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I’ve always been infatuated with the “zone,” that state of consciousness when one has Neo’d the Matrix. Mental steroids and practice can induce it, but often it’s a state that transcends reality. Life progresses frame by frame, as if someone pressed the slow motion button on the VCR. My fault, I mean DVR. In the real world, a shooter believes that every shot will go in, while understanding that it’s a mathematical impossibility. In the “zone,” screw math. Everyone morphs into a video game Dion Waiters on rookie mode. Well, last night, Mario Hezonja of the Orlando Magic gobbled the mushroom, morphed into Super Mario, and entered the “zone.”

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 28 6 2 3 0 2 8/12 10/18  0

Now, Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier did not play yesterday, so Mario was afforded an opportunity to showcase. When those two return, Super Mario will shrink back to the bench. Just file it away for the future that Mario has the ability to enter the “zone” when called upon.

Here’s what else I saw yesterday:

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Nikola Vucevic:

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 24 14 7 1 2 2 4/6 10/20 0

Vuc has double-dubbed in six straight games, with one of those being a triple-dub. During that stretch, he’s posted at least one assist, steal, block, and made at least one three-pointer in five of the games. Vuc has definitely been in the “zone.” Magic mushrooms? I think Rudy and the Stocktonator have been in the “zone” as well. They had Vuc as the number two play yesterday.

Jonathon Simmons:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 23 6 7 1 0 3 0/3 10/19 3/6

Simmons continues to thrive in the starting role. The Juice is Loose!!! As long as he’s not driving a white Ford Bronco, we should be good.

Jonathan Isaac:

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

Returned to action and played 17 minutes. I’m not a big Isaac guy, as I think he’s too raw. With that said, he does have potential, especially on the defensive end.

Reggie Bullock got the start at small forward and played 31 minutes.

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20 5 0 1 0 0 4/6 8/10 0

Stanley Johnson still received 31 minutes of run.

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 7 6 5 2 0 1 1/3 1/5 4/6

I think SVG thinks Reggie’s name is Bollocks because a Johnson needs them to be a productive member.

With Avery Bradley out, Luke Kennard got the start and played 15 minutes.

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

I didn’t think it would be worth it to give him a stat line, but it’s the holiday season and I ain’t no Scrooge.

Anthony Tolliver:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 17 2 2 0 0 2 5/7 5/7 2/2

Played 24 minutes and could get the occasional start, depending on the matchup. I’ll believe it when I see it, but if you need a big man that shoots 3s, then Tolliver could be of service.

LeBron James messed around.

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 20 12 15 0 1 6 2/7 8/23 2/3

It was a good day for the Stocktonator as well. Had LeBron as the number one play yesterday.

Jeff Green:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 5 2 0 2 0 1/4 5/12 4/5

Played 29 minutes. Is he as real as Bitcoin? Do we need to call him CM Green? Cash Money Green? He’s been getting consistent minutes in the mid-20s and can score and grab a few boards.

Tristan Thompson played 15 minutes. He should slowly start getting ramped up to play in the 20s, so if you need boards and a connection to a Kardashian, then Tristan’s your guy.

John Wall:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 10 6 1 2 3 2/5 6/16 1/2

Played 32 minutes, which is two more than the prior game, and four more than the game before that. Two, four, six, eight! Who do we appreciate? Wall! Wall! Sounds a little too much like a Trump rally. My apologies.

Mike Scott:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 19 4 4 2 1 1 3/7 8/14 0

Great Scott! Mike has been en fuego lately. He’s shot 8-for-14, 9-for-10, 4-for-7, 4-for-7, and 9-for-11 his last five games. He’s also grabbed some boards and liberated a few. Now, he did play 33 minutes, but some of the increase was due to an injury to Markieff Morris. This is probably just a hot streak, but keep an eye on his minutes and production, like “a gazelle drinking from a watering hole looking for predators” kind of eye.

Lance Stephenson:

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

Only played 16 minutes. When he plays, he’s productive but his minutes are all over the place. One game he’ll get 16, while the very next night he will get 30. Lance is valuable to those that are Born Ready.

Cory Joseph:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 6 3 0 1 1 1/2 5/7 4/4

Played 30 minutes off the bench. If you thought Lance was volatile, then you’d need Life Alert for Joseph. The game before yesterday, Joseph played 25 minutes and shot 0-for-5.

Jahlil Okafor did not play. It’s been mentioned that the pace is too fast for Okafor and that he needs to get in shape. Isn’t that like a prerequisite for being a professional athlete? Like if I was an accountant, it’d be weird if I didn’t know how to add, right? Anyways, I do think he will get incorporated into the mix, but it may take some time for that to happen. In the meantime, Tyler Zeller played 21 minutes and Jarrett Allen played 17 minutes at center for the Nets.

It was not a good shooting night for many of the Nets. DeMarre Carroll shot 1-for-6, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson shot 2-for-10, and Spencer Dinwiddie shot 1-for-6.

