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J-Smoove (or Joove to his friends and accountants) had 30 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists. Which brings up a good question: was he close to a triple-double? Seven dimes is pretty outstanding, but getting three more would have been the equivalent of scoring about 10-12 more points. We wouldn’t say Josh Smith was so close to scoring 40 last night, just because he had 30, right? Going from three assists to seven was the leap, not seven to 10. Does that jive? Does it at least cha-cha? It always bugs me when a player goes above his averages and announcers or whomever try to make it bigger than it was.  No need to make it bigger, because he also drained 2 threes, stole three balls and blocked four shots. He almost had a sextuplet-double if he had only played another 40 minutes! Anyway, scroll down with me for more fantasy basketballery, won’t you?

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Now. Let’s get on with the fantasy basketball Wednesday recap!

Channing Frye – 13/11 last night. He was just resting on Tuesday. Resting LIKE A FOX! Actually, foxes are very well-rested animals. They sleep, like, nine hours a day.

Tiago Splitter – 13/5/2, with a block. He hasn’t been stellar lately, but then again neither has Tim Duncan. Matter fact, Duncan went 8/3/2 and made your bellyaching about Splitter look somewhat ridiculous. If Duncan owned Tiago Splitter in a fantasy basketball league and he heard you bitch about owning him, he’d give you that incredulous “who me” look he gives refs after every foul he’s ever had called on him.

DeMar DeRozan – 29 points on 13-for-21 shooting. You got benchslapped tonight, didn’t you? Probably because you put him in the last two games when he went a combined 7-for-25, right? Go ahead and throw your laptop out the window now, ’cause he’s going 1-for-10 in his next game and you’re going to play him. Don’t worry. It’s not you. It’s fate.

Jose Calderon – Double-doubled for the seventh time this season. The Raps are 3-4 when Joe Kettle dub-steps, or, as it’s known among Raps fans, “a winning record!”

Andre Iguodala – He’s averaging 8.7 pts/4.7 rbds/6 asts in his last three games. His six shots last night doubled the combined total of the last two games, which is very un-A.I.-like. And ay, I don’t like.

Lou Williams – After last night’s 21/4/7, with a pair of threes and a steal, Screwy Looey is averaging 18/2/4, with at least one steal and three so far this month. I was right to predict the Sixth Man coming out of Philly in 2012, but wrong to predict it would be Thad Young.

Jrue Holiday – His stats are steadily declining as the weeks tick by and I’m wondering how difficult it would be to arrange a Thunderdome situation in which Darren Collison, Jeff Teague, Raymond Felton and Holiday all enter, but only one leaves.

Ryan Anderson – Dropped seven treys last night. He has 87 on the season. It took Anderson 43 games last year to sink 87 threes. It’s taken him 29 this year. If this were a full season, Anderson would be on pace for 238 threes, the sixth-most in NBA history. But because of the Lockout, Anderson is on pace to only win the Wednesday Night three-point shooting contest he, Marco Belinelli and Caron Butler didn’t know they were having.

Omri Casspi – 10/9/3, with 3 3ptm. This is the weak version of what I projected him to do all season. The season was weak. It needed cayenne pepper or maybe it needed to reverse the J.J. Hickson trade that nobody is happy with. Anyway, Casspi’s being very un-Dude this season.

Kyrie Irving – 22/3/5, with 3 3ptm. No longer concussed, Kyrie is irie, mon.

Semih Erden – Semih was sportin’ a full Erden last night going 18/8. Considering he’s scored a total of 27 points in his previous 13 games, I’d see if he can go again before labeling him a stud. It’s easy to go off once. A lot of times you’re full of spunk and once it’s gone, man, it’s totally gone.

Roy Hibbert – Hibbert hasn’t been bad this season so much as inconsistent. He went 17/8, with a steal and a block Wednesday. Yeah, that’s nice, especially on the wings of Hibb’s 14/10 dove that was January. But then what can you say about February’s wangdoodle (11/9) wedged in between them? Y’see what I mean about inconsistency?

A.J. Price – Averaging 12 points and 3 3ptm over his last three. Just FYI … you know, if you’re into cheap production. Then might I also suggest the off-off Broadway production of Beauty & The Beast entitled Booty and the Beast.

