I was a big subscriber to superstitions and curses in my younger days. Sports team I root for wasn’t playing well? Had to move to another seat, like I was some antenna made out of aluminum foil. Never drafted a player in fantasy football if he graced the cover of Madden. I mean, come on. Without fail, either a player got injured or production fell off hard the following year. We have grown as a society, though. I have grown as well. We now utilize our brains to explain things that were previously unexplainable. For the Madden Curse, a logical explanation was that players are celebrated by being on the cover of the videogame because they have reached the pinnacle of their careers.

pin·na·cle
ˈpinək(ə)l/
noun
              “he had reached the pinnacle of his career”
There’s literally no place to go but down. Add in the age factor and number of games played, and the “curse” doesn’t seem so mysterious after all. How things have gone down the past couple of weeks in the NBA, I’m beginning to reevaluate my stance on the issue. In late January, LeBron James and Steph Curry particiated in the All-Star Draft.

First, DeMarcus Cousins went down with injury. Then, Kevin Love. John Wall. The latest victim? Kristaps Porzingis. Last night, he tore the ACL in his left knee after this. I will think of you everytime my 2-year-old daughter puts on My Little Pony. Michael Beasley is the obvious get, but he’s probably been rostered already. Kyle O’Quinn is also an interesting pickup, as he would be the big off the bench to give either a break. Yo, LeBron. Whatever you’re doing? STOP!!!

Here’s what else I saw last night:

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LeBron James:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 25 10 5 1 0 6 2/4 10/17 3/4

There’s turmoil in Cleveland. 30-21 record, which places them third in the East, 7.5 games behind the Celtics. The D is atrocious. LeBron is pissed at management. The sky is falling! Or is it? I feel like LeBron is using this time to try and get his teammates into the mix, as they will be needed down the road. Once crunch time comes, LeJuggernaught will rise from the ashes, play over 40 minutes per game, and mess around on a nightly basis. It wouldn’t surprise me if the usage rate climbs up to 2005 Kobe levels. This would be good for fantasy. It’s also possible that the Cavs crap out, but I just don’t see LeBron going out like that.

Isaiah Thomas:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 1 8 1 0 1 1/6 3/13 4/4

Played 30 minutes. I wanted nothing to do with IT preseason. Now, I’m looking to scoop. Getting minutes, shot attempts, and he’s dishing out some dimes. With how atrocious the Cavs D is, scorers are going to be needed on the floor, more specifically shooters. Jose Calderon and Derrick Rose don’t really concern me. IT needs the All-Star break to arrive so he can chill out for a bit. Those shots are going to start falling.

Tristan Thompson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 12 9 0 0 0 1 0 6/9 0

If you need boards, Tristan is your man. Played 27 minutes. If the Cavs bring in a big man, like DeAndre Jordan, then he goes back to being a Kardashian.

Jonathon Simmons:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 34 7 2 1 1 3 2/4 12/17 8/9

The Cavs were leading 67-51 at the half. Then, Juice got loose for 22 points in the third quarter. Unfortunately, I don’t put too much stock into the performance. The Cavs D is turrable.

Bizmack Biyombo:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 11 8 2 0 2 3 0 4/7 3/5

Bizmack. Biyombo. Boards. Blocks. Bench. Only played 22 minutes. Nikola Vucevic should be returning soon. Bye Bye. And Khem Birch played 18 minutes.

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

Dude hustles and skies for rebounds. Outside of the deepest leagues, won’t be fantasy relevant, but performs enough to get some run and take minutes away from Biyombo.

The point guard shituation in Orlando. Elfrid Payton played 23 minutes, Shelvin Mack played 26 minutes, and DJ Augustine played 25 minutes. Good times.

Giannis Antetokounmpo:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 11 6 1 2 3 0 10/23 3/6

Giannis to Hardaway, “Say hello to Deez Nuts!”

With John Henson out, Thon Maker got the start and played 22 minutes.

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

I was high on Maker coming into the season. Or maybe I was just high coming into the season. Probably the latter but I fess up to my errors. Disclaimer, I be fessing a lot. Anyways, Thon can shoot from downtown and accumulate some D stats. He’s just slight of frame and gets bullied down low. I wouldn’t expect much from him when the opportunity presents itself. Marshall freaking Plumlee played 20 minutes, so I think that’s all you need to know. Tyler Zeller did play six minutes and will be the main backup when he’s up to speed.