Allen Crabbe:

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

Played 29 minutes. Crabbe gets minutes and shoots 3s, but many owners have been frustrated with his performance. I’d recommend that you go to the local Asian grocery market and free one of the crabs in the bin a day.

Nik Stauskas:

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

After an impressive Brooklyn debut, Stauskas played 15 minutes, which was probably 15 too many. Nik, an encore is not supposed to be the exact opposite of the good thing you did in the debut.

Caris LeVert played 31 minutes. Joe Harris played 25 minutes. LeVert shot 6-for-11 and scored 14 points. Harris shot 6-for-11 and also scored 14 points. Awwww, that’s so cute. LeVert was 2-for-5 from the free throw line, while Harris was 2-for-5 from downtown. Feels like a textbook math question is imminent.

Quincy Acy:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 2 0 1 1 0 4/7 5/10 0

Played 23 minutes. Why did I mention Acy? Why did I mention the whole Nets team? Because I’m currently at my in-laws in Brooklyn, so maybe out of respect. Maybe there’s some BK vibe that permeated into my brain. Whatever it is, being on the Wrong Coast has discombobulated me.

Willie Cauley-Stein got the start at center and played 33 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 12 6 4 0 2 1 0 5/9 2/2

Free Willie! Why he doesn’t start and play 30 minutes a game is beyond me. Oh, it’s the Kings.

Vince Carter got the start and played 25 minutes. Ok, Kings. That was pretty cool, as the game was in Toronto.

Bogdan Bogdanovic played 29 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 18 3 5 1 0 2 4/7 7/10 0

Bogdan has played 29, 33, 33, and 30 minutes the past four games. It’s happening! Bogdan can shoot from downtown, grab boards, dish out dimes, and liberate. Let me see. Bogdan is Serbian. Vlade Divac is Serbian. Hmmmmmmmm.

OG Anunoby:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 11 3 0 2 0 0 3/6 4/8 0

Got the start at power forward, as Serge Ibaka was out, and played 29 minute. Such a versatile player. I think he’s going to be a good one. How could he not when his name sounds like Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Jonas Valanciunas:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 16 2 0 3 1 0/1 3/10 7/8

Since I crapped on him last week, JV has posted three double-dubs in four games. Good job, Son! Pascal Siakam and Jakob Poeltl played 19 and 21 minutes respectively, so his job looks to be secure. With that said, be wary of matchups against teams that go small or have big men that can shoot from downtown.

 

 

  1. Willy says:
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    Hii son,

    I got offered porzingis + devin booker + jclark for my horford + gary harris + brolo should i accept or naw ??

    my team: conley,DSJ,oladipo,gary harris, warren,marvin,dray,horford,KAT,brolo,WCS,myles turner

    h2h 10cat (9cat+PF)

    Thanks a lot son

    • Willy says:
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      @Willy: and which side you choose durant + wesmath or KAT + gary harris ??

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @Willy: KAT/Harris

        • Willy says:
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          @Son: okay son 1 question again which side you choose KAT + oladipo or durant +middleton ??

          • Son

            Son says:
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            @Willy: KAT/Dipo but it’s close

            • Willy says:
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              @Son: thanks son for advice… yess it’s close i’m little confused for this offer

              • Son

                Son says:
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                @Willy: KAT side more boards and steals. KD side more assists.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Willy: Naw

  2. Ciwa says:
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    Hi! I need an F and a G to replace Millsap and Dennis Smith. I could do max 6 changes in the year so i need the best players ROS.
    Here’s my scoring sistem

    Assists: 1.0
    Off. Rebs: 1.0
    Def. Rebs: 0.5
    Blocks: 1.5
    Steals: 1.5
    FT made: 2.0
    2PT made: 3.0
    3PT made: 4.0
    FT shot: -1.0
    2PT shot: -1.0
    3PT shot: -1.0
    Turnovers: -1.5
    PFs: -0.5
    Technical Fouls: -1.0
    Team Win: 2.0
    Team Lose: -2.0

    And here’s my best FA
    G
    Donovan Mitchell
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    Kris Dunn
    Tony Parker
    Kyle Korver

    F
    Jeff Green
    Taj Gibson
    John Henson
    John Collins
    Nikola Mirotic

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Ciwa: Mitchell and Gibson

  3. Mr. Blast says:
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    Ayoooooo!

    Whats up Son ?!

    Mannnnnnn, I lost Gobert again…

    So I have Blake / Gobert / Hardaway / DSJ all hurt with no I.R…

    Just got Wall back from his injury, so I’ve been hurting.

    Also carrying Okafor – Who is dead weight for me at the moment,

    Really want to give Oak another week or 2 to see if anything changes.

    You might not be happy with this move but I dropped Frenchise for Lyles this morning. ?

