In some ways, I have sympathy for what happened to the Celtics last night. After all, who among us hasn’t done the groggy barter with the alarm clock in the morning and hit the snooze button? Five more minutes, we tell ourselves, just a bit longer and then I’m getting up. Sometimes it’s fine — the bonus z’s make you feel better and you leisurely arrive at your morning rested and ready to go — and sometimes you really needed to get out of bed on time.

Roosters, nature’s alarm clock, have no snooze button. When it’s time to go to work, they’re going to let you know about it. Last night, the NBA’s Rooster crowed loudly and emphatically, but the Celtics slept right through it.

Danilo Gallinari

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
38 6 2 2 0 4 10 13/16 2/21

Unable to get up for their game against Atlanta, the C’s instead found themselves in waking nightmare featuring a 6’10” gamecock that also happened to be absolutely on fire. While the guys in green were rubbing sleep out of their eyes, Gallo canned the wide open triples. By the time Boston had put their slippers on and started closing out to him, Danilo had extended his range out to the logo. All told, Gallinari hit seven first half threes. The bonus three balls in the second stanza were his way of tucking Boston back into bed. Buona notte!

 

Sleep on the Rooster at your own peril.

Here’s what else happened on a busy Wednesday in the NBA:

Steph Curry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
24 8 8 2 0 4 1 7/21 2/2

Tough shooting, especially from distance (1/11). Still, he and Draymond did it all for a Warriors team that hasn’t given up the ship. Both champs nearly triple-doubled, and an ugly win in Nap City is still a win.

Draymond Green

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
12 9 11 3 1 3 0 4/5 4/4

Green has dished out 121 helpers over his last 11 games. He’s in the top 10 in assists per game on the season, ahead of Ja, Dame, De’Aaron, Steph, and LeBron. The Dray dimes are just silly, and the rest of the line isn’t too shabby either.

Domantas Sabonis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
22 16 4 2 1 6 0 7/12 8/12

It says a lot when you go for 22 and 16 and all I want to do is nitpick about the turnovers and lack of triples. Domas isn’t an All-Star, evidently, but he’s rock solid for our game.

TJ McConnell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
9 5 6 4 1 4 0 4/7 1/1

Out-assisted Malcolm Brogdon and snatched up 5 stocks along the way. It’s rarely flashy, but TJ is helping your team.

Jayson Tatum

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
13 1 1 2 0 1 1 4/20 4/4

The field goal percentage is instructive here. Self-medicate as needed, friends. Nights like this, while rare, do happen.

Jaylen Brown

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
17 4 5 1 0 2 0 6/16 5/5

I miss January Jaylen. On the bright side, at least he was better than Tatum tonight.

Trae Young

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
33 4 7 1 0 4 5 12/23 4/5

Only five threes? I guess he’s half the player that Gallo is.

John Collins

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
14 11 1 0 1 2 2 6/11 0/0

Generally, not a line to rejoice over, but JC shook off the Questionable tag and still posted a double-double after clearing concussion protocol. The minutes (25) were down, but this one was over well before the buzzer.

John Wall

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
20 1 3 2 2 2 3 7/18 3/3

The stocks help, but the Rockets got rinsed by Cleveland. Light dimes and a single board? Methinks this Wall is short a plank or two.

Victor Olapido

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
17 6 5 2 0 1 1 8/20 0/1

Dipo returned after a fortnight away with a bum foot and played 31 minutes. So much for easing him back. The shooting numbers suck, but the counting stats are in line with his season averages.

Jarrett Allen

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
26 18 2 0 4 1 1 10/11 5/8

Allen came into this game riding a five-game double-double streak and the Rockets didn’t have a single big body to throw at him after waiving DeMarcus Cousins. Remind me how Cleveland was able to flip Donte Exum for Allen, was there witchcraft involved?

Darius Garland

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
11 4 10 0 0 8 3 4/14 0/0

Collin Sexton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
23 2 3 1 0 1 3 9/19 2/2

When you really think about it, is it all that surprising that Sexland is plagued with ball control issues and poor shooting?

Kyle Lowry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
24 7 8 2 0 3 4 9/13 2/4

Speaking of not being eased back, KLow played 35 (!) minutes after missing the last four games, though you’d have no way of knowing that by looking at this full line. The risk of a more substantial injury is omnipresent given Nurse’s minute allotment and Lowry’s mileage, but if he’s in uniform, Kyle is clearly expected to play.

