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I used to live right down the street from MSG. At the old YMCA on W 34th & 9th Ave. So, even though I’m from LA, I can appreciate what’s going on with the Knicks right now and feel the energy. Entering last night’s game, they were sporting a 7-5 record. 2012 was the last season they started out with at least seven wins in the first 12 games. They’ve been so hot that the Sixth Burough of Porzingis is being constructed. How come Lin didn’t get a burough? Shit, he couldn’t even get a contract extension. Anyways, the big bad King of Akron was scheduled to come to town. And come he did. Or was it cum? The King trumpeted that the Knicks should have drafted Dennis Smith Jr. instead of Frank Ntilikina. Then, the King took his merry band of hoopsters and wreaked “havoc” on the subway. Causing the citizens of New York to respond with profanity-laced tirades on Twitter. The Knicks had their backs, though. They pushed the King. Shoved the King. Went face to face with the King. Were even beating the King and his merry band of hoopsters by 23 points at one point. Then….the King showed why he is the King. LeBron James scored 23 points, grabbed nine boards, dished out 12 dimes, and blocked three to lead the Cavs to a 104-101 comeback win. He would’ve messed around, but the stat crew changed one of his rebounds to a team rebound. Ha! I love it. And the Knicks responded with quotes like this. After the game, LeBron most definitely took his merry band of hoopsters and hit all the clubs in NYC. Because, for at least one night, he was the King of New York.

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Here’s what else I saw last night:

Kevin Love scored six points, grabbed six boards, and dished out two dimes in 23 minutes. He was so bad that Porzingis blocked his shot without jumping and he got benched. A king’s court always has a jester.

Channing Frye played 25 minutes and scored nine points, grabbed five boards, pilfered one, and blocked two. Love was that bad.

Kyle Korver scored 21 points, grabbed five boards, dished out a dime, and pilfered one in 29 minutes. He went 5-of-12 from downtown.

Who was right next to LeBron on the train in the video? His “right hand man?” Technically, he was LeBron’s left hand man, but you get the point. We should’ve known. Video illuminates all. By the way, Korver looks like the character in Assassin’s Creed with that hoodie. We should’ve known.

Dwayne Wade scored 15 points, grabbed eight boards, dished out three dimes, pilfered two, and blocked one in 28 minutes. I downloaded the Cars 3 videogame for my kid on PS4. Turbo only works for a brief period of time after the meter fills up. Once it’s utilized, it takes time to re-fill. That’s Wade.

Kristaps Porzingis scored 20 points, grabbed seven boards, dished out a dime, pilfered two, and blocked one. The Lativian gangster got down, but he was no match for the King of New York.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 28 points, grabbed 10 boards, dished out five dimes, pilfered two, and blocked one. We got ourselves a shooter! Yo, dealer. A quarter on all the Hardaways please.

Enes Kanter scored 20 points, grabbed 16 boards, and dished out four dimes in 31 minutes. I’m just happy that Marketing is no longer involved in the allocation of minutes for the center position. Kyle O’Quinn played eight minutes, while Willy Hernangomez DNP. He definitely got busy with Jeff Hornacek’s daughter.

Courtney Lee scored 15 points, grabbed four boards, dished out a dime, and pilfered two. He plays a shit ton of minutes and contributes a little something something every night. Hey, who do you think is left at the bar for the beer goggles to work?

Frank Ntilikina scored seven points, grabbed three boards, dished out two dimes, and pilfered SIX in 24 minutes! Holy Ntilikina!

I like it! Never would have thought he was French! He actually showed fight! It’s only a matter of time before the Frenchise makes you recognize.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 15 points, grabbed nine boards, dished out three dimes, and pilfered two in 34 minutes. Up tempo games are when KCP thrives.

Jordan Clarkson scored 25 points, grabbed three boards, dished out three dimes, and pilfered one in 26 minutes. He went 11-of-19 from the field. He’s the Microwave for the Lakers. If you need scoring, it’s usually prudent to go with a guy named Jordan.

Lonzo Ball scored seven points, grabbed five boards, dished out five dimes, and pilfered two. Unfortunately, he shot 3-of-10 from the field and was benched in the fourth quarter, as Luke Walton went with the hot hand. Nothing to worry about. Just a blip on the radar. The radar operators in Iraq said the same thing back in ’91, but this situation is definitely different. Nothing to see here. Move along.

Andrew Bogut played 16 minutes. It must’ve been Make a Wish day.

The Lakers are still one of the fastest-paced teams in the league (4th). But they are 6th in defensive efficiency. They are not the auto stream against squad anymore.

T. J. Warren scored 23 points, grabbed eight boards, dished out three dimes, and blocked one in 35 minutes. He shot 9-of-20 from the field. He won’t help in threes or assists, but he’s putting up over 17 shots a game and averaging 22 points in the month of November. And he’s grabbing close to six boards a game. And he’s blocking one a game. And….okay, there’s no more but that’s enough to make you go hmmmm.

