When I saw Will Barton‘s line from last night (37/2/3/3/0/3), I immediately knew that he would be the lede for this post. It didn’t take me long to get to Will I Am, then to the song T.H.E, then….I watched the video on YouTube and listened to the lyrics, then thought to myself, “This is terrible. No wonder I never liked Will I am.” But….there’s always a but. Something good. No, something magnificent arose from the endeavor. See, in one of the early lines of the song, Will I Am says, “Imma go hard, hard to the core. Hard like motherf***in liquid swords.” I was immediately tranferred back to my tree smoking days, listening to Wu Tang and the GZA. Liquid Swords. One of the greatest songs of all-time.

So good. Anyways, with the plethora of injuries that the Nuggets are enduring at the moment (Millsap, Jokic, and Chandler), Barton is going to continue hoisting up a ton of shots and get plenty of run each night.

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Here’s what else I saw last night:

With The Process paused, Amir Johnson received the start and played 22 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 6 6 4 3 0 1 0/1 2/5 2/5

It was a solid performance by the Amir, but 7, 8, and 9 did not appreciate the discrimination.

Richaun Holmes played 20 minutes and split center duties with the Amir.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 9 7 0 0 0 1 1/1 4/7 0

Orale Holmes. It’s too bad that Holmes and Johnson split the minutes when The Process sits, but it is what it is.

TJ McConnell did not play, so Jerryd Bayless soaked up his time and played 32 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 4 3 0 0 4 2/4 4/9 0

Ben Simmons

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 6 7 5 0 5 0 6/14 3/4

Simmons was like, “Where’d all my homies go?”

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
36 4 3 0 0 2 5/8 12/21 7/8

I’d like to submit a new word to the world: Kyrieving. Verb. Definition: clowning defenders on flat surfaces. Use in sentence: Did you see Matt Kyrieving the F out of that dude? #14 was straight Kyrieving the opposition.

Aron Baynes

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
2 2 0 1 2 0 0 0/1 2/2

The binary code line.

Marcus Morris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 17 5 3 1 0 1 0/3 6/11 5/5
The 28 minutes were a season-high. Morris has also attempted 11 field goal attempts in back-to-back games and scored in double figures. He’s inconsistent and pretty meh, but if he’s going to get close to 30 minutes and possibly provide a double-dub, there’s value in that.

Kris Dunn

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 19 5 5 1 0 1 1/1 9/11 0/3

Warm it up, Kris! Call 911 because someone’s on fire! 9-of-11 and 10-of-16 shooting the past two games. If you think that’s going to continue, though, then I better summon the paramedics.

Lauri Markkanen

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 20 9 0 0 1 1 1/3 7/17 5/5

The Markkman led the Bulls in points and shot attempts. Maybe the Bulls did know what they were doing after all………Naw.

Kenneth Faried got the start again with Paul Millsap out and played 22 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 13 1 0 0 1 0 7/10 0

The resurection of the Manimal. As long as he starts, you play him or he will rumble into your home and electrocute you Blanka-style.

Nikola Jokic left the game due to a sprained ankle. Still waiting on the X-rays, but it didn’t look good. Trey Lyles, Faried, and Mason Plumlee should all see an uptick in minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
1 1 2 0 0 1 0/3 0/3 1/2

Received the start and played 23 minutes. I really wish I could say, “Thanks for playing, but….” Please scroll up to the above GIF of my panda bear friend.

Kevin Love

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 25 16 2 0 0 5 4/9 7/16 7/8

Love defeats hate.

Jae Crowder

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 2 3 0 0 0 2/5 6/10 1/2

The kids in the neighborhood were getting worried. Mommy, they asked, is he alive?

Dwayne Wade

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 19 2 3 4 2 2 3/5 6/11 4/6

Double-digit points in five straight games and 20+ minutes in seven straight games, with one 37 minute performance mixed in. Who’s this Dwade guy think he is? He’s been a vital piece during the Cavs 10-game winning streak. Don’t shoot your load too soon, fellas.

Iman Shumpert underwent knee surgery and will be out 6-8 weeks. He wasn’t playing much anyways, but I always have to pay respects to the Iman.