Fred VanVleet

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
24 4 7 0 0 1 5 6/13 7/8

FVV is such a Jekyll and Hyde when it comes to shooting. Tonight we got the good doctor, who apparently thinks he’s too moral to do any stealing. Nothing wrong with the stroke though. Unlike…

Pascal Siakam

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

…what happened here. Siakam had been cruising as a top-25 guy for about a month now, so I’m not sure what to tell you other than what Mama said about days like this.

Fred Willard Wha Happened GIF by Warner Archive

Jimmy Butler

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
27 8 10 3 1 2 3 8/17 8/8

The three rips only add to Butler’s league-leading steals rate (1.9). He’s missed a lot of time, but his return to high-level production is turning up the heat in Miami.

Bam Adebayo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
19 12 4 1 1 1 0 7/11 5/6

Eight of the last ten games have resulted in a double-double for Bam. Top-30 play during that stretch and on the season.

Duncan Robinson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
17 2 2 1 0 1 4 6/11 1/1

Played a team-high 39 minutes, as Miami went nine deep tonight. The shooting has been better of late, too, as the FG% is above 45% over the last two weeks. Robinson was being asked to carry a lot while Miami stumbled out of the gate. You gotta figure the Heat getting healthy and back to full strength will only improve his potency.

Goran Dragic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
15 2 3 0 0 3 2 4/13 5/6

21 MP after two weeks away. Of all the guys getting back to the court tonight, Dragic provided the most blah line, but that has more to do with the solid nights Dipo and Lowry put up. Kendrick Nunn drew the start ahead of the Dragon, and it will interesting to see how the time is split now that the backcourt is getting healthier.

Karl-Anthony Towns

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
24 8 5 2 1 4 2 10/20 2/2

[Cat heart eye emojis]

Anthony Edwards

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
21 9 6 2 0 3 3 7/20 4/4

It all looks good until you see that he needed 20 attempts. The number one pick is in the midst of a cold spell in what has already been an icy shooting season. Edwards is shooting 36% from the floor since New Year’s Day. At least he’s figured out the vibe for Minnesota winters.

Jarred Vanderbilt

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
16 6 1 4 0 1 0 5/5 6/7

The steals shouldn’t come as a surprise. Vanderbilts are known robber barons.

Zach LaVine

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
35 2 2 0 0 7 5 14/21 5/8

A throwback from LaVine had me standing out on the corner in the pouring rain. He looked like LaVine 1.0 out there and burped up a -4 in plus/minus, but he did shoot it efficiently and got his team a win in OT.

Coby White

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
20 8 6 0 0 7 0 9/17 2/2

A Rorschach test of a line. Do you see the flirtation with a triple-double and efficient shooting or do you see the defensive zeros, non-existent triples (0/6), and abundant turnovers?

Wendell Carter Jr

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
17 10 2 2 2 1 1 6/8 4/4

The stock market has been soaring in this Carter administration. Five steals and four blocks in the last two games. The line goes up.

Mason Plumlee

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
21 9 7 0 4 3 0 9/10 3/5

The scoring and voluminous swats should definitely be cherished, as they’re not the norm for the Plumlord. That said, it was just this month when we saw Mason mess around, so nights like this are in the offering as long as he’s eating all those center minutes in Detroit.

Dennis Smith Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
11 3 7 3 0 0 1 5/12 0/0

Not exactly running away with the point guard gig in Delon Wright’s stead, but this is a useful line from DSJ. Meanwhile…

Saben Lee

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

…stayed hot and handed in another serviceable game. Hard to love either guy when neither of them can get the inside track. Worst case scenario is all three guards play well and cannibalize each other’s value when Wright gets back.

Josh Jackson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
25 6 3 0 0 1 2 10/18 3/4

The lack of defensive stats is mitigated by the rare display of efficiency. Saddiq Bey and Sekou Doumbouya both started ahead of Jackson, but JJ still logged almost 30 minutes and is enjoying all the usage he could want as the sixth man.

Zion Williamson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
32 6 5 0 1 0 0 13/18 6/9

After being named an All-Star reserve, Zion spent seemingly the entire night dunking on Detroit. Or do you think he got the nod because he’s chipping in blocks and dimes too?

