I love craps. Not the sitting on the toilet kind, but the rolling of them two dice. It’s the one game that feels like I have some modicum of control. I shoot the dice, can decide when and where to bet, move chips around, and finally take money off the table if I so choose. It’s all an illusion, though. Yes, money management can always help, but the numbers are not in my favor over the long run. The probability of rolling a 7 is 16.67%. 13.89% to roll a 6 or 8, 11.11% to roll a 5 or 9, and 8.33% to roll a 4 or 10. The hardway bets? 2%. Even though I know the numbers, the game is too freaking fun. And I have those stories when I was down to my last chip and proceeded to go on a crazy heater, hitting multiple points, and making everyone jump around. It’s those times that keep me going back to the tables to replicate that feeling. That is what it must be like to own Tim Hardaway Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 37 5 1 2 0 3 6/9 14/24 3/3

Every once in a while, he will go on a heater that gets you all excited. More often than not, though, he will shoot 4-of-13 and make you cry like that guy in the casino bathroom that just lost the proverbial house. Since the Knicks lost Porzingis, THJ has seen usage rates of 29.4, 21.9, and 28.3. The high usage rate and minutes should continue to be plentiful. But like my experiences at the craps table, the likely scenario will be “7 OUT!” As long as you keep expectations in check, THJ will have some value. Just beware of emotionally point-chasing the performance from last night.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

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Tomas Satoransky:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 9 4 11 0 3 1 1/4 4/8 0

Chants can be heard reverberating thoughout Washington D.C., “We don’t need no stinking Wall!” Satoransky has been a top 30 player for fantasy since Wall went down.

Bradley Beal:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
36 5 7 3 2 3 4/7 14/22 4/4

Played 43 minutes. Walls are mighty expensive and possibly superfluous? Things that make you go hmmmm.

Ian Mahinmi:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 8 0 1 3 4 0 6/8 5/8

Played 26 minutes, while Marcin Gortat only played 22 minutes. I wouldn’t make too much of it, though, as last night was the first time Mahinmi received more than 25 minutes in a game since December 7th.

Michael Beasley:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 16 11 3 0 0 1 0 8/24 0

Played 40 minutes. Beasley is the Michael Bay of the NBA. Explosions and shot attempts mezmerize and keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

Enes Kanter:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 24 14 5 0 1 0 0 9/15 6/8

Kanter is a freaking machine. That’s now nine straight double-dubs. Why he hasn’t been playing at least 30 minutes every game is beyond me. Oh, I keep forgetting. I’m talking about a coach that continues to start Jarrett Jack at point guard. My bad.

Speaking of Jarrett Jack, he played 28 minutes, while Emmanuel Mudiay played 20, and Frank Ntilikina played 11. <shrug emoji>

Russell Westbrook messed around.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 13 15 1 2 4 0/4 6/14 11/12

That’s now 16 times Russ has messed around on the season. LeBron is second with 10.

Carmelo Anthony:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 19 1 0 0 1 0 4/10 7/18 1/1

Outside of the one rebound and one block, this is a Melo stat line that indicates that I’m living in the correct universe. I do need to go check the tape and make sure both are legit, though. Did Melo slip, fall down, and the ball land on his chest? Did the ball run into his arm when he was indicating to the bench that he was tired and needed a breather?

Raymond Felton:

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

Played 23 minutes. Has played 23, 14, 34, and 31 minutes the past four games. <shrug emoji>

Andrew Harrison:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 2 3 0 0 2 5/5 10/16 3/3

Played 33 minutes. Has had a few crappers, but Harrison is getting plenty of run and opportunities. Will also contribute across the board. Just keep in mind that both he and the Grizzlies kind of suck.

Tyreke Evans:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 23 9 7 1 1 3 4/7 8/18 3/5

Played 31 minutes. Looks like I was wrong and Brent was correct in regards to the playing time for Reke. Still makes no sense to me what Memphis is doing. If I were a fan, I’d be super pissed if the Grizzlies were to miss out on one of the top guys in this year’s draft because Reke led the team to a couple more wins in a meaningless season.