Marreese Speights – The Ace of Speights had himself a career-night, going 20/18, with a pair of blocks. It was so good, he went out after the game to celebrate by adding another R and E to his first name.

Tony Allen – 21/4/3, with 5 steals, a block and a three. I’m acknowledging that this game happened and imploring you to ignore it.

Kris Humphries -10/7 and has truly been blowing lately. It’s funny how losing the one thing he was famous for completely eradicates all the attention he was getting last year. I’m speaking, of course, about rebounds. What else did you think I was talking about? Don’t be weird.

MarShon Brooks – Returned and went 12/3/3, with a pair of threes. He also turned the ball over six times and pretty much negated all that other stuff.

Ben Gordon – 22 points and 4 threes in 28 minutes. Brandon Knight started at the two, but only played 19 minutes. Here. Go deep. I’ll hit you with this information in the end zone.

Chris Wilcox – 17/9/3. I told you to grab him in the brief window that he’d be starting and I know you did that because you told me you would.

Jeremy Lin – 10/5/13, as the Knicks are riding a seven-game winning streak. Do we care that he’s turned over the ball six times last night and that his turnover numbers are as bad as his assist number are good? We don’t? Fine. Just checking. Don’t get snippy.

Amar’e Stoudemire – 11/5 in 27 minutes. I miss Amar’e’s vertical. Remember that? It was great.

Corey Maggette – 18/3, with a steal. That’s officially two solid contests in a row on a team that one doesn’t usually equate the words “solid” or “contest” with. Do what you gotta.

Kevin Martin – 32 points, 4 threes after playing like poo in three of his last four. Benchslapped like a mofo.

Chase Budinger – Played nine minutes. Feel free to boot him off your team and make blonde jokes at his expense loudly so that he hears you do it.

Shawn Marion – 16/10/6 and guarded by the understudy of the understudy all night long. It looks like the only thing Corey and Kenneth faried was the Matrix from being covered by a damn defender.

Lamar Odom – 14 points on 50 percent shooting. He also had a steal and a block and shot a three and rebounded a little and didn’t really turn the ball over much. So that’s good, right? I can’t quit Lamar. I just can’t. Stop asking me to.

Corey Brewer – 9/7/4, with 5 steals. He also shot 3-for-15 from the field and played terrible D, which would seem crazier if Faried and Kosta Koufas weren’t also starters in this tragedy.

Kosta Koufos – Some gigantic guy wearing an authentic Denver jersey grifted his way onto the court and double-doubled Wednesday night. Woulda been cool if it wasn’t so scary.

Nate Robinson – Scored a season-high 21 (including a triplet of threes) mostly because Ellis and Curry were a cold 6-for-19 from the field. Don’t pick Sugar Nate up … unless it’s so you have something to slap across Curry and Ellis’ face.

Nicolas Batum – 17/4/3, with 2 steals, 2 blocks and 2 threes. The Batum we’ve seen in the last seven games is the Batum we’ve been waiting for ever since Kate Upton was just some chick Dougie-ing at Wizards games. Now Upton is some chick Dougie-ing on magazine covers and Batum is choppin’ heads. Long overdue, Batum. Long overtum.

Blake Griffin – 23/15/3, with a steal. He was underrated last year. Overrated this year. Look for him to be rated next year. Oh, yes. One can almost guarantee Blake Griffin will be rated next year.

Mo Williams – Just kinda taking up space now.

  1. Jeremy says:
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    Dropped Budding for Delfino. Should I feel comfortable starting him the next couple games?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jeremy, Comfortable might not be the word I use. He’s a fairly inconsistent player, who will flitter between poor, okay and great all season long. In the end, he’ll average out to be a top 120 player, sometimes looking like a top 50 guy and other times looking like a 50-year-old guy.

      The Bucks play the Magic twice and Jersey once in the next three.

  2. Rob says:
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    Are any of these guys worth dropping for Jarrett Jack, DJ Augustin, Rodney Stuckey, or Ramon Sessions? I’m hurting for assists.

    Guards: Rondo, Thornton, KevMart, Louis Williams, Jeff Teague, Jamaal Crawford

    Forwards/Centers: Lebron, Gay, Scola, Ryno, Bosh, Cousins, M. Gasol

    Probably Crawford for Jack, right?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Rob, Either Crawford or Scola. I’d lean toward Scola, as Crawford is averaging 3 more assists per game than Scola.

