Feb 23, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) and fans celebrate Harden's three point shot against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half at Toyota Center. Rockets won 113 to 102. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY SportsThe Rockets put up 41 in the first quarter, with a lot of help from the beard.  Harden finished the game with a 26/12/14/3/0 triple double, while only turning the ball over 4 times… That really isn’t that bad for the Rockets!  A fair amount of blowouts last night, but the games were still quite enjoyable!  Particularly, the matchup of KAT and EMBIIIIIID.

Knicks at Wizards (7:00 pm EST) – Final Score: 112 – 119 Wizards Win

The Wizards dominated throughout this game, but Jennings managed to get hot in the 4th and make it look like a competitive game.  It wasn’t though.

  • John Wall – 23/2/11/1/0 A solid double-double for Wall.  Par for the course.  3-5 was nice from deep though.
  • Bradley Beal – Returned with 18 points, five assists.  He hit 3 treys, and looked good after his 3 game absence.
  • Otto Porter – He looks really good.  21/8/1/2/1 and he hit 4 from deep.  The encouraging sign is that this game came with Beal back.  This kid is special.
  • Marcus Thornton – Little buckets led the bench with 13 points.  Shouldn’t really be owned anywhere…
  • Derrick Rose – Not a whole lot to like on the Knicks side, but the PGs balled out.  Rose had a season high 27 points, with 3 treys as well.  He’s looking explosive, and he should continue to improve, if he stays on the court.  Congrats if you drafted him!
  • Brandon Jennings – The man, the myth, the legend.  Jennings tends to be boom or bust… Last night was boom.  17/5/10/1/0 with 3 treys, and 70 percent shooting.  Don’t expect this to happen again soon.

Bucks at Heat (7:30 pm EST) – Final Score: 73 – 96 Heat Win

Another blowout.  The big news in this game was Greg Monroe receiving a DNP-CD.  Good riddance.

  • John Henson – Seems to have a grip on the starting role.  Played 28 minutes and finished with 12 points, 5 boards.  He had 3 swats though, so definitely see if he’s hanging around your waiver wire.
  • Jabari Parker – 11/8/2/0/1 on 5-20 shooting.  Yuck.
  • Michael Beasley – We’ve fallen so far… The Beas put up a 13 and 10 dub dub in 15 minutes!  Looks like they should’ve played him more.
  • Dion Waiters – 23/7/4/0/0 He keeps jacking shots up, and they keep letting him.  Give him a look if you need some points.
  • Goran Dragic – Returned with 16 points, 4 assists, 6 boards, and a steal.  Plus, he got 35 minutes.  Run him out there if you have him!
  • Hassan Whiteside – Dominated the Bucks on defense.  12 points, 17 boards, 2 steals, and 7 swats.  Damn.
  • Josh Richardson – Made 4 of 11 from deep.  He’s starting to look very thragnofy.

Trailblazers at Rockets (8:00 pm EST) – Final Score: 109 – 126 Rockets Win

The Rockets jumped out on the poor Blazers, and Portland just didn’t ever get rolling.  Harden dominated.

  • James Harden – See intro.  He balled.
  • Patrick Beverly – Meh game, but he blocked 3 shots, so that was cool!
  • Clint Capela – 15/7/1/1/2 The 2 blocks are nice and he went 1 for 2 at the line.  As long as he keeps the free throw volume low, he should be owned.
  • Damian Lillard – Underwhelmed with an 18/5/5/0/1 line… I expected more in a fast paced game.
  • Maurice Harkless – 19 points and 6 boards on 8-12 shooting.  Literally nothing else, but a turnover though…  I hate this line.  Oh, he did hit 3 treys, so thragnof?  Nah.

Sixers at Timberwolves (8:00 pm EST) – Final Score: 86 – 110 Timberwolves Win

I absolutely loved watching Embiid and Kat go at it this game.  Just as the center position seemed doomed, we have our center saviors! The other thing I got from this game, is that the T-Wolves are really good… I mean, REALLY good.  This game was quite sad though, as the Sixers had a 15:15 assist to TO ratio as a team…

  • Joel Embiid – 10 and 10 dub dub.  I could’ve sworn he did more, but he was just very involved on offense.
  • Andrew Wiggins – 35 points.  This man is on fire!  Oh yeah, 10 boards, 4 assists, and a steal too!
  • Karl-Anthony Towns – 25/10/0/0/2 This is starting to get boring from KAT, and that’s kinda scary.
  • Gorgui Dieng – 12/10/3/1/1 Three of the Wolves starters had double doubles with boards.  That tells you a lot about how many shots the Sixers missed…

Bulls at Jazz (10:30 pm EST) – Halftime Score: 41-43 Jazz Lead

I swear I’ll watch the full late game at some point, but this game is another dull one.  Butler hit a nice buzzer beater to end the half, but outside of that, pretty ho hum.

