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“1,000, 1,001, 1,002, 1,003.  Wow, I can hardly lift my left arm I did so many. I don’t know if you heard me, but I did over 1,000.”  Maybe should’ve stopped at like 40!  Kyrie Irving strained his left biceps a couple weeks ago, sending owners into a furious frenzy of wire replacements.  And one of the most fun times of the year (although you could argue most frustrating) is when the fringe or struggling playoff teams make drastic moves.  Well, I would argue dropping Kyrie when news hit wasn’t a drastic move, but I think you all know what I’m saying in H2H leagues.  After a very positive reevaluation, Uncle Drew was cleared for practice yesterday and could return as soon as tomorrow.  Talk about positivity!  While the game tomorrow against the Magic seems questionable, there still is cloudy uncertainty.  Both that game and the Cavs next on Friday at the Hawks are on very busy, heavily-scheduled days.  Of course when healthy, Kyrie is a no-brainer, but I’d imagine his first game back comes with a little bit of training wheels.  So if you’re in your final week in your title hopes, I’m not seeing an immediacy in picking him up.  But if your finals are next week, or a two-week final, go ahead and Cry Uncle.  Wait, that doesn’t mean what I was hoping.  Go ahead and pry Uncle?  Eh…  In Roto, hopefully you held Kyrie as that’s what I would’ve done.  Looking ahead to next week, it’s sadly only three games for the Cavs, but stay positive!  One against Detroit and another against da Bucks.  Gotta like those.  Here’s what else I saw last night in fantasy basketball action:

Ramon Sessions – Dr. Drake Ramoray’s Venezuelan half brother!  Well, he’s from Myrtle Beach, that’s kinda the Venezuela of the southeast if you ask me… 20/5/11, rocking out the dimebag, and boosting your FT% like I always rave about with Sessions, going 9-11.  Must-own down the stretch.

Brandon Knight – 25/9/7 and I hope he doesn’t stay too hot through the rest of the season so I can be all over him again next year.

Indiana Pacers – Yikes.  They bad.

Roy Hibbert – Does have a 5-block game in there, but also zero blocks in three of the past five including last night.  7 was his high rebounding total from the past six, not topping 5 before that.  His numbers eerily look like Kyle O’Quinn‘s right now.

Tim Duncan – Not a big scoring day, but 9/6/4/1/3 is a really solid multi-cat that way outperforms a DNP-CD.  I don’t even know when he last sat.  In 2013?  Hah, probably just means it’s coming, but man, playing every Spurs outing virtually through the whole playoffs has been “Timmay!”-outburst worthy.

Timofey Mozgov – With J.J. the lame plane not siphoning off minutes, Healthcare.Mozgov can finally prove to Republicans his value!  Huge 23/10/1/0/1 line from the Thabeet from St. Pete.  I imagine him playing this game with all the panache of being shirtless riding a horse.

Drew Gooden – Just when you thought his AARP membership was back to silver, BOOM! Platinum baby!  Wait, I dunno where I was going with that… Two rough games in a row, and really three in a row with an empty 15/3/0/1/0 before those.  Now hot, with two straight of solid production with 12/8/2/2/0 and no TOs last night.

Thaddeus Young - Thrainbow line!  23/3/4/4/3 with five treys.  Shot 7-10, 4-4 FT, and this uber-% boosting, multi-cat orgasm-inducing line means yet another Philly loss.  But not for fantasy owners!  Man that was a sick flow right there.

Paul Millsap - Had a commenter worried about his mini-slump, but I said be steadfast!  Huge eruption, and the best way to get out of any sort of funk – against the awful 76ers.  They’re the Cialis of fantasy flaccid-ness. Are they called the 76ers because they almost lost 76 games this year?  Sheesh!  28/17/4/3/0 for Millsap including a trey.

