The first time someone called me loco, I knew exactly what it meant without knowing what it meant. It’s just one of those words. The funny thing about the word is that it’s derogatory in nature, but is often used in a flattering context. Loco means crazy in Spanish. “He went loco” could mean: he literally lost his mind or he did something at the highest level possible. Well, what do you think Bruno went Caboclo means?

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 11 2 1 1 1 4/7 8/13 4/4

Got the start and played 35 minutes. Bruno had started nine of the last 11 games prior to last night, so he’s been getting the run. He just wasn’t doing much with the opportunity. For the season, he’s played a total of 26 games and scored in double figures just five times and grabbed double digit rebounds twice. Bruno is 23 years old and this is his fifth year in the league. With the Grizzlies out of it, he will likely receive as much run as he can handle down the stretch. The free throw shooting has been poor (63%) over the past six games, but Bruno can provide points, treys, boards, and a smattering of stocks. The usage rate is only 15, so I wouldn’t expect games like last night often, but there’s always a chance that something has clicked. Something to keep an eye on. If that happens, then we will all be going loco for Caboclo.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

Devin Booker

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
59 4 4 1 0 6 5/8 19/34 16/17

Talk about loco?! We’ve been waiting for an explosion like this from Booker all season. He’s reached the 40-point mark twice this season, but that 70-point explosion from two years ago is always fresh in our minds. The turnovers are high and the field goal percentage can bad at times, but the upside. Oh, that upside. I do think he can be a top 25 player next year if he continues developing his game. The most bullish sign for me is that he’s increased the dimes every season he’s been in the league.

The two things you need to know from the Suns game are that they got smoked, 92-125 in Utah, and Jimmer Fredette (1-for-10) was the only other player to attempt at least 10 shots. Ha!

Derrick Favors

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 8 5 0 2 0 0 9/13 0

Boards and blocks are what Favors provides. It’s too bad he only averages 23 minutes per game.

Rudy Gobert

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 10 0 0 2 1 0 9/11 9/11

Yes, the cops needed to be called last night, as the Jazz murdered the Suns.

Joel Embiid

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 10 2 1 0 5 1/3 8/15 3/6

#4 player over the past six games, but no match for Nikola Vucevic and the Magic, as they made Embiid and the Sixers….POOF….disappear, 119-98. Orlando is known as the “Theme Park Capital of the World.” You know those impossible carnival games they have at theme parks? Well, it all makes sense now because the Magic have had the league’s second-best defense since the All-Star break.

T. J. McConnell

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

Got the start and played 29 minutes because Ben Simmons (stomach) was out. I guess that Simmons guy is pretty good, huh?

Jimmy Butler

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 6 7 1 1 2 0/2 4/10 5/5

Top 15 player on the season. I’ve mentioned it often in the past, but it really is the quietest top 15 season I can remember. Butler hasn’t wowed in any cat, but he’s contributed something in every one.

Tobias Harris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 4 3 1 0 2 0/2 5/10 5/6

Over the past seven games, Tobias has been a top 120 player. The usage has dipped below 20 and he’s attempting two fewer shots. He’s primarily a points, treys, and boards player with small contributions in dimes and stocks.

Nikola Vucevic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 11 4 0 0 0 2/5 11/21 4/4

#6 player over the past six games. He whispered into Embiid’s ear, “This is my house, Joel. By the way, you are nothing without B. S.” As Embiid opened his mouth to respond, Vucevic cut him off and put his index finger over his mouth. “Ah, ah, ah, Joel.” With his other index finger, Vucevic pointed up to the……scoreboard.

Evan Fournier

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 0 7 2 0 1 2/5 11/17 0

Don’t look now, but Fournier has scored at least 20 points in three straight games. He’s been a top 10 player over that span, averaging 33.2 minutes, 24.3 points, 2.7 treys, 4.3 boards, 5.3 dimes, and 1 steal. The usage rate has been 24, a two percent increase, and the field goal percentage has been 61%. He’s more like a mid-40% shooter from the field, so expect some regression.

Michael Carter-Williams

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 6 3 2 1 0 1/3 5/8 4/4

On a 10-day contract, MCW played 20 minutes last night and received 15, 18, and 16 minutes the prior three games. The answer to your question is no.

Paul George

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 12 3 1 0 2 5/15 10/29 5/6

Looks like he’s getting healthy again, as PG has been a top 10 player over the past six games. That shoulder injury was wreaking havoc earlier in the month.

Russell Westbrook

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 5 7 0 0 1 1/6 6/20 3/6

You know those Before and After pictures? We got Before Westbrook last night.

Dennis Schroder

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 3 3 0 0 2 2/4 9/14 5/6

Played 37 minutes off the bench. That’s back-to-back games scoring at least 25 points for Schroder. He gets the minutes, as he’s averaging over 33 per game, and the shot attempts (around 14), but he’s inconsistent. In addition, he contributes very little on D.

Justin Holiday

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 7 5 2 0 1 3/8 6/13 2/2

Justin has been on a Holiday for most of his stay in Memphis, especially over the past month. Last night was only the second game he scored in double figures. With that said, he’s played 33, 31, 43, and 39 minutes over the past four games. Do you like to live dangerously?

Jonas Valanciunas

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 14 1 0 2 1 0 6/12 6/8

Played 32 minutes. Top 60 player over the past four games, with the key number being the 33.9 minutes per game. JV is getting the letterman jacket for sure!

