Muhammad Ali was one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century. At 6′ 3″, 236 pounds, Ali was a physical giant in his era. The average height/weight of a male in 1960 was 5′ 8″, 166 pounds. In the ring, Ali could physically pummel foes into submission like a rhino, yet he was nimble enough to flutter around the opposition and peck them humming bird style. Wait? Why am I making this difficult? He could float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. It was the lyrical flow that unlocked the Pantheon, though. He would talk trash, spit rhymes, and back it all up in the process. Depending on your persepective, it was entertainment or a fly buzzing around your head. Joel Embiid could be the modern day Ali. At 7′ 0″, 260 pounds, he is a giant in his era. The average height/weight of a male in 2018 is 5′ 9″, 195 pounds. Thanks McDonald’s. On the court, Embiid can bully down low in the post or Euro step left and spin cycle right on the perimeter, leaving defenders in a tizzy. Like Ali, Embiid has the lyrical flow, both on and off the court. Man, imagine Ali on Twitter! Like Ali, Embiid walks the walk, backs up all the talk, and is the living embodiment of The Process. For all the messing around he does, though, last night was the first time he messed around…..
….and got a triple-double. Beep. Boop. Bop. I was wondering why I saw the Stocktonator watching old clips of Ali with Ice Cube blaring from the speakers yesterday morning. It liked Embiid a lot.
Here’s what else I saw last night:
Usually, the cops are called when a player delivers a 50-burger, but last night history was made at Razzball HQ. The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Utah Jazz, 118-68, which was the first time that the Sound of Da Police was brought out for a 50-burger victory. The Jazz scored 13 points in the third quarter and 9 points in the fourth. Unbelievably, the record for the fewest points in a quarter was 2 (DAL in 1997 and GS in 2004). As a result of the 50-burger pasting, Jazz players…..NO BLURBS FOR YOU!!!
What’s even more unbelievable is that no Mavericks player scored 20 points. Eight players received at least 20 minutes of run and two got over 10 minutes, yet only five Mavs scored in double figures. NO BLURBS FOR YOU TOO!!!
Larry Nance Jr.
Got another start and played 26 minutes. If he keeps getting the starts and playing time, we may have to call it Nance Romance time.
Only played 19 minutes, yet stuffed the stat sheet. 2018 is a weird year.
Played a team-high 34 minutes. Over the past four games, Sexton is averaging 35.7 minutes, 18.7 points, 16 shot attempts, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists. I believe it’s time the Cavaliers stop dying on the George Hill.
Returned from injury and played 24 minutes. He should slide back into the starting lineup and continue to tank your field goal percentage.
Played 29 minutes. The Cavs lost 95-119, so he got blowout run, but Nwaba can stuff the stat sheet if he gets the minutes. Something to monitor going forward.
Otto Porter Jr.
When do frustrated owners start asking when they can defacate in the Otto Potty Jr.? Bad joke, sorry. 11-game slate last night so my mind is frazzled. By the way, I think OPJ will be fine.
Only played 21 minutes. Rebuilding the Wall?
Threeecola. Threeecola. Threeecola. Threeecola. Threeecola. Threeecola. Threeecola.
Threeecola. Threeecola. Threeecola.
3 free throws. 3 rebounds, 3 assists. 3 steals. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
First time all season that LaVine failed to score at least 20 points. He’s played 15 games. Currently, the 30th player according to BM. The only glaring bugaboo is the 4.1 turnovers per game.
Continues to start at point guard and played 31 minutes. Assists, threeecolas, and steals are what you get. Plus, the 59-to-10 turnover rate is bene.
Played 23 minutes and looks to be the primary backup to Arcidiacono. Ha! I couldn’t write that with a straight face. Anyways, Shaq is not the most efficient shooter from the perimeter. Is that the default setting for the name? His main value comes from steals, but he can deliver some dimes.
Played 29 minutes. He has nice hair.
I guess Brown can do from time to time, instead of just providing doodoo.
Played 30 minutes. Calm down, Terry stans. The Celtics crushed the Bulls, 111-82.
LMAO! All one can do is laugh.
Mr. White did his job. Now we need to find out why Mr. Blonde, Mr. Blue, Mr. Brown, Mr. Orange, and Mr. Pink didn’t do theirs.
