The Razzball Hoops Pod is back, and we break down NBA action from the past two nights with a game-by-game analysis, review all of the recent injuries including the appendectomy for Nikola Mirotic,  preview tonight’s games with our 30-Point Challenge picks, then wrap up the week at the movies.

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  1. Threekola says:
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    Just wanna know what everyone thinks of this

    Would you trade away Millsap and Schroder to get Towns and Monta?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Threekola: Mehhhh, it’s mad close. I’d probably keep your Hawks, I worry about KAT wearing down a little in this first season

  2. Ankur says:
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    Sup JB,

    The Butler for 30 please.

    Also, would you pick up Tyreke from the wire for Matt Barnes?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ankur: Copied me this time! Ummm, yeah even with injury concern I think the upside of Evans makes him the add over Barnes

      • Ankur says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Sweet. Thanks!

        Hopefully, Butler bodes well for our win!

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Ankur: Yessir, let’s do this Mr Buckets!

          • Ankur says:
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            @JB Gilpin: See this is why Butler is such a disappointment and not a top 10 Scorer. 4 more points.

            WHAT WOULD KOBE DO, JIMMY??

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Ankur: I know right?! plus 10 assists?! Way to facilitate, ya bum!

  3. miles proudfoot says:
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    Looking forward to listening on my ride home!

    I’m in need of assists, still reeling from Bledsoe going down. What do you think of your man KCP and Dieng for Rondo. Shallow league with some decent wire guys.

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @miles proudfoot: Thanks as always for listening man! Yeah in a shallow league, KCP and Dieng just aren’t super dependable, Rondo for AST plus a waiver add would be nice, I like it

  4. Tyler says:
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    If punting fg and blks, would you give up mccollum and holiday for cousins?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tyler: It doesn’t really fit those punts, but I would rather Boogie than those two anyway…

  5. Kevin says:
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    Give me Khris Middleton for 30 tonight.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Kevin: Nice! The Duchess!

  6. jcg says:
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    JB! Lets go Panthers! Thanks for the pod

    1) In 2nd place, would you hold Mirotic? Not much on the wire:
    Lavine, Danny Green, Derrick Williams, T Ross

    2) Would you look to deal Tyreke? Any point guard suggestions?
    What about Schroder or Goodwin?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @jcg: YESSIR! Can’t wait man. Thanks for listening!
      1 – Yeah I prob would if no INJ spot. Then stream it, prob LaVine while hot
      2 – Mehhh, I’m fine selling, but I think he’d be worth a little more than that

  7. Eddie Rooskie says:
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    Top of the morning to you good sir,

    So while I was sitting on the great porcelain throne, I got to thinking… (where all my great ideas are created). Let’s say one of the categories I’m focusing on is 3’s, would it be a viable strategy to target trades on another team that’s strong in 3’s to weaken his chance of beating you in that cat? Even if the trade may be slightly lopsided in the other teams favor, could taking that advantage away be a worthy factor?

    Or am I still half asleep and this makes no sense?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Eddie Rooskie: Mornin man! Oh for sure! Especially in roto. In H2H, there’s too much volatility week to week to worry too strongly about it in my opinion. By the time you play them in the playoffs, they might have 3 waiver adds that rebuilt those 3s. Makes sense though!

  8. Hamtime says:
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    1. Dropped markieff for Portis given the miro injury. Thoughts?

    2. Is Larry nance worth owning in a 16m?

    3. Pls rank ros – Teague knight parsons dragic Bazemore

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Hamtime: 1. Mehhhh, I still dunno if opens enough for Portis yet. 2. Depends on options, finrgy 3 – Parsons, Dragic, Teague, KNight, Baze

  9. Tim says:
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    Would you go Barnes or CJMiles for 3’s tonight?

    Pau for the ruthless 30

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tim: Gimme Miles, much more upside if hot. Nice pick!

  10. Mari says:
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    Hey JB,

    From this bunch, who do you prefer: Ersan, Casspi or JR?

    I’m looking for 3’s, pts, and consistency.

    Thanks again!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mari: I’ll stick with Ily, does more across the board. Low minutes last night seemed matchup based. Any time!

  11. Joe says:
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    What’s your take on Teague? Is he a buy low, a hold, or a sell what you can? (5×5, 10-team, H2H) I’ve been thinking of trying to package him with Gortat for someone (and then picking up a Clarkson type to fill the void) but I don’t know if now’s the time to sell because he just had two good performances in a row, or if I should hold and see if/where he gets traded. What’s your advice on Teague?