Brandon Ingram

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
27 7 8 1 0 1 3 8/19 6/7

Another year, another All-Star snub for BI. Fantasy managers don’t mind at all, as Ingram has been A Problem all month. 24.7/5.1/5.0/0.7/0.8 and 3.0 3PM puts him on the all-February team for sure.

Lonzo Ball

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
12 6 8 3 0 2 2 4/8 2/2

Ball has been having some hand trouble (lol), but he still turned in 34 minutes and continues to produce well-rounded lines on a nightly basis.

Dejounte Murray

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
27 9 2 1 0 0 0 12/20 3/4

DMs blowing up? Definitely a little bit. The assists were on the light side, but he was the only Spur who managed to produce a salvageable line after 11 days away. Murray had been playing good ball before the Covid pause, hopefully, this line means he’s picking up right where he left off.

LaMarcus Aldridge

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

Logged 26 minutes off the bench as LMA returned to action for the first time since the beginning of February. It’s going to take some time for LaMarcus and the Spurs to get back up to speed, as it’s been a particularly long layoff for the 35-year-old.

Lonnie Walker IV

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
12 4 2 1 0 2 2 5/16 0/0

Left a lot of meat on the bone, as Walker drew the start and played 33 minutes. Derrick White has not cleared health and safety protocols yet. Walker would be in line to keep seeing run if White remains unavailable, though it looks like there’s a fair amount of rust to shake off.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
42 8 4 0 1 4 6 13/20 10/11

A strange night for the Thunder stat lines. Shai was hot, as you can see, but he was the only player wearing a white jersey who shot a free throw. The six triples were a career-high.

Darius Bazley

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
0 10 0 0 0 2 0 0/8 0/0

000000000h my. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a line like this, and he was the only player on either team to record double-digit boards. The scoring has really dried up lately for Bazley. He’s managed 10 points or fewer in five of his nine, but steals are usually there, along with obviously improved involvement on the glass.

Al Horford

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
16 7 7 0 0 0 2 7/16 0/0

Couple of D-shaped holes in the Florford tonight. Still bears weight though.

Theo Maledon

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

Only Maledon and Isaiah Roby (2) recorded steals for the Thunder, as OKC seems to be taking the term “specialist” entirely too seriously. Hamidou Diallo was yanked early with an injury, so the minutes (30+ in his last five games) should continue to be there for Theo even if the points come and go.

Malik Monk

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
29 2 3 1 0 0 5 10/21 4/4

This is the third time in the last four games that Monk has scored 20+ points. Perhaps a prayer should be said that the rest of his game blossoms too, as it’s mostly scoring on hot shooting at the moment.

LaMelo Ball

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
20 4 8 2 0 3 3 7/11 3/3

That’s an awfully pretty shooting line for a guy who chucked up a 37% FG when he was down under. I blame the Coriolis effect spinning the opposite direction in the Southern Hemisphere. It couldn’t be that he was checked out and just wanted to shoot, right?

Devin Booker

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
33 0 3 1 0 5 4 13/24 3/4

Speaking of just wanting to shoot. Despite posting a very thin line, Book still snagged an invite to be a Western Conference All-Star, as he’s replacing the injured Anthony Davis.

Chris Paul

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
20 8 10 1 1 3 3 7/14 3/4

As of today, the Suns and the Lakers have the same record. This Chris Paul fella might have something to do with that.

Mikal Bridges

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
12 4 2 1 2 1 2 4/9 2/4

The season averages for Bridges are 13.9/5.1/2.2/0.6/1.0 with 0.7 TO and 2.0 3PM. The math checks out.

LeBron James

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
19 4 4 1 0 4 1 7/13 4/5

The Lakers caught 14 triples from the Jazz in the first half and were more or less out of it the whole night. Only 28 minutes for the King as the skid for the reigning champs continues.

Donovan Mitchell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
13 10 8 2 0 1 2 4/16 3/4

Almost messed around in a game where he was decidedly not the focal point. Not a ton of buckets for Mitchell tonight with the ball zipping around for Utah, but the rest of the line is tasty.

Mike Conley

PTS REB AST STL BLK TO 3PT FG FT
14 8 8 2 0 3 4 5/10 0/0

Synched up with his backcourt partner tonight. Plenty of other Jazz chipped in — Bogdanovic had 15, Gobert and Clarkson had 18, Favors had 12 — as the eats were pretty good in the 25-point win. Still no All-Star nod for Conley though. This season might not be his last shot, but it certainly seemed like his last best shot, you know?

