A capella music is singing without instrumental accompaniment. According to choraldirectormag.com, here’s what’s needed to create an a capella group: soloist, great bass, original music, time together, and momentum. That basically describes the Houston Rockets. Let’s break it down. Mike D’Antoni doesn’t micromanage possessions like some coaches. Things flow naturally. Soloist. James Harden. Great bass, the voice that’s low and powerful. Clint Capela fills that role by battling down low and doing the dirty work on the glass. Original music. Mike D’Antoni’s “Seven Seconds or Less” offense from the Phoenix days combined with the analytics of Daryl Morey equals “Game the Math.” Time together. Self explanatory. Momentum. The Rockets offense in a nutshell. Yesterday’s game against the Indiana Pacers was a microcosm of the synergy they’ve displayed all season enroute to an 11-3 record, with six victories in a row. Harden led the way with 26 points, five boards, 15 dimes, and two steals. Capela provided the base with 20 points, 17 boards, one dime, and one block. Eric Gordon filled his gunner role by hoisting up 11 downtowners. He finished with 21 points, one board, four dimes, two steals, and one block. If this was college, you’d think he was trying to get laid. Trevor Ariza scored 15 points, grabbed five boards, dished out a dime, and pilfered two. He’s Mr. Versatility. Can hit the high, low, and middle notes. Luc Mbah a Moute and P.J. Tucker provide toughness while still being an offensive threat. It’s going to be interesting when Chris Paul returns to the fray.

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By the way, Stocktonator must love a capella as well, because it had Harden, Capela, Gordon, and Ariza all in the top 10 yesterday.

Here’s what else I saw yesterday:

Rudy Gobert is expected to miss 4-6 weeks due to a bone bruise in his knee. Derrick Favors should see an uptick in minutes. Ekpe Udoh is another player to keep in mind, although he did not get much run with Gobert sidelined.

Thaddeus Young went 0-of-7 yesterday. He did grab five boards, dished out two dimes, and pilfered one. The Rockets have some good defenders on the wing, but doo doo happens. He’ll be fine.

Bojan Bogdanovic (5/2/1/1/1) and Darren Collison (9/2/2/1) both had bad games as well. Doo doo. Doo doo.

Victor Oladipo scored 28 points, grabbed four boards, dished out two dimes, and pilfered one. He has a 31% usage rate on the season. Oladipo Ho! Oladipo Ho!

Domantas Sabonis scored 17 points, grabbed five boards, dished out two dimes, and pilfered one in 23 minutes. The minutes have come down slightly with the return of Myles Turner, but the two have played a few minutes together. Arvydas can never catch a break in the NBA! As for Turner, he scored 13 points, grabbed eight boards, dished out two dimes, and blocked three in 26 minutes. The game was a blow out so….He’s rounding into form and I’m still very bullish on his fantasy prospects.

T.J. Leaf scored nine points, grabbed one board, and blocked one in 19 minutes. Whoop de doo, right? I feel you, but not literally. That’d be weird. Anyways, I like what I’ve seen when I watch Leaf play. He’s very agile for a big man, can shoot from downtown, and is comfortable taking it to the rack. He had a nice move yesterday where he caught the ball at the top of the three-point line, faked the shot, dribbled around the closing defender, faked the pass to the wing, then put up a little tear drop. Nothing but net. Really smooth. He needs more strength and physicality to bang down low, but Leaf could be a very productive stretch four in the future.

Lance Stephenson scored eight points, grabbed 10 boards, and dished out three dimes. He’s meh most of the time, but will occassionally get minutes and be productive. I’d consult the Stocktonator as to when to play him.

Dirk Nowitzki scored five points, grabbed one board, and dished out one dime in 20 minutes. I love you Dirk. The 2011 run you had culminating in one of the greatest Finals performances ever will never be forgotten. Unless I get Alzheimer’s, then I hope you’d understand. With that said, it’s time to go.

Harrison Barnes scored 22 points, grabbed 13 boards, and dished out a dime in 25 minutes. Barnes has been putting work on the boards this season. He has three games with over 10 and the per game average is at 6.6. He had never had a number higher than 5.5 before. I have a sneaky suspicion that Dirk’s rebound numbers have decreased the same amount that Barnes’ has increased. For you lazy f-ers, my suspicion was validated.

