10 GAME QUE TONIGHT.  LET’S GET IT ON!

  • KNICKS VS (W) MAGIC: MAGIC get the win tonight against the Mitch-less Knickerbockers.  When Immanuel Quickley shoots 1 for 12 and Derrick Rose goes 1 for 10, it’s pretty hard to compete.  Al Faruk Aminu sighting!  First game since the bubble.  Welcome back, prince.

  • Julius Randle: All hail Ceasar! Julius Caesar continues to serve up an entree-sized portion of Ceasar Salad, replete with stinky anchovies *(turnovers) and thrilling croutons *(head down to the rim).  He’s a borderline All-Star.  His playmaking and 3PT have improved.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 7 3 5 3 11-19
  • R.J. Barrett: Decent line from a decent second-year beast.  He’s improved from 40% to 42 % FG% this year over last year.  Likewise, he has raised his scoring from 14.3 to 16.5, his assists are up from 2.6 last year to 3.1 this year, and his rebounds are up from 5.0 as a rookie to 6.2 RPG.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 7 1 1 1 3 1 5-11 4-5
  • Nikola Vucevic:  Senor stat stud had a well-rounded game.  Love the symmetry of the 16 and 16 line.  The 8 for 24 on field goals shows the overloaded workload Vuc is being asked to grind right now with so many Orlando injuries.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 16 5 1 2 8-24
  • Terrence Ross: Ross is the place to score counting stats (*and beard oil) at a discount.  Solid line from the Alba-T.Ross.  Lazer accuracy, as well as STOCKS, makes this a high flying line, and a big reason the Magic vested the Knicks.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 6 4 2 2 4 5 10-16 5-5
  • *(W) HAWKS VS CELTICS: Ice Trae’s 40 burger was enough to light up the Celtics for another loss.
  • Trae Young: This pretty line helps forgive the nasty eight turnovers.  Elite accuracy en masse.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
40 3 8 2 8 4 14-20 8-8

  • Clint Capela: Swiss Alps continues to thrive this year in full health and vibrance.  Running and jamming.  Repeat.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 13 1 1 9-13 4-8
  • Jayson Tatum: Tatum cooking taters and melting cheese sauce on your Chest.  Steammmmmmmy.  Great line for Tates after a few weeks of field goal percentage in the dog house. Nice to see an efficient line.  Give him a break, he had Covid-19 for crying out Rudy!
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
35 6 6 2 3 3 11-21 10-11
  • Jaylen Brown: The New Beard is robust and dynamic, as he slithers and delivers packaged mail in the Boston snow.  He should perhaps slither thither more toward the basket, as seven helpers and eight charity points are far better than the 6 for 20 chucking would indicate.  Chucked his way to the L.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 3 7 3 2 6-20 8-8
  • ROCKETS VS *(W) 76’ERS:  Well this game reeked of blowout prior to the opening tip.
  • Jae’Sean Tate: Great line from this undrafted rookie.  Rugged defender showcasing two-way game tonight in 33 minutes.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 6 4 3 1 1 7-11 4-6
  • John Wall: Fun fact: John had the biggest hands in his year’s NBA draft.  Expect him to do this every second game.  In other words, divide these stats by two.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 3 7 2 1 7 2 11-24 4-5
  • Tobias Harris: Efficiently gets his numbers most nights.  A key cog in this year’s machine that is Philly Ball.  When he’s day trading STOCKS, Harris is elite.  Great line with zero turnovers is sugar.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 15 5 1 2 1 8-17 7-8
  • Joel Embiid: Troel spins and wins most nights.  When he’s on the floor he is a force of nature.  There may be no human who can stop him.  Almost messed around tonight.  One more helper and he’s there.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
31 11 9 2 1 6 1 10-21 10-12
  • Seth Curry: Sneaky value continues on lines like tonight.  If you need 3PT and PTS, Seth can add value to your squad.  I love to see the six FTA as it shows he’s not sitting back on his laurels, but rather is driving and absorbing contact to help the Philly Funk keep rollin’.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 2 5 2 5 3 8-13 6-6

  • *(W) WIZARDS VS NUGGETS: The Mile High crew got duped by Beal and his savvy stutter step for the win.
  • Bradley Beal: America, welcome your new Association scoring leader *(32.8 PPG).  With the Beard platooned in Jersey, expect this BB to get the Scoring Title.  The 8 for 8 from the charity is how the elite keep winning, even on poor shooting nights, like tonight’s 8 for 20 and only 1 3PT.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 4 10 3 1 8-20 8-8
  • Davis Bertans: The Latvian Lazer lit the rim for a career-high scoring night.  His game is boring, but nights like this show his sneaky excellence.  Shooters this good will rebound from a slow start.  9 3PT on zero turnovers for the win.  Now is probably the end of the Buy-Low time for Davis.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
35 3 1 1 1 9 9-11 9-11

  • Nikola Jokic: Joker is merkin’ left and right, slaying up and down.  He does all this without leaving the ground.  Andre Miller anyone?? :). Excellence in action is Joker’s masterful skill.  Joker sits 6th in scoring, 8th in rebounds, 4th in assists, 4th in steals.  This maaaaay be the year he wins M.V.P.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
33 7 9 2 3 3 12-21 6-6