Played 19 minutes. Not sure if he’s getting playing time because of blowout (Spurs lost 96-116) or if he’s starting to carve out a niche. Y’all know I was high on him coming into the season, as he can deliver those blocks and boards. Keep an eye on his minutes going forward.
Over the past four games, Warren has been a straight G: 39.2 minutes, 25.5 points, 5.5 boards, 1 block, 1.7 steals, 2.7 threeecolas, and 16 shots per game. Let me ride!
Got the start because Trevor Ariza was out for personal issues and played 25 minutes. I could see him carving out a role, so watch the minutes and, obviously, any trades that happen.
Ayton County must be inhabited by twins, because it only produces double-dubs.
Continues to start and played 32 minutes. The answer to your question is no.
He’s developing into a superstar. Or is he already one?
Got the start and played 29 minutes. Led the team in shot attempts. How are he, Porzingis, and Zion going to fit together?
Continues to start but only played 18 minutes. The minutes are going to be an issue. Just trade Kanter already! Anyways, he’s still providing boards, blocks, and steals in the limited time he’s playing. In seven games this month, he’s averaging 3 blocks in 22.8 minutes per game.
Got the start and played 21 minutes. He sucks.
Played 32 minutes, as the Knicks got blown out, 103-128. If only you could predict when the Knicks would get blown out, you could play Trier. Wait. Duh. Play Trier every night. Checks game log and sees he only played 22 minutes in a game the Knicks lost 89-115. It sounded good for a sec.
Boy, I’m still curious why George didn’t want to come to LA.
When Westbrook is out, Dennis is a menace.
Continues to start and played 32 minutes. It looks like he is getting more comfortable in his role, but he’s far from being a fantasy asset. Keep an eye on him, though.
Returned from injury and played 34 minutes. If he was out of sight, out of mind, let me remind you that he’s the 26th player according to BM.
Played 41 minutes. Cherish every minute he does play, as the next one could be his last. Just keeping it real.
We asked for Moore and Moore is what we got. The 23 shot attempts were a season-high and he’s scored at least 30 points in back-to-back games. Moore please!
Played 14 minutes. It’s either because someone stabbed Julius in the back or foul trouble.
Yes! Our first binary code line of the year.
Got the start and played 28 minutes. Thibs be loving his Taj. I guess it makes sense because the original Taj Mahal was built to illustrate the love story between Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal.
Played 20 minutes. Poor Mario with the D.
The Lord played 41 minutes in his new manor. Thibs gonna Thibs.
Is it really happening? Wiggins has been providing the D. Has he met a new woman or something?
He definitely has a new woman and she was most definitely in the crowd last night. As much as I’ve shitted on Wiggins in the past, it’s only right that I give him props when he does well. Over the past six games, Wiggins is the 34th player according to BM.
Hear this KAT roar!
It’s always the Butler’s fault!
Jaren Jackson Jr.
Only played 16 minutes due to foul trouble.
Played 39 minutes. Mr. Anderson is mini me Ben Simmons.
Gasol has been up and down this season, yet he’s the 23rd player according to BM.
A true MC. Conley has this Grizzlies team at fifth place in the stacked Western Conference and has helped guide the squad to wins over MIL, PHI, DEN, and UTA.
Starts and played 38 minutes. Only the devout enjoy entering the Temple, but he plays a ton of minutes and provides threeecolas, boards, and steals with a low turnover rate.
Played 29 minutes. Is averaging close to 28 minutes per game for the month of November (seven games). Mack can provide some points, threeecolas, boards, dimes, and steals. Not many, but enough to make me spend time writing about him.
Yawn. Wake me when he jumps over a building or something.
Remember Goldilocks and the three little bears? Well, Middleton is the porridge that’s neither too hot nor too cold, but just right. I mean, the universe is too freaking good. Seriously, what else would we expect from a Middleton.
He’s rounding into form.
Played 27 minutes. The minutes are inconsistent, but when he plays, Connaughton does provide a smattering of boards, dimes, blocks, and threeecolas.
Holy shit balls! Not one but two blocks! And a stat sheet stuffing performance. Where’s the escalator for Hell? I won’t even bother trying to press the elevator for Heaven.
Played 31 minutes. In six games during November, Galloway is averaging 26 minutes, 14.4 points, 3.2 threeecolas on 7 attempts, 4 boards, and 1.8 dimes. A 3 & D without the D player.
