JB be California dreamin’! Sorry for the later notes today, as I wrap up my West Coast trip and head for sunny Florida tomorrow. I’m so discombobulated with my jet lag and California culture, I thought the Jamal version of Crawford got traded to the Pelicans or something! But nooooooo, Jordan Crawford is back in the NBA ladies and germs!
In a game where the Pelicans were unsurprisingly stagnated by the Jazz D, Jordan of the Crawfords kept it close with a bench spark, going 19/1/3/2/0 with 3 treys on 8-15 shooting. All that in 20 minutes too! Did the Pelicans expect the ridiculous offensive prowess of E’Twuan Moore and Solomon Hill would provide some bench wing scoring?! It isn’t shocking that a 28-year-old Crawford was slaying the D-League with nearly 24 points a game, and isn’t surprising to see him be a good bench scorer on the right squad. Maybe you give him a look in the Michael Beasley/Derrick Williams sort of way as a deep league scorer, but this is likely one of his best lines on the season. Not like he can gel with the twin tower USG-whores in the starting 5 – he’s gonna be the bench scorer like we’ve always seen from Jamal Crawford. Wait, I mean Jordan Crawford! Ahhhhhhhhhh! Here’s what else went down last night in NBA action:
Dion Waiters – Led the Heat to a big win in Cleveland, in a game where the Cavs didn’t bench anyone! Take that for sitting everyone at Miami, you veteran elitists! 29/2/5/0/1 with no TO for the D-Wait.
Josh Richardson – Big game to break out with both Tyler Johnson (neck/shoulder, which is connected to the…) and James Johnson (…elbow!) out, but only goes 5/2/4/3/0 in 32 minutes. Only took 4 shots. Bleh, not his year.
Andrew Bogut – Just unbelievable… As I’m sure you’ve seen by now, Bogut broke his leg less than a minute into his Cavs debut. It’s fun to snicker at how injury prone he is, but we all of course wish him a speedy recovery.
Ron Baker – Got the start for Carmelo Anthony, who sat with a sore left knee. I think it’s legit filled with caramel, like a caramello! The doofy Ron Baker did nothing with the start though, it’s just sooooo Poppycock.
Willy Hernangomez – The Poppycockers seem intent on playing Kristaps Porzingis at the 5 for right now, so WIlly Hernangomez continues to come off the bench after missing a few with a kankle, and went 14/8/3 on 7-10 shooting in only 18 minutes last night. Get him more run, Poppycockers!
Elfrid Payton – While I clown that silly NY team, they did beat the Magic last night, despite Elfrid putting a tripdub on the Shelfrid! 16/11/10/1/0 on 7-13 shooting in 35 minutes. I of course love my Elfrid, but I despise the stupid Magic – he’ll play 24 minutes of “ARGH!!” next game.
Terrence Ross – Rough night going 2-10 from the field and committing 3 TO. That said, still got 35 minutes and hit all the cats in a 5/4/1/1/1 line with a trey. If anyone cuts bait off this one, I’d scoop him back up.
Giannis Antetokounmpo – Rainbow alert! 24/8/5/2/3 with a trey and no TO. Super to the star!
Tony Snell – Ohhhhh, what’s that fluke?! 21/7/2/2/0 outta nowhere, with 5 treys. Oh wait, they played the Sixers, so not outta nowhere… Tore up the Sauce defense!
Malcolm Brogdon – The price you pay for owning Jason Kidd assets that aren’t the safe Giannis or Duchess! 6-7 from the field in a mad efficient 13/5/1/1/1 line, but only 21 minutes!? I hate Kidds! Matthew Dellavedova gets 27 minutes with 10 points and 7 dimes just to rub our face in it. Kidds are the worst, they cry, are irrational, lack understanding… Ah!
Richaun Holmes – Damn, in a start he shoulda absolutely dominated against Thon Maker, was a disappointing 8/9/0/0/0 on 3-9 shooting in 22 minutes. Jahlil Okafor sat with a sore knee, so not like he’s definitively back in a game or two. Keep Richaun owned, Holmes!
Shawn Long – Ummm, who? 13/7/1/0/1 in 15 junk minutes for the Sixers… 5-8 from the field, but only 2-7 FT. He got a 10-day deal yesterday to bolster their big man depth, and a little interesting with a 20.2/11.2/1.6/0.6/1.3 slash in the D-League. But meh, tough to see minutes-consistency making him relevant enough in most leagues.
