I worked on a trading floor before the Internet Bubble went snap, crackle, and pop. Crazy times I tell ya. I always felt bad for the IT guys, though. They used to get shitted on all day, everyday. It didn’t help that they would say, “Did you turn it off then back on?” I kid. They were a vital cog to the operation because without them, things would cease to function. But dudes on the floor could be ruthless, especially when making or losing money were at stake. The IT guy was always the punching bag. Sound familiar? Isaiah Thomas has had a rough season. He struggled mightily in Cleveland and took much of the brunt for the Cavs’ struggles. Now in LA, things are looking a little brighter, as last night he went:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 4 6 0 0 3 6/11 11/20 1/2

He played 30 minutes coming off the bench. Now, Josh Hart did not play due to injury so that gave IT some extra run. With that said, he was getting around 25 minutes of run per game. Around January, I did start writing in the recaps that I was bullish on IT. He was getting the minutes and the shot attempts were there. I just felt like he was getting his legs under him. Let’s not forget that he was recovering from a hip injury. After the trade to LA, I thought it was a pretty good situation for him, as the Lakers like to play free and fast. I just had questions about how many minutes he would get and what the rotations would be. I think we have our answer now. IT is the microwave. Instant offense off the bench. The Lakers with IT on the court have a 114.9 offensive rating, highest on the team. Without him on the court, that number drops to 105.6. Crazy. Granted, it’s only been seven games, but still. He’s getting healthy and is mighty motivated, as he’s essentially playing for a big contract right now.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

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Ben Simmons:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 18 9 8 2 1 2 0 8/14 2/2

Ain’t no bs here. Only BS! Can’t wait until he develops that J. Ohhhh, Lordy. It’s still crazy that he’s able to dominate the league without a J, but I do give the Sixers coaching staff some credit here. They do a good job of putting him in advantageous situations. For example, they utilize the UCLA high post often, which brings both big men up to the top of the key. Simmons can then choose which way he wants to drive, and with the shooters spaced out behind the three-point line, it’s game over. That’s just one example.

Joel Embiid:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 14 6 0 1 2 0/1 7/18 3/8

Hakeen Olajuwon with a three-point shot.

Robert Covington:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 10 1 1 1 1 2/8 4/11 0

The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. As long as you understand that, you will be emotionally stable.

Ersan Ilyasova:

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

First game since being re-acquired by Philly. Played 18 minutes, so I wouldn’t expect him to have much fantasy value.

LeBron James almost messed around.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 30 9 8 1 0 3 2/6 12/24 4/6

Writing words about LeBron is disrespectful. Just let the tape do all the talking.

And there’s this sick fade away/step back…..

With JR Smith inexplicably out, Rodney Hood got the start and played 39 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 5 5 0 1 1 1/5 5/14 0

Besides LeBron and Hood, only two other Cavs scored in double figures: Jordan Clarkson with 10 and Larry Nance Jr. with 13.

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

Played 26 minutes and is draining 20 footers. Wish they would just go small and play Nance Jr. over 30 minutes a game.

Julius Randle:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 25 6 2 1 1 2 0/1 8/13 9/9

Played 34 minutes. Dude can straight up fill up the stat sheet. So nice to see him getting the run he deserves. Randle has one year left on his contract for $5.5 million. Next year is going to be super interesting because a) Randle is only 23 years old and will be due a fat extension and b) the Lakers could bring aboard two superstars.

Brandon Ingram:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 19 5 5 1 1 1 1/3 8/14 2/2

Played 35 minutes. Continues to grow and develop, which makes the future super exciting for Lakers fans.

Lonzo Ball:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 8 6 7 6 0 2 2/3 3/5 0/1

Played 34 minutes. Love him or hate him, the dude can Ball. Ha! The universe is awesome. Anyways, we know he can board and pass, but the D. He racks up steals, but did you know that the Lakers without Lonzo on the court have a 108.1 defensive rating. With him on the court, that number goes down to 102.1. But he sucks at shooting. Well, since returning back from injury, he’s shot 8-of-12 from downtown in three games. Let’s not forget that he’s 20 freaking years old. He’s going to be a fantasy monster if he continues to work on, both the outside shot and finishing at the rim.

Ivica Zubac:

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

Played 18 minutes. The Lakers destroyed the Heat, 131-113, so it could be interpreted that Zubac got garbage time. Here’s the thing, though, Luke Walton basically employed an eight-man rotation last night. Something to keep an eye on.

Justice Winslow:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 5 2 2 0 1 3/4 7/11 0/2

Played 31 minutes. He’s been so bad lately that I forgot he even played for the Heat. The minutes have been inconsistent, probably due to his poor play. With that said, he does occassionally pop off from time to time. Good luck trying to predict when, though.

Josh Richardson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 3 2 3 1 4 3/9 6/17 0

My son! There have been only 11 games in which he has not recorded a steal for the season. His last four games? 3, 4, 5, and 4 steals. My son literally contributes across the whole spectrum and is 0.1 short on blocks of being a 1/1/1 guy.

Hassan Whiteside played 19 minutes and scored six points. Kelly Olynyk played 13 minutes and did not score. The Heat actually led by 3 after the first quarter, but ended up down 11 going into halftime. What I’m trying to say is that it wasn’t all due to blowout factor. Probably the threat of Brook Lopez and Zubac. Anyways, Bam Adebayo was the man in the front court, as he played 30 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 10 1 0 2 1 0 6/7 3/4

This is probably an outlier game, as Whiteside and Olynyk will suck up most of the minutes. He played seven minutes the prior game and had not cracked 20 minutes in the three games before that.

Dwayne Wade:

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

Played 26 minutes. Will probably get around 22-24 minutes per game and jack up plenty of shots. There’s some value in that, but expect some inconsistency. Regardless, amazing that he can still do things like this.

