I’m pretty sure¬†Stephen Curry looks at fantasy ADPs. ¬†He’s like, “I’m not a runaway consensus #1, and this labradoodle Brow IS?!”
Of course I started writing this open when Anthony Davis was 1-16, then he got¬†red hot AND MADE TWO IN A ROW! ¬†Somebody cool him off, he’s NBA Jam on fire! ¬†Brow was more uncomfortable with the ball in his hands than watching Scary Movie 2 with your parents last night, wrapping up with a 4-20 FG outing. ¬†Might be the worst reference to 420 I’ve ever seen! ¬†10-15 FT helped salvage some points – and he got his 3 swats – but 18/6/2/0/3 with 5 TO and a deathstroke to your FG% is not what the #1 pick ordered. ¬†Curry on the other hand treated New Orleans like Hurricane Katrina! ¬†Too rough? ¬†Fine, then he treated them like BP… ¬† Yikes, Nawleans has had a rough ride. ¬†Then their NBA team has everyone get hurt! ¬†Steph just straight whipped it out (I mean his MVP trophy!) and pummeled the Pelicans and their awful PG for 40/6/7/2/0 on 14-26 FG (5-12 3PTM 7-7 FT). ¬†Hey, it’s opening night, and the Warriors are phenomenal at disrupting big men. ¬†And the Pelicans had all their PG minutes played by guys on the street a week ago. ¬†Hopefully you own Curry in a league or two, and I’m literally about to spam Brow owners as hard as LinkedIn emails. ¬†Seriously, I don’t care if some recruiter looked at my profile, I don’t need an email on that ish! ¬†No, no, blurb on Ish Smith is later… ¬†What an awful Pelicans team… ¬†Here’s what else went down on NBA’s opening night:
Nikola Mirotic – Hit a step-back three right over Love that I think was a good 4-5 feet behind the stripe that reminded me of a young Gallinari when he was having a hot game on the Knicks. ¬†Kinda a weird throwaway comp, but I felt like growing this blurb out like Miro’s beard! ¬†Was crazy hot, hitting 6-11 FG (3-4 3PTM 4-4 FT) for 19/9/1/1/0. ¬†But while a lot of people were freaking out, it was in only 25 minutes in a game the Bulls won by 2. ¬†Had 4 TO and 5 fouls,¬†given one of each was an offensive foul where Mozgov flopped. ¬†Just really scares me that in a game where they wouldn’t have minded a little extra O, he only plays 25 minutes. ¬†And the very first bucket for CLE was an easy layup where he gave up the whole paint playing awful D. ¬†Joakim Noah did bump knees in this one and left after 17 minutes, so tonight the Bulls may spike Miro’s minutes out of necessity if Noah is out.
Taj Gibson – As expected, played a ton for his D, and the stats bore it out. ¬†I think I used that phrase correctly, I messed up “peaked my interest” before! ¬†I think that’s still wrong! ¬†Anywho, 22 minutes of 5/10 with 3 blocks. ¬†The 3 TO hurt, but pretty sure at least 2 of those were offensive fouls. ¬†Oh, and he also fouled out. ¬†If he knew his sixth personal was coming, I would’ve expected another kick to¬†Matthew Dellavedova….
Derrick Rose – The overall line is pretty blah (18/1/5/1/0 on 8-22 FG), but at least he looked healthy. ¬†Hard to score when the basket is blurry! ¬†Played 32 and a half minutes as well, and survived a bad landing on either his ankle or knee at one point. ¬†If he stays healthy for two weeks, you probably need to get rid of him faster than Rush Limbaugh off Sunday NFL¬†Countdown.
Tony Snell – So smooooooooooth. ¬†11/2/0/0/0 and pretty boring, but so smoooooooth. ¬†I’m saying that in the voice of the Honest Trailer guy. ¬†Had one nice pump fake to get a Cav to jump way past him and swish a deep two. ¬†I wish he was given a little more opportunity in the system. ¬†Deep league ownable and obvious ThrAGNOF (2 treys last night).
Pau Gasol – LIFE FINDS A WAY! ¬†You’ll just have to excuse Dr. Malcolm, he sucks at everything except laughing and having a sweaty stomach. ¬†Had an atrocious game (1-7 FG 2 PTS 2 REB), but gave you usability with a 6-block effort including a game winning swat of a passive LeBron layup. ¬†Pau also chipped in a steal and had no TO in 32 minutes. ¬†You’ll have to take it!
Kirk Hinrich – Wow, surprised he got a DNP-CD. ¬†As an E’Twaun Moore owner in REL, as soon as I saw Aaron Brooks come in for Rose, I thought for sure Moore was out of the rotation despite a nice preseason. ¬†But in he came and played a really nice 14 minutes (5-8 FG, 1 trey, 11/3/1 no TO). ¬†Brooks forced shots and didn’t look great, pretty encouraged for Moore for the deepest of deepers.