Jarell Martin:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 17 8 2 2 1 3 1/2 7/12 2/2

Played 31 minutes off the bench. JaMychal Green only played 19 minutes. So, the Grizzlies are going with the youth movement now? So, why is Tyreke playing again? I’m flummoxed.

Dillon Brooks:

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

Played 39 minutes. You know the expression, “regressing to the mean?” Well, it’s unnecessary now, as a picture is worth a thousand words.

Dragan Bender:

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

Got the start at power forward and played 25 minutes. Triano to his wife, “Heading to the bar for my nightly Bender.”

TJ Warren:

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

Played 22 minutes. Was in foul trouble all night long. The Regulator got regulated.

With Tyson Chandler out, Alex Len got the start at center and played 38 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 7 0 3 4 0 0 3/7 8/10

Is it happening? Probably not.

Elfrid Payton messed around.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 11 12 1 1 5 1/2 5/11 2/2

Played 39 minutes. This could become a nightly thing, until Elfrid slaps Triano across the face with his hair.

Devin Booker:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 28 5 3 0 0 2 6/14 8/20 6/9

Played 36 minutes in his return from injury. Getting healthy and returning to shooting guard are both positive developments.

Josh Jackson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 7 2 1 0 2 2/3 10/15 0/1

I was worried about Jackson’s role with Elf in town. I worry too much. Microwave off the bench seems to suit him just fine. May be the best role for him, as he can go up against weaker defenders and won’t have to compete with Booker for usage.

Derrick Favors:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 12 2 0 1 1 0/1 7/9 4/6

Played 33 minutes. Doing himself plenty of Favors for when he negotiates his next contract in the offseason.

Royce O’Neale:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 19 5 2 2 1 1 3/3 7/12 2/2

Played 36 minutes. Got the start at shooting guard with Ricky Rubio out again. Rolls Royce had the gawkers gawking.

Rudy Gobert:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 17 1 0 0 0 0 5/8 4/4

Rudy! Rudy!

Donovan Mitchell:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 24 4 7 0 0 3 4/11 10/24 0

Till death do us part. DM me.

Jae Crowder:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 15 7 2 1 0 0 0/4 5/12 5/6

Played 25 minutes. Looks to have found a home in Utah. Has scored 15, 14, and 15 points since coming to the Jazz. I blame LeBron.

JaKarr Sampson:

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

Got the start at power forward and played 24 minutes. I keep getting flash backs of Jar Jar Binks for some reason. I can no longer write about JaKarr. It’s too intense.

Bogdan Bogdanovic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 20 4 5 2 0 2 4/8 8/15 0

Played 30 minutes. It’s a Bog Bog life for us. It’s a Bog Bog life for us. <sung to the music from Annie> He’s been really steady for fantasy. Averaging 30 minutes a game, scoring in double figures, and chipping in boards, dimes, 3s, and getting his 211 on. The only concern is that Trump deems him a criminal immigrant and ships him back to Serbia.

Justin Jackson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 12 5 4 0 2 1 2/5 5/9 0

Has been starting at small forward and played 34 minutes last night. Remember when I was talking about regressing to the mean earlier?

Vince Carter played 24 minutes. Mmmmm kay.

James Harden almost messed around.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 9 9 2 1 6 5/15 7/19 9/11

Scrub.

Clint Capela:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 11 1 1 2 0 0 6/11 1/1

Four straight double-dubs. Since the beginning of February, Capela has blocked 2.9 shots per game! C&C Music Factory making everybody dance now!

Joe Johnson:

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

Played 31 minutes. Johnson to get Harden excited.

Serge Ibaka:

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

First time scoring 20 points since January 5th. Don’t expect dimes or steals from Ibaka, but points, boards, blocks, and 3s are always on the menu.

Kyle Lowry:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 7 10 1 0 0 4/7 5/10 6/6

Does everything but get his block on. Would be an outlier on Twitter.

The Raptors defeated the Bulls, 122-98.

As a result, Zach LaVine (11 points) only played 27 minutes and Justin Holiday (8 points) played 27 minutes. Kris Dunn (8 points) returned from injury and played 20 minutes

Bobby Portis:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 3 1 1 1 0 0/2 8/14 2/4

Played 22 minutes. Always packs a punch.

