Orlando may contain the happiest place on earth (a meth den a mile from Interstate 4), but for the Magic, the season has been a little less than magical. Nevertheless, fans took some joy last night when the team flew into L.A. and beat the struggling Lakers and their former hero, Dwight Howard. Going toe toe to toe with the big man was none other than Nikola Vucevic, who double doubled with 17/12 plus an assist and 4 blocks. Glad I didn’t drop him the night before! Oh, I did. I guess that’s all it took to see him play more than 30 minutes and dominate on defense (p.s. – it was a shallow league I dropped him in). He has been good for a block and half and a steal and a half per night, but his rebounding really was not up to snuff for a center. A couple of weeks ago, he was gifting fantasy owners double digit rebounds, so hopefully he is back on track.

By the way, if you noticed a new look to Razzball, congratulations, you aren’t blind or insane. As you enjoy the new design, please feel free to explore around and let us know in comments what you think…about anything, really. Talk to us. You don’t have to walk this world alone. Anyway, here’s some more NBA action from last night:

Marcin Gortat – He played 41 1/2 minutes, 7 more than his nearest teammate and about 15-20 more than everyone else. From the hands of this mule came 18 points, 10 rebounds, and an assist. It’s the first time he’s had a double double or even double digit rebounds since November 12.

Goran Dragic – Finished with 9 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. This was his first time finishing with less than double digit points all season. More like Goran Tragic For Fantasy Owners In H2h Leagues Trying To Win On Sunday With Only Two Games, am I right?

Shannon Brown – She produced a line of 17/7/3 with a steal, but also missed 5 of 6 from downtown. Downtown girl, she’s been living in her below career average 3p% world…

Tyson Chandler – Had his third double double in 4 games with 15 points, 13 rebounds (6 offensive), 1 assist and 2 blocks. The blocks are the first since November 23.

Pablo Prigioni – It is impossible for anyone to talk about him without mentioning he is a 35 year old rookie from Argentina, but regardless, he saw 25+ minutes for the first time all season the past 2 games and was beginning to produce some points, but then last night he spent 9 minutes on the court for 0 points, 1 rebound and 1 steal.

Steve Novak – He hit 4 of 9 from behind the arc to finish with 12 points 2 rebounds, an assist and 2 steals. His accuracy has been improving of late, but perhaps more interesting is his SPG is (still pretty low but) thrice as high as his career average: 0.6 per game.

J.R. Smith – The swagger will never die, but he was ice cold last night: in 37 minutes, 1-11 (0-2 from deep) for 4 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.

Raymond Felton – After his poor game against the Nets, he has returned to form and last night produced 23 points (including 3 threes), 3 rebounds, and 7 assists.

Mo Harkless – Started, played 21 1/2 minutes exactly, hit all of his shots…and finished with 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 turnover, and 2 personal fouls. He then spilled chicken’s blood in the form of a pentagram, and his ritual was complete.

Glen Davis – He had 23 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks to go with 2 assists and a steal. Nice to see after 3 games of 15 rebounds combined.

Arron Affalo – He hit 4 of 8 three point attempts and concluded the game with a team high 30 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 turnovers (oof) and a steal.

Jameer Nelson – I guess when the Magic beat the Lakers, I get to talk about every starter. Allow me to highlight Nelson’s 13 assists for you, which go with his 19 points for the team’s third double double of the night.

Dwight Howard – He scored 21 points and had 15 rebounds (6 offensive), but – no surprise – he shot 9-21 from the free throw line. The Lakers lost by 10. You do the math. Or not. This isn’t school.

Antawn Jamison – He saw 28 1/2 minutes of court time for 10 points, 5 rebounds, and a block. Not as good as the 33 point effort on November 30 but much better than the 3 point game on November 27.

Metta World Peace – He produced a good line of 15/5/5 with 3 steals and 3 threes. I would like to see a little more in 37 minutes of court time, however. How about 9 rebounds? Give me that, you bastard!

Pau Gasol – He finished with 11/7/2 and a block. He has not had double digit rebounds since November 20. We were all a little younger then. We smiled more back then. The future was a little brighter. Car commercials for Christmas had not yet really begun. Those were the days.

