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Timing.  It’s a bitch.  Losing one of your bedrocks the weekend before the H2H playoffs is the injury gods spitting into our faces and hitting us across the jaw!  No joke, last night I had a dream that DeMarcus Cousins straight cold-cocked Salah Mejri in the face.  Must’ve lingered from a convo I had with Grey last week about how there’s no more NBA fights, and Mejri always seems to wanna mix it up.  Weird how spot on that dream could be!

Anywho, my trip out West certainly didn’t help my focus!  We got some awful news Saturday that LaMarcus Aldridge is going to be out indefinitely with minor heart arrhythmia.  He missed the final 9 games in his rookie year and 10 days in 2011 due to heart-related issues, so if the further testing done today is positive, maybe we could get him back by the semi-finals next week.  For teams scrapping their way in a do-or-die quarterfinals in the playoffs, unless you have an open INJ spot, Aldridge can probably go.  Get well soon, LA!  In the meantime, David Lee (12/6/2 – 18 mins) and Dewayne Dedmon (9/7/0/0/2 – 22 mins) should get a little added run, but those numbers quoted there were in that weird game Saturday night against the Dubs, with Kerr and Pop benching everyone.  I’m sure ABC was THRILLED when they heard GSW was DNPing everyone and the Spurs were going to be without Kawhi Leonard and LA!  I’m not huge on Lee, but I think he’s your biggest benefactor, and could help deeper leagues or be a streamer for those boring Pts/Reb cats.  Hopefully losing LA doesn’t make you a Ded Mon!  Here’s what else went down over the weekend in fantasy basketball action:

Terrence Ross After a strong start with the Magic, fizzling out a little lately.  But at least bounced back from no points on Friday to 11/4/1/1/0 Saturday.  That said, looking like an Orlando Streamer, not to be confused with a Cleveland Steamer.

Christian Wood – Got some super junktime run of 14/5/0/2/1 Friday, but looked raw-as-sushi again Saturday for 4/5/0/0/0 with 2 TO.  The Hornets haven’t been able to keep any big men healthy, which is ironic, because Al Jefferson mighta been their most durable big if they kept him…

Marvin Williams Speaking of big, look at Starvin’ Marvin!  More like Flyin’ Marvin!  Tore up Orlando with a 12/18/7/1/0 line, including this rude dunk.

Somebody is a rude Gus!  Then followed it up with a just-as-strong 27/10/3/1/1 line against the Pels Saturday.  3 straight dubdubs and 4 in the last 5, plus a few swats and treys in there.  Recapturing that 2015-16 magic!

Jonas Valanciunas After back-to-back 30 minute games – including 11/12/1/2/2 against the Hawks Friday – fell back down to only 21 minutes Saturday.  He still dubdubbed (10/10), barely, and no D stats.  Maybe a little blowout influenced as they lost by 15, but it’s still tough to see consistent Luminescence from this Lithuanian.

Bradley Beal Monster Beal!  That would be Jessica Biel’s name if she starred in The Fly‘s reboot…  I’d watch that movie!  Big commentary on women idolization in Hollywood.  Shit, I need to get on this script!  Anyway, 38/10/4/1/1 then 26/1/6/1/0 lines.  This was one of the first years I really liked Beal, and would ya look at that!  Here’s me in the ranks: “I actually might have some Beal shares this year, with some confidence in that the Wizards have faith his leg injury issues are behind him – hell, it’s THEIR medical staff that know him better than anyone!  So if they had doubts, I suspect they wouldn’t have dropped all dat ca$h.”  And that’s me quoting me!

John Wall The Wiz backcourt is kinda unreal right now.  25/4/12/2/0 then blew up for 39/2/9/0/1 in that grinding win in OT at Portland.

Willie Cauley-Stein Pretty nice bounceback for WCS, who was a guy I thought would be better after the Boogie trade mess.  It’s really just minutes though – 42 then 35 minutes on Friday and Saturday, for 20/13/3/1/0 and 13/5/5.  Crazy 13-16 FT too.  Hopefully Joerger can stop being a cheeseburger!  Wait, is that even derogatory?!