For the season, Siakam is the 40th player according to BM. Over the past two weeks (seven games), he’s the 20th player. Over the past three games, Siakam is the 8th player. PS….he’s good.
Beep. Boop. Bop. Is that you Stocktonator? At this point, I’d be surprised if he wasn’t a robot. Any of you remember that 1980’s tv show V? If someone pulled off Kawhi’s face Scooby Doo style and underneath was a lizard like in V, I would just nod my head in acknowledgment.
Got the start and played 27 minutes. When teams go small or if there is an agile stretch 5, then it’s no time for JV. When there are bruisers down low, then you know the deal. It also helped that Serge Ibaka was not available last night due to knee soreness.
Danny Green left in the third quarter due to lower back tightness. Status is unknown at this time.
Played 21 minutes due to the aformentioned Ibaka injury.
Still starting and played 34 minutes, but the shot attempts are way down. It helps that he contributes in other categories.
Only played 22 minutes, as a result of early foul trouble. Was in line for a monster game.
Look at the size of that Johnson!
Jarrett Allen did not play, so Mr. Ed got the start and played 17 minutes.
Continues to start and played 25 minutes. I’m not trying to make him a thing. It’s not my fault that Atkinson continues going to Jared.
With the Caris LeVert injury, Russell was expected to carry the load, as he had seen the highest usage rate bump in the past. As usual, he disappointed. Still DLoading……
Got the start for some reason and played 26 minutes. Throw him back into the ocean!
Played 23 minutes. Did go down at the end of the first half from an ankle injury, but was able to come back out in the second half. Whew. Y’all know what day it is. Monday. Tuesday. Wednesday. Thursday. Friday. Saturday. Sunday. Rondae!!!!
Played 29 minutes. If I’m the Nets, I stop waiting for DLoading and play Dinwiddie. He seems like the much better player to me.
Played 26 minutes. Played 4 minutes the game before, but received 20 minutes of run the game before that. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Got the start at power forward and played 23 minutes.
Played 26 minutes.
I think Chandler and Muscala neuter each other, but it’s a situation to monitor.
Simmons had an 11 usage rate last night. As someone wrote on Twitter last night, Simmons is the Chris Bosh of this squad.
Embiid asserted his dominance last night, but Butler ain’t no chump. The dynamic between Embiid, Butler, and Simmons is going to be an interesting one indeed.
Played 39 minutes. I think Vuc enjoys playing against Embiid, as he went bonkers in their other matchup this year: 27/13/12.
Returned to action and played 16 minutes. I blame Newton for everything. Gravity got Isaac injured and the laws of motion propagated the hype train in the offseason.
Played 31 minutes and is averaging 26.6 since the beginning of the month. All Ross does is deliver the goods….for cheap.
Just a guy that helps you win. 86th player according to BM for the season. Over the past seven games, Aminu is the 38th player. He plays a ton of minutes and provides threeecolas, rebounds, some points, and steals with low turnover rate.
Played 35 minutes. So frustrating because this is what Nurkic can do. He just doesn’t do it on a nightly basis. Maybe he needs to watch more Nike commercials?
Damian Lillard produces heat on the court, while Dame Dolla spits fire off it.
Aaaaaalllmost messed around. Everyone take a knee and bow down to the King.
Played 24 minutes. Just continues to do what he do.
Still in potential phase. Ingram is barely a top 200 player for fantasy.
Got the start and played 32 minutes. Rajon Rondo played 16 minutes. This is how I think the minutes distribution will be for most of the season. I’m bullish on the fantasy prospects for Ball.
Meanwhile I’m still looking for a C3….. Lol Bamba just won’t cut it. Vucci mane is killing it rn! I think I’m gon have to let the youngin go.. For Dedmon? What’s his deal tho, he has been missin in action for a few games now. Other bigs available on the wire are M. Rob, who doesn’t play decent minutes just like Bamba, and….. Ooh wait, as I was browsing thru the FA market I caught a glimpse of Mike muscala. The dude has PF/C tag to him! What do you say? Take a flier on him?
@I just wanna Kawhi: Ha! I made the same pickup in one of my leagues. It’s worth the gamble, but he and Chandler may neuter each other. I still do like Bamba and MRob for the long term
Ha! Yea, I’d prolly do M. Rob! Maybe, just maybe! They finally let him string some 20ish minute games! Thanks man!
