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Off the court, Russell Westbrook is a goofy, fun-loving guy. He jokes around and dons himself with whimsical articles of clothing. Get him to the arena, though, and he transforms into a raging, psychopathic maniac. He dunks like Thor whomping his hammer downwards. The millions of people affected by Colonialism and Imperialism have a voice when he Euro-steps. Barreling down the court on a fast break, there is no game of chicken. Only mincemeat. So, it’s no surprise that he messed around last night.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 34 13 14 1 1 7 2/9 12/25 8/9

I agree that the triple-dub is an overrated stat, but it is what it is. After last night’s performance, Russ now has 86 for his career. 1 more gets him to 87. 187. Damn, the Universe is too good. Anyways, Russ got off to a slow start this season, as he kind of did the Kobe. You know? Where he chills out the first couple of quarters and tries to let his teammates do their thing. With the Thunder 11-12 on the season, Russ has hit the switch to make the ass drop and will be freakin brothers everyway like MJ. Every day will be a good day the rest of the way. At least for fantasy owners.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

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Bradley Beal

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 51 3 2 0 0 2 5/12 21/37 4/5

5-0 alert!!!

That will be the official 50 burger alert from now on. That was Beal’s first 50 burger of his career. Hey! He popped his cherry. Now, he had been struggling coming into last night’s game. 11 and 10 points respectively. His performance reminded me of when I was in college and my girlfriend went back home for break. Guess what happened when she came back? Lots of came on back.

I really appreciate the Beal performance because I don’t have to write up anyone else on the Wizards. Only Marcus Morris hoisted up at least 10 shots. He made two. Beal, you da real MVP.

Steven Adams

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 20 9 1 1 0 2 0 9/10 2/3

Do you think Russ can beat up a kangaroo? I’m pretty sure Adams can. Ah, who am I kidding. Russ would make any kangaroo turn into an ostrich.

Paul George

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 3 1 2 0 7 2/3 7/13 5/8

The seven turnovers should make him R rated.

Carmelo Anthony

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 8 1 2 1 0 0/5 6/19 2/2

If you were a Thunder fan, would you rather want Kyle Korver or Melo? You know the elbow warmer thingys that some players be wearing? The Thunder need to make a hoodie out of the same material and give it to Melo or give him one of those suits that speedskaters wear. Anyway to get Hoodie Melo should be priority #1.

Rudy Gobert

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 5 6 0 1 1 1 0 1/2 3/6

The important thing is the 27 minutes of run he got, after playing 21 minutes the night before.

 

Derrick Favors

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 9 6 0 0 1 0 0 4/9 1/1
Got the start at power forward but only played 23 minutes. He’s both in and out of Favors.

Donovan Mitchell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 31 1 4 5 0 5 5/12 11/22 4/5
Nicknames are earned. Alpha status is earned. Teams are earned. Well, better conjure up that nickname. Stocktonator liked him last night. It knows all.

Alec Burks

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 2 5 1 0 4 0/2 2/9 7/9

I finally got to watch him play last night. The thing that stood out to me is that he attacks the rim. The nine free throw attempts highlight the aggressiveness. I like that because it gives him a solid floor, as he is not completely dependent on his outside shot.

Joe Ingles

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 2 4 1 1 1 4/11 6/13 0

Not fast. Can’t jump. Yes, he’s white. Isn’t quick. But he can shoot and his awareness is top notch. He knows where to be on the court and anticipates really well. In addition, he’s got a quick release to get his J off. Solid player, both in reality and fantasy.

Al-Farouq Aminu

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 17 6 0 0 1 4 5/8 6/10 0

Man, the Blazers weren’t kidding when they said Aminu no longer had a minutes restriction. I mean, can you ever trust a Blazer? Anyways, that’s a pretty good sign that he’s completely healthy and should be owned.

Damian Lillard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 30 8 9 0 0 4 3/9 10/23 7/7

Y’all know what’s coming.

Pat Connaughton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
3 3 1 0 0 2 1/5 1/6 0

Did you know Pat is also a pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles’ minor league team? So awesome. Anyways, Pat has been starting and getting mid-20s minutes of run. He starts and he can shoot. The fantasy equivalent of “he/she has a pulse.”

CJ McCollum

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 6 3 1 0 1 1/3 6/16 1/2

Feels like CJ is having a terrible year, but most of his numbers are in line. The only exception is the assists. He’s down a full dime from last season.

Marquese Chriss

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
5 2 1 0 0 1 1/1 1/1 2/2

His fantasy value is burnt to a Chriss!

With Tyson Chandler sitting on the second half of a back-to-back, Greg Monroe got the start and played 26 minutes while Alex Len played 18 minutes. It looks like Jay Triano is not into menage a trois.

Monroe went:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 10 3 3 0 3 0 3/4 5/6

Len went:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 7 1 0 1 2 0 6/9 2/4

The big news for the night was the injury to Devin Booker. He left the game with a groin injury and had to be carried off. Put out an APB for that leprechaun.

Josh Jackson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 1 2 0 0 2 0/2 3/6 7/10

Played 27 minutes and looked pretty good. You’d think that he’d start getting more run, but Triano played 11 guys last night and all of them played double digit minutes.

Serge Ibaka

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 6 1 1 3 0 2/5 8/13 1/1

He dished out a dime!

OG Anunoby

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 16 2 0 1 0 2 4/5 6/9 0

Started and played 24 minutes. I like his potential a lot. The only issue is if the Raptors unleash him or play it safe this year.

Jonas Valanciunas played 18 minutes, Pascal Siakam played 15 minutes, and Jakob Poeltl played 23 minutes.

Valanciunas:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
4 8 0 2 0 2 0 0/5 4/4

Siakam:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 2 6 3 3 0 1 0/1 1/4 0

Poeltl:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 5 0 0 1 0 0 5/8 3/3

What a shituation. You can only play Valanciunas if the opposition has a slow, lumbering big man.