Tony Wroten – Tore up Detroit (shocker…) but looked awful last night.  I think Brandon Jennings‘ and Josh Smith‘s terrible ratio ways rubbed off on him from that game…

Zaza Pachulia – “I make Noah!”  12/13/6/0/3 in one of the more preposterous lines of March.  The Pistons are just a defensive travesty.  And with such good athletes too!  I think even they are ready to tune out basketball and follow the Tigers.

Jonas Valanciunas – 14/10/0/1/0 shooting 7-9.  It’s a good Tristan Thompson day!

Greivis Vasquez – ThrAGNOF alert!  17/0/1/0/0 with 4 TOs and three treys.  Hell, put me on an NBA court for 23 minutes and I might be able to do that!

LeBron James – I remember way back when, when I was just a young lad, ESPN played a high school basketball game.  I wasn’t hardcore into basketball anymore after the Hornets left Charlotte, plus thought it was weird high school was on (no idea of anyone in the game), but I had nothing else better to do.  Then some dude had a through the legs step back three pointer and looked like he was the center.  Ah, memories…

Birdman – He flyeth!  Multi-blocks in five of the last six with another pair last night.  His consistency is as the crow flies, or something like that…

DeMarcus Cousins – If last night’s 35/14/3/1/2 shooting 13-18 (9-12 FT) is any indication, he might be the most important player in Finals week.

Ray McCallum – Yesterday: “Solid run for Ray-Mac with no IT2, and would be a fine plug-n-play if still available and no IT2 tonight.”  Today: no IT2 and career best game!  22/2/10/2/0.

Anthony Davis – RainBrow!

Anthony Morrow – It’s like playing the deep league slots.  I thought he’d get some decent run to round out the year given the Pelicans injuries.  Sometimes it happens, sometimes no so much.  Last night it happened.  23/3/1/2/0 with four treys and no TOs.  If only his PT was a given…

D.J. Augustin – Whelp!  Gasp!  Ker-plut!  Shot only 1-9 for 4 points after putting 33 Sunday.  But dimebag it up!  11 treys.  I gotta admit, that surprised me.  This game was an absolute snoozer.  I haven’t yawned that much since I tried to sit through S.W.A.T.

Jared Sullinger – Looked awful and got a bloody nose.  Funny tidbit, the commentators saw it bleeding and someone tried to dish to Sully inside and the announcer goes, “Don’t pass it to me, I’m bleedin’!”  Hah!

Matt Barnes – I called him a must-own with the Blake Griffin injury, the minutes were there already, but figured a few more boards and shot attempts would come his way.  19/6/3/2/0 with three treys.  Barnesburner!

Nikola Pekovic – Had to leave after only 7 minutes with continued ankle soreness.  Well, there goes that!  Like the apes in Spaceballs would say, “There goes the Planet!”  Might get shut down, and while Gorgui Dieng only got 19 minutes yesterday, he still shined for 14/4/3/3/1 shooting 4-4 and 6-6 FT.  Yeah, be sure and re-grab Dieng.

Trey Burke – A paltry 5/4/3/0/0 with 3 TOs against a terrible Raymond Felton.  I had a comment asking Trevor Ariza or Burke for yesterday.  Turns out, no one wins.

Enes Kanter – Yo-yoed back to the bench.  12/6/0/0/0 as he provides nothing in other cats yet again.  Womp womp.

 

Next Game:  TNT OT on Tuesday again!  HOU at BKN in what is actually a really entertaining game.  More deliberate Nets vs. up-tempo Rox.  Be sure to tune in, and hope you got a good start in your Finals!

  1. Joe says:
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    Let’s talk about what we do about Lowry. Is he a hold or a drop if you’re in the championship week? :-/

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Joe: Since Toronto plays tomorrow and it’s a heavy schedule day then I have a question… Will you be able to bench Lowry tomorrow and still have a full active roster? If Yes then hold. If No then who’s available? We can’t mess around with injuries in the finals…

      • Joe says:
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        @Slim:

        No. I’d be one short of a full complement. The best available players are T.Jones, Livingston, and Henderson.

