Ya know, Brandon Knight and The Dark Knight metaphor work pretty well as a parallel to my time here on Razzball Hoops.  In 13-14, Knight was one of my first bolder calls that panned out (hey, it’s easier for me to forget the bad ones OK!  …cough, MCW, cough…), exploding onto the scene as the Bucks PG like Batman Begins.  I guess that implies I exploded onto the scene, let’s just say I feel like I was better than Batman & Robin, so that’s a plus…  Then he was somehow even better for most of 14-15; the rare sequel that’s better than the original in The Dark Knight.  In my second season, I was the only ‘pert to have #OccupyDraymondGreen top 100!  Take that, Christopher Nolan!  Then he was traded to the Suns, and thus far this season, we’ve only seen flashes of the former brilliance.  Exactly like The Dark Knight Rises.  He got a bigger budget with his max deal, and also got a longer run time.  And while Anne Hathaway is hot and all, there’s a lot of things that just didn’t make sense.  Only time will tell if Knight can break this analogy, because the next stop for Batman is this horrific looking dawn of justice movie hooblah.  Whatever the hell it’s called…  Why in the hell is Affleck going from Oscar-winning director to star of a CGI clusterF$*#?!?!?!  Not like he needs the money!  Knight returned last night (hah!) for 10/2/5/0/1 in 25 minutes off the bench after nearly 2 months out due to a groin.  He looked pretty good out there, even though he shot only 2-9.  Was cutting hard and ran into a mess of big men to scuffle for a board, so he’s not just coasting until the end of the season.  Good timing before the fantasy playoffs!  Hopefully you were able to hold; while I think he’s gonna be ho-hum compared to his numbers pre-injury with the Suns tanking, I do think he’ll be must-own.  So here’s to hoping he’s finally healthy, and buck the trend of both the Batman franchise, or movies by Christopher Nolan.  I have to buck the trend of this analogy too!  Now THERE’S some pressure for 16-17 ranks!  Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy hoops action:

DeMar DeRozan Led the Raps to a V over ATL, going 30/5/0/0/0 with 4 TO.  An empty statline except if you took him for 30!  Uggghhhh, stupid Paul Millsap

Luis Scola – After getting a DNP-ugly (I mean rest), put up a double-double at 10/12 in 22 minutes, but didn’t do much else.  His last two games have been OK, but it followed a long stretch of blah, a barren wasteland as empty as Interstellar‘s fleshed out ideas.  Our brief Jason Thompson sighting disappeared again, maybe HE’S the real abominable snowman!

Jeff Teague The disappointing season for Teague – and well, the Hawks in general – continued last night, as he was off back-to-back nice games to only go 10/4/7/2/0 in 25 minutes.  Dennis Schroder played 25 minutes as well for 11/2/5 as Coach Butthole continues to market cannibalize the PG position…

Kent Bazemore Had a couple bumps, but 13/8/1/1/2 with no TO last night and quickly got through hitting the “first year starting” wall.  I just made up that term, but it seems appropriate!  Speaking of college players from the CAA, GO UNCW!!!!!!!

Pau Gasol 20/12/4, but 7 TO?!?!?!  He had 8 TO a couple games ago too, although overall it hasn’t been an issue…  Looks like he’s gonna keep on truckin’ through the fantasy playoffs; if you invested in the Bulls 4/4/5 playoff sched for H2H, you’re lovin’ life!

E’Twaun Moore Moore is less!  Well, this might’ve been his best fantasy game of his career, going 20/6/4/1/1 on 8-12 shooting with 4 treys.  I guess there’s not that much “less” in there!  Well, except my 12er teams and shallower will certainly be less Moore…  This got so confusing!

Nikola Mirotic As with Moore, Miro got some additional run with Jimmy Butler still having soreness in his knee.  He saw Dr. Death – I mean Dr. Andrews – but Death giveth Life!  Or something like that…  Andrews said there’s no issues, so I don’t see much long-term sustainability for Niko and Moore, even though Threekola went 8/10/2/2/1 last night…

Justin Holiday 12/2/1/1/1 for a surprisingly multi-cat 21 minutes off the bench.  When Butler is off his holiday, we’ll stop seeing Holiday.

Kawhi Leonard Rainbow me timbers!  29/7/2/2/2, hitting 10-15 FG with 4 treys and 5-5 FT.  The god of ratios!

