“Hey JB G.”

I feel like I’ve played this song and dance all year.  “I love KCP!”  “KCP is dead to me!”  “He’s a usable ThrAGNOF!”  “He’s worse than month-old stroganoff!”  And on and on and on like a never clean addict.  “Why can’t I quit you?!”

In what was a great game until the 4th quarter, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had maybe one of his best games as a pro.  It didn’t show up in any glaring numbers on the stat sheet, but this new backcourt with Reggie Jackson is mad fun.  KCP for 21/2/1/2/0 hitting 7-13 FG (5-7 3PTM) including two ridiculous threes in transition.  Both would’ve been near-cringeworthy if he missed them!  Lead the break in unfavorable numbers (more or less was just KCP vs. 2 or 3 defenders) and pulled up leaning forward burying them both.  Then in back-to-back plays, knocked the ball of LeBron James‘ leg for a TO then drew a charge, both in transition where LeBron is his best.  Just the overall confidence and swagger was there that I haven’t always seen.  Then again, I am always biased due to the addiction!  I was brushing my teeth with my finger and hopping around like a madman this whole game…  Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy basketball action:

Derrick Rose Yikes.  Came out after I had already written the open that he’s having yet another meniscus surgery and is likely out for the year.  Yup, why I own Rose nowhere.  Tough, tough blow to the Bulls and Rose owners.  I imagine Kirk Hinrich would play some PG, and an expanded role for Aaron Brooks, who is worth a spec add where you can get him.  Also for the semi-deepers, Hinrich moving to PG minutes would likely give Tony Snell some consistent run at the 2, but not 30 minutes or anything most nights.

Stephen Curry Welcoming Curry back to the elite fantasy hoops diet!  32/0/8/2/0 hitting 5 treys and no TO.  No lingering effects from Das Fus.  But make that “S” one of those fancy German ones…

Marreese Speights – The ace of Speights!  He’s kinda like a mid-range Charlie Villanueva or Charlie Sheen.  Never met a shot he didn’t like!  As in Hot Shots OK, I’m sure Sheen is a fine upstanding citizen!  Keeps making this mess of big men unownable…

Paul Pierce – I can’t remember the last time I had him in a Daily Notes…  2008?  25/5/1/1/1 with a crazy efficient 7-11 FG (2-4 3PTM 9-9 FT).  Efficiency is da Truth!

Bradley Beal Still out with the stress reaction in his leg.  Tons of stress reactions this year.  Need some leg and foot meditation.

Kevin Love Glorified PF ThrAGNOF!  Kidding of course, but scored all 24 points on 8 treys.

LeBron James Quaddub alert!  19/7/11/3/1, with a splendid 9 TO.  He’s now a good bit over 4 TO a game now, but what’s interesting is his last career high TO rate was 3.6 the first year in Miami.  Takes time getting used to the new team!

Reggie Jackson Beast.  22/8/9/0/1 hitting 7-8 FT and a trey.  I wish the steals would come, but not too much to complain about.

Tayshaun Prince – Started at the 3 and got a whopping 31 minutes!  7/4/0/2/1 and still someone to ignore in virtually all leagues.  Breaking news!

Serge Ibaka As I mentioned when Enes Kanter was brought in, look at that shiny new FG%!  9-11 FG (1-1 3PTM 4-4 FT) 23/10/0/0/3.  The 3 TO was about the only bad thing, but my frontcourt is certainly a Serge-ing Enes right now!

Russell Westbrook Without Kevin Durant, Westbrook is like Oscar Robertson out there.  Pretty much expect a tripdub every night!  20/11/10/1/0 in only 28 minutes while the Thunder routed the Pacers.

D.J. Augustin Got 7 assists without doing much else, but I highly doubt he gets 25 minutes very often.  Although he did pick up a few with Westbrook on the court, so there’s that…

C.J. Miles 21/2/0/1/0 hitting 9-14 and a couple of treys.  ThrAGNOF!

Rodney Stuckey – Well, when ya hot ya hot, and when ya not, ya not!  Followed back-to-back 30 points games with scoring 5 last night.  Yes, 5.  5/4/5/0/0 with 3 TO shooting 2-8.  Yikes.

Monta Ellis – Glad to see he’s finally hip!  20/1/3/3/1 leading the Mavs to a nice win over the Craptors.

Al-Farouq Aminu Wooooo, nice stream call!  Richard Jefferson got the start for the kankled Chandler Parsons, but Al-Ami for 9/12/0/1/2 hitting 4-9 FG…  Unfortunately took a doodie on your TO with 4 giveaways though…  Streaming isn’t always a clean and sterile game!

