What is going on out there?! Stupid Northern teams… I can’t remember Toronto ever canceling games because of snow!
Both Portland at Brooklyn and Sacramento at New York ended up getting postponed as this foreign concept of “snow” began “falling” from the sky. These New Yorkers have no idea what goes on outside of their bubble! Damn, we got snow, we got fires canceling games like in Mexico City last year… Game of Basketball: A Song of Ice and Fire. Well, of course there’s the game missed from all those players, but the blizzard that’s rolling in could cause another postponed game or two. Basketball all the sudden is as dependent on weather as those “other” sports… Once all of the inclement weather has blown over and all the games that need to be cancelled have been nixed, then we’ve got the big variable – rescheduling. And for H2H leagues, that could mean some big changes to the H2H playoff schedule. We already know Kings/Nets will be March 3rd, but Blazers/Nets will be April 6th, the first Monday of week 24 if your playoffs go that deep. Somehow both were scheduled right before and after the standard H2H playoffs! NBA schedule makers are fantasy players… But any further reschedules could become impactful if they happen March 16-April 5 (weeks 21-23). It will throw Slim’s incredibly awesome playoff breakdown for a loop! Seriously though, that shizz is gold… Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy basketball:
Anthony Davis – It’s just a little unfair… 12-19 FG (8-8 FT) 32/10/3/3/4 with no TO. It’s the fantasy basketball equivalent of a perfect game! Anyone who went with our #1 Brow is suckling the teet of the cash cow!
Tyreke Evans – It was a garbage game against the Sixers, yet still rolled up a dimebag. 6/2/12 in 28 minutes, and back to the PG numbers we’d expect while…
Eric Gordon – …is back to the awful numbers we’d expect. I guess 13/1/5 with 2 treys is fine, especially in 25 minutes, but meh.
Alexis Ajinca – For the love of junk time! Dude, I so was going to go with him as a stream option yesterday, but no lo tengo los huevos! Wait, I shoulda Google Translated that into French… 5/8/1/1/4 in 17 minutes, but only shot 2-8. Know your range, Napoleon!
Larry Drew II – Started for Michael Carter-Williams, and what’d I tell ya folks?! He’s awful. 32 minutes of 4/5/2/1/0 with 4 TO on 2-9 shooting. And against a team without a real PG either! MCW out with “illness” sounds more like “you’re gonna sit because you’ve been terrible” and he should be back soon.
K.J. McDaniels – When there’s no Tony Wroten, no MCW, and you’re starting Drew II, the obvious answer is the bring Killmenow Juice off the bench… Still played well for 16/4/1/3/2, hitting a trey on 5-8 FG and 5-6 FT in 28 minutes. That’s better than well! More minutes, puh-leaze.
Jerami Grant – Well after that 8 block redonkulousness, had two straight without swats, then 4 stuffs last night. It’s like a Grant-block dart board!
Kevin Durant – Sat with a bad toe/Thunder playing the Wolves. They better call the toe truck! Best/most original joke of the year award right there.
Reggie Jackson – Had a nice game, but non-KD aided. 14/2/2/3/0, and a last-ditch sell-high game for deeper leaguers.
Serge Ibaka – For the love of the boards! 13/19/0/2/2 on 6-13 FG with a trey. I could live with this kinda game, Serge! Hit that glass!
Steven Adams – Was questionable with a migraine, but brought the swats! 8/5/1/0/4. Some deeper-league usability, but with the bevy of big men emerging off the wire, Adams is an asset you can leave on the pine in 12ers.
Gorgui Dieng – Choo choo! Even with Nikola Pekovic starting next to him again, the Dieng Train has left the station! 6/18/2/1/3 and Pek-ing Duck’s usual awefulness hasn’t plagued Gorgui Appartus’ numbers.
Mo Williams – Was it some weird dream I had where this schlub scored 50 in a game this year? 1-10 FG for 4 points, and the rawest of them all Zach LaVine outplayed him. Mo is questionable for tonight with a hip issue apparently happening in this game at some point – the plight of the elderly…
Andrew Wiggins – This one isn’t raw, this one fully cooked baby! Weird, JB. Weird. 23/4/2/2/1 and even the impending return of Kevin Martin doesn’t scare me.
