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How did you read the title to this post? Was it, “Oh, What a Night!” or was it, “Oh, What a Night…” because we got both last night. The NBA was finally back after a crazy offseason and provided matchups that had us all salivating: Boston vs Cleveland and Houston vs Golden State. Hot diggidy! Unfortunately, the story of the night was the gruesome injury to Gordon Hayward. Last night was akin to finally having sex with the “crush.” Was good enough so no walk of shame was necessary. Making it to the morning. Even going out to the local joint for breakast. Then…..the “crush” goes Exorcist and pukes all over your food, clothes, and the table….with some chunks causing collatoral damage to the innocent byeaters. Get well soon Hayward. Our thoughts are with you. Since this is a fantasy website, we have to get into the impact of injury. The Celtics started the game with Kyrie Irving at PG, Gordon Hayward at SG, Jaylen Brown at SF, Jayson Tatum at PF, and Al Horford at C. With Marcus Morris injured, I’d imagine that they continue to play small ball with Tatum at PF, Brown at SF, and Marcus Smart at SG. Terry Rozier would receive elevated minutes backing up both Kyrie and Smart.

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Jalen Brown went freaking HAM dropping in 25 points, grabbing six boards, and pilfering two. He played 40 minutes and went 11-for-23. He’s super athletic and showed why the Celtics would not include him in any trades this summer. If he can improve his three-point shooting (2-for-9), Brown is going to be a beast.

Jayson Tatum was the first Celtics player to record a double-dub in their NBA debut since Larry Bird (courtesy of @nbaunwrapped). He started off really slow, but….ain’t no buts. What the hell were you doing at age 19? Hopefully he doesn’t fall off like Channing Tatum.

Marcus Smart did start the second half, so he’s the most direct beneficiary of the Hayward injury. He ended up playing 35 minutes and stuffed that stat sheet like it was Thanksgiving: 12 points, nine boards, three dimes, two pilfers, and two swats. Unfortunately, it was Hungry Man stuffing as he shot 5-for-16 from the field and 0-for-4 from three-land. He’s probably going to start, so minutes equals $$$.

Terry Rozier is also going to get an uptick in minutes going forward. He scored nine points on 2-for-6 shooting (1-for-3 from three-land), grabbed three boards, dropped two dimes, and pilfered four! Dude is quick and isn’t shy on the offensive end.

Kyrie Irving did what Kyrie Irving do….except make the game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer. 8-for-17 from the field, 4-for-9 from three-land, 22 points, four boards, 10 dimes, and three pilfers. I did think the assists would go up this season with the volume of shots going down. Played out that way, but going forward, he’s going to have to shoulder more of the load so the usage may spike up.

Al Horford did not have a great game. Nine points on 2-for-7 shooting (0-for-2 from three-land). He did grab seven boards, drop five dimes, and swat one. He’ll be fine.

LeBron James fell one assist shy of his 56th triple-dub. Scrub. He even made all four of his attempts from the charity stripe. Maybe someone did spend a little less time on Snapchat and actually practiced this summer.

Kevin Love ended the game with a double-dub (15 points/11 boards), but he literally did nothing else. It was like he changed his name to Waldo.

Jae Crowder didn’t shoot well from the field (3-for-10) but grabbed five boards, dished out two dimes, and pilfered two. He played 35 minutes so eventually $$$.

Derrick Rose and Dwayne Wade did not do much in this game. Definitely a result of miscommunication. One rose while the other wade.

So, I’m taking the L for my assessment of Chris Paul to the Rockets. I thought CP3 would be the alpha and James Harden would be the spot-up shooter when both were on the court. Naw. It was Harden doing his thing with CP3 chillin eating wings. Probably a little too much ISO from Harden but that’s what he do. One thing to keep in mind was that CP3 was hobbling around with an apparent knee injury, so that may have had something to do with the usage. Since he was pulled from the game with five minutes to go, have to consider him questionable for tomorrow night’s game. Harden ended the night with 27 points, six boards, 10 dimes, and one pilfer and 10-for-23 shooting. CP3 dropped 11 dimes, grabbed eight boards!, pilfered two, and swatted one, but only scored four points on 2-for-9 shooting. Regardless, both of these guys are going to be triple-dub threats every night.