Yogi Ferrell got the start and scored 18 points, grabbed three boards, dished out four dimes, and pilfered one in 34 minutes. Is Seth Curry ever going to play? I’m tellin ya. There’s been some funky stuff regarding injuries this season. Kawhi Leonard and Curry. Anyways, there’s still no timetable for Curry’s return and his injury would scare me regardless. Yogi gonna get run as long as Curry is out. J.J. Barea only played 20 minutes, but the dude always produces. He hoisted up 10 shots, scored nine points, grabbed three boards, dished out two dimes, and pilfered two. As I always say, there’s a reason for this:

Paul George ain’t no Boy, as he scored 37 points, grabbed eight boards, dished out five dimes, and pilfered two. Stocktonator loved him yesterday. He’s going to fit in so well with Lonzo, Ingram, LeBron, KCP, and Kuzma next year. That’s a straight lineup of death. All that length and ability to switch everything. I can’t wait.

Carmelo Anthony did not play due to a sore back. How’s that possible when he hasn’t carried anything since the ‘Cuse days? In his place, Jerami Grant got the start and played 34 minutes. He scored 10 points, grabbed eight boards, dished out three dimes, pilfered one, and blocked one. Irrespective of the start yesterday, Grant had been seeing minutes in the mid-20s. He’s the handjob of fantasy basketball. Not exciting, but serviceable.

Russell Westbrook did not mess around. In fact, all three of his triple-dubs occurred in October. Why I wanted mention Russ was because he went 12-of-13 from the charity stripe. He had been shooting around 50%. Doo doo happens. He’ll be fine.

With Steven Adams sidelined with a calf injury, Dakari Johnson got the start and played 17 minutes. He scored five points, grabbed three boards, and blocked one. Adams should be back soon.

Josh Richardson scored 15 points, grabbed five boards, dished out four dimes, pilfered one, and blocked one in 36 minutes. I’m a JRich guy. The offense is inconsistent, but he gets minutes and contributes in D stats. Plus, he has rich and son in his last name.

Dion Waiters scored 16 points, grabbed four boards, dished out five dimes, and pilfered three in 32 minutes.

Hassan Whiteside scored 20 points, grabbed 12 boards, pilfered one, and blocked two in 29 minutes. I have nothing funny or witty to say, except that he’s good. I shall go sharpen my seppuku knives now, as I have disgraced my family and name. Good night.

I’m back bitches! And so are the Detroit Pistons!

Tobias Harris scored 25 points, grabbed seven boards, and dished out a dime in 37 minutes. Avery Bradley scored 24 points, grabbed six boards, dished out a dimes, and pilfered two in 30 minutes. The answer to your question is yes. Andre Drummond only scored eight points, but grabbed 17 boards, dished out four dimes, and blocked a shot against Whiteside. No small task.

Stanley Johnson was out, so Reggie Bullock got the start. 0 points, 1 offensive rebound, 2 defensive rebounds, and 3 total rebounds. I’m going to call that the Sesame Street line. He did dish out two dimes, though, and played 20 minutes. As a result of his ineptitude, rookie Luke Kennard played 28 minutes and scored 14 points, grabbed five boards, dished out three dimes, and blocked one. I don’t think he’s fantasy viable yet, but I’d keep an eye on him.

Serge Ibaka scored eight points, grabbed six boards, dished out a dimes, pilfered one, and blocked one. You know why I’m here. Ibaka has seven dimes on the season, while Blake has three blocks. I think Ibaka may have an insurmountable lead, but I have faith in his Black Holeness taking control for an extended period of time. C’mon Blake. Show some fight!

Norman Powell exited the game after seven minutes due to a hip injury. C.J. Miles and OG Anunoby should get an uptick in minutes. Miles played 21 minutes yesterday and scored 10 points, grabbed a board, pilfered two, and blocked one. OG played 22 minutes and scored seven points, grabbed four boards, and pilfered one.

