When my wife was pregnant, the experience was…..interesting. At least for me. I can’t even begin to try and understand what my wife was feeling. All I know is that women are the GOAT. Anyways, after the initial gamut of emotions, things became very business-like. Doctor’s office. One month. Two months. Three months. Everything was mapped out and the “ride” was slow and steady. Then, the due date approached and….well, I was Robert DeNiro in Heat. The bags were packed and the routes were mapped out with contingencies for all possibilities. At the same time, though, I was like my five-year-old son in the back of the car on a long trip: “Are we there yet? When will we be there? Why is it taking so long?” Damian Lillard and his girlfriend had been expecting the birth of their child for the past few days. Lillard had been struggling a bit with his shooting efficiency, but the raw production was still there. It could have been the matchups or anxiousness with the pregnancy. Regardless, it was Lillard Time for the whole family last night.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 41 9 6 4 0 0 3/9 18/33 2/2

A 40-burger!!! On Damian Jr.’s birthday. Y’all know what time it is.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

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Al-Farouq Aminu:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 10 10 2 3 1 1 2/10 3/13 2/2

Has been insanely good the past few weeks. Like top 10 good. The six games prior to last night: 14 points, 9 boards, 3 dimes, 2.2 steals, 0.7 blocks, and 3 downtowners in 33.4 minutes per game.

Jusuf Nurkic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 10 0 1 4 2 0 10/14 1/1

Played 30 minutes. So skilled and usually produces when he gets the minutes. Inconsistent, but the ceiling is sky-high.

Maurice Harkless did not play, so Evan Turner got the start and played 36 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 6 2 0 0 0 2/3 5/10 2/3

He kind of sucks, but production will fall into his stat line if given enough minutes. After the game, it was announced that Harkless underwent arthroscopy on his left knee. The Jews had manna rain down from the heavens when crossing the desert. ET must’ve phoned home.

CJ McCollum:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 7 4 5 1 2 3 1/6 3/19 0

Please read CJ’s blurb from the prior day.

Anthony Davis:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 36 14 4 2 6 4 0 15/24 6/6

Do you think shaving his eyebrows would be Samson-esque?

Jrue Holiday messed around.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 11 11 0 2 6 0/2 9/17 3/3

When Rajon Rondo does not play, Holiday sees a 9% increase in usage rate. Rondo did not play last night.

Ian Clark:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 8 0 2 0 0 1 0/3 4/11 0

Got the start for Rondo and played 29 minutes. He’s a chucker, whether he starts or comes off the bench. The minutes have been relatively secure, but he just doesn’t contribute much in the periphery categories.

Nikola Mirotic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 2 4 0 0 0 0 0/3 1/6 0

Was questionable to play due to a hip flexor. Has to be one of the reasons why he’s been playing so poorly. The other? No motivation from his buddy, Bobby Portis.

Giannis Antetokounmpo:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 26 9 7 0 5 4 1/2 10/16 5/9

G only has one triple-dub on the season. Yet, I’m always surprised when he doesn’t quadruple-dub. Logic.

Jason Terry:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 10 3 2 5 0 1 2/5 4/7 0/1

Played 32 minutes. Has played 32, 29, 30, and 29 minutes the past four games. Shame on you Jennings, Brown, Snell, and Muhammad. I take that back. Much props to you Terry. I mean Jason. I mean….I’m not fond of people with two first names.

Jabari Parker:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 2 1 2 3 1 2 0/1 1/12 0

Played 19 minutes. He stuffed the stat sheet alright. With crumbs jumping out from his mouth.

DeAndre Jordan:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 16 3 0 1 0 0 5/9 2/4

DJ keeps spinning the good stuff.

Tobias Harris:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 3 5 2 0 0 3/6 8/17 0/1

Lou Williams:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 5 4 1 0 7 1/4 5/16 5/6

Both Tobais and Lou played 37 minutes. They are the main cogs of the Clippers offense. DJ is like one of those dogs that jumps for frisbees.

Thaddeus Young:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 10 2 1 0 2 0/2 8/17 1/2

When he delivers games like this, just STFU and say TY.

Myles Turner:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 5 3 0 1 2 1 0/1 2/7 1/2

Honey, the Odometer is really broken this time.

Domantas Sabonis:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
7 6 3 0 0 2 0 3/3 1/2

Played 24 minutes in his first game back from injury. Arvydas loves to put the pedal to the metal, so that broken Odometer could be in trouble.

Quinn Cook:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 11 4 7 0 0 3 1/6 5/17 0

Led the team with 36 minutes and 17 shot attempts.

