I met my wife back in 2003. We instantly became rascally, rabid rabbits. Then we got married and decided to do what rabbits do, which is make more rabbits. 15 years and two kids later, the only things that are rascally and rabid are the kids. The honeymoon and honeymoon phase ended a loooooooooong time ago. With that said, every once in a while, a date night is needed. To reminisce. To indulge. But, most importantly, to appreciate. Last night, DeMar DeRozan delivered a 40-burger.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 42 4 6 0 0 1 2/6 16/28 8/8

Earlier in the season, it seemed like he was dropping 40 burgers on a nightly basis. I wrote him up multiple times and he was all the rage. But then things started to get stale. The production waned off a bit. There was no way he could sustain the insane stretches that he was putting together. As a result, we started to forget about him and take him for granted. Last night was date night for DeMar. To make us reminisce. To make us indulge. And, most importantly, to make us appreciate.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

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Anthony Davis injured his ankle and is scheduled for an MRI today. Whoever had March 7th…..You win.

LeBron James almost messed around.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
39 8 10 1 0 3 5/8 15/25 4/8

Larry Nance Jr.:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 13 3 4 0 1 0 6/10 1/1

Played 37 minutes. Everybody Nance now! I’ll be very, very sad and disappointed if Mr. Kardashian takes his minutes when he returns from injury.

Nikola Jokic almost messed around as well.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 36 13 6 0 0 5 2/3 12/14 10/11

Played 34 minutes. No Jokic! This should be the line every single night.

Gary Harris:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 4 2 1 1 3 4/6 7/18 0

Has been the most consistent Nugget this season. So solid and contributes in all but blocks. Top 25 player for fantasy.

Aaron Gordon:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 28 14 2 0 1 3 4/6 11/20 2/7

I like Gordon. Is basically (B) lake Griffin 2.0. Maybe not as good of a passer, though. Anyways, a thought just went into my head. I feel like this is close to a ceiling game for Gordon, which would be like a floor game for Giannis. Not a knock on Gordon at all. More about Giannis. Just wait until you see what I wrote in G’s blurb.

Nikola Vucevic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 24 12 6 0 2 1 1/4 11/18 1/1

Good night to be named Nikola. Love his game. Too bad he missed so much time this year. He looks primed for a huge end to the season, though. If you own him, hopefully you are still in a position to take advantage.

Julius Randle:

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

Played 30 minutes. Still only 23 years old!

Kyle Kuzma:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 20 10 1 3 1 2 1/4 9/16 1/1

Played 42 minutes! We know the Kuz can score, but the boards and contributions in the periphery stats have been really nice to see. Kuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuzzzzzzz.

Brook Lopez:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 27 0 3 1 0 2 1/4 12/18 2/2

Played 35 minutes. Such a strange season for Lopez. There was a time during the season in which he wasn’t even playing. Still trips me out the trajectory his rebound numbers have gone over his career. 8.1 his rookie year. Now? 3.8. Talk about business decisions. I guess it’s only fair to take away his B, since I do the same for Lake. Rook it is.

Lonzo Ball:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 16 6 5 2 1 3 4/13 6/16 0

Lonzo can’t shoot. He’s a bumb. Goes on a hot streak. See, Lonzo can shoot. He’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. After last night. See, Lonzo can’t shoot. Stupid Lavar. Pretty comical to watch. Anyways, Lonzo fills the stat sheet. The shooting? It’s definitely a weakness and will be inconsistent. With that said, he’s 20 years old!!!!

Isaiah Thomas:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 3 9 0 0 2 3/6 5/12 0

Played 26 minutes. A perfect microwave for the Lakers off the bench. Getting minutes and shot attempts, but……last four games? 9, 7, 7, and 6 assists.

Rudy Gobert:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 23 14 0 1 1 2 0 10/14 3/4

Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Has been en fuego lately. Over the last couple of weeks, has been a top 10 player for fantasy.

Ricky Rubio:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 18 6 7 3 0 2 1/4 8/18 1/2

Took some time, but the melding of Rubio and Donovan Mitchell has finally yielded that Valyrian Steel. Both players had a usage rate over 30 last night.

Donovan Mitchell:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 20 3 6 1 0 6 4/10 6/15 4/5

Almost a top 50 player for fantasy on the season! Pretty crazy. Imagine if he didn’t play for one of the more deliberate teams on offense.

Jae Crowder:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 16 4 2 0 0 0 2/6 7/13 0

Played 28 minutes and looks to be the main guy off the bench. Not the most consistent player, but can stuff the stat sheet.