Jonas Valanciunas scored six points and grabbed three in only 18 minutes. That’s the worry with JV, as he can’t stay on the floor when teams have a big man that can shoot from downtown or go small. In those instances, Pascal Siakam and Lucas Nogueira both get run.

Kyle Lowry scored 19 points, grabbed a board, dished out seven dimes, and pilfered one in 31 minutes. His shot attempts, points, assists, and steals are all down from last year. The usage rate is under 20% for the first time since 2010. I side with history here and would entertain buying, but would it surprise anyone if we find out he’s been injured?

The Celtics are 12-2! They’ve won 12 in a row. How many did the ’71 Lakers win in a row? Yes, I’m trying to jinx them. But by saying that I’m trying to jinx them, does that negate the jinx? So, how do I reverse the reverse of the jinx? Seriously, though, this team is really deep and Brad Stevens is an amazing coach. Very impressive.

With Kyrie Irving out, Marcus Smart got the start and scored 14 points, grabbed five boards, dished out nine dimes, and pilfered two in 32 minutes. He shot 3-of-10 from the field, but he does stuff the stat sheet. He’s the Maxwell Smart of fantasy. The process is awkward, but the end result is satisfactory.

Jaylen Brown scored 18 points, grabbed three boards, and pilfered two. This is how I feel when I watch JB play:

The next Kawhi? <ducks>

Terry Rozier scored 16 points, grabbed six boards, dished out thre dimes, and pilfered one in 28 minutes. When one of the guards are down for Boston, Rozier is someone to consider.

Marcus Morris scored eight points, grabbed five boards, and dished out a dime in 22 minutes. The minutes are the key. I’ve never been a big fan of Morris, but if he gets minutes in this offense, gotta consider him.

Shane Larkin played 14 minutes, did not score a point, and dished out two dimes. This is all you need to see:

If you literally make someone break dance, gotta make the shot. If not, can’t put you into the lineup.
  1. Lasandro says:
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    Nice writeup!

    Pls rank Spencer, Rozier, Fox for the next few weeks. I’m leaning Spencer but don’t know how serious his hamstring issue is. Rozier seems to always produce when a starter guess down.

    • Lasandro says:
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      @Son: Murray’s available but I don’t trust Malone and his ability to add assists to those empty scoring lines he’ll produce on occasion

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @Lasandro: Oh, I like Murray the best

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Lasandro: Until more info on Dinwiddie comes out, I’d go Rozier, Fox, Dinwiddie

  2. Renz says:
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    Where’s the love for Al? We was almost perfect today! Lol. Kidding aside, great write up as always, Son! Just want to share that I got 8-0 for this week! Too bad, the last minute STL ba WB0 before leaving the game tied us in STL, that should have been a broom!!

    Anyway, just want to hear your thoughts on my current roster so I would know any room for improvement.

    PG/SG: Ntilikina, J. Murray, DSJ, A. Bradley, D. Mitch (added him today from waivers)
    SF/PF: JRich, Prince, Dray, Marcus Morris, J. Simmons (grabbed him from waivers as well)
    C: Turner, Joker, Horford

    List of notables:
    Skal, Bebe, Frank, Bogbog, Monroe, Holmes, Josh Jackson,

    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Renz: Yeah, you’re right. I did say Al was the Bundy of fantasy. I just kind of elevated him into the level of assumption, where I expect good production from him and will only write when he does bad or excellent. Anyways, i should’ve given him some love. My bad.

      Nice to hear on your victory. Cobra Kai would’ve been disappointed though.

      I think you’re good

  3. McBonton says:
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    Very nice writeup son!

    Got offered KArl anthony towns , chria paul and paul millsap for my Giannis , Dragic and Horford. Should i accept? Giannis does not fit in my team build. Thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @McBonton: Thanks! I believe the answer was written.

      By you!

    • Noconstant says:
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      @McBonton: Not sure how Giannis does not fit in your build and KAt does.

      • Mcbonton says:
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        @Noconstant:
        Kept loosing on Ft% and 3pm. Plus i have a very good depth on my sf/pf
        Aaron grodon
        Myles turner
        Tyreke evans
        Batum

        So my thinking was if i will get better on center and pg position.

