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I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!  Winning a fantasy hoops season is like the little engine that could, with tough decisions along the way and navigating a billion injuries.  But hell, if your railroad tracks get demolished, there’s not much you can do (cough, stupid REL injuries, cough…).  Unless ya know, you’re Indiana Jones in the Temple of Doom and have some nice Mario Kart music fueling your escape

Trust me, I’ve never run a marathon – mostly because I don’t want to have to pay for one of those dumb 26.2 bumper stickers – but I ended up cutting Myles Turner as a desperation stream in a cutthroat 5-4 playoff win last week in one of my RCLs.  It feels like I sold out to sprint past 1st place during mile 24!  Now I’ve lost control of my bowels, my muscles are spasming out of control, and I’m probably sputtering into not completing the race.  Fortunately in the JB vs. Slim RCL I had the luxury of the bye and held strong.  Strong and steady wins the race (as does 1st round byes…)!  Turner went nuts for 24/16/1/0/3 on 11-17 FG last night, in a hell of a way to celebrate his 20th birthday.  Dude can play pro ball like this, vote, drive, and CAN’T celebrate with a beer?!  It was a strong way to break through that nebulous rookie wall, even though he’d been pretty solid lately anyway.  And with a possible DNP from your main Pacer, another big game could be coming to close out your week in the semis.  Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy hoops action:

Paul George Left after 20 minutes due to a lower leg contusion.  Any time you hear “Paul George” and “leg”, your heart sinks.  Luckily it sounds like he’s questionable for tomorrow, and he’s hoping to play all 82 games this year.  Paul George – man of steel!  Although that’s a little truer than I wanted that to be…

C.J. Miles I almost threw him in that “Myles” themed open, but he’s been so garbage up until yesterday since bouncing back from his calf issue.  19/3/1 with 3 treys last night, and would make for a nice ThrAGNOF stream if there’s no PG13 tomorrow.

Alexis Ajinca Oh dear god, did you see the Pelicans starting line-up last night?!?!?!  Brace yourselves!  Toney Douglas, Alonzo Gee, Dante Cunningham, Ajinca, and Omer Asik.  Buzz’s girlfriend – WOOF!  I think even the cobbled-together Grizz line-ups lately have been better than that!  I’d like to thank Jrue Holiday for sitting with a toe blister.  Encapsulates how my 30-Pt challenge has gone this season…  22/9/2/1/0 for Ajinca shooting 10-20 with a nice little nugget of 5 TO buried in there.  But if you need some risky scoring/boarding, he could be a stream.

Omer Asik Literally nothing usable except 15 REB, with a nice 0-2 FT to make it even uglier.  I’m actually holding him in my RCL matchup with Slim since REB is gonna be a bitter fight, but that’s the only scenario I see using him.

LeBron James 30/6/5 but didn’t score in the 4th quarter, his body language was bad, and the Cavs lost to the Nets.  I dunno what’s worse for Cleveland – this Cavs mess or the fact they just signed RG3!  Very weird LeBron didn’t try to take over after shooting 13-16 FG with Kevin Love 5-14 and Kyrie Irving an abysmal 6-22.  Good luck figuring out that video game dream team you want, traitor! (thoughts of all Cleveland fans)

Shane Larkin Pretty solid in his re-insertion in the starting line-up, going 16/3/7 on 7-10 shooting with a trey.  With the Nets having 5 games next week, if you’re cruising in your playoff matchup and he’s available, nab him!

Sergey Karasev – Your other new starter for the Nets succumbed to the Bermuda Triangle that is Brooklyn’s starting SG position, as I tried to explain to Slim on the Pod.  Slim doesn’t believe in superstition!  3/4/2/0/0 with a TO on 1-5 shooting.  Believe, Slim,  BELIEVE!  YOU WATCH X-FILES!

Derrick Rose I shoulda gone for a kiss from the Rose for 30 Pts!  30/2/3/2/0 with only 1 TO on 13-23 shooting.  One of his better lines on the season.  And of all the injuries across the NBA to suffer through, D-Rose is healthy right now?!  It was all for naught in a loss to the Knicks – no Pau Gasol (another injury!) didn’t help – as the Bulls try to claw their way to the playoffs.

Kristaps Porzingis Held up strong on the back-to-back, going 19/10/0/0/3 with a pair of treys.  Who isn’t gonna want a big helping of Goose in next year’s drafts?!

Kevin Durant Tripdub and rainbow line flirt (20/8/9/2/1) with a pair of treys in a uber-efficient 7-11 shooting.  Putting the health issues distantly in the rear view mirror!

Serge Ibaka Kiiiiiiiiiiiiiinda bouncing back, going 10/3/2/3/1 with 2 treys, but we need more beef.  WHERE’S THE BEEF!?  Only one block?!  Needs to change his name to Serge Iyawna.  My name is Iyawna.  Iyawna Humpsalot.

Dion Waiters Back-to-back 17 Pt games, but they play the Spurs next.   He ain’t gettin’ looks in that one!

Nazr Mohammed – WHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTT?!?!?  He’s still playing?!  To quote one of my favorite silly metal songs, “are you serious?!  WHAT THE F%$*!”

