Party favors are the best. You get a gift for giving a gift. You get a gift for good attendance. I kid. They are gestures of appreciation or gratitude from the hosts for helping them celebrate an event. Doesn’t matter how big or small, how luxurious or crappy, they always put a smile on the face. That’s exactly what Derrick Favors did last night.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 10 0 1 1 1 0 10/13 4/4

That was his second double-dub of the season. Now, did it help that Rudy Gobert got ejected three minutes into the game? Sure. The minutes, shot attempts, and rebound opportunites all ticked up. With that said, he’s been a top 100 player all season, even though he’s been averaging only 22.8 minutes per game. 10.4 points, 7 rebounds, 0.8 steals, and 1.3 blocks are not bad numbers. Like I said, party favors come in all shapes and sizes. This party Favors will put a smile on your face most nights.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

Noah Vonleh

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 10 3 2 0 1 1/1 4/5 3/4

If God can trust Noah to safely harbor animals from catastophic flood, surely you can trust Noah for your fantasy team. The #118 player for fantasy, Noah so far has provided 8.4 points, 0.8 threeecolas, 8.1 rebounds, and 1 block per game.

Enes Kanter

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 11 1 0 1 1 0 7/12 0

Only played 24 minutes because the Knicks got blown out, 100-128. Kanter now has 16 double-dubs on the season, which is good for sixth in the league.

Tim Hardaway Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 1 2 1 0 3 6/13 7/19 2/2

Led the Knicks in both points and shot attempts. No shock there, as shooters shoot, which THJ is….for better or worse.

Kevin Knox

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 4 2 0 0 2 2/6 4/12 1/2

Played 25 minutes. I’m getting very intrigued. Over the past three games, Knox has averaged 32.5 minutes, 17 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, and a whopping 15.5 shot attempts. You never know what Coach Fizdale will do with his lineups, but it seems like a wise idea to see if there’s any gold in this Knox.

Damyean Dotson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
5 3 0 1 0 1 0/6 2/11 1/2

Played 20 minutes. As I said the other day, he wasn’t going to shoot over 60% from the field and 70% from downtown forever. For you Dotson owners, take solace in knowing that the Celtics are third-best in opponent three-point percentage and that he’s still jacking up shots.

Al Horford

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 12 3 0 4 2 0 8/12 3/3

I usually use the Married with Children reference with Horford, but I’m going with the Tortoise and the Hare today. Horford is the tortoise: slow, steady, not sexy, but ends up as the victor at the end of the day. Currently is a top 40 player, which is where he will end up barring injury.

Kyrie Irving

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 4 8 0 1 2 3/6 9/15 1/2

Got out to a blistering start, but the Knicks couldn’t hang, so Kyrie had time to contemplate the physical structure of the universe from the bench.

Marcus Smart

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
4 2 7 2 0 0 0/5 2/8 0

Continues to start. Which is Smart! He won’t score many points or shoot a high percentage, but he will contribute everywhere else. Prior to last night’s game, he had started three games and was the #23 player over that span.

Jaylen Brown

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 3 2 0 0 2 0/2 7/10 7/9

Played 25 minutes off the bench and immediately started making his free throws! No need for Coach Stevens to change it up now.

Terry Rozier

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 7 4 2 1 1 3/6 3/7 2/2

Terry is scary for those outside of the deepest leagues, but he makes for an excellent streamer if injuries strike the Celtics backcourt.

 

Rudy Gobert got ejected less than three minutes into the game. First, he was called for a foul on the opening tip….not the opening possession. Then, he got called for an offensive foul and smacked something off the scorer’s table. Sue, let’s cut to video footage for reaction from France…

 

Back to you, Bob. Thanks Sue. Now, for more positive news from the world of sports, the Phoenix Suns scored 9 points in the first quarter last night, after scoring 9 points in the first quarter of their prior game. Per ESPN Stats & Info, the last time a team scored under 10 points in the first quarter in back-to-back games was way back in 1954.

Final score was 86-108. Usually, that calls for a NO BLURBS FOR YOU!!! but I’m a nice guy.

Dragan Bender

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

Played 25 minutes. That’s how bad it got. Bender had played a total of 43 minutes prior to last night.