    My team: Wall, Teague, A.Bradley, Redick, Middleton, Batum, Durant, Bosh, Porzingis, Gobert, Gortat.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Joe: Buy low. If he stays, he should be better than he’s been, if there’s anything to these trade talks he should be better somewhere else too. I’d more likely hold. Wow, Clarkson is avail?! Be tough for me to leave him out there I might lose Redick for him

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        @JB Gilpin:

        Crazy talk. Redick has been a top 50 player over the past month, and definitely a mid-rounder for season long value. Clarkson keeps struggling to stay top 100. Now if I was doing better than 4th in my league, I might consider Clarkson the better long term play once Kobe wears down, though that might not give enough credit to how it will help Redick for Griffin to be out another couple of months.

        Redick is one of those guys that because he puts up goose eggs in certain columns, like steals ,we forget just how valuable of a 5-cat guy he is (FG%, FT%, 3PTM, PTS, TOs). Perhaps some of that Carolina bias is sneaking in :-p

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Joe: Carolina bias for sure! I just hate guys that don’t contribute in more than those 5 cats, especially with him being up and down. I see Clarkson improving as they move on as you mention. Redick doesn’t get me excited in the least, and don’t forget rankings can be misleading – you’re not assembling the best ranked guys, and doesn’t look like 3ptm/pts/ft% are anything you need at all

  12. Jeremy says:
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    Aaron gordon, dennis schroder, gary harris?

    Who to drop? can only keep 2

    • Jeremy says:
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      @Jeremy:

      Also, Lavine and Dieng are available on wire? any thoughts compare to those 3? Thanks!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Jeremy: Yikes, tough one! I kinda wanna own Dieng to see if he keeps starting, then prob Gordon for the upside

  13. dom says:
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    hey bbm is telling me J Dudley (DEN) is a better stream tonight than M Barnes (MIL) when I ignore points and blocks, you buying that?

    • dom says:
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      @dom: ^^that’s for 9 cat.

      and in my 10 cat (OREB) deep 12 teamer (17 player roster size), I like Wes Johnson for the rest of the week better than Derrick Williams, TJ Warren, and StanJo (who played well last night). could I drop any of them for Wes? (punt FT) thanks a lot!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @dom: Nahhhhh no way I could see leaning that way with Pts not a factor. Yeah I’m good losing StanJo in redraft, would be Williams but Melo is ruled out tonight, so I like getting his game in this evening

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          @JB Gilpin: thanks. so in that 10 cat 12 teamer redraft, I can acquire DeAndre Jordan for Aaron Gordon and Myles Turner. I usually lose FT (2-11-0) thanks to Drummond anyway. I also already win the big cats usually REB (11-2-0) OREB (12-0-1) BLK (10-3-0). Jordan would help FG% (7-6-0)

          I have good bigs depth, could really use a guard/wing more but this is the squad

          Lillard
          RJax
          Clarkson
          Goodwin
          Wiggins
          Hayward
          Marv Williams
          Aaron Gordon
          TJ Warren
          StanJo
          Derrick Williams
          Rudy Gobert
          Andre Drummond
          Terrence Jones
          Myles Turner
          Olynyk
          Capela
          Al Jefferson (IL)

          what do you think?

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @dom: Barnes FTW! And yup, doing that deal! Seems like a great fit!

  14. sliimbo says:
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    danny grren has been good lately…..will the mini rock star return for the 2nd half of the season?

    drop goodwin, casspi, robin lopez or schroder for him? 9 cat

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @sliimbo: Hah I’m not a huge buyer yet, kinda wanna hold all of em. Schroder is close, but Teague trade rumors would make Schroder awesome!

  15. Trul says:
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    Can you rank, MarcusMor, BPortis, AmirJo, ALen and Dieng?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Trul: Eesh, tough list, I’ll lean Morris, Dieng, Len (minute/health risk ROS), Amir, Portis

  16. DORIAN says:
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    Jb, slim, love the pod, you guys are easily the best fantasy bball pod and it’s not even close.

    Obviously Archie Goodwin is amazing, (ok I picked him up pre-run, I can’t help it) talk me into trading/not trading him for JJ Redick.