Kyle Lowry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 20 6 10 2 0 4 5/10 7/12 1/2

DeMar DeRozan

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 20 7 8 3 0 0 0/1 7/17 6/7

Raptors do hunt in pairs, so…..makes perfect sense.

Fred VanVleet

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 0 6 0 0 2 1/5 4/10 4/4

Continues to soak up the backup point guard minutes due to the Delon Wright injury.

  1. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    I’m about to activate the Claw, but let me first drop Bell for Isaac who still has an OUT tag on his name, then make a swap for Leonard. Kawhi makes the active roster, while Isaac gets inserted on the IR slot. Hah.

    I have been really enjoying the Donovan show but on the other hand Rubio’s production is taking a massive hit. Hah However, he did play more than 30 minutes for like the first time since I can remember and that to me is somewhat… Encouraging. Just give me 7-8 dimes per outing with a couple of steals, Rickybobby, that’s all I need.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: Sounds like a plan. In the words of Ricky Bobby, if you ain’t first you’re last.

  2. McBonton says:
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    Had to give up my Aaron Gordon for Cj Mccollum. Thin with PG and Sg backup. Hope i did well.

  3. Mr. Blast says:
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    AYO!

    Woot, Woot – THATS THE SOUND OF THE POLICE!

    Considering these 3 injuries – Blake/Wall/Hardaway

    I need to make up for some major fire power…

    I’m going to throw a lot of names at you.

    Who is the best pickup to fill in over the next 2-3 weeks

    I’d be dropping Ulis for any of –

    Livingston, J. Allen, Bell, Stephenson, Tucker. Dieng, Poeltl, Mason…

    Squad –

    Wall/DSJ/J. Murray/Ulis
    G. Harris/Batum/Crabbe
    T. Harris/Hardaway/T. Prince
    Cousins/Gobert/Love/Blake/Faried

    12 Team -H2H – No I.R

    Thanks Son son!

      • Mr. Blast says:
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        @Son:

        Yea,

        You def like Livingston over Ulis for now with Steph out a couple weeks ?

        Do you think Ulis gets any extra burn with Booker hurt ?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Mr. Blast: It’s close for me. The biggest beneficiary of Booker injury could be Mike James, but Ulis should get consistent minutes. Now that I think about it, I’d keep Ulis as he has more long term viability

          • Mr. Blast says:
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            @Son:

            Thanks man, glad I ran that by you again.

            Gonna give it a wait and see with Ulis for now,

            The Booker injury sounds like it may be longer than Currys..

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Mr. Blast: Anytime! Yeah, I think that’s the right move.

              • Mr. Blast says:
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                @Son:

                Update – GSW starting Quinn Cook at PG over Livingston.

                That is all.

                • Son

                  Son says:
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                  @Mr. Blast: I saw that. Still think Livingston will get close to 20 minutes. Looks like you chose wisely. Well done

  4. waffles says:
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    you still down on Blake Griffin? i know they have no reason to push him, but he was playing like a first rounder. what if I not only expect to make the playoffs, but have a first round bye as well? wouldn’t he have more value to me in that scenario?

    i might be able to get Dragic for him, who i like but don’t really need. again I think the playoff boost of Blake could be significant. your thoughts? thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @waffles: I wouldn’t give up anything for him. What you say makes sense and I get my YOLO on from time to time, so if you believe go for it. Just not a move for me.

  5. Ben says:
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    In a vacuum are you taking McCollum or Batum ROS? Is it close? Any chance Batum recovers to preseason expectations?

    Part 2, Tyreke or McCollum ROS?

    Thanks Son.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Ben: McCollum to both.

      • Ben says:
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        @Son: cool, thanks, do you think either is particularly close?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Ben: Evans is

          • Ben says:
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            @Son: thanks again…where does Towns fit in with that group in a vacuum? Above McCollum?

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Ben: Towns above both

  6. Justin says:
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    9 cat. Melo and Gobert for Draymond and deangelo Russ. What side wins?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Justin: Melo/Gobert.

  7. Joel

    Joel says:
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    I spent a good 5 minutes coming up with Mitchell and Yess last Saturday haha

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Joel: Ha! Nice one

  8. Jason says:
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    I’m new to fantasy basketball this season, so I appreciate the advice! I took over a team in a 12-team, H2H keeper league. There is no IR and Millsap and LaVine were already on my bench and injured. With Booker getting injured last night, do I drop Booker, LaVine or Millsap for someone like Aminu and/or Nance? With only 4 bench spots, I can’t have 3 injured. I also don’t want to kill my keeper options. Any feedback is welcome. Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Anytime Jason! You can drop Millsap. I like both Aminu and Nance.

  9. Arief says:
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    Hii Son,

    May i ask which sides would you choose ??
    1. butler or ben simmons
    2. dray or horford

    my league h2h 11cat(9cat+TO+PF)

    thanks son

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Arief: Butler and Dray

  10. Tino says:
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    Hi Son,

    Thanks for the cool writings! I like how you post the stat lines these days. much more viwer friendly.

    I’m offered Rubio for my Gallo galinari. Would you do this trade? I’m itching to go for it, but my team has been pretty strong with FG% and was worried about Rubio dragging it down. That said, i have been leading in my league.

    Thanks!!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Tino: Thanks Tino! I’m a man of the people. I’d pass on that

      • Tino says:
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        @Son:

        mind share some thoughts on why? Is it that you think Rubio will not return to the player last year?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Tino: The emergence of Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell’s usage rate has been in the 30-40% range. Rubio has been in the teens.

  11. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    Would send a buy low offer on Dragic? Maybe Collison & James Johnson for him

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