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Let’s break it down. The Earth is not flat. Science bitches! The basketball Kyrie Irving dribbles and shoots is not flat. His head looks like a basketball, which looks like the Earth, which we’ve already determined is not flat. Science bitches! His hairline is not flat. Neither are his eyebrows, mustache, or beard. The name on the back of his jersey is not flat. His feet are not flat. Although, if the military draft is instituted tomorrow, that may become #fake news. The Pepsi cola he drinks is definitely not flat. His performance last night? 35 points, three boards, and seven dimes. NASA approved. Here’s what I wrote yesterday regarding Kyrie: Celtics are too good and well-coached! It’s messing with Kyrie’s fantasy value! While Kyrie always has the potential to explode, he’s more than likely going to settle into a predictable range. It’s like….missionary on a nightly basis. Yes, it’s good but….you know what I’m saying? Every once in a while, the wife/girlfriend goes reverse cowgirl. For the women readers, the husband/boyfriend goes Animal Planet. It happens, like facing the Atlanta Hawks, a team that is one of the worst at defending the point guard position. HINT: play all point guards against the Hawks. While the shot attempts and points per game are down from last season, Kyrie still has a 29% usage rate and has doubled his steals! He’s going to be fine because….well, nothing in his world is flat.

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Here’s what else I saw last night:

Al Horford is the Married With Children of the NBA. Severely underrated. He’s a big man that contributes in every category. Last night’s line? 15 points, 10 boards, nine dimes, and one block. 1-for-5 from downtown and a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. He’s currently a top 30 player.

Jayson Tatum scored 21 points, grabbed eight boards, dished out one dime, pilfered one, and blocked two in 32 minutes. How good is Danny Ainge? And the Celtics get a future first-round pick. Ron, let’s cut to Philly fans….

Dewayne Dedmon scored 19 points, grabbed 12 boards, dished out two dimes, and blocked two in 36 minutes! The 36 minutes were a season-high. The 19 points? Season-high. The 14 shot attempts? Season-high. The 12 boards? Yup. Y’all a bunch of sharp folks. Now, Ersan Ilyasova, Mike Muscala, and Miles Plumlee were all out. In addition, John Collins only played 16 minutes due to foul trouble and Luke Babbitt is…..well, Luke Babbitt. Don’t expect this to be a common thing with Dedmon.

Marco Belinelli scored 19 points, dished out three dimes, and pilfered three in 26 minutes. He had been dealing with an Achilles issue, so it was nice to see him perform after back-to-back bagels. Questo e il mio ragazzo! I’m trusting you Google Translate.

DeMarre Carroll scored 14 points and grabbed 11 boards in 33 minutes.

The Stocktonator was down with Carroll last night. Or was it high on Carroll? I guess it depends on which dictionary you use.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson left the game with a right hip contusion. I felt like I watched a Michael Bay film when I went to research what exactly a contusion was. RUPTURED blood capillaries! BOOM! POW! Oh, just a bruise. It sounds like RHJ will be fine.

Joe Harris scored 18 points, grabbed three boards, dished out one dime, pilfered one, and blocked one in 25 minutes. He was the main beneficiary of the RHJ injury. He has received over 15 minutes in every game except for the opener and scored in double-digits in five games. With that said, the answer is no.

Caris LeVert pilfered five! Unfortunately, he only scored four points and grabbed four boards in 23 minutes. Allen Crabbe scored 15 points, grabbed four boards, pilfered one, and blocked one in 23 minutes. Kenny Atkinson is cock blocking both of them.

Spencer Dinwiddie scored four points, grabbed four boards, and dished out seven dimes. He was third on the team in minutes played with 27. He still has value, as the aforementioned cock blocker does like playing him along side D’Angelo Russell. Speaking of Russell, he scored 23 points, grabbed six boards, dished out eight dimes, pilfered two, and blocked one in 30 minutes. He has a 34% usage rate and is the clear….I want to say alpha but that haircut. 

Can one be an alpha with that thing on top?

