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We all have “our” places. The doughnuts taste better at Primo’s, so I’ll always go there instead of Winchell’s. The barber at the place down the street knew when to talk and when to just chill. Plus, the trim and and after-cut wash were fantastic. It’s easy to understand why I chose those places. Now, I used to play volleyball and basketball competitively back in the day. It’s been so long ago that I can’t even Al Bundy it. Regardless, there were always certain places I enjoyed playing at more than others. Sometimes I could point to the reason: the lighting was better at one gym or the floor was “springier” at another. Other times, I’d have no clue. Maybe the air was crisper or the girls were prettier. Maybe the travel time was shorter or the food at the local joints tasted better. Or, maybe the teams just sucked at the places I enjoyed playing. Whatever the reasons may have been, there’s no denying that I played better at certain places. Which brings me to Nikola Vucevic. His first visit to NYC (Brooklyn), Vucevic scored 41 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. One could dismiss the performance as the Nets just sucking. No argument here. Last night, though, Vucevic replicated the Brooklyn performace at MSG:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 34 12 3 0 2 1 1/4 13/19 7/7

Granted, Enes Kanter sucks at defense but there could be something about NYC that just jives with Vucevic. Is there a big Montenegrin population in New York? I have a feeling there is and probably some dope Montenegrin eating establishments. So, there’s been one change that Vucevic has made to his game this year. He’s attempting 4.1 three-pointers and making 1.5 per game, after never hoisting up more than one per game. A byproduct of this has been a dip in his rebounding numbers from 10.4 to 8.3. Has he been texting with Brook Lopez? Regardless, Vucevic is a top 40 player right now and should continue to be one the rest of the year.

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Here’s what else I saw yesterday:

Kristaps Porzingis did not play due to illness and ankle injury. He’s not travelling for Monday’s game in Indiana, but could be ready for the home game against the Grizzlies on Wednesday. In his place, Michael Beasley got the start and played 28 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 3 1 0 1 5 1/1 10/19 0

Beasley has always had the ability to score. Unfortunately, he doesn’t do much else. I’m guessing the three boards found him like metal to a magnet. The one assist? Probably lost control of the ball that went to a teammate who put the ball through the basket. The one block? Only explanation is scoring error.

Enes Kanter

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 18 16 2 1 0 3 0 8/13 2/2

His defense sucks. Feel comfortable streaming against him. With that said, he’s a double-dub machine. As long as he doesn’t get cozy with the coach’s daughter, Kanter should continue to do what he does.

Tim Hardaway Jr. did not play due to a leg injury. Every shooter craps out at some point. In his place, Damyean Dotson got the start and played 22 minutes.

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

Doug McDermott

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

Played 30 minutes. I guess minutes don’t always equal money.

The Golden State Warriors throttled the Miami Heat 123-95. As a result, Jordan Bell played 13 minutes, Omri Casspi 25 minutes, Patrick McCaw 19 minutes, Nick Young 15 minutes, and David West 12 minutes. That’s when you know things are good.

Kevin Durant good. Steph Curry good. Blah blah blah.

Draymond Green

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

There was a time when I was hairless. Granted, I’m Asian so my story may or may not be relatable. Anyways, when I was blessed with the knowledge that hair would grow under my arms and between my legs, I’d check everyday to see if it was there. Every day….nothing. Then, BAM! There it was. That’s how I think of Green as a fantasy asset. You watch the game. You check the box score. Doesn’t seem like much, then BAM! Top 30 fantasy player.

With Hassan Whiteside out, Bam Adebayo got another start and played 20 minutes.

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

With the Heat needing more offense in this game, Kelly Olynyk played 28 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 7 5 0 1 2 1/2 5/11 3/3

Dion Waiters

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

Wesley Johnson

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

The last two games, Wesley has shot 1-for-10 and 2-for-8. Don’t fret, though, because it’s not like you were relying on him for scoring. You weren’t, right? He’s going to get a ton of minutes, opportunities, and will contribute across the board. Like any Johnson, there will be ups and downs.