Eric Gordon put up the most Eric Gordon line of all-time: 24 points, one board, one dime, and one pilfer. He did swat two, though. Hi, my name is Eric Gordon and I score. What’s your name?

I told y’all that the signings of P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute were good ones for this Rockets squad. I thought it’d be more on the defensive side of the ball, though. Luc dropped 14  points, while Tucker dropped 20. Tucker was the one that really impressed me, as he was tough on the glass and provided some toughness. He grabbed six boards, pilfered one, and shot 4-for-9 from three-land.

Trevor Ariza played a team-high 38 minutes and scored 8 points, grabbed 6 boards, dished 5 dimes, and pilfered 2. There was a poll on Twitter the other day asking, “Who is the most average player in the NBA?” Is that what they call a rhetorical question?

Draymond Green fell one point shy of a triple-dub (11 boards/13 dimes). Interestingly, he did not swat or pilfer one. The concerning thing is that he left the game early due to a knee strain, after taking a shot at the end of the third quarter. He did say that he’s good after the game, but it’s something to keep an eye or two on.

Jordan Bell entered the game early when the Rockets went small and ended up playing 12 minutes for the game. He scored eight points, grabbed one board, and dished out one dime. He did not pilfer or swat one. He did get abused by Harden a couple of times after a switch, but he was able to shuffle his feet and hang with him. If Bell gets significant minutes, he could be a monster on the boards and in defensive stats. It’s going to be tough, at least early on, to supplant David West and Zaza Pachulia on the depth chart.

Nick Young. Sorry. I mean Swaggy P was in the house! There was none of this:

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Just lots and lots of this:

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Swaggy P gets hot, but he’s a streaky shooter. Also, keep in mind that Andre Iguodala missed last night’s game.

Steph Curry was good. Not great. 22 points on 8-for-18 shooting (3-for-9 from three-land), five boards, four dimes, and one pilfer. With Swaggy P in town, get used to the New World Order.

I hope to whatever entity you pray to that you know that I was kidding.

Kevin Durant is plastic man with bones. Dude is so freaking long. Really an amazing athlete to watch. I remember listening to him on the Bill Simmons podcast a while back and hearing him say that his game is all predicated on his length. I think he said that he wouldn’t be able to play the way he does if he was shorter than 6’6″ I think. The cool thing about the whole interview, though, was the assumption that even if he had to play a different style that he’d still be hooping in the NBA. Anyways, 2o points, five boards, seven dimes, and four swats. It’s a Swaggy P world and we are all just living in it.

 

 

  1. KMo says:
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    Good stuff. Already regretting even sniffing Wade during my league’s draft.

    Will patience be worth it?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Guess it depends on what your expectations were/are

    • Brent

      The Fantasy Dick says:
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      @KMo: Wade looked pretty spry out there tho. He’ll fill the stat sheet, but won’t go crazy in any one category

  2. BILL BLAST says:
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    Good recap man,

    I live in Boston & I bleed green for the Celtics.. That was tough to watch!

    On a positive note, Brown/Tatum have me ex cited for young talent.

    What do you think about this ?

    12 team, H2H, 13 Cats! (I know) I’ve played this format for over 10 years now tho.

    We have 3 cats for rebounds, offensive, defensive & total boards. 2 Center spots.

    So I usually try to dominate those cats with bigs.

    My squad –

    1. John Wall
    2. Cousins
    3. Blake Griffin
    4. Kevin Love
    5. Dennis Smith Jr
    6. Gary Harris
    7. Tobias Harris
    8. Tim Hardaway Jr.
    9. Jamal Murray
    10. Allen Crabbe
    11. Alex Len
    12. Dewayne Dedmon
    13. Taureen Prince
    14. Justin Holiday
    15. Maurice Harkless…

    Wire thin.. Would you drop Harkless for Maker ?

    Thanks in advance. Looking forward to bouncing comments and questions off of you this year.

    JB was my dude!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Thanks Bill. I’m a Thon believer so yes. I do like Harkless, but he’s more easily replaceable.

    • Brent

      The Fantasy Dick says:
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      @BILL BLAST: Thon is starting opening night, but Jason Kidd and his centers are a fantasy nightmare….Thon is such a tease tho…

  3. Tino says:
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    Hey buddy,,

    thanks for the comments. Can I get your view on this? I need some big man stats : reb and blocks. how do you feel about dropping wilson chandler, Bazemore, or Jamal Murray for FA Monroe?