Marquese Chriss played 15 minutes and scored four points, grabbed four bo….does the rest even matter? 15 minutes. Dragan Bender played 10 minutes. Jared Dudley received 21 minutes of run. The same Dudley that’s played a total of 11 minutes on the season. I’m sure many are holding onto Chriss and wondering what to do. WBA. What Brings Anger? If you drop Chriss and he turns it around without re-acquiring, would that piss you off? If you hold onto him and he continues whatever the hell this is, would that piss you off more? Do the opposite of that which would piss you off the most. WBA.

Alex Len scored seven points, grabbed 14 boards, dished out one dime, pilfered one, and blocked two in 25 minutes. Unfortunately, Tyson Chandler continues to get run and played 23 minutes.

TJ Warren scored a team-high 20 points, grabbed nine boards, dished out two dimes, pilfered two, and blocked three in 36 minutes. Warren is a straight G.

Mike James scored 16 points, grabbed three boards, dished out two dimes, and pilfered two in 26 minutes. Tyler Ulis scored 11 points, grabbed one boards, and dished out three dimes in 25 minutes. I like James slightly better, but Ulis ain’t going anywhere.

Josh Richardson scored six points, pilfered three, and blocked two. He did turn the ball over six times, though. He played 32 minutes, so no issues there. Just inconsistent on the offensive end.

With Dion Waiters not playing, Justise Winslow got the start at small forward and played 30 minutes. He scored six points, grabbed eight boards, dished out five dimes, and pilfered one. He had played 17 and 14 minutes the prior two games, so Justise will more than likely not be served when Waiters Island reopens.

Hassan Whiteside scored three points, grabbed six boards, and blocked one in 16 minutes. No foul trouble. No injury. He got straight run off the court.

James Johnson led the Heat with 21 points, nine boards, six dimes, three steals, and one block. Nobody running Bloodsport off the court.

Unfortunately, everyone else but Goran Dragic wilted. Dragic scored 19 points, grabbed three boards, dished out four dimes, and pilfered one in 31 minutes.

Warriors. Are. Good. Have a nice night.

  1. Lasandro says:
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    I think it has to be mentioned that Crabbe grab a bunch of early fouls in the first half. He was playing real well. I’m thinking he’s at 30min tonight. Considering swapping my Murray for him..

    In need of assists and wondering if my Marc for Horford is a good trade? Perhaps I could ask for a nice secondary player in a 2 for 2..

    • Lasandro says:
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      @Son: *Jamal Murray

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Lasandro: Good insight Lasandro. I’d rather have Murray. As for Horford, I’m good with the trade. If you don’t ask, you will never know.

  2. OSH says:
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    Well, you (or Google translate) missed the accent mark: this AND my boy!
    The correct sentence is “Questo è il mio ragazzo”.
    It means the rest was ok!

    In my RCL, I have Tony RP stalking me and my Richardson.
    He started offering Tyreke, than Collins and now Donovan Mitchell.
    I’m very tempted as always. I don’t like Richardson, he is the favourite of my coowner and I hate all the TOs…

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @OSH: Ha! Thanks OSH. Yeah, wasn’t able to put the accent mark.

      As for JRich, go for it, especially since you don’t like him. Everyone has a price. Try to find out how high TonyRP is willing to pay

  3. Hamtime says:
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    Nice write up!

    1. Still debating on whether to accept the McCollum dragic deal for my Kyrie Wiggins. Kyrie has been a top 10 player in 11cat (while Wiggins has been unownable sans the last 2 games). Why do you prefer the CJ side, and is the trade a no brainer type? Would be pairing CJ w AD.

    2. Picked portis for bender because I needed a big. Ru expecting anything out of him or you still prefer the big unknown that is jahlil?

    3. Korver or bojan? Can Korver be trusted ROS?

    4. Dinwiddie or parsons?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Hamtime: 1) I’m not a Wiggins guy. Trade is not a no brainer. Kyrie is the best player in the deal. Comes down to preference.

      2) I”m not expecting much from Portis, but he’s the better pickup than Jahlil.

      3) Bojan. I think Korver will be fine. The Cavs need his scoring.

