Religion is a touchy subject. There are so many different interpretations and perspectives that man has fought countless wars over it. Kind of makes sense, since we can’t even agree if it’s tomatoe or tomato, or figure out what a catch in football is. And those are things that we can tangibly see with our eyes. An omnipresent entity in the sky? Fugget about it. Personally, I grew up with religion in my life. My parents weren’t devout or anything, but they wanted to expose us to it…..just in case, I guess. I went to a Catholic elementary school (I’m not Catholic), so I experienced that life. As I got older, though, the pendulum swung both ways for me. I got really into it. Read a ton and asked a bunch of questions, but then I started to doubt. Then, I asked a bunch of questions the other way. As it stands, I believe in a higher power, but have issues with organized religion. In a way, that life journey encapsulates my fantasy experience with Marquese Chriss. I’ve always been enamored with his talent and potential. He’s shown me good things in spurts, but I have always had doubts with him because of the inconsistency. So, I guess it makes sense that Chriss played well on the Lord’s Day:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 17 5 1 1 4 1 4/5 5/8 3/6

It’s a solid line, but for the lede? Well, he did all that in 18 minutes and there was this:

Chriss probably will not be a consistent fantasy option the rest of the season. He’s just not getting enough minutes. But…..it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he does, and Chriss has shown us in the past that he can get scorching hot. Like with my view of religion, I just can’t completely dismiss the possibility.

Here’s what else I saw yesterday:

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TJ Warren:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 35 4 0 0 0 1 1/4 16/26 2/2

Played 42 minutes. Doesn’t shoot many downtowners or dish out dimes, but the boy can shoot. Will also chip in some D stats.

Elfrid Payton messed around:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 10 14 1 1 2 0 5/13 1/1

Played 29 minutes, but was ejected in the fourth quarter. He messed around a little too much.

Taurean Prince:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 5 2 0 1 3 6/8 8/16 0

It’s been a tough ride for Prince owners, but those that exhibited patience are being rewarded. He’s been close to a top 50 player over the last few weeks. Prince is only 23 years old and playing in his second year in the NBA. He’s talented, been getting minutes, and hoisting up shots for a bad team. As long as those variables remain, there’s nothing to do but sit back and hope for the best.

With Kent Bazemore sitting, Tyler Dorsey got the start and played 32 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 12 5 3 1 0 1 2/5 4/12 2/2

Should continue to get some spot starts as the season winds down, but he’s an inefficient shooter.

Miles Plumlee:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 10 11 1 0 0 1 0 4/7 2/3

Seriously? Well, Chriss did deliver on the Lord’s Day. I guess the rest of the Plumlees had one powerful prayer session two nights ago.

John Collins played 22 minutes, as he was in foul trouble. Dewayne Dedmon played 22 minutes and scored seven points. The Plumlee prayer group was too strong.

Kemba Walker:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 6 4 1 0 1 3/12 8/23 8/11

Top 20 player for fantasy. The only thing he doesn’t do is get his block on.

Nicolas Batum:

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

Tough shooting night all around for the Hornets, but that’s not too shocking, considering the Raptors are 3rd in defensive rating for the season. Batum is a nightly triple-dub threat, so his floor is relatively high. If he shoots well, then ceiling games are accessed.

Jeremy Lamb:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 16 1 2 1 1 3 1/3 5/11 5/5

Played 26 minutes. Is the microwave off the bench for the Hornets. Is getting minutes and hoisting up shots. Brent told you to pick him up. Were you good little grasshoppers?

Dwight Howard:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 10 1 0 1 1 0 4/9 2/4

Played 24 minutes. Looks like a quota game to me. Do just enough to get that double-dub.

Serge Ibaka:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 17 8 0 1 3 0 3/5 6/9 2/3

Iblocka is back!!!! I still reminisce when Serge would block 3.7 shot a game. Anyways, who’s a bigger black hole? Ibaka or Marreese Speights? I’ve been racking my brain for hours over it.

Jonas Valanciunas:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 18 13 0 1 2 4 2/3 8/15 0

Played 30 minutes. The minutes and shot attempts are inconsistent, but in the right matchup, he produces. Usually, he will get run when other teams stay big or doesn’t have a stretch 5.

Fred VanVleet:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 3 3 0 0 4 1/4 3/8 5/6

Fred VanElite. All credit goes to one of the guys over at FanVice. I apologize for forgetting who said it. Anyways, he’s getting high-20s of run and contributing across the board.

Kyle Lowry:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 10 5 0 0 3 2/8 5/13 2/2

So solid. Lowry has 10 games with at least 10 rebounds, but only two triple-dubs. Gotta nitpick somewhere.