        • Slim

          Slim says:
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          @Joe: Hendu isnt for me… I like Livingston, he doesnt make up for the 3s but at least he’s been consistent. So tough to trust McHale right now… Today (if that matters) tomorrow then friday and saturday means you get an open Sunday with Livingston too. Its not an easy call though. If you think you will need Steals/Assists/FT%/reliability then Livingston. If 3s/boards/blocks/upside then TJones.

          I would wait till as late as you can though in hopes that we get some news from Lowry. If I were a betting man then I bet he doesnt play tomorrow.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joe: Agree with Slim, I’d bet he’s out Wednesday, but might wait for confirmation. It’s the finals though, and the Raptors are pretty locked in with their playoff spot being 3/4 I don’t have a big problem losing him to stream someone tonight. Streamer tonight, streamer tomorrow, plus streamers through the week beats maybe 2 Lowry games IMO

  2. Slim

    Slim says:
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    Not a terrible start to the REL finals. My opponent lost Pek and possibly Lowry yesterday, joining Varejao and Gallinari in the triage… Ruh Roh… If Jackson plays Thursday then I’m 100% healthy. Gooden and Adrien are my heroes, Burks and Anderson were both solid yesterday. I’m starting to see a glimmer of hope.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Slim: More than a glimmer, fire up the barbie!

  3. Jay says:
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    Great writeups as always, JB. Thanks to you, Slim and the whole razzball bball crew I’m in the finals this week going for the glory.

    Looking to drop Mo Will tomorrow for a Thu/Sun add (won’t be playing Mo on a stacked Friday night). Jamal Crawford is available and seems to be the clear add as the Clips play DAL/LAL. I’m guessing his most recent injury puts him as day-to-day, would you be hesitant to pick him up because of that? Other than him, I’m looking at Devin Harris, Brandan Wright, Marco Belinelli or Boris Diaw(2nd game of a back-to-back for the Spurs on Thu) as the only other possible adds. Who do you like most out of that group?

    • Slim

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      @Jay: Yeah that’s a tough call. I agree Mo can go but as for the options… yikes. If I was confident Crawford was going to play then I’d go that way but I don’t know if he will. I like both Spurs over the Mavs. I’m thinking Belinelli is the play but if your looking for boards more than any other stat then I would favor Diaw.

      • Jay says:
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        @Slim: Yea, I think I’ll wait for an update on Crawford and if it isn’t good just save my last 2 moves for Sunday. Would also let me get a clearer picture of which cats I’ll need to focus on. Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jay: Yeah I agree with that strategy, Crawford just can’t shake this calf thing. I don’t think he’ll play tomo. Of those, sorta depends on what cats you need, I agree it’s between those Spurs for me. Go get em man!

  4. Bi-Felicia says:
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    All 3 off my teams came out with swinging! Im playing 2 titans this week! It’s gonna be a war! Drop those injuries like they are hot garbage when fking against the best teams all year you cannot afford DNP’s Good Luck Everyone

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bi-Felicia: Agree!

  5. Bi-Felicia says:
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    For some reason my phone likes using random fking instead of playing lol

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Bi-Felicia: That’s one smart phone. That’s my preference too!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bi-Felicia: Haha fking awesome phone!

  6. AJ says:
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    Which 2 are you picking for tonite from Marion/Carter vs GS, Blatche vs Hou or Draymond @ Dal? Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @AJ: I kind like Blatche tonight. Hit all 5 cats I think in 4 or 5 straight. Draymond Green is nice for blocks, but if you’re good there, Marion.

