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Caring is a good thing, right? It allows us to coexist with each other and live emotionally rich and fulfilling lives. I care about my family, so I will venture from my bubble to make sure all is good. I care about this post, so I try my best to deliver content that you enjoy reading. But, sometimes caring too much is a bad thing. If I miss 10 shots in a row, it is counter productive to think about it. The only action is to channel my inner JR Smith or Michael Beasley. I used to care so much about what other people thought, that I ended up living my life for “them.” Why? What about the flip side to caring? Is that always bad? Well, it’s bad if I DGAF (didn’t give a f**k) about stop signs or signals. It’s bad if I DGAF about another soul on the planet. But, sometimes it’s good to DGAF. Back to our example of missing 10 shots in a row. DGAF. Wave arms in air and demand the ball….because that next one is going in. DGAF what other people think. It’s my life. Which brings me to the new spokesman for DGAF, Enes Kanter. Kanter supports a certain political movement (the Hizmet Movement of Fethullah Gülen) that has the leader of Turkey trying to arrest him and caused his family to disown him. DGAF. You are not here for politics schmolitics, though. You are here for hoops. And Kanter DGAF about defense and he certainly DGAF about Joel Embiid and the 76ers because he did this yesterday:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
31 22 1 0 0 2 0 12/21 7/8

11 offensive boards! Kanter now has 14 double-dubs on the season, 12 behind the leader. He will not rack up defensive stats, but that’s not his game. He’s going to score and rebound, which has translated into being a top 50 player so far this season.

Here’s what else I saw yesterday:

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Joel Embiid:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 25 16 3 0 3 6 2/3 8/17 7/8

Embiid is so freaking good. I just hope that he stays healthy because I want to see what level he can get to. Whoever has access to the Injury God, please lead me to him. I will offer up my ………..Ok, I don’t want to see it that bad, but if anyone out there is willing to take one for the team, I wholeheartedly support you.

JJ Redick:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 6 2 2 0 2 4/8 6/10 8/8

Do you think Redick was spelled Reddick at some point? Red-ick is all good. Red-dick? Not so much. How come no one pronounces it Re-dick? This is what happens when there’s nothing really to say about JJ. He’s a great shooter and three-point specialist. Has been a perennial top 100 player and is currently a top 80 one.

Ben Simmons:

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

Simmons is an amazing player, but it’s getting painful watching him play at times. He really needs to learn how to shoot. Will he be an elongated Rajon Rondo?

TJ McConnell:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 5 4 2 0 1 2/4 6/11 1/1

Played 29 minutes, which is not the norm unless he starts. TJ can fill up the stat sheet when he gets run, but he just doesn’t get consistent minutes. He has great hair, though.

Courtney Lee:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 20 3 2 2 0 1 2/4 8/13 2/2

Doesn’t turn the ball over, shoots a high percentage, and contributes in everything but blocks. Master Bruce would be very disappointed but I think he’d let it slide, since he is a top 50 player in fantasy.

Frank Ntilikina played 27 minutes.

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

New Jack City is still starting, but I still believe that it’s only a matter of time before the Frenchise takes over.

Kristaps Porzingis:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 7 0 0 5 1 1/2 6/19 9/14

That wall that Trump wants to build down south? Shouldn’t we just clone millions of Porzingis’ and send them down there? No way anyone or anything gets by. No way.

Michael Beasley played 23 minutes.

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

Doesn’t he take over the Born Ready nickname by default with his quote the other day? Or does he need to battle it out cage match style with Lance?

Kevin Love:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
31 18 0 2 0 4 6/11 9/25 7/7

Love is….6′ 10″ 251 pounds. How can so many not find it? Love is sixth in double dubs with 20 and is currently a top 15 fantasy player. Love is truly in the air.

LeBron James:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 20 6 6 0 0 7 2/7 7/18 4/7

Does not compute. He must’ve gotten the blue screen of death.

JR Smith:

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

For someone who gets so much run, Smith does so little. It’s a nightly question of, “Who shot JR?”

