I was incredibly lazy with the title today, but honestly, no performances stuck out to me last night. Westbrook and Harden did their thing, but they basically hit their averages.  The Cavaliers were completely gassed heading into OKC.  The Mavs beat the Jazz in OT, but come on, Dallas isn’t exactly relevant at the moment… The wunderkind Yogi Ferrell, didn’t exactly make a huge splash this game either.  Overall, it was a pretty chill night in the association.  That being said, let’s have some notes!

James Harden – Almost a quadruple double tonight… 30/11/8/1/1 with a whopping 9 TOs… Not his greatest outing, but this amazingly represents Harden’s floor.  Hard to complain about that!

Patrick Beverley – 17/2/3/3/0 with 3 treys.  This is about the best you can expect from Beverley, and he was definitely the beneficiary of Eric Gordon sitting out.

Nicolas Batum – Filled up the box score with 15/8/10/1/0 and only 3 TOs.  Unfortunately, there just wasn’t enough scoring to beat the loaded Rockets squad this time around.

Kemba Walker – Put up a dud with 14/5/5/1/1 and 6 TOs.  Beverly simply had his way, and locked Walker down.  Better luck next time!

Dario Saric – Showed what he was capable with a fantastic 24/8/1/3/0 – The great part was that he also hit 3 from deep, didn’t turn the ball over, and he shot 8/15 from the field!  This is going to be one nasty squad when Ben Simmons hits the court.

T.J. McConnell – Dapper dan put up another solid 8/5/8/3/0 and he also got the game sealing steal.  In this game though, it was the bench squad that pulled it out.

Nik Stauskas –  Another decent outing from Sauce.  He hit 4-8 with a couple treys, and he managed a 13/5/5 line with 5 TOs.  He did have a +/- of +25, so I’m pretty sure the minutes will hold for him.

Nikola Vucevic – Vuc paced the Magic with 21/11/3/1/2 in this 111-112 loss to Philly.  Nikola did all his work on 10-13 shooting, so the loss really wasn’t on his shoulders in this one.

Evan Fournier – 24/9/8/1/0. A really nice game for the counting stats!  Unfortunately, he also threw the ball away 6 times, so that makes the assist total look a bit underwhelming…

Kyrie Irving – 11-18 from the field for 28 points.  He was the only Cavs player to top 20 points.

Derrick Williams – He actually looked pretty solid in his debut.  3-3 with 12 points and an assist in 21 minutes.  Keep an eye on him when the Cavs are resting their players.  I think it’s likely that he steals a lot of Richard Jefferson‘s minutes for now.

Russell Westbrook – Dominated Cleveland with a 29/12/11/4/0 line.  The usual 7 TOs followed, but he led his team to victory in this one.

Steven Adams – Adams absolutely dominated Tristan Thompson inside with 20/13/1/1/2.  He’s the real deal.

Victor Oladipo – 9-17 from the field with a 23/7/3/2/0 line.  He’s really fitting in well with the Thunder now, and the chemistry is starting to show in the consistent stat lines.

Gordon Hayward – 36/4/3/1/0 The line kinda sucks, but the scoring was sweet.  Hayward has a way of quietly sneaking up his point total while nobody notices…

Rudy Gobert – 15/15/3/0/2 That’s definitely a fuller line, and he also threw in 5-6 from the stripe.  He’s one of the best fantasy centers around!

Seth Curry – The meh Curry brother put up 16/5/4 this game… I wasn’t exactly sure who to recap on Dallas, since every line was so pedestrian…

Harrison Barnes – 31/4/1/0/0. The king of empty scoring.

 

That’s it for tonight folks, I’m not gonna make it through the last game, so you’ll have to check that one for yourself!  I promise I will hit the last one at some point.  Maybe when its a marquee matchup.

Have a great day everyone, and stay Razzy!

(Make sure to include league size and format in questions)

  1. Scott says:
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    Kaminsky or Speights?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Scott: I’m goin Frank there with Griffin healthy.

  2. John says:
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    Polling all commentators:

    I am being offered Beal and Myles for Adams and Porter. Rankings say to take it but Adams has been huge since Kantar injury and Myles has been dull for awhile now. I fear I lose a lot of boards. FTs improvement noted. Thoughts? 12 teamer, h2H tied for first currently so not pressing to make a move. My team:
    Lowry, RJax, Smart, Mudiay (Ugh)
    Leonard, Porter, G Harris, J Johnson
    KAT, Horford, Adams, Poision Goose, Jokic
    Streamer: currently Ish but might hold with RJax future cloudy.
    IR: CP3 (hurry back!)

  3. Adam

    Adam says:
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    I agree, I think I’m holding the Adams/Porter side. I don’t see the Pacers running more offense through Turner, and Beal is great for points and 3s, but Porter gets you those treys as well.