  7. Yokev_o says:
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    Any use in holding pekovic to see what happens? Or drop for say bird man?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Yokev_o: I don’t think you can hold onto him. If you can bench him tomorrow and still have a full active roster then I would hold another day. Otherwise yeah it’s too risky to hold.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Yokev_o: I’d probably drop

  8. Slim

    Slim says:
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    I’m vs Lin and Pierce in your TNT OT game. Here’s to hoping Lin can win me turnovers. That reminds me, there were more than a few Jeremy Lin supporters early on. Me not being one of them. Even though I’m against him in fantasy I’m still rooting for him to succeed. It’s tough not to.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Slim: Yeah that was some fun spirited debates early on and turned out really no one was right haha. Got a funny screen shot of Mason Plumlee.

  9. hamtime says:
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    i own both wade and jamal crawford in my team and im in the finals. have one move left for the week. who do i drop? (also have jordan hill, who could be back to being useless)

    FA pool includes: henderson, wilson chandler, brian roberts. thinking i go roberts, but he has such low upside.

    in short, it looks like im fcked! haha

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hamtime: Yea I think I’d lose Crawford of the two. Worried since it’s the same injury over and over. I think Wade has the better upside to play. Haha yea I like B-Rob the best too, but you can do it!

  10. Daniel Bryan says:
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    Hey JB. Got to the finals on my work league. Got lucky though. My opponent had A.Davis and IT2. Unfortunately, I’m facing a team with Kevin Durant. I’m also pretty crappy at FG%, FT%, and TO. Basically I need to sweep 3pt,Reb,Ast,Stl,Blk. Can you recommend some guys from the waiver wire?

    2nd question, I have 12 players playing on Wednesday so I need to bench two. Who do you recommend I bench out of the following: M. Barnes, T. Gibson, H. Sims, T. Harris, D. Collison, B. Jennings, J.Hill?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Daniel Bryan: Ugh no fun going against a KD. Well I’d probably bench J. Hill andddd probably Sims. Free agents, tough to know without seeing it, Chris Andersen as I mentioned in the article has 2+ blocks in 5 of 6, Anothny Morrow has 20+ in three of four and hits treys, Ray McCallum if no IT2 again has been a good assists machine.

      • Daniel Bryan says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Kaman, J. O’Neal, Mozgov, Belinelli, Bazemore, D. Green, James Anderson.. McCallum looks interesting though but I already have a full schedule on the day he faces the Lakers. Andersen has been owned from the start by an inactive owner. God I hate inactive owners. If I win this league, I’m dedicating my win to Razzball as most of my add/drops have been recommendations from here. Hehehe.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Daniel Bryan: Probably like Kaman and Mozgov the most, but both are M/W/Sunday. Belinelli might be your guy to give you a thursday start if you’re full Wed and Fri. Woo we love dedicated wins! If you win a big piece of change, buy me a whisky! Haha

  11. hamtime says:
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    is nene worth picking up? i would be dropping reggie evans. thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hamtime: Ehhh, I mean I’m not a huge Evans fan or anything, but really no idea what Nene is gonna be able to do. Just for this week I’d stick with Evans, unless you’re just crushing boards already. in that case Evans would be pretty useless anyway

  12. Practice says:
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    I’m currently in my H2H finals week. and I can afford to drop 2 players (Jameer Nelson and Jordan Hill). I’m looking ahead to stream players for Thursday’s short schedule.

    There are several Spurs players available: Danny Green, Manu, Splitter, Belinelli. Like many of us, I have been burned by Pop’s awesome DNPs before, so man am I a bit hesitant. Would you roll the dice on any of the 4 above?

    The other option would be Sammy Dalembert. So of Green, Manu, Splitter, Belinelli, and Dalembert, which 2 would you stream for Thursday? Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Practice: yeah Hill is certainly droppable. After last night, not loving Dalembert, I like Splitter the best of the bunch

  13. The Muppet Maniac says:
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    Out of these guys, pick two to start. Which two do you think with have the best games tonight out of the group?

    Chris Kaman
    Kyle Singler
    Amir Johnson
    Drew Gooden
    Josh McRoberts

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