Denzel Valentine:

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

Played 21 minutes. Couldn’t get any love.

Danilo Gallinari:

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

Damn, the Celtics are a bunch of hackers! I’ve always appreciated Gallinari’s game because he doesn’t just settle for Js. He’s definitely not a soft Euro and takes it to the rack when the opportunities present themselves.

DeAndre Jordan:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 30 13 3 4 0 2 0 11/14 8/9

A career-high in points and only one missed free throw? Maybe I did get planted into a parallel universe after all.

Kyrie Irving:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
33 1 8 1 0 4 5/7 11/21 6/6

Kyrie was looking around for help, but couldn’t find any. More evidence that the world is indeed flat.

Greg Monroe:

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

Played 10 minutes. Hmmmph, wasn’t he brought in to help against bigs like DeAndre? For fantasy, Stevens is going to utilize him as a specialist. What that specialty is remains to be seen, but he won’t have much fantasy relevance.

Myles Turner:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 14 1 1 1 0 1/1 2/8 6/6

Played 29 minutes. The Odometer was clicking away last night, but it was against Brooklyn. Every big man feasts against them. Myles has been one of the bigger disappointments this season for fantasy, as he’s been dealing with a bevy of injuries. With that said, I was surprised to see he’s a top 50 player. I thought he was way worse. The 2.1 blocks per game help.

Cory Joseph:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 15 11 3 2 2 2 1/1 5/12 4/7

You know you’re bad when you let Cory Joseph go HAM.

DeMarre Carroll:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 10 4 1 1 2 5/8 6/13 4/6

Played 35 minutes. Damn, what’s gotten into DeMarre lately? A double-dub in three of the past four games. One measley rebound would’ve made it four straight. Anyways, he’s playing 33 minutes a game and hoisting up 13 shots a game. He will grab some boards and knock down 3s. Enjoy the music while it’s hot.

Allen Crabbe:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 24 8 1 0 0 4 5/11 9/16 1/1

Is on one of those heaters right now. Last four games: 36, 33, 44, and 36 minutes with 16, 13, 24, and 22 shot attempts respectively.

D’Angelo Russell:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 18 3 9 0 0 1 0/2 7/14 4/4

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Dante Cunningham played 28 minutes, while Timofey Mozgov played four minutes. <shrug emoji>

Josh Richardson:

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

My son! There will be days like this. Don’t fret.

Hassan Whiteside:

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

Played 29 minutes. Bam Adebayo only played 19 minutes. I wish Ms. Cleo was still taking calls so I could get a better handle on the center situation in Miami.

Ben Simmons messed around.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 12 10 4 0 4 0 8/15 2/5

Damn, a lot of messing around last night. Duh, it was Valentine’s Day!

With Joel Embiid sitting, Amir Johnson got the start and played 20 minutes, but it was Richaun Holmes who played 28 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 11 9 2 0 2 1 0/2 4/7 3/5

Orale Holmes.

TJ McConnell:

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

Didn’t he just triple-dub the other night? Played 20 minutes last night and reminded everyone that he’s TJ McConnell.

Marco Belinelli:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 1 0 0 0 2 3/5 7/12 0

I thought he would affect the minutes for Redick. Looks like it will be TJ. I forgot who, but one of the commentators was on that tip. Viva la Razzball!

Dwight Howard:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 13 2 0 2 1 0 9/16 4/6

Does the revenge narrative fit here? Dwight wanted out of Orlando right? Am I misremembering things?

Jeremy Lamb:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 17 5 3 1 1 4 2/3 6/10 3/3

Played 26 minutes. Doesn’t always get the run, but when he does, contributes a little something something across the board. Someone to keep an eye on in uptempo matchups.

Bizmack Biyombo:

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

First double-dub since mid-January. Nikola Vucevic is targeting February 22nd as his return date, so Bizmack Biyombo to Bench soon.

Mario Hezonja:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 10 3 2 0 0 1/6 10/20 0

Super Mario!