Tyler Ulis got the start again and played 27 minutes. He scored two points, grabbed four boards, dished out two dimes, and pilfered three. Mike James played 17 minutes and scored five points, grabbed one board, and dished out a dime. It looks like the Suns are making the move towards Ulis, but I’m not completely sure yet. I have a feeling this will continue to be an annoying situation all year, where both will get minutes and Triano will go with the hot hand.

Dragan Bender scored 15 points and grabbed five boards in 20 minutes. Marquese Chriss scored four points, grabbed seven boards, dished out two dimes, and blocked two in 27 minutes. It looks like Bender and Chriss are just going to cock block each other all season long.

No Sacramento Kings player received more than 26 minutes of run. No player attempted more than 12 shots. I sent my robot drone into Vlade Divac’s office after the game. Nothing but smoke.

Due to the lack of competition, only one Wizards player, John Wall, scored more than 20 points (21) and only two played more than 30 minutes (Marcin Gortat and Bradley Beal).

Mike Conley scored seven points, dished out two dimes, and pilfered one in 33 minutes. He shot 2-of-12 from the field. Doo doo happens, but it is kind of crazy that he hasn’t grabbed a board in three straight games.

Chandler Parsons scored 3 points, grabbed 3 boards, and dished out 3 dimes. He played 21 minutes and went 1-of-2 from the field. I just wanted to give some porn for all the numerologists out there.

Dillon Brooks got the start again and scored 19 points, grabbed four boards, and pilfered one in 28 minutes. He shot 6-of-9 from the field. The internet just said “nice” in unison. Ben McLemore has now played two games after missing the beginning of the season due to injury. It’s going to be tough for him to unseat Brooks.

John Henson scored 17 points, grabbed eight boards, dished out three dimes, and blocked two in 25 minutes. Thon Maker scored six points, grabbed six boards, and blocked one in 23 minutes. Maker’s minutes have slowly been ticking up, but he hasn’t been too productive. Henson is the guy, but Maker is going to get enough run to cap his upside.

Malcolm Brogdon scored 10 points, grabbed one board, and dished out a dime in 19 minutes. That was a season-low in minutes for Brogdon. With Eric Bledsoe getting 27 minutes, Tony Snell 31 minutes, Matthew Dellavedova 12 minutes, and DeAndre Liggins 21 minutes, it’s going to be difficult for Brogdon to contribute on a consistent basis.

Kent Bazemore led the Hawks with 22 points and grabbed four boards, dished out seven dimes, and pilfered three in 30 minutes. Bazemore is having a career-year in minutes played, field goal attempts, free throw attempts, rebounds, assists, steals, and points scored! He’s a top 100 player in fantasy right now.

Dewayne Dedmon scored 11 points, grabbed six boards, and dished out a dime, but only played 13 minutes. He might as well have been a Dedmon.

John Collins scored 12 points, grabbed six boards, and dished out a dimes in 22 minutes. What’s a guy gotta do to get some more minutes? Because Luke Babbitt has to get 30 minutes and Tyler Cavanaugh needs 18 minutes. Ok, fine. I get it. Both Babbitt and Cavanaugh can shoot from outside, but c’mon man!!!

Darius Miller scored 21 points, grabbed a board, dished out a dime, and pilfered one in 22 minutes. He shot 8-of-11 from the field and 5-of-8 from downtown. The 21 points were a career-high. I’d buy into this performance if he had a brother named Reggie and a sister named Cheryl.

Anthony Davis scored 13 points, grabbed 10 boards, dished out seven dimes, pilfered two, and blocked four in 38 minutes. We did get a YES from @ISBROWHURTYET, but thank goodness AD was able to return to the game.

Rajon Rondo returned to action and played five minutes. What’s the point of that? He’s worth a stash if you need dimes.

E’Twaun Moore scored 24 points, grabbed two boards, dished out four dimes, and pilfered one in 34 minutes. With the return of Rondo, we may not be getting any Moore of these performances.

Taj Gibson scored 15 points, grabbed 10 boards, pilfered one, and blocked one in 39 minutes. Taj has four double-dubs on the season and has the potential to notch one every night. Gorgui Dieng did not play, but he hasn’t been a factor all season anyways. Four years, $64 million. Dieng!!!

Jimmy Butler scored 21 points, grabbed four boards, dished out 10 dimes, pilfered two, and blocked one. He’s heating up.

With Rudy Gobert out, Derrick Favors got the start and played 27 minutes, scored nine points, grabbed 10 boards, pilfered one, and blocked one. Do yourself a Favors and…..no good?

