What is best in life? Conan said it was “To crush your enemies. See them driven before you. And to hear the lamentations of their women.” Ah, the barbarian life. For the rest of us, it’s all about marketing. To get the girl, you better look good and smell good….at least to her. She also has to know that you exist. That’s pretty important. To get the job, the resume better be more than a blank piece of paper. To sell a product, #brand awareness. Why do you think regular television is “free?” Anyways, love him or hate him, Lavar Ball is a freaking genius. He is the modern day Barnum & Bailey. Trotting around the country….and Lithuania….to make his BBB brand known. But like Barnum & Bailey, all the hype in the world doesn’t mean squat if there is no substance behind it. Barnum & Bailey provided elephants, freaks, and performances to entertain. Lavar Ball has his sons, Lonzo, LaMelo, and LiAngelo. Now, we can add the BBB from another mother, , Bizmack Biyombo. Last night, he went:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 16 2 1 5 2 0 3/7 4/5

Bizmack Biyombo Blocks. Bizmack Biyombo Boards. Bizmack Biyombo Balls. Bizmack Biyombo Buckets. There is no fluff, no hype to Biyombo’s game. Bizmack Biyombo Business. Since Nikola Vucevic, who is out for at least another month, went down Biyombo has scored 10.1 points, grabbed 10.9 boards, and blocked 1.9 shots a game. Approved by the BBB (Better Business Bureau).

Here’s what else I saw last night:

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Khem Birch:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 10 1 0 4 3 0 4/6 4/4

Played 19 minutes and balled the F out. Birch is 25 years old, 6′ 9″ 220 pounds, and played his college ball at both Pitt and UNLV. He went undrafted and played in the D-League and overseas in Turkey and Greece. Prior to last night, Birch had played a combined 20 minutes all season. Marreese Speights did not play last night, so that contributed to him getting run. With that said, Vogel may want to start giving the young kids a look.

Evan Fournier:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
32 2 3 0 0 1 6/12 12/22 2/2

Evian was pure and hot last night. The 22 shots were a season-high. The downtowners made and attempted were both season-highs. So, it’s only logical that the 32 points scored were a…..season-high. He was getting the minutes and hoisting up the shots. They just weren’t going in.

DJ Augustin:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 6 6 0 0 1 2/3 6/9 4/5

Played 24 minutes, while Elfrid Payton only played 24 minutes. I wouldn’t expect that to be the norm, but Vogel has shown the penchant to go with the “hot hand.”

Jimmy Butler:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 7 4 5 2 0 2/5 11/22 4/4

Butler always delivers the tidy line. Always keeps the house in order. Must be tough with a KAT roaming around.

Andrew Wiggins:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 9 4 4 0 1 0 0/2 4/12 1/2

Was the only starter to not score in double figures. There hasn’t been a ton of Gettin Jiggy Wiggins. Why is everyone throwing tomatoes at me? I was down on him coming into the year, but he’s been waaaaaaaaaay worse than even I expected. 5-year, $146.5 million contract extension.

Anthony Davis:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 45 16 2 1 2 1 0/3 16/34 13/15

That’s back-to-back 45/15 games. 45/16 and 48/17 to be exact. The Twitter account @isTheBrowHurt should’ve sent out a tweet: Hell mother f’ing no! What’s the over/under on when @isTheBrowHurt sends out: YES!

Ian Clark:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 15 4 1 0 0 0 1/3 7/10 0

Clark has played 32, 25, 26, and 20 minutes the past four games. Jameer Nelson has missed the past two games, so that partially explains the increase in minutes. The Pelicans have been running a tight 8 to 9 man rotation lately, so mid-20s minutes for Clark is not out of the question. And minutes is half the battle. Yo Joe!

Jrue Holiday:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 23 4 7 3 1 2 3/5 9/16 2/4

An impressive performance, considering the Celtics defend the perimeter very well. That 5-year, $131 million contract extension doesn’t look so bad <cough> Andrew Wiggins <cough>.

DeMarcus Cousins:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 19 15 5 3 0 7 1/6 7/20 4/6

Do a little dance. Make a little love. Get down tonight.