    Does he have any prospects as a keeper?

    H2h 9 cat 12 team 13 man rosters 6 keepers.

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      @DORIAN: any other players you might try to cash him for if you opt to trade? Young keeper prospects can bring in good vets in my league this time of year.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @DORIAN: Oh wow thanks so much man! That means a ton! Thanks of course for listening 🙂

        6 keepers? Nah, no way he’s even close. I think Knight plays again, I don’t think he’s suddenly gone, and when that happens it’ll crush Goodwin’s value. ROS I like Redick, short term I might stick with Goodwin if you can stomach TO.

        It’s risky, but Tyreke comes to mind. Or maybe Jeff Teague with how bad he’s been

  17. Trul says:
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    I need big and plan to trade mu CJMcc for Valanc? What do you think? Is it too much for Valan

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Trul: Mehhhh, I’m not a huge fan of either, I imagine CJ is buzzier and could get a tad more though

  18. Ryan says:
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    Lack of healthy options for 30 tonight. Butler, Wall, Middleton. Well, I said I’d keep on picking guys who are playing against the Lakers, so Butler it is.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan: Welcome to the Butler club with me!

  19. Paul says:
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    Lowry for 30

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @Paul: Let’s hope he plays! (I think he will.)

      • Paul says:
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        @Matty:

        I didn`t know he is hurt. Gallinari if he can`t play.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Matty: @Paul: You can’t do that! Gotta stick with one! Haha

          • Paul says:
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            @JB Gilpin:

            ok then i take gallo

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              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Paul: Damn he was close!

  20. jdubs says:
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    The Ryno should go off with AD doubtful to play. Give me Ryan Anderson to run and gun for 30 tonight

    • Matty

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      @jdubs: I was gonna go Ryno and then saw this. Pivoted to Jrue. Maybe there’s room enough for both against the defensively challenged Kings? (Let’s hope Rondo, DMC and the boys had a little too much fun on Bourbon Street!)

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        @Matty: haha well I’m glad to get my pick in early-ish today, here on the west coast (best coast) by the time I usually get to the thread my first couple choices are snapped up already. I’m all for Jrue and Ryno setting fire to the Kings defense!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Matty: @jdubs: Whoa, nice call! Very possible. Hah Kings still giving up most PPG so they should have no trouble letting both get close.

  21. Matty

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    Good afternoon fellas.

    Dang – Slim taking ‘Melo for the 30 and he’s not gonna play tonight. Brutal.

    Gimme Jrue to put 30 on the Kangz. Holiday has been ballin’ lately and he’ll have to have a big game for the Pellies to hang with Sacto since Brow is unlikely to play.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Matty: I told him it was risky! But yeah Jrue is hot right now, very solid call. Hope you’re livin’ large up North my man!

  22. nont nontiskul says:
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    al horfeord or Lebron ? in roto

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @nont nontiskul: I’ll still take LeBron, Horford fading a tad, still awesome though

  23. Adam

    Adam says:
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    Gimme Derrick Williams again for 30!

    I have to get my name up there with a dark horse lol.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Adam: Hah doubling down on Derrick Williams! Something no NBA team has ever done!

      • Adam

        Adam says:
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        @JB Gilpin: It’s that REL bias!

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Adam: It’s a killer!

  24. Viz

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    Thanks for the shoutout, damn Lowry! I was going to go Pau but I’m changing it up, give me Ryan Anderson with his extra run with Davis out

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Viz: Hah yeah that was such a tough one! Cool, some Ryno picks in here tonight!

  25. Bryan says:
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    Mmmm I think Pau will do well against his old team. Give me Pau for 30!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bryan: Noice!

  26. Threekola says:
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    Gallo for 30 against Wizards. Up-tempo, I think he gets some easy transition 3’s. If he gets to the line 10+ times, I think he hits 30.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Threekola: Nice, yeah good call! Wiz have been playing bad though, might not be as high tempo as we hope haha

  27. The Gintern says:
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    Yo JB if you need rec specs tips I’m your boy, been rocking them on the ultimate frisbee field since my freshman year of hs so the past 10 ish years haha. No chance I would ever wear them onto a basketball court, and I still usually get pretty good matchups with just the glasses anyways.

    I’m going with John Wall for 30 tonight. Nugs aren’t great at defending point guards, so why not.

