Apr 5, 2016; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz guard Shelvin Mack (8) dribbles the ball during the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Nothing of huge note happened tonight, so I figured the return of Shelvin Mack to relevance would make a decent headline.  Surprisingly, the Jazz made it a game against the Warriors with Gordon Hayward, George Hill, Rodney Hood, and Derrick Favors all out of the lineup.  Mack definitely did his part, and put up a solid 19 points in 36 minutes.  If he would lay off some of the treys (1-8 from deep), he could even be an efficient scorer.

At any rate, let’s see what happened last night!  Oh, the TNT double header was moved to 7 and 9:30 pm EST, so I’m thrilled about that.  No idea why that happened – maybe someone in the comments can enlighten me on that one…

Minnesota at Toronto (7:00 pm EST on TNT) – Final Score: 110 – 124 Toronto Wins

Once again, the T-Wolves looked young and undisciplined.  The talent is certainly there, but experience is obviously lacking.  Toronto continues to look like the perennial contender they have come to be.  Minnesota jumped out quickly, but Toronto steadily improved throughout the game, before blowing them out by 15 in the fourth quarter.  The Wolves shot over 50% from the field, but the Raptors killed them at the free throw line.  15 attempts vs 33 attempts.

  • Zach Lavine – 29 points, 6 assists, and 2 boards.  He also added 3 treys, while shooting 60% from the field.  He led Minnesota in scoring, and continues his breakout season.
  • Karl-Anthony Towns – 17/11/1/0/1 A blah line with 3 TOs and a monster dunk.  Not a great looking game for KAT, and he never really got a rhythm going.
  • Andrew Wiggins – 25/6/1/0/0 Another empty day at the office.  The scoring is nice, but the rest of the stats didn’t cut it.
  • Kyle Lowry – Put up a 25 point, 11 assist double double.  He only took 14 shots, and made 5 from deep.  Keep rolling him out, he looks fantastic.
  • DeMar DeRozan – 27/8/5/0/0 The assists have been a big improvement for DeMar this season, and it shows that he’s definitely maturing.  It was a bad shooting night (7-20), but he redeemed himself with 12-13 at the line.
  • Jonas Valanciunas – Finally had a great game – 20/10/1/0/1 Empty source of boards and points, but he looked decent tonight.
  • Lucas Nogueira – Frankly, he looks way better than Jonas, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he takes over the job next season.  8 points, 9 boards, and 3 blocks tonight in just 19 minutes of play.  He’s a great streamer when he’s in the 20 minute range.

Denver at Washington (7:00 pm EST) – Final Score: 85 – 92 Washington Wins

Denver just didn’t look very good this game.  Gary Harris is definitely missed.  That is all.

  • Will Barton – 11/2/3/3/0 The three steals are nice, but this was all he could do in nearly 43 minutes of play.  As our, highly esteemed, future leader so eloquently put it, “Sad”.
  • Wilson Chandler – 2-16 shooting.  Sadder.
  • Jusuf Nurkic – 13 points, 7 boards, and 4 TOs.  Not quite as sad, but still slightly depressing.
  • Nikola Jokic – 17/11/1/0/1 Much better, but still 4 TOs.  He was definitely their best player tonight, but a player that wants to be benched, just pains me.
  • Bradley Beal – 26/3/5/0/0 Put up 4 treys.  Ho hum.
  • John Wall – An off game tonight, but still managed 14 points, 7 boards, and 5 assists.  He also managed 3 steals and 5 TOs.  He’ll be sharper next time out.

Portland at Memphis (8:00 pm EST) – Final Score: 88- 86 Memphis Wins

Another ugly game that Memphis managed to squeak out.  Damian Lillard fouled Toney Douglas with .5 left on the clock, and Douglas hit the go ahead free throws.

  • Damian Lillard – Scored 15 in the first half, but cooled down significantly to put up 19/3/2/1/0.  33% from the field isn’t pretty.  On to the next one!
  • C.J. McCollum – Also scored 15 in the first half, but he managed an empty 24 points on 7-13 shooting, with 4 – 4 from deep.  The other categories were quite vacant, with only 1 steal and an assist.
  • Evan Turner – 15/10/2/0/0 A solid low end line, and he got 30 minutes with Maurice Harkless out.  Moe shouldn’t be out much longer, so no reason to bump Turner up any.
  • Marc Gasol – A massive 36/9/2/0/0 with 4 – 6 from downtown.  He was on tonight, and he carried his team to the win.
  • JaMychal Green – 6 points, 18 boards, 2 assists and a steal.  So basically, he was Tristan Thompson for the night.
  • Tony Allen – 15 points, 10 boards, and 2 steals.  I like him a lot while he’s healthy.
  • Troy Daniels – The wunderkind came back to earth with a 5/2/0/1/0 line.  2-12 from the field.  He’s too good of a shooter not to bounce back, but it won’t be to the 30 points that he was hitting.  I’d say mid teens scoring with a couple treys would be fair, give his minutes.

Philadelphia at New Orleans (8:00 pm EST ) – Final Score: 99 – 88 Philadelphia Wins

The Pelicans struggled in this game, and Philly managed to capitalize.  Jrue Holiday was sorely missed.