Devin Harris But it was for my two last night!  14/3/5/4/0 with no TO and continues to be so much better than Rajon Rondo.  Geez, if you traded Rondo worried about the numbers moving to Dallas, you’re making out like a horny 15-year-old right now!  Rondo only played 18 minutes and got into a fight with Rick Carlisle in the 3rd and never got back into the game.  What in the hell could Rondo be using in his argument?!  “I used to be good at basketball in 2011, Rick, lemme try!”

Tyson Chandler Hurt his hip flexor but played through it and probably won’t miss any time.  That said, lots of bumps and bruises as he is wearing down…

James Johnson 26 minutes of a near-rainbow, but 6/4/2/3/1 is a little yawnstipating.  Flanked by 3-4 FG (nice!) and 3 TO (booo!), I still caution he’s a little bunchy.

Patrick Patterson Returned from a game off with a knee sprain for 12/7/1/0/1 and a couple of treys.  Deep leaguers are like, “Pit-Pat, I love you!”  Thanks Globo-Chem!

 

Streamers/Cheap Daily League Picks:

Kevin Garnett (13% owned) – I’m going crazy with it, wooooo!  Hey, crazier names have had big streamer nights and in his re-return debut to Minnesota, he’ll be in the starting line-up and I think get involved.  I guess what I’m saying is, “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!”

Alexis Ajinca (6% owned) – I don’t think Ajinca is going to be consistently usable while both Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson are hurt, but against a Nets team that plays some really big PF, I think Ajinca gets some good run.

 

I hope everyone is staying warm and safe out there with all this snow pounding the east coast, and we’ll catch you tomorrow Razzball Nation!

  1. Martin says:
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    JB,
    What do you think about Thomas Robinson in Philly?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Martin: Very interesting. Flashy athlete that isn’t efficient – sounds right up their alley! He’ll be hard to own even in big minutes in shallower leagues though due to TO and FT%

  2. Abulldogs says:
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    Hey guys

    14 team h2h league. currently sitting #1, but with both DAvis , Anderson, and Kemba out, starting to lose my position.
    I missed out on Brooks. Dropping Ryan Anderson for either Tony Snell or PitPat? which would be a better option down the road?

    Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Abulldogs: Ugh, damn that sucks. Going for Pit-Pat but keeping an eye on Snell

  3. Tsilaeri says:
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    Hmm.. worth dropping I Canaan to pickup A Brooks?
    Or just wait on Canaan a lil more to see where his ceiling is?

    Thanks for the post!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tsilaeri: I think I’d get Brooks, more upside. Any time!

  4. FT says:
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    Hello guys,

    Just wondering what do you think of the trade: Al Jefferson and Monroe for Isiah Thomas and Wesley? Thanks

    FT

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @FT: I’m guessing it’s a needs-based trade… Kinda feels like a little too much to give up on your end though

  5. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Haha the Pit Pat jokes never get old. Can Amir Johnson be “The Bag Hutch?” He’s just as useless.

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Clyde Prompto: Man, I love Mr. Show! Hahahaha the Bag Hutch, def man I don’t have a nickname for him at all. Maybe all the Raptors need Mr. Show nicknames! I gotta brainstorm this… Tyler Zeller can maybe be Taylor Twillstein (sp?) since he just does nothing out there except watch haha

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Clyde Prompto: Terry* Twillstein!

      • Clyde Prompto says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Hahaha. Yeah I’m struggling with nicknaming the Raptors’ players. I would however vote for either Phil Jackson or Byron Scott to be “Senator Tankerbell” because they’re old, out of touch and “tank” is right in the name.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Clyde Prompto: Hahaha well done sir. I love that Jon Stewart was in that skit the first time

          • Clyde Prompto says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Oh man, I didn’t realize that. It’s been almost 10 years since I’ve Mr. Show’d. I saw somewhere online that they might be doing a reunion of some sort.

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              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Clyde Prompto: Yeah I saw that too, Odenkirk mentioned it and so did Paul F. Thompkins.

              The skit where it was like the old Republican senators as a late night show had a very brief Jon Stewart sighting as the guest on the show as a “Director”. Which seemed really funny 7-8 years ago, but now it’s full circle and true!

  6. Shaft says:
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    trying to make some moves before the fantasy deadline and have a new target– rose’s owner. the only guys id touch from his team are Harden, MCW, Danny Green, and Giannis.

    you like any of these trades for me?

