In a galaxy far, far away, Anakin Skywalker designed and created a droid that would assist others in translation. It’s name was C3PO. In a land and time that seems so far away, Robin and Charles Paul created a child that would eventually assist others in getting buckets. His name was Chris Paul, immediately nicknamed CP3. C3PO played a pivotal role in the Star Wars franchise, as it served under many of the main protagonists. CP3 also played a crucial role in the history of the NBA: trade to the Lakers which got nixed and hamstring injury in Game 5 of the 2018 Western Conference Finals with the Rockets up 3-2. It was CP3 NO! then and CP3 NO! last night, as he suffered another hamstring injury in the second quarter and was not able to return. It’s likely that he will miss an extended period of time so, while Eric Gordon, Gerald Green, Brandon Knight, and Daniel House will likely pick up more minutes, when Paul has missed time this season, Michael Carter-Williams has seen a +4.5% usage bump. The main beneficiary of CP3 NO!, though, will be James Harden, who sees a 5% usage bump increase to a whopping 45.5% usage rate! Good for Harden owners. For Paul owners? CP3 NO!

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

P. J. Tucker

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 7 0 1 0 0 3/11 5/14 1/2

Tucker is the blue collar player for fantasy. He should wear shorts made by Dickies. Anyways, not sexy in any way. Usage rate of 10 and won’t contribute assists or blocks. What he does provide is boards, steals, and a ton of threeecolas. Fringe top 100 player.

Clint Capela

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

Ran into Mt. Whiteside with a Bam.

James Harden

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
35 12 2 0 3 4 6/14 7/23 15/18

Played 43 minutes. Let’s go check out some highlights from the game….

As mentioned in the lede, his usage rate is going to be insane while Paul is out. Now that’s gotta get owners Harden excited for sure.

Eric Gordon

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 3 3 0 1 0 5/13 6/17 3/4

Got the start and played 38 minutes. He hucks and chucks regardless of the situation.

Hassan Whiteside

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 17 2 2 0 2 0 4/8 1/4

Only played 24 minutes, but was in the game in crunch time, and air balled a free throw. Shrug emoji.

Bam Adebayo

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

Also played 24 minutes. Looks like the center minutes are going to be split right down the middle.

Tyler Johnson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 4 0 0 2 2 2/5 6/10 5/9

Got the start and played 32 minutes. It was announced early yesterday that Goran Dragic will miss two months due to knee surgery. This Johnson is rising up.

Josh Richardson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 6 7 0 0 1 4/12 9/19 0

My RichardSON! He really needs to get more efficient, but the volume is lovely. With Dragic off the floor, my RichardSON sees a 1.3% usage bump to 26.7%.

Kelly Olynyk

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
7 9 2 0 0 1 1/6 3/8 0

Only played 22 minutes. He had played 32, 26, and 28 minutes the prior three games. Your guess is as good as mine.

Derrick Jones Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 8 1 2 2 0 1/3 3/8 8/11

The high-flyer has been a top 60 player over the past seven games. He’s averaged 22.6 minutes, 9.6 points, 0.6 threeecolas, 7.6 boards, 1.9 steals, and 1.3 blocks! The hottest DJ in town.

Dwayne Wade

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 2 3 1 0 2 0/6 4/17 2/2

April 9, 2019.

Luka Doncic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
32 4 5 4 0 4 3/6 10/20 9/13

In the Year 40 L. D., we will be sitting around the holographic fireplace talking about the glorious exploits that Luka used to perform on the basketball court. What a time to be alive.

DeAndre Jordan

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 22 4 1 0 0 0 4/6 3/4

Where are the blocks? This DJ is all treble and no bass.

J. J. Barea

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 3 8 0 0 3 1/3 8/15 2/2

Played 27 minutes. It’s always a pleasure watching Barea play. He’s tough as nails and is so precise in everything he does. Always in control, even though he has a 28 usage rate in the roughly 20 minutes per game he plays. You won’t get the D from him, though, as he saves that for Miss Puerto Rico. You roster him for the assists.

Danilo Gallinari

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
32 6 4 0 2 3 3/6 11/16 7/7

It’s not going to happen huh? All I hear in my brain is….

The Notorious Da G?

Montrezl Harrell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 6 4 0 2 1 0 9/13 0/1

Played 28 minutes off the bench. After struggling for three games, Harrell has furnished three consecutive good outings, worthy of top 90 status.

Lou Williams

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 1 8 2 0 4 1/3 9/12 7/10

Sweet! Lou is a professional getter of buckets and will dish out his share of dimes. He’s just not getting the minutes to access any ceiling, as he’s averaging around 23-25 minutes per game.

  1. Joel says:
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    Sup Son? You like isaiah as a stash in 12ers?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Joel: Sup Joel. Naw

  2. Jumponit says:
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    Thanks Son – Im in a 12 team H2H std league with one IR spot with 4 players on IR (CP3, Will Barton, Tristan Thompson, Otto Porter)

    Im barely hanging onto 3rd in the league (6 team) playoff – should I wear out the storm and wait until these guys get back? Or make some moves (i.e. waiver wire streaming, trades)?

  3. Chris says:
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    Thanks for the updates son!

    What side you like?

    Kemba-Jarrett Allen
    For
    Capela-Jaylen Brown

    I have my thoughts. Does Jaylen Browns Numbers and FG% get better?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Chris: Kemba/Allen. Not close for me

  4. JC says:
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    Please rank top three in 9 cat H2H league…..Carter Jr., Rondo, Marvin Williams, Smart, J Johnson.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @JC: Smart, Marvin, WCJ, Johnson, Johnson, Rondo

      • JC says:
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        @Son:

        Thanks!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @JC: Anytime

  5. Help! says:
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    ESPN forgot to include a way to check pace of games played. That is a problem given that many leagues have a starts cap. Do you know of a quick way to see what percentage of the season is complete at a given time, on ESPN or elsewhere? Then it’s simple enough to see what percentage of games I have used so I know whether I am over or under and whether I am close. I am not in a league on any other site. Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      The only way I know how to do it is to create a dummy league on Yahoo, as they still have the feature.

