Woooo, Jimmy Buckets is back!  And Tom Thibodeau does what Tom Thibodeau does…  Runs his guys to death.

After missing exactly 3 weeks with his elbow injury, Jimmy Butler returned last night and played a ridiculous 39-and-a-half minutes for 19/9/1/0/0.  Almost 40 minutes?!  And he shot 6-20!?  Sure he’s taken a ton of shots the past week to be sure the elbow is healthy, but the aggression in that 7-10 FT really solidifies he should be 100% the rest of the way.  That is, until Tibs plays him 63 minutes in a 3-OT game!  Sheesh, I gotta wonder if I’ll ever be huge on Bulls again…  Derrick Rose and all-a-dat, Joakim Noah goes through injury spells…  And Tibs refuses to run his starters on any sort of minutes limits.  I’m more posing the thought than really setting any personal beliefs in my fantasy bedrock, but Rose for sure I could never draft.  You can call that Fred Flintstone because it’ll make my Fantasy Bedrock!  I don’t think I’m using that lyric right…  Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy basketball action:

James Harden Mmmmmmmmm, Beard #1 next year.  Kinda sexy sounding, isn’t it?  Nutso rainbow for 44/4/7/2/2 hitting 10-21 from the field with 3 treys and 21-22 FT.  I mean, he is a category killer in FT%, elite scorer and near-elite dimer.  I’d get lost in that beard…

C.J. Watson – Stepped up since his older brother C.J. Miles couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn shooting 3-16.  Watson off the bench for 7-10 FG (4-5 3PTM 5-6 FT) 23/2/5/3/0.  If only I knew to stream him after single-digits in 4 straight and not scoring at all last time out!

George Hill Whoa, monster rainbow!  That PBev D is starting to fall a bit too…  But Patrick Beverley did suffer a wrist sprain and played only 20 minutes last night…  20/6/3/3/3 for a 1.5 rainbow from Hill, although of course the blocks are a mad fluke.  Regardless, his second half has been unreal.  Going to be really hard to rank with Paul George back in 15-16.  Speaking of George, remember when we recommended steering clear?  Still in a melodrama regarding his return with no timetable.

Marcus Smart Ew.  Gave fantasy owners a quick hit to the nards, that’s for sure!  Only 23 minutes of 2/1/0/2/0 shooting 1-3.  Isaiah Thomas sounds like he’ll be back tomorrow (I thought it’d be longer, go ahead and pick him up commenters!), so Smart can likely go in several leagues.

Evan Turner Another tripdub from Mrs. Turner!  19/10/12 on 9-13 shooting – the FG% helps the line, but still mostly just the 3 cats.  But if those 3 are needs, gotta keep holding even with IT2/3 coming back to likely steal some touches.  To sap roughly 2/3 of his usage!

Kelly Olynyk The kankle issues from chronic sandal wearing seems to have subsided!   18/5/2/1/1 last night in only 17 minutes with trey treys.  Full multi-cat!  Man,  but dat 17 minutes doe!  And off two terrible games… Tough to trust.

Brook Lopez I imagine his feet look like the T-1000 after he falls in the liquid nitrogen…  They’re just shattering away…  35 minutes last night for 31/4/0/1/2.  Four rebounds in 35 minutes from a 7 footer?!  “Nice job on the boards, Brolo!” said no one, ever.

Deron Williams – Whoa, near tripdub!  Always nice to see your starting PG pull down 9 boards and your 7 footer get 4…  10/9/10/2/1 from D-Will last night, and sulking on the bench was “Wahhhhhhh, I’m Jarrett Jack!  Remember when I used to start and was worth owning?!?!?!”

Bojan Bogdanovic It’s like the curse of the SI Cover!  Curse of the Razzball Basketball lead!  3-14 FG last night in a laughably bad 6/6/1/0/0 line with no 3s.  Apparently you Don’t Mess with the Bojan, as in, don’t mess with picking him up!

Tony Allen – Wooooo!  Nice stream call here for a mighty solid 9/7/3/2/1 game shooting 4-5 from the field with a trey.  He’s awful as a FT shooter (0-2 last night), but if you have a FT punt team and Allen is available, he should be on your squad no question.

Lance Thomas Woooo!  2-for-2 on streams last night.  15/2/1/2/0 with a trey, although did hurt you with the 5 TO.  I said he was a stream in 8-cat only, right?!  Don’t fact check that…  Remember we don’t fact check…  Eh, tough to depend on much in anything shallower than 16.

Langston Galloway – Alexey Shved ended up sitting with a bad rib, so bring on The Harlem Renaissance!  19/7/5/1/0 with 2 treys, and has been more-or-less must-own in 4 of the past 5.  Like Thomas though, tough to trust, but we’ll bump it to anything shallower than 14.