Jamil Wilson got the start at power forward for the Clippers and played 29 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 1 1 0 0 1 3/8 3/8 0

C. J. Williams got the start at shooting guard and played 13 minutes. Sindarious Thornwell played 14 minutes, Jawun Evans 13 minutes, Sam Dekker 16 minutes, and Montrezl Harrell 13 minutes. Talk about a shituation.

The two beneficiaries from all the injuries for the Clippers are Austin Rivers and Lou Williams.

Rivers played 36 minutes (shocker) and went:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 30 5 5 1 0 3 7/10 9/14 5/7

Sweet Lou:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 23 5 10 0 0 4 3/7 8/14 4/4

Taj Gibson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 11 0 0 0 1 0 6/9 8/8

All he does is play 40 minutes and double-dub. Taj now has nine on the season, good for 18th in the league.

Jeff Teague

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 9 0 10 3 0 0 1/3 3/10 2/2

Second game back from injury and back-to-back games with 10 assists.

Jimmy Butler

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 33 8 4 1 1 1 2/4 10/20 11/13

Kyle Anderson left the game with a knee injury. MRI is scheduled for Monday. It’s too bad, as Mr. Anderson had been a top 75 player. Word is that Kawhi Leonard is close to returning, so he would have limited value in that scenario. Speaking of Leonard, I’ve also heard that Big Foot exists. Until I see it with my own eyes, I will be skeptical.

Yesterday was rest day for the Spurs, as Pop sat Rudy Gay, LaMarcus Aldridge, Tony Parker, and Pau Gasol for the second half. Patty Mills only played nine minutes. As a result, Bryn Forbes played 33 minutes, Joffrey Lavergne 23 minutes, and Davis Bertans 29 minutes. The most interesting man for the Spurs, though, was Dejounte Murray who played 39 minutes and went:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 11 5 3 1 5 0/1 7/15 3/5

Murray is only 21 years old and has upside. Unfortunately, he’s only viable on Spurs Siestas. Parker and Mills are ahead of him on the depth chart.

Russell Westbrook messed around.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 10 10 1 0 7 2/2 9/22 2/6

You know what doesn’t mess around? The Stocktonator, as it had Russ as the number one overall player last night.

Carmelo Anthony

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 6 3 0 0 1 1/5 4/10 0

That’s back-to-back games with nine points, after scoring in double digits the prior seven games. There’s a hierarchy to everything in life. The driver of a car is the man. There can only be one. Shotgun is the “right-hand” man, literally and figuratively. The back seat is for the minions or peanut gallery. The trunk is usually for the clowns or people of small stature. Well, Melo is bordering on clown status.

Paul George

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 8 8 4 0 1 6 1/5 2/17 3/4

Steven Adams

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 10 1 3 1 2 0 8/13 3/6

Adams grabs boards and is the recipient of cheapies from Russ. He gets the love from RW because he’s the only one as crazy as him. It’s like Murtaugh and Riggs from Lethal Weapon, except you’d replace Murtaugh with another Riggs.

James Harden

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
36 4 9 2 0 4 4/9 13/22 6/7

I’m a Lakers fan, but I get Harden excited watching him play. So smooth. So good.

Chris Paul

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 4 6 2 0 5 4/7 8/17 1/1

Still pisses me off that Stern nixed the Paul trade to the Lakers. Such BS. Anyways, I’m excited to see how Paul and Harden continue growing with each other. Harden played 35 minutes while Paul played 33.

Kyle Kuzma

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 12 0 2 1 2 3/7 8/16 3/5

Kuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz! We know he can shoot, score, and board. If he starts getting steals and blocks, then Lord have mercy.

Brook Lopez played 20 minutes, Julius Randle played 16 minutes, and Larry Nance Jr. played 30. I still believe that Nance and Randle fit this team the best, but Lopez is not going to get totally phased out.