Delon Wright

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 3 13 4 0 3 0/3 8/14 2/3

Got the start and played 35 minutes.

Tyler Dorsey

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 8 5 0 0 0 3/5 7/13 4/7

Got the start and played 39 minutes.

Mike Conley (thigh) did not play, so both Wright and Dorsey got the run and usage. Keep in mind that the usage numbers are significantly lower when Conley plays.

The Trail Blazers prevailed in 2OT, 148-144 over the Nets.

D’Angelo Russell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
39 9 8 1 0 6 3/14 16/34 4/8

Russell has loaded up top 25 production over the past five games. The usage rate has been 36 and he’s jacking up over 24 shots per game! The turnovers can be high, the shooting efficiency can be low, and the blocks are non-existent, but the rest is magnifique.

Spencer Dinwiddie

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 2 2 0 0 1 3/7 6/15 7/7

Played 41 minutes off the bench. Dinwiddie has scored double digits in 16-straight games. With that said, the minutes and production have been inconsistent. The shooting efficiency has been poor lately (34%) and, while he contributes some stocks and treys, the boards and dimes are light.

Caris LeVert

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 3 7 1 0 1 1/2 5/8 5/6

Played 24 minutes off the bench. If only he didn’t get hurt….

Moe Harkless

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

Played 40 minutes. Harkless is a low usage player, so the points won’t be voluminous, but he contributes a little something something in every cat. Over the past five games, he’s been a top 70 player, providing 0.8 treys, 3.2 boards, 2.4 dimes, 1 steal, and 1.4 blocks.

Jusuf Nurkic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
32 16 5 2 4 1 0 13/24 6/8

All season long, it’s been profitable to play centers against the Nets. Nurkic was example #74. He had been struggling a bit over the past six games, so the matchup was a welcome sight. Unfortunately, he broke his leg during the second overtime and had to be taken off the court via stretcher. It’s Kanter time.

Damian Lillard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
31 6 12 1 0 0 4/16 10/30 7/8

Top 10 player on the season and #3 over the past six games. He contributes in all cats but blocks, and even provides excellent percentages. The turnovers are low and, the most impressive number, is that he has a usage rate under 30. With that said, with both Nurkic and McCollum done for the season, that usage rate will more than likely sky rocket.

Seth Curry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 2 1 2 0 0 3/7 6/13 5/6

Played 40 minutes. Curry has played 40, 32, and 28 minutes the past three games and scored 20, 16, and 20 points respectively. With all the injuries, the usage and playing time should increase.

Rodney Hood

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 2 3 2 0 1 1/5 8/16 1/2

Played 43 minutes. I hate going to the Hood, but sometimes one must do what one must do. Prior to last night, he was averaging around 24 minutes per game. That number could increase with all the injuries.

  1. Anthony says:
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    Whats up man, good stuff. Help me decide who to stream this week. Please, rank these players for rest of the week: Bruno, Hood, Seth Curry, Aminu, ZCollins, Jeff Green. This week I need pretty much every counting stat.
    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Curry, Aminu, Collins, Green, Hood, Bruno

  2. Jose Baloncesto says:
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    Sigh. So I am in the unenviable position that most of my guys this week play T-R-Sa-Su. Because of that, I dropped some of my surplus players (players who’d be riding the bench because of the schedule glut) and added Jerami Grant and Moe Harkless because they play M-W-F. I held back from adding guys like Seth Curry or Delon Wright, even though their schedules were nice, because their minutes were dependent on the health of others (Curry on McCollum and Wright on Conley). So here we are. I have two adds left this week and I’m in the final. And adds only happen Tuesday nights and Thursday nights. My idea right now is to add one guy that plays Wednesday and Friday, and re-assess Thursday night as to who my final add is going into the weekend.

    Team in a h2h 9-cat league: CP3, Conley, Brunson, J-Rich, Kawhi, J.Grant, Harkless, Gallo, Harrell, Randle, Powell

    Brunson is an obvious drop because scheduling glut. I’d probably hold on to my last add just in case someone goes down with injury. Who would you drop him for?

    Seth Curry (McCollum is out all week so I’d slot him Wednesday and Friday, but he’d probably be on my bench Saturday if Conley plays, or unless I need guard stats)

    Delon Wright (if Conley continues to sit – big IF – he’s going to get his stats. I’d be slotting Wednesday and Sunday but he probably sits on my team if Conley plays Sat)

    Z.Collins (if he steps in for Nurkic, he’d be big for me Wednesday and Friday, but no slot for him Saturday)

    Jabari (was doing well, until he wasn’t)

    Crowders (unexciting source of steals and 3s, for Wednesday and Friday, but doesn’t play this weekend)

    Bojan (plays Wednesday and Friday but would ride the virtual pine on Saturday unless Conley is out)

    Rondo (sigh…but Grizzlies play Sat and Sunday so Rondo would probably play for my team W-F-Su. if Conley sits on Sunday)

    …this is a rough problem absent some clarity on sits.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Crowder for me. Those two matchups against the Lakers and Wizards are too juicy. I’m good with holding onto the last add until later in the week

  3. miles proudfoot says:
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    Hey there! Thanks for all the advice over the season! Down to the wire.

    I’m targeting FG%, boards, steals and blocks. Should win assists and have an outside shot at points. 3s, FT%, and most likely TO’s are lost.

    Which two from Portland would you pick up: Harkless, Collins, Curry?

    Thank you!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Anytime mp! Thanks for reading.

      Harkless and Curry

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