  1. Gibran Mustafa says:
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    I’m in a Head-to-Head – Points (8 person league) – something lite for my first year playing.

    My team is …

    Harden, Leonard, Butler, Westbrook, Simmons, Lonzo Ball, Capela, Holmes, Coby White, Porter Jr., Wendell Carter Jr., Malik Bridges, Ricky Rubio, Plumlee, Brandon Clarke, Lauri Markkanen and Christian Wood

    OG Anunobyis is available on the wire, should I drop Coby White or Ricky Rubio for him?
    Or maybe someone else? or should I just not pick’em up at all? What are your thoughts?

    • Mr. Hooper

      Mr. Hooper says:
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      I’m not terribly familiar with points leagues, but I’m not totally sold on Rubio ROS. I’d make the swap for OG, especially seeing that Anunoby’s MP is back up over 30. Nurse loves to play his guys, and it seems possible to me that the Wolves pack it in early this year.

      White has been a disappointment all season, but the last two weeks have been steps in the right direction. I’m still holding the line with Coby.

  2. Juan Canasta says:
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    What do you think of this trade idea as an initial offer? I need blocks (and I don’t trust Poetl ROS) and I’m also looking for ROS upside. Lowry worries me that his FG will regress and/or that he’ll get hurt. And I don’t know where Horford will land. The other team needs several cats, but he’s also looking to next season.

    I give: Lowry, Horford, SlowMo, and an 8th round pick
    I get: Lonzo, Zingis, and a 10th round pick

    I can go fish for another player but I think I can find someone decent on the wire.

    Team in a 12-team, h2h, 9-cat keeper
    Lowry, LaMelo, Tate, Beal, J.Harris, SlowMo, Horford, Jokic, Vala, Poetl, C.Wood

    • Mr. Hooper

      Mr. Hooper says:
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      I’d love to know your thinking on being low on Poetl. Even pre-injury, LMA’s minutes were in the middle 20s. He’s 35 and coming off a hip injury. The rest of the big man minutes in SA are being divvied up between Trey Lyles, Drew Eubanks, Rudy Gay and Luka Samanic–which doesn’t strike me as a terribly impressive group (and none of them really play the 5.) I’m curious about what’s giving you pause with Poetl, especially if you’re hunting blocks, as I think that’s actually a pretty cozy spot for him. He’s already demonstrated that he can handle 35+ MP.

      As for the deal itself, it all feels kind of wobbly to me. I think you’re right to be concerned about a dip in Lowry’s shooting, but it’s not like KP is a lock to stay on the floor. It’s going to take some courage bet on Zinger. The back issue doesn’t seem serious, but his history is well known. Horford could be (probably will be) moved to a less desirable situation, sure, but couldn’t we say the same about Lonzo? You’re giving up swats by moving Anderson and you’re getting the later pick. Getting off Kyle and Al while the getting is good is savvy, but this isn’t the way I’d do it.

      • Juan Canasta says:
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        Thank you for such a thoughtful and thorough response! You’re right on Zingis being a risk. I was leaning towards taking that risk over Lowry because Poetl.

        So why low on Poetl? Because if he gets full run I worry he’ll basically wreck my FT, which I win most weeks. It’s fine when he’s only taking 1.3 attempts per game. If he gets more minutes and more use as the season goes and that number climbs I’d just be trading blocks for FTs.

        • Mr. Hooper

          Mr. Hooper says:
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          This has sent me down a bit of a bball ref rabbit hole, but check this out:

          LMA has been out since Feb. 1. In the month of Feb., Poeltl playing just under 30 MPG. In 8 February games (7 starts), he’s attempted 18 total free throws (2.3 FTA). During that same time, he’s blocked 22 shots (2.8 BLK). On the season, he’s shot 20 total FT as a starter and 21 as a reserve. Across 28 games this year, he’s shot 3+ FT in a game 5 times. The 31% FT is ghastly, no doubt about it, but I think we might be overstating his impact there. As a starter he’s averaging 28 MP and 2 FTA; as a reserve it’s 19 MP and 1.16 FTA.