  • Sergio Rodriguez – 16/2/8/1/0 A solid line for anyone who needs assists off the wire.  He also threw in 4 from deep.
  • Joel Embiid – EMBIIIIID put up 14/7/2/3/4 and this was a bad game… Damn. 5 – 15 shooting, but I think the defensive stats made up for it.
  • Ersan Ilyasova – 23/8/4/1/0 He mad 9-16 from the field and led the Sixers to victory.
  • Buddy Hield – Continues to struggle.  2-12 from the field.  Bleh… I’ll admit he was a terrible call.  I do think there is hope for the future though.  It sometimes takes a while for rookies to adapt to the speed of the game.  We’ve just been spoiled with a lot of insane talent lately.
  • Anthony Davis – Had an off night (8-21), but still managed 26/11/2/0/2.  No complaints.
  • Langston Galloway – Provided some punch off the bench with 19 points and 3 treys.  Don’t count on him when Jrue comes back.

Golden State at Utah (9:00 pm EST) – Final Score: 106 – 99 Warriors Win

*See Intro – tl;dr – The Jazz hung in while missing a lot of players.

  • Stephen CurryKevin DurantDraymond Green – They all did what they normally do.  None of em had a fabulous night, but they were all solid.
  • Klay Thompson – 10 points, no threes, 5-13 shooting, 3 TOs, meh.  It’s going to be a roller coaster year for the third splash bro.
  • Patrick McCaw – Scored as much as Klay!  McCawwwwwww
  • Shelvin Mack – 19/2/5/2/0 Only 1 TO, so it was a very solid game for Mack – stepping into the much bigger role
  • Rudy Gobert – Came up huge this game with a massive 20/17/1/0/1 line.  The lack of blocks isn’t surprising, given how much the Warriors love their jumpers.
  • Joe Ingles – 35 minutes!  He surprisingly capitalized as well.  21/5/3/4/1 I don’t think anyone was expecting the rainbow line, with 5 threes, but hey, shit happens.

San Antonio at Chicago (9:30 pm EST on TNT) – Final Score: 91 – 95 Chicago Wins

The Spurs simply shot badly this game.  It’s an off night and nothing should be read into it.  I’m honestly surprised Pop didn’t bench everyone, since it’s a TNT game, but he’s always full of surprises.

  • Kawhi Leonard – Did Kawhi things. 24/8/5/1/0 He also hit a 3 to make it a pretty average night.
  • LaMarcus Aldridge – Yikes.  10 points on 5-15 shooting.  He did throw in 6 boards and 4 blocks, so his line wasn’t a complete waste.
  • Patty Mills – The hero of the spurs lately. 6-12 shooting. 4 treys. 16 points and a couple steals for Mills.
  • Rajon Rondo – 12/10/9/2/0 That’s the rainbow line goodness we know and love.  0-0 from the line, so there’s nothing to complain about, outside of the 4 TOs.
  • Dwayne Wade – 20/5/5/1/1 Another solid line for the aging vet.  The move to Chicago seems to suit him.
  • Jimmy Butler – The Butler didn’t do it this game.  13/9/4/2/1 A decent line, but he only shot 4-14 from the field.  Nothing to see here.


That wraps it up for me folks!  See ya next Wednesday on the WaiverWired Column!

  1. Lasandro says:

    “Return of the Mack” may have been more appropriate. Then again, I’m likely older than you haha. Nice read!

    • Adam

      Adam says:

      @Lasandro: I really should’ve gone with that! Unfortunately, my creativity just isn’t usually at its peak at midnight, when I have to write recaps haha.

  2. Noah says:

    Hi I commented rma couple days back but am still trying to improve my struggling squad in a 10 team H2H 9-CAt. Struggling with points and assists.


    PG: Bledsoe, George Hill, Beverley
    SG: Eric Gordon, Wes Matthews, CJ Miles
    SF: Kawhi, Crowder, Carroll
    PF: Dieng, Favors
    C: Whiteside, Henson
    IR: Parsons

    Been offered a couple trades:

    1) Bledsoe and Kawhi for: Wall, Oladipo, Booker, and Warren (don’t know if I can afford to trade for an injured guy)
    2) Kawhi and Crowder for Wall and Booker/Turner (whichever I prefer)

    – either worth taking?


    • Noah says:

      @Noah: Sorry I already asked you this on yesterday’s post. Thought you were done answering questions for it. You can disregard this post.

      Sorry about that!

    • Adam

      Adam says:

      @Noah: Ah, you probably asked it on JB’s article then. I’ll take a shot at it though as well.

      1. Nah, I don’t like that one much.

      2. That one is very tempting with Turner, but I think you have blocks locked down pretty well. I think I’d lean towards doing it, just because you don’t seem too strong in assists. So yeah, I’d take the John Wall and Myles Turner for Kawhi and Crowder. Maybe see if you can get him to throw something in, since Kawhi is a top player.

