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This was a good game following a good game for Jeff Teague, which is the first time he’s done that since December. On Wednesday, he went for 28 points (3-5 from deep, 12-18 from the line) with 4 rebounds and 11 assists. If he can string a third quality game in a row, then we’ll have something to chatter about at our Joy Luck Club meeting. In the meantime, I’m going to do some cross-promotion and tell you to check out our sister wife Hockey section. Frank has some sleepers up (what, no Chris Kreider?) if you want to take a gander. The basketball stuff will still be here when you come back. In fact, it’s just below this line:

Carloos Boozer – His double double saw an impressive 36 points (no threes, 4 free throws) and 12 rebounds, plus 3 assists and a steal. He now has 15+ points in 10 straight games (and at least 10 rebounds in 9 of those), and he has 20+ points in 6 of 8 games this month. It’s hard to kill an old Boozer (usually the liver takes care of that).

Bradley Beal – Even with John Wall back (14/3/10/3/1), Beal continued his high production for the Wizards (their mascot should get the guy with the bird crap on his head from The Hobbit) with 26 points (6 of 7 from downtown, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, a steal, a block and only 1 turnover.

DeMarcus Cousins – So he didn’t turn out to be the elite Center I wanted him to be, but his 21 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals add to a month where he is averaging 22 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals per game. If your attraction has faltered, it’s time to renew your love for Cousins.

O.J. Mayo – Despite missing 11 of 14 shots (including 3 from the perimeter), he hit 12 of 13 from the free throw line to finish with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals and even a block. He was playing like a bat out of Hellman’s.

Tyreke Evans – As I stated yesterday, Evans is taking advantage of his starter’s minutes, and ya’ll should, too, knawmean? He went for 21 points, 8 boards, 8 assists and 3 steals last night. He’s averaging 17 points over the past 4 games.

Tristan Thompson – He had a healthy double double with 19 points and 14 rebounds, supplemented with 2 assists and 2 steals. He also missed half of his 10 free throws.

Nicolas Batum – He had his usual 23 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists and steal, but he also took 9 three pointers, hitting 3, and tallied 9 turnovers, which, believe it or not, isn’t good. Until then, he was only averaging 2.3 per night in January. Maybe his beret got in his eyes (because he’s French, people, come on, it’s a stereotype, stay with me).

James Harden – Nothing really wrong with 20 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals, but the problem is he only hit 1 of his 8 shots from behind the arc. For the month of January, he’s averaging .270 and .237 over the past 5 games. During that latest stretch, he’s hitting less than 2 per game despite taking nearly 8 long distance shots. Someone should reach out and touch Harden…and tell him to cool off on the deep launches for a few days.

Greivis Vasquez – Speaking of bad perimeter shooting, General Greivis missed 6 of 7 from downtown, although he still finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Slightly concerning is he has not had double digit assists in 3 straight games (although last time out he did reach 9).

Paul Pierce – While we are poo-pooing players, let’s take a dump on P.P., who went 12/10/4 with a steal but still missed 6 of 7 from behind the arc. Over the past 3 games, he’s made 6 of 22 attempts. This is also his first double digit rebound performance since December 21, although no one owns him for his prolific rebounding (and if you do, I think we should sit down).

Alan Anderson – He earned 27 points (including 4 threes), 5 rebounds, an assist and a steal. Nice to see him find his sea legs again after two shaky games. Okay, yes, last game he took an elbow to the face and had to see a doctor, but he still came back from that. It’s all about overcoming obstacles, people. That’s what they say at the A.A. meeting.

Al-Farouq Aminu – Al-Fa dog produced 18 points, 9 rebounds, an assist and a steal. Well, nice to see the points join the boards (an average of 10 rebounds over the past 5 games).

Brook Lopez – Brook added 22 points and 9 rebounds, plus a block, to the throbbing (pulsating?) Nets. That’s 3 games in a row falling 1 shy of double digit rebounds. He also has at least 1 block in all but 1 game this month. As an aside, shouldn’t he really change his middle name to Lynn? Or maybe change his last name to Lynpez?

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  1. ETMcgee says:
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    Unfortunately, I was able to watch batum turn the ball over live, which was not pretty (especially with some questionable shot selection in the 2nd half). To be fair, 1 of those TOs should have gone to matthews (ball went right through his hands, and afterwards wes looked at his hands and gave the “my fault” gesture), and at least 2 times the pick and roll guy didn’t role to the open space where batum threw it (batum shows a tendency to over anticipate where a teammate should be and throw the ball there whether the guy is there or not).

    Oh well, i suppose not everybody can be durant…

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @ETMcgee: Everyone is allowed one bad day.

  2. Jeff says:
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    8 team h2h 9cat 14 players

    Steph Curry
    John Wall
    Mike Conley
    Kyle Lowry
    Andre Iguodala
    Klay Thompson
    LeBron James
    Wesley Matthews
    LaMarcus Aldridge
    Al Horford
    Anthony Davis
    Larry Sanders
    Serge Ibaka
    Greg Monroe

    As of right now I’m top of the league but 1st and 6th place is seperated by 3 wins so it’s a tight race. 4 Teams make the playoffs. Our league is starting the playoffs early so I’m starting to think what cats I should be focusing on since 5-4 is just as a much of a win as 7-2 in the playoffs. Should i be targeting any players or punting any categories from the look of this team? Or should i just stay put.

