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There was no Batman in Boston last night, as Aron Baynes ran roughshod over the team from Tinseltown. 21 points, eight boards, and three dimes in 23 minutes. The 21 points were a team and career-high. Baynes was drilling jumpers from the elbow, dunking over hapless defenders on the baseline, setting screens then pinning smaller defenders onto his buttocks, jump hooking with the right, jump hooking with the left, and skying through the air for putback dunks. It was quite the performance. Thanks Batman. Signed, Lakers fans. Now, Baynes played a prominent role because Al Horford missed the game due to a concussion. Horford missed nine games last season due to a concussion, so there’s a chance that Baynes continues to wreak havoc on the league. Interestingly enough, Charlotte, a team that supposedly has a Superman, is next on the docket. In two games, they travel to New Jersey, which is a hop and a skip from Gotham City. DFSers heeded the signal and played him last night. He’s worth an add for the quickie, as the Celtics are super-thin in the front court.

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Here’s what else I saw last night:

Jayson Tatum left the game after nine minutes due to an ankle injury. It’s unknown when the injury occurred, but Tatum asked to be taken out. His status is unknown.

With Horford and Tatum out, Marcus Morris played 25 minutes and scored 18 points, grabbed one board, dished out one dime, and pilfered one. Semi Ojeleye played 26 minutes and scored four points, grabbed four boards, dished out one dime, and pilfered one. Daniel Theis played 22 minutes, scored eight points, grabbed five boards, pilfered two, and blocked three. The Celtics won by 11. I’d vote for Brad Stevens for President.

Jaylen Brown did not shoot the ball well, 3-of-11 from the field, but he grabbed 11 boards, dished out two dimes, and pilfered one. It’s super duper early, but is Brown going to be the league’s next Kawhi?

Brandon Ingram scored 18 points, grabbed seven boards, dished out one dime, and pilfered two in 37 minutes. I can’t wait to see the player Ingram develops into.

Kyle Kuzma scored 10 points, grabbed six boards, and dished out one dime in 34 minutes. The Celtics are a very good defensive team, with length all over and the ability to switch. I’m not worried about Kuz, but he isn’t contributing in defensive stats. Stocktonator ain’t worried, as it likes Kuzma’s next matchup against the Wizards.

Brook Lopez only played 18 minutes. Baynes took his soul.

Julius Randle scored 16 points, grabbed 12 boards, dished out two dimes, and pilfered one in only 21 minutes. Randle has only played more than 20 minutes in a game three times this season. He can play all the front court positions and stuff the stat sheet. Hopefully, he gets more run as the season progresses. His ceiling is too high to let go.

Myles Turner scored eight points, grabbed six boards, dished out one dime, pilfered two, and blocked one. I just found out today on Twitter that his nickname is The Odometer. I love you Twitter.

Victor Oladipo played 38 minutes and went 8-of-21 from the field. Dipo is tied for 15th in field goal attempts per game with 17.1. Oladipo Ho! Oladipo Ho! Oladipo Ho!

Al Jefferson scored 19 points, grabbed six boards, dished out two dimes, and pilfered one in 22 minutes. What year is it?

Thaddeus Young scored 16 points, grabbed six boards, dished out four dimes, and pilfered one in 35 minutes. He’s a top 30 player. He’s averaging almost 38 minutes per game this month. There is the possibility that he loses minutes when both Myles and Sabonis are healthy, but let’s deal with that when the need arises.

Andre Drummond scored 14 points, grabbed 21 boards, dished out four dimes, and blocked one in 34 minutes. He went 0-of-7 from the charity stripe. All is right in the world. Hallelujah!

Boban Marjanovic only played nine minutes, but scored nine points, grabbed four boards, dished out a dime, and blocked one. He makes NBA players look like high schoolers.

Kristaps Porzingis did not start due to an elbow injury. He’s considered day-to-day. Michael Beasley got the start and played 20 minutes, while scoring four points, grabbing four boards, dishing out three dimes, and blocking one. Isn’t Beasley the left-handed Melo?

Tim Hardaway scored 26 points, grabbed 11 boards, dished out one dime, and pilfered one in 38 minutes. The dice were his and he was shooting. Good thing I kept betting the Hardaways.

Doug McDermott scored 13 points, grabbed two boards, and dished out a dime in 30 minutes. The boy can shoot, I’m not sure the 54% from the field and 43% from downtown are sustainable, but just keep pressing and parlaying.