LaMarcus Aldridge His strong second half play continues, going 26/10/1/1/1 and killing the Bulls in the post.  He was like a matador with a red cape out there!

Tim Duncan – Broke some kind of record for points, but we don’t care!  We’re year-to-year fantasy, records are for old farts!

Tony Parker Speaking of old farts, 20/4/12 for ol’ Frenchy.  I could totally see him being an old crusty homeless Frenchman in a movie in 20 years…  What would be a good movie for that…?  The 800 Blows!

Jon Leuer Might be worth a spec add in deeper leagues again, as I’ve always been impressed with his 2-man game with Knight.  19/7 on 8-10 shooting last night, with P.J. Tucker feeling some of the heat dropping down to 19 minutes.  It’s a mess, but one to capitalize on in deepers.

Devin Booker Yeah, yeah, yeah another point for Slim which was the nail in the coffin… 35/3/5/1/1 and after a pretty sizable rookie bump, is taking off again.  Out of protest, I’m not even linking the board or updating it… I’ll get around to it…

Emmanuel Mudiay Look at the rook taking off!  30/2/5/0/1 hitting an absurd 13-20 from the field, including 4 treys.  He missed his only freebie and had 4 TO, but not enough to be a complain-face, Mudiay owners!

Gary Harris Slim’s Latin lover had only a 12/4/2/0/0 line, but still played 32 minutes.  Had to get a little less aggressive with foul trouble, and I saw a few of them.  Ticky tacky.  Like the theme song from Weeds says…

Nikola Jokic Dude is awesome.  18/10/4/2/3 with a trey, 5-5 FT, and absolutely no TO.  And with that sizzling line, gets rewarded with…!  27 minutes…  Given it was a blowout though.  After playing really well lately, Kenneth Faried only got 15 minutes, so Malone is pulling a Skiles Jr. right now.  I tried to figure out why!  It’s because he is high!

Kobe Bryant – Continuing our look-in at old farts, Kobe got his last game against LeBron James last night in an epic “just blow him already!” love fest.  I mean, we all knew the Cavs were gonna win, we all knew Kobe would give it the last few drops he had in the tank, and we all know he’s gonna get like 3 DNPs in a row now.  This felt like a final exhibition match more than a real NBA game…  Oh I guess this is still fantasy – 26/5/2/1/1, with some shocking ratio play, hitting 11-16 FG and not turning it over once.  If your league doesn’t have a trade deadline, I would be shocked if Kobe plays more than, let’s say, 60% of the Lakers games ROS.

D’Angelo Russell Having a huge second half that is going to propel him to some really buzzy ranks next year.  24/4/5 with 4 treys, and it was Jordan Clarkson who really struggled last night…  It’s nothing to worry about, he’s gonna eschew Kelly Clarkson here on out.  “Since Kobe’s been gone!!!!  I feel alive, for the first time!!!  YEAH YEAH!!! (I don’t really know the lyrics, and I ain’t looking that up)

Channing Frye Ew.  Kevin Love doesn’t play (leg ouchie) and Frye goes 21/7/1/1/0 with 5 treys on 8-10 shooting to the ire of Magic fans everywhere…  That is, if there are any left…

Uncle Drew – 26/2/9, and even if he did have the Uncle Drew outfit on, Kyrie Irving would probably look younger than Kobe Bryant…

 

Whew, the playoffs are almost here in standard leagues!  If you’re battling it out for a final spot this weekend, best of luck to your squads!  Catch you Monday morning for the postseason, Razzball Nation!

  1. v00dr00 says:
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    Why me, Boogie? Why?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @v00dr00: Hah yeah that’s some rough timing…

  2. Yager says:
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    With Knight back I was offered Knight and Myles Turner for my Millsap. I am in need of a guard badly, is that enough for Millsap? Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Yager: Nahhhh I really worry about Knight’s consistency moving forward, I would hold out for more

      • Yager says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks! I am thinking of a counter, and I might throw him Knight and Gortat for Millsap.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Yager: Yeah that’s a little closer, does he have a 2nd guard he could throw in instead, since that’s your need?

  3. Tyler says:
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    Conley out indefinitely. Playoffs next week. Drop conley for Weber or McCallum?

  4. Jensen says:
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    I read an article today calling Devin Booker a superstar……. Be prepared to be the lowest ‘pert ranking Booker next year.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jensen: Well I mean a lot could change, but if he’s off the bench behind Knight and Bledsoe or playing a little small at the 3, I think I’ll still rank him as draftable at 100ish, but we’ll see. Already calling out my 16-17 ranks, huh!??!?!?!