Nance went:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 8 1 2 1 1 0 7/12 1/1

He can play both the 4 and 5 and I think he gets most of the minutes going forward.

Lopez went:

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

He will shoot threes and get blocks, but he doesn’t board for a big man and….most importantly….is not getting the minutes.

Randle went:

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

Randle was in foul trouble and just couldn’t get going. Up until last night, he’s been a spark and, if you look at the lineups with the best net rating for the Lakers, he’s a part of all of them.

Lonzo Ball

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

Big Ball Buster. He’s no Kuzma, but he will be fine. The highs will be Method Man, while the lows will be Barry White.

  1. Will says:
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    Hi Son,

    Sorry if you’ve answered this question in previous posts. What is your ROS outlook for Lavine? is top 30 to 35 a stretch?

    • Lasandro says:
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      @Will: I’ll go ahead and say that it absolutely is a stretch. Even if he somehow doesn’t get multiple rest days.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Will: Yes. Hard to imagine he gets the same run coming off injury.

  2. 2rule says:
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    hi son,

    CJ or Beal ROS?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @2rule: Yes.

      Both are similar. Matter of preference.

  3. Edge says:
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    What’s your take on Jonathan Isaac?

    Do you believe the hype train the other site is pushing for this guy?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Edge: I don’t, at least for this year. He has potential but I think he needs some time.

  4. Renz says:
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    Hey son!

    Who would you have on your starting line-up among these men?

    Prince, Ilyasova, Morris, Dwight Powell. 2 will be in the bench. Thanks!!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Renz: I don’t know which Morris, but I’d still go Prince and Ersan

  5. Mr. Blast says:
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    Ayo! Wtup Son… dam Monday came quick!

    Mannnnnnn, my injuries continue….. now Hardaway!

    Piling up over here, going thru – Wall, Griffin, Gobert, Dedmon, THJ…

    With the emergency room at capacity on my team had to do some dumping let me know what you think… I couldn’t hold everyone..

    Dumped Dedmon for Ghostface (Loved Dedmon before all of this)

    &

    Dumped LEN for Faried.. (I’m a Len guy) -_-

    I really wanted to hold Len a little longer but with the current state of my teams injuries I really didn’t have time to stash & wait for something to happen to Chandler or Monroe..

    & I can’t see myself just dropping Blake or THJ (yet)

    New look team –

    Wall / DSJ / J. Murray
    G. Harris / Batum / Crabbe
    T. Harris / Hardaway / T. Prince / Ilyasova
    Cousins / Gobert / Love / Griffin / Faried

    Can I still manage to hold everyone. Looks like Gobert is close.

    Ersan & Faried I consider streaming spots at the moment I guess. I’ll keep them going for now.

    Thanks!

    • Mr. Blast says:
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      @Mr. Blast:

      12 team – H2H – No I.R spot

      • Mr. Blast says:
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        @Mr. Blast:

        Also: Offer just came in Westbrook/Z-Bo for my Cousins ?

        Hmmm…

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Mr. Blast: I’d rather have Cousins

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: Ayo!
      Mr. Blast, you are supposed to sacrifice the virgins. Not play with them.

      Looks good. Managing the squad well through adversity.

  6. Llango says:
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    what up!
    Who got the better end of this deal:
    Steph Curry, Turner (ind), r. Anderson, g.hill
    4
    Lowry, porter, gortat, zbo?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Llango: I like the Steph side better, but Lowry side shores up front court.

  7. Steven Boyle says:
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    Lonzo worth a pickup in 9 cat even if I am not necessarily trying to tank any cats? Team is pretty solid all around.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Steven Boyle: I’m a Lonzo guy, so yes.

