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…

Damian Lillard – Dame Lit up the Magic for an efficient 33/5/2/0/0 The peripheral stats are underwhelming, but the 4 treys definitely help his case.

Jusuf Nurkic – Remember when I said to grab him in the last WaiverWired?  12/12/5/3/2 He had the biggest line of the game, and there’s no reason to think that he won’t be one of the best bigs in fantasy moving forward this season.  34 minutes per game will help with that…

Shabazz Napier – 10/7/5/2/0. A nice little line from Napier off the bench – He also managed to get 26 minutes, so keep an eye on that.

Terrence Ross – 13/5/1/3/0. It was a mixed bag for Ross, who finished 4-17 from the field.  Fortunately, his shot total and starting job tell us that he has a looooooong leash.  He’s a must own in all 12ers.

Nikola Vucevic – With no Ibaka, it is Vucevic’s paint once more.  25/9/2/0/2. This line should be pretty typical going forward.

Kemba Walker – 34/7/6/2/0, on an extremely efficient 11-19 from the field.  There really wasn’t much more that Kemba could have done to prevent the Pistons from squeaking it out in over time.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – A massive 12/14/2/2/2 line from MKG.  He has the strangest lines from a wing… This is much more of an Andre Drummond type line, than a typical SF.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – 33/9/3/0/0 with a massive 7 treys.  He was hot tonight.  So yeah, that’s that.  I don’t expect him do this regularly.

Tobias Harris – Tobias dominated off the bench with a 25/7/3/0/1 line.  The main story here was his efficiency (9-17) and the fact that he hit 4 from deep.  Tobias has really thrived in his new 6th man role.

Ish Smith – I wasn’t going to add him to the recap, but he put a massive 16 assists on 1 turnover.  That is incredible, even with the 5 points.

The Rockets – Hit a hell of a lot of treys.  20 when it was all said and done.

Patrick Beverley – 2/12/5/4/0. Played his usual lockdown defense on Jrue Holiday tonight.  The 4 steals were sweet.

Lou Williams[email protected]#$%.  Sweet Lou came out swinging with 27/2/2/0/0 and 7 buckets from deep… His value definitely will not go down with the free-shooting Rockets.

Jrue Holiday – 6/4/4/1/2. The block spree continues, but Jrue was locked down by Beverley tonight.  I think Jrue is the key to this team working – Obviously the front-court will dominate, but the Pels must make a concerted effort to keep Jrue involved.

DeMarcus Cousins – 27/14/5/5/4. Boogie absolutely dominated this game.  Unfortunately, the Rockets were just raining in threes… Better luck next time.

Anthony Davis – 29/9/1/2/2. The second half of the dominant duo.  This is going to be an incredible team to watch.

Courtney Lee – Lee was the only efficient Knick last night, putting up a stellar 25/6/5/1/0 on 10-15 shooting and 3 hits from deep.

Kristaps Porzingis – The poor goose sprained his ankle and did not return.  I expect the Knicks to bring him back cautiously, so Kyle O’Quinn and Lance Thomas should get a boost.

LeBron James – 18/13/15/0/3. King James threw a block party to celebrate another triple double.  The outrageously good lines will continue, especially with love out.

Kyle Korver – 20/2/3/1/0. Kyle nailed 6 threes, and did what he was brought to Cleveland to do.

 

Sooooooo, as curious as I am to see how Buddy Buckets does in his debut, I’m not going to report on the last two games tonight.

Shoot me all your fantasy questions below, and make sure to include your league size and format!

Peace out RazzNation!

  1. RicoSuave says:
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    Great Job Adam,

    12 team h2h points league… who has more upside rest of the year? Payne, LeVert, Portis, Richardson…. I need two of them please

    Thanks again!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @RicoSuave: I’m gonna go Portis and Richardson… Payne is really close though, but I’m not going to endorse him until we see what kind of role he’s going to have.

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @Adam: Thanks!

  2. Scott says:
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    You know if this was JB’s article, KCP would be the lede!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Scott: JB has personal issues… I don’t judge. *smiles benevolently*

  3. BringDaRuckus says:
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    How would you rank Jusuf Nurkic/Gorgui Deng/Cauley-Stein ROS?

    Thanks,

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @BringDaRuckus: Jusuf, WCS, and then Gorgui… I like the blocks a lot more from the first two, and it’s pretty clear that JB and Slim are underestimating WCS’s scoring ability.

  4. Chris says:
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    WCS with huge double double,outplay jokic and lead the kings win the match

    Boogie?who,lol

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Chris: I think this trade was the best for both teams. WCS has really worked on his game since being drafted, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he learned a lot from Boogie.

  5. Tokyofantasy says:
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    shallow 10team H2H
    Nurkic, T Thompson, WCS or Embiid?
    Currently owns Thompson and Embiid, but CLE playoff schedule and Embiid injury scares me e enough to consider the switch. I have Gobert, Gortat and M Gasol, so pretty set with bigs either ways.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Tokyofantasy: I’d go with Nurkic there, and WCS a close second.

  6. BILL BLAST says:
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    Why is JB so high on Payne ? I listened, and picked him up dropping Bogdanovic.

    Just traded CP3/Zubac for Brook/Saric (I know. I know…sorry) I’m really high on Saric.

    Current roster –

    Wall/Isaiah/G. Hill/Seth/Payne
    Lebron/Harris/Ersan/Saric
    Howard/Turner/Brook/Monroe/Chandler/Plumlee

    I gotta lose Ersan & maybe Plumlee.