John Collins left the game early due to a left shoulder injury.

Ersan IlyasovaLuke Babbitt, and Mike Muscala (when healthy) will get an uptick in minutes. Babbitt played 18 minutes, while Ilyasova went HAM in 30 minutes.
PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 3 0 4 1 1 4/6 8/11 2/2

Marco Belinelli

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 4 5 0 1 3 2/5 4/9 8/9

Played 28 minutes. Outside of brief period when he was injured, Belinelli has been molto bene!

Jonas Jerebko

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 2 3 0 0 1 2/4 6/8 0

With Rudy Gobert out, Jerebko has been starting at power forward and doing a respectable job. He played 25 minutes.

Derrick Favors

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 12 12 4 1 0 2 0 5/8 2/3

Filling in nicely for Gobert.

Alec Burks

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 7 5 3 1 2 4/6 11/17 2/2

With Rodney Hood, Raul Neto, and Joe Johnson out, it was Burks who received a huge uptick in minutes. Every stat category was a season-high. File it away in the memory banks for the next time the situation arises.

With Blake Griffin out, Montrezl Harrell got the start at power forward and played 21 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 3 3 0 0 3 0 5/5 3/4

Sam Dekker played 20 minutes, so it looks like Dekker and Harrell will share in the responsibility of replacing Blake.

The starting backcourt for the Clippers was Austin Rivers and Lou Williams.

Rivers:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 0 6 1 0 2 3/7 9/16 4/4

Williams:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 2 5 1 1 2 3/7 6/14 5/6

These two are going to be chucking a ton. DeAndre Jordan could be in-line for 20 rebounds a night.

John Henson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 10 0 1 1 3 0 6/8 1/1

Henson ain’t no puppet show. He’s the real deal. 30 minutes of run.

Khris Middleton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 26 7 4 1 0 2 4/6 10/17 2/2

Eric Bledsoe

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 1 4 2 1 2 1/4 10/17 4/4

Were they playing against each other? Looks like a heated contest to me.

Jason Terry played 18 minutes. Yo, Jason Kidd. You need to learn how to play poker better.

Jusuf Nurkic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 11 1 3 1 6 0 9/17 7/8

There’s the Nurk we all know and love. The six turnovers, though. He’s been very inconsistent to start the year, so hopefully he can start getting into a groove now.

Al-Farouq Aminu returned back to action.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
6 5 0 0 0 3 2/3 2/3 0

Aminu is a solid pickup if he’s available, as he will contribute a little something across the board.

  1. Mr. Blast says:
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    Aiiiiight ! What’s up up Son !?

    Hold Bam for now or dump for any of Faried, Dieng, Ilyasova, J. Allen, Siakam ?

    Thanks bud!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: Bam or Ilyasova for me. Depends what you need/want

  2. IV says:
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    Morning Son, loved the Kyrie blurb, Kyrieving, I literally laughed out loud.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @IV: Ha! Makes me happy to hear that

  3. bahraspower says:
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    Who’s the better pickup Bam, Olynyk or Ilyasova?

  4. Miel says:
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    Sucks that collins went down.. is it a good time to get ersan? Which would be better pickip now? Henson or ersan?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Seriously. Love Collins. Depends what you are looking for. Ersan for scoring. Henson for blocks and boards.

  5. Paul says:
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    Hey Son!

    Great write up! In a 10-Team league, scoring cats FG%, FT%, 3s, Pts, Reb, Ast, Blk, St, A/T. I already have an injured D’Angelo Russell on my team (No IR spot, 5 bench spots, currently in 2nd). Would you drop Jamal Murray for Lavine?

    • Son

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      I wouldn’t.

  6. Purdman says:
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    I thought binary code was ones and zeros, but you keep mentioning it for stat lines with two’s in them…

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Purdman: Damn it! You are correct. Stupid me. My computer science professor would be very embarrassed right now. You know what, though? I never took no stinking computer science classes!!! Will be corrected in the future. Thanks for the heads up.

  7. HAL says:
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    I was just offered Whiteside+Turner+DeRozan for my Davis+Pau. Which side? Is it close?