          Plus, you might be in line for some positive regression here. Last year shot 46% on 1.3 FTA, 53% on 1.2 the year before, 59% on 1.2 the year before that.

          I’m rooting for you either way, but JP is in the top 12 in blocks per game. I’m eating the FT% even if it makes me sick.

  3. Mike says:
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    Rooster is available on our waivers, but he doesn’t really help my team’s H2H cats. Very tempting… I could drop Bey, Tate, or Batum, but not sure if it’s worth it because I need assists/boards/steals/blocks more than anything.

    Also, we’re in a keeper league where I drafted Patrick Williams with my 13th pick. I had to drop due to do 8 (EIGHT!) players getting injured, but not sure who to drop to get him back. Is Batum expendable at this point? No one is biting on trades right now.

    • Mr. Hooper

      Mr. Hooper says:
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      I don’t think I’d necessarily drop any of those guys for Gallo’s hot shooting. The PT situation for bigs in Atlanta is still a bit of a mess and all of your drop candidates start.

      I feel you on the frustration with Batum. He’s a tough sell at the moment because the production has been brutal post-concussion and he was slipping a bit even before that. I like Williams and would be comfortable letting Batum go to get him back, especially when you factor in next season.

  4. P.Ramos says:
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    Hi. Mr. Hooper

    12t, H2H most cat, 11 Cat with DD and TD.

    1) Luka
    2) Simmons
    3) Kyrie
    4) SGA
    5) Deyounte
    6) KAT
    7) Allen
    8) Covington
    9) Boucher
    10)McConnell
    11 – 13 ) Streaming

    IR

    1) Wood
    2) Nurkic

    Questions:

    1) I would like your opinion of this team.

    2) Do you see a KAT shutdown in the horizon?

    3) Would you try to trade KAT for Vucevic?

    Keep the good work and thanks in advance.

    • Mr. Hooper

      Mr. Hooper says:
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      Thanks!

      1) Assuming that’s Jarrett Allen and not Grayson Allen, I think that’s a loaded cast. There are a couple of FT% pits there, but not enough to be terribly worried about. How are the 3s holding up?

      2) I go back and forth about what the Wolves are going to do. The Minny pick is top-3 protected, and considering the hole that they’ve already in and the hype coming off of this draft class, I understand the thinking of leaning into a tank. But then this coaching swap just went down under pretty peculiar circumstances and I can’t imagine that Finch wants to come into his first (and possibly last) head coaching gig and immediately catch (more) Ls by handing DNPs to the franchise star who is actually healthy. Plus, ownership could potentially be changing hands in the near future, so why give the new bosses more of a reason to fire you, right? It’s very Wolves-y to step into your own snare like this, but here we are nevertheless. In an immediate sense, no, I don’t think a KAT shutdown is on the table, but…

      3) If you can execute a Towns/Vuc flip I would jump all over it.

      • P. Ramos says:
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        Thanks for your response.

        1) Yes, its Jarret Allen. When the fantasy began I started punting 3s and FT%.

        I am 8-1 right now, second place. After my first loss against the team that is in the first place, I decided to do some trades:

        I recently got Luka and Kyrie for Fox, Jerami and Ayton

        Got SGA for Collin Sexton, and got Jarret Allen for Mykal B.

        I think that I can reach the finals, but I fear loosing KAT down the road. Our trade deadline is this sunday, so, is now or never hahaha.

  5. Mr. Hooper

    Mr. Hooper says:
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    Thanks!

    1) Assuming that’s Jarrett Allen and not Grayson Allen, I think that’s a loaded cast. There are a couple of FT% pits there, but not enough to be terribly worried about. How are the 3s holding up?

    2) I go back and forth about what the Wolves are going to do. The Minny pick is top-3 protected, and considering the hole that they’ve already in and the hype coming off of this draft class, I understand the thinking of leaning into a tank. But then this coaching swap just went down under pretty peculiar circumstances and I can’t imagine that Finch wants to come into his first (and possibly last) head coaching gig and immediately catch (more) Ls by handing DNPs to the franchise star who is actually healthy. Plus, ownership could potentially be changing hands in the near future, so why give the new bosses more of a reason to fire you, right? It’s very Wolves-y to step into your own snare like this, but here we are nevertheless. In an immediate sense, no, I don’t think a KAT shutdown is on the table, but…

    3) If you can execute a Towns/Vuc flip I would jump all over it.

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