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I was among those who eagerly awaited the inevitable moment this season when Steve Nash went down with some sort of old man injury so that Goran Dragic could be taken out of the garage and driven around like Cameron’s Ferrari in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Sure as shootin’, Nash’s groin laid him low. And everyone knows if you misspell Goran and jumble all the letters, you get ‘groin.’ Mind blown! For those of you who watched last night’s game, you saw that a beautiful machine was again mistreated and sent into a ditch to perish. Dragic turned the ball over six times in the game, five coming in the first 10 minutes of the game. He shot 4-of-9 from the floor and 2-of-9 from the line and never saw a second of the fourth quarter. As test drives go, it’s as if hundreds of miles were put on the odometer without having gone anywhere. Coming into this game, Dragic had a per36 of 20/6 with six turnovers. He made good (bad?) on the turnovers without ever looking completely comfortable. It’s cool. There will be other opportunities for Dragic this year. Groin injuries tend to linger. So does old age. I was just hoping to open Dragic up sooner rather than later.

Here’s what else went down in fantasy basketball last night:

Arron Afflalo – Spellcheck dropped a 16/11/1 line with four treys. If I had told you you could pluck a 13/4/2.5 guy off of waivers at the beginning of the season, would you have taken it? We both know the answer to that already.

Jeff Foster – He looks like a woman who’s spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in surgical bills to look like a man and can’t quite pull it off. What I mean is, Foster made his first appearance of the game. Now that you know, go on about your business.

A.J. Price – 14/2/6 in a season-high 21 minutes. Price was right tonight, but that may be the last we see of him for a while. Collison was in  a suit still recovering from an ankle sprain and Dunleavy was in a hospital suite with his wife who had a baby, which left the door open for Price.

Brandon Rush – 14/5/1 with four threes and five blocks. He had three blocks and three treys in his previous four games. Let’s see him replicate last night’s line against an NBA team. I know Indy played the Clippers last night. I stand by my previous statement.

DeAndre Jordan – Clearly it was a slow night in fantasy hoops, or else I wouldn’t bother warning you against this guy. Really, it’s only five percent of fantasy leagues I’m talking to here. The rest of you, go fix a sandwich or something. Jordan was on the floor for 23 minutes and missed all seven shot attempts. This was a particularly shocking feat considering the only time he left the paint on offense was to commit a boneheaded foul on defense. He had five fouls last night and somehow four of them were caused by his knee or stomach. I was watching this game and cannot figure out how that happened.

Jameer Nelson - Smear Jameer distributed a dozen assists all over the 6-foot-9 forwards expected to guard Dwight Howard last night. Nelson has only reached the 12 assist plateau twice before in his career, the most recent being January 13, 2006. He’s always kind of frustrating to own, if someone else in your league sees it differently, trade him to that guy.

Jason Richardson – Speaking of frustrating to own, I think this is why owners are so sluggish on Richardson every season. After going 35/8 with seven threes three games ago, he’s averaged 10/2 with 0.3 threes since then. Now owners are going to replace him in their lineups with someone else and he’s going to benchslap everyone with another 30-point game. He’ll meet his projections by season’s end, but Lordy it won’t feel that way.

Wesley Matthews – It baffles me how someone can go 3-for-8 from the arc and only 1-for-4 from the stripe. But still … I’m not going to beg you to grab Matthews. Wait … yes I am. Please grab Wes Matthews. Do you see what you make me do?

Earl Barron – He’s played 25 minutes in two games for the Suns this season and has shot 0-for-3 with two rebounds and six fouls. I know this is a small sample size and he’s still learning the offense in Phoenix, but he’s among the most added players this week in fantasy leagues. He’s like the new girl in your homeroom. Everyone’s all about her and her purple shoes and he wispy bangs and the promise she holds of loving you forever, or dating you, or maybe just talking to you. Then she does talk to you, reveals her hyena laugh and rabbit teeth and you’re back to thinking about Joel Przybilla. If Barron is helpful to your team, perhaps your league is just too damn deep.

  1. Another Falstaff says:
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    @Adam – Speaking of Pryzbilla. my retooled team looks like this:

    PG – Harris, Nelson, Brooks(INJ)
    SG – ‘Reke, JRich, Afflalo
    SF – KD, Batum, Outlaw, Kleiza
    PF – Murphy, Jamison, Aminu
    C – Horford, Hibbert

    Obviously hurting in FG% and blocks. Thinking of dropping Linas (since he’s playing like Linus) for Joel and then picking up Roddy soon. Who to drop then? Thanks!

  2. Amazing work on detailing Foster. Just spit my water out laughing… Or maybe its just watered down ketel/soda from last night, either way – fuggn classic.

    PS – this is my 1st year owning J.Richardson and its ulcervating.

