What You Need To Know About The New Dumb – #NBA Tuesday

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It was last year, February 7th, that we lost Dean Smith.  So, I thought I would share again our thoughts on a great man.  A man that we seem to really be missing right now in life and basketball – from the New Dumb in politics, to the New Dumb in Sacramento and the New Dumb of rewarding horrible free-throw shooters.  Maybe we can steel ourselves to collectively improve our standing and follow Dean’s example.

A Lion Never Roars After a Kill…

The American Dream is a national ethos, it is a set of ideals that include the pursuit of happiness, life and liberty.  It is said that life should be better, richer and fuller for everyone with the opportunity for each according to ability or achievement, regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.

If life is a dream, as some suggest, intertwined with beauty and desperation, then could the passing of Dean Smith be a curtain call on the deeply held beliefs of what the American Dream means to some of us?  In no way am I saying that it is dead or dying, but you would have to concede that it is not the same as it was 50 years ago – hell not even 10 or 15 years ago, and maybe 9/11 changed all of that.  But the passing of Dean Smith might represent more than just an Old Lion – he may just symbolize what we might have lost.  Or maybe he reminds us, of all that is good within and to pursue what makes us happiest……

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver has come around on the so-called “hack-a-Shaq” strategy of intentionally fouling poor free-throw shooters away from the ball, and plans to make rule changes to eliminate this as a strategic tactic once the current season is finished.

Read: Kobe joins LeBron, says ‘hack-a-Shaq’ rules should remain unchanged | FOX Sports

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Ex-NBA bad boy hits up his former coach Phil Jackson on Twitter after New York fires Derek Fisher

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is a man of many interests. He’s dabbled in acting, flirted with professional wrestling and dipped his toe in the waters of freelance international diplomacy, famously becoming BFFs with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

Is a return to his basketball roots next?

Read: Dennis Rodman to Phil Jackson, New York Knicks after Derek Fisher fired: “I can coach” – CBS News

4.

The messy marriage between George Karl and the Sacramento Kings looks to be coming to an end.

Fifth on the NBA’s all-time coaching wins list, Karl was hired midway through last season with the stated purpose of giving the long-awful Kings some stability, or at least some watchability. But Karl almost immediately began squabbling with Sacramento owner Vivek Ranadive over DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings’ lone standout. Karl wanted to trade him, Ranadive said no, and it got to the point where Cousins was cursing out Karl in the locker room after games, leading to team meetings and hand-wringing and other signs of a team in disarray. Oh, and there’s a 21-31 record after four straight losses, with the Kings giving up at least 120 points in their last three (they gave up 128 points on Friday to the Nets, owners of one of the league’s worst offenses).

And now this: Point guard Rajon Rondo said Monday that only “three or four guys” show up to the team’s optional shootarounds.

Read: The Kings are a mess, and reportedly will fire George Karl soon – The Washington Post

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James’s first triple-double of the season is an odd one

LeBron James scored 21 points to go along with 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the Cavaliers’ win over the Kings on Monday. But despite his triple-double, James did not lead Cleveland on Monday in points, rebounds or assists. Kyrie Irving led the team with 32 points and 12 assists and Iman Shumpert grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds. It’s the first triple-double in which a player did not lead his team in any of the categories in which he reached double digits since Penny Hardaway had one of those for Phoenix in 2001.

It’s the 36th time that James has scored 20 points in a regular-season triple-double, by far the highest total among active players. In fact, LeBron has done that as often as the active players with the two next-highest totals combined (Russell Westbrook 19, Kobe Bryant 17).

nullAnother 15-assist game for Rondo

Rajon Rondo has had at least 15 assists in each of his last three games, including 16 in the Kings’ loss to the Cavaliers on Monday. Rondo has tied his longest streak of 15-assist games as a professional, which he’s done four other times since the start of the 2010-11 season. The only other NBA player with even one such streak over the last six seasons is Steve Nash, who had a three-game stretch like that for Phoenix in December 2010.

nullJohnson nails long three-pointer to defeat Nuggets

Joe Johnson‘s 27-foot three-pointer turned a deficit into a win as time expired in Brooklyn’s win over Denver on Monday. That’s the longest behind-to-ahead buzzer-beater in the NBA either this season or last season. The last one as long as Johnson’s was a 29-foot shot by Denver’s Randy Foye against the Clippers in February 2014.

nullKobe turns it on

Kobe Bryant made three three-pointers in a span of 72 seconds in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ loss in Indianapolis on Monday. It’s the first time in just over 10 years that Bryant hit three three-pointers in such a short span in the fourth quarter or later; he made three in 72 seconds as part of a 50-point game against the Clippers on January 7, 2006.

nullDurant overcomes slow start

Kevin Durant scored 25 points in the second half of Oklahoma City’s win in Phoenix on Monday, for his second-highest total in a half this season. Durant scored 27 points in the second half against Utah on December 13.

nullCrawford has found fountain of youth

Jamal Crawford scored 23 points, tying J.J. Redick for the team high in the Clippers’ overtime win in Philadelphia on Monday. Crawford, who turns 36 years old in March, is the oldest NBA player to score 20 or more points in five straight games since Kobe Bryant did so in the fall of 2014. The only other Clippers player to have such a streak after his 35th birthday was Sam Cassell, with a six-game streak in January 2006.

