Playoffs Edition!  The Razzball Basketball Podcast is back, and on today’s show we discuss March Madness (join our Razzball Bracket Challenge!) and the fantasy postseason including the mess in Memphis.  We then play another edition of Can We Make Slim Look Stupid, and preview tonight’s games with our 30-Point Challenge picks.

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  1. JV Squad says:
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    Do I need to drop Jonas Valanciunas and stream someone in my closely contested playoff matchup before my 1pm roster locking?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JV Squad: Eeeesh. Limited weekly moves, or as many as you want? If unlimited, yeah be safe and stream. Sounds like he’s traveling with the team, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he sits

  2. Paul says:
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    Middleton for 30

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Paul: Nice! Ugh I’m so mad Slim is gonna win this…

  3. Joe says:
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    Oof. Gobert. He looks awful. I thought all that rest he had in January should make up for his summer play exhaustion. I know the upside is huge and I can keep him for a 9th round value (for one more year) but man, he and Zingis may tank my playoff hopes. [grumble grumble]

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joe: Yeahhhh. I was hoping the time off would help too, maybe his knee is still buggin him. Yup I remember your keeper breakdown, you kinda gotta bear down and take it and hold ha

  4. Johnc says:
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    In a 12 teamer, 9 cat league, the semi finals schedule next week is predictable. Would love to get your take on which teams have the best chance to win this round and then who do you see winning the league the following week? Go Jay Bilas on this!

    #4: Small ball squad: Russell, Bradley, Middleton, Televotic, Jokic, G Hill, DeRo, Fournier, Ish, L. Williams, Harden, Sloan, Augustine, Barton.
    #1: The D Team: Wall, Payton, Cole, Paul, Ariza, Butler, E. Turner, J Johnson, Gortat, DeAndre, Hassan, T Allen, Danny Green, Deng. (IR: Crowder)

    #2: Best team most of the year: Westbrook, Clarkson, Draymond, Gay, KAT, IT2, T. young, Covington, M. turner, Miriotic, Landry (his streamer), R Anderson, Kantner, Booker
    #3: The balanced team: Oladipo, Leonard, George, Jonas, Rubio, Porter, Harris, Collison, Biyombo (his streamer), Bogut, Taj, M. Barnes, McCollum

    Lastly, for my team (#1 seed) I have loaded up on steals for next week with Green and Allen as it will be a key category versus #4 plus they have Monday games. But Portland’s Plumlee hit the wire which is news in our league. He would be of great help versus either of the victors on the other side of the bracket as FG % and boards are very close among all three. Just hard to look ahead.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Johnc: Yeah 1 def took a hit with Crowder, they def should beat #4 though. I like #2 as well. So I would bet you’d play 2nd seed, and your bigs crush him. I dunno if you need Plumlee on top of that… Good luck this week man!

      • John says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks! Gonna need it.

  5. jdubs says:
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    Mudiay for 30 tonight! Man…I can’t believe Slim is pulling away with the 30 point challenge 🙁 I was one Kawhi layup from at least keeping pace!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @jdubs: Damn, I know right?! It’s crazy how many 25+ Pt games don’t quite make it to 30… Frustrating year on the board, I’ll be cheering for Mudiay for ya!

  6. Dom says:
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    Air Gordon for 30…. start Ish @brooklyn tonight over George Hill vs Boston (probable, toe)?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dom: Whoa bold, I like it! Hmmm, can’t play both? I’ll indeed go upside of Ish

      • Dom says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I could sit Clarkson or Gary Harris to make room for Hill as well

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Dom: Well I’m prob late now, but yeah I think sitting Hill woulda been my call. And not saying that seeing how bad he’s been through 3 qtrs, I promise!

  7. Ryan says:
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    Brolo for 30. It will happen.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan: Hah nice, someone needs to catch Slim so I’m cheering for you too!

  8. The Gintern says:
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    Haha I was wondering how the title would play in, well played. I always like a good Pee Wee Herman joke. Unless they’re played evenly I think one of RJ, Terry and James Young will get decent minutes, probably worth using in fantasy though.. Anyways, good pod gentlemen! I’m gonna go with CP3 for 30 tonight.

    With weekly waivers on Thursdays, am I dropping any of Crowder, Vala, Cole come Thursday? In semis this week but 3rd place matters, so need to think about next week’s lineup too. Planning to drop Brandon Bass for one of Carl Landry, Miles Plumlee, Michael Beasley, Kyle Anderson, Jason Thompson, or Dunleavy…. Pretty weak selection, is Landry the best choice? Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @The Gintern: Hah thanks man! Yeah they’ll need one more wing-type to step up… Thanks for listening! CP30 it is!

      Starting with Bass, yeah Landry is the standout to me there, with Grant missing at least one more.

      You’re def dropping Crowder. You just have to. Valanciunas is prob a hold for most teams. Cole is the tough one, they have no reason to win and it’s a back thing… Depends on who the add would be there

      • the gintern says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Ughhhhhh, you’re right you’re right, it just hurts so much (although honestly hurts more in real life, hoping my boys don’t drop more than one or two playoff spots but it’ll be tough without Jae). I guess I was hoping for news that it actually wasn’t so bad and that he’d be back next week or something…

        I was nervous to drop Cole because he was hot before he stopped playing, but I need to remember it doesn’t matter at this point. So I need to pick 2 of: Jarrell Martin, Jason Thompson, Ingles, Dunleavy, Beasley, Kyle Anderson

        Do I go Ingles and Jason Thompson since they have 3 games left this week? Jarrell Martin for the little bit of upside?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @the gintern: Hah I know… Well a playoff exit hurts more, right?! Crowder did come out today and say its healing faster, but still is likely to be out a while. Ah sorry I missed this, but yeah I woulda gone with the 3 game guys, not too big on any of em

  9. miles proudfoot says:
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    Still trying to figure out who to drop for Vuc. About to do Griffin bc just cant take the chance he doesn’t play next week, but perhaps thinkingGobert…but that’s crazy talks righ?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @miles proudfoot: Hah it’s a little crazy talk 🙂 Gotta get rid of Blake, I see virtually no way he gives a full week next week. At best a game or two.

  10. Viz

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    Great stuff as always. Just wanted to add Bazemore is a free agent so he can leave Atlanta this season. Probably moves his value some depending where he ends up. Also, I get the dislike for fantasy because of the lack of steals but man, Hood is already really, really good. This is coming from somebody who watches the Jazz regularly.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Viz: Thanks man! Oh wow, didn’t realize that… I vaugely remembered a 2 year deal, but def didn’t remember him on the Hawks in 14-15! I thought he was still on the Lakers then haha.

      Yeah Hood is a solid player, and maybe some more D will develop, but I thought that was a fun perception comp

  11. Dante Green says:
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    Should we use a claim on Crowder? I just read that he might return as early as next week… My drops are JaMychal, Bayless and Cov. I can’t drop Bayless and Green just yet bcoz I’ll still be needing their production, so I’m leaning towards dropping Cov… I wish we could roster 2 injured guys and still win the matchup but we’ve thru that road before. Lol

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dante Green: Hmmm, yeah both have similar timetables – mid next week at best for both. I’m good nabbing Crowder for Cov

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