  • Rudy Gobert – The standout with 8 points, 10 boards, and 3 blocks in the first half… Should be a big game for him.
  • Jimmy Butler – The other good line so far with 12/6/1/1/0 in the first half.

 

That’s it for this week folks!  I won’t be doing next Thursday’s daily notes, or RazzWired, as I’ll be out of town.  However, I will be in the Bird vs Bird, and we’ll get back to the regular schedule after the holiday.  Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!

 

  1. Slim

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    JRich Thragnof? I actually wasn’t entirely sure you were being serious, in his 4 starts (last 4 games) hes got 5 steals and 4 blocks. Devin Booker has 12 combined for the season, Lavine has 9 total in 10 games. To me that’s Thragnof. Fournier has 10 combined in 12 games, and of course the king of Thragnof, Klay, has 12 combined in 11 games. Bogdonovic has 9 total in 11 games, Kilpatrick has 10 in 11 games. Yeah I don’t consider Richardson to be Thragnof with all his dstats, esp with what will be a full block per game. I do agree though that he is a low end rebounder and an average assisting wing, but from the looks of it the points are here to stay, and yes of course plenty of 3s. I think his line will look like Danny Greens (circa ’12-’15) but more like 15 PPG instead of 10 since JRich will get far more minutes and take more shots.

    Oh and I like the look of these posts. Very easy to follow.

    • Adam

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      @Slim: Definitely a bit flippant on my part. More accurately, he’s a 3 and D guy. However, all of the guys you named are around a steal a game, which to me, still fits the thragnof mold. As for the blocks, I don’t see a reason to attribute that to more than small sample size.

      My main problem with him is that it looks like he’s just going to sit on the perimeter and jack them up this year. The 3 pt totals will be nice, but the FG% will take a hit, and he won’t hit 46% from deep like last year.

      • Slim

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        @Adam: Yeah he’s shooting alot of jumpers, as apparent by the lack of FTs, and definitely will be under .450. But I do like how the shots he takes, for the most part, are uncontested. All those guys I named are definitely Thragnof, but they have about as many combined stls/blks in like 3 times as many starts. I’ll throw Hood on the list too with 14 combined in 12 games.

        I definitely believe the blocks. In college he was 0.7 or so for his career (0.84 per36) in his 4 DLeague games last year he had 5 blocks. As a rookie he was 0.8 per36. In his 12 total summer league games he’s at 0.92 in 27 min. I feel like everywhere I look at his numbers I find shotblocking at just shy of 1.0. I think he hits that 1.0 per game for the season this year, esp since he guards the opposing teams best player. Yeah no blocks last night but he was on Giannis most of the time and that’s a pretty tall order for anyone, but he more than held his own with Giannis having possibly his worst offensive game of the year.

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          @Slim:
          Go slim

        • Adam

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          @Slim: I agree he’s a great defender, but I think he’s a better real life player than fantasy… I don’t see where you’re seeing that he’ll top 1 block, outside of optimism. Even at 0.8 per game, Klay had that a couple seasons ago. I’m just not seeing much difference between the .8 and your thragnof averaging .5 – The difference seems fairly negligible.

          D-League doesn’t indicate a whole lot to me. Players are way more aggressive and sloppier than the NBA or college… More blocks from a defensive player doesn’t surprise. Again, we’re talking tiny sample sizes all around here.

          I do think it also depends on whether he’s guarding SFs or SGs – A lot less likely to block the bigger players. I just find guard blocks to be difficult to count on, as a whole.

          • Slim

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            @Adam: 0.8 seems kind of in the bag but yeah I am certainly optimistic. The difference I see between those Thragnofs and Richardson is that those guys combine for about 1.0 per game and I think, yes I know, but I think JRich will be at 2.0 or better, which is where he sits at career per36s. If I’m wrong and he stays right about (or under) 1.0 combined like those above then he is definitely thragnof. With that said though I feel pretty good putting JRiches upcoming season numbers against any of those above.

            The year Klay almost got to 2.0 combined he was drafted in the top 15 or so the next. As a 1.5 combined he’s still being called top 50, but this year he sits at only 1.1 combined. But then again Klay is the king of Thragnof, although he’s only taking 2 more shots per game than Richardson thus far (per36, both are 3s).

            I think Richardson will guard smaller players when Winslow is back. Like I think last night should have been Winslow on Giannis.

            • Adam

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              @Slim: If he gets 36 minutes or even 34, I can see him doing that, but with Winslow back, that simply won’t happen. I think the skillset could be there for 2.0, given the right opportunity. That being said, I don’t that situation emerges this year.

              Factoring in that, plus the fact that he’s mostly a spot up guy, and he’s not getting fantastic looks, I just don’t see it.

              My bet for Richardson ROS would be around .9 steals and .5 blocks per game with around 28-30 mins per game. If the minutes go up, then I think we could see your number, but Winslow gets first dibs, and they really seem to like Waiters aggression, and Tyler is a better shooter. I think that minutes mark is quite fair.