Kevin Looney:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 8 11 2 1 2 2 1/1 3/5 1/2

We’re tiny, we’re toony. We’re all a little looney. And in this cartoony. We’re invading your TV. Lonney has some skills. He can shoot from downtown and contribute in every category. He just doesn’t get the usage. Has received around 23-25 minutes over the past seven games. As the Warriors get healthy, the minutes should go away like the Looney Tunes.

The Warriors scored 81 points and only two others scored in double figures. No more blurbs for you!!!

Maxi Kleber got the start at center and played 33 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 6 9 0 1 1 1 0/2 3/6 0

Ha! We’re back here again? Well, the Mavs are trying to lose and saw that they were pitted against the Kings, so what other course of action was there to take than to insert Kleber into the starting lineup. The Kings weren’t having any of it, though, as they were victorious in losing 97-103.

Dennis Smith Jr.:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 19 1 6 0 0 5 3/6 6/12 4/4

Played 25 minutes. Carlisle had said that these last few games would be DSJ’s time and he would be unleashed. Carlisle should run for political office.

Aaron Harrison:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 10 5 0 1 1 1 2/7 3/8 2/2

My first thought was, “how did the Mavs trade for Andrew Harrison?” Well, his bro Aaron is apparently on the Mavs and played 20 minutes in a game last week. There were these videos back in the day called Faces of Death. In some of them, there were people who tried to commit suicide but were unsuccessful. That’s what this Mavs tank job is looking like.

JJ Barea was out for “personal” reasons. Translation: Coach, have you seen how hot my wife is? I can’t risk playing and pulling my groin.

Skal Labissiere:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 8 3 0 1 0 0/1 8/15 3/3

Played 30 minutes. Has now played 30 minutes in three straight. Zach Randolph has DNP’d in four of the last five games, so it looks like Skal is going to be doing his thing for the remaining of the season.

De’Aaron Fox:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
5 3 6 0 1 1 0/3 2/10 1/1

Played 25 minutes. Now that’s how you tank.

Frank Mason III:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 8 6 5 0 1 1 0/3 1/13 6/6

Played 26 minutes. Naw, this is how you tank.

Bruno Caboclo:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 3 1 1 0 1 1 1/2 1/2 0

Played 12 minutes. Tank? Puuleeaase.

Lauri Markkanen:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 4 2 0 1 5 2/6 8/15 4/5

Played 28 minutes. Good to have the Markkanen back. Should get plenty of run to finish the season.

Denzel Valentine:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 12 4 3 2 0 3 2/7 5/12 0/2

Played 29 minutes. Is dealing with a knee issue, so keep an eye on that going forward.

Sean Kilpatrick:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 12 2 0 0 0 1 1/4 5/9 1/2

Played 18 minutes. Bulls signed him to a three-year contract on Monday. Can shoot and score, but doesn’t do much else. Keep an eye on the minutes.

Trevor Ariza:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 6 2 4 1 0 4/10 6/12 5/5

The Kevin Kiermaier of fantasy basketball. Will have the stats at the end of the season, but the ride getting there kind of sucks.

Chris Paul:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 4 10 4 0 3 3/9 4/12 2/2

Played 28 minutes. When James Harden sits, Paul sees a 5.8% increase in usage rate. Harden sat last night.

Eric Gordon:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
31 1 1 0 1 0 8/13 11/17 1/2

Played 26 minutes. When Harden sits, Gordon sees a 4.9% in crease in usage rate. With the #1 seed locked up, could potentially see Harden sitting more games down the stretch.

Gerald Green played 30 minutes and scored 14 points. Joe Johnson played 29 minutes and scored 10 points. GG and JJ. My kids are MM. A perfect fit.

LeBron James:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 6 7 0 0 6 0/4 7/18 4/5

The Cavs scored 79 points. No more blurbs for you!!!!

James Johnson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 15 9 5 2 3 2 0/3 7/11 1/1

It took a while for JJ to Heat up, but he’s been a top 50 player over the past month and a top 20 player over the past couple of weeks.

Bam Adebayo did not play. Neither did Hassan Whiteside, so Jordan Mickey got the start at center and played 23 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
7 5 0 1 1 1 0/1 3/6 1/2

The Mickey Mouse Jordan had played a total of 29 minutes since the start of the new year.

Kelly Olynyk:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 19 5 3 3 0 1 3/4 7/9 2/5

Played 25 minutes. Has been on a tear recently, with the most impressive thing being the assists and steals. With that said, Kelly O was matchup dependent. Has he become matchup proof? Me thinks no, but it’s something to keep an eye on.

Dwayne Wade:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 2 4 1 4 4 0/1 5/11 2/2

Only played 17 minutes but did this….

Paul Millsap:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 20 4 2 1 1 0 1/1 9/12 1/1

Can fill the stat sheet on any given night, like he did last night. Has just been so inconsistent this season. I’m sure the injury and new team has a lot to do with it, but still…

Nikola Jokic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 16 8 2 1 3 3/7 11/21 4/4

Played 40 minutes and almost messed around. Two games back in the loss column for the eighth and final playoff spot. As long as Wiggins keeps shooting more than KAT, the Nuggets are alive.