  1. Hotrod says:

    Just traded DWill for Dwight…

    My new starting lineup (14 team – 10 Cat H2H)

    PG – Westbrook
    SG – George
    SF – Gerald Wallace
    PF – David lee
    C -Dwight
    G – Collison
    F – Mullens
    G/F – J Rich
    Util – Javale McGee

    Bench –
    RObin Lopez

    Your thoughts on my team? Any suggestions to try to improve/players to trade?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:

      @Hotrod: Looks alright. You may be light on steals. Maybe you can move Mullens.

    • Mr. Ballistik says:

      How did you trade into DWill AND Westbrook in a 14 team league?

  2. Steve Stevenson says:

    Please rank ROS in a H2H pts league: Tristan Thompson, Drummond, Blatche.

    Looking into a blockbuster in which I’d deal away Varejao, and would have to stomach getting one of these guys back as my likely #2 C (assuming for now that Bogut doesn’t come back). Thompson has been the best so far on a per game basis, but do you like the others as upside plays? We get big bonuses for double doubles.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:

      @Steve Stevenson: I’d go TT, Blatche, Drummond. Of those, I think Blatche has the biggest chance to improve his game over the season, especially with Brooklyn doing so well. Drummond is on a bad team, but he also doesn’t have much going on around him and Monroe is a big road block, figuratively and literally.

  3. Carnac says:

    Website updates look good. Re: Functionality, worth noting that the link to buy you a Manhattan isn’t working.

    What’re your expectations for Gerald Henderson? He returns tonight and isn’t a free agent in deep leagues, but does he potentially have value in shallow ones?

    • James Redacted

      James Redacted says:

      @Carnac: Eventually he’ll have value in shallow leagues but he may be slow to return to his normal playing time with all the success the bobcats have been having. I’d leave him on the wire in 10 team leagues for now.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:

      @Carnac: thanks for the info.

      I think he is good in 12 team leagues, but I would probably avoid in 10 team (or fewer!). He’s not really built to play guard, but I don’t see him replacing Kidd-G or Mullens, and if he doesn’t see enough minutes, it really kills his value. I’d like to think he builds on last year and sees 16 PPG, 4 RPG and 2-3 APG, but he really needs playing time to do that (obviously).

  4. Michael says:

    I currently have Alonzo Gee on my roster. Would you recommend me dropping him for Kawhi Leonard when he’s back? Or should I keep him?

    • James Redacted

      James Redacted says:

      @Michael: I like Leonard more

  5. Ivan says:

    I don’t really like the new layout… I liked it better when I didn’t have to click on a link to read a full blog post. It’s easier that way.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:

      @Ivan: As Grey has been saying on the baseball side, the “click more” format allows the site to load faster and is the wave of the future!

  6. bostonian says:

    would u trade david lee for cousins in a 12 team 8-cat league format.

    current team:
    Kyrie Irving
    Jrue Holiday
    Brandon Jennings
    Mo Williams
    Ricky Rubio
    Rodney Stuckey

    Josh Smith
    Nicolas Batum
    David Lee

    Roy Hibbert
    Byron Mullens
    Tristian Thompson

    Injured Reserve:
    Andrew Bogut

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:

      @bostonian: I probably wouldn’t. Your team seems fine and Cousins isn’t worth the gamble over whether he will hit his potential while David Lee has been doing nothing but giving you 20/12/4 over the past 2 weeks.

  7. Clever Internet Meme says:

    How do you feel about Corey Brewer? Seems like he’s putting up decent enough numbers to ride the util slots in an H2H league, especially with his ample steals.

    • James Redacted

      James Redacted says:

      @Clever Internet Meme: in RCL’s I would consider riding the hot streak

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:

      @Clever Internet Meme: He’s had a good week or so. I would think there are better options in 12 team or smaller leagues. Deeper leagues, have at him.

  8. Mr. Ballistik says:

    12 team h2h 8-cat league

    Guards: Rondo, Lowry, JJ, Lou
    Forwards: Love, Monroe, Manimal, A. Davis, Valanciunas, Crash, Beez, R. Lopez, Sandman

    Which deal would you prefer if/when A. Davis is back?
    1. Monroe — S. Curry
    2. Monroe/Valanciunas — Bargs/Gallo

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:

      @Mr. Ballistik: Moving Val for Gallo would be a solid idea. I like the latter 2 for 2 trade.

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