  3. Dilbert says:
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    h2h 9 cat

    i give terry/bogut
    i get felton/randolph

    long term value i feel like this a solid deal for me. what do you think?

  4. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Another Falstaff: Probably Aminu.

    @El Burro: Ha. Just wait ’til you bench him and he goes off. I’ve slammed many a fist against many a coffee table putting up with that shizz over the years.

    @Dilbert: Wait. Are we talking Zach or Anthony on that Randolph? Never receive two Knicks in one trade. It’s bad luck. Like saying ‘MacBeth’ in a theater or ‘Lucci’ during a daytime television awards ceremony.

  5. Dilbert says:
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    lol. zach. my bad

  6. brad says:
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    if i can get darren collison for my outlaw+ridnour i do it and run right?

  7. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Dilbert: I’m a little worried about Z-Bo. 1) You’re getting rid of a lot of blocks and getting few in return (I don’t think Randolph has a single block this season yet). 2) Gay’s taking a little of everyone’s shot attempts and 3) He’s not going to get a contract extension anytime soon and he’s not going to be happy about it.

    Still, I’m waiting for the other show to drop with Bogut’s health and Terry’s value is sure to take at least a mild hit when Beaubois returns.

    This certainly isn’t a BAD deal for you. Really, I think it comes down to your view on Bogutron’s health from here on out. If you think he plays like he’s been playing for the rest of the year, I’m not sure I’d do this deal. If you think he’ll go the way of Oden, Roy and Baron, it’s a smart deal.

  8. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @brad: Eff yes.

  9. Dilbert says:
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    thanks, i definitely appreciate your input. ill sit on the offer for a little bit.

  10. Jeremy says:
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    yo adam i got a lineup question for a h2h most category league. going into the weekend we both have full lineups for today and tomorrow and then sunday he has five players going and i have two. here’s the breakdown of categories, my stats first: 3s 20-14, Reb 105-98, Ast 71-44, Stl 17-9, Blk 24-10, and Pts 338-287. He’s up in FG% so that ship has sailed. Considering his sunday player advantage I’m confident he’ll take the lead in rebounds and points. I feel confident in my lead in assists and blocks. The one lineup change I’m considering is D Fish (1.3 3s, 1.2 stl) for Blowpez (0 3s, 0.3 stls). Is this a good idea or should i leave lopez out there for the minutes pts and blocks?

  11. Jeremy says:
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    i also have chewblocka (ibaka) in tonight so hopefully he get his avg in blocks

  12. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Dilbert: No problem.

    @Jeremy: It depends on who he’s got going on Sunday and how many more games (if any) you’ve played against him up until this point. Do you think your points lead will increase before Sunday? Each of his three additional Sunday players will have to average 17 points each to catch up to you. That’s not unheard of, but it’s also not a lock. If he’s only gotten nine steals after four days, what are the odds he’s going to get eight more steal than you in the next three days?

  13. Jeremy says:
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    @Adam: Yeah i’ve had five more players thus far. and I’m very concerned about sunday. he’s got pierce artest kleiza biedrins and prince. Ive got fisher and weems. fisher really does practically nothing, and we’ll see about weems, but i do hope i can count on some treys from those guys. maybe enough steals to hold him off, but points i don’t think so.

  14. Jeremy says:
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    but my lineup today consissts of dwill, salmons, rejuvenated rj, gerald wallace, ibaka, weems, and then lopez/fisher, so if i don’t play fisher the other guys are capable of hitting treys. and tomorrow basically everyone on the roster is gonna be available so i can make appropriate changes then. so for now i’m gonna play lopez angainst sac town and it looks like i’m gonna be checking in tomorrow if that’s cool. thanks for all the help man i’m in a league with all my older brother’s friends so there’s a lot of pride at stake here.

  15. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Jeremy: It’s hard to tell, but if you take the combined per game average point total of his Sunday five (62) and match it against your lead so far (51 points) and the combined average ppg Weems and Fisher have (22), you should have enough to beat him (62 to 73).

    In theory, anyway.

  16. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    @Adam – TChandler just dropped. TChandler > Przybilla? Thanks!

  17. Ryan says:
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    What do yah think of this Adam?

    Give Jrue, D. Lee, & Blatche

    for Kidd and Joakim

    *pick up Serge off WW for extra spot if it happens*

  18. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Ryan: What does your team need statistically? What can you afford to lose statistically?

  19. Ryan says:
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    I need 3s and blocks and no turn overs. I got rebounds points and assists going pretty good. Most of all 3s!

  20. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Ryan: Even if we assume Lee returns to his 20/11/4 self when he returns, this trade would not only improve your total team 3ptm by about 0.5 per game (is that enough?), but also lower your TOVs by three per contest and increase your blocks by almost 3.5.

    Your only significant loss would be ppg (about 15 fewer per game), but you said you were doing okay there. All-in-all, sounds like a solid deal.

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