Mondays can be rough for many. Some may be recovering from too many adult beverages, while others may still have the bass bumping in their heads from the clubbing. There are those that went out of town and….are still mentally there. Whatever the case may be, for those that don’t work on the weekends, Mondays are a recuperation and recovery day. Which is apparently what happened in the NBA, as players were scratched left and right, and many others got injured during the game. I’m not saying that the nightlife was the culprit, but I just wrote it so….All jokes aside, yesterday was one of the craziest slates I’ve seen in a while. Below is a list of the inactives:
- John Wall (heel)
- Ish Smith (groin)
- Kyrie Irving (shoulder)
- Gordon Hayward (illness)
- Al Horford (knee)
- Aron Baynes (ankle)
- Blake Griffin (rest)
- Reggie Bullock (ankle)
- Hassan Whiteside (personal)
- Evan Fournier (personal)
- Stanley Johnson (knee)
- E’Twaun Moore (rest)
- Dennis Smith Jr. (wrist)
- Giannis Antetokounmpo (neck)
- Jamal Crawford (knee)
During the game:
- Jimmy Butler (groin)
- Henry Ellenson (ankle)
- Glenn Robinson III (ankle)
- Otto Porter Jr. (knee)
- Nikola Mirotic (ankle)
- Tristan Thompson (foot)
- Lou Williams (hamstring)
Thank goodness tomorrow is Tuesday.
Here’s what else I saw last night:
Continues to start and played 30 minutes. I still like his ability to contribute across the board, and he’s getting the opportunities, but holy moly…the shooting percentages! Not Osman.
Started and played 29 minutes. The Osman Outbreak is airborne!!! It’s contagious!!
Never a dull moment when you venture to the Hood.
Play him! Are they saving him for the playoffs?
When Giannis doesn’t play, Bledsoe sees a usage bump of 4.4%, and he made good use of it last night. Over the last five games, he’s averaged 16.8 points, 1.4 threeecolas, 3.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 2.2 steals. He’s been a top 25 player.
What do you want from the guy? He won’t contribute much in the D categories, but he’s been the #31 player over the past six games.
Made his Milwaukee debut and played 13 minutes. Not over the Hill just yet, but isn’t fantasy viable, as he will be just a reserve piece for the Bucks.
A Sterling performance, as he played 31 minutes off the bench. First time receiving over 22 minutes, though, and the Bucks comfortably destroyed the Cavs, 108-92, so blowout run.
Those triple-dubs are going to start flowing like Biggie on Yo! MTV Raps.
With Dennis Smith Jr. sitting, Brunson made his second consecutive start and delivered once again. In the prior game, he played 30 minutes and also shot 7-of-9 from the field. Consistency now has a picture of Brunson next to it in the dictionary.
Only played 21 minutes due to foul trouble. I was told that there would be blocks. Do not fret, though, as Rudy is sixth in the NBA for blocks at 2 per game.
Rubio’s fantasy production from game to game is all over the map, right? Well, the last week, he’s been the #118 player. The last two weeks, he’s been the #118 player. For the season? #118. How’s that for consistency?
Currently the #67 player, Mitchell needs to increase the efficiency and start dishing out more dimes in order to crack the top 50.
Played 18 minutes. Since being acquired from Cleveland, Korver has averaged 15.5 minutes, 1.3 threeecolas, and 5.8 points. The seven attempts from downtown were a high in a Jazz uniform, so if you need thr…..just kidding. He’s useless outside the deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeepest of leagues.
#6 player in fantasy. This PG is so good. And he doesn’t even need to take off his clothes! I’m sad now because I harken back to the days when I thought….no, I knew that George was coming to LA. Shows what I know, but hey! I got a great imagination.
Ho hum. Third straight game messing around. With that said, he’s still only the #38 player for fantasy due to the high turnovers (4.4) and atrocious free throw shooting (61%).
Played 19 minutes. Blocks, boards, and steals are what Noel provides. Just know that he averages around 16 minutes per game.
Played 30 minutes. Dennis will test your sanity, but he still possesses ceiling outcomes even though he comes off the bench. They just won’t come consistently.
Something about December doesn’t sit right for Marc, as he’s had five straight poor games to open the month. He’s failed to grab 10 rebounds during that span and here are his shooting performances: 2-of-6, 5-of-9, 5-of-12, 1-of-13, and 4-of-14. He’s been the #187 player. An appropriate number, as he’s been murdering fantasy teams.