Gordon Hayward Laid a Dudley Doowrong.  6/2/5/0/0 with 3 TO in only 22:32 as the Jazz pulled the plug on this game pretty early.

Trey Burke – With every other Ute abysmal, why not have Trey Burke be your garbage time savior?!  17 Pts in some utterly meaningless basketball.

J.J. Redick 0.6 second left and game-winner!  Beat the Blaze on a tough fadeaway, with the strength given to him by the Lorde tattoo on his arm.

Ed Davis The Yahoo box score has him as the top Blazers performer going 12/8/0/2/2.  Ouch.  Yet Portland was still in the game!

Damian Lillard – 4-16 FG certainly wasn’t the line The Omen owners were looking for in a 3-game week.  How about some facilitating when the shot ain’t falling, Dame?!

 

I hope everyone is killing it so far through their semi-final matchups, and aren’t in 5-4/4-5/4-4 slugfests like in my 3 playoff matchups right now.  I CAN’T HANDLE GAMES THIS CLOSE!  I hope everyone has a great weekend, and we’ll see you on Monday morning for the finals week!

  1. shawn says:
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    hey guys
    who’s the better keeper
    T.Jones or Kent Bazemore, both are on the wire.
    its a reb heavy league.
    old man chandler was just dropped too but im thinking long term but i wanted to ask you what you guys think
    will jones be traded in the summer?
    I like kent but in a reb league like that if jones get his shit together he could be a beast for me
    yet he’s a bonehead from the looks of it and kent is pretty s8 to the point
    anyway hope all is well!! happy easter and stuff

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @shawn: Yo! I’ll go Tjones for the bigger upside. Bazemore might be a lowly reserve next year depending on where he lands. I still like Tjones over Tchandler. Agree he’s got the upside there. Happy Easter!

  2. dom says:
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    shane larkin has 5 games next week, contemplating an add in my deep 12er. does it look like he’ll get good run week?

    • dom says:
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      @dom: is it worth dropping Beasely i guess is my question

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @dom: Yup I think so! I see no reason why they wouldn’t let him start to close out the week, def would lose BEasley!

        • dom says:
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          @JB Gilpin: what about dropping Shaun Livingston for Josh Richardson or Jamychal Green? I like Livingston because he doesn’t hurt me and these games where he shoots 3 for 4 with 3 assists and a steal feel like they help but maybe I should go with someone more impactful. those 3 guys all have 4 games next week

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @dom: Yeah I’d probably take Richardson if looking for 3s/stl, Green for Reb/blk, but would swap for either

  3. Rhirano says:
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    Finally cutting bosh and in need of assists, threes, or blocks? Any suggestions?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Rhirano: If assists I’ll go Larkin or Augustin, Blocks Nurkic or WCS, 3s I’ll go with… Augustin, Hollis or Canaan maybe. I kept it at under 50% owned so there may be someone better on your wire.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Rhirano: @Slim: Yeah Larkin is a top add. I like Jerami Grant too, seems to be wayyyy underrated for his BLK

  4. dom says:
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    Mahinmi (CHI) or Steven Adams (@DET) for Tuesday? thanks dood

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @dom: Phew. Low end… I’ll go with Adams as they will need some size against Drummond.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @dom: @Slim: I like Mahinmi but I have REL bias!

  5. Tyler says:
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    I need a streamer for stls and possibly a few asts on sunday. But mostly need as much stls as I can get. Picking between livingston(possible rest), stauskas(against gsw), stuckey, lawson or cj miles? Indiana playin against rockets.

    Or if you have any other streamer in mind available in deep leagues. Hah.

    • Tyler says:
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      @Tyler:
      few more options:
      Seth Curry (vs DAL)
      Austin Rivers (vs DEN)
      Paul Pierce (vs DEN)
      Larry Nance (vs WAS)
      Metta World Peace (vs WAS)
      Richaun Holmes (vs GSW)
      Carl Landry (vs GSW)
      Clint Capela (vs IND)
      Jason Terry (vs IND)
      Axel Toupane (vs LAC)
      Marcus Thornton (vs LAL)
      Nene Hilario (vs LAL)

      • Tyler says:
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        @Tyler: Oh yeah and Devin Harris (vs SAC) since DWill might be out.

        • Tyler says:
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          @Tyler: Jared Dudley also got dropped, playing against LAL

          • Slim

            Slim says:
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            @Tyler: Rough options… No Augustin, or Lou Williams, or Beverley, Canaan, or Hollis, or even Barea or Felton? … I guess if I had to choose 1 I’ll go with CJ Miles but I’m not loving it.

            • Tyler says:
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              @Slim: yes its very competitive and deeep. All those names you mentioned are already owned. So cj miles for stls and a trickle of ast?

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @Slim: @Tyler: Yeah definitely struggling through all those options. I kinda feel like going Stuckey, but mehhhh

  6. hamtime says:
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    larkin or RHJ next week IF i make it to the finals?!?!