Kemba Walker He kneeded to be healthy and he kneeded to produce for fantasy owners!  The knee indeed seems healthy, with a solid 29/2/2/0/1 on 11-24 FG (2-7 3PTM 5-5 FT).  But as I foretold…

Mo Williams – …seems to be your primary facilitator even off the bench for 15/6/5/1/0 with 3 treys and the 5 dimes leading the Bugs.  Eesh, Charlotte had only 11 team assists last night?!  Buzz’s girlfriend, woof!

Al Jefferson – Left early with a sore knee.  Big Al has been a Big Disappointment, that’s for sure.  His career is heading towards The Twilight Zone.

Nikola Mirotic No Minutes Mirotic getting the op!  Noah sat with General Sorness (commanded the troops to victory in WWII) opening up Miro for another 32 minutes of 28/8/2/0/1.  Another trey and 7-10 FT?!  Not great FT% this time, but dat volume doe!  I gotta slow my roll on using those…  Miro really is a PF Beard…  But he’ll be so hard to rank high next year with all dat depth doe!  Ugh, I did it again!

Zach LaVine Whoa, look at the Wolves winning a game!  And it was all LaVine, hitting two spot up triples late to bring them back in regulation.  27/3/4/0/0 with 5 treys and 8-10 FT.  But those ugly, ugly 7 TO.  When the Wolves can only play 7 guys, Flip is hard pressed for options!

Lorenzo Brown – Out of sheer necessity, the Wolves started a backcourt of LaVine and Brown with Kevin Martin out with hamstring issues.  The Kmart news came suddenly before tip last night, and the way the year has gone, it certainly wouldn’t be a shock if they shut him down.  Anyway, Brown for 10/7/6/2/0 and might get decent run down the stretch for deepers.

Trey Burke Labradoodle alert!  4-22 from the field including an atrocious final shot in regulation that went off the side of the backboard as a potential game-winner.  Seriously, Burke took the shot?!  I guess with no Gordon Hayward (shoulder), there isn’t much of a better shot creator, but sheesh.

Rudy Gobert I mean, camon, give him the defensive player of the year award already!  18/17/1/1/6.  That said, they did just lose to the Wolves…

Klay Thompson Returned from his kankle, and certainly showed the rust for 8/1/3/1/0 on 3-9 shooting with no treys in 18 minutes.  Hey, at least he was better than the no show Wizards!

 

Streamers/Cheap Daily League Picks:

Anthony Morrow (41% owned) – I know, I know, his ownership has gone up precipitously and he’s more widely owned than my usual streamer picks, but I’m hesitant on him as a must own even with Andre Roberson out 2-3 weeks with a kankle.  Yet this is a perfect matchup against the lowly Lakers for Morrow to get a lot of O.

Isaiah Canaan (15% owned) – Ya know, sometimes you have to have no logic, and for me tonight it’s that Canaan has been cold and I think he gets it going again tonight against the iffy D of the Kings PGs.  If you need treys or are looking for a contrarian daily play, I think Canaan could be a surprise.

 

I hope everyone had a solid showing in the first night of their semi-final playoff matchups, and we’ll catch you tomorrow Razzball Nation!

  1. Lasandro says:
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    Just dropped Miro in my shallow L for Kieff but don’t feel good about it. He was the obvious go-to even with Jimmy out there. Let’s see how their next game goes once Noah returns

    Meanwhile, for a good big man stream tonight do I go Zaza or Henson vs MIA? Think muppet man goes ham against the Miami B frontcourt? Or bogut vs POR (been playin good of late), T Rob vs SAC (revenge!!), Splitter vs DAL? Emphasis on O brds, with blks and %s

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Lasandro: Yeah great game, but yes no Noah. Concerning. Hmmmm Splitter is kinda interesting. Zaza doesn’t help % and Blk. Bogut plays a lot less in blowouts, and with all the Blazers hurt I don’t think they compete. Gimme Splitter!

    • Lasandro says:
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      @jb Gilpin: not gonna lie – fkn crushed that I didn’t pick up Zaza instead of splitter today haha! One of the best lines of the night for sure! Dang.

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Lasandro: Still shot only 6-11 with only one block, and Whiteside got hurt early, if I had known no Whiteside I def woulda gone Zaza

  2. patrick says:
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    You OK with dropping Bogdan for Caanon?

    i looked at the 76ers roster trying to find a streamer with their 4 games starting today and it was just sad.

    does DJ Augustin have any upside with Roberson going down?

    thanks man

    • patrick says:
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      @patrick: is there any opportunities with the Kevin Martin injury?

      my league allows 3 pick ups so i have to choose wisely… i usually like to save 1 or 2 for the weekend based on what cats i need

      • JB Gilpin

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        @patrick: Sure, yeah I’m good with that move. Nahhh, more time for Morrow, Westbrook and DJ isn’t a look they wanna run too too much, but they do at times roll together.