      • Help! says:
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        @Son: thanks, very frustrating, almost makes you think ESPN doesn’t care about the people who use their product.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Help!: Yeah, I hear ya. Bob in the Cost Benefit Analysis Department sent the report to corporate over the offseason. Poof. Like magic.

  6. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    Comparing Gary Harris’ shooting percentages to Lumber Joe and Huerter’s makes me sick. I think Gary is having a case of just a really bad year. Injuries and deterioration in shooting percentages. I remember drafting Batum in the 2014-15 season. It was really an awful year for him. He battled through injuries, and even when he got healthy he just couldn’t find his rhythm still. I know these players are good but they’re not KD good, or curry good so I think they’re still susceptible to underwhelming seasons. McCollum for one hasn’t been the same since having a career year in 2016-17. Meanwhile, Joe Harris is doing really good now, and Huerter is coming along nicely too. Both I believe are shooting 0.400 from behind the 3-point line. I know Prince is coming back soon, but in a team full of young players I think Huerter it’s worth holding onto, and Baze should be gone sooner or later! I’m holding onto Red Klay as if my life depends on it. Lol

    PG1 Holiday
    SG1 Oladipo
    SG2 Richardson
    SG3 J. Harris
    SG4 Huerter
    SF1 Covington
    SF2 Porter Jr.
    SF3 Oubre Jr.
    PF1 Durant
    PF2 Isaac
    C1 Gobert
    C2 Ayton
    C3 Adebayo

    IR G. Harris
    IR Cousins

    OPJ at least before getting hurt was already showing signs of life so I’m not that pissed at him anymore. He’s a hold for me. Adebayo, not playing heavy minutes now bcos of Hassan still looks better on the court than the latter. Hassan’s lateral movement is just a pain in the eyes. I can really see the Heat favoring Bam over Hassan down the road. A hold for me.

    G. Harris should be back soon but you know what, I ain’t dropping eany of these guys—Huerter/Joe/Isaac/KOJ—just to activate him. I’m keeping him on IR until his 3P% improves. That mother f×cker.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: Ha! Yeah, the injuries have hurt Harris a lot. Another thing about Denver is that they are now one of the slowest teams in the league, after being top 10 in pace just two years ago.

      Not many are on the freakish level of Curry and KD.

      I like Joe, but I really like Huerter. He’s got the skills and the environment down in Hotlanta is going to be fantasy friendly for many years to come.

      Ha! I always enjoy your rants. I feel I should be sitting on a chair with my legs crossed with a notepad, while you are sprawled out on a couch getting your vent on. Now that I think about it, that’ll be $500. I’ll see ya tomorrow! =)

  7. Ben says:
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    If my biggest needs are FT and FG%, rebounds, and points, do you think it makes sense to swap my Westbrook for Durant? Close? Thanks!

    • Ben says:
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      @Ben: and same question with sending Westbrook for Curry instead of Durant. Thanks again.

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @Ben: There are some health concerns with Curry as well, but I’d rather have him than Russ.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Ben: Yes. I haven’t been a Russ guy this year as well, as I have some concerns with health

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @Son: For disclosure, I was low on Russ coming into the season, so there’s some obvious bias

      • Ben says:
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        @Son: thanks Son, I’ll see what I can do.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Ben: Anytime. Good luck

  8. JC says:
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    Which side do you prefer in these scenarios? Thank you

    1. Mirotic and Carter for Nurkic and McCollum
    2. Mirotic and Carter for Myles and RobCo
    3. Carter for RobCo
    4. Tobias and Smart for Gobert

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @JC: What’s rest of roster and league settings?

      • JC says:
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        @Son:

        Ten games ahead of third place team. Banged up now but was in first when healthy.
        Carter, Draymond, Ibaka
        OPJ, Barton, Mirotic, Tobias, Siakam, Fournier
        Harden, Kemba, Bledsoe, Smart, Rondo (8 games during playoffs)
        IR: G Harris. Note: Bulls only have six games during last two weeks of playoffs.

        • JC says:
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          @JC:

          Opps….nine categories. I am almost a punt on blocks.

        • Son

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          @JC: Mirotic/Carter for Myles and RobCov

          • JC says:
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            @Son:

            My favorite too. Might be too late given Myles recent pace but I will try. Which side do you prefer on the other options?

            • Son

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              Carter for RoCo

  9. Aces In Action says:
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    Do you know why Derrick Jones Jr. Only played 9 minutes last game? Trying to see if I should start him this week but this leaves me some concern. Thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Winslow returning is my best guess

      • Aces In Action says:
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        @Son: oh true! Who should i start next week? Oubre or Bjelica

  10. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    Do u think we should drop Huerter for Tyler J? Merry Christmas, Son!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: Merry Christmas my man!!!

      I would Kawhi if you made that move

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son: ha! I knew you would. Yea, we’ll probably just hold until Taurean returns, then we’ll assess the situation. Thanks buddy

          • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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            @Son: one last thing bud, is it a dumb idea to drop cousins for Winslow?

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @I just wanna Kawhi: I’ve been a complete fade on Cousins since the offseason, so you may be asking the wrong guy. I’d send out the scouts, though, because it seems like plenty of folks value him highly

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