Jabari Parker:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 10 3 0 1 0 1 0/2 4/9 2/2

Played 20 minutes. I think he stays in the low-20s the rest of the season. That is exactly what I said about Zach LaVine, so……more fessing. The one difference between Parker and LaVine is that Parker is a member of the “2 ACL surgeries on the same knee” club.

Sean Kilpatrick:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 2 0 0 2 3/8 4/11 5/5

Played 17 minutes. Could be something. Could be nothing. BUT….Tony Snell kind of sucks (0 points in 18 minutes). Jason Terry (2 points in 20 minutes) is still in the league somehow? Sterling Brown (0 points in 17 minutes) is the likely guy to soak up minutes at both the 1 and 2. With that said, it was Kilpatrick that was most productive last night.

Tim Hardaway Jr.:

Gets no stat line. Only….

Enes Kanter:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 19 16 1 1 0 4 0 8/15 3/3

That’s five straight double-dubs. With Porzingis off the floor, he sees a 1.1% usage bump. Interestingly, it’s THJ (4.1%) and Trey Burke (5.5%) who see the biggest jumps in usage rate with Porzingis out of the lineup.

Speaking of Trey Burke, he played 23 minutes. Jarrett Jack played 17 minutes and scored 2 points, while Frank Ntilikina played 10 minutes and scored 2 points. Things that make you go hmmmm. Keep an eye on this situation, like an eagle soaring the skies tracking a gopher.

Bradley Beal:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 30 7 5 1 0 4 5/12 12/22 1/2

Played 41 minutes and had a 28.5 usage rate. Will be the guy with Wall out and has the potential to drop a 50-burger on any given night. I still think he’s better off-ball, but Beal is getting more comfortable being the primary ballhandler.

Kelly Oubre Jr.:

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

Played 33 minutes and is the main guy off the bench. His fantasy production has not been of the abundant variety lately, but he’s getting attempts and minutes. Patience grasshoppers.

Joel Embiid:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 27 12 3 0 3 1 3/7 10/20 4/5

So glad he’s on Team Curry for the All-Star game. Whew. Embiid is a top 35 player for fantasy. He’s missed 11 games! Could be primed for a monster second half, as the Sixers will be playing him on back-to-backs. Please stay healthy.

Dario Saric:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 20 7 1 1 0 2 2/4 8/14 2/2

Played 39 minutes. A big man that can shoot from downtown and board. Love his toughness. He replaces Mario’s M with a D. The princess must love that.

JJ Redick:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 18 1 6 0 0 2 4/5 6/9 2/2

Played 33 minutes. The first time over 30 since he returned from injury. The ideal 3 without the D player.

TJ McConnell:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
7 8 4 1 0 1 1/1 3/6 0

Played 24 minutes. TJ will still contribute across the board, but he’s probably not seeing over 25 minutes when the team is healthy.

Ryan Anderson left last night’s game with an ankle injury. It doesn’t sound serious, but he could miss a little time. Could mean more minutes for PJ Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute.

Clint Capela:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 11 0 1 4 0 0 8/12 2/4

C & C Music Factory making everyone dance! Except for John Henson. “I went 19/18 against this same squad a few games ago. Pssshhh.”

James Harden:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
36 4 5 0 1 2 4/10 11/23 10/10

Yawn. This is how a junkie must feel. The high is never high enough. Only performances of historical significance get me Harden excited now. That makes me a junkie, huh?

Eric Gordon played 28 minutes and scored 13 points. Of interest, Gerald Green played 18 minutes and scored 16 points. Green is a high ceiling 3 & D guy. The floor is also catacomb-esque, though.

DeMarre Carroll:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 2 1 2 0 1 5/8 7/12 2/2

Played 30 minutes. The three little pigs would feel very comfortable if the wolf was using Carroll’s production to blow the house down. With that said, he provides a nice jingle from time to time.

Jarrett Allen:

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

Jahlil Okafor:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 15 6 0 0 1 1 0 7/9 1/3

Allen played 23 minutes, while Okafor played 25 minutes. That’s why I can’t go full 100% in on Allen because I think he and Okafor both get run, neutering the ceiling of both.

Joe Harris got the start at small forward and played 28 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
8 8 4 0 0 2 1/5 3/10 1/1

Is a skilled offensive player. While he can shoot from downtown, I like that he does attack the rim when the opportunity is there. Will grab boards and dish out dimes. Just don’t expect D stats.