      • Lior says:
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        @JB Gilpin: He’s definitely better in reality than in fantasy. Thragnof

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Jensen: @Lior: Yeah for sure, especially with Bledsoe next to him, he’s not gonna be asked to create

  5. dom says:
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    ha the clarkson blurb… an owner in my 10er dropped Gary Harris… put claim in dropping Matt Barnes or Conley (sore achilles)? my SF/PG depth is Crowder, A Gordon, Wiggins, T Harris/Ish Smith, Kelly Clarkson, RJax, G Hill

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @dom: Hah thanks man! It’s decent but not great PG depth I would def hold Conley, he could be back sooner than later. Would lose Barnes

      • dom says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks for the opinion, you think Harris is clear upgrade over Barnes, whose D stats I like? Usually have no problem winning points. Suppose it doesnt really matter since it’ll turn into a stream spot but who should I keep away from the other teams for now?

        • dom says:
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          @dom: hmm looks like Harris steals a lot more than Barnes so yeah gonna see if I can sneak that claim through thanks

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @dom: Yeah I indeed think it’s a clear upgrade, just more assured minutes and role. You lose a few BLK and REB, but marginally… any time!

  6. Poisonous Stuff says:
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    In a tight match up playing for the last playoff spots, if Zbo doesn’t play again tonight, should I drop him to stream players with Sat/Sun games? Or take the risk he’ll play tomorrow… here are a few players on the WW that play both days:

    Rodney Stuckey (prob best choice, as long as he doesn’t get hurt on sat’s game lol)
    Tim Hardaway Jr
    Tyler Ennis
    Ty Lawson (i think he’s questionable for tomorrow)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Poisonous Stuff: Yeah if your life is on the line, drop him. Sounds like a few more is very realistic. I actually added Stuckey in a few leagues myself haha, I like that route

  7. That's What Speed Do says:
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    Hey JB, who would you say is better better ROS:

    Rodney Hood, Mudiay, or Bayless (kind of a stretch on Bayless but he could be decent with all of their injuries)?

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      @That’s What Speed Do: Mannnnn, a week ago it was clearly Hood. I’m really impressed by Mudiay right now. I think I’m doing it, Emmanuel me!

  8. Abulldogs says:
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    Hey JB, in 14team H2H each cat league, I have Cody Zeller and Tony allen. With the news of Covington getting hurt, is it worth scooping up Hollis Thompson for either guy for ROS?
    Thompson has looked good last couple of games but his % is just horrible. Will he be better without Covington?
    Thanks.

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      @Abulldogs:
      Add Moore to that list of possible pickup.

      • Abulldogs says:
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        @Abulldogs:
        Zaza is on the block as well. Is he fading away ROS?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Abulldogs: Yeesh yeah scary for Covington. I could see a minor boost from Thompson. Man I wish there was more clarity on Jimmy butler re: Moore. Zaza with the minutes being restricted for playoffs I’m ignoring. I’m probably holding the 2 you have

  9. cedric says:
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    Mirotic or M. Barnes for playoffs?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @cedric: Sounds like Butler is close, I’ll go Barnes

  10. Dante Green says:
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    FG currently sits at .456, against my opponent’s .448, and I’m only up by 36 points. I can’t pull away bcoz a few of my players keep shooting horribly! Lillard just went 5/19, Ariza 4/11, and MOST ESPECIALLY, ALEX LEN who just shot a horrendous 2/13 yesterday!! Jesus. Would ypu consider benching Len? Bcoz I think I’m gonna have to! I’m not at all a fan of how he destroys his owners’ FG! For a big to shoot just under .400 in his what, last 4? Nah, for me that’s totally unacceptable coz I’m not a punt-FG team… And even though I might bench him, and Cov could miss his next game I’m still plus three in number of games, and is up by a huge margin in boards so I think I got those cats in the bag. I just really want to win the FG man… What do you think!! Lemme know bud, thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Dante Green: Hah yeah Len hurt me too where I have him… @GS tonight for the Suns… I’m on the fence, I think with a 3 game advantage I would probably indeed sit him with that lead in Pts. Any time!

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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks bud!

