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Perhaps the funniest catch phrase I made up with my buddies while watching the NBA through college -“Wahhhhhh I’m Jarrett Jack!” – can be used in so many instances.  It’s like Brian Dennehy’s speech about how versatile the F-Bomb is when he played Bobby Knight in an ESPN movie.  Whomever greenlit that idea, airing a movie with constant F-Bombs on ESPN2, is probably fired.  He’s like, “Don’t fire me!  Wahhhhhhhhh!  Wahhhhhhhhhhh, I’m Jarrett Jack!”  I use this phrase because every time I seem to watch him, he looks so so sad.  And just look at the cover screen grab for the Yahoo recap from the game last night!  So after Kyrie Irving flexed his guns too hard, Jack had three starts of very uninspiring ball.  Mike Brown sat him down and said he needed more from him.  The veteran responded, “Wahhhhhhhhh I’m Jarrett Jack!”   Then last night rolled around with the Knicks rolling out Raymond Felton to play defense.  Seriously, it’s like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with the blueberry chick.  The only difference is Felton actually ate the meals and didn’t chew the LSD-laced gum!  After a minute or two, Felton was winded, and went “Wahhhhhhhh, I have to guard Jarrett Jack!”  Jack lit up the terrible Knicks D for 31/5/10 with a trey and a side of whoopass.  Finally kicking it into gear as the starter, Jack has a four-gamer cooking up for week two of the playoffs, with my eye eagerly on Wednesday at the awful Pistons.  It doesn’t really matter who he’s playing, pretty much a must own.  Of course, in all my leagues where I’m still alive, he was already snatched up.  “Wahhhhhhhhh, I’m Jarrett Jack!”  Here’s what else I caught over the weekend in NBA action:

J.J. Hickson – Torn ACL and out for the year.  He’d been tapering off for a while, and gives a big opportunity to Healthcare.Mozgov.  Good thing Hickson was covered to get his MRI.  Just kidding of course, but I do find it funny how many Healthcare.gov commercials I’ve seen pandering to basketball players.  We’ll just leave it at that, don’t need to get this too serious!  Timofey Mozgov is a solid pickup for the upside in virtually all leagues.

Tony Wroten – Hurt his ankle early over the weekend and missing more time.  You all know how I love Wroten, but I’m cutting where I have him.  Wire She Wroten.

Pau Gasol – “Nicolas Cage wagered – and your podium’s gone…”  “I dunno what happened, I’m confused!”  Well, I guess I shouldn’t make jokes since Gasol was taken to the hospital after getting dizzy and nauseous.  Welcome to being a Lakers fan!  Dammit, I said no more jokes!  Got three liters of fluid pumped in his veins as apparently he was more dehydrated than a bender with Hunter S. Thompson.

Jose Calderon – Elbowed in the face.  Not a good night for our Hispanic NBA players…  Could we see a mask?  If Calderon has to don a mask, I’m calling him Zorro.

Jameer Nelson – Still hurt.  I’ve fought for him a few times throughout the year.  Loved the dimes, liked the treys.  Nothing spectacular and a little underrated.  But it all ends now – cuttable in all shallower leagues during the playoff push.

Russell Westbrook – Tweaked his knee and is missing a game this week according to reports.  Thankfully it’s just one and he can pick and choose apparently.  At least he’s getting the most of the night before he dies young…

Kevin Love – Beasssssst.  I wonder how many teams directly won their playoff matchups on this sendoff Sunday monster.  36/14/9/2/0 with three treys.  Along with Anthony Davis, I think both PFs have vaulted into top-5 territory for drafts next year.

Ricky Rubio – Whoa!  Shot 7-12 including 2-4 3PTM for 19/4/9/3/0.  Finding some offense at the right time.

Gerald Green – Yup – is what a figured.  “He is what I thought he was!”  14/1/2/1/0 with two treys, and solidly in ThrAGNOF territory.

DeMarre Carroll – Along with Jodie Meeks, piled up 11 steals (5 and 6 respectively) last night.  The Carroll/Meeks Eleven.  They want to knock over a casino.

Pero Antic – Showing some flashes.  Both of fantasy-usefulness and utter-awfulness.  4/10/3 in 26 minutes is pretty good, but 1-6 with 4 TOs from a C is not.  Turning the ball over way too much and is as cold as the Yugoslavian winter.

Jordan Hill – Started, and with Pau Gasol taken off by an ambulance, Mike Doh-toni actually had to play him big minutes.  Two straight big games now, with a career-high last night of 28 Pts with 13 boards and a swat.  Worth the spec add in most leagues, but it’s playing with fire as we all know.