Malcolm Miller got the start and played 14 minutes. He grabbed one rebound. Norman Powell, the previous starter, played four minutes and grabbed two rebounds, which is an improvement from when he was starting. Raptors fans are praying for the return of OG Anunoby. May the force be with you.

Thaddeus Young:

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

I’m looking at that stat line of thinking of the biatholon. I’m sad the Olympics are over. Anyways, Young played 33 minutes and didn’t do a whole lot. One of these days he will put it all together.

Yeah right.

Myles Turner:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 12 13 3 1 0 0 1/5 4/12 3/3

I do have more faith in the Odometer, but he’s just so inconsistent. Not a good thing. Did you know you were driving 85 mph in a 45 mph zone? Uh, officer. My odometer said I was only going 42 mph.

Victor Oladipo:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 33 7 3 3 0 1 2/4 11/20 9/10

Oladipo Ho! Oladipo Ho! Top 10 player for fantasy. 2.2 steals and 0.8 blocks! He literally does it all.

Bradley Beal:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 3 11 3 1 5 2/9 8/27 4/5

35.7 usage rate! Unfortunately, -18.3 net rating. Oladipo Ho! Oladipo Ho!

Ian Mahinmi:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
8 9 1 0 1 3 0 3/5 2/4

Played 24 minutes. Per 36, Mahinmi would be a monster. Boards and D stats. He will receive 24 minutes of run every once in a while, but usually his range is in the 16-18 vicinity.

Nikola Mirotic got the start at power forward and played 31 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 24 5 2 0 1 1 6/11 8/15 2/2

The Pelicans were playing Emeka Okafor why??? Regardless, whether he starts or comes off the bench, Mirotic will continue being a fantasy asset.

Anthony Davis:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 23 13 1 3 3 1 0/1 9/19 5/5

I’m an ungrateful, spoiled little shit now. 23 and 13 with six combined D stats just doesn’t move the meter for me anymore. At least I’m not wondering if AD is hurt. F**k…..did I just jinx him?

Rajon Rondo almost messed around.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 9 10 0 0 1 2/3 5/7 2/4

Last four games: 10, 12, 12, and 12 dimes. For a while, it looked like it was all R&R in Rondo’s neighborhood. Now, it’s game time.

Jrue Holiday:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 3 7 0 0 1 2/3 12/19 4/4

I think Jrue figured out a way to suck Justin’s power and insert it into his own body. Have you seen Justin lately? Exactly. Upon further thought, Justin sucked….sucks? Maybe both? Have to conjur up a new theory.

Cheick Diallo:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 15 1 3 0 2 0 6/9 1/3

Played 23 minutes. With Okafor out, the front court factory line just moved everyone up a slot. Cheick mate? Diablo? On the Lord’s Day no less? He’s literally the only big guy the Pelicans have on the bench if Okafor is out, so it’s pretty simple. Okafor out – Diallo in. EZ PZ.

Dirk Nowitzki:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 7 1 0 1 2 3/5 8/13 4/4

Dirk was written off for dead in the preseason. By me. By everyone. He’s a top 60 player for fantasy! Ha! Much respect Dirk. I pay homage and will send a thousand apologies by pigeon courier.

Dennis Smith Jr.:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 23 5 8 1 0 4 0/3 9/22 5/6

Just dunk on everyone, DSJ! Stop being cute and ruining your shooting percentage.

Doug McDermott:

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

Played 34 minutes. Why? Maximilian Kleber was getting 30 minutes of run a game earlier in the season. Do not journey down that rabbit hole any further. For your sanity and safety.

Dario Saric:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 6 0 0 1 2 4/5 9/11 3/3

Mario with a D brought the goods again, to make both the ladies and men happy.

Ben Simmons:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 12 5 15 0 2 6 0 6/9 0

No bs here. Only BS! Such a shame he had to spend that bs year down at LSU. Let them play! Let them play! Or at least let them play for pay.

Joel Embiid:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 8 2 1 2 8 0/3 6/12 7/10

Who gonna sex Embiid? No one tonight, as G brought the Bucks down from 20 to get the win at home. Who am I kidding? Hey, security. What’s that line outside the stadium for? New Iphone or something? Naw, that’s the line to go sex Joel Embiid.

Giannis Antetokounmpo:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
35 9 7 2 1 4 1/1 14/23 6/10

Who gonna sex G? Sorry. Wrong question. Who not gonna sex G?

Jason Terry:

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

Played 26 minutes after playing 36 the game before. What year is it?