  • Jamal Murray: Blue Arrow was shooting for the moon tonight and hitting his marks.  He also is showing improved playmaking this year.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
35 9 6 1 1 1 5 13-25 4-5
  • *(W) PACERS VS TIMBERWOLVES: Overtime barn burner, with the nod to the Pacers.
  • Domontas Sabonis: Our first Triple-Double of the night!  Solid line from this repeat All-Star.  Monster line with virtually no flaws.  Note: Fourth in the Association in rebounds this year with 336 in 29 games.  Last night marked Domantas’ 3rd triple-double in his first 29 games.  Last year he needed 62 games to produce four triple-doubles.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
36 17 10 3 1 3 1 13-21 9-11
  • Malcolm Brogdon: Close to a Triple-Double. Great line from the skipper of the Pacer’s starting unit.  Brogdon can really hoop.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
32 9 7 1 1 5 6 12-22 2-2
  • Karl-Anthony Towns: Big Kat is back and dominating.  Expect his lungs to catch up and pounce.  Love to see the double-digit charity attempts.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 10 1 2 2 2 2 8-19 12-12
  • Malik Beasley: Got to say, I was reluctant to praise this kid.  He’s here, folks.  Get used to it.  Nights like this show his rangy 3 and D.  Most shot attempts in this offense *(25 FGA) show his alpha gunner role while D’Angelo Russell is sidelined.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
31 2 3 3 3 5 13-25 0-1

  • Naz Reid: “Ya’Heard?!”  Young Killa did his damage in a mere 18 minutes!!!!!  Go grab him if on your waivers.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 9 3 1 3 1 2 8-14 0-1
  • PISTONS VS *(W) BULLS:  Nailbiter won by Zack and them boys.  Grant and Zach fought with supporting casts.
  • Jerami Grant:  Going from a role player to a featured stud and maintaining efficiency is a marvel that only J.G. can comprehend.  I wonder if his college coach Jim Boeheim thought he had this level of Tiger in the tank?
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
43 2 1 3 4 15-25 9-9
  • Zach LaVine: Zach Nasty.  22 shot attempts.  The ball is his this year in Chi.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
37 5 5 3 5 4 14-22 5-7
  • *(W) BLAZERS VS PELICANS: Nailbiter won by the Blazers, due to another heroic Dame effort.

PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
43 4 16 1 1 4 7 14-28 8-8
  • Zion Williamson: Zion the Flyin’ Lion is undeniable on the high-wire.  His FG% seems ludacris.  It’s…….REAL.  Both his percentages show his virtuosity and practical “un-guardable-ness” going downhill at the rack.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
36 6 4 2 1 1 12-18 11-15

  • THUNDER VS *(W) GRIZZLIES: 
  • Darius Bazley: No STOCKS tonight.  Also, would be nice to see this rangy kid get to the line around 4x per night.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 7 2 2 4 7-14
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 3 6 1 2 6-14 8-8

  • Kyle Anderson.  Slo-Mo with most first-half steals *(5) since Tony Allen.  Love the 5-5-5 line.  Starting to have a banner year.  Grab him.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 5 5 5 1 1 2 7-11 4-6
  • Ja Morant: Second Triple-Double of the young season tonight for Ja.  Looking good ducking and tucking, wishing and dishing tonight.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 11 12 1 3 4-14 7-8
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 5 7 2 3 10-16 4-5

  • Jimmy Butler:  Already his 3rd Triple-Double of the year in 16 games for the adept and deadly Jimmy Bucket$.  Note: Jimmy needed 58 games to produce three triple-doubles last year.  Kudos to Kerr for keeping Jimmy off the line tonight.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 12 11 3 5 1 6-15
  • Andrew Wiggins: Wiggo getting wet.  Would love to see some STOCKS, as he’s been great in blocks this year.  Note: Wiggins sits at 12th in the Association in blocks this year with 38 blocks in 29 games.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 8 6 4 8-16 3-4
  • Stephen Curry: SC30 with another solid line to launch this team above their ceiling.  Rebounding may be his least appreciated skill.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 7 11 2 3 5 8-25 4-4
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 8 2 3 1 4 9-15 1-2
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 8 3 3 1 4 10-19 4-7
  • *(W) JAZZ VS CLIPPERS: Clips sat Kwahi, PG13 and Batum.  That said, the Jazz are the best team in the Association this year.
  • Rudy Gobert: Rudy Rudy Rudy, A Message to You!  20 and 20 night, as well as 7 for 8 from the charity.  Let’s Dance!

PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 20 1 1 1 8-12 7-8
  • Donovan Mitchell: Spider flies high for put-backs and defensive bounds.  In my last column, I complained about Donovan’s lack of STOCKS, so great to see him grab the bull by the balls tonight and get dirty.
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 7 7 4 1 3 2 9-22 4-6

  • Lou Williams: Sweet Lou aka 2GFs, is coming alive folks.  After a rough and tough first month, he has started to really click.  In his last five games, he has put up 16, 18, 30, 17, and 27 points.  As long as the Clippers two All-Stars are on the mend, expect Lou to ball x 2. 🙂
PTS REBS AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 6 6 2 5 1 6-18 3-4

 

  1. Juan Canasta says:
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    I need to drop Barnes in a 12-team, h2h, 9-cat keeper and could use a suggestion for replacement. Current team is: Lowry, LaMelo, Beal, J.Harris, Barnes, Thad, Jokic, Horford, Wood, Vala, Poetl.

    Options to replace Barnes are: Bey, Ingles, Lamb, McConnell, SlowMo, Tate, Trent. All can be kept next season at an 11th round price. My only concern is with SlowMo being in Memphis since I have Vala and Rona can take out a team for several games in a row, but lord he’s recovered from a bad January.

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  2. J-Man Grizzle

    J-Man Grizzle says:
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    Slow Mo has figured out his hitch in his jumper, so his upside is now unlocked as a top 80 player. I’d keep him.
    Second pick from your list, above is T.J. MCCONNELL–best passer in the league and ranked 2nd in steals on the year with a stellar 45 steals in 26 games!

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