  4. miles proudfoot says:
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    That Larkin gif is amazing!

    I am currently rostering both Mitchell and Hood, and need to drop one. I’m thinking of dropping Hood of the two, do you agree?
    (Also have Ingram and Randle at the end of my bench, but thinking of keeping them over one or the two Jazz guards. )

    Thank you!

  5. hamtime says:
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    1. Lost kyrie, gobert, and DAR in my 12m. Picked up Saric, but need to add one more. Would you get joshrich, ntilikina, or stash nerlens? We only have 5 active slots per day, so stashing isn’t really an issue.

    2. Ulis is available in a 16m. Would you rather own him or holmes

    3. Skal, Dieng, or Yogi in an 18m? Pls choose 2

    4. Hope Dinwiddie’s injury isn’t serious. Seems like a solid add if DAR will miss a bunch of time. there’s also valentine, parsons available.

    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @hamtime: 1) Ntilikina.

      2) Ulis

      3) Yogi

      4) Yea

  6. Dante Green says:
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    Love me some Capela! Hah. Whatever happened to Collison? Been playing like a scrub now! I’m even putting Frankie N ahead of him on my roster depth! Hah.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Dante Green: Oladipo has a 30% usage rate. DC? 16%.

  7. Mr. Blast says:
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    Ayo! Wtup Son!?

    Good read , besides the Celtics jinx part. That’s my team throwing down!

    Are you holding Crabbe or dropping him for Seth or JR Smith ?

    12 team H2H

    Does Crabbe get any boost at all with D. Russ out for a few ?

    Thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: Ha! Thanks! I apologize in advance if my powers are more potent than what I believe them to be.

      I’d rather have Crabbe

  8. hoser says:
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    Yo Son. While I might be able to avoid this decision for a bit if DAR gets on the IL right quick, gotta drop somebody to welcome back cp3. J collins or Chriss? Leaning towards holding JC but of course Chriss goes off the other night to make me think about it. Marquis is feeling like Terrance Jones 2.0 to me

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’d rather have JC

  9. Oldmilwaukeepounders says:
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    Hey SON –

    Would you deal Conley for Horford in a 8 car roto? Here’s my current roster:

    PG- Conley, Bledsoe, Collison
    SG- Gary Harris, Butler
    SF- Kawhi, Melo, Ariza
    PF- PorzingGod, Simmons, Ryan Anderson, Portis, Favors
    C- Gobert

    I need help in boards, assists, steals, right now. Just acquired Butler for Ibaka and Dedmon! I think this is a top 3-5 ROTO squad once I get Kahwi and Rudy going at once, but I need some help for sure.

    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      That works

  10. AKTHESAVIOR says:
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    Hi Son!

    Only speaking about the players I have in IL (Aminu and LaVine), would you drop them for Nance, Fultz or Tristan Thompson? And once they are back who wold drop for them (if so)?

    Rest of the team is: Payton, Bledsoe, Ntilikina, Murray, J Rich, Middleton, Ingram, Hollis Jefferson, Antetokoumpo, Prince, T Gibson, M Turner, Portis.

    Thanks a lot!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @AKTHESAVIOR: I’d sit tight.

  11. hamtime says:
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    1. have dinwiddie and holmes in a 16m. would you drop one for ulis? here is my team:

    G – lonzo, dinwiddie, kyrie, murray
    f – warren, crabbe, bojan, wiggins
    c- AD. ryno, portis, holmes

    2. murray + warren for jimmy b?
    3. would u trade beal or otto for jimmy b straight up given his struggles? between beal and otto, who do u prefer to trade away?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @hamtime: 1) No

      2) Sure

      3) In a vacuum, I’d probably want to keep Beal but it’s close because I like Otto a lot as well

  12. rhirano says:
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    Need a lot of help pretty much across the board (minus assists and percents). Are gallinari and fultz worth holding onto in IL spots?

