If you recognize this picture, then you’ll certainly understand the title. If you don’t, then how dare you call yourself a basketball fan… Also, you should check out Vince Carter in the 2000 slam dunk contest.
We have reached my final recap of the season. It has been a long journey. We have laughed and cried, we have shouted and groaned, but most of all, we have experienced the deep love of fantasy basketball that transcends us all. For the good times we’ve had, I thank you. For those who have offered comments, compliments, and constructive criticism, I appreciate you. And for the haters, I say fuck you. Wait, am I allowed to say that??? Well shit…
We start our night in Detroit, where the Pistons barely manage to edge the Nets 90-89… Let’s dive in!
And so I face, the final curtain. My friends, it’s been a great season, but unfortunately, this will be the last RazzWired article of the season. I know this is a painful realization for my three devoted readers, but I have confidence that you three can find some other content or substance to fill the massive hole in your lives. That all being said, I shall try to leave you with a few players, in case you are among the few players still battling in the championship round. Or, if you’re the asshole that still picks up players, so that the top teams can’t get them…
As I begin to write this recap, the Portland – Poppycock game has yet to begin, but frankly, NBA basketball was quite bad tonight/tomorrow… The March Madness games were fantastic, but most of the NBA teams have either locked up their spots, or cashed it in for the season. Given that, I’ll point out that DeMar DeRozan had 40 tonight, but the game wasn’t particularly great, and the Raptors won 101-84. That being said, let’s dive into the mediocre slate:
Lady and Gentlemen, we continue to wind down the season, and I didn’t think many new adds would pop up. However, Solomon Hill has really emerged of late, and he looks like a must-own while he’s hot. Over the last 4, he’s averaging 14.8/4.5/3.5/1.3/0.8 plus 2.5 treys per game. It’s tough to get that kind of well rounded production late in the year.
Denzel Valentine – Dude is a beast. I’ve been high on him since the draft, but he’s finally gotten a chance to shine with Wade down. He’s hitting almost 3 treys per game, and he recently double doubled as well. His arrow is pointing up, so give him a look!
Rusell Westbrook continued his dominating ways against the Raptors, and the Thunder steamrolled them tonight. 123-102 was the final score, and the Thunder outscored the Raps by 17 in the third quarter. OKC has moved into 6th place in the west, and there’s a decent possibility that they could lock up home court, since they’re only 3.5 games back of the 4th seeded Jazz squad. At any rate, let’s get back to Westy. He finished with 24/10/16/1/0, and oh yeah, he only had 2 TOs. Plus, he hit 4-8 from deep! Did I mention that he did it in only 28 minutes? Oklahoma City had 7 players in double digits, and they seem primed for a solid playoff push.
Razznation! We are now in the playoffs! I would just like to begin by saying that it is an absolutely gorgeous day today in sunny Florida. 70 degrees, with clear skies, and a lovely breeze. I’ve heard that some of you Eskimos in the North aren’t fairing so well. Ah well, enough with the bragging. Once again, there is very little to comment on, in terms of pickups. A few names come to mind, but at this point, the percentages have moved to right around where they should be.
Ok folks, it’s the home stretch! Unfortunately, this week is midterm week, so I’m not going to write a full article. Plus, there just isn’t a lot of new information at this point in the season. Feel free to check out last week’s article, if you’re looking for some names, but I think at this point, those of you in contention want specific advice.
So that being said, ask away! Remember to include league size and format with your questions. I’ll do my best to respond as quickly as possible!
The Warriors are now fighting to regain their composure after the massive injury to Kevin Durant. Unfortunately, without him, this is a much weaker squad than last year. This was quite obvious in their 87-94 loss to the mediocre Bulls squad on national TV. Although, Matt Barnes did an admirable job of filling in KD with a massive 2/0/0/0/0 line…
With the season winding down, we’re going to stick to this shorter format. Frankly, the waiver wire is fairly dry at the moment, and most players available are known quantities at this point.
Richaun Holmes – PF/C – 16% – He’s suddenly relevant after the trade of Nerlens Noel, and the injury to Joel Embiid. Over the past 3 games, he’s racked up 10 blocks along with decent contributions in points, boards, and steals. Definitely worth a grab while Embiid is out.
The most exciting part of the evening, was clearly the debut of the Pelicans shiny new front court. While the Pels did get overwhelmed by the Rockets shooting, the chemistry was obviously there with the New Orleans big men. I would say though, that they’re both a bit tentative, and that will change as they get more comfortable and assertive. I am not scared to say though, that this is possibly the greatest PF/C duo in NBA history. Up there with McHale and Parrish, and Duncan and Robinson. Both bigs have absurd skillsets. I think the key for the Pelicans will be the play of Jrue Holiday, and how involved in the offense he is. Tonight, he was locked down by Beverly, but more slashing in the pick and roll should really help him. I could see his efficiency being extremely high, given the opposite player in the pick and roll.
At any rate, here’s your recap for most of Thursday night! Thank goodness the break is over…