Kyrie Irving:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 27 7 2 2 0 6 5/12 8/24 6/7

Since the start of the new year, Kyrie’s performance has been a little flat. Like drinking soda that’s lost some of it’s carbonation. It still tastes sweet and will make a two year old bounce around like a Tazmanian devil, but there’s obviously something missing. While the scoring is down to 17 a game the past five games, Kyrie has been pulling down 7.5 boards and dishing out 6.3 dimes. It’s crazy to think that he has only one double-dub for the season. Anyways, with all that said, he’s still a Top 15 player for fantasy.

Al Horford:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 9 6 1 1 2 4/5 5/9 0

Not the sexiest. Not the smartest. Just the significant other that will put food on the table and make you smile.

Jaylen Brown:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 4 5 1 0 3 2/7 7/14 0/1

I feel good. Da da da da da. I knew that I would, now!  Still can’t get the crazy notion out of my head that Brown will be the next Kawhi. Am I crazy? Am I now on the other side of the “Do I look fat?” question from my wife?

Marcus Smart:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 16 5 5 1 1 2 5/14 3/8 3/3

Played 30 minutes. Still can’t shoot, but will contribute a little something something in all but blocks. That describes the perfect person to hit the club with.

Dennis Smith Jr.:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 2 5 1 0 4 0/1 11/18 3/3

My boo! As it was revealed that Agent Smith was in fact the One, so it shall be revealed for DSJ. May the Matrix keep DSJ safe, sound, and healthy for the duration of his career.

With JJ Barea out, Yogi Ferrell was the main guy off the bench and played 35 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 2 7 1 0 2 1/5 5/10 2/4

Yabba dabba doo! Yogi has played over 30 minutes in the past four games and, not so coincidentally, scored in double figures in all of them.

Nikola Jokic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 18 7 2 1 5 0/2 11/23 7/10

My love knows no bounds for Jokic. Yes, even my boo DSJ has to sit in the back seat. Wait, isn’t that where all the magic happens? Sorry to do this, DSJ, but would you mind driving?

Jamal Murray:

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

The matchup couldn’t have been better for Murray. Interestingly, he’s attempted only 9, 7, and 7 shot attempts in his past three games. Prior to that, he was consistently hoisting over 10 a game with a few 20+ games. I buy.

Trey Lyles:

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

Played only 15 minutes after playing 20 minutes the game before. That makes back-to-back 3 point outings. I’m not ready to dump, yet, but the decrease in playing time and shot attempts are something to monitor. Malone has been running his starters out there for a ton of minutes. Wilson Chandler, for example, played 38 minutes. Uno. Dos. Not a good day. With that said, Malone does do a lot of quirky things with his lineup so….No se.

Will Barton:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 5 6 1 1 5 2/5 9/15 2/4

Played 42 minutes. It’s crazy how much his playing time fluctuates. He’ll play 40 minutes one night, then get 19 minutes the next. He can drop 37 one night, then turn around and score 2. The range of outcomes is very wide with Barton. He’s a true set it and forget it because you’ll drive yourself crazy trying to time that market.

Devin Booker:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
43 6 8 2 1 4 5/12 14/29 10/10

Booker’s second 40-burger of the season. He had an insane 38.6 usage rate! We’ve known that he can score. What’s really got me excited is the increase in boards and dimes. If he continues to improve in the periphery stats, he’s going to be a fantasy stud.

Tyson Chandler got the start at center and played 23 minutes. Greg Monroe DNP-CD. That left 25 minutes for Alex Len.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 9 10 1 0 0 0 0 2/5 5/5

It’s something. Could be nothing, though, as it was the first time Len received 20 minutes of run in six games. Until one of Chandler or Monroe gets traded, Len is nothing more than a speculative hold.

Troy Daniels:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 18 1 0 1 0 1 6/11 6/13 0

A 3 & D player, but without the D. Keep in mind that TJ Warren did not play last night and Josh Jackson got in foul trouble, so that would explain the elevated minutes.