Marreese Speights:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 5 2 0 0 0 4/8 5/12 2/2

Played 19 minutes. He must’ve lost control of the ball twice because I’ve never seen him pass the ball before. He’s like the guy that sees his replacement walk over to the scorer’s table and starts jacking up shots. Except, that’s Speights every minute he plays.

Draymond Green:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 12 7 2 4 0 1/3 6/13 3/3

That line is so money. Money is Green, at least in the US. Therefore, Green is cash money.

Kevin DurantALERT! ALERT!

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 50 7 6 0 2 4 6/14 17/27 10/10

A freaking 50-burger couldn’t get the lede. That’s how rare a Hardaway night is. Anyways, the Warriors lost, 117-123 to the Blazers with both KD and Green going off.

Both Steph Curry and Klay Thompson scored 17 points. Awww, that’s so cute.

Al-Farouq Aminu:

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

Had a 7.7 usage rate last night. Yet, he still contributes. Top 90 player for fantasy.

Jusuf Nurkic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 13 3 1 0 0 0 7/14 3/6

Played 30 minutes. I’m a Nurkic fan, so I believe in the skill set. With that said, the minutes are so unpredictable.

Damian Lillard:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 44 3 8 2 0 4 4/11 14/25 12/12

Always balls out against Golden State. Y’all know what time it is. Dame Dolla! 

For the Hawks, Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, and Ersan Ilyasova all did not play.

John Collins:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 11 10 0 1 2 1 0/2 3/8 5/6

Played 31 minutes. Can’t wait to see him unleashed next year.

Malcolm Delaney:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 11 0 7 3 0 3 1/2 3/9 4/5

Got the start at point guard and played 27 minutes.

Tyler Dorsey got the start at shooting guard and played 31 minutes.

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

Isaiah Taylor:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 1 7 1 0 3 0/2 6/9 1/1

Played 25 minutes and got significant run at the point.

Julius Randle:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 5 3 0 1 4 0 9/13 2/2

Played 31 minutes. Dude is a beast down low.

Brandon Ingram:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 2 5 1 0 5 0/1 9/17 3/4

Played 31 minutes. Still only 20 years old!

Isaiah Thomas was ejected after five minutes.

Josh Hart:

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

Got the start at point guard and played 31 minutes. Such a solid player. Will be interesting to see what happens when Lonzo returns, but I think he’s carved out a significant role for himself.

Kyle Kuzma:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 23 5 1 1 0 2 3/8 10/20 0

Kuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuzma!

Played 27 minutes.

Anthony Davis:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
42 15 3 3 2 1 2/2 15/18 10/11

Left the game in the first quarter due to injury. Was able to return and ended up playing 33 minutes. Whew. He is so freaking good. Such a joy watching him play.

Jrue Holiday:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 24 4 11 4 0 2 2/5 10/19 2/2

Consecutive 20/10 games. Holiday is a top 30 player for fantasy.

Nikola Mirotic:

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

Played 30 minutes coming off the bench. That’s probably a great role for him, as he can be “the guy” on the second unit and soak up the usage when AD sits.

Darius Miller:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 4 4 0 0 0 4/6 6/8 3/3

Played 31 minutes. He has played 31 and 30 minutes the past two games. Prior to that, the minutes and shot attempts were all over the place. Miller could be a source for 3s, but keep an eye on the minutes allocation going forward.

  1. Craig Bozic

    Craig Bozic says:
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    Who should I pick up for my fantasy wrestling team?

    I feel Rondo would nail the flair trashing on the court, but think IT might deliver that decisive blow whilst Rondo has his back turned gloating.

    Or should I just stick with AD who can pick both wuth each of his arms and lob them down the tunnel.

    I’m torn.

    In all seriousness, WTF did IT do?… Looked all Rondo to me

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Craig Bozic: Well….Rondo is an interesting choice because he has ET like fingers and arms. His snatching range would give him a distinct advantage. IT would have a Rolly Polly offense and defense. Would be tough to get a hold of him. AD…..if someone opened the door and a gust of wind entered the arena….that’d be all she wrote. My guy would be Mirotic. He’d be like the Terminator and keep coming back. No one would be able to knock him out.

