What do you think of when you hear the phrase “messing around?” Perhaps a joke. Maybe it takes you back to high school. First base. Second base. Third base with Peggy Sue or Billy Bob. How about Ice Cube when he called up the homies and asked them which park are y’all playin’ basketball? Whatever it may be, “messing around” is not associated with being of the serious variety. For fun. For shits and giggles. For Russell Westbrook? “Messing around” ain’t no joke. It’s 100% pedal to the metal. It’s I’m going to dunk on your head and shoot in your eye. It’s I’m grabbing every rebound because the ball is mine. That reminds me of Shaq’s T.W.I.S.M. Any of you remember that? Ha! Anyways, for Russ, it’s I’m dishing every dime because I will not be denied of my stat orgy. Yesterday, Russ notched his 102nd career triple dub.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
37 13 14 2 0 5 1/1 15/22 6/8

That’s now five straight triple-dubs. For the season, he’s 0.3 rebounds shy of AVERAGING a triple-dub, which would make back-to-back seasons of accomplishing the feat. Damn, Russ ain’t no joke, espccially when it comes to “messing around.”

Here’s what else I saw yesterday:

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Steven Adams:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 25 8 4 1 0 2 0 10/13 5/9

Adams is a freaking top 50 player for fantasy. 9 boards, 1.3 steals, and 1.1 blocks. He did leave the game briefly yesterday after taking an Ibaka knee to the crown jewels, but was able to return. I’m sure the kangaroos he used to box against back home got him more than a few times down under.

Kyle Lowry:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 4 10 0 1 4 5/7 7/10 3/3

He’s averaging 16.3 points on the season, which is the lowest mark since the 2012 season. With that said, the 5.6 boards are a career-high and the three 3s a game is the second-highest mark. Top 25 player for fantasy.

DeMar DeRozan:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 3 5 0 0 1 3/6 8/18 5/7

Remember when double D was dropping forty and fifty burgers earlier in the season? Seems like a long time ago. If he played on a shitty team, I think it would be a nightly occurrence. The Raptors are just too deep and too good.

Serge Ibaka:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
7 6 2 2 0 3. 1/3 2/11 2/2

Was an Ibaka the scorekeeper yesterday? I’m not buying the 2 dimes. In fact, that’s now back-to-back games with 2 dimes, with both games being at home. Things that make you go hmmmmm. Anyways, Serge was pretty terrible yesterday. Even the Raptors announcers were saying that Casey had to get him out of the game. When the move finally happened, it was Pascal Siakam who subbed in for him.

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

Played 23 minutes, while Jakob Poeltl played 15 minutes.

With Fred VanVleet unable to play, it was Delon Wright who played 31 minutes off the bench.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 15 2 8 2 0 1 1/2 6/8 2/2

VanVleet is day-to-day, so don’t expect Wright to continue getting 30 minutes of run. When FVV is out, though, Wright is a plug and play.

Kyrie Irving missed another game, so Terry Rozier got the start and played 31 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 7 5 1 0 1 1/6 6/16 0

Brad Stevens said that Irving and Jaylen Brown are close to returning, so that would obviously hurt Rozier’s value. With that said, he should still get some run due to the Marcus Smart injury. Just don’t expect 30+ minutes.

Jayson Tatum:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 5 1 2 0 2 2/3 9/14 3/5

Channing’s brother from another mother had his first 20 point game since February 2nd. No Kyrie and no Brown + uptempo game against the Pelicans = fantasy goodness. The usage should come down when both Irving and Brown return to the lineup.

Greg Monroe:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 12 6 2 2 0 4 0 6/13 0

Played 26 minutes. Has now played 20+ minutes in three straight games and scored in double figures in each. Aron Baynes only played 14 minutes, so it looks like Monroe is starting to carve out a role for himself. Or maybe it had something to do with the guy below. Regardless, keep an eye on his minutes and usage going forward.

Anthony Davis:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 34 11 3 1 1 1 0/3 14/24 6/8

He absolutely crushes the Celtics. Edit. He absolutely crushes everyone. Unfortunately, too often his body gets crushed.

Rajon Rondo:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 4 3 11 1 0 1 0 2/5 0

REVENGE!!!

Jrue Holiday:

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

A Sunday Holiday for Jrue.

Nikola Mirotic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 16 10 3 3 2 3 1/5 4/12 7/9

Mirotic had really been struggling, so it was nice to see him ball out. I wouldn’t expect the D stats on a nightly basis, but points, threes, and boards are definitely on the menu.

Cheick Diallo:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 17 6 1 0 0 1 0 7/9 0

Played 24 minutes and subbed in for both Emeka Okafor and Anthony Davis. The minutes are all over the map, so it’s tough to trust him in any format. A double-dub threat with points and boards if he does get run, though. Cheick please!

Ian Clark:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 8 0 3 2 1 0 1/3 3/9 1/1

Played 26 minutes. Clark has been getting the minutes and shot attempts. For the month, he’s averaging over 25 minutes a game and almost 10 shot attempts. He’s scored double digits in five of nine games. I C. Rubs peach fuzz on chin. I C.

Clint Capela:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 16 12 2 0 3 0 0 8/11 0/2

C & C Music Factory been making everyone dance all season long.

Chris Paul almost messed around.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 18 8 9 1 0 3 1/3 4/8 9/10

He needs to get more serious like Russ.

James Harden:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 34 4 12 2 1 4 2/9 9/18 14/14

I get Harden excited looking at his stat lines on a nightly basis. I need a boss button.

Ryan Anderson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 0 2 0 0 0 4/5 4/6 2/2

Played 17 minutes in his second game back from injury. Mr. Anderson should be good to go and return to the starting lineup in no time. That would make the Matrix very happy.

