Fresh off surviving the 2014-15 Razzies with his nomination for worst coach, Brad Stevens only kinda-sorta did something right last night…  Yo Brad, how about you have Marcus Smart take some other shots than 3s (1-5 FG with 1-4 3PTM last night)?!

But despite the Celtics’ horrific mismanaging of Smart, Stevens did run Isaiah Thomas a whopping one-more-minute than Smart, and IT2/3 went nuts for 34/3/6 on 10-17 FG (4-8 3PTM 10-11 FT).  In a 10-point win, you don’t run IT2/3 over 30 minutes with a +35?!  Only got to 29:47 last night, but you’ll take it when he’s at at least 23 Pts, 2 treys and 4 3PTM the past three games.  Those are the floors!  Other than the %s (he is shooting a ton more though), IT2/3 has really improved since changing into green, and I think that slow start in Phoenix might make him a value next year.  IT2/3, the Hoppin’ Leprechaun!  That might have to be his full official Razzball nickname…  Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy basketball action:

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March Madness Winner! – …Speaking of hopping Leprechauns, congratulations to the proud owner of the West Texas hothot bracket!  Bested our Razzball field over ME!  Just topped me by 5 Pts, as I came in 2nd, ughhhhhh.  I really wanted a second REL team!  Hit me up at jb at razzball dot com (sometimes putting in the address jacks it up!) and I’ll get your info for an REL team next year!

Chris Copeland, Pero Antic & Thabo Sefolosha All involved in that nightclub stabbing that I’m sure everyone has read about.  Copeland was in DNP-land with Paul George back anyway, and Antic and Thabo missed last night.  Nothing much to worry about for fantasy with these guys specifically (more on the Hawks below), and we covered most of that noise on the Pod yesterday.

Morris Brothers – Same for Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris and their alleged assault situation, but nothing has been charged and both still played last night.  Marcus was particularly good going 12/10/4/2/0 with no TO.  The Mavs after the game were like, “We had trouble guarding either of them, they were like Phantoms!”

Gerald Green – I dunno, might be more of a ball hog than Nate Robinson…  But they were falling last night!  30 Pts in 30 minutes.  Green with the ESPN 30 for 30.  He’s now scored 69 Pts the last 3 games, to which our middle school readers just laughed.

Reggie Jackson Dropped another massive dimebag handing out 15 assists while scoring 21.  The TO have been a problem (7 last night), but man he’s at 8+ dimes in 12 straight with 9+ in 11 of those.  That’s Chris Paul-esque!  Not comparing the two, but that dimebag consistency is enough to make Snopp Lion turn into Snopp Coughin’!

Elfrid Payton 17/9/9 in a near trip-dub, but that’s not even close to what’s got me pitching a tent for next year.  He hit both of his 3-pointers and went 3-3 from the stripe.  If he can contribute in both of those cats, look out.

Derrick Rose Returned last night!  Your season is saved!  Oh wait, H2H leagues are over…  9/2/2/1/0, showing the rust with 3-9 FG and 4 TO.  Although the worst thing is the Bulls lost to the Magic!

Ramon Sessions Played well in a start for John Wall (DNP-rest), going 19/4/7 on 5-7 FG (2-2 3PTM 7-9 FT).  Why you gotta listen to the Pod!  Although any spot-start against the Sixers is sorta a no-brainer…

Nerlens Noel Rolled his ankle last night and only got through 24 minutes.  There have been disputing reports about if he was in a walking boot, but it certainly scared my heebie jeebies that Brett Brown already said he’s unlikely for Saturday.  Sounds like Captain N might be off of the ship and starting to take his pension this year…

Bismack Biyombo Didn’t do anything interesting as usual, except did swat another 3.  BlockNOF!

Tyler Hansbrough – I don’t think there could be a worse “F you!” than to tell Jonas Valanciunas “hey, you’re only going for 17 mins tonight, but we’re giving Hansbrough 37!”  Laugh all you want, but 12/12/0/0/2 last night for Psycho T off 18/8/0/2/1 his last game on Saturday.  Noel owners in Roto leagues have got to be like, “damn, am I really dropping Noel for Hansbrough?!”  Amir Johnson missed these past two and still can’t pull his full weight on his kankle, so yeah, time to make that swap!

Mike Scott He’s so good.  20/8/2, no TO and 2 treys.  Looking at some good PT.

Mike Muscala The Nets getting beat by the pair of Mikes, with Chicken Muscala going 9/1/2/2/1.  Also worth a look in that Bismack/Psycho T range.

Langston Galloway Hit some choppy waters – which you’d expect from a D-League call up expected to be your most consistent player – but has been solid the past 15 with a 19/5/3/1/0 line last night with a trey.  I doubt he starts next year, but he’s certainly won a rotational role.

