When I used to drink back in high school, it’d be a lot of 40 ounces of Olde English 800. Too many 40’s of OE. Way too many 40’s of OE. I was/am a stupid, stupid man. But they were so cheap and it was nice to just have to carry around one bottle. I had repressed all those memories until I saw Kemba’s line last night:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
40 10 7 0 1 4 6/6 14/20 6/7

In 40 minutes! And that was without Cody Zeller (knee), who helps Kemba post positive numbers when he’s on the court. Anyways, the matchup last night against the Rockets was a great one, as Houston is the 6th-worst at defending the pick-and-roll, a play that Kemba is a master at running. With that said, he has been hot recently regardless, as he’s been a top 25 player over the past seven games. The usage rate is above 30 and he’s been jacking up 20 shots per game. Kemba does contribute across the board, even chipping in 0.4 blocks. Yo, Blake Griffin. You seeing this? It all comes down to the shooting efficiency for Kemba. During his current heater, he’s converting 46% of his shots from the field. There were stretches during the season when he was sub-40%. Hopefully he continues his hot streak for the duration of the fantasy playoffs and entices you to seek out a bottle of Olde English.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Kawhi Leonard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 9 2 1 0 2 3/8 11/19 0/3

Since the beginning of Februrary, Kawhi has played two games, then rested one. Played two, then rested one. Played two, rested one. Played two, rested one. Played two, rested one. If the SATs taught me anything, it’s that Kawhi will play the next game then rest one. The Raptors call it “load management.” I call it “software updates.” When asked about that, Kawhi responded, “Ha. Ha. That. Is. Funny. Ha. Ha.”

Marc Gasol

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

Got the start and played 22 minutes. He and Serge Ibaka were alternating starts, but Gasol could be in line for heavy minutes soon, as Ibaka went Ichokea on Marquese Chriss during last night’s game and will likely be suspended. Do I smell a Tonya Harding here? I know Gasol is a nice guy and all, but he may have been frustrated by the spotty playing time. Always investigate the one who has the most to gain. All those hours watching Forensic Files with the wifey actually came in handy.

I’m thinking if Ibaka does get suspended, then OG Anunoby and Norman Powell would get the biggest bumps in playing time. Pascal Siakam will play more center to give Gasol a rest, Kawhi would slide down and play some power forward, with OG and Powell handling most of the small forward minutes.

The Cavs defeated the Raptors, 126-101. W. T. F. With the Raptors comfortably situated in second place in the Eastern Conference, Masai Ujiri and Nick Nurse wanted to see how badly the Cavs wanted Zion Williamson. You have any better theories?

Kevin Love

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 18 2 0 0 3 3/7 4/11 5/6

Played 29 minutes. Sometimes Love hurts. In this instance, Love go hurt, but has returned and put a smile on the faces of many fantasy managers. Top 15 player over the past five games.

Cedi Osman

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 7 7 1 0 2 2/6 6/16 5/5

Across-the-board production. Osman! Back to tanking the percentages, though. Not so Osman.

Collin Sexton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 4 5 0 0 0 4/7 10/18 4/4

Played a team-high 36 minutes. A scoring-first point guard who doesn’t contribute much outside of points and treys. I like the name. Not a fan of the game.

De’Aaron Fox

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 4 8 2 0 6 2/3 8/16 5/8

Played a team-high 38 minutes. Top 80 player over the past six games. Fox provides points, boards, dimes, and steals. The treys are light but he does provide a pinch. His main bugaboo is the 69% free throw shooting on 6 attempts per game.

Buddy Hield

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 4 2 0 0 2 1/9 6/21 2/3

Just a case of the Monday blues. Hey, NBA players are people too.

Nemanja Bjelica

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

Played 36 minutes off the bench. The Nemanja has been potent lately, as he’s been the main beneficiary of the Marvin Bagley III injury. Bagley has resumed basketball activities and is listed day-to-day, so the cipher may be done.

Bobby Portis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 13 1 3 1 5 1/2 6/12 4/5

Continues to start at center and played 33 minutes. Playing against the Kings was a pristine matchup, but he’s been a top 60 player over the prior four games. Portis provides points, treys, boards, and some D stats. The last four games, Portis has played 33, 31, 25, and 22 minutes, so there’s still some question as to his playing time. With that said, he’s been playing well so the minutes should be there, but something to monitor and don’t be surprised if he does play in the low-to-mid 20s.

Bradley Beal

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 9 9 4 0 3 3/9 9/20 6/8

Played a team-high 38 minutes. Beal is going to lead many of teams to a chip this season.

Tomas Satoransky

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 6 7 2 0 3 3/6 5/9 4/5

Played 37 minutes. Over the past four games, Sato has been a top 50 player. He’s been averaging 39 minutes, 12.8 points, 1 trey, 6.5 boards, 8.8 dimes, 1 steal, and 0.8 blocks. It feels weird to write this, but he’s always a threat to mess around on any given night.