  3. Eng says:
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    Lemar vs Sjax?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Eng, Jackson.

  4. josh says:
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    hey adam, i got an offer of westbrook for my curry. what do you think?

    also, do you think josh smith is capable of playing at such a high level consistently? i have him and his lows can be pretty low..

    and should i drop augustin for stuckey? or is stuckey just on a hot streak

    much appreciated!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @josh, It’s close, though I’d prefer Curry ever so slightly. Curry averages 1.7 more threes per game, 1.6 more assists, turns the ball over 1.4 fewer times and shoots a smidge better from the floor. Westbrook scores 6.4 more points, grabs 0.6 more rebounds and shoots a smidge better from the line. Like I said, I’d prefer Curry, but if you need a bump in scoring or FT%, I might consider the deal.

      Also, no. I don’t think Josh Smith will ever do anything consistently. That’s what makes him Josh Smith.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @josh, Oh yeah. I’d hang on to Augustin if you need dimes and go with Stuckey if you need scoring.

      • josh says:
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        @Adam, thanks man! i feel so secure with u to go to for answers haha

        btw what are your thoughts on j smith + rudy gay for K love and calderon? someone offered that

        and another offer is bosh and gooden for melo?

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @josh, I’d prefer Love and Kettle, but it depends (it almost always depends).

          Also, Bosh and Gooden.

          • josh says:
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            @Adam, yup im holdin on, last j smith comment i promise. the guy wants to give me westbrook for j smoove../??

            • Adam

              Adam says:
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              @josh, Hmm. Well, that’s not nuts. Both players have different strengths. What are you hoping to improve on with your team and what are you so strong in that you can afford to take the hit?

              • josh says:
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                @Adam, i am very strong in blocks and rebounds. i hope to gain pts?

                heres my team:

                Curry, lowry, kev martin, augustin, kidd

                bosh, gay, ibaka, ilyasova, hayward, josh smith

                bynum, gooden,

                • Adam

                  Adam says:
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                  @josh, Well, if you took Russie you’d be inheriting the following:

                  +/- 0 mpg/-.038 FG%/+.147 FT%/+0.1 3PT/+3.6 PTS/-3.0 RBD/+4.0 AST/+0.3 STL/-1.9 BLK/-1.1 TOV

                  Big bumps in FT%, AST, and PTS. Big decreases in RBD and BLK.

                  If you’re strong in those last two categories, this sounds like a no-brainer to me.

  5. Big Mike says:
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    thanks, okay…… so would this be a big win for me then

    I trade Lee/Andre Iguodala for dirk/rose
    thats a big win right? lol
    I need me some big wins sir.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Big Mike, I’m going to start calling you Big Win (Wynn?)

      Assuming Dirk doesn’t take another four-game siesta and Rose returns healthy for-real next time, yeah. I like that deal for you.

  6. David says:
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    hey adam i got the irving trade done. traded noah and josh smith for gay and irving. I have a smallball team, and jsmoove was killing my fg % although he can put up some monster lines here and there, he is little too inconsistent for my liking. Do you like the trade as much as i do? or am i just too high on irving? also rudy has been shooting 90% at ft for two weeks, is that going to continue?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @David, I think you neither won big, nor lost out. It was a pretty fair ‘n’ square deal. I hope you get what you want out of it.

      Also, unless the guy’s name is Nash, Allen or Martin, I’m never confident someone will continue shooting over 90 percent from the line.

  7. Big Win Mike says:
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    Do you like it even if I have Cp3 already too? I might drop in boards doing this trade but Id bet money I could swing another “big win” trade for someone I Have for board, Im thinking ibaka I could get for someone.
    rose/cp3/dirk/hibbs/danny/Al Harrington and Calderon, I think Jose will be the one I try and trade for boards.
    thanks mang.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Big Win Mike, I don’t love having two studs at the same position … BUT, it almost certainly means you can unload one of them for a stud from another position. Or just roll over every category except for blocks, turnovers and rebounds.

  8. Zebo says:
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    Let Mo go? For Matrix, Markieff, or Amir?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Zebo, Go Marion.