Kyrie Irving Are you EFFING KIDDING ME?!  27 Pts last night, and 3 more Pts and I officially put away Slim in our 14-15 30-Pt Challenge Board...  At least Slim missed yet again!

Michael Carter-Williams Used his Razzie for worst ratio killer as bulletin board material!  30/2/8/1/0 with only 2 TO on 13-22 FG (1-3 3PTM 3-3 FT).  Sheesh, MCW has some crazy games vs. LeBron teams!  Who could forget that near quaddub in his NBA debut!  And I wanna quote that article after his debut, “I’m not expecting MCW to be an elite player”.  Woooooo, award winning advice!

Giannis Antetokounmpo – Ya know, you lose by 5 to the Cavs and you wonder if starting Giannis would’ve been the difference, rather than the 32 starting minutes of Jared Dudley who went -8.  Hmmmm.  Giannis got a shocking DNP-CD as Jason Kidd pulled a Larry Drew.  How’d that work out for Drew, Kidd?!

Tony Parker Not a surprise that he’s can still play well while out there, but it is a surprise he’s just out there!  27/1/4 on 13-18 shooting in a nice bounce back after scoring only 21 Pts the last 4 games.

Kenneth Faried Does last night’s line save the Manimal from being Slim’s worst call of 14-15?!  29/11/0/2/2 on 10-14 FG and 9-9 FT.  Game of his life!  Helps when you can tear apart the atrocious Lakers front line though…

Danilo Gallinari Cool it, Gallo!  I want you as a sleeper next year!  27/7/4/0/2 with 7 treys.  Calm that shizz down!

Ryan Kelly – Solid multi-cat game for 17/1/2/1/2 with no TO on a stellar 6-8 FG (2-3 3PTM 3-4 FT).  Shot out all his misses a game ago with only 3-17 from the field against the Clips!  Offers true multi-cat ability, albeit with nothing spectacular, for the stretch run.

Jabari Brown – Started at the 2 with Jeremy Lin a late scratch (knee), and was very blah for 11/4/0/0/0 on 3-12 shooting.  The reunited Mizzou backcourt needs to rekindle their non-NCAA Tournament days!

Sacramento Kings – First game of 14-15 with both DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay out, yet they still got to 91 Pts against the Jazz!  Still lost by 12, but ya know…  Sucks for Gay owners as he put up 33 a night ago, but played through a headache and now might be held out the rest of the year.  That’s my conjecture of course…  And I don’t think we see Boogie again either, as he’s flying to see a specialist for his foot.  With 6 calendar days left in the year and 4 more Kings games, I don’t see why they’d push it for either player.

Rodney Hood Providing some good O!  Back-to-back 20-burgers and 17+ the last 3, going 20/8/4/0/1 last night with 3 treys.  They need him to shoot, so certainly won’t be surprised if he keeps it up the rest of the way.

Justin Hamilton – Ugh, wasn’t very good, as really only Andrew Wiggins had a decent line for the Wolves.  Well, I take that back…

Zach LaVine Keeps on truckin’!  18/5/6/2/0 on 6-12 FG and 6-7 FT, really only hurting you with the 4 TO, which you expect.  Been a dynamite add down the stretch, and when asked who he’d rather own on a fantasy team vs. LeBron, LaVine said he’d choose himself…

 

Streamers/Cheap Daily League Picks:

C.J. McCollum (7% owned) – Wasn’t huge in his 25 minutes last night, but continued to find production going 13/3/1/2/0 with a trey.  Going at the Warriors tonight on a back-to-back, I think Stotts will again find minutes for him, even if it’s not the 27-point blowout like last night’s win was.

Aaron Brooks (37% owned) – I have a feeling he may have been dropped hastily with D-Rose back, but still managed to put up some numbers last night (13/3/2/2/0 with 2 treys), and even Coach “I’m going to run you until you have your legs amputated” Tibs won’t be pushing Rose hard on a back-to-back, if Rose plays at all.

 

Thanks for stopping by Razzball Nation, and we’ll be back again tomorrow as we start wrapping up the year for our Roto players!