Josh Jackson:

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

Still can’t shoot, which is troubling considering the goal of basketball is to put the ball through the hoop. With that said, JJ has super high potential and the Suns will probably start giving him more run to develop.

Damian Lillard:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
31 5 7 1 0 1 4/8 11/19 5/5

Y’all know what time it is.

CJ McCollum:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 27 3 2 3 2 3 6/10 9/18 3/3

Let’s cut to highlights of last night’s game:

Seriously, though. Do the Blazers have the best backcourt duo in the NBA? Hmmm, there’s Paul/Harden, Curry/Thompson, Wall/Beal, Lowry/DeRozan…..I guess fifth, huh?

Al-Farouq Aminu:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 9 1 0 1 0 4/7 5/12 0

Since January 1st: 24, 5, 14, 9, 10, 6, 19, 6, and 14 points. This is when I mortgage the house that Aminu will score in single digits next game. That’s how it works, right? Aminu plays the minutes, gets the shot attempts, will grab some boards, and get his 211 on. Not sexy and often priced low for DFS, but has value. In fact, he’s a Top 100 player for fantasy right now.

Jusuf Nurkic:

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

Played 22 minutes after playing 20 the game before. Zach Collins has played 20 and 29 minutes the past two games. I’d imagine that Nurkic will get back to playing close to 30 minutes a game, but it’s a situation worth monitoring.

  1. J says:
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    Hey Son, pretty full night tonight struggling with who to put in my 3 util spots.

    Which 3 do you like tonight out of Kuzma at OKC, Mirotic vs GS, Ish Smith at TOR, Rondo at ATL, Batum vs WSH, or Willy Cauley vs UTA?

    Leaning towards Kuzma, Miro, and Ish, still don’t trust Willy fully.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @J: Kuzma, Mitotic, and Rondo for me. TOR is tough against PGs, while ATL is giving. Plus, the total is 221 and the spread is only 2.

  2. Tony C says:
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    I was in a conundrum last week so I had to drop Marquese Chriss since I am fighting for the playoffs. I picked up his teammate Bender but I feel it is time to move on after his initial 2 game breakout after the Chriss hip injury. I’m looking to stream for the rest of this week in my daily H2H 9-cat 10 team league so I’m looking for overall value among Marcus Morris, Napier, McConnell, Ryan Anderson or Aminu? Also for rest of season which 2 do you prefer among Napier, C. Lee, Marvin Williams, R.Anderson, Aminu, J.Collins, Nance, B. Bogdanovic, R-Lo, Oubre, Heild, Justin Holliday, Clarkson, Delon Wright or Chriss. Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Tony C: TJ and Aminu for me. As for ROS, Holiday and BogBog

  3. Not your average Joe says:
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    A couple of questions, for you my SON! (Lame joke #703,416)

    1. What are we doing with A.Gordon? I’m not sure he could hit the ground with a basketball if he tried, absent gravity. Should I seek a trade before he gets worse, or ride it out and expect better days ahead? He’s so bad, he’s almost approaching streamer levels, given how he hurts you in FG and TOs, is pedestrian at FTs, and fails to provide STLs and BLKs. He’s got upside for sure, but I’m also in 6th place by a thread.

    2. Would you drop anyone on my team (like Randle, or Gordon), for any of these FAs?

    McConnell (he is what he is, off the bench)
    W.Matthews (streaky)
    J.Brown (guy can’t hit FTs so I don’t see the Kawhi in him like you)
    K.Anderson (sneaky multi-stat, though doesn’t stand out in any cat)
    Beasley (feast or famine)
    Dedmon (trade candidate)

    Team in a 12-team, 9-cat, h2h league
    Lillard, Teague, TyJo, Beal, Bogdanovic, RHJ, A.Gordon, Randle, Zingis, Biyombo, Gobert

    • Not your average Joe says:
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      @Not your average Joe: Fwiw, that’s Bogdan, not Bojan. I’m looking at him as a potential Gary Harris type once SAC gives him more room.

      • Son

        Son says:
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        I like BogBog.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Ha! Add a comma and three 0s, then you will approach the number of lame jokes I’ve made.