Karl-Anthony Towns:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 20 18 1 1 1 3 0 9/15 2/3

58th double-dub in 70 games played. Meow. 15 shot attempts, though. 15!!! What the hell is going on here? Freaking Andrew Wiggins with a team-leading 16 shot attempts. STOP IT! It’s making me go nuts. Feed the KAT all day all night!!! I can’t even imagine the mental state I’d be in if I was a Timberwolves fan.

Jeff Teague:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 6 11 2 0 3 3/5 5/11 10/10

Every once in a while, Teague has a game like last night, which makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside for drafting him. The rest of the time? You walk around like a crazy person, scratching your head and wondering why you drafted him. Ok, I’m being overly dramatic, as Teague is a top 60 player for fantasy, but still…..If you own Teague, don’t you expect more?

Derrick Rose:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 1 3 0 0 1 0/1 6/11 2/2

Minutes played since coming to MIN: 7, 11, 15, and 19. The one, and probably only, thing those SAT tests taught me was that the next number is 23.

Jamal Crawford:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 1 3 1 0 1 3/4 8/12 1/1

Played 28 minutes. Craw is 37 years old and still And-1’ing guys. Simply amazing. Will be the MIN microwave for the forseeable future.

Al-Farouq Aminu:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 8 6 3 0 1 4/7 6/12 0

Is on a little heater right now. Four games playing over 30 minutes and three straight with double figures in the scoring column. The D stats, boards, assists, and downtowners have all been there. Just know that he gets just as frigid.

Maurice Harkless:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 5 2 2 0 0 3/4 8/11 2/2

My favorite player to draft in NBA2K for Lord knows how long. Mo can score, shoot from downtown, and get his 211 on from time to time. The minutes and shot attempts are just so inconsistent.

Jusuf Nurkic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 17 12 1 0 4 3 0 8/18 1/2

Played 30 minutes. It’s always about the minutes with Nurk. With that said, he enjoys playing against LA for some reason. In the last meeting back on January 30th, Nurk went 14/20.

Damian Lillard played 31 minutes and scored 23 points, while his partner in crime, CJ McCollum played 32 minutes and scored 21 points.

Tobias Harris:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 3 2 2 0 2 1/4 5/14 0

Aminu is one of the better defenders in the NBA, as he’s 12th in defensive real plus minus. Don’t fret Harris owners. Bad games happen from time to time.

Montrezl Harrell:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 24 7 3 1 2 1 0 9/14 6/10

Played 20 minutes. Per 36, 22.9 points, 8.7 boards, 1 steal, and 1.6 blocks. I shall shut up and move to the next blurb.

Lou Williams:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 1 4 1 0 1 3/6 11/24 5/5

Came off the bench and played 31 minutes. That’s probably the role best suited for him. Regardless, Lou is sweet in any capacity.

  1. 2rule says:
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    hi son,

    Markieff or Aminu for this week? both of them has 3 matches and I need rib, st, blk

    thx

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @2rule: Aminu

  2. miles proudfoot says:
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    Hey, any armchair doctors out there willing to take a guess on the prognosis for chronic tendinitis for Batum? Second round playoffs, no IR spot. Trying to decide if I need to cut him today.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @miles proudfoot: I’m not a doctor but I watched a commercial of normal people acting like doctors on tv. Achilles injury doesn’t sound good to me. Even if he returns, it’s gotta bother him. With that said, I’d try and hold onto him unless there is someone available on the wire that could approach his level of production.

  3. Mr. Blast says:
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    AYO!!!!!!!!

    Semi’s my dude!

    Hope I don’t regret this, but I dumped our Boo.

    What do you think ?

    Dropped DSJ for Cook

    & Dropped Nance for Payne

    New look squad –

    12 team – H2H

    Lowry / J. Murray / Fox / Dejounte / Payne / Cook
    Tobias / Prince / Hardaway / Miro / James Johnson
    Gobert / Blake / WCS / Skal

    I’m going against this team –

    Mitchell / McCollum / Napier
    Porter / Melo / Batum / KCP / Bullock / CJ Miles / Harkless
    Horford / Milsap / Draymond / Portis / Harrell

    Whats do you think of my moves ?

    Made them both last night, so I still have 4 moves this week.

    & How do you like my chances to get to the finals ?

    Thanks homie!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: AYO!

      You did what? You shall perish in hell!!!!

      Just playing. I’m good with the DSJ to Cook move. Not so fond of the Nance to Payne one, though.

      I think you have a good chance to make it to the finals. Good luck my man!

  4. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    Hey bud, which player would you rather have for the week (starting on 3/21):

    Bogbog
    3/22 vs ATL
    3/25 vs BOS

    Payne
    3/21 vs DEN
    3/23 vs MIL
    3/24 vs DET

    I’m not sure how long Dunn will be sidelined, but I’m leaning towards Payne? Just maximizing the games ma man. What do you say?

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son:

        Just saw the news about Dunn suffering a setback. This is it. Got $20 dollars left on FAAB, $14 I’m gonna use on Jabari, and 1 dol on Payne. Thanks ma man

  5. Justin says:
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    Hey in a 9 cat league. Made it to the semis. But playing a solid team this week. Is booker a drop candidate? Waiver has: quin cook,dorell Wright,aminu, lamb,brewer,crowder. I win money long as I reach finals lol

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Justin: Yeah, I think Booker can be dropped. I’d pick up Cook

      • Justin says:
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        @Son: apprantly steph back on Friday. Does that change anything?

      • Justin says:
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        @Son: and only 2 games left for cook this week.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Justin: My apologies. You have to go with Crowder.

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