Jabari Parker

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 4 4 0 0 3 3/5 7/13 1/2

Played 24 minutes off the bench. Jabari has the widest range of outcomes for any player in the league. He’s either a Jabroni or Peter Parker Spiderman. There is no in between.

Andre Drummond

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 20 3 1 0 1 0 5/14 3/4

Dre had himself a day, as the Pistons shot 27.8% from the field. Hmmm, in that context, not so impressive. He should’ve pulled down at least 40 boards!

Blake Griffin

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 7 6 1 0 4 1/5 1/10 7/8

No way to spin this atrocious performance from _lake. _hit happens.

The Pistons lost, 75-103 in Brooklyn. No more blurbs for them! No other player besides Drummond and Griffin scored in double figures.

Every Nets starter scored in double figures, yet no starter eclipsed 14 points.

Allen Crabbe

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 10 4 0 0 0 4/6 5/8 0/1

Got the start and played a team-high 35 minutes, the only player to eclipse the 30-minutes mark. I’ve had a couple of pom pom crabs in my aquarium. I love those things, but they do hide often and I’ll rarely see them weeks on end. So, it’s appropriate that Allen is named Crabbe because he will also disappear for weeks on end, then reappear and do what he did last night.

Spencer Dinwiddie

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 2 2 0 0 3 2/7 5/11 7/7

Played 25 minutes off the bench and led the Nets in scoring. Dinwiddie has been a top 50 player over the past three games. The usage rate has been 29.9 and he’s averaged 28.4 minutes, 23.3 points, 3 treys, 4 boards, and 4.7 dimes. He’s back and has slid right back into the role pre-injury. It helps that Caris LeVert has not returned to pre-injury form.

Willy Hernangomez

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

Got the start because Zeller was out and played 24 minutes. He’s just too much of a liability on defense to get significant run.

Dwayne Bacon

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 3 2 1 0 0 1/4 5/11 2/2

Received the spot start because Nicolas Batum (eye) was a last minute scratch.

Frank Kaminsky

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

Played 22 minutes off the bench. With all the injuries, Kaminsky just can’t get the minutes, as he’s averaging around 22 minutes per game. He’s a stretch big who can shoot from downtown, but that’s about all he delivers.

Malik Monk

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 5 1 1 0 2 2/9 3/12 2/2

He lives! Played 26 minutes, as the Hornets were short handed last night. He had played a total of 22 minutes the past eight games.

Clint Capela

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 15 2 0 0 2 0 8/12 3/3

Feasted on the Hornets front court for 31 minutes. He’s healthy now and primed for a playoff run.

James Harden

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 6 10 3 0 4 3/9 7/21 11/12

I can no longer get Harden excited, as I’ve become numb to his production. If it’s not over a 50-burger, it means nothing to me.

Eric Gordon

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 2 3 0 1 2 5/12 7/14 3/4

Continues to start and played 33 minutes. A 3-without-the-D player, Gordon has averaged 4.3 treys over the past six games. He’s been a top 65 player!

Kenneth Faried

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 9 0 1 1 1 0/1 5/10 6/6

Played 20 minutes off the bench in his return after missing five games. D’Antoni runs a pretty tight rotation, so Faried should be expected to receive playing time in the low-20s going forward.

Paul George

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 11 4 3 1 5 083 2/8 10/12

It’s been four games since George returned from injury. He’s probably still banged up, so I’d temper expectations in the short term.

Russell Westbrook

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 11 8 1 1 3 2/4 9/19 3/6

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallmost messed around. The counting stats are amazing, but over the past eight games, he’s been a top 125 player due to the 4.5 turnovers and 59% shooting from the line on 7.1 attempts.

Dennis Schroder

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 7 3 0 0 1 2/5 10/18 2/3

Dennis has been a menace for fantasy managers, as he’s been playing a ton of minutes and providing plenty of counting stats, but the shooting efficiency has been putrid. Like 35% from the field putrid. With that said, he does have the ability to deliver performances like last night. Have fun trying to figure out when.

Royce O’Neale

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 8 2 1 0 0 5/10 6/13 0

Got the start for Ricky Rubio (hip) and played a team-high 40 minutes. He’s normally a low-usage player who will provide boards, steals, and treys. For perspective, he received 40 minutes of run five games ago and contributed 4 points, 6 boards, 2 dimes, and 1 block in that one.

Rudy Gobert

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 12 1 1 4 1 0 5/8 5/7

Points, boards, blocks, and excellent field goal percentage are what Gobert provide. His per-game value has dropped recently to the 52% shooting from the free throw line on 7.6 attempts. He had been above 64% for the season.