      Yeah, man. That was some BS last night.

  2. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    I have finally solved my problem of not having a backup C. Lol

    An owner in my league used to really hate me, I won’t go into details, but yea, he’s the sole owner in my league who hated me last season. But time heals all wounds… Just the other day, I upheld a trade involving him, he sent out an offer giving up his Marc G and LeVert for Tyreke and Randle–the owner accepted. Lol Let’s be honest Gasol is a shut down candidate, tyreke might be, too. But the main catch here is he’s getting Randle for LeVert. Lol I let this trade go through bcos I know for a fact that collusion wasn’t a factor.

    So moving forward, I guess he thought that he owed me a trade for upholding his trade. So what he did was he finally gave in and offered Collins for my Mudiay.

    I thought maybe just because Collins’ playing time and production are inconsistent he finally wanted to get rid of him. Lol And Mudiay, despite being a turnover machine and an FG crusher, has a clearer path to minutes after ASB. But I accepted the trade nonetheless. I’m just so desperate for a center right now. Lol

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: You know my thoughts on vetoing trades.

      As for the trade, I like it for you. Will build another shrine this weekend. Hopefully the Hawks unleash him

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son:

        Yea, and I’m not the type of commissioner that protects its members after making stupid mistakes. Once a trade is accepted, there’s no coming back.

        Yea, I’d gladly take Collins. Now I don’t need to trade Butler for Jok, or Young for Pau. Lol But have you heard, Indy’s playoff sched has improved. Their canceled game against the pelicans got moved to week 23.

        One last thing bud, Thad and Bullock for Tobias–what do you say? Then just make a grab for Adebayo..

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @I just wanna Kawhi: Good stuff on the moved Pels game. Was not aware of that.

          I’m good with the move. You’ve hated Thad for so long. I wanna see you happy. Not Kawhi-ing. I love Bam

          • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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            @Son:

            Thanks ma man!

  3. Mr. Blast says:
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    AyYyYo!

    Good read as always Son, I always look forward to reading your weekday column first thing in the morning ritually as I sip my coffee.

    About to be going in to the allstar break & to be honest, I’m looking forward to a little mental break from fantasy basketball. Maybe actually give a little attention to other things in life, Haha.

    But yea, it’s also a good time to go over the squad & take inventory.

    How do you think I’m looking overall for balance & dominance. Well dominant may be tough after losing some key studs this year. I think i can still contend after all the adversity, trials & tribulations my team has been through so far.

    Lost Cousins. Managed to trade away Wall & Love after their injuries.

    12 team / H2H / 15 man rosters so it’s considered deep.

    Lowry / DSJ / J. Murray / Fox / Dejounte
    Hardaway / Crabbe
    Griffin / Miro / Tobias / Prince / Nance
    Gobert / WCS / Allen

    I’m having a pretty good week & teetering between 3rd & 6th place.

    I had Crabbe, Nance, Hardaway & Prince as drop candidates a week ago. Now I don’t see me dropping anyone at the moment. Maybe Prince.. And that’s if a hot free agent pops up.

    James Johnson is floating around out there. Thats about it.

    Thanks for any feed back

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: Thanks man. Much appreciated.

      Yeah, a break would be nice. Hoops is definitely a daily grind.

      Team looks good. Check out he playoff schedules to see how many games your guys play. Prince and THJ are the two that I wouldn’t mind upgrading if given the chance. I like JJ, but he minutes are inconsistent. If that changes, then I’d scoop him up. Until hen, hang tight and pray

  4. AJ says:
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    Son, great blog as always. Please rank the following for the rest of the season… Dedmon, Allen, Gibson, Portis, Nance, and Powell. Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @AJ: Thanks AJ!

      Gibson, Dedmon, Nance, Portis, Powell, Allen

  5. Tim says:
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    Son, what do you think of my team (3rd seed) versus the top 2 teams. My thought is that seed 2 is going to win it all as of now.

