When you’re The Duchess K Middleton, you don’t go on scrubby vacations. None of that beach hotel with bratty kids running around and sand in the halls, none of those rickety cruise ships where the power goes out and you have to poo in plastic bags… I’m talking huge! Like Disneyland completely rented out only for the family! Sledding down glaciers in Antarctica! Hanging out with baller celebs at The Razzball Basketball Office!
As is always the case, our commenters are absolute gold. Joe mentioned the trend of Khris Middleton‘s poor play with Jason Kidd the coach, and I also ran with it looking at the numbers in a FantasyPros piece on second-half expectations. Now, it’s not really that The Duchess is playing that poor, but ROS rankers had him 36th overall. Seemed a little rich – not quite Kate Middleton rich – but like, Queen Latifah rich. Using the ol’ copy-and-paste: “Since Jan. 26, Middleton has shot only 33% from the field with a 3.6:3.6 AST:TO ratio (I guess I could’ve simplified that to 1:1!) in 7 games. Given, it’s a pretty small sample, but in the 17 games immediately prior to when Kidd was out, Middleton shot 50% with a 5.0:2.5 AST:TO ratio (I mean 2:1!). And then the chunk at the beginning of the season until Kidd’s hip gave out, dimes were at 3.4 and he shot 39.9%.” I agree it could be statistical noise, but Kidd has had several “are you effing KIDDing me?!” moments with his line-ups. Luckily The Duchess ended the first half on a high note, going 27/6/9/5/0 with only 2 TO and shooting 9-17. Kidd must’ve just been not paying attention! Too busy rubbing his bald head like foreplay with Mr. Clean. It’s a great finale to an otherwise rough February, and maybe It’s Much Ado About Nothing. Which just seems British, I dunno… And you wanna know who else is heading into this ASB strong?! ME! And well, the NBA by only having two games… So a slightly shorter Daily Notes, since we’re all ready to actually pay our families some attention with the NBA off until next Thursday (that is, except for the All-Star events!). Here’s what else went down last night in Fantasy Hoops action:
Greg Monroe – Continuing to come off the bench, which put The Moose in hibernation last night. 12/9/1/2/0 in 33 minutes, and it has to feel great being the prize free agent brought in to lose your starting job to Miles Plumlee.
Michael Carter-Williams – The roller coaster continues, except it’s like a no-fun roller coaster that just makes you sick. “Step right up, get in line for the SARS coaster!” 5/5/3/1/0 with 4 TO in 20 pretty awful minutes.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – Rough few days for the 3 name Michaels… Remember when I quipped that the Hornets medical staff mighta learned their ways from the dumbass Pelicans medical staff?! Well, MKG returns wayyyyyy earlier than we thought with his torn labrum, and after only a few games, re-dislocates his shoulder and tears it again. Wow, way to let him back wayyyyyy too early. If anyone gets fired from the medical staff, Nawleans will hire…
John Wall – Had a rough game, and may miss the ASG due to some bangs and bruises, accentuated by a sore knee last night. He played through it, but settled for a whopping 12 3PTA out of his 19 shots. That seems unsettling for sure! At least he got a rainbow line – 15/4/10/2/2, albeit with 7 TO. Those TO are about as annoying as Settlers of Catan! It’s a glorified mother F dice game!
Bradley Beal – 37 minutes last night. Is that scaring anyone else but me?!
Ryan Anderson – 2-12 for 4 Pts and not much else last night. Man, the Pels have been my punching bag! Sucks to lose Tyreke Evans though… Shocking! More medical mis-handlings by the Pelicans… I still think Norris Cole isn’t quite a “must-own” in 12ers, but he can help more teams than hurt…
Cameron Payne – Well, I will mention that Payne is gonna be too legit to quit once he starts. I dunno if it’s in OKC if Westbrook goes somewhere else, or if he gets the R-Jax treatment. Only 4 Pts last night, but 8 AST in 27 minutes – given a little was in junky junk time.
Happy All-Star Break, Razzball Nation! Sorry for the short post, but blame the schedule makers! And don’t forget, tomorrow we have a special edition of the Pod for the ASB. Enjoy the break!