        So glad Cov did not suffer serious neck injury! Jeez Crisis averted…

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Dante Green: Yeah me too… Looked very scary, glad he’s OK

  11. Tyler says:
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    With the playoffs next week, how would you rank these guys:

    Amir Johnson (struggling badly past week)
    Jason Smith (vooch inj)
    WCS (more mins?)
    Koufos
    Jerebko (crowder inj?)
    Tyler Zeller

    Checked my schedule and lineup for next week and pickin up a player from boston, orlando, or sacramento would give me 4 extra games.

    What are your thoughts? ready to drop conley once i hear a negative update later.

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      @Tyler: Vuc might be back during next week, I’m not too huge on Smith. No Cousins gave both WCS and Kouf a boost last night. Yeesh I don’t like any of these. I guess I am rolling the dice on Smith, and I mean I could coin flip my way through the others, I don’t have any discernible way to rank them…

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        @JB Gilpin: doesnt sound good hmm..here are some other options:

        McCallum
        Cj miles
        J.hill
        Landry
        Frye
        Burks
        West
        K.anderson
        Stauskas
        Hairston

        Anyone of the above you like more? 🙂

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          @Tyler: oh and felton is available too

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            @Tyler: and huertas.

            If crowder is to miss time is jerebko a good pickup?

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              @Tyler: how bout mcconnell or stauskas? Mccallum got sniped.

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                @Tyler: thinking between carl landry, jordan hill, stauskas or mcconnell.

                Who do you see being more productiv

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                  @Tyler: McCallum def stands out for me. I bet he starts over Weber soon, if not the next Grizz game. Huertas as a stream tomo is interesting too. Fffffff just read on and saw McCallum is gone. Not too big on Jerebko. Of those, I think I’ll go Landry with all the injuries.

  12. chris says:
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    have both Jerami Grant and Robert Covington. Glad that Covington got checked out of the hospital today, so both are only going through the concussion protocol but how many people have one of their fantasy players kick another of their fantasy players in the head resulting in a potential concussion and being carried off in a stretcher?

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      @chris: Yeah that was scary, eesh tough you owned em both. Hah yeah it’s uncommon, then how often does one guy kick a teammate in the head hurting him, only to suffer his own concussion later in the game? Ha

  13. John says:
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    Secured bye week so focused on the week of March 21. Memphis plays Monday and Tuesday. I picked up Allen when Okafor went down. Seriously considering Weber for Iso Joe. Wire has Kobe, Hill, Stuckey, PJ, Price Thoughts?

    DeAndre, Hassan, Gortat
    Ariza, Deng, Crowder, Butler, J Johnson, Turner
    Paul, Wall, Payton, Cole, Allen

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      @John:
      Jordan Hill btw. Moore, Dunleavy just hit the wire as well as Olynyk, Augustine.

      • John says:
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        @Johnc:
        Holding

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @John: Nice! Well I would McCallum over Weber, but I like him over Iso Joe. Not loving anyone else you mentioned there, Augustin is a little interesting, but I like McCallum for that Mon/Tues

  14. James says:
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    playoffs start on monday for me. 9 cat h2h. are any of these guys worth adding: ray macallum, nurkic, darrell arthur, weber, carl landry.

    the players on my team i can potentially drop for any of the above are: elfrid payton, norris cole, jerami grant.

    what you think? should i make any moves?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @James: McCallum is my guy. Eesh wish we knew if Cole was gonna play, same for Elfrid. Hah same for Grant! Damn a lot of questionable guys.. I think Elfrid can go for McCallum, then tracking the other two hurt guys

  15. Slimbo says:
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    Hey boss

    Would you drop smart or barnes for Evan turner? Could also drop j green in memphis

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Slimbo: Yo! Yeah I’d lose Smart for him

  16. Spadez says:
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    Hey JB, someone dropped nikola vucevic (magic) should i get him from waivers for justin winslow, steven adams, or beasley…

    20 team league h2h… i am about to battle the num 2 seed. 🙁

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Spadez: Mannnnn that’s tough. I think you gotta try and avoid him, sounds like you need all hands on deck. Sucks to leave him on the wire…

  17. Tyler says:
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    playoffs start today, how would you rank the ff:
    Carl Landry
    David Lee
    Zaza Pachulia
    Willie CauleyStein
    Nik Stauskas
    Thabo Sefolosha
    Raymond Felton

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tyler: Kinda like Landry with the injuries, he’s 1, then Lee. Rest are all game-by-game calls based on matchup

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