Oh man, a busy day yesterday in hoops! ¬†The obvious first mention is GO HEELS! ¬†Oh man, I feel like storming the court today. ¬†I think Chapel Hill fans everywhere this morning should storm their office/classroom/crowded area in a flash mob at some point. ¬†Then we have LeBron James getting his nose broken by Serge A Broke-a! ¬†The mayor of Cleveland has already issued Serge Ibaka a key to the city. ¬†Fine LeBron $5,000 for flopping! ¬†Man, the next round of internet videos of “LeBroning” are going to be a lot more like “The Knockout Game”. ¬†Seriously, even LeBron haters have to love he got it broke a step or two out before throwing it down. ¬†Word still to come if the nose is indeed broken, but my money is on yes. ¬†Regardless, we’ve seen a few players come back from a broken nose in the same game donning the Hannibal mask, so I doubt he misses any time after passing concussion tests last night. ¬†MaskBron! ¬†And then we had the trade deadline come and go, with nothing too major albeit a few surprises. ¬†I’m starting a bit off the reservation with a guy I’m going to pump hard and is a pickup now in 12-teamers. ¬†Lord Byron Mullens! ¬†After trading their former starting 5 which we’ll get in below, it’s Mullens and Arnett Moultrie manning down the C fort in the abandon ship Sixers front line, with Mullens picked up for draft picks. ¬†I know Mullens is boring, but he was usable while with the Bobcats posting a 10.6/6.4/1.5/0.6/0.6 line with 1.2 treys in 27 minutes a game in 12-13. ¬†His sub-40 FG% blew, sure, but he’s a perimeter shooter who can play decent D so I think he will get run. ¬†He’s a lot better than Moultire in my opinion and I think will get big minutes. ¬†And I don’t know why, maybe it’s because he looks so goofy or maybe because he’s been in the league 5 years, but Mullens is actually only 25 when I thought he might be 30. ¬†For a team tanking, he’s a perfect acquisition to help rack up points to try and fill maybe 2 more seats a night in Philly. ¬†“Thanks for coming Mr. and Mrs. Mullens!” ¬†Here’s what else went down yesterday, starting with NBA deadline deals:Please, blog, may I have some more?
The trade deadline is here! ¬†Today! ¬†And even though we had a few trades already go down, more are sure to proliferate through the league office. ¬† Hopefully the NBA has faster fax machines than the NFL. ¬†I mean, seriously on that Elvis Dumervil thing?! ¬†BREAKING NEWS! ¬†The Heat trade LeBron James to Cleveland for Anthony Bennett, but the trade was sent just over a month too late. ¬†Reports indicate it was sent on April 1st. ¬†Hah! ¬†Sent from some hooligan named David Stern… ¬†You’ve been punked Adam Silver! ¬†Back to reality, we’ve seen Marcus Thornton get traded to the grandpa Nets for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans and Steve Blake get all his fantasy value decapitated Hershel-Walking Dead style by getting shipped to the Warriors for Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks. ¬†The takeaways thus far is you can cut Blake in virtually all leagues, and in deeper leagues I actually think Reggie Evans could start at some point as the Kings 4. ¬†Jason Thompson is one of the many rumored on the trading block which would open up that role. ¬†I’m not saying Evans would play 30 minutes or anything, but could maybe average 8 boards a game while doing nothing else in the typical Evans fashion. ¬†So when I say deeper leagues, I mean deeeeeeper. ¬†We’ll recap the rest of the trades in tomorrow morning’s piece as well as in the comments throughout the afternoon to help with your fantasy moves. ¬†Here’s what else went down in NBA action:Please, blog, may I have some more?
One team. ¬†Two broken noses. ¬†Four bloody nostrils. ¬†One protective face-mask company that has lost a client.