Buddy Hield Same analysis for Hield – just needs some run to score a little!  18/5/1 then 17/6/3 over the weekend in 37 then 30 minutes.  Better not keep shuffling it up, cheeseburger!

Utah’s 2nd Unit – Tried to will their way back into a blowout at the hands of OKC, as the starters were getting murdered!  Dante Exum lead the charge with a +15 in the 8-point loss, going 22/1/1 outta nowhere, with Alec Burks going 21/7/2.  Not exactly what you wanted to see as a George Hill owner – the second unit outplaying an oft-injured guy for a playoff team… Gus Ayonin’!

Richaun Holmes Showin’ he can score some buckets, Holmes!  24/9/0/0/0 – not sure where the D stats went – but a great Saturday evening putting the ball in the hoop.  “The game has always been about buckets”, Bill Russell said!  It’s because his fantasy league is points-only…  Anywho, hopefully he kept it going last night, but twas past my bedtime.

Kristaps Porzingis Can’t stop the Blocking Goose!  Makes it sound like he’s a fullback or something…  MOOOOOOSE!  Wait, that was someone else…  18/6/4/0/6 then 19/10/4/0/5 over the weekend.  3 straight with 3 blocks!  3 Fast, 3 Furious!

Brook Lopez Shutdown fears still linger, but had 6 treys and the Mess beat the Poppycockers for the Battle of New York!  New Yorkers should be ashamed of themselves for their basketball representation in the association…

Nikola Vucevic Well, apparently that Achilles is OK, as Vuc tore up the Cavs inside for 20/16/0/0/1.  I mean, the Magic still lost, so maybe “tore up” is hyperbole… I would never do that on the world’s best blog!

Anthony Davis Well, apparently that wrist is OK!  Destroyed the Hornets with a 46/21/3/0/1 line with no TO and 4 treys.  With the Pels twin towers, did that mean Marvin Williams was guarding Brow?!  OK, this line makes perfect sense now…

Jordan Crawford 19/1/6 in that Hornets game, vaulting him into the world’s hottest pickup.  Meh, 26 then 27 minutes these last two seem a little high, plus Brow got hurt two games ago and only played 17 mins, then DeMarcus Cousins only played 25 minutes in an OT-win on Saturday.  The run feels a little inflated.  Once the twin towers get their 40 minutes played together, Crawford will fizzle.

Nemanja Bjelica B-a-pizza not playing 30-minutes-or-less!  34 then 32 minutes over the weekend, on 10/12/2 then 8/5/3/0/1 lines.  Deep leagues need to be sure he’s owned, and keep him on your radar for streaming.  That ThrAGNOF/rebounding combo isn’t always the easiest to stream, just ask Nikola Mirotic right now…

Matthew Dellavedova Finally, we can dispense with the PG controversy for a few games, right?!  RIGHT?!  Malcolm Brogdon has a bum back – still doesn’t have a timetable – so big 30+ minute games for Delly, right?!  RIGHT?!  24 minutes of 8/0/3/0/0 then 28 minutes of 16/1/2/0/0 over the weekend.  F you, Kidd.

Thon Maker Geez, what is the point of starting poor Thon, then pulling him right away?!  It’s like they want him only for the tipoff – hopefully a dunk – then you’re out!

At least Thon made his one FGM the past 2 starts count!  5 minutes in each of his last 2 starts, it’s just so lame. I really hate Kidd.

John Henson Suddenly making cameos again!  8/7/0/1/4 in 21 minutes Friday then 11/6/0/0/2 Saturday in 19 minutes.  No way you can trust him, and of course when you finally BLOCKnof stream him, he’ll get another DNP…  Kidd is the WORST!