Joe Ingles:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 4 10 1 0 1 2/5 4/8 1/2

Jingle bells. Batman smells. Robin laid an egg. Ha! I miss singing that song. Anyways, Jingles usage rate has plummeted with the return of Rubio, but he contributes in the periphery categories. That makes him a useful fantasy asset. Just don’t expect ceiling games. With that said, I expect some triple-dubs in the near future.

Myles Turner:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 4 1 0 3 1 1/4 10/14 3/4

Imagine you’re a teenager that’s scrounged up enough money to buy a hooptie. It’s a ride, so that’s good. Unfortunately, it’s not the most predictable vehicle. Pick up that girl for a date? Car won’t start. Hmmm, that could possible be a good thing. Will write that down in the notebook that I plan to pass down to my son. Anyways, of course the ride works when errands need to be run. That’s been the Myles experience this season, so of course he balled out against Rudy Gobert.

The Pacers scored 84 points. No more blurbs for you!!!

James Harden:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 26 5 6 4 1 5 3/10 8/20 7/7

17 wins in a row for the Rockets! You know what’s just as impressive? The Rockets go on the road for a back-to-back in OKC/MIL and come out victorious with double-digit wins in both. You know what’s even more impressive than that? Harden has 4, 4, and 5 steals in the past three games. I’m getting Harden excited looking at his game logs.

Eric Gordon:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 6 2 1 1 1 4/8 6/12 2/2

Played 33 minutes. Has now played four games since missing four due to injury. Looks to be rounding into form.

Giannis Antetokounmpo:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 30 7 1 1 2 6 0 12/20 6/9

I can’t wait to watch G single-handedly lead Greece to the Olympic gold medal in Tokyo.

Khris Middleton:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 18 12 5 3 0 3 3/7 6/13 3/4

One of the most underrated players in fantasy.

Sterling Brown:

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

Played 27 minutes. What can Brown do for you? Well, he can shoot the 3 and finish strong at the rim. He will grab some boards and play good D. Why he doesn’t get more minutes is beyond me. Let’s see. Tony Snell got 25 minutes of run and shot 1-of-4. Snell sucks. Jason Terry played 30 minutes. He’s 40 years old. The Bucks went with an eight-man rotation last night, but I’d keep an eye on Brown’s minutes going forward.

Jabari Parker:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 2 3 1 0 1 0/1 5/12 0

Played 25 minutes. I thought there would be a chance that the Bucks start giving him 30 minutes of run a game. That could still happen, but it looks like 23-25 minutes is the range for now.

Dillon Brooks:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 1 2 2 0 0 5/9 10/18 4/4

It finally happened! After being meh for the entire season, even though he was getting close to 30 minutes of run a game, Brooks finally delivered and scored a season-high. He has now scored at least 20 points in back-to-back games for the first time all year. Is this a trend? Definitely possible, as the volume has always been there. Maybe he’s more confident or things have started to click. We shall see. With that said, keep in mind that the Grizzlies had six players sit due to injury.

Kobi Simmons:

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

Got the start at point guard and played 28 minutes. Will probably go back to the bench when Andrew Harrison returns.

Xavier Rathan-Mayes:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 9 1 7 1 1 2 0/4 4/12 1/2

Played 28 minutes. Played the entire fourth quarter. Unless NBA.com is bugging out or I’m tripping, four Grizzlies players played the entire fourth quarter. The only sub was Myke Henry, who got 34 seconds of run. Anyways, X gonna give it to you. Back in college, he scored 30 points in under five minutes.

Ben McLemore:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 7 2 3 0 6 3/7 5/11 4/5

Got the start at shooting guard and played 38 minutes. Has played 38, 38, and 30 minutes the last three games. During that span, he’s launched 11, 14, and 12 shots. As long as Tyreke Evans sits, McLemore.

Bobby Portis:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 10 2 2 0 3 1/4 6/12 2/2

Played 30 minutes and continues to start at center. There could be some concern that the NBA forces Robin Lopez to play more, but I think Portis’s minutes are secure. By the way, it’s ridiculous that the NBA is getting involved with start/sit decisions, especially since the Bulls were playing their best players.

Kris Dunn:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 3 9 3 1 6 1/3 6/11 8/10

Played 32 minutes. I was a little worried that Cameron Payne would eat into his minutes, but then I came to my senses and remembered that it’s Cameron Payne.