    The rest of my team is Lillard, Ingles, A.Bradley, Kuzma, Batum, M.Gasol, Horford, CP3, Dennis Smith, Isaiah Thomas, and Conley. 10-team, 9cat.

    • Son

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      AD/Pau. I don’t think it’s that close.

      • HAL says:
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        @Son: Oh geez, really? I guess I’m valuing this wrong, a top-5 is worth more than two 20-25s and a 35-40? What if it was Lowry instead of DeRozan?

        • Son

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          @HAL: Id rather have Lowry for sure, but I’m worried about Hassan’s knee.

  8. miles proudfoot says:
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    Besides basketball, love that you bring such a deep knowledge of hip hop here!

    Now who’s the man who brought you the legend of the liquid sword?
    Rap critics say, “damn! You’re sick with yours!”
    4th chamber and shadow boxing too?
    That man be the GZA from the Wu!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @miles proudfoot: Thanks Miles!

      GZA was the best

  9. Jay says:
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    What up Son!

    Just made a trade sending my love and A. Gordon for KD in a 10team H2H. Worried about IT taking some usage when he returns. Tell me I made u proud!

    • Son

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      You are worthy, my son

  10. Max says:
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    Take Enes Kanter in exchange for Avery Bradley if I can, right? Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Max: in a vacuum, yes

      • Max says:
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        @Son: Wow that was fast, thanks, I need rebounds and FG% more than 3s, so I think that makes it even more of a no brainer.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Max: That’s what my wife said.

          I agree with you.

  11. mrbasketball says:
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    S. Dinwiddie – any value next year –

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @mrbasketball: He should but a lot can happen between now and then

  12. B says:
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    Hey Son,

    Would you drop Hield for Isaac?

    He should be coming back soon.

    Rank Bam, Isaac and Heild rest of season.

    Thx .

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Sure, but. It necessarily because of Isaac. More an indictment on Hield and the Kings.

      How you have them.

  13. Big-D says:
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    give me some guidance between jordan bell, larry nance, and greg monroe right now son. how you been?

    • Big-D says:
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      @Son
      also you think wayne ellington holds his value? i need a ‘drop buddy hield’ candidate. korver maybe?

      • Big-D says:
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        alec burks?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Big-D: He’s getting run because Hood and Neto are out.

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @Big-D: No. Would rather have Korver

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Big-D: Been good my man. Hope the same for you. Nance for me.

      • Big-D says:
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        @Son: been good man, getting ready to graduate with my BA actually. good to hear tho keep up the good work

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Big-D: Congrats! I’m glad we got some edumacated folk up in here.

  14. Dave says:
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    Dedmon a drop or hold in 12 team h2h 9 catg league. I already have griffin in my IR . Bam or ersan for pickup replacement.

    • Son

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      @Dave: Yeah. Depends. Want scoring, go Ersan. Want boards and blocks, Bam. I think Bam has more upside, as I’m kind of worried about Hassan’s knee

  15. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    I think I’m dropping Siakam for either Bell or Isaac.

  16. 2rule says:
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    Hi son,

    My CJ+vuce for his RobCov+beal, what do u think?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @2rule: If you good at big man, sure.

  17. Hamtime says:
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    1. Argh AD!!!! Is my season over? Do I try to trade him for kawhi before ADs actual timetable is released?

    2. Drop portis for Crowder, poetl, Cody Zeller or Jonathan Simmons? 16m league. Simmons seems like the obvious choice, but I’m it’ll be by faab bid (out of $100). What’s the max you would bid for him? And if I miss out, who’s the second best bet?

    3. Is KD worth trading for in an 18m considering all his ankle issues and DNPs? Suddenly feel like PG+Barton is too much.

    4. In a 12m league, is it crazy to offer the following trades for the likes of Giannis, harden, Steph, kawhi, KD? Was thinking of offering the following to get one of the elites:
    A) my kyrie + Brolo
    B) my Beal + agor
    C) Beal + Otto
    D) Otto + myles

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Hamtime: 1) I wouldn’t do anything rash right now. Sleep on it for a night and ponder/research whether you think the injury is serious or not. I do my fair share of specualting and YOLOing, but I do try and ascertain as much information as possible before doing anything. That’s usualy the best course of action.