    1. my durant, deron and Chandler or knight for harden (probably dreaming)
    2. deron and tyson Chandler for MCW
    3. deron for Danny green
    4. tyson Chandler for Giannis

    it’s 10-team 8-cat league. my team is:
    G: lillard, rubio, knight, Jack, deron
    F: durant, Covington, Draymond green, favors
    c: boogie, whiteside and Tyson Chandler

    thanks bro!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shaft: 1. Yeah 10er I like it. 2. Ehhh, yeah a 10er replacement at big should make that good. 3. love. 4. Definitely. Any time!

  7. Nikko says:
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    The trade deadline passed last night in my h2h points league, so of course I had to sort a few things out. Right now im pretty set in the second seed. I trade my Lowry and got his drummond which right now seems in my favor. Then i traded my Millsap for his Evans only because of his PG eligibility and I was a Rose owner. Going into playoffs, I’ll have Gasol, Drumm, griff, Horford and jefferson as my big men. I have Kawhi right now and I’m praying he digs himself out of the slump. I picked up batum hoping he bounces back. Kemba is on the waivers right now and I’m thinking about stashing him soon.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Nikko: Nice moves! Yeah I expect Kawhi to be fine. With mo Will playing so well, I’m not huge on Kemba stashing, but if you have no other injuries and coasting into playoff by week I could see it

  8. Osnam says:
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    CaNaan of Brooks? Thanks

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Osnam: Brooks

  9. Johnny says:
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    Yoo JB,

    Would you drop PBev for Brooks or KCP?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Johnny: Man Pbev is brutal. Sure I think I would get upside of Brooks

  10. Scott says:
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    Dropped Rose for Mo Williams, who surprisingly has been better on a consistent basis, anyway.

    • Scott says:
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      @Scott: Besides, Gobert and Whiteside have been picking up the slack all along. thanks to your insightful commentary, natch!

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Scott: Yup, surprised Mo Will was out there! His numbers as a starter have been unreal this year. Nice bigs you got there, thanks man!

  11. patrick says:
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    durant or lillard?

    i’m precariously in 8th place. i really want to believe Durant will come back sooner rather than later

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @patrick: I am hoping for KD too, but I think if Lillard was offered to me as a KD owner I would have to take it

  12. dom says:
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    Great call on Mozgov over Bogut last night, they play each other Thursday so I think I’ll keep it going louder with healthcare.mozgov again

    Gotta choose 3 out of Whiteside, Len, Gobert, Favors tonight and I’m thinking Favors might be the odd one out since I’m going all out for blocks in my roto league. It’s tough to sit Favors seeing he’s playing the Lakers and could give me a high volume FG% boost but it’s not like Len hurts in that category so…

    • Scott says:
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      @dom: Actually, all 3 of your bigs have good FG%, probably because they are usually shooting from up close.

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @dom: Thanks man! Healthcare.Mozgov giving a lot of affordable care out there…

      Man I like all of those. To be honest, I think Whiteside might be the bench. As I mentioned on the Pod yesterday, he kinda looks a little fatigued. Although vs. Vuc should be a lot of post opportunities… I’m torn! Flipping a coin between Whiteside/Favors

  13. Mike says:
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    Monroe was terrible on defense again last night. Against big teams he has a problem on offense like last nights 4 for 13 shooting. Man has terrible footwork on defense and can’t jump. I wish he had been traded. I am ready for the Pistons to let him go in free agency and draft Bobby Portis or Frank Kaminsky if Bobby is gone and sign SF Damon Green from Golden State. Management has made a great move in picking up Reggie Jackson he needs a max contract this summer. Last night our coach made a hugh mistake. Pistons were up 14 points with Monroe and the bench players playing when the lead was lost. Coach should of brought the starters back sooner. Pistons need 2 athletic big men in the draft.

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      @Mike: Yup he was, I watched a lot of that game. He seems like a pure-C and I dunno about the twin towers with Drummo.

      Yeah I was surprised too they didn’t get a tad more run. I’m going to be very interested in Kaminsky wherever he goes next year. Love his game. It’s not flashy and might make him a value if he lands somewhere where he’s looking at good minutes. A stretch 4 would be a good fit in Motown.

  14. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    JB… I just need someone to listen to me b**** and moan for a second…

    The all star break killed me. I lost Sully in two leagues, bosh in one, augustine in the other, and Collison. Well… my teams were deep before, so ill be able to survive, but I went from having two top of the league teams to just above average. Its kind of funny what can happen in the span of a week.

    Nice baseball post btw! I agree with you on most of your insights.

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      @Bryce Krispie Treats: I am here man, I am your fantasy hoops shrink! Yup the deadline and this past week has been ridiculous in the changes in value. Luckily you didn’t have Rose anywhere! Thanks so much for reading on baseball man!

  15. jcg says:
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    12 team 9 cat. Planning for playoffs.

    Who’s your top two overall?