@I just wanna Kawhi: Anytime. Yeah, MRob does have a more viable path to more minutes
JJJ or Siakam?
Sexton is balling right now. Should I pick him up, or SGA
I have the opportunity to trade Simmons for Butler?
Should I go for it?
@Max: I would
@Son: But then only Assists providers that i have left in my team, would be Fox and SGA 🙁
@Max: That changes the equation then. It’s all about team and league context. I usually pursue that angle, but it’s late and I was being lazy. I think you’ve answered your own question.
@Son: Thanks for answers!!
Should I drop Turner for Barnes? I really need those block but Turner this season is bad.
What’s the outlook of Tyreke Evans and Bobby portis?
Not great. Doesn’t look like Reke will get the minutes unless an injury occurs. As for Portis, Markkanen is returning soon
I got offer my OPJ for taurean prince. would you trade ?? h2h 9cat
my team : KD, Embiid, CP3, Otto, Doncic, Kanter, Lonzo, Redick, Fournier, Hayward, Ibaka, Moore & Dinwiddie
@Rick: I would not
So if embiid floats like a butterfly but stings like a bee, does Kosta Koufas float like a brick, and sting like one too?
@Craig Bozic: Ha! I like it. How about…Kostas Koufas just bricks, which stings if you had any expectations.
P Bev for Forbes tonight? they’re playing each other. need assists so was leaning P Bev.
@waffles: P Bev or Forbes*
@waffles: Yeah. Forbes doesn’t provide many dimes anyways. Greedy mofo
Like you, thinking McGruder’s 15 minutes in the sun is about to get eclipsed. Tried to getbWhite but failed. The wire has guys like Mack, Evan Turner, Winslow, Wade so I could stream there. 12 teamer, H2H. 9 cats.
I am In first place so I am patient and all about the playoffs. Hold McGruder or stream until Barton gets back? My team…
Draymond, Carter Jr., Ibaka
Mirotic, Daric, Siakam, Tobias
OPJ, Fournier, McGruder,
Harden, Kemba, G Harris, Bledsoe
Also, I tend to combine Dario and Saric LOL
@JC: Ha! I like it
@JC: I’d hold. He’s still getting the minutes and providing peripheral stats. Just not getting the same shot attempts. If that changes, then reassess
Wzup Son ?!
Mannnnnn, I just pulled a pretty big trade off,
My Ayton/Prince for his Gobert/Lonzo
Seemed pretty fair. The trade analyzer has it going my way slightly.
But couple guys in the league are already talking about voting against it..
The other owner say’s on the board he knows about Prince’s sore achilles & he’s willing to roll the dice.
How does this trade work for me if it doesn’t get reversed … ? Ugh.
My current roster –
I’m in 1st place.
@Mr. Blast: I’m not a vote-against-trades guy. It’s such an arrogant thing to do.
Anyways, you lose a little in 3’s and points, but get an uptick in boards and big boosts in assists, steals, and blocks
Thanks my dude.
Not too happy about losing the scoring, I’ll look to address that elsewhere.
I’m somewhat stashing Bamba/Robinson, Which doesn’t help my offense.
Been needing another PG & I love me some Rudy, So I went for it.
Embiid/Gobert together, Yes please!
@Mr. Blast: Anytime.
That is a formidable combo at C
What a write up! Full of goodies with fucking hilarious lines haha.
What’s good? No fantasy related questions for me tho.
All the best!
@Renz: Ha! Thanks Renz! You the best!
NIce write-up on the marathon night. I know you’re a Lakers fan, but you’re welcome to join the Ingram Hate-Train if you want.
@Joel: Ha! You butter me up, then stick the knife into my eye socket? Not cool Joel.
I still believe in Ingram. I was a doubter when the Lakers drafted him, but I was very encouraged by the strides he made from year one to year two.
I had to pick between AD and Harden. Everyone had AD ranked higher (me too) but every time I mock drafted, my Harden teams were better. So hard to find assists late. Well, AD and The Pelicans pace is making me out a fool as I went “safe” with Harden. Why is it hard to pick the better player LOL.
@JC: Process over results.
@Son: Plus, it’s not like Harden is/has been a bust