    IL guys available are Nance, Rondo, Nwaba

    Others available: Rozier, Kyle Anderson, Bellinelli, Courtney Lee, Snell, Moore, Korver, Chriss, Henson and Valentine

    My team as of now:
    PG: Jrue Holiday, Dragic, Clarkson
    SG: Middleton, Hood,KCP
    SF: James Johnson, Oubre
    PF: Draymond, Markannen, Favors
    C: Davis, Dedmon,

    • Son

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      @rhirano: I think you can drop Fultz. I’d probably take a flyer on Rondo.

  13. Ghita says:
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    Hello Son,

    I have a trade on the table: harden for kyrie+gibson(harden is mine). Do you think I shall acdept it? ( H2h format, 15 cat league including OR, PF,TO,Tech,Disq,DD)
    Thanks,
    Ghita

    • Son

      Son says:
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      No

  14. Pedro says:
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    Hi again Son.

    I got offered Richardson for Sabonis, which kind of suits me. The problem is I love Sabonis game now and that I think Sabonis is a little bit better.

    What do you think? Would it be fair?

    • Pedro says:
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      @Pedro:

      On the other hand. Somebody is selling Curry. Would you give Dipo and Turner for him?

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @Pedro: Wiiout context, yes

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Pedro: All about what best suits you

  15. miles proudfoot says:
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    Middleton, Vuc and Harris for Walker, MGasol, and Fox? Looking towards playoffs and the latter has a much better schedule.

  16. MFlo:20 says:
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    Hi Son,

    Hope you’re well. Glad to be following your site and outlook on NBA fantasy.

    We are on a 20-team H2H league and would you think Rose is a droppable guy?

    Not keen on the inconsistencies and he’s injury plagued. I have CP3, Blake, Adams, Jrue, Ryno, Rozier, Crawford, Rivers, K. Anderson

    Quite thin on big men as the waiver options are C. Zeller, Kaminsky, Biyombo, Dieng, Okafor, Noel. Sucks but these are the options.

    Hope to hear from you. Cheers!

    • Son

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      Yeah. You can drop DRose. He’s basically a SG that plays PG. Can find what he does on the wire. As for the big men, yeah, those options suck. Guess I’d go with Kaminsky.

      • MFlo:20 says:
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        @Son: Thanks son!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @MFlo:20: Anytime

  17. Ricky says:
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    Hii Son,

    1.Would you trade love + ariza for CP3 ??
    2.Please rank for KCP,ariza,dmitch,roco,batum

    h2h 9cat

    thanks son

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Ricky: 1) I woiuld. 2) RoCo, DMitch, Ariza, Batum, KCP

      • Ricky says:
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        @Son: okay thanks son could you please rank for myles turner,marc gasol,horford,love & griffin ??

        • Son

          Son says:
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          I’m cool with how you have them

  18. AJ says:
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    Son, always enjoy your blog. 1) Would you drop Alex Len for Derrick Favors? 2) Would you drop McConnell for D. Mitchell? I am thin at PG and am thinking about punting assists and that Mitchell has lots of upside. Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Thanks! Yes to both

  19. Jason says:
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    Should i trade my brolo and cauley-stein or len for beal?

    My team: crabbe, kawhi, dmitch, thabo, warren, love, prince, len, towns, cauley-stein, brolo, collins portis, bradley

    If yes, would you rather trade away cauley-stein or len? I’m worried about brolo and willie’s playing times.

    • Jason says:
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      @Jason: another option is to trade for covington instead of beal (same trade as above)

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @Jason: Beal

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jason: I’m good with that. Would rather keep Len

  20. Rob says:
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    Hi son,
    May i ask if we’re going to have updated rankings like what we have in previous years? 🙂

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I think so. I may not update the projections, though. Let me think on how to best present it

  21. Big-D says:
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    is it getting close to the right time to drop mike james? frank nutellakeena playing some exciting ball out there

    • Big-D says:
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      also, i’m holding O-Quinn right now at the end of the bench and nerlens noel just hit waivers…. what do you think?

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @Big-D: They both make me wanna puke

        • Big D says:
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          @Son: me too. But something something something upside something something

          • Son

            Son says:
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            @Big D: I guess you have to go with KOQ

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Big-D: I’ve been advocating picking up Frank. I’d rather have him than James.

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