Ryan Kelly – Rather have Hill right now, might change tomorrow, might be neither by Thursday.  So annoying.  D’Antoni didn’t push Larry Drew too hard for the worst NBA Coach Razzie, but the fact he got over a third as many votes is pretty comendable!

Victor Oladipo – Back to the RainbOladipo we know and love!  21/5/1/2/0 with two treys and the awful 8 TOs.  In non-TO leagues next year, man, he’s gonna be a really flashy pick.

John Wall - Yikes.  15/3/4/3/1 is pretty solid, but 8 TOs?  Pretty ugly game from one of your main guys.  Too bad he couldn’t channel his Kentucky energy after that upset!  I had that one too!  Clyde did not… Haha sorry Clyde, had to mention your busted bracket :).  Shout out to our Razzball Pool leader Yuguete Nothin’ and Like It leading the pack with 46 Pts.  I’m not too far behind with 43 though!  And should have more, refs really hosed Chapel Hill.

Ramon Sessions – After proving he might be the best player on this team, gets relegated to only 20 minutes after a major injury to Nate Wolters thinned out the guards.  Still went 13/5/6.  Erstwhile, the poppycock that is O.J. Mayo goes for 21.  I might just avoid all Bucks updates for the rest of the year, I’m so angry.

Sacramento Kings – All your studs absolutely go off.  Because it’s against the effin’ Bucks.

Shaun Livingston – Not going to go off in any one area, but another productive stat-filler line of 12/7/1/3/0 shooting 4-4 FG 4-4 FT and no TOs.  Pretty much eight straight really useful games.

Samuel Dalembert – The Haitian is back to Sensationing!  12/15 with a ridiculous 7 swats.  5 were on Mason Plumlee, who channeled that negative energy from Duke.  Before the game, Plumlee was crying and had a big collection of Mercer voodoo dolls.  Dalembert’s Jobu took that negative energy, and… OK, I’m too far with this, Plumlee is young and got a little lesson from a big boy vet.

Devin Harris – With Zorro out after the elbow to the nose, 40 minutes for 11/7/6.  Interesting in even shallower leagues for a spot start if Zorro misses a game.

 

Next Game: Highlights for BKN @ NOP.  Man, some high-flying action between Brow and Plumlee!  Plumlee should be eager to bounce back from being Haitian Sensationed.  I hope everyone is pumped for a huge week 2 of the playoffs, and if you’re still reading anyway after getting knocked out, I’m throwing you a hypothetical beer!  Drink up on me!

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  1. Jason MacLeod says:
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    You buying into Sims recent production? Rank T. Ross , Antic , Sims.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jason MacLeod: Yeah I said a couple weeks ago I think he can thrive. Might only work for him in this situation, but I’ll go Sims Ross Antic

  2. Wutang says:
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    worried this week…. playing a guy who loves the boards n blocks, but with LA out tonight and tomorrow, there goes 3-4 blocks (which makes a difference as we all know). So I’m writing off blocks, and that could take a big hit on my rebounds as well…. gonna be an interesting week.

    Looking at my team now, I can’t see anyone I’d drop.

    CP3
    LA
    Boogie
    Thad Young
    Chandler
    Ellis
    Big Al
    Hayward
    Harris
    VictorTOladipo (who even cares about winning TO’s anyways….)

    Do i look at dropping any of these 3:
    Ariza
    DJA
    Gibson

    Just gonna be a messy week. Only night I’m full on is Friday so I have to take that into account. Gonna be a mess. Not sure the point of writing this. Damn playoffs got me more confused than Larry Drew when asked who’ll start the next game..

    • Wutang says:
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      @Wutang: guess ill put some waiver wire warriors in here, cause i never thought about it..

      Gooden
      Waiters
      Sully
      C Brewer
      K midd
      Gerald “i can dunk and hit 3’s” Green
      McRoberts
      Wes J
      D Col
      Beleneli
      JJ Redick
      Jarrett Jack
      Vince Carter
      Jordan Hill
      Shaun Livingston
      Anderson Varejao
      Dorrell Wright
      Tiago Splitter

      ohhhh my. stressful it really is

      • Wutang says:
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        @Wutang: and big mozzy is still kicking around

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Wutang: A lot of interesting names. Mozgov could do well, Hill is hot, Livingston is playing well, Jack is in a big role. If you’re truly punting boards and blocks, I could support a Jack for Gibson move.

  3. Big Baby HeyZeus says:
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    In my semis, 12 team h2h 9 cat, 3 weekly adds. Have 5 more games played this week than my opponent, just looking for best overall production. Looking at Henry Sims for potential, and Devin Harris and Vince Carter because they play on “off” days.