    Was going to post a trade question, but the other owner has been fed up with his unsuccesful squad and just accepted this: My favors, gortat, ryan anderson, zbo, bookworm for his brow, freak, dirk, harrison barnes. My leaguemates are heated about it haha

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Gintern: Oh sick! Nah I got some good ones, I go without the band though. Hah why not on the hoops court?!

      Damn Wizards are spiraling… Whoa, love that deal for you! Hope it turns you around!

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        @JB Gilpin: I’m good enough in ultimate to embarrass kids when they think I’m some shitty clown in rec specs, but in basketball I would just be a shitty clown in rec specs haha. Hmmm without the band I feel like they would just fall off, no? Also, zennioptical.com has glasses for mad cheap (~20 bucks with lenses, depending on how strong your prescription is) so even if they were to break I could just grab a new pair.

        Yeah, what gives with the Wiz? I haven’t watched them besides when they played my Celtics a couple days ago, but is it just a slump or what? Wasn’t happy to hear Otto (on my squad) left in the 3rd because his hip was bothering him again…

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          @the gintern: Haha yeah I definitely can take some people by surprise in the specs. But the height kinda gives me away.

          Ummm, they fall off maybe once every other game. they’ve got long arms that hold on.

          Just feels like they can’t close, although they did last night. Not great on defense, Otto so banged up lately has hurt for sure

  28. Ralph says:
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    What are your thought on Collison? I’m rostering him because I’m weak in guards, but would you drop him for someone like Aaron Gordon? Is Collison worth rostering until the trade deadline over someone like Gordon? Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ralph: Tough to see the Kings dealing Rondo now, so I’m good losing him if youre strapped

  29. Threekola says:
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    JB I need an answer quickkkkkkkk panic mode!

    Would you drop either of these 3 for Sweeet Loue, he was just dropped:

    Aminu, Schroder, Willy Stein

    Aminu is solid for D stats, Teague might get traded so I kidna want Schroder, and don’t really wanna replace Trill with a guard.

    Are any of them must drop for Lou? Thanks.

    • Ryan says:
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      @Threekola: I’m not JB, but I’d drop WCS for Lou real quick if I didn’t need blocks.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Threekola: @Ryan: Hah sorry we go as fast as we can! Yeah Aminu or WCS can both go, probably WCS

  30. Dante Green says:
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    I’ll be listening to the pod in a moment!

    Got your reply in the other post, thanks man! Will definitely make some moves, I hope Bobby gets minutes tonight!

    OK Rotoworld just said this about Knight “Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek said that Brandon Knight (groin) will not play Friday vs. the Knicks, and he is currently without a timetable to return.” OK lemme get this straight, we all now that he’ll be missing the next two games, but is really going to miss more than that? We were planning to sell Goodwin asap, but if this news has truth to it I guess I’m going to have to hold my boy Archie…. Hah

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dante Green: Sweet thanks man! Ummmm, I have a feeling its a handful more, but not too long

  31. Jake says:
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    Myles Turner for 30 tonight. Book it.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jake: Definitely flirted with it!

  32. Lasandro says:
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    Pscht, the substitute Kings coach is being a little too cute and benching WCS for Casspi. WCS could DEFINITELY guard Ryno, so I’m not sure where this is coming from. On top of that all, the guy I drafted then had to drop after a terrible start, M Turner, just got inserted to the starting lineup and had himself a game. Prior to his recent explosions, I had the choice of adding him or WCS. Now, WCS I still think is gonna outrebound Turner (particualrly with O brds), with comparable blks and better stls. But Turner’s upside…. FML. AND, my latest pickup, Porter, goes down with yet another hip prob. Can someone get this man a new hip!! Gotta take the wait and see approach but his first two games back were phenomenal. If I do have to drop him, do I grab D Book, Barton (both these guys’ D stats are so erratic and few and far between), Danny G (multicat is back), Tucker, Cole, Temple, MKG? In order, please.

    Meanwhile, how’s about that monster near-rainbow line from Monta today?! And Teague having possibly his best game in, I dunno, the freakin season! So you and @Slim really think that if Teague were to join, say, the Knicks, his output may increase?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lasandro: Well, he didn’t guard him well from what I heard, that’s for sure! Didn’t watch that game though… I’ll def take Turner for BLK, but WCS in REB and STL. My adds would be Turner, Barton, Booker I think.