    Last year Monroe didnt quite get a chance to play but was still rock solid. thoughts?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Hmmm, I’m not a big Monroe fan but he fits a need. If I had to drop one, it’d be Bazemore

  4. dotardstrength says:
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    9T roto w/ DD instead of TO:
    How much out of 199 faab for jalen?
    Thx

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Without knowing league dynamics, at least half

    • Brent

      The Fantasy Dick says:
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      @dotardstrength: You count Double Dribbles? J/K I agree with Son, Brown could be a beast, even in a 9 team

  5. J says:
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    Hey man wondering who ya play tonight at it of Gortat, josh Richardson, redick, or Fultz? Was gonna play it safe and go with gortat. Matchup is pretty even so just looking for best overall game. Thanks man.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      JRich

  6. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Hey Son!

    I was able to add Dedmon for Gortat without using my waiver priority, so thats cool. What do you make of dropping George Hill for either JRich or Tyler Johnson for my last roster spot here:

    PG – Conley, Bledsoe, Hill
    SG – Gary Harris, Jamal Murray
    SF – Kawhi, Melo
    PF – Porzingis, Simmons, Ibaka, Ryan Anderson
    C – Gobert, Dedmon

    I’m not a Hill fan, but I am a tad light on assists. I love JRich’s game though. What say you?

    Thanks, Homie!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Nice! I like JRich more

  7. Dave says:
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    Jalen brown a must owned in a 12 team league h2h? We have a season free agent budget of $200. Spending 25 too much?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Dave: Yes. 25 is too little

  8. Birdie says:
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    Is Laurie Markannen worth a roster spot over John Collins… over is it an apples versus apples situation?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Hmmm, they each bring differ things to the table, so it’d be a matter of what you want. LM should get more minutes though, especially with no Mirotic.

      • Brent

        The Fantasy Dick says:
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        @Son: And Portis suspended first 8 games. Mark will get some run

  9. waffles says:
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    paid close attention to Harden and CP3 last night… I was thinking a lot of the Harden usage was based on the fact that they had Steph guarding Harden.. but then down the stretch there were a couple instances where Steph was on CP and the Rockets set a screen to get Steph to switch to Harden and Harden would attack…. definitely reason for concern with CP’s health but it speaks to his skill level that he still handed out 11 dimes on one leg

    start Avery Bradley (CHA) over Gary Harris (@UTA) tonight in 9 cat?

    Jonathon Simmons (MIA) or StanJo (CHA) in 10 cat (OREB)? thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @waffles: Good point. They also wanted to get Harden onto Bell. Anyways, CP3 did gut it out so I guess we have to wait until he’s fully healthy and there’s more data to look at.

      Bradley and Juice for me

      • waffles says:
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        @Son: for Thursday do you like Milos (@LAL), CJ Miles, Norman Powell (CHI), or Markkanen (@TOR)?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @waffles: In a vacuum, between Milos and Powell for me. I love Milos, especially against the Lakers, but Powell will probably get more minutes.
          I’d probably go Milos but the safer route is Powell.

          • waffles says:
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            @Son: good call with Juice. Marvin Williams was mediocre tonight and bores me in general, you think it’s ok to drop him to open a streaming spot in a 10 teamer?

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @waffles: Ha! Well, anyone would have been better than 0-for-whatever he was Stanley. Marvin is Marvin. He ain’t sexy but he gives you what you expect him to give you. If you want upside, he ain’t your guy

  10. Miles Proudfoot says:
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    How would you rank Wade, KCP, Jaylen Brown, Markennen? I’m thinking I go Brown…

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Miles Proudfoot: I’m with you. Brown, KCP, Wade, Markennen

  11. Phranque (pronounced Frank) says:
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    I’ve been offered B.Grif and COVINGTON for J. BUTLER…with an abacus in hand and looking into your crystal ball….which side do you favor? Thanks.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Phranque (pronounced Frank): There’s injury risk with Blake, but I’ve been coming around on him lately. I like the Blake/RoCo side better

  12. Principal Blackman says:
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    In 10-cat roto (Pts and FGM are both cats.) I got offered Covington and Reggie Jackson fro Lonzo Ball and Thaddeus Young. I am light in 3s and blocks. And, while I am excited by Ball’s prospects, I am not in love with Young. Should I take the deal.