        Tough to say, I woulda said Neal but he hurt his ankle over the weekend. Who knows if Rubio plays and pushes either Brown or LaVine to the bench. I guess LaVine could play some SG kinda like he did last night, but not big on it – probably holding a move

  3. Scott says:
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    Mirotic has become one of the Bulls’ most important players, but he has made only three starts all year.

    “I like the role he’s in,” Thibodeau said. “I think that’s the best role for him right now.”

    So only a bench player, I guess. Does he still have value though?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scott: Problem is Noah was out, and Gibson is gonna play some too. He’s worth a wait and see approach, but I am worried

  4. Frank White says:
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    Sup JB.. I won the 1st round!! Who would u rather have for the week, Matt Barnes or Tony Allen?? I love Allen’s steals, boards n FG% but Barnes has them 3’s including a little of everything but depends on the day

    • Frank White says:
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      Or Marcus Morris??

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Frank White: Marcus Morris has been playing well… But Brandon Knight could return. Barnes indeed has been on a good roll… If 3s are a need, yeah I’ll go Barnes

        • Frank White says:
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          The omly thing is Barnes is hit or miss on steals and Allen kills it plus boards, FG% n a 3 maybe 1 a game.. If you look at their past week who would u pick all together in 9 CAT?

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Frank White: Yeah still Barnes, and I like Allen more than most, but Barnes hits the overall cats a little better for ya

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              Thnx Man!!!

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                JB Gilpin says:
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                @Frank White: Any time man!

  5. Dorian says:
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    Wee! I’ve made the playoffs due to Razzball again! Likely gonna get knocked out, but the playoffs are always luck based once you get there.

    Gotta love my team: Kemba Walker, Victor Oladipo, Elfrid Payton, Michael Carter-Williams, Danny Green, Manu Ginobili Draymond Green, Markieff Morris, Andre Drummond, Rudy Gobert and Jusuf Nurkic. Such delicious choices for keepers. Except Elf and Manu, not seriously considering them.

    Seriously Razzball, thanks again for the drafting help. You guys rock!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Dorian: Nice work man! Dude, I just had a dream last night the Magic released Elfrid Payton for some reason hah! No idea why that happened… Nice collection of young guys, dude Gobert has to be like a top 10-15 keeper at this point haha! Thanks man, we try!

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        @JB Gilpin:
        Or perhaps do a surprise trade in the off-season!

        Yeah, Elf isn’t exactly what I was expecting out of him either. The sad part is, if he had the shooting down, he would be like a no brainer for keeper, because he gets those stats easily.

        I just realized that Rudy Gobert is 57th in my league this season based on average stats. Wow. I was thinking he was a cuff guy, but that’s as insane as Draymond and Green both being in the Top 25 (20 and 21 respectively).

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          @Dorian: After all the fireworks on the deadline this year, I wouldn’t be shocked at anything anymore!

          Wow, yeah can you tinker it to look at his average stats since the trade deadline? I imagine he’s close to top 10

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              @JB Gilpin:
              l @JB Gilpin:
              If you by total stats for the season Rudy Gobert actually makes 38th. And was 13th over the last 30. Both Greens are 12th (Dray) and 13th (Danny) on the season, so uh… Remind me again why I was saying this was hard?

              It would be nuts of me to let go 3 Top 15 players. NUTS.

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                @Dorian: Damnnnnnn, yeah, I think the Danny Green one would be close since he’s a metrics darling for hitting all the cats with such low TO, but that’s a real Sophie’s Choice

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          Yeah you have some insane keepers to choose from. But I agree keeping Elf would be way out of the question when you have guys like Gobert and Green on your team. But, I really don’t think Elfrid is that bad. The more I think about it, he really has been one of the best picks in the draft thus far. Shooting and TO is obviously the issue, but he’s already shooting better than Rondo at this point in his career!

          And it’s funny you mention that JB. I had a dream that the Celtics released Marcus Smart after he got imprisoned for assaulting another player’s man zone.

  6. Clos says:
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    Jb whatsup man so I picked up Isiah for covington on Sunday them dropped Isiah for nurkic yesterday now I want him back since he’s going to play now lol.. Only got two more drops that I can do this week.. Would you do nurkic, Knight, Kieff, ish or jack for Isaiah? Tough to drop jack and ish because of the playoff schedule.. What do you think?

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      @Clos: Hah, ummmm yeah Jack is closest I think, and if you need 3s, Canaan is def an add over Jack. D-Will is playing well lowering Jack’s minutes too, and they’re giving Bogdanovic all the SG he can handle so Jack isn’t do much there

  7. Hamtime says:
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    Down to 2 moves left for the season.

    1. Drop lavine and add rubio, smoove, olynyk? Or hold Lavine?
    2. Dropped marcus morris for tyreke. Pls play!!
    3. Crowder or Schroeder? Covington available. Thanks!