    • John says:
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      @Adam:

      And those steals! Porter a thief. Thank you. I know JB disagrees which is what makes this all so much fun

      • Adam

        Adam says:
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        @John: Haha, JB has a strong Turner bias and a weak anti Adams bias… That could contribute a bit!

  4. donkeykong says:
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    working a trade…

    giving milsap and kemba walker, getting whiteside and rubio.

    what do you think?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @donkeykong: eesh, I’d much rather have your side… Rubio is a tough one, although he is helped a bit with no Lavine.

  5. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Adam. Beverley, James Johnson, Marcus Morris or Marvin Willimas r.o.s. in a head to head points league? Thanks!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jerry: I’m going with Marcus Morris

  6. Fizz says:
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    In a points league who would you rather have kemba or porzingus for the rest of the season?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @John: @Fizz: I’m gonna lean Kemba there, because of his usage rate, but I think the case can be made either way.

  7. Jerry says:
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    Thanks! What about Pat Beverley, Elfrid Payton or Marcus Morris?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jerry: Depends a lot on need, but I think Elfrid is looking pretty good lately. Marcus Morris has the most upside, but his FG% is killer.

  8. Trade says:
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    My Elfrid and Kanter for his Gortat? Auction keeper, all can be kept, Elfrid and Kanter for the cheapest amounts. My team needs FG%, rebounds, blocks…it’d be a win now move? Take it? Thanks!

    • Adam

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      @Trade: That’s tough, you’re definitely losing the trade, but if you have the PG help that you need, then I’d go for the win… Make sure it will lock you in as the top contender though, because Elfrid is a lot to lose.

      • Basketball says:
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        @Adam: Thanks Adam, I floated the idea out there and it got shot down by someone who said he isn’t a huge Payton fan. I was concerned I was giving too much, I guess not enough for that person.

  9. Harden says:
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    I was offered Gortat and Hayward for Harden in my roto auction keeper league. Seems crazy, but it’s an in-season salary cap league and I have no flexibility to add anyone with Harden on my roster. My only path to victory is with a bump in FG%, rebounds, and blocks. I have a bit of a cushion in 3pt and assists, but I could drop a few points total there. The person getting Harden is unlikely to threaten me in any counting categories, or anyone else currently in the race for first, unfortunately. Harden can’t be kept, the other two can but unlikely I’d keep Hayward at his price. Seem reasonable given the circumstances, or like a terrible idea? Thanks.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Harden: Given the needs, it seems reasonable. I couldn’t really say more, without a lot more detail… Keeper leagues are quite tricky.

      • Harden says:
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        @Adam: Thanks for the quick response. Yeah, there are a lot of bunch of rules regarding keeper prices and there’s a fixed in-season salary cap, the oddest thing to me about this deal is that I’m giving up Harden in a purely win-now move. Just wanted to make sure I’m not crazy. Thanks again.

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @Harden: I always say that if you can go for a win in a keeper league, then do it. I prefer taking as many shots to win as possible, rather than a slow rebuild, and wasting multiple seasons before competing.

          • Harden says:
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            @Adam: Works for me, hoping for the best.

  10. Tino says:
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    Hi Adam, I need some advice on a team of injuries…I’m in a competitive league of 12ers, H2H, 11cat (with OB and A/T) and my two best guys (CP3 and Jimmy Butler) are injured and I am borderline playoff with 3 teams tied….

    G: Marcus Smart, Oladipo, Beal, Hardaway Jr, Lowry, Dellavedova
    F: Barton, Faried, Jimmy Butler, K Love, Dirk, Randolph, Parsons
    C: NONE…..
    IR: CP3

    FAs that I am watching: Alex Len, Tyreke, Simmons, Henson, Chriss, Willie Reed, Ed Davis, Devin Booker, Taj Gibson, Jordan Clarkson, MCW, Bllack.

    Would you picking up any of those guys? I’m thinking of loosing Delladova.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Tino: That’s tough… You definitely need the assists from Delly. I think I’d swap Dirk or Randolph for Henson. You seem to be good in the points area, and definitely weak at center.

      • Tino says:
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        @Adam: Thanks for the advise. I hear your point on Henson, but he seems to be loosing minutes to Thon now…I like him as a player but Coach Kidd seems to disagree. What’s your vision on Henson? you think Monroe gets moved?

        • Adam

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          @Tino: You’re right, I missed the DNP CD the other day… It’s a shame. In that case I’d probably swap Dirk and Delly for Len and Booker. As much as I’m not a Booker fan, he really shouldn’t be on the wire, and he’d make up for the assists you’d lose, since Delly isn’t producing as well now.

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