Green averages around 25 minutes per game off the bench for the Grizzlies. He will provide a threeecola, grab rebounds, and get his 211 on. Serviceable, not spectacular.
Oh God no.
Got the start and played 35 minutes. Coach Malone said that he would alternate Plumlee and Trey Lyles in the starting lineup, depending upon the matchup. Plumlee is a stat sheet stuffer, outside of threeecolas, but the free throw percentage is beyond terrible.
It is no Jokic that I heart Nikola so very much. I have a thing for Euros this year, as Doncic and Jokic both pump blood to the rest of my body.
Played 36 minutes. He has been banged up with a shin and forearm issues. Something to monitor.
Played 28 minutes and should continue to get run, as long as the Nuggets are banged up. Over the last four games, he’s been a top 60 player. On the season, Morris has 103 assists to 18 turnovers, good for a 5.72 ratio, which is tops in the league. That endears him to the coaching staff and should give him a relatively safe floor.
Clippers defeated the Suns in OT, 123-119.
Ever play the game Operation? That’s what I feel like watching Gallinari’s season. The tongs are going to hit the side at some point, flash the red light, and Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. With that said, I have been a witness to Operation glory. Anything is possible. Gallinari is 20th in total free throw attempts and 18th in attempts per game (5.7). It’s crazy, but he’s a top 30 player for fantasy.
Played 41 minutes. Beep. Beep. Beep. Not one. Not two, but three Brinks trucks are backing up.
Continues to start and played 34 minutes. In Logo I Trust.
He’s human after all. The last three games, Montrezl has scored 9, 10, and 8 points. During that span, he’s been the #305 player for fantasy. So that’s why he doesn’t start.
Played 40 minutes. Ariza has been rumored to be on the block, with the Lakers the team most discussed in the media. In the offseason, I was scratching my head as to why the Suns signed Ariza, but it all makes sense now. Great move by them, as it looks like they will get decent compensation for him. Ariza is a top 100 player for fantasy right now. I’d imagine that wherever he goes, he would get the same amound of run, which would place him in the same range, but you never know what situation he will end up in.
Continues to start and played 39 minutes. There are going to be ups and downs with Bridges, but as long as the team is committed to him, he should continue being a 3 & D fantasy asset.
I like that Ayton.
Got the start and played 36 minutes. The past four games, Melton has been a top 115 player, contributing in everything but blocks.
Played 25 minutes. Odale Holmes. The past eight games, he’s been a top 75 player. He’s only averaging 20 minutes per game, though.
Played 31 minutes. I think JJ stinks. The end.
Block a freaking shot Willie! Guess it makes sense that he doesn’t have a B in his name. Regardless, Uncle Ben should be proud of his performances this year and give him some of his money.
The #11 player for fantasy over the past six games. Crazy like a Fox!
Buddy had a buddy last night, as he and the Iman were in perfect harmony.
Marvin Bagley III
They usually say that the third generation is the best, as all the bugs and kinks are knocked out.
I forgot about BogBog as another member of my heart. See, all Euros! Does that mean I have a fetish?
Every administration is fraught with adversity, but at least this Carter administration seems to have a solid foundation.
I’m driving in my convertible. The wind is blowing my hair from front to back. In the rear view mirror, I see a Zach LaVine for All-Star sign. As I keep my foot on the gas pedal, the sign gets smaller and smaller and smaller, until it is no more.
First game back from injury and played 19 minutes. Jabari Parker also played 19 minutes. With Lauri Markkanen back, the front court is suddenly loaded. I’m thinking Parker and Portis cannibalize each other….that is until Portis knocks Parker the F out. Yeah, scoop up Portis.
Also first game back from injury and played 20 minutes. Arcidiacono means goodbye in Italian right?
Got the start and played 28 minutes. A much better real-life player than fantasy one, as he doesn’t contribute threeecolas or D stats. Whatever. I still enjoy watching him play.
Holiday is always working, but that doesn’t mean he’s a freaking robot.
Continues to start and played 32 minutes. Elf ain’t coming back for a few weeks. Wait a minute….Elf won’t be returning until after Christmas? Is there a side gig we need to be aware of? With that said, Frazier has been filling in alright for him. He’s low usage and usually just chills and shoots corner 3s, but he’s been a nice source of dimes.
With Al Horford, Kyrie Irving, and Gordon Hayward off the court, Morris has a 27.7 usage rate, an increase of 5.3%. EZ PZ. On the season, he’s a top 100 player. Over the past five games, he’s been top 50.