Jabari Parker:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 7 2 2 0 1 3/5 5/11 0/2

Played 21 minutes. Per-minute monster. The question I’m starting to ask myself for next year is…..does a healthy Jabari help or hinder G as a fantasy player? What say you?

Michael Beasley:

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

Forgot who he was for a stretch there, as he was dropping 20 a night. All is right in the world now.

Tim Hardaway Jr.:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 4 0 0 1 0 2/7 11/21 0

Only two the Hardaway, but able to drop 24 on the night. Getting minutes and shot attempts, but like any foray to the craps table, you know that seven out is right around the corner.

Enes Kanter:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 16 1 2 0 1 0 7/10 0

Played only 22 minutes. Was a -9 on the night.

Kyle O’Quinn:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 8 4 2 3 2 0 4/6 6/6

Played 26 minutes and was a +6. Never understood why O’Quinn doesn’t get more run. Per 36, he’s at 14 points, 12 boards, 4 dimes, 1 steal, and 2 blocks. But it’s the Knicks, a team that was giving Ron Baker and Jarrett Jack significant run earlier in the season.

Emmanuel Mudiay played 19 minutes and shot 0-of-6 from the field. Frank Ntilikina played 23 minutes and scored 7 points and dropped 5 dimes. Trey Burke played 27 minutes and scored 11 points with 6 dimes.

Skal Labissiere got the start at power forward and played 34 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 6 3 0 3 0 1/1 5/10 3/3

I’m not a big Skal guy, but can’t deny the minutes and shot attempts. He has potential for sure, so if he continues getting minutes, then he’s a must have.

Bogdan Bogdanovic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 1 7 1 0 0 3/5 7/11 5/5

Big Balls BogBog. Dude is fearless. Will give you 3s, boards, some dimes, but it’s the steals that make him a Bog.

DeMarre Carroll:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 20 7 1 1 0 2 6/11 6/12 2/2

Has been so good over the past couple of weeks, like top 50 good. Fa lalala. La la. La. La.

D’Angelo Russell:

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

Right when he was at 99% complete. Now, 86% loading……Seriously, just like my experience with Windows 10 updates.

Allen Crabbe:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
6 3 2 0 0 0 2/8 2/11 0

This is the Crabbe life. Often times, so much work, for so little meat. Players that are dependent upon scoring, especially from the perimeter, and do not contribute much in the periphery categories are prone to these kind of nights more often than not.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 8 5 1 2 0 0/1 6/14 3/4

Played 32 minutes. First time eclipsing the 30 minute mark since he returned from injury four games ago. We back, baby! Monday. Tuesday. Wednesday. Thursday. Friday. Saturday. Sunday. Rondae!!!!!

Caris LeVert:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 5 5 2 1 2 5/7 11/19 0

Look who’s back as well. Sucked up most of D’angelo’s minutes, so this is probably an outlier game. With that said, someone to keep an eye on, as he did have moments earlier in the season when Atkinson gave him run and received tons of usage. Granted, all that happened sans D’Angelo, but it’s Atkinson we are talking about.

Tobias Harris:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 26 8 2 3 3 2 2/6 11/19 2/2

Since coming to LA: 35 mpg, 19 points, 7 boards, 3 dimes, 1.5 steals, and 2 downtowners. Top 30 player over that span for fantasy.

DeAndre Jordan:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 15 2 1 1 0 0 4/8 9/10

The DJ was spinning the good tunes last night. Unfortunately, that hasn’t always been the case this season.

Austin Rivers:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 27 5 3 0 0 3 4/8 10/15 3/4

Played 37 minutes. Of course he did. The shot attempts will always be there. Just don’t expect D stats or you’ll be crying a Rivers. As you can see, it’s late. Thank goodness I’m almost done with this post. Actually, you should be thanking me. Now get to it!

Lou Williams:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 2 4 3 1 3 1/6 8/22 4/5

We know he has 50-burger potential on any given night. It’s been a while, though. This is how living in California is. We are all waiting for the Next One. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I leave you with this.

In my defense, I have a two-year old girl that goes crazy with those videos.

  1. Justin says:
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    looking ahead to week 1 playoffs, for 9 cat, how would you rank these guys: bogdanovich (sacramento), caris levert, david nwaba. bogdanovich has 1 extra game in week 1 playoffs.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Justin: Bog, Nwaba, LeVert

      • Justin says:
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        @Son: thanks. got offered lou and donovan mitchell for my horford and bledsoe. i usually dont win blocks. would you pull the trigger?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Justin: In a vacuum, I would

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