Tony Snell Hmmm, well 4 straight games of at least 10+ Pts, 1 trey and 1 steal.  Average over this brief span is 15.0/5.3/1.5/1.8/0.0 with 3.0 treys and only 1.0 TO.  Plus a nice dime there above to Thon!  Still in the ThrAGNOF bucket, but 3-n-d streamers could do worse.  Especially since he’s one of the few Bucks immune to Kidd’s PMSing at his players.

Ian Clark Blew up as the scoring leader for the Golden State B Unit.  B, B, B, B Unit!!!  36/5/0/1/0 on 15-21 shooting in that loss to the Spurs against their own B Unit.  What a travesty of a Saturday night primetime matchup…

Devin Booker Book it!

36/5/2/0/0, in a Saturday line not too dissimilar than that from Ian Clark.  Gus Ayonin’!  10-10 FT and only 1 TO was really nice though, and of course, having ice in your veins…

Dirk Nowitzki I think he scored the first 11 Pts in that game against the Suns, but then disappeared…  23/11/2 is still a nice line, but damn, sucks to get old…  I’m never going to grow old, me n the man upstairs have a deal!

Nerlens Noel Has missed the last 2 with knee soreness, getting the baby giraffe Mejri more minutes.  Enough to get into a JB dream fight with Boogie!  Ewwwww, wait, that sounded weird…

Taurean Prince Got some added run thanks to junk time for 17/3/2/2/1 on Saturday.  He didn’t score more than 3 points in any of his other 6 games in March.  Would need to see an extended stretch to buy in for much, and there ain’t much of a stretch left.

JaMychal Green Got his second 20/10 game in his last 4.  Which is really weird, since sandwiched between he was a combined 12/14 in two games.  Over the last 4, he has 0 AST, 0 STL, 1 BLK and 5 TO.  He’s become a poor-man’s Zach Randolph!

Jusuf Nurkic We haven’t done a daily notes since Wednesday night’s games, so wanted to remind everyone that THE JAMBA JUS IS GOOD!  We all told you!  It just took him getting off the talent-blind Nuggets for it to work.  As Slim reminded me last week, he told commenters “Sure, you can drop Nurk, but you’ll regret it.”  Meh, was def tough to hold a goose egg for months though…  28/20/8/2/6 in a historic-level game against the Sixers Thursday, but only 7/7/2/1/3 against the Wiz Saturday with 5 fouls.  Nurk gotta stop hacking, isn’t that right, Assange!  Hopefully he got less than 5 fouls last night…

Josh Richardson Got the start yesterday afternoon, and played a redonk 37 minutes!  A kinda meh 9/8/0/3/1 line given the run, but nice to see.  He only started because Goran Dragic was out with a swollen eye, so as long as the boxing trainer rubs that ice shaker on it, he’ll be OK.

 

I hope everyone had the strong weekend they needed to move into the fantasy playoffs!  Looking forward to the postseason, and for you roto-leaguers, the stretch run.  Drop by in the comments and let me know how things are looking for your title contenders!

  1. Tyler says:
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    which 2 would you choose for the final 2rounds of playoffs since I have a bye this week. Punting 3s/TO.
    I placed # of games played in parentheses:
    Chriss(4-4), Nance(3-4), Zubac(3-4), Holmes(4-4), Ingram(3-4), CoJo(3-4), Ish(3-4), Ulis(3-4), Hield(3-4),Snell(4-4), Portis(4-3), Jordan Crawford(3-4), Jamal Crawford(5-3), Crabbe(4-3)

    Rest of lineup is below:

    G-Wall,Bev,GHarris,Derozan
    F-Giannis,Hayward,Middleton
    C-Gobert,Horford,Turner,BigSauce

    So which 2 should I round my lineup with for the stretch run? Thanks JB!

