Anyone stay up to watch some of the Geminid meteor shower start up last night? ¬†I love astronomy. ¬†And it’s not really that different from fantasy. ¬†You use math and all sorts of techy stats like Win Shares or True Shooting Percentage or Gravitational Microlensing to find far off worlds and far off fantasy production. ¬†Then if you’re lucky enough, like having the reigns at the greatest fantasy hub known to man, you get to name your own planets! ¬†Of course astronomers find so many exoplanets these days that H2894B is the best they got for creative nomenclature. ¬†I got Goromotaros! ¬†Rainbow Lines! ¬†And LaMarcus Aldridge fit the bill of them all, with a redonkulous 31/25/2/2/2 slash last night. ¬†He shot 12-22 and is playing like a MVP. ¬†I ranked him too low. ¬†I ranked him like a worthless Neptune when he is really a Jupiter. ¬†According to Basketball Monster, he’s your #7 overall player. ¬†And his only real negative is he doesn’t shoot threes – which is what ThrAGNOFs are for! ¬†I also thought the Blazers weren’t going to be a gas giant out there. ¬†Maybe a little white dwarf. ¬†But they’re going off and my ridiculous conception that LA could be traded if this year didn’t work looks horrible now. ¬†I’ll admit stupidity there, but the Blazers are virtually the same team. ¬†And now it’s clicking. ¬†There’s planetary alignment. ¬†So when you’re done watching basketball, bundle up, grab some adult beverages and head out to watch the shooting stars late tonight. ¬†It helps ease the worldly constraints of stress and fantasy disappointments – at least it does for me – and helps you just think bigger… Here’s what else I saw last night:
Brook Lopez –¬†Looked like a giraffe had just sprained his ankle and was wandering to the water hole. ¬†Man he looked funky. ¬†But he was able to come back into the game, albeit briefly, before getting sent on a safari. ¬†He is traveling for tonight’s game, but I think he sits.
Chris Paul –¬†Oddest stat of the night. ¬†Only 2 assists?!?!?! ¬†What in the wide world of sports?!?!? ¬†Still put up 20 points, but man, a Wichita State there.
Blake Griffin –¬†If you zone out during free throws, like I tend to do, you woulda forgot Blake was in this game. ¬†I mean, can you blame him with all that youthful defensive pressure from Paul Pierce, Andray Blatche and Kevin Garnett! ¬†Clippers were just lost on this second game of a back-to-back. ¬†Bad call thinking the Clips would win big here. ¬†The Beal Deal had this one. ¬†Luckily he imparted his infallible knowledge to me via lottery numbers, but if anything Lost-ish happens I’m comin’ after ya!
Andray Blatche –¬†Got really hot in the third quarter. ¬†21/9/3 on 7-11 shooting. ¬†No BroLo will only help Blatche YOLO. ¬†Worth a very short-term pickup… yo…
Paul Pierce –¬†Looked like Michael Jackson with a black mitten on one hand. ¬†Was it a Kitten Mitten?!?! ¬†10/7/5 and looked decent in just over 26 mins. ¬†I mean, cats have 9 lives, Pierce is probably toward the end of those in his NBA career, but I expect minutes to get ramped up in 2014 and he use whatever lives he was left.
Robin Lopez –¬†Decided he could rebound. ¬†I don’t do much of any “real” NBA reading, so I don’t know if this has been talked about much, but he’s been a real X-Factor for this team turning around. ¬†Put in an awkward Sideshow Bob, and just when you think you’re about to get decapitated by a pseudo-dreadlock poking out, zoom! ¬†Damian Lillard is past ya! ¬†RoLo for 16/10 last night has him with double-doubles in 7 of the past 9 and he’s scored 8+ in 12 straight games. ¬†Has at least one block in the past six games, averaging almost 2 per in that span. ¬†Yeah, I shoulda put more stock in him, Slim had this one right. ¬†All hail Slim!
Damian Lillard –¬†Shot like Gordon Hayward. ¬†Threw up labradoodles! ¬†I need a refresher, who said labradoodles was a good safe word? ¬†Clyde? ¬†Uh oh, now it sounds like me and Clyde are dating. ¬†We’re only casual OK?! ¬†D-Lill for 1-10 8/6 on a night where I pleaded with Slim to trade for him. ¬†But we made a different deal work. ¬†A trade in the REL went through, rejoice!
Dwight Howard –¬†Abused RoLo, but hey, the Blazers won and both were winners in fantasy. ¬†Dwight for 32/17/1/2/3 just wasn’t as good as LaMarcus, but he gave it a run. ¬†Dwight shooting 14-22 and 4-6 FT is delicious as well. ¬†But he took a three point shot in this game?! ¬†He’s actually 0-2 now on the year. ¬†How did that happen?! ¬†Let’s focus on about 10 feet closer in at the FT line, OK buddy?! ¬†Must’ve been a shot clock count down or Howard was just plain lost…
Patrick Beverley –¬†Woooooo! ¬†I feel like one night is a woooo and the next night is an awwwww. ¬†9/11/2/3/1 but shot a paltry 3-10.
Jeremy Lin –¬†Returned, and his main function was lighting a fire under PBev. ¬†15 minutes for 5/2/2. ¬†Getting eased in. ¬†As Chubbs would say, “It’s all in the hips, yeah! ¬†It’s all the hips! ¬†Just easing the tension baby!”
Steven Adams –¬†They grow em healthy in New Zealand! ¬†Apparently walking fine and is questionable today. ¬†Don’t want him to miss any PT because I want him starting! ¬†It’s no fun ignoring Kendrick Perkins every game…
Steve Blake –¬†Ugh. ¬†Out at least 6 weeks with a pitcher’s injury. ¬†At least he’s stashed a bunch of dimebags to pass the time! ¬†Sounds like the same thing that Matt Harvey got, except Blake isn’t getting a TJ. ¬†Which just thinking of that makes me sad. ¬†I love me some Matt Harvey… Anyway, droppable in all leagues making Jordan Farmar and Steve Nash relevant in deeper leagues as they near comebacks.
Ty Lawson –¬†Looks like he’ll be back tonight. ¬†Lawson owners go crazy.
Rudy Gay –¬†Debut alert! ¬†Should be starting for the Kings tonight. ¬†Nothing in Sacramento has been this exciting since Vlade Divac learned about the discovery of razors…
Tobias Harris –¬†Might be back tonight. ¬†A lot of guys returning to the floor. ¬†I scurred though. ¬†Scurrrrrrrred! ¬†I don’t like any of the Magic F situation right now.
Ed Davis –¬†Another guy returning. ¬†I still think Jon Leuer is the guy you want of the two and Leuer still gets upper 20s in minutes. ¬†He’s just a better all-around guy. ¬†Which was my selling point to the ladies… Because, let’s face it, it’s tough to pick up chicks in a He Hate Me jersey…
Next games: ¬†I’ve got Yahoo highlights for NYK @ BOS then CHI @ MIL. ¬†Both retribution games from recent bad losses. ¬†The Knicks got blown out by the Cs, and the Bulls just plain losing to the Bucks in Chicago is embarrassing enough! ¬†I hope you all enjoy the weekend and win your fantasy matchups! ¬†And hope clear weather gets you to see some major shooting stars action. ¬†See you next Monday!