    Chris Paul v Milwaukee
    Eric Bledsoe @ Atlanta
    George Hill @ Chicago
    Mo Williams @ Miami
    Wesley Matthews @ Miami
    Kevin Martin @ Memphis
    Danny Green v Philadelphia
    Dirk Nowitzki
    Chris Bosh v Portland
    Marc Gasol v Minnesota
    Channing Frye @ Atlanta
    Anderson Varejao
    Chris Andersen v Portland

    The last 3 players are my potential drops. Who, if any, should get the boot? Also, 11 play tonight, who should I bench?

    All the best fellas,
    Big Baby HeyZeus

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Big Baby HeyZeus: Yeah I’d rather Sims over Andersen. Would bench Andersen tonight and the Heat play on Mon Wed Fri Sat so all the big nights. Sims will give you a game tomo and fill you out on Sunday

      • Big Baby HeyZeus says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Do you think Randy Foye is worth a waiver claim? I do. He was just dropped. I am 7th in line.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Big Baby HeyZeus: If you like him go for it! I personally am not a big Foye fan. He’s hot these last three games, but only from hitting threes = ThrAGNOF! But if you need treys, def worth the add.

          • Big Baby HeyZeus says:
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            @JB Gilpin:

            Popovich is not fantasy friendly.

  4. Joe says:
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    No bye, no problem! Made it to Round 2, in no small part to Dion Waiters. Now I feel like I’m facing something close to a midterm exam.

    My team: IT2, Lillard, Knight, Chalmers, Waiters, T.Evans, Carroll, Gibson, D.Lee, Ibaka, M.Gasol

    My opponent: Calderon, Jo.Craw, K.Mart, Granger, Gay, West, Bosh, Amir, Love, Davis, RoLo

    Below are available free agents. We get four adds. Who should I add/drop? What should my strategy be? I’d hate to cut Gibson and his 3 games because I think I have a chance at winning blocks. D.Lee plays 2. Is that worth holding on to?

    Meanwhile, the Lakers, Mavericks, and to a lesser extent Clippers are all teams for whom there is at least one notable free agent available (below) and that play on Tuesday and/or Thursday, thus giving mr games on days when there are few games.

    Who, if anyone, do I pursue? I tried to focus the list below on those with four or more games.

    Free Agents
    JJ Redick
    Jarrett Jack
    Nick Young
    Vince Carter
    Jordan Hill
    Luol Deng
    Corey Brewer
    Shaun Livingston
    Gorgui Dieng
    Anderson Varejao
    Dorrell Wright
    Tiago Splitter

    • Joe says:
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      @Joe:

      Nm on Deng. Someone else took him. Good riddance.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joe: Nice! I think you have to keep Lee. If you win, he’ll certainly be scooped up and could kill ya next week if whomever you play ends up with him. Hill and Jack would be my two targets. Both have 4 games weeks that start tomo. I would play Gibson tonight and grab Jack I think

  5. justin.g says:
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    2nd round! Thanks for the help this year guys. Need to choose two guys between N Young, Henderson, J Hill! Happy Monday sort of

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @justin.g: Awesome! Yeah I’d get Hill

  6. Jake says:
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    Start B. Knight against the Clippers tonight (tough matchup) or DJA (played well against the Pacers the other day) OR Trey Burke against the Pistons (played great against them last time)??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jake: Hmmmm. It’s probably Knight still for me, but all three are really really close.

  7. TR says:
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    Started as the #5 seed, upset the 4, and now playing the 1 in the semi’s! Hopefully KD & Lob City will carry me to a championship

    On a side note, I just drafted in my primary baseball league. Tell me what you think!

    12 team points league that favors home runs a bit

    Batters: Chris Davis, Bryce Harper, Wieters, Altuve, Pedro Alvarez, Jean Segura, Manny Machado, Chris Carter, Billy Hamilton, Nick Swisher, Gattis, Markakis, Uggla, Sizemore, Gomes, Profar (dropping for Ventura) and Junior Lake

    Pitchers (guess my favorite team): King Felix, Bumgarner, Romo, Lincecum, Jose Fernandez, Zack Wheeler, Chris Archer, Wacha

    I tried to use earlier rounds for power hitters and to fill out my positions and then all-upside guys in the later rounds

    • JB Gilpin

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      @TR: Nice! KD can carry anyone to the promised land. Dude love that team. Love Ventura, he’s my recommend to everyone, sucks you lost Profar, but I like every single guy on your staff. Save maybe Lincecum, but I won’t fight your favorite team haha.

  8. Razzle Dazzle says:
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    Should I be dropping Paul Gasol in my semi??? I dont know if I can make it out of this round if I have a spot filled by an injured player. fyi Jordan Hill was already picked up in my league.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Razzle Dazzle: Yeah I think I would. Tough guy to drop, but it’s dire times with an uncertain return time.