Serge Ibaka:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 6 2 1 4 0 1/4 6/11 0

Iblocka is back!!! That’s the Serge I know and remember. This current iteration of Serge makes me sad.

Jonas Valanciunas and Kyle Lowry both had 4 blocks. Lucas Nogueira had 3 blocks. A good ole block party.

LaMarcus Aldridge left in the second quarter due to a knee injury. His status is unknown as of this writing. Ain’t no laughing matter.

Pau Gasol did enter the game for LMA and should see an uptick in minutes going forward.

13 Spurs played at least 10 minutes. The final score of 116-106 was not indicative of how bad a beatdown the Wizards put on the Spurs.

Bradley Beal:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 7 3 6 1 1 3 1/4 3/8 0

Played 28 minutes. You thought I was lying about the extent of the beatdown?

  1. Mr. Blast says:
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    AyYyYo!

    Wzup Son son ?

    Who should I use my last pick up on ? Dumping Felicio – Bye Felicia.

    Reggie Jax (3 games left)

    Payne (3 games left)

    Yogi (3 games left

    Tristan (3 games left)

    Miro (2 games left)

    All stats matter, could use some boards though..

    Leaning Reggie heavily , but Tristan could help with my boards needs.

    Squad –

    Lowry / J. Murray / DSJ / Fox / Cook
    Durant / Tobias / Prince / Hardaway / James Johnson
    Gobert / Blake / WCS / Skal / -Felicio-

    The guy I’m going against just picked up Batum this morning..

    Thanks bud!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: AyYyYo!

      Bye Felicia. Ha! Good one.

      I’m with you. If you need boards, Mr. Kardashian is your guy. That’s all he’s going to give you though.

  2. miles proudfoot says:
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    Oh wise Son, looking into your crystal ball, is Markennen a better play for Thursday, Friday and Sunday or Rivers on Friday and Sunday? I would think Markennen would be the clear answer, but is there any worry of him sitting one of the back to backs? Thank you!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @miles proudfoot: I’m rolling with Markk. As long as he’s healthy, it would make sense for the Bulls to give the rook as much playing time and experience as possible.

  3. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    Sup ma mannnn. So the last time I was here I was bout to throw in the towel despite my opponent losing four guys bcos my boys just flat out sucked in the first two days but holy moly–wednesday was tremendous.

    Special shout out to CJ and Tobias! Bcos of those two I was able to catch up on my opponent. Now I’m only down 4 cats to 5. I won’t go into the exact numbers but let’s just say that the cats he’s leading are within my reach, while in my case I got a decent cushion on the ones I’m leading. Ha. Awesome.

    There are a few things going in our way right now. First is that this early to the week my opponent has already used up all of his allowed pickups. And secondly, despite using all of his 3 allowed moves to replace his injured players, he still got Love and Felicio (already out for tonight’s game) who are doubtful to play for their remaining games. And finally, we’re are suddenly leading in the amount of games going forward. Ha. I know we were behind with games entering the match-up but things have changed. We got the upper hand now.

    But despite everything, this still isn’t a sure-win thing. It does become an interesting match-up though! My FG and FT are still atrocious but 3PM, REB and TO are now winnable. Whereas STL, BLK, STL and PTS are I believe locked in my favor. Hah. Best of luck to me.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: Just when you thought you were out, they pulled you back in!!!

      Good luck my man!! Bring it home

  4. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    Thank god Westbrook didn’t go off against the Spurs. Ha Now just to give you an update–my opponent is still leading with the score of 5-4. He has overtaken blocks, meanwhile I was able to nab 3PM.

    (ME/OPPONENT)
    FG: .38/.46
    FT: .80/.84
    3PM: 22/21
    REB: 55/66
    AST: 66/33
    STL: 18/10
    BLK: 4/5
    TO: 29/25
    PTS: 215/175

    Now, just to give you a quick rundown of each team’s remaining games for the final 3 days:

    3/30
    Mitchell
    McCollum
    Tobias
    Collins
    Capela
    Rubio
    Jabari

    Westbrook
    Ulis
    Saric
    Love*
    Noel*
    Felicio*
    Agustin

    3/31
    RHJ
    Burke
    Rjax

    Nyoung
    Lamb
    Looney

    4/1
    Mitchell
    McCollum
    Tobias
    RHJ
    Capela
    Rubio
    Collins
    -Jabari(be)
    -Rjax(be)

    Westbrook
    Ulis
    Lamb
    Saric
    Love*
    Looney
    Agustin
    -Agustin(be)
    -Noel(be)*
    -Nyoung(be)*

    What’s important to note here is that I’m still going to be able to squeeze out 2 more games each from CJ, Mitchell, Rubio, Tobias, Capela and Collins, while my opponent might still be missing the services of one of his key guys in Love—I’m hoping he ultimately sits out the week. Ha

    To bring home the bacon I’ll be needing my boys to go HAM for each of their remaining games. I must win the BLK department back (hoping to God Capela blocks every shot from here on out, lol) and also, I will need a barrage of treys from Harris and CJ! And haul in those boards! Come on guys!