D’Angelo Russell:

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

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The Grizzlies lost 82-108 to the Hawks. No blurbs for you! 11 players got at least 15 minutes of run. Only three players scored in double figures: Dillon Brooks (12), Ivan Rabb (10 with 11 boards), and Mario Chalmers (13). Marc Gasol played 19 minutes.

Dennis Schroder:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 3 5 1 1 0 1/3 9/15 3/3

Is going to be the usage monster for this team the rest of the way.

John Collins:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 15 10 1 1 0 2 0/1 6/9 3/5

Played 26 minutes. Can’t wait for the trade deadline to pass, so the Hawks can finally unleash Collins.

Tyler Dorsey:

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

Played 29 minutes. With Marco Bellineli all but gone, Dorsey looks to be the guy to slot into his role.

The Celtics were down 58-37 at halftime against the Raptors. My 6-year-old boy is infatuated with dinosaurs right now. Let me tell you. They are no freaking joke. All you need to know is Kyrie Irving scored 17 points in only 22 minutes, Al Horford scored 2 points in 24 minutes, and Jayson Tatum scored 4 points in 21 minutes.

On the Toronto side, all you need to know is that Fred VanVleet played 31 minutes and Pascal Siakam played 25 minutes.

TJ Warren:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 24 6 3 4 0 0 0/2 9/22 6/10

I always type Warren G, instead of TJ Warren. Thought you guys would like to know. Anyways, when Devin Booker sits, Warren G’s usage rate goes up 5.4% to 31.9%. He just won’t contribute from downtown.

Josh Jackson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 16 10 1 0 2 3 1/6 7/19 1/2

The sixth Jackson. The family must be so proud. Played 36 minutes.

Tyson Chandler:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
8 13 4 0 0 0 0 4/5 0/2

Played 30 minutes. Alex Len only played six minutes. Greg Monroe is out of town. Won’t play in back-to-backs, but is a potential streaming option.

Dragan Bender:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 8 6 4 0 0 2 1/4 2/10 3/4

Played 37 minutes. Was able to watch him a bunch last night. Man, you throws up some garbage. Made me want to drive to the local watering hole and go on a Bender. I don’t drink anymore.

Marquese Chriss:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 10 6 3 0 2 0 2/4 4/9 0/2

Played 19 minutes. Hay Soos Chriss!

Julius Randle:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 8 5 0 1 3 0 9/13 3/5

Played 27 minutes. Has the potential to mess around on a nightly basis. Just doesn’t like going to downtown. Probably more of a Hollywood kind of guy. Koreatown perhaps?

Brandon Ingram:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 4 5 0 2 2 2/2 9/12 6/6

The present and future. It’s all about the J for him. His sensei must’ve been proud last night.

Josh Hart:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 11 3 1 1 1 3/4 5/7 2/2

The efficiency is obviously unsustainable, but he chips in across the board to produce a high floor. He’s big, strong, and experienced. It will be interesting to see what happens when Lonzo Ball returns. How can you keep this kid off the court? Sayonara Jordan Clarkson? Is it a lock to play both Valentine and Hart on the FEB 14th slate? Yes, both the Lakers and Bulls are playing.

Paul George:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 38 5 3 6 0 3 6/11 11/23 10/12

NC-17. Adults only. Straight murdering and mutilating opposing defenses.

Carmelo Anthony left the game after six minutes due to an ankle injury. Thunder defeated the Warriors 125-105 and broke the four-game losing streak they had going into last night.

Russell Westbrook aaaaaaaalllllmost messed around.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 34 9 9 0 0 4 2/5 13/26 6/6

Kevin Durant:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 33 6 1 1 1 5 3/8 8/14 14/15

A look at KD looking around for his teammates.

Klay Thompson scored 12 points and Steph Curry scored 21 points. No one else reached double figures.

  1. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    Was watching the game on television when the unicorn tore his acl. It was nasty–the way his knee buckled. Jeez. I have been playing fantasy hoops for five years now and I don’t ever recall playing a season like this one. This is the worst I must say.

    Anyhow, I wanna try out either Willy or KOQ but unfortunately I don’t have someone to drop. Bullock, Josh Jax, Bambam are all ballin. As much as I wanna drop Chriss for being an immature and inconsistent bitch, his upside on blocks and steals are undeniable. Damn. I could miss out but I think I should hold onto my guys.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: Yeah, so brutal with all the injuries. I agree with standing pat

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @Son: It does seem like a lot of injuries. I bet though if you go back to Razzball comments between now and the playoffs last year, you’ll find the same things being said. We say this every year, especially when they’re on our team. It sucks for fantasy, but it truly sucks for the real player and the game as a whole. Definitely takes some excitement out.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @miles proudfoot: Yeah, you’re probably right. The recent always seems more dramatic. With that said, the names do seem bigger. Injuries do suck all around.