Andre Iguodala – Dude, are you effing kidding me?! Streamed him in virtually all my leagues last Thursday since it was a low-schedule night and Kevin Durant had just gotten hurt, and he was so meh. Then blows up for 24/5/4/3/1 with no TO last night, on only 6-8 from the field with 4 treys. Maybe you can give him a stab in 12ers, but we’re obviously not going to expect lines like this except once in a blue moon. Which is to say, a game or two after I drop him everywhere.
Dennis Schroder – Go to the bench, mach schnell! After dropping 19 in the first quarter and having a 23/4/3/1/0 line, got benched virtually the whole second half after a yelling match with Dwight Howard during live action.
Hah! Wait, kinda looks Dwight distracted Schroder to me… Das German still had a good line and should be fine for minutes moving forward.
Tim Hardaway Jr. – Had 5 dimes in a little extra bench run thanks to Schroder’s court awareness skill-level dropping from 85 to 80 in the next NBA 2K…
Cameron Payne – There we go, baby! I did hold fast on Payne in some leagues, as Slim and I both fully expected him to take that PG job by the horns. Bulls puns! 14/3/3 with 4 treys on 5-14 shooting in 23 minutes. Time shared with Jerian Grant, but Payne is so much better… Rather him than say, Ulis…
Reggie Jackson – Hopefully you stayed true! A lot of drop-Rjax questions flowing through the comments the last few weeks, but 26/2/6 last night in 31 minutes should assuage your fears.
Sean Kilpatrick – Whoa, upset alert! The Nets shocked Memphis last night in Grizzly country (which I guess isn’t really in Memphis, they really should change their name!), highlighted by the Grizzlies literally trying to Kill Pat. The Revenant! 25/5/3/1/0 with no TO in a great line, but only on 3-5 shooting! Took 16-17 FT! Cray Tennessionians…
Jeremy Lin – Ok, ok, mayyyyyyybe I’ve been a little too harsh. 18/4/1 in 24 minutes with 3 treys, but the dimes just aren’t there. I’m not mad I let Lin rot on my wires in RCLs.
JaMychal Green – Damn, need a better reason to keep a guy in the starting 5?! Got benched for Brandan Wright, and then the Grizz lose at home to the Mess. Too much rosterbation, David Plop Plop Fizz Fizdale!
Myles Turner – Damn, tough loss for the Pacers last night, and as a commenter pointed out, kinda seeming like Myles is running out of steam. Ran too many Myles! 4/7/3/0/3 is still nice, but I was expecting the nice scoring would continue through. At least the blocks are back.
Cody Zeller – Good timing he’s back with Frank the Tank being more like Frank on the Shelf! Wait, that’s horrifying, only Elfrid can be on the Shelfrid! 13/11/2/2/0 for CZ in a nice win for the struggling Hornets.
Patrick Beverley – Best rebounder on the Rox! 11/10/1/1/1 with 3 treys in 33 minutes. While the D’Antoni effect didn’t impact the scoring, his REB, AST, and STL are all at career marks.
…blocked another MVP candidate trying to win it on a drive with this Mutombo-no-no-no!
39/6/5/1/2 on 12-18 shooting with 4 treys, 11-11 FT, and only 1 TO. Unfair.
Ty Lawson – Ok, ok Las, you get your Lawson blurb today! Haha. 13/2/6/4/0 with no TO, and yeah he’s on a decent little run. I just think he’s old and pudgy, I ain’t no big fan. I guess worth owning, but bleh.
Willie Cauley-Stein – Fouled out in 28 minutes on a 10/5/1/1/0 line. He should be playing C and tearing up that Nikola Jokic defense! Well, I guess for last night it was that Mason Plumlee defense, as Jokic had dat illness… Stupid Kings playing WCS at PF though, Kings got dat illness too!
Wilson Chandler – WILLLLLLLSON! Career high night going 36/12/4/2/1 with 5 treys. Kings playing all sorts of wrong matchups had Wilson shooting fish in a barrel! Wait, why are there no fish teams in the NBA?!
Rest of the Pelicans – Other than that “other” J Crawf, the Pels struggled mightily against that Jazz D.
Rudy Gobert – Monsieur Elbow! Breaking all the Pelicans beaks one at a time! 15/15/3/2/2 in a rainbow line and a stifling win.
Marcus Smart – Celtics struggling on their West Coast trip! At least Smart had a good game in the loss to the Clip, going 21/3/3/1/0 in 32 bench minutes. The Celtics are like me, struggling to adjust to dat West Coast time!
Jamal Crawford – Just because the NBA is hilarious, of course scored 19 points just like the other J Crawf. I’m going crazy with Crawfords!
I hope everyone had a great start to week 19, and sorry again for being late with the notes for all you East Coasters! Catch you again Thursday morning!