  9. skizzy says:
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    henry sims against san antonio or splitter against the 76ers tonight?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @skizzy: Splitter is playing great, but obviously looks like a blowout. Which could hurt both’s minutes. I think I’d go safer with Splitter.

  10. SMLV1 says:
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    Made it to this week! Now how do I pull off this upset?

    My team –
    Dragic
    Rondo
    Knight
    Oladipo
    Augustin
    Matthews
    Parsons
    Hayward
    Favors
    Hibbert
    Dieng
    O’Quinn
    Gooden

    My Opponent –
    Parker
    Leonard
    Lillard
    Durant
    T. Jones
    Z. Randolph
    Frye
    K. Walker
    Korver
    Derozan
    Deng
    K. Thompson

    What Catagories should I aim to win….Y! Standard League scoring.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @SMLV1: Ugh, no fun going against Durant. Man his bigs are not threatening at all. I’d be sure to lock up the big man stats, which you should easily, then stream those bottom three guys towards the end of the week for the close cats.

  11. miles proudfoot says:
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    Hey, what’s your take on a player like Bogut who only has games fri and sun of this week? I’m in a 12 teamer with very little on the wire and my team is guard heavy. Also, I typically punt blocks, but am oddly competitive in boards based on my bigs. Do I stream? Keep Bogut? Also, is Mo Williams 5 games worth it the way he’s been playing or take a better player who has only three games? Thank you!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @miles proudfoot: I’d probably stream him. If you can stream which sounds like you have flexibility, I’d go day-to-day rather than lock in Mo Will for the week. Any time!

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks man. Bogut? I think I’d like to hold on him and see how the week goes. Same goes for Nelson who I have…i guess. Yeah in this league we have an overall 35 moves off waiver, I’ve used maybe 15. I got a lower seed by not streaming during the season thinking it will pay off now, which it did in the first round. Thanks!

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @miles proudfoot: Yeah if you can hold him and feel confident, def have no issue. But he’s no longer on one of my teams where I’m stream city. I think both could be streamed but you can address after a few days, nice job saving up your stream moves! I bet the other teams are mighty limited.

  12. Lasandro says:
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    Have K Marshall on my squad. Need some help with stls, assists and threes. Do I give him one more game to see if he delivers and if not, Meeks or Foye? Carroll is nice but he just don’t score enough to warrant me picking him up in a super shallow league. I dropped Nelson but if dude returns from his injury soon enough, he may be my best overall pickup

    • Lasandro says:
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      Or R Jax as a solid multi cat guy? He’d prob still have the lowest total usage of all these guys, due to minutes

    • Lasandro says:
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      Nah, forget R Jax. Funnily enough, McBob and Bynum rank pretty highly in assists per, for the last 30 days… food for thought

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lasandro: I’d grab Meeks of the three, Carroll is pretty even too but since it sounds like you need more scoring, meeks should be the man. Yeah McBob and Bynum are just so streaky though. If Bynum, ever got legit consistent minutes I’d like him

      • Lasandro says:
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        @JB Gilpin: What you make of Sessions, JB? I mean, it’s the bucks… Im leaning Meeks of course, but he’s gross in brds and assists for a dude who logs so many damn mins. Ramon’s been nice.

        Eager to see my new pickup J Jack play tomorrow. Hoping he can help my assists and FGM cats

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Lasandro: I like him, glad he got the start tonight. I’d still rather Meeks because he has a for sure role, but if Sessions starts here on out – which is a big if given it’s Larry Drew’s shitshow – I’d take Sessions

  13. #againstkdandlove says:
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    JB. I’m probably going to lose this week as I am going up against KD and LOVE. Its been a great year though. You think I should drop Pek?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @#againstkdandlove: Yeah I think Pek is droppable… Damn man, well if your whole squad shows up and the rest of his doesn’t, you could do it. Never know!

      • #againstkdandlove says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Can’t get myself to drop Pek!! Sammy D for Pek. Tell me its ok.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @#againstkdandlove: It’s OK, you can do it, have no fear!

  14. frankiejay says:
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    Dirk or Marc Gasol for a one-year keeper contract for next year? Either keeps me under the cap.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @frankiejay: Gasol, playing pretty good after getting over the knee injury and younger.

  15. yokevoooooo says:
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    Picked up reddick like a dummy now need to drop him so do I pick up foye or James Anderson OR sims? Let me know jb you’ve taken me through to the final 4!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @yokevoooooo: Haha yeah I was all out on Redick. I’m still a Sims buyer! I’d go him for the big man stats and probably in a vacuum, but needing more treys it’s obviously a hot Foye

      • yokevoooooo says:
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        @JB Gilpin: would you also drop the humph for any of those guys? Thanks JB!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @yokevoooooo: I definitely would for Sims. Probably would for Foye too. Any time!

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