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @hamtime: I think Larkin by a wide margin. RHJ will probably be on a minutes limit the rest of the way and could very well get a day off in that 5 game in 7 day week.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @hamtime: @Slim: Yeh definitelly Larkin, he should triple RHJ’s minutes!

  7. Derrick Kwa says:
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    In a points league. For next week, would you rather have Larkin or PJ Tucker?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Derrick Kwa: I’m going Larkin, particularly for the extra game

  8. kb says:
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    man, ricky rubio is just having an insanely good 2nd half of the season…depends how you shake things out, but he’s been top 30 for the past two months or so, and is at 12 / 4 / 9 + 2 steals on 45% from the field with 1.1 3s over that span

    • Ryan says:
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      @kb: JB has always been faithful to Ricky. He’s his Latin lover.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @kb: @Ryan: Me n Ricky have been doing some hot salsa on the dance floor for years!

  9. Ryan says:
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    Hahaha Mario 64 was my childhood. Pretty sure that was from the frozen penguin land. Ya making me want to bust out the N64 and replay that game.

    Anyways, what’s up with Memphis’ frontcourt situation. JaMychal will clear waivers tomorrow and I wonder if he is worth an add over Zaza or Mehjri. I have both right now because I have no idea what the fck is going on in Dallas, all I know is that at least one of them is bound to get run and big boards.

    • Ryan says:
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      @Ryan: @Ryan: And of course neither of them did anything today. Still making it through to finals at least. Dropping Salah, my patience is wearing thin with Pachulia. Is he worth holding or should I just stream his spot as well? Seriously what is Carlisle doing? Aren’t they on the cusp of making playoffs?

      Wire is pretty meh because of the frenzy of add/drops that happened this week. Capela is available as FA. Lance Stephenson was just dropped, kinda debating if I should use my waiver on him now. I should be able to get either Lance or JaMychal with my #3 priority.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Ryan: Hahaha yeah i thought it was that one! Man I miss having hours to just Mario around… Yeah I would take the shot on JaMychal over those guys. Has almost more to do with little faith in DAL as anything else haha.

        Yeah the resting for the playoffs failed miserably re-Zaza hahaha. In a vacuum, I’d prob get Lance

  10. hamtime says:
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    looks like ill be making it thru. with WCS potentially being unleashed, do you still like larkin over WCS next week?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hamtime: Nice man! Well needs could change it, but in a vacuum yeah I’ll stick with Larkin

  11. Dorian S. says:
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    Heya JB and gang!

    Haven’t posted in quite some time, but life has been a little hectic to do so. Sadly, my team ended up dead last. However, good news is this

    For the next 3 seasons:
    SG – Gary Harris (thank you cap increase, woo)
    SF/PF – Giannis
    SF/PF – Draymond Green
    PF/C – Kristaps Porzingis
    PF/C – Blake Griffin
    PF/C – Myles Turner (all due to Razzball)

    With our league having PG/SG/SF/PF/C/3UTL/7BN, I can basically create a second powerful unit for three entire seasons. And yes, with the #1 next season, it is quite hard not to go “I could add Simmons, Ingram or Heid” to my talents. Or add in some star that someone didn’t keep, for whatever reason as there’s quite a few of them. Like Jordan Wall (WTFHAYKM?!). The dreams! The dreams!

    Though my biggest competition is the guy who has Oladipo, LeBron, Brow, DeRozan and Jordan Clarkson. That’s a solid core that he’s also got to work with.

    Also, thank you guys for Myles Turner. I can’t wait for the beast in him to be unleashed next season. It shall be glorious.

    Is it the new season yet? Is it? No? Aw…

    • Dorian S. says:
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      @Dorian S.: That’s John Wall you goof. Too excited aren’t ya?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Dorian S.: Hey man! Nice core to build with there! Well with Bron aging and Brow always hurt, it’s def a risky core for you opp. I kinda like yours more. Myles Turner fa life!

  12. Larry says:
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    Hi Razzball,
    Barely won my matchup this week, moving forward I’m worried about the no. of games played by Denver players since they will be playing just 4 games on the last 2 weeks (Championship round).

    I currently have CP3, Draymond, RoLo, WCS, Gary Harris, PBev, Jokic, Augustin, Sully, and Hollis.

    We have a 4 player add limit per week which is why I would like to have maybe 8 or 9 players that would be maximized in terms of schedule and maybe 1 or 2 streamer spots.
    I dropped Richardson for a stream and will be picking him up again because of his good schedule, not sure who to drop, should I drop Harris or Augustin since Richardson will be playing 2 games more in the next round of the playoffs? Or should I drop PBev and drop Harris after this week since he plays 4 games. Also thinking about picking up Douglas, and maybe JaMychal, AG, or Henson, should I drop Sully and/or Jokic? Larkin, Frazier, and Tucker are also available, would like to know which would probably the best players to stick with the rest of the way. Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Larry: Nice work! Ummmm, I’d prob be more apt to drop pbev honestly. Larkin i would def love to get, at least for the 5 this week then readdress afterwards. I wouldn’t get too crazy with your moves just yet though, but I do like Richardson/Pbev swap and would prob get Larkin for Jokic. Any time!

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