LeBron James – Man, the mockery for his new back treatment routine is going to be fun this year! ¬†When he comes out of the game, he lays on a rolled towel next to the bench to keep his back loose. ¬†LeBron, laying on his back, staying loose… ¬†He’s all about being sure there’s ample baby powder too! ¬†25/10/5/1/0 with only 1 TO in a nice debut, but as mentioned above, the hopeful game-tying shot was pretty passive. ¬†Also missed all of his FT attempts (0-3), with the first one barely hitting iron. ¬†Looked healthy otherwise, at least, except ya know… ¬†The Alopecia without the headband…
Kevin Love – Yeesh, what was he wearing around his head?! ¬†It was like LeBron’s used headband’s elastic. ¬†This thin little grey thing, and Love doesn’t even have long hair! ¬†Get outta here with that, Love! ¬†18/8/4/0/2 with 3 treys, two of them coming in a last minute comeback effort. ¬†Looked pretty good; I still have a worry either he or LeBron get to 70 games, even off an 0-1 start. ¬†Is it just me, or does every LeBron team seem to have a slow start…?
Mo Williams – Woooooo! ¬†Who has been saying to draft him all offseason?! ¬†19/4/7/1/1 with three treys on 7-15 shooting in a crazy multi-cat line. ¬†Love he changed his number to 52 as well, that’s my lucky number! ¬†Obviously not expecting nights like this every game out until Kyrie Irving is back, but actually, I could see it being kinda close! ¬†If you’re a Mo owner and Kyrie is on an opponent’s team, this might be an epic sell-high moment in a deal to them.
Timofey Mozgov – Healthcare.Mozgov proved that while he is going to be worth a final roster spot in 12ers, you’re going to have an¬†itchy trigger finger on his cut button virtually every night. ¬†Only 21 minutes for 5/5/2/0/2. ¬†A low line with¬†the blocks wouldn’t have been the worst thing in the world until you look at 2-6 FG, 1-2 FT, and 3 TO. ¬†Ew.
Tristan Thompson – I literally fell asleep for a few minutes after typing his name.
Anderson Varejao – Got 12 minutes, and his only shot was a jumper and had 2 boards and 1 block. ¬†I hate the Cavs C… ¬†Bring back Ilgauskas!
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Ohhhhhh no… ¬†This new batch is so good! ¬†It’s uncut! ¬†99% pure with giant crystals! ¬†My KCP addiction is back into full force, with me pulling tricks in the alley just for one more sweet taste! ¬†Game-high 21 PTS in a 21/4/1/1/0 line hitting 4-7 from downtown and all 3 of his freebies – a shocking poor part of his game his first two seasons. ¬†Admittedly, one FT hit the front rim and got a shooters’ roll in, but still. ¬†He missed his last 3 FG with two frantic putback jumpers, so even the FG% could’ve been better. ¬†Played a boatload of minutes, looks locked in, my inexplicable rank is looking a bit better.
Marcus Morris – Every shot I kept thinking, “Marcus Morris is taking a lot of shots…” ¬†Led the Pistons in FGA hitting 6-19 for 18/10/4 with a trey. ¬†By far the best Pistons line-up looked to be moving Morris to the 4 and bringing the well-tuned StanJo in for the 3. ¬†Unfortunately, Ersan Ilyasova still played 34 minutes. ¬†I could actually see the Six-Foot-Turkey the first one to be phased out for minutes for StanJo before Morris twin numero dos. ¬†He probably needs to be added in virtually all 10/12ers.
Stanley Johnson – Boy is bigggggggg. ¬†Watching some summer ball and a tad of preseason, I thought he just looked big against some weak competish, but he’s a big boy! ¬†7/4/3/0/0 in his debut, shooting only 3-10 with a trey with a few forced shots in there. ¬†That said – and as mentioned above – I think he could sneak in for more and more minutes with Ersan looking very meh.
Reggie Jackson – Looked fine out there, for a decent 15/8/5 with 2 treys and 5-5 FT. ¬†Didn’t blow you away, but didn’t need to this game.
Andre Drummond – Did his normal swag for a near Goromotaro for 18/19/3/1/2. ¬†While awesome, he took a lot of forced post shots that didn’t look fundamental at all, leading to his 6-16 FG. ¬†A little scary after his awful FG% early last year. ¬†Missed his first two FT, and had a ugly one towards the end, but sandwiched in between there was a 6-7 streak at the stripe. ¬†Maybe there’s a glimmer of hope for FT%!
Paul Millsap – No steals or blocks, but his O looked great on some iso fadeaways for a 19/8/3 line on 7-15 shooting with a pair of treys.
Al Horford – Flashed that expanded 3PT game hitting a trey, and got 15-16’s first rainbow line! ¬†15/4/4/2/3 on 6-11 shooting. ¬†By far the best Big Al in the NBA.
Kyle Korver – If only someone was constantly saying they were worried Korver would start slow! ¬†7/2/1/1/0 in 29 minutes, hitting only 1-5 from deep. ¬†With two surgeries, “he’s more machine now, than man!”
Kent Bazemore – Well, that stream didn’t go so hot… ¬†0/7/1/0/0 shooting 0-3, with an absurd 4 TO. ¬†Regarding¬†the starting 5, I don’t know if he staysmore.