Zach LaVine:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 2 5 1 0 2 1/4 8/14 4/6

Played 33 minutes. Inconsistent, as he’ll drop 20 one night and score 4 the next. I’m very curious to see what his ceiling is, if that ever comes to fruition.

Lauri Markkanen:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 6 0 1 0 1 2/6 8/14 4/4

Cannot reach his full potential until Dirk retires, but the future looks bright.

Justin Holiday:

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

Played 17 minutes. The NBA is just messing up the whole program. With Holiday starting, Denzel Valentine (21 minutes) and David Nwaba (24 minutes) get screwed for playing time. More importantly, how does this affect Jrue Holiday? The Matrix will no doubt have to expunge whatever it put into Jrue and now give it back to Justin. I guess we will find out when I get to the Pelicans blurb.

OVERTIME ALERT! TOR 121 – DET 119.

Norman Powell:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 17 4 0 0 1 0 3/5 7/12 0

Received the start at small forward and played 28 minutes. In one game, he totaled the amount of run he received in three games combined. In fact, Powell played a total of 35 minutes in the month of February. You get where this is going? No need to storm the waiver wire beaches for this one.

Jonas Valanciunas:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 11 3 2 3 3 1/4 6/13 1/1

Played 31 minutes. The Jonas Rules. Play against teams that stay big. Also, play against DET. Back in January, JV went 17/16 against the Pistons.

Kyle Lowry:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 15 7 15 4 0 1 3/7 4/8 4/5

Such a beautifully efficient line. Sand is getting in my eye right now.

Pascal Siakam:

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

Played 28 minutes. I prefer him over Poeltl, but that’s not saying much. The minutes are just too inconsistent.

Jakob Poeltl:

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

Played 18 minutes. The blocks are nice and he has the potential to stuff the stat sheet. Just so inconsistent, in both production and minutes. Do you like to live dangerously?

Blake Griffin:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 31 3 4 2 1 3 3/6 12/21 4/8

Yo! B is back! To what do we owe this pleasure?

Reggie Bullock:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 3 4 0 0 1 3/6 7/13 4/4

Played 39 minutes. Has scored double figures and attempted at least 10 shots in 12 straight games. Will grab some boards and get the occasional steal, but it’s all about the 3s and shot attempts with Bullock.

Andre Drummond:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 10 21 2 0 2 3 0 5/14 0

The dimes have plummetted since (B) lake arrived to town. Has not dished out more than 2 since February 5th. (B) lake came to Detroit January 30th.

Luke Kennard:

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

Got the start at small forward and played 31 minutes. Stanley Johnson was out due to injury, but it could be about that time to see what the rook’s got. Could be a potential streamer for 3s. If he continues to get significant minutes, let’s see if he can contribute in the boards, dimes, and D categories.

James Ennis:

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

Played 36 minutes, but was replaced by Kennard in the starting lineup. I’d imagine that Ennis will cede time when Stanley Johnson returns from injury, because we know that SVG loves him some Johnson.

Jrue Holiday:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 23 3 8 3 0 4 2/5 9/17 3/3

I told y’all. The Matrix can’t handle two Holiday’s playing at the same time. Or….maybe it was due to the back-to-back, and three-in-four games.

Nikola Mirotic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 10 0 0 0 1 4/6 10/12 2/2

Did not start, but played 31 minutes. Damn, what a game. Granted, it was the Kings but still. I think he’s best suited being the guy on the second unit.

Kosta Koufos:

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

Got the start at center and played 20 minutes. Willie Cauley-Stein was out, so Kosta got the run.

Skal Labissiere came off the bench and got 28 minutes of run.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 4 3 0 1 2 0/1 6/12 2/2

Getting the run and showing he can contribute across the board. Why is Zach Randolph still getting 26 minutes of run?

Bogdan Bogdanovic:

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

My Bog! Point shaving!

Frank Mason:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 16 1 6 1 1 0 1/2 5/10 5/6

Played 29 minutes. Probably because BogBog was shaving points.

Buddy Hield:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 20 5 1 1 0 2 4/11 7/18 2/2

Played 31 minutes. I thought Vlade was running away with the bet he made with Vivek, but Bog has hit a wall or entertained the company of some shady individuals. Regardless, Vivek is back in the thick of things with his Buddy playing well. USA! USA!

 

  1. miles proudfoot says:
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    Who do you like out of the following for at least the first round next week?

    Harrell (4 games), Rivers (4), Bogdan Bogdan (4), Skal (4), Carroll (3), Dirk (3), Murray (3), Dedmon or Collins (3)?

    Thanks!

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