    Thank you!

    • Duff says:
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      @Jeff:

      In an eight team league I would purely focus on consolidating players into top tier talent, aka trading Horford and Conley for someone like Wade or Kobe etc. (or something of the sort). The top four of an eight team league are all going to have stacked rosters, so you want as many studs as possible. Your waiver wire has tons of talent to fill in the gaps. Other than that….start looking at fantasy playoff schedules NOW. See who has 4 game weeks vs 3. If you have a 2 week final, see who plays 6 games instead of 4. The smaller the league, the less it becomes about the quality of the players and the more it comes down to a few extra games being played than the other guy.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Jeff: When you have a guy like Ibaka, you can probably move Sanders with a guy like Conley for an upgrade somewhere.

      • Eric says:
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        @ChrisV:

        I’d have to disagree. Ibaka + Sanders = guarantee win in blocks so you’ve got that category locked up, why change? John Wall & Iguodala are your weakest links here, but their name value exceeds their actually fantasy value. I’d look to move those 2 for an elite player, e.g. Russell Westbrook, Kobe, Chris Paul, CP3, Harden.

        • Clifford says:
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          you would trade Westbrook, Kobe, CP3(and Chris Paul are the same person, fyi), or Harden for Wall and Iggy?….would you like to join one of my money leagues….

  3. nightpandas says:
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    Tyreke Evans worth grabbing over any of these guys: George, Hill, Dragic, Vasquez, Gordon

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @nightpandas: Possibly. I don’t think he’s a vast improvement.

  4. Eric says:
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    Possibly Eric Gordon.

  5. Zandy says:
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    What’s the word with Steph Curry? Does Jarret Jack have a ton of value now?

    I have Conley, Wall, Teague, Rubio, Jack… Which two PG’s should I target in 2 for 1’s to try to consolidate?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Zandy: X-Rays came back negative, so my guess is he misses 2 weeks.

  6. dan says:
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    should i trade manu and cj miles for j.r. smith? My team is a serious contender to win the league and i am concerned that manu won’t play much in the final games of the season. I feel liek J.r. and Manu are both risks tho, manu with injuries and j.r. being inconsistent. what do u think? i’m in a 20 team h2h points league btw.

    • Eric says:
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      @dan:

      JR is inconsistent but he gets consistent PT so it’ll even out in the end. Manu is always having health issues and Pops will rest him too. At least JR gets minutes and is healthy.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @dan: I think JR has proven himself as being a reliable option this season.

  7. Shaun says:
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    Do you think Devin Harris or Landry Fields will be a better pickup, both are so inconsistent?
    20 Team H2H Pts League

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Shaun: Run with Devin.

  8. Luis says:
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    Should I drop Stuckey for Aminu in a 12 team roto league? I have Jennings, Holiday, Ridnour and Wall at PG

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Luis: Sure

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Luis: Sure.

  9. 1stseason says:
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    Hey there Chris,

    Been following for a while. Thanks for all the advice this season. Please let me know what you think of these moves.

    This is what I was trying to orchestrate, let me know what you think of these moves.

    1.) Then I am I going to trade Darren Collison and my newly Acquired Glen Davis for JJ Hickson. (this deal has been proposed to me) Is this a good move at all?
    2.) Then pick up Andre Drummond with my extra spot. I feel like he can get as much boards at Glen and more blocks.
    3.) I think I need a more solid PG and wanted to trade Faried for a good PG. What do you think of that move? Anyone you think I should target? I was thinking maybe rondo.

    My Team should look like this after:

    Chris Paul
    Ty Lawson
    Rajon Rondo (or another solid PG)

    Nicolas Batum
    Paul George
    Jared Dudley
    Danilo Galinari
    -Stashing Danny Granger

    Paul Milsap
    Nikola Pekovic
    Omer Asik
    JJ Hickson
    Andre Drummond

    Currently on the Waiver Wire are Derrick Rose, Andrew Bynum, Raymond Felton.

    Trying to get my team well rounded. Anything you see it Lacks? Any other guys you see me moving or picking up one of these other guys on the waiver and stashing?

    Been sort of lacking in Assist, 3pts, and Blocks.

    Thanks in Advance!

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @1stseason: Think I got this one in the other post.

  10. Fahed says:
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    I just trade Paul Milsap and Anthony Davis for Ibaka and cj miles..I plan on dropping miles in a heartbeat. Good or bad trade? 8 cat pts/ast/reb/stls/blks/ft%/fg%/3pm

    Rest of my team is Durant,Irving, Batum, Dragic, Klay, Monroe, Reddick, Chandler, Rose(IR)

    I plan on dropping miles and picking up prince or salmons.

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