    12 team – H2H – 15 man rosters

    Wall / J. Murray / DSJ
    G. Harris / Crabbe / Hardaway
    T. Harris / Prince / Lyles / Holmes
    Cousins / Gobert / Love / Griffin / Okafor

    Can I stay float with this roster ?

    I dropped from 1st to 6th in the past 4 weeks..

    Guys I would drop are – Holmes / Okafor / Lyles

    FAs available – Ersan / Kleber / Frenchise / Justin Holiday / Nwaba / Tucker / Beasley

    Also would you try to trade Gobert for any of / Gortat / J-Val / WCS ?

    Thanks Son !

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: Ayo!!!!

      Damn, I feel your pain.

      I would not trade Gobert. I take it Udoh is gone?

      At this point, you need guys playing minutes. I’d drop Holmes and Okafor for Kleber, Ersan, or Nwaba. Beasley if KP out. Is it a daily or weekly league?

      • Mr. Blast says:
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        @Son:

        Daily league. Udoh is still out there..

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Mr. Blast: Id scoop up Udoh and play him until Favors returns. Then just stream your heart away.

  4. RICE says:
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    Hey Son!

    Sitting in 3rd place in a 12 team league, so I can afford to be kinda patient… but I’ve been holding Okafor since the trade and I’m begging to think it’s a waste?

    I have Whiteside and Dedmon injured at the moment so I’m in need of a big (slim pickings). Should I swap him out for one of the below guys? Or remain patient?

    Monroe
    Portis
    Udoh
    Lyles

    Thanks in advance!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @RICE: Id grab Udoh

  5. Yugo says:
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    Hey son… wassup. I’ve got question again for h2h 9 cat. Who do you prefer to start 2 of this players WCS, Lyles or nance? Thanks man…

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Yugo: Nance, Lyles

  6. Bearded Unicorn says:
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    Who do you like more long-term for a dynasty league?
    MKG, Ersan, Bogdan, Hezonia

    Got room for all of them, I’m just wondering which ones are worth exercising patience with and which ones are wait and see next year kind of guys

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Bogdan, Hezonja, and MKG are all young and have potential. MKG is the most established already and Bogdan seems to have the support of management. Team doesn’t seem to like Hezonja that much but his recent play could change their minds

      • Bearded Unicorn says:
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        @Son: thanks!

  7. miles proudfoot says:
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    Would you rather have Wiggins or Carroll? Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @miles proudfoot: Carroll, but you’re asking a Wiggins hater

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @Son: enjoy that haterade. I think you’re justified.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @miles proudfoot: Ha! I don’t enjoy being a hater. I wish I wasn’t, as I’m a lover not a fighter. With that said, it is what it is.

  8. J says:
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    Trying to work a 2 for 1 for cousins. How you feel about vooch/tatum or vooch/Tobias Harris or vooch/tyreke Evans? Or maybe Gasol instead of vooch. Still early in negotiations haha

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @J: I’m good with any of those. The other owner is cool with those?

      • J says:
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        @Son: not sure yet. Said he’s considering. Started with vooch/Tatum. He’s trying to add depth, I’m trying to open up roster space

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @J: Got it

  9. 2rule says:
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    Hi Son,

    1) My Myles for his WB?
    2) my midlleton for his Whiteside?

    14 team 9 cat

    Thx

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @2rule: What’s rest of squad look like?

      • 2rule says:
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        Dame Beal Teague dinwi Middle Robcov nurkic wcs

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @2rule: 1) Yes 2) No, but I would use one of your PGs to trade for a center

  10. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    Drop Isaac for one of these guys?

    Marvin Williams
    Tyson Chandler
    Alec Burks
    Udoh
    Maxi

    And also, what are your thoughts on Trevor Booker? I know he’s gon be out for a few games but is he the better handcuff to Embiid? And do you think his pt in the 21-22 min range would hold up the entire season? Thanks buddy

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: I’d drop Isaac for all those guys except Burks.

      I don’t think Booker is the handcuff to Embiid. I still like Holmes. I do think he could get around 20 mpg though.

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son:

        Yea, I’m leaning towards nabbing Starvin Marvin bcos of his position versatility (SF/PF). Thanks, Son!

  11. 740 says:
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    sup Fellas,
    head 2 head points
    Capela for Porzingis?

    thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @740: Yes, if you are getting Porzingis

  12. Justin says:
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    9 cat. Boogie and Wiggins for wall and demAr. What side wins?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Justin: I’d rather have the Boogie side

  13. Justin says:
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    9 cat. Got offered Capela for my Jeff Teague. Here’s my squad: Gobert, cp3, Giannis, jrue, Aaron Gordon, batum, Barton, Jamal Murray, jokic, Covington, Rondae, taj, melo.

    Does it make my team better?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Justin: I think it does

  14. Jason says:
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    Hi,
    May i ask which side you’d take?
    Paul and whiteside or jokic and middleton

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Paul/Whiteside

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