  1. Blint says:
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    Namaste JB!

    This is was our first year keeper league and as I have bragged about already I won the league thanks to you guys. I did not really have to pick up a lot during the season because my draft went pretty well thanks to your rankings :)Only regret was not picking up Whiteside when we was on waivers. It was between him and somebody else I dont remember.
    Now we can keep as many players we want . If keep 5 players those will be by first rounders. We won’t really know whos keeping how many etc till after the keeper deadline on October. Trades are allowed offseason. My Team is

    PG- Teague, Rubio , Clarkson, Harden, Elfrid,

    SG/SF-Giannis, Tobias, Draymond, Shumpert, Hood

    PF/C- Gobert, Favors, Steven Adams, Hoford, Ibaka

    Now should I just keep everyone on my team? I am assuming other teams who had bad players won’t really keep many players and so will scoop in all the good rookies in the draft anyway. I really like my team going into next year. Struggled with 3s though lost that category almost every week. We have 3 PTM and 3 FG% !

    Or should I drop Shumpert and Steven Adams and hope I get someone better in the draft.

    • Blint says:
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      @Blint:

      * If keep 5 players those will be by first FIVE rounders – I meant

      • Slim

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        @Blint: I agree that the only guys worth considering are Shump and Adams, maybe Hood but I would hold esp considering needs, and we’re talking about rounds 14 and 15. I think Adams has enough upside to warrant that. Shump probably doesn’t. As it stands right now, Shump is the only drop. If Kanter resigns with OKC (I highly doubt just because of the money he will demand which OKC doesn’t have) then Adams wouldn’t be worth holding onto. This team is going to dominate for years. You’re league mates are screwed.

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          @Slim:

          Thanks Slim 🙂 Will hold Adams if Kanter leaves and drop him if Kanter stays!

          I knew the hidden Jazz fan in you will like the Gobert Favors combo! Although to be honest Teague and Hoford really disappointed during the H2H playoffs ! I won despite them rather than because of them. Was it only because they secured home court and they can’t possibly have it so easy next year?

          Do you think I should just tank 3s and trade Hood in the offseason if I get something decent! Because I never won 3s category this year!

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Blint: Agree with Slim, dat team nasty! I’m a tad worried about your Hawks guys, but Slim has argued they won’t be this good again next yr and I tend to agree. You’d have to imagine the Cavs starting better too, to give ATL a better push.

            I def don’t see Hood as a hold with Burks coming back, so he’s out for me. Sure, yeah trading Hood is good to me!

            • Blint says:
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              @JB Gilpin:

              Thanks JB 🙂 Yeah but the downside is I will never have the top pick ! So I really have to hit on the WW or players that go really late in the NBA draft!
              Can I trade Teague and Hoford for a first rounder like Westbrook/ Curry or is that giving up too much seeing my team

              • JB Gilpin

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                @Blint: Much easier to take the guys we KNOW are solid in the NBA than rooks. Bad example – Jabari – but he got hurt so ya know.

                I would love that trade of Hawks though. Consolidates into a top tier guy and eliminates some DNP risk, I would def take either PG!

  2. Lasandro says:
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    Thanks for the shoutout on the pod – man I’ll miss those once the season ends 🙁 at the very least, keep the movie discussions up!

    Yeah Hamilton hasn’t topped 28min the last two because flip is being a tard and puttin onuako out there for some reason. Dude STILL killed it with 6 Obrds, which I need. Wondering if you think he’s still my best option for %s, Obrds and blks over the likes of smoove or TRob, who looked great with DMC perhaps shut down? If Zaza blocked shots or Ed Davis played more, I’d prob in life them in this discussion. Budinger gets some sneaky blocks but don’t think his Obrds matchup to his teammate’s

    • Slim

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      @Lasandro: Hehe, you care about percents… can’t go Smoove. Yeah, I’d ride Hamilton with those needs. Should be a positive in all those cats, where as the others only hit 1 or 2.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Lasandro: We’ll be still doing em here and there! So we won’t disappear thats for sure!

      Agree, gimme Hamilton still

  3. Scott says:
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    I’m tied in cats in my H2H league. Pretty much killing it in blocks, so time to shift from bigs to littles. I’m down in both %, Assists, and Points. After today, thinking of switching McCollum and Batum for players with 2 games left. These are my options:
    Mo Williams, Jason Thompson, Avery Bradley, Zach LaVine, Trevor Ariza, Paul George, PJ Tucker, Evan Turner, Terence Jones, Danilo Gallinari, Paul Pierce, Jarrett Jack. Can you rate these dudes?

    • Slim

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      @Scott: I think LaVine is definitely 1, actually been pretty good to both percents recently too. I like the Laker game. GS game could be rough but maybe Curry gets a DNP-rest. Either way he should get a ton of minutes and be the top assist/points guy on this list. 2… It’s between Ariza, Turner, and Mo. I’m leaning Ariza. I think his minutes/production is more reliable than the others.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Scott: Agree with Slim, LaVine is #1 for me too. Hah, I didn’t even read Slim’s answer past that and was gonna pick Ariza too. So I think we’re on the same page – may end up punting %s for you, but giving you a big run at Pts/Ast. Wish Evan Turner was more consistent, he’s a close 3 though…

  4. Kris says:
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    Hi JB,

    So apparently mistakes were made but almost all of my players needed to play tonight… Here are things going…

    4-6 and yes, panic button now.