    1.
    Lowry
    Curry
    Oladipo
    warren
    Carroll
    Covington
    Howard
    Marc Gasol
    Mudiay
    Dejounte Murray
    Marvin Williams
    Dunn
    Jamychal Green

    IL:
    Aaron Gordon
    Olynyk

    2.
    Kyrie
    Lou
    Jrue
    Demar
    Tatum
    Butler
    Dario
    Kanminsky
    Kemba
    Ish Smith
    Rubio
    George Hill
    JR Smith

    IL:
    Kawhi
    K Love

    3.
    Chris Paul
    Lillard
    Schroder
    Beasley
    Ingles
    Mirotic
    Prince
    JRich
    Chriss
    THJ
    Markieff
    Wilson Chandler
    J Allen

    IL:
    Ariza
    Isaac

    Would you trade ariza for rubio?

    Thanks in advance for the dime

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Tim: I think I like team #1 the best.

      I would trade Ariza for Rubio

      • Tim says:
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        @Son: you believe in rubio having more value than ariza ROS?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Tim: I do

  6. Mark says:
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    Wiggins and Redick or Powell and Fournier moving foward?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Powell/Fournier. Pretty much, any side that doesn’t have Wiggins on it

  7. Joel

    Joel says:
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    Thinking of dropping Ellington for Harrison. I need the 3s but it’s looking like Harrison scoring way more. What do you think?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Joel: If you need 3s, Ellington. For higher floor and more balanced production, then Harrison

  8. JPaul says:
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    Hi Son… Our league 12T9C in our office… became shitty when my opposing opponent bench 12 players and 1 player is active… the reason on this we have a weekly overall winner with a bet… it means if he have the FG, FT and TO.. he is insured 3 stats secured… its a rare case that someone will get 4 stats in overall weekly result so he is diving 1 player for this week. and the result is shitty, our score in match up are 8 – 1.. the player he’s using is fournier which this week was not efficient in FG and FT… lol) now… one of my office mate disagree on this and he said that I just tell my match up so that my rank will step up… currently I am at 7 spot. he traded all his player with other top teams. my question is my line-up is suitable to go to the playoff? its 3 weeks remaining and I am struggling.. T_T

    my current roster
    PG – Kemba
    PG – CP3
    PG/SG – Drusell
    PG/SG – DSJ
    PG/SG – stephCurry
    SG/SF – Barton
    SF/PF – Crowder
    SF/PF – Kuzma
    SF/PF – Porter
    PF/C – Favors
    PF/C – A. Len
    PF/C – Sabonis
    PF/C – Jokic
    my IL
    PF/C – Millsap
    recently added SG/SF – Kawhi (hoping he will play so gambled picking him)

    the top seeds of our team
    top 2
    lillard
    Shrouder
    Bledsoe
    Harden (received from the trade “Lou Will”)
    Lavine
    T. Evans
    Middleton
    Giannis
    Mirotic
    D. Green
    M. Turner
    Capela
    Al Horford
    IL
    J Wall

    top 4
    Westbrook
    Oladipo
    Irving
    Ben Simmons ( Acquired from trade)
    K. Dunn
    Beal
    B Ingram ( Acquired from trade)
    J Ingles
    Melo ( Acquired from trade)
    Cauley Stein
    Randle
    Aldridge
    Robin Lopez

    top 1
    Ish smith
    Clarkson
    Dragic
    J. Richardson
    Redick
    Derozan
    Wiggins ( Acquired from trade)
    Aminu
    Durant
    Saric
    Anderson
    Ibaka
    INJ
    Aaron Gordon
    Ariza
    Vucevic

    top 5
    E. Payrton
    D Mitchell
    G. Harris
    Bullock
    Hezonja
    T. Harris
    Gallinari
    D. Powell
    M. Gasol
    K. Towns
    Deandre Jordan
    Drummond
    Kanter

    Top3
    Lowry
    Tyler Johnson
    Mcculom
    Wade
    Hield
    J. Lamb
    B. Bogdanovic
    J. Simmons
    Lebron
    Markkanen (Acquired from trade)
    Kaminsky
    Embiid (Acquired from trade)
    J. Collins
    IL
    Collison
    Cousins