Josh Jackson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 7 3 3 0 4 0/1 6/14 2/3

Mikal Bridges

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

Only played 23 minutes. I’m not sure how to interpret that. Do the Suns feel he’s too valuable to waste him in a blow out? If so, that’s a positive thing. At the same time, the Suns will likely get blown out in most games so…..

Deandre Ayton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 8 3 1 1 2 0 5/13 1/2

Did not get the start because he told the team he was not feeling well. He did check in three minutes into the game, though. Not Ayton you can do.

De’Anthony Melton

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

Played 26 minutes and received most of the blowout run. Who knows what the Suns are going to do. Melton has had back-to-back games in which he’s filled the stat sheet and jacked up shots. The Suns are bad, so there will plenty of blowout run. The answer to your question is yes.

Jusuf Nurkic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 14 2 1 1 2 0/1 4/12 1/4

Only played 23 minutes. The poor shooting? I think Nurkic felt bad for the Suns. Or he bet the under. Or he took the points. More likely, it was due to him laughing so hard at how bad the Suns are.

Damian Lillard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 5 8 1 1 4 3/5 8/17 6/7

CJ McCollum did not play, so it was Dame’s show. Too bad the Suns are absolutely putrid because Lillard had 20 points at halftime and was in-line for a monster game. So far this season, when McCollum is off the court, Dame has a 51.9 usage rate!! 51.9!!! That’s an increase of 18.8!!!

Jake Layman

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 7 0 2 0 2 3/5 10/13 1/3

Jake was hotter than the sun last night. In Layman’s terms, Jake was freaking amazing. The Suns? Well, it would’ve been a good day for Icarus to fly.

The Jazz smoked the Rockets, 118-91.

Clint Capela

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 10 0 1 2 3 0 5/14 2/2

Played 26 minutes. At least he made all his free throws.

Chris Paul

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 1 5 0 0 5 0/2 5/11 2/3

Played 25 minutes. That deductible is going up for sure.

James Harden

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 6 2 0 0 7 2/8 5/16 3/3

Get the man some Viagra.

So ugly. No more blurbs for them!!!

Joe Ingles

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

What do you expect? It’s Jingles season.

Donovan Mitchell

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

Was probably too busy responding to all the ladies that were sliding into his DMs.

To recap:

BOS demolished NY, 128-100

POR crushed PHX, 108-86

UTA obliterated HOU, 118-91

As a result, stars did not play their normal allotment of minutes and the scrubs were able to impress the ladies. Was not a good night for the paying customers. Was an excellent night, though, for the parents of the bench players.

 

  1. Reggie says:
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    Hey man, trying to increase my steals and 3pts to win this week, because a battle is tough in these two cats. Which side you got for this purpose: Juanco Hernangomez (2 games, against CHA and ATL, should definitely make some treys, but don’t know about steals) oooor Markieff Morris (1 game ), then drop him, and add somebody else for 1 game. I could add Jea Crowder, Korver, Blopez, RJackson, Batum or Knox. An answer would be much appreciated.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Juancho

      • Reggie says:
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        @Son: Why is that?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Reggie: He plays 2 games, the ATL game is particularly juicy as they play at the fastest pace in the league, he’s providing over 2 theeecolas a game and close to 1 steal. In terms of what you’re looking for, I like him the most

  2. zaphrodesiac says:
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    # scratches neck # Where my rcl roundup

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @zaphrodesiac: Ha! You pookie! Brent started a new job, so he’s been a little busy.

  3. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    Igor and bridges got into an exchange, maybe that’s the reason why he played limited mins! I’m telling you, this is rock bottom for me and my suns! Booker and Warren need to come back now or we’ll be surrendering 60 points to one of our opponents soon….

    As you know I just made an emotional and somewhat illogical trade just to land Ayton (lol) so here’s our new squad look now:
    PG1 Holiday
    SG1 Richardson
    SG2 Harris
    SF1 Covington
    SF2 Porter Jr.
    SF3 Bridges
    PF1 Durant
    PF2 Isaac
    C1 Gobert
    C2 Ayton
    C3 Adebayo
    C4 Holmes
    IR Oladipo
    IR Cousins

    I’m starting to accept the reality of the matter that I could be without Oladipo for at least a month and that’s totally fine with me. I went through hell with Kawhi last season so I’m ready with that kind of shit if it ever happens again. Hah Here are a few things that I’d like for you to react to

    1) 2 for 1 trade yesterday opened up a roster spot, would need to pick-up a pointguard—your thoughts on Monte Morris?

