the bump in rebounds. Boris Diaw isn’t very good, which explains the lack of bump pretty much everywhere else. I’d leave him unless you’re desperate. but if you’re desperate, I’d still leave him and take some time to look at yourself in the mirror and identify the choices you’ve made that made you that way.

Serge Ibaka – He shot 8-of-10 from the field, grabbed 10 boards and scored the second-most points of his season (19). His lone block stopped this from being his best game of the season, but we all learned a valuable lesson: you can have Scoring Serge or Blocking Serge, but you may not have both Serges simultaneously.

Russell Westbrook – Turned the ball an equal number of times as the shots he hit (4). It could have been worse. He could have turned the ball over an equal number of times as the shots he took (16).

Charles Jenkins – With Stephen Curry and Nate Robinson all out, the Warriors’ YMCA squadron turned to Mr. Charles Jenkins to carry the load against the Trailblazers and he ended with 27/2/6. Take that all you other more talented players with name recognition! Time to roll out the Jenkinsanity t-shirts right away! I say what they hell. Grab and play out the string. Klay Thompson hurt his quad, Sugar Nate’s hamstring was barkin’ last night and Curry is made of glass. You get five games of this guy healthy – tops – before something terrible happens to his body.

Dorell Wright – 0-for-4 in 13 minutes. No sense in dropping him now, but bench him, you should. Chris Mullin, Rush, Jefferson, then Wright is the order I’d prefer to own my Warrior SFs at this point.

Jamal Crawford – Shot 1-for-10 in 28 minutes. So that was helpful.

Zach Randolph – Moved to the bench for the first time in four games and shot a higher percentage than in his previous five, while grabbing a dozen rebounds for the first time since December 28. He’s gettin’ there.

  1. Benny says:
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    Thoughts on Blair and Barea? Both have put a couple good games together in a row, but is either worth adding for h2h playoffs?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Benny, Blair more than Barea, especially with Duncan slowed and neither Diaw nor Splitter providing any additional threat. That said, it depends on who you’d be dropping in order to add either one of them.

  2. Jay says:
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    Mostly set at all positions except forward. Frye is the only player I have that is droppable, and the only reason I have him is for his 3pts and steady contribution in blocks. Do you think Rush is the better player to have? I have a bye this week, so still have some time to decide whether I should keep Frye or not.

    • Adam

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      @Jay, I’d prefer Frye over Rush, if for no other reason than to avoid the glut of 2-3 G/F in Golden State. Frye’s role is more defined and the minutes will be there.

  3. WuMan says:
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    Hi Adam, Please help on my final push to stay in playoff. Std 9-cat H2H.
    Current Team:
    G: Teague, Hinrich, JJ Barea
    GF: Klay Thompson, James Johnson, Paul George, Hayward, Magette
    FC: Ryan Anderson, Pau Gasol, Chris Bosh, Zach Randolph

    Just got the news JJB wont play the next two games. I need to drop him for an FA. We can only use 3 pickups a week so need to use wisely.
    Who should I drop JJB for:
    B. Rush, CJ Watson, Bayless, or Charles Jenkins (who?)
    Thank you.
    -WuMan

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @WuMan, I’d go Watson, Rush, Jenkins (who?), then Bayless

      • WuMan says:
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        @Adam,
        Thanks Adam.

  4. TBone says:
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    Hi Adam, my team is short on F/Cs so should I drop one of my guards because they are all pretty good at this point of the season. I guess I hoarded the guards in the league and now there would be some games that I would have to bench some of my guards even if I dont want to.

    G: Holiday, Teague, Thomas, Afflalo, Gee
    F/Cs: Noah, Pekovic
    Free Agents: Tolliver, Courtney Lee, Maggette, Jason Smith, Seraphin, Bonner, Jerebko, Haslem, Morris

    Also, should I drop Pekovic for Tolliver? Or should I hold because I already have a sure slot in the playoffs

    Thanks

  5. this is dog says:
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    Is there any reason why I should hold Lowry at this point? I’m on a bye week for league playoffs, but dude is still a drop right?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @this is dog, Yup. Let him go. He’s out for at least another 10 days, but almost certainly more. I’m about 60-40 that he won’t play again this season.

  6. TBone says:
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    Hi Adam, can you help me in my league, I have too many guards, and apparently in the coming weeks there would be nights where I have to forcefully bench some of my guards even because I have too many. It’s hard to decide which to drop and there aren’t many good F/Cs left in the wire, so should I drop any of them?

    Guards: Holiday, Thomas, Afflalo, Teague, Gee
    F/Cs: Noah, Pekovic
    FAs: Maggette, Biyombo, Jerebko, Tolliver, Jason Smith, Glen Davis, Splitter, D. Brown, Morris, Patterson, Seraphin, Bonner -just to name some

    And should I drop Pekovic for Tolliver? I will already be in my league’s playoffs regardless of my score this week (H2H), so do I hold Pekovic?
    Thanks

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @TBone, I’d figure out how many nights you’ll need to bench your guards. If it’s one or two, I’d stay with what you’ve got. If it’s, like, four or five, I might grab Maggette or Seraphin or Bonner.

      I don’t really expect much from Tolliver. I think his last three games were a bit of an aberration. As long as this week isn’t super important, he’ll be back on Friday. And even if he isn’t 100 %, he’ll be more valuable than Tolliver.

  7. Shawn says:
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    Hey man, so I have Rose/KD/Dirk/Zbo in a 4 keeper league
    also Serge Ibaka but I think i rather have Zbo? there…

    anyway , someone is offering me Ljames for KD.. would you do it?
    I’m on the up’s right now, won my last 5, beating the 3 top teams
    yet I think james wants that ring but now the inj talk so..
    thought i woudl ask u! thx adam

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Shawn, I’d prefer KD over James, if for no other reason (besides that I LIKE Durant and not James), KD comes out and does his thing night after night after night. James, from game-to-game tries to play the facilitator. Not always, but enough that it leaves his fantasy line a little weak, especially on nights where James defers to his teammates against defenses that can shut down his teammates.

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