    If I got the 6 spot i will face the top 3 which means my chance is high and then my problem is the top 2 contender fo semi. BTW my last 2 week match is quite heavy the top 1 and 2 of our league…
    currently a cliff hanger on 7th spot 73-76, the 5th 78-72 and the 6th 75-77. wew… I will update my status every week Son so that you can see the progress… if there is no comment it means there is no playoffs on me… :,(
    can you advise me which to focus my 5 stats.. just 5 stats… I got high on Assist department only.. hehehe…

    • Son

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      @JPaul: I think you are light on big man stats, but you should dominate assists. Should be competitive in scoring and 3s.

      I like Team 2 a lot.

      Good luck my man. I hope to hear from you for the championship run!

      • JPaul says:
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        @Son:
        I just added taj gibson & king bogdanovic exchange for dsj and kuzma.. its a great move?

        • Son

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          @JPaul: Good move. Probably giving up upside but the floor is way higher

          • JPaul says:
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            @Son:
            we suddenly changes the trade bcoz of recent fortunate events… so the top 2 lou to harden has been voided… and also other trades has been return to the real owner… also I didnt get LEn and Kawhi from the wires… before Len It was Nance Jr…

            • Son

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              @JPaul: why exactly were the trades voided?

              Good thing you didn’t get Kawhi

  9. Pickle says:
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    Hey hope you can take a rest like the non All Stars this weekend.

    I’m now hurting at the C spot due to injuries. Who do you like ROS for opposite center stats (prefer ST/BLKs don’t care about REB, FG%, or TO) Len, Gortat, Poeltl, or KOQ?

    • Son

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      @Pickle: I’d take a shot with Len

  10. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    Trade Young and Josh Jackson for Tobias and King Bogdan? It will hurt me to let Jax go, but what do you say ma man

    • Son

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      @I just wanna Kawhi: Ha! You really do hate Young. I’m good with it

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son:

        Yea, I just did the trade… Wish me luck bud

  11. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    9c, 18m

    Moving forward this is the team I’m going to war with:

    PG1 Mitchell
    PG2 Rubio
    SG1 McCollum
    SG2 Bogdan Bogdanovic
    SG3 Bullock
    SF1 Butler
    PF1 Harris
    PF2 Hollis-Jefferson
    C1 Capela
    C2 Collins

    My squad is ready. Lol But going back to that fateful day, when my plan really was to take either CP3 or Jokic, but instead took a gamble on an injured Kawhi.. Dumbest shit I’ve done all season. Lol Imagine if I had taken Jok instead, him and Capela as my front court duo in an 18er. Jesus. But it is what it is. I’m still only 1.5gb the #1 spot and I’m sure as hell gunning for the mother effer.

    • Son

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      @I just wanna Kawhi: it’s a good squad to go into battle with. You’ve done a lot of tweaking to get it where it’s at now. Nice job! I wanna Kawhi because I’m so happy to see the progress. Jokic/CP3 would’ve been nice, but oh wells. Will just make winning it all that much sweeter. Hopefully the Hawks unleash Collins

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son:

        True ma man, if I had gone for CP or Jok I’ll definitely be unstoppable and be cruising thru the playoffs. Let’s hope I make the second round at least.

        Yea, just give the kid 28-30 mins! Would that be possible tho?

        • Son

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          @I just wanna Kawhi: It is what it is. No point in the woulda, shoulda, coulda game. Waste of brain cells…and I don’t have many of those left to be wasting. You in good position regardless. Wishing you the best. Man, if Collins could get 30mpg. Hold up…..gotta go to the bathroom. I’ll….uh….talk to you later

  12. up up! says:
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    Yo! Sup?

    Most upside for ROS in a 14 team 9 cat league?

    Crowder, Hezonja, Rozier, or Stan Johnson?

    Thanks.

    • Son

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      I feel weird saying it, but I’m going to go with Crowder. He’s been getting close to 30 mpg since going to Utah and has attempted at least 11 shots in every game. Plus, he will contribute in the periphery stats.

      • up up! says:
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        @Son: Aight. Thanks. What you think about Nwaba, Son?