  13. ClemsonCrushers says:
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    Hey Son, 9 cat/ 12 team league. Just checking to see your opinion on this team. Hard for me to tell if I am light on something. My gut tells me I am light on 3’s
    PG – Ball
    SG – Brogden
    SF- Antetokounmpo
    PF- Porzingas
    C- Nurkic
    G- McCollum
    F- Aaron Gordon
    UTL – Fox
    UTL – Maker
    BN- Jamal Murray
    BN- Hernangomez
    BN- ish Smith

    Thanks for all you do!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Possibly, but you may be ok there if Thon and Jamal do what I think they do. Balanced squad

  14. Dante Green says:
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    Remember last week we were just talking about scooping Jaylen from the wire, even before all this has happened. Lol Glad to have made that move. I have to place him on the bench for tonight though, activating James Johnson. What do you think

    • Son

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      @Dante Green: Yeah. Nice scoop, although, it does suck that his value skyrocketed due to injury. Anyways, MIL D is going to be good and it’s a b2b, so I guess you could go with JJ. The b2b doesn’t concern me that much, but the MIL D does. JJ is going to have his hands full with Gordon but it looks like ORL is going to play at a faster pace so….but the usage was insane for Brown and will probably continue. Man, I can make an argument either way. I think I have to side with Brown here. He’s going to get minutes and usage.

      • Dante Green says:
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        @Son:

        Hah! I can sense the love you have for Brown! Thanks bud, talk again to you soon

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Dante Green: Ha! I still feel bad that I initially ranked him so low in the top 200. Anytime Dante!

  15. Dave says:
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    12 h2h cp3 for Blake griffin , 9 catg.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Dave: Well, things have definitely evened out between the two players. I’m still high on CP3, but now he’s the one injured. If healthy, Blake is a potential first rounder. I wouldn’t have a problem with that trade, in a vacuum of course, but me personally, I’m holding onto CP3.

  16. Puddle Stomp says:
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    Is it worth dropping Mirotic for Holmes? I picked up Jaylen Brown instead of Markkanen.

    10-team, 9-cat, punted assists & FT%:
    PG Lowry
    SG Ariza
    G Gary Harris
    SF Covington
    PF Chriss
    F Thaddeus Young
    C KAT
    C Whiteside
    Util DeAndre Jordan
    Util Jaylen Brown

    BN Crabbe
    BN Warren
    BN Kidd-Gilchrist
    IL Mirotic
    IL Markieff Morris

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Puddle Stomp: Nice JB pickup. As for Mirotic/Holmes, I’ve always liked Holmes better, but there’s really no rush to make that move.

  17. John says:
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    Looking to drop Len and tucker. Do I pickup Collins, Wes Matthews, hield, dillon or levert?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @John: Collins and Wes

      • John says:
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        @Son: I also have Warren and harkless as potential drops. What do you think?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @John: I’d probably keep Len and Warren. Tucker and Harkless would probably be the guys I’d drop. They are more easily replaceable

  18. hamtime says:
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    hi son,

    Was offered Dragic + tross for my Gary harris + yogi in a deep 18m league. should i bite? my only pg is cp3..

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @hamtime: Naw

      • hamtime says:
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        @Son: so i should keep gary? here is my team:

        pg – cp3, yogi
        sg – jrich, mitchell, barton
        sf – gharris, prince, connaughton
        pf – paul george
        c – maker, brolo, rolo

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @hamtime: Sorry. I read that wrong. I’d want the Dragic side

  19. Game of Zones says:
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    Hi SON,

    updating previous comment, CP3 for BG, i would be getting CP3. here is the rest of my team

    James Harden, Hou SG
    Elfrid Payton, Orl PG
    Marquese Chriss, Pho PF
    Danilo Gallinari, LAC SF
    Blake Griffin, LAC PF
    Al Horford, Bos C
    Lonzo Ball, LAL PG
    Andrew Wiggins, Min SG
    Derrick Favors, Utah PF
    Dewayne Dedmon, Atl C
    Ryan Anderson, Hou PF
    Justise Winslow, Mia SG
    Taj Gibson, Min PF

    My goal is to dominate ft, 3s, assist, points, steals, and being competitive in reb and blk.

  20. hamtime says:
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    would you trade kyrie, murray, and mason plumlee to get DAR, gharris, LMA?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @hamtime: yes

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