      2) Yeah, probably Simmons, but I wouldn’t break the bank for him. 15-20%. I’d go with Crowder next but wouldn’t be excited about it.

      3) Yes

      4) I don’t think so, except for Kawhi. Too much uncertainty there for me. I usually like acquiring the best player. With that said, I’m not sure the other owners would go for those trades. It’s all league and team specific, though

  18. Chris says:
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    Thanks son!

    What do you think of this trade?

    Myles Turner-Reddick-Monroe
    for
    Booker-Beal-Ibaka? (I recieve)

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Chris: What’s the rest of your roster look like?

  19. Chris says:
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    After I posted this I was wondering if we already discussed this exact trade, but I think it’s different. I was offered something similar last month.
    We start 5 g 5 f 2 c
    G-Curry-Reddick-Bradley-Hield-Green-PJ Tucker-Allen Crabbe

    F-Turner-Aaron Gordon-Monroe-Booker-Marvin Williams-Josh Richardson-Booker

    C-Howard-Jordan-Turner Monroe

    Maybe I counter with a forward instead of Monroe since he is C-Eligible?

    • Son

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      @Chris: Got it. I think it’s too early to be getting rid of the depth at center, as there is a ton of basketball to be played and a lot can happen. With that said, I get the trade and would try without Monroe if you really want to upgrade at G.

  20. Chris says:
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    Hey again son,

    I’m second to last in pts in that league. It’s head to head win ir lose each week. I’ll fall off a decent amount in blocks which I’m competitive ion right now. I’m 9th out of 12 teams in rebounding. That trade helps me in 3’s-stls-pts-rebounds is pretty even actually ft% similar-fg% those guards have good fg%’s for guards, assists I gain slightly- Tough call I’m 3-3, 1.5 games out of first.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Chris: Ok. In that context, I’m with you.

      • Chris says:
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        I get you’re pt about depth at Center. Tell me what to do! LOL I’m leaning on doing it with a counter of someone other than Monroe. This would be a tough Guard squad! I’ll have

        Curry-Booker-Beal-Bradley-Green-In my eyes at least.

        Stay put or counter with someone not C eligible?

        Jordan-Howard Monroe- and i think Plumlee might be the best waiver wire option at C which isn’t good. Sorry I’m being such a wuss!

        • Son

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          @Chris: I’d stay put. It’s harder to find big men. You can find wing guys.

  21. J says:
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    Think I may need to pick up Rondo for next week as a 3rd pg to fill in for days that Rubio and Lilliard have off, who ya dropping between Taurean Prince and Josh Richardson?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @J: Prince

  22. Pavel says:
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    Son, what’s good papasito

    I got an offer
    My:jrue and tyrek
    For: horford

    Watchu think?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Pavel: Ha! Sup Pavel! I’m good with it

  23. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    1) Would you trade Brook L & James Johnson for Pau Gasol

    2) Would you trade Brook L & James Johnson for D’Angelo Russell

    3) Would you trade Brook L & James Johnson for Jayson Tatum

    My reasons for trying to move them are 1) Kawhi’s awaited return 2) both are trash but still have name value

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: 1) I’m ok with that
      2) No
      3) Sure
      I still like JJ, but I’m worried about Brook

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son:

        Yup, I like him to. But the thing is I won’t be able to move Brook without pairing him up with a decent player.. Thanks, Son

  24. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    And how about a straight up swap my James Johnson for RHJ? Thanks, Son

  25. Ricky says:
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    hello Son,

    i got offered jrue + argon for my teague + middleton ?? H2H 10cat( 9cat + PF)

    thanks son

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Ricky: I’m good with it

  26. Pickle says:
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    Howdy Son,

    What’s your take for a FG punt team?
    Is Rondo or W. Johnson a good add and drop Ja Johnson, J Murray, Smart, or Burke?

    • Son

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      Rondo is fine. I’d rather have any of those guys than W. Johnson, though.

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