  2. v00dr00 says:
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    Dynasty H2H 12 team – ROS Outlook

    J. Murray? PBev? Sous Seth Curry?

    • Adam

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      @v00dr00: Murray is a huge question mark, I’m not even going to venture a guess. It depends a lot on the health of Harris and Barton. Murray should be good in dynasty, depending how your keepers work.

      PBev should get his normal number, but he’s a health risk.

      Curry will produce low end stats while the entire Mavs team is injured.

      The only longterm guy I’d have on that list is PBev – I’d drop if he gets injured for a couple weeks or more though.

  3. Pong says:
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    Would you guys drop monroe for henson at this point? Or wait it out after 1 more game?

    • Adam

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      @Pong: I’d hold – with a smaller matchup, Monroe could produce enough to possibly flip him.

  4. E says:
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    Would you drop Danny green for Maurice Harkless?

    • Adam

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      @E: Not unless you’re desperate for points.

  5. Tlooth says:
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    Drop Nogueira for Henson?

    • Adam

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      @Tlooth: I like that, just remember that Henson will lose minutes in smaller matchups though.

  6. RicoSuave says:
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    Great Job Adam! Nice write-up man!
    Cheers

    • Adam

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      @RicoSuave: Thanks!

  7. Juan says:
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    12 team league. H2H. Standard.

    trade Embiid 4 Jrue Holiday?
    im lacking assists and 3’s

    • Adam

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      @Juan: Not a bad idea, but I kind of think you can get a little more for Embiid.

      • Adam

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        @Adam: If that’s all you can get, then I’d take it, but Embiid has a ton of name value right now.

  8. choosediy says:
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    Thoughts on Vucevic the rest of the way? I could use a big man, and he looks like a good buy low right now.

    • Adam

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      @choosediy: Depends on the price, but I’d pay based on him getting around 26-28 minutes. So, whatever that’s worth to you!

  9. Retired Man says:
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    Would you drop Kyle Korver for Danny Green? 3’s, %’s, steals, blocks

    • Adam

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      @Retired Man: Yeah, I don’t mind that move

  10. Dylan says:
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    Yo guys! Loving the blog, I’ve been following you for the last 3 years and have you to thanks for making back to back to back finals in my leagues (only to lose them all!) 😀 … this year I’m having a debacle and off to a realllly slow start and was hoping you could give some inspiration or targets to help beef out my squad. 10 man 9 cat head to head league. Currently languishing at the bottom of the table after getting thumped 8-1 last week! Anyway here is my team and any thoughts would be appreciated!! And thanks again for all the hard work, loving it!!

    PG – Schroder, Lin, Ish
    SG – BKnight, Josh Richardson
    SF – Kawhii, Wilson Chandler, Crowder
    PF – Draymond, AGordon, Porzingod, Terrence Jones
    C – M Gasol, Nurk

    • Adam

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      @Dylan: Part of the problem with this team is simply injuries and slow starts – I would give up on Gordon and Maybe even Nurk, depending who is on the wire… Do you have a specific question about adding someone? I don’t like selling low, so I wouldn’t try to sell any of the slow starts. Zinger, Kawhi, and Draymond, are a great core to start with.

      • Dylan says:
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        @Adam: Cheers Aaron … completely agree about the injuries and slow start, and totally with you on not panic selling/dropping anybody this early in the season. However, I am feeling I’m missing a bit in assists and could really use a boost to FG%; Ish has been a bit of a debacle in this regard, as well as MGasol not surprisingly jacking so many 3 balls. Who do you think would be a good go after to help in that regard, given Ish will fall off the radar once RJax gets back. Also who do you think a good target could be to sell Wilson into? Pretty thin waiver wire, notables would be Marvin Williams, Leuer, PBev, Trey Lyles, Henson, Saric, Covington, Jamychal Green. Tks again!

        • Adam

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          @Dylan: I would say Drop Gordon for Beverly, and hold ish til he drops off when Reggie comes back. By that time, Lin will be back, so it’ll even out. At that point, you can drop Ish for whatever forward is getting hot at the time, or possibly a center. Someone with good FG%

          • Dylan says:
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            @Adam: Thanks Adam … sounds like a good plan to me.

  11. Retired Man says:
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    Adam, can you respond to Retired Man?

    Drop Korver for Danny Green?
    Drop Henson for Tyson Chandler??

    Thanks

    • Adam

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      @Retired Man: I think that comment got held up in review, sorry man!

      Drop Korver for Green – as above

      Henson for blocks – Chandler for Boards. That’s a team need thing.

  12. Steve says:
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    Hey, I’m being offered klay for j. Parker in h2h, do I take klay?

    • Adam

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      @Steve: Do it if you need 3s, otherwise I’d hold – Jabari has better steals and boards, with equal points.

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