Man, Tatum is so good on the offensive side of the ball. His usage rate is at 22 right now, yet he’s a top 50 player for fantasy. Wait until that usage rate gets up near 30. Oh lordy!
Got the start for Kyrie and played 32 minutes. Wasn’t really needed because Tatum and Morris went off, but Rozier has that ability. It was nice to see him contribute in the other categories and play under control.
Played 26 minutes off the bench. Man, I was very impressed with Williams. He blocked AD’s little jump hook and was so active on the boards.
Played 25 minutes. He’s so athletic and has a bevy of moves, yet he doesn’t finish too well at the basket in traffic. I think that’s the key for him. Being able to either finish strong and learn how to draw more fouls. I still believe in him. Over the past three games, he’s been a top 40 player. He’s averaged 21 points, 2.3 threeecolas, 5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.3 blocks. He shot 56% from the field and 82% from the line. That’s the key, as he’s a career 66% from the line.
Third in the league with 20 double-dubs. Dre is also averaging 1.4 steals and 1.7 blocks on the season. No threeecolas and 50% from the line are what keep him down. He’s the #55 player for fantasy right now.
Played 23 minutes. Yin and Yang. Ebony and ivory. Galloway played his best game two nights ago and worst game last night. He did it Galloway. Still, should be a source of cheap threeecolas for as long as the Pistons remain banged up.
When Embiid said that he was playing like trash, he wasn’t joking, as he’s been a top 110 player over the past five games. Don’t worry, though. Everyone gonna wanna sex Embiid soon enough.
Would the universe fold in on itself if Simmons attempted a threeecola? What would happen if he actually made one?!
With Jimmy Butler going down, Korkmaz sucked up most of the minutes and ended with 26 on the night. The 6′ 7″, 185 pound wing from Turkey has a lightning quick release on his J, has handles to break down the defense, is agile, and can finish at the rim. Could be an interesting pick up if Butler is out for any amount of time.
Got the start for John Wall and played 35 minutes. He sucks.
Played a whopping 44 minutes in a regulation game. When Wall is off the court, Beal has a 31.9 usage rate, an increase of 3.5%. The calibration on the BB gun looks to be fine now.
Played 37 minutes off the bench. Continues to ball and is a top 50 player over the past seven games. As long as he comes off the bench, I’m good with Oubre. It’s when he starts that he’s doo doo.
Marcus took all the goods last night.
You draft Young for the steals and boards, but every once in a while, he’ll chip in a decent amount of points, dimes, and threeecolas. The free throw percentage sucks, but it’s on low volume, so not detrimental.
There’s a certain song that I can’t get out of my head right now. Third in the NBA for three-point percentage at 48% and is a top 100 player for fantasy.
Over the past seven games, Collison has been a top 30 player, primarily due to the 8.7 assists per game. I’ve never been a Collison fan, so I’ll just shut the F up now.
At least he didn’t shit the pants and stink up the joint like he had been doing.
Praise be Baby Jesus! Top 25 player over the past seven games. I have walked 500 Myles and it was a glorious thing.
Played 17 minutes. Someone go kick him in the nuts. On second thought, maybe not such a good idea.
Got the start and played 29 minutes. I’ve always been a Bam fan, so it’s nice to see him ball out. Hassan Whiteside has one-year, $27 million left on his contract, so hopefully the depth chart will be open sooner rather than later for Bam.
Returned from injury and played 18 minutes. Thanks for playing.
Damn, he learned how to shoot. Over the past four games, Winslow has been on a serious heater, averaging 20.8 points, 3.3 threeecolas, 6.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1 steal, and 0.8 blocks on 54% shooting from the field. Justise is being served. I know. I know. Save your internet tomatoes.
Played 32 minutes off the bench. Of course he did. It wasn’t quite Kobe’s last game, but it was close. Speaking of last games, mark your calendars: April 9th against the 76ers.
Played a team-high 40 minutes. Brandon Ingram who? Over the past eight games, Kuzma has been a top 30 player, averaging 21.5 points, 2.5 threeecolas, 8.1 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in 35 minutes per game. The D stats are still lacking, but the turnovers are low (1.6) and the efficiency has been dynamite (51% from the field). Kuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz.
You’ve walked 500 Myles with me, so stay strong.
Of course he did. LeExpected. LeAnticipated. LeForeseen. LePredictable. LeCredible. LeXtraordinary. LeMarkable. LeMazeballs.