Frank Ntilikina scored six points, grabbed four boards, dished out nine dimes, pilfered one, and blocked one in 23 minutes. It’s only a matter of time. I fronted on him coming into the season, but he’s impressed me. He has a decent stroke from outside and is a good facilitator. The defense was never a question. My one issue is his ability to break defenders off the dribble. I saw him struggle a bit. With that said, he’s young and is going to get better. He’s going to start at some point and looks to be a good complement for the Lord and Savior Kristaps.

Enes Kanter played 20 minutes, Kyle O’Quinn played 20 minutes, and Willy Hernangomez played eight minutes. I’ve gone through so many theories to try and explain this shituation. The newest one is another one from Marketing. Any of you been to a carnival and played the Guess Your Weight game? Someone better be getting a raise in Marketing because they have been putting in work.

Elfrid Payton returned after an eight game absence. 11 points, six boards, 11 dimes, two steals, and two blocks in 29 minutes. Can someone explain to me why he has his hair like that? Can someone explain to me how it stays like that? Can someone explain to me what the hell is that?

The Heat had an eight man rotation.

No biggie, as they were playing the Suns and it was Goran Dragic REVENGE narrative night. 29 points, nine boards, and four dimes in 38 minutes.

Justise Winslow started at power forward and played 37 minutes, scored 14 points, grabbed six boards, dished out five dimes, and pilfered one. It’s always good when Justise prevails.

Wayne Ellington played 34 minutes and scored 15 points and grabbed three boards. I can’t believe he’s still in the league. Checks his age. I can’t believe he’s only 29. It seems like he’s been around forever ever.

Dion Waiters returned to action and scored 16 points, grabbed three boards, and dished out three dimes in 26 minutes. The plane boss! The plane!

Josh Richardson scored four points, grabbed six boards, dished out one dime, and pilfered one in 29 minutes. He’s getting minutes and contributing in the ancillary stats. He just won’t be a consistent scorer, at least not yet.

Marquese Chriss scored 9 points, grabbed 9 boards, and hoisted 9 shots. Turn that frown upside down. Either do a handstand or grab your monitor and turn it 180 degrees. What do you see? Chinese is not the correct answer. 666, which is what Chriss has been to fantasy owners. To make matter worse, which is a tough task considering we just incorporated the Devil, but Jared Dudley played 23 minutes and was productive. 13 points, five boards, four dimes, and one steal.

Tyson Chandler did not play due to a back issue, so Alex Len got the start. 19 minutes, six points, three boards, and four turnovers. Dragan Bender scored five points, grabbed one board, and dished out one dime in 27 minutes.

Mike James scored 18 points, grabbed four boards, and dished out three dimes in 31 minutes. Tyler Ulis scored four points, and dished out three dimes in 17 minutes. James ain’t going anywhere.

Death, taxes, and Jimmy Butler underwhelming. 11 points, three boards, five dimes, and two steals.

The one takeaway from the 125-101 loss for the Timberpuppies is…Thibs is going to give his guys minutes. And frankly, that’s all we give a shit about. He had his starters in the game, down 20, with like five minutes to go. WWPD. What Would Pop Do?

Draymond Green with 6 boards, 6 dimes, and 6 field goal attempts. Turn it upside down! He also scored seven points and blocked two.

Kevin Durant did not play due to a bruised thigh. Omri Casspi got the start and scored 13 points, grabbed three boards, dished out a dime, pilfered two, and blocked three. Now they are just showing off.

  1. HAL 9000 says:
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    Westbrook+Walker+Rubio for Davis+C.Paul?

    In a different league: Giannis for Leonard+Porter?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Sure.

      No.

  2. Miel says:
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    Hi son,
    I was glad i got payton the other day. He really played well and i hope it continues. Anyway, i really want to get butler coz i still believe he’ll get better soon but i don’t want to give too much for him.. what do you think about offering james johnson and bradley for butler and smart?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      That works. Every trade is different because of differing perceptions, needs, values, etc.

  3. John says:
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    Hi Son,

    Giannis and Lowry for KAT and CP3?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @John: In a vacuum, the G side

  4. Fats domino says:
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    Hey nice write up as always. 12 team h2h 9 cat keeper. My squad
    Lebron
    Damian
    Marc gasol
    Elfrid
    Randle
    Mike James
    Turner
    Kanter
    Dirk
    Lavine
    Kyle Anderson
    Lamb
    Buddy
    What do you think of me trading my 10th pick next year for a 12th and rondo? Lost Hayward earlier

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Thanks Fats! That works

  5. N Murray says:
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    What’s going on Son,

    Great article as always!