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @Tyler: I think you’ll be punting assists too assuming the best teams at the end usually have a gang of PG’s. I own 5 PG’s in my league. other one i think i own 7-8 of em lol

      I’d probably go Co Jo definitely and leave the other slot to stream accordingly as needed. Maybe ish a game or 2 then Chriss, Snell, based off matchups and real world matchups. Like vs the bad teams Lakers Phoenix etc etc

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Tyler: @Bye Felica: I dunno Felicia, Giannis, Horford, Hayward all can provide some out of position dimes. Chriss def looks really appealing. One thing to consider is checking your lineups each day through the final 2 weeks, and seeing where guys would fit or be benched. That’s what I do. Doesn’t help that Jamal Crawford has 5 games if he’d only be in your lineup twice, ya know? Zubac is someone Slim and I have been stashing since he plays Monday the first day of the semis, then can stream if need be

        • Tyler says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Ive actually checked and for some reason they fit my schedule except for the friday of the week of finals. So maybe I could focus on the semis first and get the players with 4games? Chriss and Holmes? Or 3games of Zubac or CoJo? Could also get the 5games from Jamal. Or 4 from Ulis?

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Tyler: Wow, cool they would all work. Yeah I like the idea of getting all you can for the semis, gimme Jamal C and I think I’ll go Holmes>Chriss just because two Suns is a lot haha

  2. Bye Felica says:
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    Now i have to beat slim twice in a row without Aldridge. I have the worst luck. Nelson is hurt, Wades been sitting, Korver has been out, Horford will probably be resting soon. I don’t like the look of it. We’ll see, it’s hard to win this type of league with limited moves and a dead wire.

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @Bye Felica: Good Luck REL guys & JB and slim yeezus

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Bye Felica: Vets are tough in this league man, I had 9 DNPs when I lost to Slim in the semis last year, and Slim didn’t have a single one. He was younger, but also had some nice health fortune. Thanks man, hopefully this is my year!

  3. Mr. Blast says:
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    Round 1 FIGHT!!!

    Good luck everyone!

    Just dropped Jamal Murray for Jordan Crawford..

    I know Murray is kinda heating up, But I’m basing this on games played only.

    I’ll have Murray still tonight (Monday) then I lose him for his remaining 2 games this week.

    Gaining Crawford for 4 games this week. (Double dipping here)

    Will I regret losing Murray or good move you think ?

    Thank you as always!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Mr. Blast: Nice, 100% with this move. And nah, I don’t see them completely DNPing Jameer until maybe the very end, so tough to see a 30 MPG consistent role for Murray. Any time, good luck this week!

  4. Shahed says:
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    Just secured the 2nd spot and a bye in the final week of regular season. The final week all top four teams had 88 wins, and I secured the 2nd spot with a 5-4 win over fourth placed team, and 3rd place team finished 4-4.

    Roster:
    G: Wall, Hill, Rose, Collison, Ferrell
    F: James Johnson, Saric
    C: Cousins, Jordan, Drummond, Nurkic, Noel, A Williams
    IL: Love

    Focusing on FG%, PTS, REB, AST, ST, BLK. How do you think I’m looking? Considering droping Ferrell, or streaming that position. Jordan Clarkson was dropped earlier and hasn’t been picked up. Should I pick him up for Ferrell?

    Others include Jordan Crawford, Iguodala, Holmes, Chriss, Ish, McConnell, Mahinmi, Brogdon, Ulis, Zubac, CoJo, Lawson, Zubac, all of whom I can stream.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Shahed: Nice, love it! Hmmmm, I think I still prefer Ferrell, but close. Zubac is interesting bc I know he plays next monday. Chriss has a 4-4 schedule which is inticing too. Zubac hits a lot of cats you’re focusing on, I know you’re loaded up front, but if you need an extra big to play next Monday, i’d be good losing Yogi for him

  5. RicoSuave says:
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    Good Job JB!

    12 team H2H points league and into the 1st round of playoffs… Who do you think I should start?

    I need two of these guys…

    A. Gordon @ Sac, @ GS @ Pho ;
    D. Lee vs Atl, vs Por, @ Mem, vs Sac ;
    T. Booker vs OKC, @ NY vs Bos, vs Dal ;
    S. Kilpatrick vs OKC, @ NY vs Bos, vs Dal.