      4) Dinwiddie

  4. Katsuyuki says:
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    Hi Son,

    I’m in a bind here. Please take a look at my roster:
    Conley
    Beal, G Harris, J Richardson
    Porter Jr, Middleton, Tatum
    Millsap, Ibaka
    KAT, Myles Turner

    10 teams, H2H, Punting Assist
    These players are available on WW: Bledsoe, Ariza, LaVine, THJ, Collins
    Would picking up any of those players improve my team ? if so, who would you drop?
    Thank you in advance

  5. John says:
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    Hi Son,

    Should I consider trading my Curry and Will Barton for Schroder and Millsap? Who would you rather have – Dunn, Valentine, Jerian Grant, Mudiay?

    Thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @John: No. Dunn, but don’t feel great about it

  6. ray says:
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    yo son,

    looking to pick up austin rivers for KCP. want to improve in pilfers but is that giving away too much value?

    Thanks,

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @ray: yeah. Like KCP way better

  7. Alex says:
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    Hi Son, thanks for your posts as always. Wondering what to do with Derrick Rose in a 14 team 8 cat league. Should I drop him for Frank Ntilikina/Jerian Grant/Mike James?
    Your thoughts are much appreciated, thank you!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Alex: Id rather have any of those guys then Rose

  8. Edge says:
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    16 team deep league

    Who would you rather have LONG term (im punting assist)

    Terrence Ross, Patty Mills or Tyler Johnson

    Thanks

  9. Shahed says:
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    Real life trade alert.

    Bledsoe to Bucks for Monroe and 1st round pick. Good news for Henson, bad news for Brogdon. Also bad news for me, as I have Snell in a 20 team, 15 player league.

    • Shahed says:
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      @Shahed: Also bad, as I have Chandler and Len.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Shahed: Ha! Good looking out.

      • Shahed says:
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        @Son: Think about this team in 2 years time.
        PG Bledsoe
        SG Brogdon
        SF Middleton
        PF Parker (Hopefully fully fit)
        C Giannis

        That team could go head to head with any team in the league. Especially if Warriors can’t keep big 4.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Shahed: For sure. So nasty. The new lineup of death

  10. Mr. Blast says:
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    As a Len owner (with high hopes)

    How does this Monroe trade going to Phoenix effect Len ?

    maybe they still ship Chandler out ? Sigh

    Thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: Keeps his upside limited. I still think they ship Tyson but doesn’t matter now

  11. Tony C says:
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    10 team H2H 9-cat, my roster:
    PG Teague, J. Murray, Paul-INJ
    SG Avery, Crabbe, G. Harris
    SF-Giannis, Prince, Richardson
    PF Milsap, Chriss
    C Myles Turner, BroLo, J.Collins

    I am close to fed up with Marquese Chriss minutes and production to this point. Rumor today have the Suns getting Greg Monroe and the Bucks’ first round pick for Bledsoe. Dragon Bender is sharing PF minutes with Chriss too and who knows which direction this goes in. All that being said should I drop Chriss based on my roster for Norman Powell, Greg Monroe, John Henson, Frank Ntilikina, Korver, Barton or McConnell? Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Tony C: I feel your pain. I think. Ntilinka has the highest upside.

      • Tony C says:
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        Since my team currently sits in last place, do you believe I have too many young players right now struggling to find their stride (Murray, Richardson, Chriss, etc.)? Would adding a more veteran player to my roster make sense instead of adding Frank Ntilinka? I agree that he has the most upside but how soon does he realize his potential/production? I need a quick fix for my team before I fall too far behind in the standings. Is he still my best bet for production?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Tony C: Yeah, will need to be patient with Ntilinka.

  12. Llango says:
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    Son,
    I commented yesterday and you said no to this trade:

    I would get J.Butler, G. Harris, K. Lowry, & M. Gortat 4 Drummond Liliard and Pope.

    Today i was offered same deal except Porter instead of G.Harris. thoughts?
    I would get J. Butler, K. Lowry, M. Gortat, & O. Porter 4 Drummond Lilaird and pope.

    This is a 12 team H2H – currently in 7th place.

