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Where were you in 1999?  Hard to believe that’s 14 years ago!  I’m a spring chicken, so I was in 6th grade.  Man, middle school was the worst.  Elementary school was the shizz and in high school you could smoke good shizz.  But middle school kids were just mean.  Where was Tim Duncan in 1999?  Oh just winning an NBA title with David Robinson.  I had completely forgotten David Robinson has a 71-point game in 1994.  Maybe Brittney Griner could get that.  Duncan was huge last night fending off the Mavericks, grabbing the second highest total of rebounds this season with 19 and scoring 28 points on 12-20 shooting.  After missing a game with a sore knee, Duncan didn’t miss a beat in the post.  With the trade deadline passed, Duncan owners can have some optimism that even if he sits a game here and there down the stretch, he can still go off and be one board away from a Goromotaro.

It was a light slate of NBA games (only 2 last night), but let’s take a quick look at what happened across the NBA:

Dirk Nowitzki - Continues to play back to his former level going 6-16 (3-5 3PTM) 21 Pts 11 Rebs 3 Asts 3 Stls and 1 Blk and almost led the Mavs to a tough win at San Antonio.  With Dallas jostling for that final playoff spot in the West, look for Dirk to be Diggler down the stretch.

Shawn Marion - Missed another game and will miss a start again tonight.  Jae Crowder got the starting nod and played an underwhelming 23 minutes, but did contribute across the board (5-4-2-1-2).

Brandan Wright - Another fantasy usable game going 5-9 FG 10 Pts 8 Rebs 2 Asts and 2 Blks.  Playing his best ball since his UNC days.  Depending on the Mavs off season moves, he might be a sleeper for me next year.

Kawhi Leonard - I’m going to be all over Kawhi next year.  Apparently his wingspan is 7 foot 3 inches.  Let’s just say I have that size of something for him.  Wasn’t huge last night – 12 Pts 1 3PTM 6 Rebs 3 Asts 1 Blk – but just does it all.  He’s going to have to be a focal point of that offense next year.

Gary Neal - Scored 16 points off the bench.  Popp musta been like, “You’re coming off the bench and I want you to shoot every time the ball touches your hands.”  Went 6-13 in 25 minutes.

J.R. Smith - Finally got the kind of scoring you’d expect with Carmelo out.  11-21 for 33 Pts.  Scored more than any 3 Knicks combined.  Too bad the Knicks continue to look horrible, losing by 15 to the Blazers.

Marcus Camby - Breaking News!  Camby is still in the NBA.  An 8-10-3 game out of nowhere.  Nahhhhh.

 

Next Games: I’ve got NO @ WAS then CHI @ GS tonight.  Pretty lackluster first game, but will be interesting to see how Chicago can try to limit Curry in the late game.  As always I’ll be on this twitter shindig (@jbgilpin) for a few updates here and there, and shoot your comment below.  Have a good weekend Razzball Nation!

  1. Zandy says:
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    So I havent dropped Danny Green for Webster just yet. Better to drop Green for Ariza I assume?

  2. Zandy says:
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    Sorry got too excited – would you play Ariza for 4 games next week or Tobias for 3?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Zandy: Hah! Sorry so long to answer. Gimme Tobias in 3. I know you’re a loyal reader so you know I’m gaga for T (Tobias).

  3. Jesse says:
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    I have mo williams eric gordon derrick rose and kyrie irving. Who should i drop for amir johnson and/or tobias harris?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jesse: I’d drop Irving for Tobias. Love me Tobias Harris. Then if you don’t have a bye and find yourself desparately needing stats, I’d drop Rose for Amir. But if you’re winning your playoff game next week (or if they haven’t started yet and you don’t need seeding) I’d hold onto Rose.

  4. Frank Lynch says:
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    Sup bro.. So last night was a bad game for Okafor and Ariza. Okafor was bad the last 4 outta 5 games and Ariza is here and there. Ariza usually puts up good stats but when he’s bad he really stinks it up. I know you said I should look for a foward, especially a PF so can you please throw me some more names to look at that I maybe should pickup and tell me maybe to drop one of them players and Martin too. Spencer Hawes is taken and so is Jarret Jack.Davis is available but idk, I need more convincing … LOL His stats suck really bad when I look at all of his game log. Yeah sme more names would be greatly appreciated! Unless I should keep them.. Thanks Kid

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank Lynch: Call me Billy the Kid! OK don’t do that, because then I’ll get confused…. Davis as in Ed Davis? Nahhh, you don’t want him with Z-Bo back. I do like what Brandan Wright is doing lately. Plays more minutes and finishes games out over starter Chris Kaman. If he’s around he might be a good nab.

  5. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey Billy the Kid!!! LOL. hey I looked up Brandan Wright and he’s taken, so ya know on yahoo when you type in just the name Wright, it will give u a list of all the Wright’s in the nba?.. Well this guy Dorell Wright popped up too and he’s like 37% owned and when I looked at his stats they were pretty good.. What u think??? i know nothin about hi’m so…….?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank Lynch: Yea I like Wright. Comes off the bench and does a little bit of everything. Def will help ya in 3s. Problem is a limit of minutes (usually in low to mid 20s per game) that limit his upside. But he should probably be owned.

  6. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey buddy. I was wondering if you knew more info on Ariza? How hurt is he and Should he be dropped? Also is Tyson Chandler Def gonna be ready in a week? Any new news on Rose??

  7. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey is Devin Harris a good pickup?

  8. Frank Lynch says:
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    Or Lance Stephenson??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank Lynch: I’m not sure if I would drop Ariza for either of those guys but I am worried. Harris should see less run with Teague back (and will start again either today or the hawks next outing) and I’m not big on Stephenson. I obviously don’t know “definitely” but I think Chandler is back after sitting out one last game today. Got nothin new for you on Rose man sorry! The waiting game unfortunately continues….

  9. Frank Lynch says:
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    why did u say I’m worried?

  10. Frank Lynch says:
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    I hope he comes back tomorrow… Thats the day we were saying which is the first home game after the big road trip. At least he said that the burning on the hamstrins weren’t really a problem and he’s saying he’s ready physically but he’s trying mejntally now. Dude better make a F’n decision soon cause I’ve been holding on for 2 months now. Lol

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank Lynch: haha I feel your pain! I’m worried about Ariza because the wiz have a lot of young sf options vying for minutes and if he’s gimpy it may cost him some minutes.

  11. Frank Lynch says:
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    Well i got a buy next week. How long should i sit him cause i need a solid team going into the playoffs. Ya know..

  12. Frank Lynch says:
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    Morning,, I also got Corey brewer and Luis Scola on the wire. Just wondering if they’re good options??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank Lynch: morning man! On Ariza I would wait and see the minutes distribution in a few more games. I like brewer a lot, but he’s a little inconsistent. Scola is now on the bench so he’s out of the picture and not producing. I would wait at least one more game on Ariza and if he doesn’t get close to 20 minutes or produce, go with Brewer.

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