    Thanks again!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @RicoSuave: Thanks man, appreciate ya reading! Kinda like Lee actually. Iffy on Gordon with the 3 games… Man, Kilpat is still getting a lot of shots… Booker’s mins are consistent too. I think I do Lee and Booker

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @JB Gilpin: great! Thanks JB… hopefully I make it to the next round…

        Cheers

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @RicoSuave: I’ll be rootin for ya!

  6. Mike says:
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    Hey JB!

    Just started playoffs in 12er… got the #1 seed so got a first round bye. Should I be picking up Kyle Lowry? If so, who should I drop?

    Steph Curry
    Isaiah Thomas
    TJ McConnell
    Tyler Johnson
    Darren Collison
    Khris Middleton
    Jae Crowder
    Thad Young
    Rob Covington
    Kristaps
    WCS
    Nurkic
    Steven Adams

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Mike: Mehhhhhh, probably not. I don’t think there’s a clear drop and I dunno if he helps by 2nd or even final round

  7. Not Your Average Joe says:
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    IRONY! I spent a nice chunk of my remaining FAAB to drop McConnell, a potential late round keeper with nice ASTs and STLs, to pick up the red-hot R-Jax. Why? Because R-Jax plays 4 games this week to McConnell’s 3, including two games before Friday, and my lineup was looking a little game depleted on account of Zingis, Waiters, Gordon, and McConnell (at the time) only having three games this week. McConnell also has his next game against the Dubs defense, which completely neutralized him last time, and the other two games come in the weekend anyway, so I figured I could always try and re-add him by then.

    So why irony? I ended up just barely squeaking up from 3rd to 2nd and getting a bye. LOLs. First World problems all day, every day. Guess I’m sitting pretty until next week but keeping an eye out on developments so I can set my lineup for next week before other guys. The only guys that may be worth adding going forward in something other than a hail-mary shot at a particular category are guys like McConnell, Harkless, and Markieff, but I like where I am for right now.

    Team now in a 12-team H2H 9-cat:

    Kemba (PG), Conley (PG), Lin (PG/SG), R-Jax (PG/SG), Beal (SG), Waiters (SG/SF), A.Gordon (SF/PF), Millsap (PF/C), Zingis (PF/C), Gobert (C), Jokic (C)

    (Don’t know why I posted this. Just keeping the conversation going. Hope you and Slim had a great weekend.)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Not Your Average Joe: Hell yeah man, bye weeks are absolutely critical! Yeah team is looking mad solid right now, I think you’ll be favored in the semis. Hah, of course post any time, love to keep the convo going! Looking forward to hearing about the semis!

  8. JJ says:
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    Haappy Monday!
    Would you drop Ross or Ulis for Murray?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JJ: Happy monday man! Ehhhh, all in the same range, I might lose Ulis if scoring was a little more of a need

  9. Justin says:
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    Hey so I dropped Noel cuz he was questionable and picked up WCS for his 4 game week. Playing a good team in first round so can’t take any chances. What you think? The rest of my team is: steph, kemba, lillard, gobert, Alan Williams, Gorgui, wade, Deangelo, Schroeder, KP, crowder, Tobias.
    Waiver wire has: Jordan Crawford, buddy hield, David Lee. Should I make any more changes?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Justin: I’m all for it in win now mode. No reason the Mavs will push Noel for big minutes anyway. Nah would roll with the rest of your lineup for now

  10. Kozmonaut says:
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    Snuck into 2nd to get a bye for first round. Always enjoy your pods/writing JBizzle!
    Standard Yahoo H2H 12 team
    Steph (acquired in trade for Lowry/Ryno)
    Kawhi
    Jokic
    Gobert
    Dieng
    Collison
    Clarkson
    Holiday
    Covington
    Gallinari
    Gary Harris
    Chriss
    Zubac

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Kozmonaut: Nice work! And really appreciate that man!!