  9. Jeff says:
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    Hey Adam,

    What do u think of my rose/holiday/mo williams for his curry/rubio/ tyreke evans?

    Thanks,

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jeff, I like the deal for you, but if I were him, I wouldn’t do it. Holiday and Evans are so much less valuable than Rubio and Evans.

  10. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Really need a win in next week’s short week to claw back into the playoff hunt, and I want to pick up Ayon (who’s starting through the break and has 3 G next week). Would you drop James Johnson for him? Johnson will probably get picked up, but I don’t have the F space on my roster to carry both. Frye’s another option but he seems to be coming around. H2H pts league.

    Also, I’m losing patience with Bayless’s potential for a big 2nd half. Drop him or Morrow? Thanks.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Steve Stevenson, I hear what you’re saying, but Johnson is just worth so much more than Ayon. If Ayon were more reliable, I’d say go for it, but there remains a big risk that he’ll go 4/4/1 one night and leave you with your gagoodze in your hand!

      Morrow for Bayless, on the other hand, THAT carries less risk.

  11. Lou says:
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    Do you see Mike Conley as an buy/sell, high/low pg with his current numbers in a 9 cat? steals, assists, and ft% are at career highs.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Lou, I kind of just see his progression as being along the normal career development arc. He’s a solid PG. Somewhere in the top 12-18 at that position.

      • Lou says:
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        @Adam, How would you compare him to Kyrie, Tyreke, and Parker. if they’re a wash let %’s, 3′s and steals aid discretion. thanks!

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @Lou, Conley, Irving, Parker, Evans in that order, according to those four categories.

  12. Big Win Mike says:
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    ur the man! thx again.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Big Win Mike, No, BWM (BMW?), you’re the man.

  13. DanTheMetsMan says:
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    16 team league, keep 6… Veto material deal???

    Granger
    for
    Wallace and Boozer

    I have Wallace and Boozer along with Lawson, DLee and Hibbert, is this deal a bad one.. it got vetoed in my league.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @DanTheMetsMan, I assume we’re talking Gerald and not Ben, here, right?

      Wallace and Granger are close to equal, so throwing Boozer on top of that certainly tips the scales (especially since Granger is hurt right now), but it doesn’t seem so terribly egregious that it should be veto.

      That said, it would take a lot for me to call for a trade veto. Lopsided deals happen all the time, it sucks, but it’s part of the game.

      The closer we get to the playoffs, the more sensitive teams are to other owners making bad deals. FANTASY BASKETBALL IS LIFE OR DEATH, after all.

  14. Shawn says:
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    should I offer Jose Calderon for Ibaka?
    sell high HIGH on jose eh?
    thx boss

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Shawn, Not bad. Swapping one particular set of skills for another. Kind of depends on your team’s needs.

  15. EK says:
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    Lamar or VC?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @EK, How dare you ask a question that forces me to admit that Vince Carter has more value than Lamar Odom.

      This treachery will not soon be forgotten.

      • EK says:
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        @Adam, In that case, how would rank Odom, Hayward and Stephen Jackson

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @EK, Gah! Jackson, Hayward, Odom in that order. Gah!

  16. Jay says:
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    Regardless of position, you think Frye is the better fantasy player than Dudley right? Ive noticed Frye getting a decent amount of blocks lately and someone dropped him so I was going to drop Dudley for him. I was hoping for more steals by Dudley but they have around the same number past 2-3 weeks and I am not losing 3ptm.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jay, Yeah, right now Channing is the better player. I can’t get a read on what’s wrong with Dudley, but he just hasn’t had a breakout; not even a tiny streak.

  17. Jeff says:
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    Hey Adam,

    Mo Williams or DJ Augustin?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jeff, Augustin.

  18. EK says:
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    @Adam, Harden or George as a long term keeper?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @EK, Harden.

  19. Guys question. My friend just offered me James Harden and Jamal Crawford for my Andre I. and Marcus Thornton… Accept or reject??

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Diego Avancena, I would slightly prefer Iggy and Thornton. What you’d gain in FT%, you’d lose in RBD and STL. Also, Thornton started the season off sluggish and I tend to think he’ll have a much better second half than first half. Also, when in doubt, make sure you get the best player in the deal. Iggy is arguably the best player.

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