Hawks PG – Mmmmmmm Dennis Schroder looked goooooood. ¬†25 minutes of 20/3/4/2/0 with only 1 TO and hit a pair of treys flashing a nice expanded range. ¬†Slashed with the efficiency of Sharon Stone with an ice pick. ¬†And while you can’t overreact to +/-, had a +4 to Jeff Teague‘s -23. ¬†Teague had an uncharacteristic 5 TO, but maybe the most interesting takeaway is they indeed played a few minutes together in the 4th. ¬†I’d add the German where I could in 12ers and he should be owned in all the RCLs after this performance/seeing a PG tandem.
Mike Muscala – Looked to have a bad ankle sprain, and is likely out a while. ¬†Before the injury, we didn’t see Mike Scott until late in the 2nd half. ¬†Scott looks completely out of the Hawks rotation, and I can think of 10.9 reasons why. ¬†I have a great sitcom idea, it’s a show called “Mike and Molly”! ¬†Wait, there’s one called that already…?
Lamar Patterson – I know almost nothing about this guy, and he was the biggest out-of-nowhere surprise for 18 minutes. ¬†Gets a star on the watch list for the 20-teamers…
Klay Thompson – Got into a little foul trouble, and got into A LOT of TO trouble. ¬†3-8 FG, no treys, 9/4/3/1/1 with 7 TO. ¬†Hey, at least he hit the multicat in 26 minutes! ¬†Right up there with Brow for some buy lows. ¬†I know it sounds comical to you well-informed Razzballers, but people get panicky!
Andrew Bogut – Conked heads with Dante Cunningham, and with a mask to protect a broken nose, he broke his face. ¬†Bled all over the place, but nothing a few stitches won’t heal. ¬†Could miss the next Warriors outing, which would¬†make¬†Festus Ezeli a really interesting stream for the deep leagues. ¬†In his run off the bench last ¬†night, Ezeli looked reallllly good for 13/4/1/1/1 on 6-10 FG. ¬†Cunningham was looking awesome before exiting with a possible concussion, and might have to enter the concussion protocol. ¬†In 27 minutes, he was 13/2/0/0/0 with a couple of treys, but looked like he belonged on a starting line-up for a bad team.
James Michael McAdoo – Dropped him in REL due to Snell manning my IL spot (sorry RCL players that Yahoo abruptly switched their “INJ” and “Out” designations), and when he came into the game I was pretty mad. ¬†And then he did the weirdest role reversal ever, somehow hitting both his FT in only 2:31, but committing 2 TO and 4 fouls. ¬†Just plain odd for an awful FT-shooting post player. ¬†But for the deepest of deep daily leagues, no Bogut could open up some run. ¬†Although he got in before Jason Thompson, who was a DNP-CD. ¬†Very odd.
Ryan Anderson – I really thought he’d contribute more, but only got 29 minutes and 7 shots, on a team completely bereft of playmakers. ¬†As soon as Gentry decided to bench Jrue Holiday¬†(not playing on back-to-backs, and got a late scratch to play tonight instead), he was pretty much conceding a win in this game. ¬†Way to throw your first game as NO head coach by giving it to your former team, Gentry! ¬†Crook.
NATE ROBINSON IS DEAD TO ME – Picked up two quick fouls, and then day-old Ish Smith went nuts. ¬†Honestly, Smith looked like the second best player on the floor next to Brow for the Pels for a lot of the night. ¬†That said, by the 4th quarter he had a few awful labradoodles. ¬†Literally doubled Robinson’s minutes playing a ridiculous 38 to his 19, and put up 17/2/9/3/0 with only 2 TO and hitting 1-2 from deep. ¬†What an awful rotation, and I’m having a crazy deja vu with a similar situation with the New Orleans PG last year. ¬†It wasn’t really, just that Jrue got hurt early, and in a complete 180, Brow was awesome on opening night. ¬†I had to fact check that. ¬†Anyway, I’m procrastinating the point – Nate, you’re awful! ¬†Took one shot, ONE, on a team that needs offense. ¬†Then he got two fouls and let Ish Smith, just off his final shift from the local grocery store, run away with the backup PG role. ¬†All this said, as TNT astutely reported during the broadcast (unlike saying multiple times that Brow was a 54% FT shooter), Smith is on his 9th NBA team in 5 years. ¬†Plus he couldn’t lock down the Sixers PG role with emphasis when given a shot last year. ¬†It’s all just an absolute mess; maybe in deep 14ers you give Ish a shot, and Nate only in the deepest of 20s to see what happens the rest of the week. ¬†I’m guessing Ish is first off the bench behind Jrue tonight.
GEORGE KARL IS DEAD TO ME – I don’t usually preview tonight’s games in the daily notes, but after I reported on the pod that Karl was pumping Willie Cauley-Stein as his starter, he’s¬†now saying Kosta Koufos will start tonight due to the tough matchup on Blake Griffin. ¬†Whatever. ¬†DAMMIT CARL!
I hope everyone had a great opening night, but this evening is where it really counts! We’ve got a full slate to see how your full line-up plays out. ¬†But whatever happens, don’t overreact to one game. ¬†It’s a long season ahead! ¬†Happy 2015-16, Razzball Nation!