Ricky Rubio scored three points and dished out two dimes in 22 minutes.  This is Donovan Mitchell‘s squad now, as he scored 24 points, grabbed four boards, dished out four dimes, pilfered four, and blocked one in 35 minutes. Kind of like how some of y’all be sliding into those DMs.

Nikola Jokic scored six points, grabbed seven boards, dished out three dimes, pilfered three, and blocked one in 35 minutes. Is this bizarro world? Jokic racking up D stats at the expense of offensive numbers? What a Joker!

Jamal Murray scored 18 points, grabbed five boards, and pilfered one in 39 minutes. He went 7-of-19 from the field. Emmanuel Mudiay scored four points and grabbed a board in 21 minutes. This is Murray’s job to lose.

Caleb Swanigan scored six points, grabbed five boards, dished out a dime, and blocked two in 20 minutes. It’s Unbelievable!

Elfrid Payton returned to action and scored four points, grabbed two boards, and dished out two dimes in 25 minutes. All I can think about is his hair.

With Steph Curry out, Shaun Livingston got the start and scored 16 points, grabbed two boards, dished out six dimes, and pilfered one in 20 minutes. Even without one of their best players, Warriors still cruise to a 10-point victory. Must be nice.

Dario Saric scored two points, grabbed three boards, dished out two dimes, and pilfered two in 34 minutes. He shot 1-of-8 from the field. Trust the process. He’s getting minutes.

Joel Embiid scored 32 points, grabbed 16 boards, dished out two dimes, and blocked one in 36 minutes. Who gonna suck Embiid? I think Stocktonator wants to because he loved him last night. Those that “took a chance” on Embiid are sitting pretty. He’s the best, both on and off the court.

Ben Simmons scored 22 points, grabbed 12 boards, dished out four dimes, pilfered one, and blocked one in 37 minutes. When you watch him in real life, he looks like a videogame. When you see him in a videogame, he looks like real life.

Robert Covington scored 31 points, grabbed six boards, dished out four dimes, and pilfered four on 9-of-12 shooting and 5-of-8 from downtown. He plays good defense so he’s going to get minutes. He’s also a chucker that gets a ton of open looks.

Blake Griffin scored 29 points, grabbed six boards, dished out five dimes, and blocked one. Oh yeah! Blake with four blocks now and Ibaka with seven assists. It’s heating up.

DeAndre Jordan scored two points, grabbed five boards, and blocked one in 30 minutes. Embiid makes everyone his bitch. Who gonna suck Embiid??!!

With Patrick Beverley out, Sindarious Thornwell got the start and scored seven points, grabbed two boards, and blocked one. The main beneficiary, though, was/is Lou Williams, as he scored 31 points, grabbed seven boards, dished out six dimes, and pilfered five in 38 minutes. Always baffles me why Lou doesn’t get a chance to start. Probably the same reason why Barry Sanders only received scholarship offers from Emporia State University, University of Tulsa, and Oklahoma State University.

Danilo Gallinari missed another game due to injury. In his place, Wesley Johnson got the nod and scored seven points, grabbed three boards, dished out a dime, and pilfered two in 20 minutes. He has the occassional productive game, but he basically just chills out in the corner.

  1. Dante Green says:
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    “He’s heating up now..”

    Is he really?? Hah. Rubio is in a terrible slump right now so he’s become a liability on my team! Ugh But gotta really love DMitch, the kid is straight up ballin! My team has become a punt FG though bc of Rubio and him. From now on I’m calling those two “Brick Bros!” Lmao

    Lovin Frankie N too! What an effin thief he was, 6 steals! Hah.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Dante Green: I knew you’d appreciate that one. I basically write his blurb with you in mind. Ha!

      I like the Brick Bros.

      Ntilikina looks to be the truth. Best nickname? French Prince? Frenchise? Ntillmatic?

      • Dante Green says:
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        @Son:

        Frenchise sounds dope!!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Dante Green: Yeah, I like that one too. Seems to be the most popular one out there

  2. sebapargue says:
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    Nice write up! I have a question…

    should I drop justin holiday for someone like Spencer Dinwiddie?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @sebapargue: Thanks! I’m good with that

  3. John says:
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    Hi Son,

    Always like how you write these articles.

    What’s your take on Zach Lavine? He is sitting in free ageny for quite a while now. I’m thinking of picking him up but I will sacrifice 2-3 games a week.

    Also, Prince or RHJ?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @John: Appreciate that John!

      I’ve been a skeptic regarding LaVine since the offseason. I usually fade guys the first year coming off knee injuries. More so for guys that have game predicated on explosiveness. I get the appeal though. Just personal preference.

      RHJ

    • John says:
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      @John: Also, would you trade Klay for Tobias?

  4. Adam says:
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    Somehow Henson & Gibson are both on the wire in my 12-team, 9-cat H2H league, but I already have 4 centers: M. Turner, Nurk, Vucevic, and John Collins. Would you prefer Collins, Henson, or Gibson ROS?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Adam: I prefer what you have

  5. hamtime says:
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    Sup son!