      Nice games from those G! Yeah I think some sort of consistency would help a ton

  33. hamtime says:
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    so listening to your podcast and reading all this rotoworld stuff, is selling my knight for bazemore a good idea? is it even a possibility at this point? what other players can i go for that would seem like a no-brainer offer for the other owner? knight for myles turner?!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hamtime: Bazemore feels light to me, if you needed a big, then yeah, Turner would be solid! I think Knight gets some run for sure though, I don’t see him out that long

  34. draco21 says:
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    Listening to the pod now! I wasnt able to join the challenge I r sad 🙁

    Quick question. I have a block buster trade for KD.

    I give KAT AKA THE FUTURE AD HAD IF HE WASNT SO INJURED, Lithuanian Luminescence, Jrue came-back-from-a Holday for KD, Marcus HEDGING-AGAINST-PIZZA-GUY Smart, TJ PLEASE-GIVE-HIM-MORE-MINUTES Warren.

    16 Team, 9cat H2H.

    PG – Lowry, Holiday, Collison, Chalmers
    SG – JR Smith (SF), Booker
    SF – Covington (SG),
    PF – P.Gasol (C), Noel (C), M. Leonard (C)
    C – Towns, Valanciunas, Myles Turner

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @draco21: Awwww, well that’s OK man! Always next week! Hmmmm, Turner stepping up means you can afford to lose some bigs, but it really hurts there. Value wise I think you gotta do it though, any bigs maybe you can swap out that are comparable to Smart or TJ in value [email protected]draco21:

  35. Smush9 says:
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    Hey JB! i got offered Schroder and Devin Booker for my Wiggins and Fournier. i actually offered Wiggins and Trey Burke first, and he countered with that. Fournier can be a little inconsistent, but he gets me 3s, and doesn’t really hurt you anywhere else.. i offered that trade on the off chance Teague gets traded. you think there’s any chance of that really happening? Booker’s been pretty good recently as well. i’m leaning towards holding on to Wiggins and Fournier for now. what you think? thanks man!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Smush9: Yo! Yeah there’s certainly a chance the Hawks shake it up with their record not too great, but I think I would hold as well, seems too pricy. Any time!

  36. Lasandro says:
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    Well, we saw today that with miro down, taj is gonna be getting his mins, even in garbage time. He, Len, Chandler, WCS or Gordon for Obrds, volume FG% and blks? Obviously all great options, but really depends on who you see as getting the most mins for the next couple of weeks.

    • Lasandro says:
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      @JB Gilpin: Oh and Dieng, only if he stays in the starting lineup of course. Please rank (Taj may be gone by the time you reply).

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Lasandro: Hmmmm, I guess I’ll take Len right now, it’s all soooooo close. Dieng though, mad interesting. His minutes are questionable though, I’ll stick with Len or stream

  37. Tyler says:
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    Trade McCollum and Holiday for Lowry?
    Then stream the extra spot. 16er 9cat h2h

    • draco21 says:
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      @Tyler: I just traded cp3 for lowry and holiday. I know point god is a monster but damn LOWRY is awesome. Also, 5 games in the first round of playoffs is good. I think thats a good trade for dependent on need. Lowry is the best player of the three. Plus that streamer (I play with 16 teams so I know it sucksballs) will be useful when the time comes.

      Ultimately, it depends on team composition? Mind sharing for context?

      Cheers!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Tyler: @draco21: Sure, I would! I can’t imagine too many builds where I could not take that one

        • draco21 says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Did you see roto’s blurb about mccollum the other night? they were saying that you could argue mccollum something to the effect of mccollum more deserving than thrillard in the all star lol

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @draco21: Hah well I’m looking now, they mighta erased it… They’re losing their minds over there…

            • Tyler says:
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              @JB Gilpin:
              Lineup is;
              Cp3 conley mccollum holiday monta schroder
              Ariza barton cj miles marvin mirotic
              Zaza olynyk griffin markieff

              Punting fg% and blks

              • JB Gilpin

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                @Tyler: Is for that Boogie trade? Yeah seems like a good piece to your team for sure!

                • Tyler says:
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                  @JB Gilpin: i meant the lowry trade. Boogie doesnt really fit because of his FTs.

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                    JB Gilpin says:
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                    @Tyler: Ah true, but yes Lowry fits as well. I actually think Boogie would be fine on that roster for FT though…

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