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      @Hamtime: 1. Ehhhh I’d hold LaVine, don’t feel good enough to use a move. 2. Let’s do this Reke! 3. Crowder, unless a dire AST need then going Schroder. Ugh, love Covington tonight since no J-Rich, but with only 2 moves left, I think you gotta hold Crowder.

      Any time!

  8. Blint says:
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    hey JB ,

    should I drop Tobias in a keeper league? I can keep him at round 8 value next year. Already have Rubio and Ibaka injured this week and I can’t drop them 🙁

    I can pick up Marcus Morris, Thomas Robinson , Henson, Patterson, Bargnani , Diaw , Luc Moute, Ajinca

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Blint: Hmmmm round 8 seems about right, maybe he’ll end up 6th or 7th. Depends on where he goes, might go to the Knicks.

      Bargs is prob the best add for the points, I think if it’s a swing cat in H2H matchup this week I’d do it.

      ANy time!

  9. Hamtime says:
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    1. Dwight looking like he will play wed. Worth an add for lavine? Covington?

    2. Drop Batum for dwight?

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      @Hamtime: 1. Nah, especially not losing Covington for tonight. 2. Prob wouldn’t don’t like Dwight’s minutes limits and DNP back-to-backs, just gotta hope Batum’s back heals up after tonight. So many backs in that sentence!

  10. dom says:
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    Which of these guys should I sit if scoring is all that matters: Waiters, MCW, Ilysavoa, or Whiteside. Thanks!

    • dom says:
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      @dom: only have room for 3 of them

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @dom: Ohhhhh that’s a toughie. I think I’m leaving out Waiters, concern of an utter blowout and OKC plays all bench fodder.

        • dom says:
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          @JB Gilpin: thanks, dropped Waiters for Gallinari, who I actually already just had for his 40 pt game. Streaming is crazy right now! Is gallinari going to be rested down the stretch? He seems like a 20+ point ceiling guy which I need

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            @dom: Whoa sick! Yeah def want Gallo, nice having him for that explosion! Unfortunately, I do imagine a few more DNPs coming his way, but I imagine the 1 or 2 DNPs would be on heavy schedule nights so you can get around it

  11. Ryan says:
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    Canaan as sleeper play tonight? Au contraire, mon frère! Les Rois have been pretty awful but Canaan has been too.. Idk, we’ll see. Grabbed Smith in one of my leagues. I think he’ll be in for a big game tonight.

    PS I’m starting to take up French because of the great Stifle Tower. Maybe learning the language will increase my chances of landing him in my drafts next year? You’re goddam right I’m superstitious. I will be performing a rain dance to make Sweet Lou’s shots fall tonight and séance later on in hopes of awakening the ghost of Dirk Nowitzki.

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan: Hah, well yes I like Ish more but think he’s a little bit more of a hold than a streamer. I like him a bit more than Slim does which we talked on the Pod today.

      Hahahahaha, let’s hope it helps! Maybe make your league’s website all in french to try and swindle some draft settings. Awaken that Dirk ghost, hope he makes more than just deuxs!

      • Ryan says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah I’d be holding Ish fo sho if I had him in my 14er, but this is for a dead 10er that I took over a couple months ago. Somehow managed to right the ship into the playoffs, but probly going to be bounced this round unless I get really lucky. The Dirk séance doesn’t appear to be working thus far. Maybe I did it wrong? I’ll watch a show about paranormal activity on the “Science” channel for reference.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Ryan: Haha I think you need to get the ghost hunters on the case! It’s been a dark house with nothing really in it for Dirk indeed haha

  12. Mike says:
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    Would you drop PBev for Lavine?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: Yup just saw PBev probably out a while with the wrist, gimme LaVine

  13. yung professional says:
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    JB! How do you feel about Ginobli tonight? I know he’ll probably rest tomorrow, but that’s OK because I got a full roster as it is for tomorrow night.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @yung professional: Ehhhhh, I doubt he gets major run. I think I’d gamble on some other streamers out there

  14. Dungeons and Dragics says:
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    JB,

    12 team H2H, second week of playoffs. Isaiah Thomas is on the wire–who’s the drop?

    Clarkson
    Shved
    KCP
    Knight
    Tobias Harris
    Jordan Hill
    Nurkic

  15. Hamtime says:
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    F!!! Monroe not playing!!! Drop for Smoove, dwight, Olynyk? Need production. Just terrible

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Hamtime: Uggghhhh yeah I saw. Brutal. Ugh yeah not a fan of any of them really, I think I’d have to go Smoove of the high-TO big bunch haha

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