  8. Hamtime says:
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    Is portis droppable given the injury and nwaba/lavine/miro coming back? Should I drop him for Crowder, poeltl (Bebe out), or Cody Zeller (deep 18m). Crowder sucks but he starts. Poeltl is intriguing

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Hamtime: Sure. I’m with you on Crowder. He’s the best of the worst

  9. McBonton says:
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    Should i swap my KAT for AD? Kat has been underperforming that’s why i am entertaining that thought. Thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @McBonton: I wouldn’t. There’s value in playing

  10. Pedro says:
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    Hi Son. Nice to talk to you again.

    Currently leading my league so I am looking for young players who develop/break in the second part of the season no matter raw they are now. 9 cat, 18 teams so you can imagine the vacuum. I just dropped KOQ for Jarret Allen.

    My other droppable players are Chriss (I know, but as I told you I CAN wait), and Jerebko (especially he). Would you consider taking any of: Rozier, Winslow, McLemore, Willy, Mudiay? Any other candidate you may think? (probably taken in my league)

    Muchas gracias!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Pedro: Hey Pedro. Always good to chat with you. I’d hold Chriss. Out of the names you mentioned, Winslow and McLemore for me. Is Ntilikina taken?

      • Pedro says:
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        @Son: Looooong time ago. I took Winslow at the very beggining but I let him go, so I may take it again, jeje.

        By the way, even though i show up from time to time i read you everyday. Even with the language barrier it’s very funny.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Pedro: Ha! Much appreciated Pedro

  11. miles proudfoot says:
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    Things are rough due to injuries and such. I need some big shakeups and could spare to lose a few guards. I hope it’s not too much, would you mind giving your yay or nay on the trades below (players on the left are mine). Thank you!

    Reke, Bradley – Draymond, Marksman
    Paul, Vuc, Bradley – Giannis, Kemba
    Fox or Rivers or Aminu – Batum
    Fox or Rivers or Aminu – WCS
    RJax, Bradley or Rivers – Lou Williams, WCS

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @miles proudfoot: 1) Cool
      2) Naw
      3) Cool
      4) Naw
      5) Cool for Sweet Lou

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @Son: thanks man! The Giannis one is too much on my side?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @miles proudfoot: Anytime. The G one was a tough one. He’s obviously the best player, but I think I’d want the the Paul/Vuc/Bradley side. It’s close.

  12. Hamtime says:
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    Is beasley worth a flyer in the wake of the thj injury? I’d drop portis. Beasley fgs tos and fts are killer tho

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Hamtime: Naw

  13. Miel says:
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    Hi son,
    Please rank these players.
    JJ, rhj, hood, gallo

    • Son

      Son says:
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      RJH, JJ, Gallo, Hood

  14. Tino says:
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    Hi Son,

    I’m leading in my league and i’m looking for upside. Wilson chandler, Ntilika, Markief Morris, and Marquess Chriss. Who do you think has better upside?

    11 cat with at and ob.

    thanks man!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Tino: Ntilikina

  15. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    Any chance Brook Lopez gets traded sooner rather than later? Lol I’m not stressing over his situation with his team cos I only got him via a trade for a player I snagged from the wire but Leonard is nearing a return and Seth too, could come back in a week or two. So unless I make a 2for1 deals I may need to drop 2 players on my squad. Worse players: Brook, Bell, Crabbe (I don’t wanna drop Crabbe, lol)

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: It’s possible. He is in the last year of his contract. I hear you on Crabbe, but he’s easily replaceable.

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son:

        Will it need to be on the deadline, or could it happen like next week or the week after that? Lol His blocks tho are helpful at times

        So we’re keeping Bell over Crabbe?? Thanks, Son

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @I just wanna Kawhi: I doubt anything would happen in the next week or so. I’d keep Bell just for the upside, but I wouldn’t expect a significant role this season. It’s more due to the fact that Crabbe is easier to replace

          • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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            @Son:

            True, true. I like Bell’s upside and energy. I only wish Kerr would play him closer to 22 mins but I don’t think that’ll happen this season.

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