    2) Would you prefer Mikal’s upside along with his maddening inconsistency (Ariza being traded soon COULD prolly help him) or Lumber Joe’s steady production? I’m entertaining the idea of making the switch

    3) Drop Holmes or Adebayo for Oubre? Need to unload one of the bigs, we still have cousins coming back in January. Oubre at least will play more minutes than any of those two and provides 1.5 3s per game, I’ll be needing that after I lost Dinwiddie

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: Saw the Igor/Bridges thing. So much weirdness in Phoenix. What have you done??!!

      1) Morris is a cheap source of assists, threes, and steals. Minutes are capped though

      2) Depends on my mood. Ha!

      3) I’m not an Oubre guy, but if you need threes then you know what to do. I’m a big Bam guy though

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son: ha! Yea, I don’t think Monte will be able to really help my squad with a healthy Jamal Murray…

        I forgot to ask, what’re your thoughts on Cousins? I have him stashed on my IR. OK, let’s just say he does come back in January, the Warriors ease him back slowly, with tons of rest days. But for some reason, come February, he starts playing well…. Like 12/7 with a block in 22-24 mins per g…… I’m fully aware that an Achilles tear is tough to come back from, especially on big men… But you know, every fantasy hooper is rooting for the guy. Lol Cos I’m planning to sell him for a pointguard. Maybe SGA or Ball……

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @I just wanna Kawhi: I’ve been a fade on him since the offseason. I was also a fade on Kawhi, Blake, and DeRozan so…..

          I would use his name value to trade him for what you need. Probably the perfect time would be right before he returns, when there will be plenty of articles gushing over his prospects. The unknown is always overvalued.

  4. achangey says:
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    Please rank: Knox, Moore, Burks. Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      How you have it

  5. J says:
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    Got a guy offering me his Hardaway and LMA for my Covington and Oladipo? Not sure what exactly is happening with VIctor’s knee but it appears to be a lot more serious than we originally thought. Take it and run?

    • J says:
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      @J: “He (Oladipo) needs months to recover without ruining his knee cap forever … slow stretching, gradual rebuilding. If he wants to (come back 100%) he’ll sit out the rest of the season.” This tweet had me pretty concerned…

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @J: I feel you. This is a tough one. There is so much we don’t know and can’t know. Comes down to your answer on Dipo ultimately, but what’s the rest of your squad look like?

        • J says:
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          @Son:

          Pg: steph, Bledsoe, d rose, Mudiay
          Sg: Gary Harris (week to week now daammmnnn), tyreke, dipo
          Sf: Covington, Lamb, porter jr
          Pf: mirotic, Markeiff, Love (mid January let’s goooooo)
          C: turner, capella

          Feel like I Could use the sg/pf help now. Going to be 3-4-1 after this week so reaching the point where I need to win asap

          • Son

            Son says:
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            @J: In your situation, I think you have to take the deal. I like the Covington/Dipo side in a vacuum, but you need production now. Have you shopped around?

  6. Tino says:
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    Hi Son,

    long time fan seeking advice again! I’m in a 9 cat + OB + A/T league. I have Dame Lillard, Kawaii Leonard, Myles Turner, Beal, Valanciunas, Dragic, Murray, Brook Lopez, Barnes, Kent Bazemore, Bjelica, Jamychal Green, and kevon Loony. I’m trying to build around efficiency.

    Ingram is dropped. I am thinking about picking him up but worried about ruining the efficiency of the team. What’s your take? Will ingram tank my FT?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Hey Tino!

      Ingram is not good for shooting efficiency.

  7. Rick says:
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    Hi Son,

    Could you please rank for horford, vuce, whiteside, capela & ibaka ?? H2H, 9cat

    Thanks Son

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Rick: Vuc, Capela, Horford, Ibaka, Whiteside

  8. Scal says:
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    Hi Son,
    H2H 9cat, Draymond coming back from IR, who would you drop?

    Juancho, Sabonis or J Allen? I’m thinking Juancho but that might burn me with Nuggets banged up

    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Scal: Juancho

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