    I recently dropped Julius Randle for Trevor Ariza, think that was the right move going forward?

    My bigs are pretty strong (Embiid, Gobert, Collins, Capela)

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Thanks N! Yeah, Ariza offers a better floor and consistency

  6. McBonton says:
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    Hey son! Would you give aaron gordon for kawhi leonard.
    Thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Kawhi has scared me since before the season started. I probably wouldn’t but totally understand he move

  7. Lasandro says:
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    Drop Murray for Frank Nitti? You seem to like the kid in NYC and I enjoy watching him. Just know that Murray’s ceiling is nice. His consistency, however..

    • Lasandro says:
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      @Son: or if you think Winslow is gonna keep up this multi cat goodness in a starting role, I’m absolutely in on him as I could use the dimes

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @Lasandro: I have some doubts. Let’s see what he does when the Heat have abnormal rotation

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Lasandro: I do but I’ve been a Murray believer since the offseason and still am

  8. Mad Beach Bums says:
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    Thanks for the daily write ups! Do you have any worry about the porz elbow news, him saying he’ll need offseason surgery. Sounds like it could start affecting him more and more with all his usage.
    Also I asked about trading love and Fournier for jokic a couple days ago and you said a simple “yes” and the trade went through! So pumped and it’s a keep 3 players league. Hopefully Joker keeps his 1st-ish round status.
    Thanks for all your advice!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      My pleasure! Thanks for reading! I’m always worried about injuries. With that said, he’s been playing with it and playing well. If I was a KP owner, I’d be Sherlocking everything. As for that trade, mazel tov! I love the Joker.

      • Mad Beach Bums says:
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        @Son: Problem is I own porz in this keeper league so not trying to off load him unless it’s a great deal like kat or giannis

        • Son

          Son says:
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          I wouldn’t be worried about him in a keeper league. He’s going to get it taken care of at some point so….He’s also only 22 years old. The injuries that scare me the most, especially for big men, or leg or foot ones.

  9. J says:
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    How do you feel about trading Rubio/Gary Harris for Middleton/Ball?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @J: I’d rather have the Rubio/Harris side

  10. Matt says:
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    Offered Oladipo for Jimmy “Buckets” Butler

    Bad move?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Matt: We shall find out! Ha! Warren Buffet would be very proud of you. I do like the move, but I’m probably more optimistic than most. With that said, I fully understand that there are a ton of mouths to feed and this could be the NWO. I’d be fine taking the risk, though. Are you?

  11. Renz says:
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    Hey Son! Looking up for your write-ups is already part of my day so keep up the great work! 🙂

    I got frustrated on Chriss which triggered to drop him for Dudley. I know it’s quite stupid but the minutes for Dudley is getting there. I know it will just be temporary and there are quite a good players floating in the waiver. I’d like to know if they are worth grabbing for the both Dudley and Holmes (unproductive so far)

    MKG, Tucker, Mbah a Moute, Simmons, Jeff Green

    Thank you!

    • Renz says:
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      @Renz:

      Monroe, Kaminsky, Fultz, Josh Jackson, and T. Ross are also available. I am willing to do a hold and wait approach since the season has just began. Thanks!!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Renz: Thanks Renz! Much appreciated. Thanks for reading. I don’t hate the move. Nice job. I like MKG and Simmons. I wrote a little something something on Green.

      • Renz says:
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        @Son:

        You’re welcome! Every article is worth the wait ha! Alright. Thanks much, lodi! (idol spelled backwards)

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Renz: Word to the Mother, MC Renz

  12. Dante Green says:
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    Son, should we offer Butler for the Bosnian beast?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Dante Green: I like Nurkic but should be able to get more for Butler, no? Depends on league/team context

      • Dante Green says:
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        @Son:

        You know we’ve been trying to move him for a week now. Lol

        One last thing bud, should we try and get Jamal Murray? If yes, for who??

        PG – Rubio, Collison, Ntilikina
        SG – Mitchell, Jaylen
        SF – Richardson, Butler
        PF – Gordon, Johnson
        C – Capela

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Dante Green: I know. I’m trying my best to keep the patient grasshopper from transforming into a swarming locust.

          I wouldn’t drop anyone for Murray

          • Dante Green says:
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            @Son:

            Hah. Thanks bud…

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