    The elusive title that has been dodging me for the past four years is finally within reach…. Don’t let me down, CJ, Donovan…Clint.. Toby. Let’s do this.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: Best of luck my man! Sounds like you are in for an epic sweat. Bring it home!!!! We are all rooting for you

  5. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    @Son:

    Yass… *crossing my fingers*

    I’m picking Capela back up, who would you have me drop for him: Payne, Rjax or Jabari? I’m leaning Payne. I already got a nice lead in dimes

    • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi:

      I just checked which teams they’re facing tomorrow. The bucks play the Lakers, while the bulls play the magic. We need to think this thru

      • Son

        Son says:
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        I think your initial assessment was correct

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’m with you

  6. miles proudfoot says:
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    The final push is here! My match up may come down to boards, assists and turnovers. I’m mostly targeting winning boards and turnovers. How would you rank these four to stream for tomorrow’s games:

    Whiteside, RHJ, Beasley, Oubre.

    I think I have them in this order. Oubre does have a back-to-back, but I should have a full lineup for Sunday and would most likely sit Oubre. He could be an insurance policy if there is a late scratch of another player, but not really a priority.

    Thanks man!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @miles proudfoot: That’s how I’d have them as well. If you want a higher floor, I’d swap RHJ with Hassan because you just don’t know about the minutes and fourth quarter run. With that said, Hassan has the juiciest matchup. Good luck! We are all rooting for you to bring that chip home

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @Son: thanks for the quick response, advice, and good wishes! I think I will go RHJ and Beasley in the end.

  7. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    What’s up ma man. So our championship week has finally concluded—would you like to know who came out the winner? IT WAS ME! Ha. Man, I don’t even know where to begin. I just keep thinking how the f did I win. Lol

    If we go back on draft night, what happened was I took the wrong player in Kawhi as the first round pick but lucked out on Butler in the second, but still got burned by him at the tail end of the season.. Sheesh. 3rd round pick was still a bummer in Rubio, passed up on guys like Oladipo and Booker. I love my 4th pick though: CAPELA.

    But seriously, who would’ve thought that I would make the playoffs, and actually win everything. And I made some questionable moves too, missed out on a few guys on the wire as well. I dropped JRich just before he blew up and didn’t even think about nabbing Jamal Mur when he was dropped by his frustrated owner his owner. Ha Anyhow, here is your winning squad: (18t, 9c)

    McCollum
    Capela
    Tobias
    Mitchell
    Rubio
    RHJ
    Collins
    Burke
    Jabari
    Rjax

    It’s gotta be the Capela, McCollum and Mitchell trio man, it’s got to be those guys. There’s your perfect formula right there, Ha.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: Beautiful! Congrats my man! Don’t forget about Tobias. Dude was $$$.

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son:

        So true man! I got him via trade for Young and Josh Jax, but Tobias was traded to my friend for AG first. At that time Tobias was just traded to the Clippers and I think his owner panicked thinking that he was gon take a hit. Right then and there I contacted my friend and told him to send Tobias my way. Lol Been salivating over the clips’ magnificent playoffs schedule. Ha

        I forgot to tell you tho, I crushed the competition when I got to playoffs. I went 6-3, 6-3, and 7-2 in every round! And all this without my first and second round picks. This goes to show that even if your first rounder burned you, and your 2nd rounder is useless; with the right moves you can still get the job done. Ha But I wanna go back to Kawhi…

        Last season I was so envy of my friend for having Kawhi on his roster so heading into the year I had one thing in mind—I just got to have Leonard. Well, I actually did but things did not go according to plan! But you know what, I’m still gon take him next season. Lol

        Every year our draft order position is predetermined by how each team finished in the previous regular season standings. So bcos I got to the playoffs I’m in the latter part of next season’s draft order, which puts me prolly in the 12-15 range. Call me stupid or stubborn but if Leonard is still available come my turn I’m taking him again without hesitation. Ha And I already tasted fantasy hoops greatness so I will be more of the risk taker kinda guy. Lol Yea but thanks for everything ma man. This was one of the best seasons I’ve played in!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @I just wanna Kawhi: Good to hear my man!!! I was living vicariously through you all season long. Congrats on bringing the chip home!!

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