    1. dunno wtf happened to holmes, but is he a drop in a 16m? would you prefer swannigan or ulis, or just hold?

    2. got offered rubio for my lonzo. intriguing.. i know lonzo’s %s are detrimental, but his upside in defensive stats (especially blocks) is great and he’s triple double threat because of his ability to board. suggestions?

    3. i dropped dieng for swannigan in my 18m. right move?

    4. dropped joshrich for saric in my 12m. other notable FAs include ntilikina, nerlens, marvin williams. u prefer any of them over saric? (i could get josh rich back again.. he cleared waivers)

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @hamtime: 1) Sounds like AJ and RJ splitting backup duties. I’d hold to see how everything plays out

      2) I’m a Lonzo guy

      3) Yes

      4) JRich

  6. Miel says:
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    Hi son,
    What do u think about nurk? He’s doing well on scoring but lacking on other cat especially rebound for a guy his size.
    My roster looks like this right now on 9 cat 10 team league.
    G: curry, cp3, beal, bradley,mitchell, payton
    F: millsap, covington, james johnson, rhj
    C: whiteside, horford, nurkic

    I think they’re great but a lot are performing below what i expected. Should i do anything? Anyway FA have guys below.
    Murray, jrich, collins, henson, lavine* and it*

    • Son

      Son says:
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      It’s still early. Your squad looks fine. I think Nurk will be fine.

      • Miel says:
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        @Son: thanks son, hope your right.. should i just sit tight? Any FA recommendations?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Miel: I like Murray, JRich, and Collins so keep an eye on them, but I’d sit right with your squad

          • Miel says:
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            @Son: thanks son.. i’ll keep that in mind.

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Miel: Anytime Miel

  7. Joel

    Joel says:
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    Holding Greg Monroe or cutting in a 12er?

  8. J-bird says:
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    Jrue holiday or Jeff Teague RoS?

  9. Max says:
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    Sabonis or Kanter ROS? Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Kanter

  10. DaveM123 says:
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    Hey Son,

    I am offered Draymond for Ingles and Vucevic. Should I take it? Currently in first by slim margin. It’s a 14 team 9 category league. It would free up space for Paul coming back this week. If I don’t accept, who should I drop. Team is below. Thanks,

    Wall, Ntakila
    Ingles, Hield, Korver
    Gallinari, Justin Holiday, Caroll, Marvin Williams
    Vucevic, Millsap, Thad
    Brook & Robin Lopez

    inj Paul

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Accept

  11. DaveM123 says:
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    Done. Thanks

  12. chenry says:
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    Gary Harris or Julius Randle in dynasty?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @chenry: That’s a tough one. I like Harris a lot, but I’m always enamored with the upside of Randle. I side with Randle.

  13. miles proudfoot says:
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    Ah I keep coming back to the same question. KCP, Mitchell or Barton.

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @Son: thank you for all the great and timely advice. Throwing Ingram into that mix, is he a hold? Some days I can’t drop him, other days I’m questioning why I drafted him. Im hoping for more consistency and better things as the season progresses, but I’m not so sure.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          I’m a believer. He’s still young, so here will be inconsistencies, but he’s only going to get better. Great situation as well

  14. Rock Chalk says:
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    Was offered Boogie for my CP3, am I taking it? He also has Jokic – do you like him better than Boog ROS for my roste and/or in general?

    16 team 9cat roto, the squad is:

    CP3, Teague, Holiday
    Dipo, Bogdan Bogdanovic
    Duchess, Batum, DeMarre Carroll, JRich
    Goose, Ibaka, JaMike, TBooker
    Dedmon, Dieng

    Cheers!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I like it

  15. kuz says:
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    Do I drop Thabo for JaMychal Green? H2H 9 cat

    • Son

      Son says:
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      If you need steals, no.

  16. Chris says:
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    Thanks Son!

    I’m in a 12 team league 9 cats h2h. It’s either a win or loss every week not cumulative so I think I have a pretty good grip on at least 5 out of the 9 cats each week. We start 2 Centers 5 Guards 5 forwards. This is my team:
    C-Jordan
    C-Turner C/f Monroe C/F Poeltl C/f
    F=Aaron Gordon-Ibaka-Tucker g/f Booker-Markieff Morris-Marvin Williams
    G-Curry-Bradley-Reddick-Eric Gordon-Hield-Danny Green

    I was offere this trade:
    I give: Eric Gordon and Ibaka
    I receive:Dwight Howard-Jason Richardson-Allen Crabbe

    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Chris: I really hope you meant Josh Richardson. You playing with classic rosters? Ha! Yeah, I’d do that trade.

  17. Big-D says:
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    nerlens HAS to start playing well at some point??? they HAVE to sit dirk at some point?????

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