DeMarre Carroll:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 10 4 1 0 2 3/6 8/12 3/3

King me! Response from Kings……Scoreboard. (SAC 116 BKN 111). Game went to OT, so there will be PED lines.

D’Angelo Russell:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 15 2 12 1 1 5 5/11 5/14 0

Played 33 minutes. Still loading…..99%. I’ve been having upload issues with Windows 10. Freaking things gets to 99% then quits. I’m so tilted. Woo saaaa. Woo saaaa. Russell is almost there. Just needs to knock the rust off and he’ll be good to go.

Jarrett Allen:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 15 13 0 0 3 6 0 6/9 3/4

The present and the future. Anyone remember Plastic Man? That’s who I think of when I watch Allen play.

Bogdan Bogdanovic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 6 3 2 0 1 2/5 9/17 3/3

BogBog is going to be a good one. He can shoot, pass, and grab boards, but it’s the steals and toughness that most impress me.

De’Aaron Fox:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 2 1 2 2 5 1/2 10/17 0

Yo, Fox. Pass the rock.

Willie Cauley-Stein:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 7 6 0 0 1 0 7/14 3/4

Willie playing like he trying to win Ben’s money.

Karl-Anthony Towns:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
34 17 2 2 3 1 1/3 11/19 11/12

Played 40 minutes. Most cats are lazy as F. Not this KAT. Literally stuffs the stat sheet every game and it’s a surprise when he doesn’t double-dub. With that said, it’s both insane and impressive that he’s the #5 overall player for fantasy.

Andrew Wiggins:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 5 3 0 1 4 2/5 7/20 5/5

Another night, another 20 shots from Wiggins. Send those to the KAT.

Nemanja Bjelica:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
8 12 0 1 1 1 0/1 4/5 0

Played 34 minutes and will continue to get plenty of run. He just doesn’t shoot enough….or a better way of saying it is….Wiggins shoots too much for Bjelica to access a ceiling.

Al-Farouq Aminu:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 12 1 1 1 2 1/4 3/7 3/5

Will have the occassional scoring outburst, but usually is a boards, steals, and blocks guy. Not exciting, but useful. Oh, will provide some 3s as well.

Ed Davis:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 11 1 0 2 1 0 5/6 0

Played 27 minutes. Mr. Ed contributed another double-dub. You need boards, Mr. Ed could be your horse.

Damian Lillard:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 35 7 4 1 0 1 4/12 9/22 13/16

Y’all know what time it is. No better way to end this piece than with a little Dame Dolla.

  1. Keeks says:
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    Happy Friday my man.

    Who do you prefer as a playoff stream of the two Toronto backup bigs?

    And separately do you see either taking the starting role next season? Against my wishes and your advice had to drop chriss after that 0fer in the dyno league

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Keeks: Happy Friday to you as well.

      The 2 TOR backup bigs is a coin flip situation. I prefer Siakam, but that’s just personal preference.

      JV has 2 years, $33 mil left on contract. If he’s on the team, he’s playing, but we’ve seen that there are starts in which he gets 20 minutes of run. I see the situation remaining the same, barring some unforseen circumstances.

  2. Bobbyboom says:
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    Hey boss great stuff. Any Sleepers/must haves for NBA Friday dfs today?? Thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I really like Drummond. Like the NY/LAC game, so Mudiay, Burke, and Harris in particular. Really like Parker and Powell as well.

  3. Kevin says:
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    Would you drop Skal “mystery box Kings” for Hezonja “will play lots of minutes” in a 9-cat H2H?

    G: Satoransky, J rich, Gary Harris, Middleton, Dunn,

    F/C: Aminu, Jokic, Horford, Turner, Gobert, Aaron Gordon, Jarret Allen, RHJ, Skal, J Isaac (IR)

    • Kevin says:
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      @Kevin: or maybe Shabazz Napier?

      • Son

        Son says:
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        Still Skal

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’m not a Skal guy, but I think he has a higher upside since Aaron Gordon is back for ORL

      • Kevin says:
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        @Son:
        Yeah I was wondering where Hezonja would getting his minutes, especially since Jonathan Isaac is coming back too. And they actually like Issac. As much I as I want to play the upside game with Napier, I’ll keep Skal. At least for this weekend.

        thanks man! I really appreciate all that you do.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Anytime! Thanks Kevin. Have a good weekend

  4. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    Picked up Jakob just in time for Tyson Chandler’s nearing return. Now my Len would probably be back to obscurity. Gad I hate Chandler. I’m thinking of making a switch–Napier for Len. What do you say?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Rather have Len. At least he will get the occasional start. Plus get around 20 minutes when he doesn’t. Napier needs an injury to start

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son:

        Gotcha bud, thanks!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Anytime

  5. heisenberg says:
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    I dropped Portis for Jarret . Who’s better rest of year 8cat? Needed blocks for this week.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I like the move

  6. Jason says:
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    Hey son! So I’ve got some IR issues.. currently I have:

    G: D Mitchell, Lowry, andrew Harrison, j rich, KCP, jeff Teague and j Murray
    F: Covington, kd, Prince, and james Johnson
    C: nance and horford

    My IR: Milsap and Henson

    Who do you think I should drop for Milsap and Henson?

    Thank you! Currently in 3rd in my 9cat h2h so don’t wanna screw it up

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jason: I’d drop JJ for Milsap. I’d be fine dropping Henson.

  7. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Son. Dunn, Lavine or Josh Jackson ros in a points league? Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jerry: Jackson

  8. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    Drop either Len or Poetl for VanVleet? Nah?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: Tou need big though right? If you don’t, I’d be good with VanElite for Poeltl

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