Donovan Mitchell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 4 5 5 1 3 3/8 8/22 6/8

When Rubio is out, DM comes out to play. Mitchell has been a top 30 player over the past three games, posting a usage rate of 34, jacking up over 21 shots per game, and contributing across the board.

Kyrie Irving

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 2 11 1 0 4 2/7 8/17 0

Played a team-high 34 minutes. The Celtics got creamed, 115-140 in Los Angeles. LA nightlife undefeated?

Jaylen Brown

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 7 0 3 0 0 3/5 9/13 1/2

Got the start for Jayson Tatum (shoulder) and played 31 minutes. The only thing Brown doesn’t do for you is deliver dimes. Other than that, he contributes a little something something everywhere else. The main issue for Brown is the shooting efficiency, as he often languishes in the low-40% range.

Terry Rozier

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 2 2 1 0 2 6/9 10/14 0

Played 26 minutes off the bench. Most of it being blowout run.

Danilo Gallinari

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 5 2 0 0 2 4/5 9/12 3/3

It’s been 13 games since returning from a 10-game absence due to injury. Tick. Tock. When will the clock stop? Gallinari has been a top 60 player over that span, so enjoy it while it lasts.

Montrezl Harrell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 6 2 1 0 2 0 8/12 4/5

In 21 minutes off the bench. He’s come down from the lofty levels, but Montrezl is still providing points, boards, and a smidgen of D stats. While the field goal percentage is a healthy 51%, that number was at 61% before. As always, the free throw shooting is the primary bugaboo. 56% on 3.2 attempts is no bueno.

Lou Williams

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
34 5 5 0 0 3 2/6 14/21 4/4

In 23 minutes! Sweet! Dude is a straight baller and perfect sixth man. The modern day microwave. With that said, there’s volatility in his game, as he relies on the J, which often produces sub-40% shooting from the field. That ceiling, though! Sweet!

  1. Ghita says:
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    Hei Son,

    My playoff starts only next week. Today a manager who tries to make the playoff droppd cody zeller. I read is knee soreness but don’t know how bad it is. Do you think I should try to get him by dropping Noah?
    Thanks,
    Ghita

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Ghita: Naw, I’d sit tight

  2. Guillermo says:
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    Hey Son! Awesome write-up as always!

    Playoffs are starting next week in my league which is 11-cat (PF; DD extra) 14 team H2H. i’ve locked up 2nd place and waiting until end of week to find out my opponent. Current squad is below.

    Bledsoe, Murray, D.Wright, T.Johnson, Levert, OPJ, Osman, Isaac, Sabonis, Siakam, Jokic, Embiid

    Just wondering if you think it’s time to move on from LeVert? He only plays 2 games this week and 3 games next with some tough match-ups as well as all his games are on the road where he has bad road/decent home splits. Not to mention he’s been inconsistent as hell since returning from injury, relegated to bench, and his usage taken a big hit (damn Russell and Dinwiddie for stepping it up big time lol).

    Here are the interesting names on the waiver. I was leaning Bam given his usage and minutes are solid since he’s been starting and I need his stocks for next week’s matchup when he plays 4 games. Another name I was leaning towards was Dotson given he has the minutes and usage as of late and he’s been starting to heat up.

    WW – Brunson, Huerter, Dotson, Prince (I dropped him before), K.Williams, Harkless, M.Williams, Saric, Kleber, Adebayo, Plumlee

    Thanks in advance for the help. Will work my ass off the next few weeks to bring home that chip for the Razzball familia!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Guillermo: I’m good with moving on from LeVert. Bam is a good pickup. I also prefer Brunson over D Wright.

      Do it for the familia!!!

  3. Connor says:
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    Hey son,

    I’m in a 12 team 8cat league (no TOs) and I’m in the first week of a two week playoff matchup right now. Someone in my league dropped gasol in the first quarter last night before the ibaka fight. Is he worth a waiver claim or should I wait till Thursday (when he plays next) to add him if he doesn’t get claimed? I’m heavily streaming rebounds, assists, and steals with 2 waiver wire spots for this matchup, so I think he could be really good for this matchup with ibaka out. Right now I’m near the top of the waiver order and the people ahead of me are all eliminated and not very active anymore. Let me know what you think.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Connor: He’s worth the claim

  4. Hater Bell

    Grey says:
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    Test

    • miles proudfoot says:
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      @Grey: testes testes. 1, 2…3?

  5. Crime dog says:
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    Ayo what up son. Just had teague miss a game tonight and possibly j Rich tomorrow. Both are DTD. In a H2H playoffs are you dropping either or both of these guys to pick up someone who’s actually playing?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Sup Crime dog.

      Outside of the top guys, I’m trying to maximize games played and minutes, so yeah, I’d have no problem with those moves. It’s time to throw the kitchen sink into this week.

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