Dwayne Wade played 29 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 5 4 3 0 0 1/4 4/11 4/5

Wade has played 29, 24, and 26 minutes the past three games. He’s also scored in double figures, hoisted up at least 10 shots, and contributed in the periphery categories. Do with that information what you will.

Draymond Green messed around.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 12 11 2 1 4 2/8 5/11 0/1

Jordan Bell got the start at center and played 26 minutes.

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

When Aladdin rubbed the genie out of the bottle, did he put him back in? Kerr might as well just let Bell develop and see if a Lineup of Mass Destruction can be constructed.

Kevin Durant:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 7 3 2 5 4 3/9 8/19 6/7

He literally, figuratively, and whatever ly is left in the English language, does everything.

John Wall played 39 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 5 14 1 0 1 0/3 8/19 5/7

He’s back. I think he’s rejuvenated after hearing about the rumors that he may be replaced with Porzingis clones.

Markieff Morris:

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

Markieff is the Swiss Army Knife of fantasy basketball. Has a lot of tools and can contribute in many ways, but no one is impressed that you have one…especially the ladies.

Kelly Oubre Jr.:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 5 2 1 0 2 1/4 7/13 1/1

Played 32 minutes. Oubre has made a three-pointer in seven straight games and has scored double digits in 10-of-13 December games. He’s also contributed plenty of defensive stats as well.

Mike Scott:

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

Played 15 minutes. After a nice heater the last couple of weeks, Scott has crapped out and passed the dice to the next shooter.

Al Horford:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 12 7 6 1 2 1 2/2 5/10 0

Love and marriage….Love and marriage….Top 20 player.

Daniel Theis:

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

Played 18 minutes. On Saturday, he played 24 minutes and went 10 & 15. What? What?! It’s probably nothing, but you never know. Actually, we probably do know, but let’s keep an eye on him anyways, like “curling is on tv” eye.

Clint Capela:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 19 1 2 0 1 0 9/14 1/4

C & C Music Factory keeps pumping out jams.

Now has 16 double-dubs on the season and is a top 30 player for fantasy. You ever been to a Hot Dog on a Stick when the one worker is pumping the machine to make the lemonade? Obviously, that worker is doing all the work, but who gets the thank you? The worker that pours the lemonade into the cup and hands it to you. Guess which one is Capela?

James Harden almost messed around.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 29 8 14 2 1 1 3/11 7/18 12/14

Interestingly, after having a usage rate in the high 30s and 46 during the last game against the Clippers, Harden’s usage rate was 29.8 against the Thunder. And he almost messed around. Man, Russ, KD, Harden, and Ibaka. It was right there. Damn. Yo, NASA. When y’all gonna find those parallel universes?

Russell Westbrook:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 31 6 11 3 0 5 0/1 12/24 7/8

We are comfortably in WESTCOM 3. Keep the fighters topped off, but tell the pilots that they can go get some shut eye.

Paul George:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 24 5 4 1 0 5 4/7 8/15 4/4

Carmelo Anthony:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 20 5 0 0 0 0 2/4 8/12 2/2

Would it be apt to say that Russ is the head and George and Melo are the nuts?

Steven Adams:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 15 10 0 1 3 0 0 7/9 1/1

If Russ is the head and George and Melo are the nuts, does that make Adams the shaft? The bush?

Taj Gibson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 23 9 0 1 0 1 1/1 11/13 0

The Taj Majal has been a lovely place for owners this season.

Karl-Anthony Towns:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 10 2 2 3 3 2/6 7/12 5/6

If you’re a KAT owner, those cats that have sex outside your bedroom window every night are A OK in your book tonight.

Jamal Crawford:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 19 0 0 0 0 1 3/5 7/10 2/2

What a great line. Crawford knows what his role is and doesn’t stray. And the team has no illusions as to why he’s on the floor. Kind of like the slut. She knows she’s a slut, will dress like a slut, and will do what a slut does. There are no illusions of marriage, white picket fences, and 2.5 kids. She’s there for one thing and one thing only.