In case you missed it, in the battle of the oldest teams ever in NBA history (yeah, no stat to back that up, but pretty sure George Gervin played a few minutes in the third… ¬†[Ok, ok, the Spurs benched all their old guys, whatever!]), both Nando De Colo and Matt Bonner broke their noses and got all bloody. ¬†Bonner with his mask still on! ¬†On both (De Colo, Bonner) you got some really good in your face camerawork. ¬†I feel like both of those could become UFC moves. ¬†The “Russian wrister”! ¬†The “Livingston shoulder slam”! ¬†De Colo gets mad props for coming back in the game in the second half. ¬†Bonner gets mad props too for trying to come back in, but Pop wouldn’t have it. ¬†Pop hates props! ¬†Plus Bonner’s quote, “By tomorrow, I’ll either have a new mask or a new face” is friggin’ awesome. ¬†Kinda have a boner for Bonner. ¬†While De Colo is not a standard league option, with Tony Parker an elf on the shelf with a bad back, De Colo got 27 minutes 11/3/2/2/1. ¬†Near rainbow! ¬†It’s actually a pretty light slate of games looking ahead on Saturday, so De Colo could be a nice streamer for you in deeper leagues if Parker stays on that shelf. ¬†But as Slim pointed out to me earlier in the week, they’re against Charlotte – a top-5 PPG NBA D, but his defense and boarding should be fine if you need a lil-a-dat from a PG over the weekend. Here’s what else I saw last night in fantasy hoops:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Man, that title seems all sorts of wrong… But what is right is Nikola Vucevic returned to action last night For a solid 16/10 dub-dub in only 20 minutes. ¬†Efficiency! ¬†Shot 6-12, 4-4 from the stripe and added a few steals. ¬†Very encouraging return for a guy people were dismissing since he had no timetable from the concussion. ¬†Concussions can really jack ya up, but hopefully you stayed true on your course to the playoffs and have a dynamic top-20ish big man. ¬†Of course the Magic now have lost value in other places, with Big Baby going 5/4/4 in 32 minutes, Arron Afflalo looking like the scrub I’ve said he was all year (still think his 20+ PPG is one of the most preposterous stats this year) and Tobias Harris temporarily moving to the bench. ¬†Although T Dawg isn’t Walking Dead (going 9/11/3/1/1 in 37 minutes), he shot like a stiff going 2-8. ¬†Afflalo is still a sell as soon as you can, Davis a drop, and hope you bought low on Vuc while there was a window open. ¬† ¬†Here’s what else I saw last night in fantasy hoops:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Sooooo… Last night just happened. ¬†It was the wildest night of fantasy hoops that I could ever remember. ¬†Sure my memory isn’t exactly like Ken Jennings, but yea… Definitely going to break the “what the hey?!” record! ¬†The Fantasy Basketball world just stood still. ¬†It was just like the remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still. ¬†Is that Keanu Reeves? ¬†What is Jaden Smith doing here? ¬†Wait, is this an actual plot? ¬†There’s just too much crazy to care about these special effects! ¬†There were like, a million three pointers last night. ¬†Tony Wroten had a triple double. ¬†Ok, who had Wroten in the triple-double pool? ¬†I think if you had bet on that in Vegas you coulda turned a dollar into owning the state of Nevada. ¬†18/10/11 while shooting 7-18. ¬†A lot of Philly stats got boosted by the Rockets pace, and if you hadn’t heard yet,¬†Michael Carter-Williams¬†was a very late scratch with a sore foot. ¬†What are they feeding these guards in Philly? ¬†I think it’s obvious that to be a good NBA PG you must diet solely on cheesesteaks. ¬†But enough meandering, let’s go straight into the nitty gritty, the CGI effects if you will, for the reason why you’re here:Please, blog, may I have some more?
I never thought I’d talk about him again this season, unless he got a DUI or something, but Lamar Odom¬†had a pretty good night with 6 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks. The game before, he went 10/5/1/0/1 and before that, 5/9/2/2/3.Please, blog, may I have some more?
I think it’s obvious that I am big on Demarcus Cousins.¬†Looking back, I should have ranked him #1. No, not above LeBron James (who had 20 points and 5 assists, FYI) for this season. I meant #1 all time. Better than Jordan, Magic or Chamberlain.Please, blog, may I have some more?