        • Son

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          @up up!: I’ve always liked Nwaba, ever since he was on the Lakers. Gotta pick him up if the Bulls are going to start him and give him 30+ mpg

  13. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    I told you! It’s more than just an injury! Kawhi and the Spurs are having serious problems. Ha

    • Son

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      @I just wanna Kawhi: Ha! You were right. Any ideas on what it could be?

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son:

        Bud it’s confusing me. Lol We could only make wild guesses.. Is he thinking about his contract year next season and that he feels he might reinjure his quad if he chooses to come back now so why not just sit the season out and focus on getting paid in 2019? I mean he’s medically cleared to play right? Jesus. Or he’s too pissed at the Spurs for mishandling his injury situation.. It’s just awful. Anyway, Collins is about the be unleashed ma man.

        • Son

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          @I just wanna Kawhi: Such a strange situation. I hope we do eventually find out the reason.

          Yep, looks like the runway is clear for takeoff for Collins. Can’t wait!!

          • Son

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            I’m Kawhi-ing for you. The Gods did not like the Jimmy Butler shrine you erected

  14. Steve says:
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    I got Vucci Mane coming off IR and now I need to drop somebody. I’m in a 10-team points league with no 3s. End of my roster: Markkanen, Dennis Smith, Rubio, WCS. Kinda thinking Markkanen? Don’t want to drop anybody but he’s been the coldest of those 4, though is better on the season than DSJ. Thanks, Son!

    • Son

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      @Steve: Vucci Mane. Ha! I like that. Agreed on Markk.

  15. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    Such a huge blow for my team… Just when we’ve assembled a championship squad the fantasy gods had decided to rain on our parade. In an 18t, 10p each team we have a formidable core of Butler, McCollum, Mitchell, Tobias, Capela. And a support cast consisting of guys like RHJ, Rubio, Bogbog, Bullock and Collins. Shit. Now Butler is gone. Ha. With Butler, we will be relying on sheer force to win the chip. But without him, we need lady luck at our side at all times.

    Just a team recap:
    PG1 Mitchell
    PG2 Rubio
    SG1 McCollum
    SG2 Bullock
    SG3 Bogbog
    SF1 Harris
    SF2 RHJ
    PF1 Collins
    C1 Capela
    C2 Len

    Man, my squad is screwed..lol Anyway, I’m thinking of making a switch–Powell for Len. As much as I’m enjoying Len’s production of late I just don’t see it continuing for the remainder of the year. Chandler might miss a few more games but I don’t see the Suns shutting him down. The problem with Len is he’s not considered part of their future, it’s a case of “there’s no incentive in playing you, you’re not gonna sign with us next season–Suns trash front office”. You know, I have been a fan of the Suns for a long time now to know how badly they treat their players.

    What do you say ma man

    • Son

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      @I just wanna Kawhi: I’m Kawhi-ing for you my man. Did you pick up Bjelica?

      As for Powell vs Len, tough one. I hear what you are saying. I think I side with Len, as I feel he has more upside. With that said, go with your gut.

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son:

        Not yet bud. Our waivers ran yesterday and fortunately nobody picked up Bjelica. However, Jimmy still has a can’t drop tag on him, I’m waiting for ESPN to rectify the issue so I can make a grab for Bjelica.

        It sucks to lose Jimmy but good thing I was able to steal Harris and Bogbog. Now Bradley and Gallo just need to stay on the sidelines…. I’m not too fazed, we still got this. And all the more sweeter to win the Chip with my first and second round picks missing in action. Come on lady luck I need you

        • Son

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          @I just wanna Kawhi: Got it. Sucks ESPN hasn’t changed the status yet, though. Boooooooo. You’ve made good moves over the course of the season and it’s good that you are not on tilt. Hopefully, the luck swings in your favor when it counts the most

          • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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            @Son:

            Ha! True, I don’t know why but I’m actually not steaming. Maybe because I already spent all of my negative energy on the Kawhi shituation so now I’m kind of feelin numb. Lol But yea, we maybe down but we’re not out yet. Ha! Thanks ma man

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