    Aaron Brooks
    CJ McCollum
    Kawhi Leonard
    Draymond Green
    Brandan Wright
    Giannis
    Marcin Gortat
    Jusuf Nurkic (he let me down, big time!)
    Elfrid Payton
    Chase Budinger
    MCW (I sit hi tonight. FCK! Though the CAVS will stop him. DAMN!)
    Muscula

    NOW… Gerald Green is still available. Mike Scott is still available.

    Who to change… Who to drop… 20-team-league and yes the ressurected players are with other managers… DROSE… and PG….

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      @Kris:

      I’m pretty down by 29 assists which never happened in the past few months… Need you insights…

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Kris: Yikes that MCW one was brutal! Nurk can def go. Brandon Knight out for the year and Green hot, gimme Gerald. Probably only move I’m making for right now. If McCollum lays an egg tonight, then will move from him to Mike Scott.

        Good luck in the comeback man!

        • Kris says:
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          @JB Gilpin:

          I know I still got this… But yeah… I’m down 30pts as well 🙁 I’ll update you guys on Sunday

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Kris: Sounds good man!

  5. dom says:
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    so Favors has been averging only 24 minutes a game recently, is that going to continue ROS? For points and assists trying to decide between Favors, Bargnani, Drummond, and Zaza for tomorrow.

    For Saturday, I’m leaning Rodney Hood (@POR) over Chase Budinger (@GS) and Covington (@CHI). Your thoughts? Thanks

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      @dom: Kate Middleton or Joe Johnson tomorrow?

      • JB Gilpin

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        @dom: His back issues have me thinking it’s hard to be optimistic for much more. With AST a need, I’ll go Zaza there.

        Yup Hood is on a roll, never feel confident enough with Covington given it’s the Sixers, I think he’s your man too.

        Gimme The Duchess K Midd!

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          @JB Gilpin: thanks JB, should I drop Ish Smith or D Rose? I’m leaning Rose, Smith played like doo doo last night but I don’t trust Rose and basketballmonster likes Smith keeps projecting him for good assists

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            @dom: Hmmmm that’s close. I don’t trust Rose either, but I also think the Bulls will ramp up his minutes to get him ready for playoffs. No Butler tonight too is encouraging for Rose, as is playing on a back-to-back… I think I’m actually letting Ish go first

  6. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    JB – I need some last minute advice! I somehow got into the championship with all of the injuries to my team…

    My 3’s and Reb categories are close and I need to take those… foye and thompson are on the wire.. do I grab them?

    Also – Millsap. What do I do with this guy? drop or hold? Our matchup goes all the way to wednesday.

    Again – A HUGE thank you for all the advice this year. I owe ya one!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Bryce Krispie Treats: Nice work man! Yeah both will be a help, I think Millsap can go in the final push. Even if he plays maybe 2 more games, that’s still a golden roster spot you can maximize.

      I think I’d get Foye before Tristan, but close, both will def help those cats/

      Glad we’ve helped, thanks for stopping by man!

  7. Dante Green says:
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    WTF mcw had a good game! For real?? Hah. I got a few questions for u brotha;

    1) JB would you shed some light as to how you feel the point guard situation in boston will be next season? Is Smart gonna be the future? Or is IT? Or brad stevens really just sucks? Hahaha.

    2) This isn’t a question but I just wanna comment on Elfrid and Reggie, next season there will obviously be an abundance of good pointguards you know! I mean I believe Elfrid really did improve as the season progressed! And Reggie man, with BJ coming back next season to detroit, who’s gonna man the point? I hope detroit pays Reggie this off season man.. He wanted to be the ‘main guy’ that’s why he left OKC, and next season he might actually get what he asked for!

    3) In your leagues how many players in FA do you allow to acquire per week? 1 add per week? 2? Or there’s no limit? Thanks man!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dante Green: Haha yeah crazy…

      1) I vote for Brad Stevens really sucks! I don’t see any change to their rotation as we see now, Smart out there early for D, IT2 tears it up on O.
      2) Def a lot more PG than usual, I’m gonna love Elfrid. A lot of moving parts for the Pistons…
      3) The RCLs were Yahoo standard, which was 4. To be honest though, I like the no limit leagues for 10 or 12ers because even hardcore streamers have a tough time on cutting usable guys. Not like you can stream half your lineup everyday.

      Any time!

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