    PG – Liliard/ CP3/ J. Murray (Den)/ Mike Williams
    PG/SG – Collision/ Cadwell-Pope
    SF- Klay / J. Simmons
    SF/PF – Aron Gordon /J. Randle
    PF/C – Drummond/ Zbo

    Format:
    PG
    SG
    SF
    PF
    C
    UTL
    UTL
    UTL

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Yeah, probably gotta take that one.

  13. V´Larr says:
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    Hi!

    On relation to the Bledsoe/Monroe trade, how do you see Thon Maker’s prospects for the rest of the year? Would you pick him for a 14 team league? I need a C and there is not a lot to choose from (T Thompson, Labissiere, Holmes or Portis).

    Cheers!!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @V´Larr: I was high on Thon coming into the season, but Kidd doesn’t trust him. Henson probably gets the most increase in value.

  14. Mad Beach Bums says:
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    Would you trade Love& Fournier to get Jokic?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Yes

  15. slimbo says:
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    hey man got a keeper league question for you….

    i give up aaron gordan and smith jr and get lebron

    we only keep 4, Durant, Jokic, Myles Turner are my top 3, have a few guys i could keep as my 4th? middleton, nurkic, ingram, Jamal murray

    thoughts? seems like i pull the trigger and never look back

    thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @slimbo: Well, I love AG and DSJ so you’re probably asking the wrong guy. I totally get the move and don’t hate it, but I don’t do it

  16. waffles says:
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    stream Rozier (LAL) Mike James (MIA) or J Jack (@ORL) on Wednesday? 9 cat

      • waffles says:
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        @Son: i’m surprised you didn’t say James… that LAL matchup tips the scale?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @waffles: Ha! Yeah! I thought long and hard about it but the end is near. I also like DSJ and AG that much.

          • waffles says:
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            @Son: i meant mike james lol not the lebron trade

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @waffles: Ha! My bad. You got me all discombobulated! Yeah, the matchup. Dragic is a tough defender

  17. Nep_Ninja says:
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    Just traded Lebron and Oladipo for Kyrie and KD! 10T H2H 10 Cat (3pt % and DD). Did I do ok? Was mulling it over for a long long time before pulling the trigger…

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Nep_Ninja: Yeah. If you owned a Ferrari and traded it for a Lambo….well, you get my point

      • Nep_Ninja says:
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        @Son: Oh no! I love my Ferrari’s! hah thanks mate I get it.

  18. Joel

    Joel says:
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    Drop Tyson Chandler for Zeller (CHA) with Monroe trade?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Joel: I’d sit tight until you see how minutes are allocated. Suns love Tyson. Whether it’s because of true love or wanting to boost trade value is irrelevant. He will probably play. I think Zeller will be there later if you want him.

      • Joel

        Joel says:
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        @Son: How about MKG or Denzel Valentine? I am just looking for an excuse to cut him… lol

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Joel: Ha! I think you gotta hold for right now

  19. Justin says:
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    Thoughts on henson in a 9 cat league now that Monroe is gone. Would have to drop Murray or RHJ.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Justin: Looks like he’s going to get consistent minutes. Boards and blocks with some assists. It really depends what you want/need. In a vacuum, I prefer RHJ and Murray.

  20. rick says:
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    my jimmy klay teague for olidipo millsap bledsoe?

    or wait on jimmy?

    • rick says:
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      @rick:

      or millsap for jimmy?

      • Son

        Son says:
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        Rather have Jimmy

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’d rather have Jimmy, Klay, and Teague

  21. chenry16 says:
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    Would you trade Kemba Walker and Steven Adams for Kyrie Irving and Julius Randle in a dynasty league?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’d want the Kyrie/Randle side

  22. Miel says:
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    Hi son,
    Would you drop murrayfor either payton or rondo? I’m Needing assist and murray has been inconsistent early in the season. Both will be coming back from injury, who do u think i should get?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Naw, but I’m a Murray believer. Payton and Rondo are still injured so you can give it some more time.

  23. Arief says:
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    Hii Son,

    Would you trade marc gasol or love for horford ?? and jrue for lowry ??

    My league h2h,9cat

    Thanks son

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Arief: I’d trade Love for Horford. I’d trade Jrue for Lowry

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