    Canaan, Olynyk, James Johnson, Brooks

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @jcg: Hmmm. Brooks bad playoff sched makes me have Canaan over him. If no PG need it’s JJ and Oly for me though, I think those would be my 2

  16. Wutang says:
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    JB! Can you believe rose got hurt again… I hate to tell you, but I don’t want to tell anyone about your site because then no one would draft guys like him!

    Sniped brooks off the wire before Rose’s injury was leaked big – the announcers in the raps game let it slip about 5 minutes before it broke online! Had to drop Galloway for him, but I can always stream the Harlem Renissance if I need some steals!

    Do you like Canaan or Galloway ROS?
    Also looking at my Ariza for his Dragic – u likey? Tanking big man stats, may as well stock up on PG’s!

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      @Wutang: as well!

      Would you go KCP over Canaan, Galloway, Brooks?

      AND would you try to sell Canaan’s upside for a more reliable talent (looking at you for creative suggestions)

      Love it as always! Look forward to tomorrow’s already

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Wutang: Hah not surprised at all! Well, I can’t say I’m mad, juts happy you wanna keep us to yourself 🙂

        Whoa, nice reporting Raps! Yeah I hope you can get that H Renaissance again. I think I’d take him over Canaan. Yup, gimme Dragon!

        Hmmmm. KCP vs Canaan is close. I think I might roll dice there. One more look at Canaan tonight, but seems like a 3s only guy.

        • Wutang says:
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          @JB Gilpin: well as long as you’re not mad! So I’ll take Galloway over kcp and Canaan?

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            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Wutang: Nope never! Yeah I think I would do it in that order too

  17. Jay says:
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    KCP over MAtt Barnes?

    • Jay says:
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      @Jay: or Brooks . Ihave barnes. looking to see if I should move on

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Jay: I think I’d lean upside of Brooks right now.

        • Jay says:
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          @JB Gilpin: sorry man, so you’re saying Brooks over Barnes going forward?

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            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Jay: Yup gimme Brooks

  18. KO says:
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    Quick roster question for today…
    Which 10 would you start?
    Harden(yes),GHayward(Yes),Whiteside(Yes), Covington (Yes), Teague (Yes), JoeJohnson, THarris, Kieff, ZBo, Brandon Knight, Aaron Brooks, TJones, Gortat

    I’m leaning towards benching Brooks, Gortat and JoeJohnson

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @KO: Ah sorry I missed ya! Weather prep made tonight crazy, so much snow!

      Damn Johnson had a big one, whod you go with?

  19. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Hey brotha, Parsons was dumped in my 11 team roto (no TOs). Is he worth dropping Valanciunas for? Need points and 3s.

    • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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      @OldMilwaukeePounders: Additionally, would you consider moving Giannis for Paul George in a keeper league? I had no designs on keeping Giannis, but a foursome of Curry, Paul, George, and Whiteside or Lowry would be dope for next year, right?

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        @OldMilwaukeePounders: OH most def! Gimme Parsons.

        Ummm what’s your standing this year? And have any other injuries? And can you only keep 4? Sounds like it’s only 4, I dunno how high I’ll have George next yr but if you;re in the fight for it now, I dunno if Whiteside or Lowry are too big of downgrades as keepers from Paul George

        • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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          @JB Gilpin: I am in the fight, but need to get extremely lucky to qualify for the 4 spot…I had to trade a bunch of picks to get Curry so I was at a disadvantage coming in to the draft.

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            JB Gilpin says:
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            @OldMilwaukeePounders: Ah gotcha, well if you’re out of it I don’t mind it.

  20. tentyme says:
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    no need for anything in particular just the better overall player in a 9 cat no to’s h2h weekly 12 team league… canaan or james johnson…the last 4 players on my team are nurkic, galloway, brooks n canaan so I just figured with 3 pg’s here canaan would have the least chance of biting me in the ass… what do you think??

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @tentyme: No TO, yeah I’m going Canaan.

  21. Dante Green says:
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    I’m so glad Batum has put up solid numbers in his last two games.. Hoping he could finish this second half of the season strong. Crossing my fingers. Dirk killed my team today scoring just 4 pts? What the f. Glad MCW is back! Would you send those two(dirk and mcw) over for either Ibaka or Leonard?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Dante Green: Yup I watched a good bit and looked good tonight.

      Weird game from Dallas… Such a weird team, suspending Rondo and all haha…

      MCW is on the up and up, but yeah I think Kawhi or Ibaka would be upgrades for ya at that price

      • Dante Green says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yea, was able to watch him play too against MEM, he did look good out there!

        Yea, hope the owner accepts my offer! Thanks JB

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