Tobias Harris – “You’d have to be some sort of she-hole to keep me on the bench!” Only 20 minutes off the bench for 8/2/0/1/0, as Aaron Gordon started and can start a sushi bar with LaVine. Dewayne Dedmon played 30 minutes! Had a double-double (10/10, bad 2-6 FT), but was due to Channing Frye was getting pushed around like the first 20 minutes of Waterboy, so Harris should go back to starting and play like the rest of Waterboy.
Zach Randolph – The beneficiary of said horrific Frye D. 24/10/6/1/1 in one of his more complete games since the early years. T-Dog fa life!
Mike Conley – Getting battered more than a chicken strip at Zaxby’s. Sprained his wrist last night and tried playing through it, ending up with an awful 5/1/0/1/0 line with 2 TO. No need to panic yet, but isn’t good news.
Beno Udrih – Played fantastic in Conley’s stead for 15/2/5/4/0 on 6-8 shooting. If Conley misses any time, use-y the Udrih!
Tayshaun Prince – What in the…?! He’s still in the NBA?! 19/2/5 on 7-10 shooting with a couple of treys in 30 shocking minutes. Ignore!
Evan Turner – He’s bad at basketball, see?!?!? 9/3/4/1/0 in only 21 minutes on 2-7 shooting with 2 TO. Ok, ok, so he hurt his thumb then came back in, but it sounds like something is funky and he might have something similar to LaMarcus Aldridge. X-rays were negative, but the legions of Marcus Smart fans might have the big break they’re waiting for.
Brandon Bass – Well, herrrreeee we go again. Bass for a very respectable 8/7/1/1/1 with no TO, but played only 25 minutes with Tyler Zeller coming in for 14/7/1/0/2 in 29 minutes. Even with Kelly Olynyk gone, we have yet another annoyance of a C split. Brad Stevens should do a split for doing this to us!
Gordon Hayward – Rainbow alert! 26/6/3/3/2 hitting 4 treys. I feel like he’s been a quiet solidity. Kinda like a good poop.
Enes Kanter – At least you know what you get! Forrest Gump would hate his brand of chocolates… 20/6/0/0/0 with 4 TO. Bleck.
Rudy Gobert – He’s like, “I have to sit for this shizz?!” Monsiuer Elbow for 8/10/2/0/3 hitting 4-4 FG in 26 solid minutes. The Jazz need more offense so they can unleash the Frenchman!
Dante Exum – He’s not the answer for offense… 0/1/2/0/0 missing both shots taken in 24 horrific minutes. The king of the raw rookies! -24 in +/- while the rest of the starters were positive. Yeah, as much as it pains me, I could see Trey Burke going back to the starting 5, even though his stats are emptier than a reality star’s soul (18/0/0/0/0 in 32 bench minutes).
Joe Ingles – Australians make for good thieves! 4 swipes, but otherwise wasn’t special for 2/4/5/4/0 on 1-6 FG and fouled out. StealNOF!
Matt Barnes – Rainbow alert times two! 18/3/2/2/2 and hit a couple of treys. Continuing to provide some reliability like the business he brings to his local tattoo parlor.
Jusuf Nurkic – There we go! A little better from Jamba Jus for 6/10/1/1/3, but you gotta hit your freebies! Missed both FT, but held his own against DeAndre Jordan, who played like a man beast this game.
Streamers/Cheap Daily League Picks:
Kevin Seraphin (1% owned) – Ballsy alert! Lots of alerts today… I have a weird feeling Seraphin gets some good run tonight in what should be a trouncing of the Lakers. John Wall might have 8 steals just off Jordan Clarkson.
Aaron Brooks (13% owned) – No startin’, no cry mon! 13+ points in 5 of the past 6 and multi-treys in 6 of the past 8 including 17 points and 4 treys last time out against the Heat on Sunday. The Bulls will need points to keep up with Golden State, plus they may end up sitting Derrick Rose if it gets out of hand… ThrAGNOF!
I hope everyone in the Northeast is staying safe and warm (and has power so they can read today’s post!) and we’ll see you tomorrow!