Follow the white Babbitt!  If you had told me Luke Babbitt would be a critical add over the fantasy finals weekend, I would’ve beaten you to death with a sack full of lucky rabbit’s feet.   Would that be a …lucky way to die?

No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke that Babbitt went 22/10/3/2/1 last night.  No, it’s a joke he took a team-high (and an absurdly-high!) 25 shots.  And no, it’s not a joke that the Pelicans won a game led by Luke Mother F Babbitt!  That’s right, a guy with a last night that sounds like how Grey incorrectly pronounces “BABIP” on the Razzball Baseball Podcast is all the sudden a must-own wing over the final 3 H2H days.  Such a Velveteen Babbitt!  “He said it was because I know you like rabbits, and I know you like cheese…”  The Pelicans have no reason not to throw (double negative police!) their scrubbiest of scrubs into the starting 5 and see what wet noodles stick on the wall, so I fully expect him to be a starter for you in most 12-team leagues or deeper on the final Sunday @BKN.  Throw him in your Babbitt Stew!  OK, enough rabbit puns, as Monty Python would say – “get on with it!”  Oh yeah, I shoulda used a Holy Grail reference.  TOO LATE NOW!  Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy basketball action:

Toney Douglas Also got down and dirty with Babbitt, going 20/3/10.  He’s a vet and I’ve always liked his game, so this is less surprising than 25 EFFING SHOTS FOR BABBITT!  Just felt that needed one more all caps expletive.  With Jrue Holiday out for the season and Tim Frazier playing some decent combo G minutes in tandem rather than a minutes blocker (17/5/8 for Frazier in a nice line as well), Extra E Toney could be usable.

Alexis Ajinca Benched so the Pels could play smaller, but still was fine for 8/8/0/2/1.  They’ll need more actual big man minutes against BKN if you’re thinking of using him Sunday.

Darrell Arthur 10-15 shooting for a 24/9/1/0/1 line in only 22 minutes off the bench.  When Malone was asked why Arthur didn’t play more, he responded that aardvarks don’t have much stamina.

LeBron James Moved up to 12th in scoring.  Reporters asked how it felt to score so well.  Ironically, D’Angelo Russell asked the same question to Nick Young.

Shane Larkin – You’re welcome, America!  Our favorite streamer of the week keeps improving game-by-game, going 13/5/8/2/0 last night with a couple of treys on 4-7 shooting.  Already at 30/12/19/7/0 and has two games left!

Chicago Bulls – Gutty performance last night to hang on and beat the Rockets to remain 1 game out of the playoffs.  Derrick Rose is the big story, as the shock that he made it this long into the season (mostly) healthy turned into awwwwww.  Either re-hit his elbow or it wasn’t healthy enough for him to have any effectiveness.  That, or he was frustrated by that Pbev D!  Pau Gasol was meh, Jimmy Butler was awesome given he’s not 100% (21/8/6/2/1) and Nikola Mirotic got hot again off the bench hitting 5 treys for 28 points.  If you saw Bobby Portis was starting and did a last second stream, you were sorely disappointed!

Patrick Beverley Speaking of Pbev, 22/5/7 on a crazy efficient 9-13 shooting with 3 treys and nary a TO.  Pretty sad Houston lost this game…

Michael Beasley China’s MVP is an MVP of 6th man NBA minutes for mediocre teams, that’s for sure!  20/11/2/0/0 on 7-18 shooting, but with only Sunday left on the schedule, you’re prob not too excited to go and nab him.  Lord…  I’d rather have Babbitt…

Nikola Vucevic He’s alive.  HE’S ALIVE!  Nikola Frankenstein for 24/6/1/0/1 on 12-15 shooting in 25 strong minutes off the bench.  If you’re in a non-IL league, he mighta been dropped by now, worth being sure he’s owned for Orlando’s final two games.

Myles Turner We’ve been worried/seeing him hit the rookie wall, and hell, the whole Pacers team hit a wall last night.  Paul George was solid though; but only 8/8/2/0/1 for Turner as he’s fading down the stretch.  It’s all good boi, makes him easier for me to draft next year!

Austin Rivers 32 Pts last night.  APRIL FOOLS!  Hah, I bet you thought that was April fools…  32/4/5/2/0 on 12-19 shooting including, wait for it, 7 treys.  Russell Westbrook apparently didn’t care about defense.

Jamal Crawford Also put up 32 Pts as the Clip rested everyone.  Sounds like the original band is getting back together though, with even founding member Blake Griffin coming back after a stint in rehab after punching a roadie.

Cole Aldrich I was hoping for a little more out of Cole, going 6/10/2/3/0 in 30 minutes.  He had blocks in 8 straight previous to last night – including multi-blocks in 7 of those – in less than 15 minutes per game.  Maybe he’s just good at blocking backups…  He should get a flat top fade haircut, it’s worked for Norris!