  3. Chad Bowling says:

    Hold Monta Ellis in pts league or add one of these SG?
    T. allen
    C. Lee
    J. Lamb
    J. Meeks

    • Adam

      Adam says:

      @Chad Bowling: Bleh, I’d hold. Tony Allen would be the most tempting, but I don’t trust him at all.

  4. Tyler says:

    Do you still like zbo in 12ers?

    noguiera nelson mack nick young clee dekker frazier ingram douglas korver jr smith evan turner crabbe aminu deng noah danny green

    Anyone you like for ROS?

    • Adam

      Adam says:

      @Tyler: Unless you’re desperate for points and boards, I’d leave him alone. I’d rather have Jamychal. ROS I like Nogueira out of that list, and then probably Ingram. Right now I like Crabbe and Mack for some short term value. Decker Could be legit with an injury to Ariza.

  5. Dusty says:

    If the Nuggets are trying to trade Faried, giving him DNP-CD isn’t going to help the return. How long before a team like Toronto or Portland that could use a volume rebounder swoop in for a bargain? Who knows with Mike Malone, he’s like the opposite of Karl Malone, just never delivers.

    • Adam

      Adam says:

      @Dusty: I’ve given up trying to predict what they’re doing with Faried. It’s important to note that Faried is on a team friendly contract through 2019, so he just isn’t going to be a bargain for anyone.

  6. Tenethor says:

    Hey Adam nice read man keep it up,

    Im on a H2H-10Man-9Cat league.

    Would you trade Wiggins for Ariza?

    • Adam

      Adam says:

      @Tenethor: I’d make that trade in a heartbeat. Wiggins just isn’t a metrics friendly guy. Unless you’re desperate for scoring, that seems like a great deal. Hopefully Wiggins can pull a DeRozan and become a well rounded player later on in his career.

  7. RicoSuave says:

    Great Job Adam!

    12 team H2H points league… I got offered Drummond and D’angelo Russell for my K. Irving and Thaddeus Young… should I do it? I have Steph Curry as my PG

    Also, Aaron Gordon was dropped… should I pick him up and get rid of K. Faried?

    Thanks man!

    • Adam

      Adam says:

      @RicoSuave: Thanks!

      Hmmm That’s tempting, but I think I’m holding… Russell is a health risk, and I just don’t trust knee issues.

      I honestly don’t like either one – There’s no one better on the wire in a 12er?

      • RicoSuave says:

        @Adam: thanks Adam! unfortunately there’s not much on the wire…

        thanks again!


  8. miles proudfoot says:

    What do you think ROS, Henson or Nerlens? Thanks!

    • Adam

      Adam says:

      @miles proudfoot: I hate to say it, but probably Henson

  9. Johnc says:

    After two 2-1 deals, I have of course a thin lower end of my roster. In a vacuum, who has the most value of these backbenchers? Please rank.

    Delly, Frazier, Marvin, Nerlens?

    • Adam

      Adam says:

      @Johnc: Delly, Marvin, Frazier Nerlens. I really don’t see Nerlens having much value unless he’s traded… I could be wrong though. Never know with the Sixers.

  10. Mr. Blast says:

    Would you trade Lebron/Plumlee for Cousins ? Please help.

    • Adam

      Adam says:

      @Mr. Blast: Yes, unless you need the assists from LBJ. Cousins should play more at the end of the year.

  11. Leo says:

    In my line up, I have Justice Winslow, Dirk, Jordan Clarkson, and Parsons. I am in a 12 man league. Should I drop one of these players to stream players daily?

  12. Mr. Blast says:

    Thanks man,

    In a 12 team H2H league I have.

    Wall. Russell. Lin. G. Hill
    Lebron. CJ Miles. Bogdanovic. Ersan. Ellington.
    D. Jordan. D. Howard. M. Turner. Plumlee. T. Chandler. Pat-Pat

    Does Boogie help me here ?

    • Adam

      Adam says:

      @Mr. Blast: Man, That’s a stacked team… I honestly don’t think you need the boards haha. I’d probably say just hold though.

  13. Doctor G says:

    I just traded Demarre Carroll for Ricky Rubenesss in a 12 team H2H 9 cat Keeper league. Did I just get totally fleeced?

    • Adam

      Adam says:

      @Doctor G: I don’t think so haha. Probably more upside with Rubio, especially in a keeper. Demarre just can’t seem to stay healthy.

      • Doctor G says:

        @Adam: ha, yeah thats what I was thinking. Even if Rube continues to play poorly, at least I only lost Carroll for him. Thanks for the feed back bud!

  14. Tyler says:

    Can you pick 3 for a 10man league

    Thad Young
    Jahlil Okafor
    Aaron Gordon

    • Adam

      Adam says:

      @Tyler: Thad, Henson and Jamychal I think – depends what stats you need as well. Mills instead of henson or jamychal if you need 3s.

  15. Hi Adam!

    You don’t like guys who want to be benched (Jokic) but do You prefer Parsons + Kanter than him?

    • Adam

      Adam says:

      @Toni Vidal: Eesh… I think I’d hold… Just because Jokic is 21. Hopefully he matures more – The skillset is definitely there. If it wasn’t dynasty I’d do it in a heartbeat. I also don’t like selling low though.

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