    Available – Chriss, McDermott, N. Powell, Ingram, Moore, Frazier, Ellis, (not great options here)

    12 team – 15 man rosters – H2H

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @BILL BLAST: I’m not near as high on Payne, but I think he’s the best option available. You just have to realize that he’s more of a scorer, than a facilitating point guard.

      Chicago has other passers though, so they needed a decent 3 point shooting guard, that can play good defense. I think Payne fits that mold.

      Haha, I don’t mind that trade, especially with the amount of assists that you have.

      I’d swap Ersan for McBuckets, and Plumlee for Ingram.

  7. Thirsty Friend says:
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    Hi Adam,

    Need to drop someone because Kanter will be activated. Here are the droppable candidates: Tyreke, Ish, or Brogdon?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Thirsty Friend: Probably Brogdon, I like Reke’s shot at minutes out in Sac.

  8. phil says:
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    I need to drop one …… Parsons, Solomon Hill, Chriss, Bazemore, McLemore, Courtney Lee ?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @phil: Probably Chriss… With Sullinger in town, I think his value is pretty capped.

  9. Toni Vidal Ribes says:
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    Hi Adam!

    Dinasty-Roto-12er-11cat

    Do you give Dieng + E. Gordon + Parsons to add Jae Crowder?

    I think Dieng hasn´t too much upside and Gordon take a hit with Lou in the team.

    Thanks

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      That’s tough, but I’d do it if you’re rebuilding… If you’re contending, then I’d hold.

  10. ThE sHiT says:
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    Take a flyer on Lin or Payne for guard depth?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @ThE sHiT: Definitely Lin

  11. John says:
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    Point guard position is a bit muddy. I have CP3 and Lowry. But also RJax, Smart and Yogi.
    I did not see Dallas tonight but Yogi got minutes just did not play well????? Detroit PG issues continue.
    Best PG on the wire is Ish. So it is sketchy. But is he gonna run the show (bad shooting v assists?). RJax looks like a backup
    Ish or Yogi?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @John: Ish for assists but Yogi for upside. So, I’d base it on need. I’d go Ish.

      • John says:
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        @Adam:

        Got it. I grab Ish, drop Yogi and keep RJax and see how it shakes out in Detroit. Or, other option is to drop Kanter and keep all the guards. I like Kanter’s percentages. But Gibson is there now. Hmmm. What say you? Thank you

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @John: I think I’d keep rolling with Kanter until we see how it plays out, when he’s fully healthy.

          • Johnc says:
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            @Adam:
            Thanks….It is a kick to bounce ideas off you and JB. Fingers crossed as I missed on Ish…he was scooped up by the reigning champ so need RJax to reassert himself.
            Still like my team but where do you see holes in 9 cat league?
            Who is my drop when Goose comes back?

            CP3, Lowry, Smart, Yogi, RJax
            Leonard, Porter, G Harris, James Johnson,
            KAT, Horford, Adams, Jokic, Kanter,
            IR: Poison Goose

  12. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Adam. Which two would you go with ros in a head to head points league: Capela, Seth Curry, WCS, and Waiters? Thanks!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jerry: That’s tough, but I’ll gamble on WCS

  13. Connor says:
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    Hey Adam, would you rather have TJ Warren or Thad Young ROS? Thanks!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Connor: TJ – Thad has struggled with injury and inconsistency all year.

  14. Nick says:
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    Trade the 3rd or 4th overall draft pick in next years rookie draft for Covington in a win now situation? Robcov’s been top 30 the past while here. 8 Cat Dynasty

    Or trade LaVine + Drop Zeller or W. Chandler?

    Or do nothing, haha.

    • Adam

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      @Nick: Hmmm I really think I’m holding there. If I’m giving that much, then I’d really want someone with some guaranteed production. Covington is too streaky for my taste.

      • Nick says:
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        @Adam:

        Kk thanks, I suppose I can just stream steals based on matchups in the playoffs

  15. ThE sHiT says:
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    Drop Payne for Lin or ride it out to see how it shakes out in ChiTown?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @ThE sHiT: Yeah, I’m takin Lin there

  16. Johnc says:
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    Mirotic coming off the bench but playing 30 minutes+ and better than Portis since Taj and McDermott left. Small sample size of two games but do you like him more than Kanter? I like his threes but Kanter more proven I think.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Johnc: I think I’d take him over Kanter – Mirotic has a clear path to minutes, and Gibson should hamper Kanter’s value some.

      • Johnc says:
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        @Adam:

        ouch, I dumped Kanter and added Mirotic…..now I dumped Mirotic and grabbed Holmes. That one hurt. Portis stepped up. So basically Holmes for Kanter. I am dumb. Onward and upward!

  17. Tyler says:
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    Should I drop Yogi or AGordon for a streamer?

    Thinking of picking up one of the ff: Harkless, Mirotic, Aminu, McConnell, Len, Alan Williams, Holmes, Frye, TRoss, Kaminsky

    10team punt PTS/FT%

    G-Holiday,JLin,Bev,Yogi,GaryHarris
    F-LBJ,Ariza,Covington,Middleton,AGordon
    C-Whiteside,Deandre,Gobert

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Tyler: I’d drop Yogi for McConnell given the punts.

      • Tyler says:
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        @Adam: Magic’s playoff schedule is really bad though with 2games first 2 weeks. You think it’s better to have AGordon’s 3games than 4games from Harkless or Mirotic?

        • Tyler says:
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          @Tyler: I meant 3games for the first 2 weeks of playoffs.

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @Tyler: I wouldn’t mind dropping him for Mirotic with the playoff schedule, since you need 3s. I really just don’t like Yogi with the format. I think he could easily make up the game difference though.

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