      1) Not contributing in D stats is my main gripe with Gordon. I’m not too worried about the other stuff. He will start shootimg better. He has sky high potential, but if you could get a top 50 player for him, I’d be okay with that move. The thing is, this is probably not the right time to be trying to move him. If you don’t want him, you should wait till he gets hot.

      2) I wouldn’t drop Randle or Gordon for the guys you mentioned.

      Good point on Brown’s FT shooting. I think that’s something that can be improved, but Kawhi was at least a 70% shooter when he came into the league.

      • Not your average Joe says:
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        @Son:
        Thanks! Would you change your mind about K.Anderson in light of Kawhi being out indefinitely?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          For sure

    • Brent

      Brent says:
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      @Not your average Joe: I’d maybe consider dropping TyJo for McConnell and then when JJ Reddick is back add another free agent. But I’m not as high on TyJo as some people.

      Don’t even consider dropping Aaron Gordon. Dude is a beast and will be fine once he’s over these nagging injuries.

  4. justin says:
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    have to bring teague off the IL. in a 9 cat league. who should i drop? randle, batum, murray, taj

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @justin: Randle

  5. Willy says:
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    Helloo Son,

    I got offered my nurkic for taurean + james johnson would you trade or no ?? if yes who should i drop to FA

    my team : nurkic,durant,dray,horford,teague,dsj,conley,marvin,WCS,middleton,gary harris,myles turner

    h2h 11cat(9cat+TO+PF) 14 teams

    thanks son

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Willy: puff…puff….pass

      • Brent

        Brent says:
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        @Son: You’d keep Nurkic over JJ and Prince? He could cut Marvin Williams…..Prince/James Johnson not as good as Nurkic/Marvin?

        This is a close call for me and with Tyler Johnson out I like James Johnson a lot…hmmm

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Brent: Yeah. I like Nurkic and think he has a nice second half. I get it though. He hasn’t been good and the minutes have been inconsistent, but when he’s right, he’s very productive. Plus, he’s deep at G and F, but not so much at C.

  6. HAL says:
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    My Marc Gasol for his Lowry?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @HAL: If you good with big men, then sure.

  7. Tuddy says:
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    Sup son,

    I scrapped fg% and turnovers in my league and am doing well (2nd: 9cat) but I want to cut Rubio he is so inconsistent for someone like teodosic. Do you have any advice?

    Thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Tuddy: I like Teodosic, but I always worry about injury with him. Rubio is inconsistent, but you know he’s playing everyday and has the potential to mess around on any night. I’d feel better if you were able to include Rubio in a trade package, then scoop Teodosic.

    • Brent

      Brent says:
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      @Tuddy: How many teams are in this league that you’d consider cutting Rubio? If Rubio showed up on one of my waiver wires I’d think somebody lost their mind…lol. I can see why you’d want Rubio off your team, but the can’t be cut. You must have somebody else you can cut for Teodosic, Rubio cannot be your worst player.

      What does you team look like?

      • Tuddy says:
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        @Brent: Hi guys thanks for the opinions.

        There are 12 teams. my squad is:
        PG: Rubio
        PG/SG: Oladipo / Evans
        SG: BogBog
        SG/SF: Butler / Ariza / KCP
        SF: Prince
        SF / PF: Chandler / Kuzma
        PF/C: Randle / Love
        C: KAT
        IR: Fultz

        My thinking with dropping Rubio is he is not going to improve in the 2H like he did last year without Gobert. Gobert is coming back but he has just as much injury potential as Teodosic. And IF Teo gets hurt AND Rubio gets picked off waivers than I have Mcconnel, Rondo, and an absolute hail mary on Fultz being useful as backup options..

        Any other thoughts I appreciate

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Tuddy: I think Rubio has too much value to just cut. Going from Rubio to Teo is a lateral move in my opinion. I would rather see you upgrade another position using Rubio, then pick up Teo if you like him that much more.

          • Tuddy says:
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            @Son:

            I got you, appreciate it Son. Trading in my league is few and far between but I’ll see if I can swing something

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Tuddy: Anytime Tuddy. It’s all about league context, so you know your league better than I do. Keep that in mind.

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