Serge Ibaka 16/9/3 with no blocks.  Nike really shouldn’t have had him promote their new line of lead shoes this year…

Al-Farouq Aminu Portland’s best scorer!  OBVIOUSLY!  28/9/1/1/3 with 6 treys.  Yet another line that looks April Foolsian.  Whatever, I streamed him in a league!  But my final RCL teams are getting slaughtered…  Save me, Al-Farouq, save me!  After slamming his game all off-season and through the year, now I’m relying on him.  It’s like a great story from my earlier years – in high school, this tool used to always make fun of this girl because on some school trip they went to a pool and she had…  superfluous body hair.  Then in college, one morning after a party he wakes up next to her, not remembering the night before.  Apparently they hit it off madly drunk realizing they went to the same college without knowing it.  Yeah, they dated for years.  Funny how things change.  Moral of the story is, “I’ll wax your whole body, Al-Farouq, I’ll do anything!”

Moe Harkless Been a scrubby, wing stream, but was still usable in only 22 minutes last night for 9/10/1/1/1.  It’s not quite Harkfull, but it’s more than Harkless…

Jae Crowder The Boston Clam Crowdah is piping hot today!  13/10/2/2/0 playing an unreal 35 minutes after being in a walking boot only a few days ago.  I was surprised he played, and he said he wants to play tonight even though they may sit him.  Everyone knows you can’t refrigerate chowdah!  Let him play!

Isaiah Thomas Scored 20 points in every game in March.  No, not 19 Nick Young.

 

Good luck to everyone in your H2H finals!  Be on the lookout later this afternoon for our 2015-16 NBA Razzies polls, and we’ll still have the Pods and some daily notes covering the last 10 days of the season next weekend.  Have a good weekend, Razzball Nation!

  1. miles proudfoot says:
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    Would you choose to keep Faried or Arthur for tomorrow. Need to cut at least one to maximize games played. Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @miles proudfoot: I’m gonna cop out a little, what are your needs? REB gimme Faried, Pts/3s, Arthur. Overall prob Arthur

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @JB Gilpin: that’s ok, I may have been the only one but I actually liked the movie Cop Out.

        Rebounding assists and steals. most cats besides 3s and blocks which I’ll win, TOs which I’ll lose, are close. Was thinking of adding Larkin, Henson, jymichael green or pj tucker for tonight, then switching out for Marcus Morris or Ed Davis tomorrow. I’ve got a full slate of players for Sunday.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @miles proudfoot: Hahah that Bruce Willis one?! Never saw that one…Kinda feeling Larkin to keep chasing ASt/Pts then flip to prob Marcus Morris

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            @JB Gilpin: I agree on Larkin then Morris, thanks!

            Haha yes the Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan movie. I only saw it once awhile ago, buuuut I’ll stand by it.

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              JB Gilpin says:
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              @miles proudfoot: Haha cool, I’ll have to give it a try!

  2. TysonFrozenChicken says:
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    Thanks for the great advice all year!

    For a b2b stack today and tomorrow, which two would you roll with: KCP, Josh Richardson, Hollis Thompson?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @TysonFrozenChicken: Thanks for reading! It’s been a fun year. Mannnn, Thompson has been pretty good lately… I still think I’ll go KCP and J-Rich though, J-Rich I think can bounce back against the Kings

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    I think Crowder plays tonight. I mean if they were going to sit him, wouldn’t it make more sense to have him sit last night and get an additional day of rest? In any case, its good to have him back for sure.

    And c’mon JB, no mentions about how awful Lillard has been? I was already one of his “doubters,” his performances this week certainly hasn’t swayed me. He took so many bad shots last night and looked lost on defense at times. I swear the man is incapable of anticipating/defending a PnR, and just gives up sometimes. I’m seriously considering putting him on the pine tomorrow and Sunday if I miraculously start closing ground on FG% and TO.

    Ugh, I simply couldn’t refuse that trade of Ibaka and Elfrid for Dame though.

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      @Ryan: Hmmm interesting, I think they just might fear the b2b, have him play a game then sit out a few days in a row…

      Hah well unfortunately I didn’t watch any tape, on past my bedtime 🙂 He’s been fading but not absurdly so… Hah I still think you made out well on that deal with how Ibaka has been!

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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah a lot of the hate has been due to him obliterating my FG% lately. It’s been bad. Shooting .287 over the last 7, and that includes games vs SAC and PHI ! I always thought of him as a subpar defender though, and that was reinforced by last night’s game and several Hardenesque defensive highlight reels I’ve seen.

        Can’t say I’d ever take the trade back. Ibaka was in a long slump and Elfrid was still at risk of being Skiles’d! Dame is a top 15 fantasy player most weeks.