      Man, what a deal to get Steph for that price! Rest is looking pretty good, man having Rudy anchor your bigs is huge haha

  11. Edge says:
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    Great stuff as always, thanks

    1.) what do you think of chandler parsons in a 16 team 13player league?

    2.) what do you think of the justin anderson hype?

    3.) who would you have moving forward – portis or kaminsky?

    Thanks in advance

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Edge: Thanks for dropping by! 1 – ugh. maybe you take a flier, especially if you had a bye 2. meh, interesting maybe in a 16er, but I never loved his offensive polish and I think will be up and down. 3. Hmmmm. I’ll lean Kaminsky, it’s a little riskier though

  12. kb says:
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    harkless 0-9 fts this week were so frustrating, and then this dud yesterday…3s have fallen off too. when he’s on, he’s a multi cat king but he is killing me right now

    • JB Gilpin

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      @kb: Yeah that was crazy he missed em all! I don’t own any shares of harkless so didnt see that until this morning… he needs big minutes and E Turner is looming, he could be cut if need be

  13. Not Your Average Joe says:
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    For what it’s worth, that Beal quote you put up is *exactly* why I was willing to take Beal in round 6. He’s now a keeper for me at a late Round 5 price and, you know what? I just might.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Not Your Average Joe: Hell yeah man, glad it helped push ya in that direction! yeah round 5 is looking better and better by the game, he’s really gelling well with Wall and those Wiz look more and more dangerous

  14. Dusty says:
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    Hey JB, how about the effing Catalina wine mixer RCL finish? I went to bed in a 3 way tie for the top seed with games finished then something changed to bump one team back half a game. I would have been a 3 seed with the tie since I went in leading, terrible yahoo tiebreakers

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dusty: Ugh, I was so pissed I didn’t get a bye! 1 friggin game away. At least I’m starting tonight strong. Been a fun league!

  15. Dusty says:
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    Also what about mccaaaaaw giving it to the spurs Saturday. I hope nobody streamed him

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dusty: Hahaha yeah I saw that, unreal. We talked it on the Pod for tomo, soooo bad. McCAWWWWWWWWWWW!

  16. Clos says:
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    Hey jb what’s going on? Would you drop james Johnson for yogi just for the playoff schedule.. Miami plays 3 games this week and next week. Also have too many bigs and need a guard. Lowry getting hurt didn’t help.

    Cojo
    Dragic
    Brogdon
    Kieff
    Dieng
    KAT
    Cauley stein
    Nurk
    Blake griffin
    Zubac
    Okafor
    Chriss
    James johnson

    Just realized I have 3 guards lol. Had Lowry and he got hurt. Dropped Pbev for zubac during the weekend because of the Houston playoff schedule. H2h 12team 9cat. Thanks man

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Clos: Whats up man?! Whewwwww, does Yogi make it your lineup for the extra days you’d have him? Thing is, Johnson might be just as good in dimes… It’s close, if Yogi stands to give you an extra 2-3 games, then I’d be OK with it

  17. Mr. Blast says:
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    Would you rather –

    2 games from Plumlee.

    3 games from Iguodala.

    or 4 games from Moore.

    Do or die.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Mr. Blast: 4 games from Etwaun Moore? ugh…. I guess 3 from Iggy, but man that’s a tough call. Sorry if the answer was too late!

      • Mr. Blast says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        JB, Thanks my man!

        Yea, nabbed Iggy. They just announced Plumlee is starting next to Jokic tonight too..

        Screw it, 6 guy’s on my roster have 3 games this week so I have to put in the work doing a couple streamers. Thats my 2nd move this week after I did the Crawford pickup earlier.

        I’m down big already, but its only Monday & at least I can go to sleep tonight knowing I’m making the moves & aint going out like no punk b!&$%!!

        Woooooo #RazzNation

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Mr. Blast: Any time!~ Yeah Plum had a good game, but only 1 more game and maybe Wilson Chandler is back? I dunno, I still like the more games from iggy. Yeah man, go out swingin!

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