  2. Nukna says:
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    Respect, Son and the crew!
    Thanks for all the efforts.
    In a vacuum, would you rather hold Teodosic or Dejounte Murray?
    Thanks!

    • Nukna says:
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      This is my complete team (stanard 12-team H2H, 9cat):
      Lillard, Rubio, Teodosic, D.Murray
      Middleton, Harris, BogBog
      A.Davis, Whiteside, Collins, Henson, Allen, Mirotic
      IL – Millsap, Wall

      I’m trying to determine my top potential drops, to be fast on the trigger awaiting some news before the trade deadline.
      I’d say Teodosic and Murray are top candidates, but would maybe rather hold Teo hoping for Sweet Lou to be traded. In spite of his good run and potential, Allen is probably the first big that would go, mostly due to his very poor schedule for the week of the fantasy finals.
      Sitting at the top of my league, I’m focused on the sched for the final 2 weeks, especially the final one.
      Thanks again

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @Nukna: That’s the route I’d take as well

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Nukna: Depends what you want. Need 3s then Teo. Rebounds then Murray.

  3. Tony C says:
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    Who would you roster for the next 2 weeks and who is the best longer term add for end of season fantasy playoffs…..Prince, Chriss, Hart, BogBog, BojBog , Carroll, Or Van Fleet. Please rank top 3 for rest of season. Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Tony C: Chriss, BogBog, and Prince

  4. Keeks says:
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    10 Team dynasty league.

    Been in first place the entire season but just lost Kristaps last night. Still want to win now and know a trade will be necessary but don’t want to mortgage the future too much. Which of these trades sounds the better?

    My Bogdan Bogdanovic for Danny Green (mainly for the sneaky elite blocks)

    My Tim Hardaway Jr. for Dwight Howard.

    Thanks.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Keeks: What’s your squad look like?

      • Keeks says:
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        @Son:

        Harden
        Kristaps*
        Draymond
        AL Horford
        Clint Capela
        Otto Porter
        Evan fournier
        Tim Hardaway JR.
        Eric Bledsoe
        Dennis Schroder
        Jaylen Brown

        Thats the core with some random stashes or streamers sprinkled in.

        Even more helpful though, who would you drop out of Tomas Satoransky and Andrew Harrison?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Keeks: Ok. Dwight is so intriguing but he’s going to tank your FT%. I’d rather swap THJ for Green.

          I’d rather have Harrison.

  5. Not your average Joe says:
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    Is Josh Jackson for real? He’s getting more minutes, but his stats, in particular shooting efficiency, seem way out of line. Is regression coming soon, and hard? Or is this the kind of breakthrough that Phoenix expected and why they weren’t willing to give him up for Kyrie?

    I ask because I can keep him cheap – 11th round price – but if he’s about to regress hard, he may be worth more as trade bait.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Scoop him for 11th rd price. Well worth it. He could regress and the efficiency will probably come down but….he’s getting minutes and volume. Keep in mind that he’s a rookie. There will be ups and downs but he spent the earlier part of the year figuring things out.

  6. BIGD says:
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    waddup son

    i have a channing frye sized hole in my lineup and looking at the transaction trends, i could pick up:
    Beasley
    J. Simmons
    B. Adebayo
    K. O’Quinn
    Hernangomez
    A. Tolliver
    R. Hood
    F. Vanvleet

    I need threes and blocks. What would you do? My roster is balanced fairly well so i don’t really care about position

    peace!

    • BIGD says:
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      with beasley i’d have to burn my #1 waiver claim

      • Son

        Son says:
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        Yep. This is the kind of player you’ve been hoarding that #1 waiver priority for.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      The best player to get is Beasley without a doubt. If you want blocks, Bam. 3s, the Hood.

  7. Mr. Blast says:
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    Ahyio !

    Whats up Son ?

    You dropping Nance for ANY OF – Len , KOQ or Willy H. ?

    Or holding to see if someone gets moved out of LAK tomorrow ?

    Missed out on Bam..

    That Lebrons team curse is nuts !

    Thanks dude

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: Ahyio? Ayo! I like KOQ, but you probably want to wait to see what the Lakers do.

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