        And wow, Babbitt is actually available. Would you rather have two games of Crabbe/McDermott or one of Babbit? Reb, stls, pts, and asts are all really close. The drop would be either Kilpatrick or Nurk. Leaning Kil because he has also been a FG drain & I already have a full lineup tod and sun. Nurk at least offers the upside of playing on a light sched day.

        Thanks a ton for all your help this season! Razzball has been a wealth of information and has made things much easier for me since discovering it last year.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Ryan: Ugh yeah it’s been dreadful! There may or may not be a Razzie award for Lillard coming! http://basketball.razzball.com/2015-2016-nba-razzies#comment-313696

          Hmmm, ya know, I’ll actually go the 1 of Babbitt. I’m all the way down the Babbitt hole! Which sounds kinda wrong haha. Thanks for stopping by and finding us man, good luck this weekend!

  4. Lior says:
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    Babbitt going off, Ish Smith with 3 blocks, Rivers with the best game of his career…all of my REL finals opponents’ players. Somehow I’m still leading, just barely.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Lior: Whaaaaaaaa?!?!? That’s some bad luck man! Especially the Rivers one, yeesh

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        @JB Gilpin: Haha yeah it is, but I guess that’s what fantasy playoffs are all about! I got 4 blocks out of John Wall the other day, so I can’t complain too much. Hopefully I can pull out the win and claim the league’s first championship.

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          @Lior: Hah yeah fluke things can def happen, like Slim having his best FG% on the season and beating me by .001% lol. Good luck man!

  5. Scott says:
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    Hi JB. I’m crashing your B-ball thread with a pitcher question.
    At the back end of a 10-team NL-only I ended up with Adam Warren (who?) and Bartolo Colon. Yeah, it was autodraft.
    Anyhoo, I am dropping Warren for Velasquez based on your ranks. Should I also drop Colon for Nicasio? Which should be the higher waiver priority? I have the second pick.

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      @Scott: Hah well in our 15er NL for REL both are owned! I think Colon is fine, but whoa, Velasquez wasn’t drafted?! And yeah DEFINITELY getting Nicasio for Colon too. Hmmm… I’ll still with Velasquez as the first one, but they’re pretty close.

  6. Scott says:
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    Arthur’s an aardvark? I thought he was a gerbil.

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      @Scott: Hah pretty sure!

  7. That's What Speed Do says:
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    Hey JB, good call on Larkin! I have Crowder on my IR and would like to activate him.. Here’s today’s lineup right now:

    Starting:
    Rubio, Kemba, Lebron, Draymond, Whiteside, Josh Rich, Hood, and Larkin

    Bench:
    Big Al, Favors (was limited in shootaround this morning, not sure if he’ll play), M Barnes, and Augustin (no game tonight).

    IR:
    Crowder

    Anyone you think I could drop to activate Crowder for tonight’s game vs GS? Also what do you think of my starting lineup for tonight? I kinda wanna start Big Al since he’s playing Philly but I’m not 100% sure.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @That’s What Speed Do: Thanks man! Well first thing, there’s a chance Crowder sits tonight with it a b2b, off an injury, and playing 35 min last night. So if I had to drop anyone, ugghhh I guess it’d be Big Al. I’d want confirmation Crowder is playing though. Looks pretty good, if all comes together it should be a big night of stats!

      • That's What Speed Do says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Haha that’s what I was thinking! All of my big guns are going tonight. Hypothetically speaking, if Crowder is going to play and I drop Big Al, who would you sit for Crowder? I know it’s a tough call with his recovery situation, so maybe no one and just wait to play him against LAL on Sunday?

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          @That’s What Speed Do: Aha yeah I didn’t think through that part, ummm I’d prob play him over Richardson, who I do think plays well tonight, but has some ups and downs. If Crowder is active in time, I’d make that lineup swap

          • That's What Speed Do says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Well good call lol.. Crowder was just ruled out! So I’ll stick with that lineup tonight and then activate Crowder for Sunday by dropping Big Al. Thanks for all your input!

  8. TysonFrozenChicken says:
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    Hey, annoying follow-up question!

    Say I need a little bit of everything, who do you think has a bigger game tonight?

    Shane Larkin vs. NOLA
    Tristan Thompson vs. CHA

    • TysonFrozenChicken says:
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      @TysonFrozenChicken: I guess the question is do you see anything in the matchups that you think makes one a bigger chance to hit, or is it pick your stats between little-man/big-man?

    • TysonFrozenChicken says:
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      @TysonFrozenChicken: And I got the day mixed up. Larkin is @ NY, and Thompson is @ATL.

      Ya’ll need an edit button!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @TysonFrozenChicken: No such thing as annoying question! I’ll stick with Larkin. Meh, nothing huge, Knicks guard D hasn’t been great or anything. Haha well the more comments the merrier! only I have the power to edit comments 🙂

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