Kyle Kuzma:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 31 3 4 2 1 2 6/11 8/18 9/13

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With Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram out, Jordan Clarkson and Josh Hart received the starts.

Clarkson:

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

Hart:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 6 2 1 0 1 2/8 5/13 0

Hart is someone to keep an eye on, like “the clock shows 30 seconds left of school” eye. He played 39 minutes, can shot, is big and physical, and will contribute across the board when given ample run.

Julius Randle:

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

After the 8 minute debacle in Houston, Randle has played 19, 23, and 24 minutes. It seems like there are always concerns regarding his defense, and that was the main reason why Luke sat him in Houston. With that said, he’s very talented and could drop a triple dub any game. He will probably never get more than 24 minutes of run a game, though.

  1. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    Kanter, damn. No wonder why he was given the starting nod over Willy. However, I keep reading roto blurbs saying that he is a sell high and that Willy will suddenly be eating up into his mins for player development purposes, but I mean if a player can provide his team 30/20, why sit him out. Lol

    Anyway, Kawhi is probably playing tomorrow. But if he doesn’t play in the 22-24 min range then he’s a goner. Geez. It’s not like he tore a muscle or fractured something. It’s driving me crazy.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: I don’t think Willy plays. Each passing day, my theory of him banging Hornacek’s daughter becomes more viable. What else could it be?

      Stay with the plan!!!

      • JG

        Jay says:
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        @Son: agree. plus if you look at Willy’s game, it’s really a somewhat lesser version of Kanter. Inj, a trade or maybe a very bad January for the NYK (with so many road games) only way I see Willy getting the minutes.

        Of course could just be him banging Horny’s daughter (or wife?). Maybe he and Skal in SAC belong to the “I banged my coach’s …. Club”

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Jay: Ha! Good points

  2. 2rule says:
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    hi son,

    1.my Ariza for DBooker, what do u think?
    2.Dinwiddie for ROS?3

    thx

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @2rule: In a vacuum, I’d want Ariza. You need scoring?

      As for Dinwiddie, I like him ros

  3. Mr. Blast says:
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    Ayyyyyyyyo!

    Whats up homie ? Hope you had a good holiday.

    Dropped Holmes for Bell.. Thoughts ?

    Also – Am I crazy for holding Oak for now ?

    Told myself I’m gonna give him until 2018 – Or a week or so after that.

    I think the key for me is the staff wants him in shape to play “25-30” minutes a night.

    Seems like they WANT to give him minutes when he’s ready..

    Nothing else good available on the wire, although I thought about swapping him for Tucker..

    12 teamer – H2H

    Peace Son!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: Ayo!!!! Holidays were good. Hanging out at the in laws on the Wrong Coast. Hope they were good for you.

      As for Oak, I think he’s a hold. There’s potential there. Until some concrete info comes out or a minutes trend develops, he’s worth the it.

      • Mr. Blast says:
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        @Son:

        I did the In-laws yesterday too man!

        What do you think about Holmes for Bell ?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Mr. Blast: Would want Bell

  4. Don says:
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    Hey Son!
    How would you rank ROS: Bell, Lyles, Dedmon? I’m debating between Bell and Lyles. I feel like Lyles has an easier path to minutes. Thoughts?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Don: I think how you have them is good. Yeah, Lyles should have an easier path to minutes, but the genie (Bell) may have been unleashed from the bottle

      • Don says:
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        @Son: Thanks!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Don: Anytime

  5. waffles says:
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    good stuff son merry christmas

    you like J Simmons or J Richardson better in the ORL @ MIA game tonight?

    • waffles says:
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      @waffles: if your team was heavy on guards would you offer DSJ for Kuzma? any chance that gets accepted?

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @waffles: I would. I doubt it would but everyone values players differently

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @waffles: Thanks waffles! Really depends on the injury front. If Fournier and Gordon play, then I’d go with JRich. If they both sit, then Simmons

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