Head coach Fisher sacked by Knicks

Derek Fisher was dismissed as head coach of the Knicks on Monday after a season-and-a half on the job. Fisher’s 40-96 record gave him the second-lowest winning percentage of any head coach in team history (.294). The only other coach of the Knicks with a win percentage below .300 was Larry Brown, who had a 23-59 record in 2005-06, his only season with the team (.280).

One factor in Fisher’s downfall was Carmelo Anthony‘s inability to stay healthy. Anthony missed 49 games during Fisher’s tenure and the Knicks won only seven of those contests, averaging 91.0 points per game.

Raptors a team-best 14-1 in last 15 games

The Raptors won in Detroit on Monday for their 14th win in their last 15 games. It’s the first time that Toronto has won 14 times in a 15-game span which leaves the Wizards, Magic, Timberwolves and Pelicans as the only current NBA teams that have never had a 14-1 or 15-0 stretch within one season.

nullVucevic takes over in OT

Nikola Vucevic led all players with 28 points, seven of which came in overtime, in Orlando’s win in Atlanta on Monday. That’s the most points that Vucevic has scored in any overtime period he’s played in the NBA.

Pelicans protect the ball

The Pelicans committed only four turnovers in their win in Minnesota on Monday, tying the lowest total in a regular-season game in team history, done previously in 2007. In the playoffs, New Orleans committed only three turnovers in a first round win over the Lakers in 2011.

Road teams go 3-0 in overtime

There were three overtime games in the NBA on Monday and all three were won by the road team-the Clippers in Philadelphia, Magic in Atlanta and Trail Blazers in Memphis. That ties the most overtime road wins on one day in NBA history, done five previous times, most recently on February 26, 2010.

Source: Elias Says: Sports Statistics – Stats from the Elias Sports Bureau

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DiRTy Plays – ThREesDay

March 26th, 2015
***No Games on FanDuel tonight so we have posted a list of new info for Draftkings on our daily DiRTy Plays just click here to be taken right there.

Shots Up

To recap Mega Slam Wednesday, it can be said in one word, Thriller!  There were 26 teams in action last night and there was no shortage of close games, game winning attempts, blowouts, playoffs implications and injuries.  It makes you wonder why we sit here on Thursday morning and there is only one game of action tonight.  For all of you avid NBA Fantasy players you get the day off today.  I don’t know about you but I was surely disappointed to find out that Milwaukee and Indiana is the only game I will get to see tonight.  Especially considering the games that went down last night.  We started off the night with the Bulls and Raptors and the Bulls showed why they are still in the hunt in the Eastern Conference and why the Raptors are looking at another first round exit.  raptors_fallingThe Raptors have been reeling of late and given the fact that Kyle Lowry can’t seem to stay on the court over a bruised back, it doesn’t surprise me that Raptors find themselves falling hard down the stretch.  The Bulls however are starting to get healthy and with Derrick Rose seemingly ready to return to action in two weeks, they are a team to look out for moving forward.  We quickly moved to the Miami Heat game and I fully expected them to tank that game given the fact that Dwayne Wade was (resting) and Whiteside had to get ten stitches in his hand the night before.  They unpredictably came out on fire and got huge contributions from Haslem and Dragic.  While they did let the game get close they were able to pull it out and remain on top of Boston, there was a moment with about three minutes left that I thought, are they going to lose on a buzzer beater again!  The Atlanta Hawks got back on track with a victory against the Magic last night.  For all you fantasy players, this was the game to watch.  If you had Millsap, Payton and Korver, then you kicked off the night with a great start.  If you added Carroll, Harris, Teague and Vucevic then you were sitting around 275 on Fan Duel with two guys to play. George Hill hit a shot late to secure victory over the Wizards, who just like the Raptors, are looking at falling into the playoffs.  What happened to this team that started out so hot?  The only thing I can tell you is I believe it all comes down to Gortat for the Wiz.  wizards_fallingI wrote an article three weeks ago, highlighting Gortat, where I was able to determine that if he plays 30 minutes in the game then the Wiz are 19 – 3. Unfortunately, it appears that they haven’t figured this out just yet and so he continues to play around 28 minutes and they continue to lose.  Some other thrilling games were the Nets against the Hornets and I can’t believe I am saying this, the Lakers versus the Timberwolves.  Brook Lopez continued his fantasy hot streak as he lit up the Hornets for 34 points and 10 rebounds, accumulating 54+ fantasy points for only the second time all year.  The Lakers pulled out an overtime victory against Minnesota and the star of the game was Chase Budinger.  If you follow our DiRTy Plays then you would have known, he was one of our key Sleepers last night and he did not disappoint.  What I took away from these games is that if Thad Young plays, Lopez is unstoppable, if Young misses time as he got injured last night, Lopez will be an over priced center for your daily lineup.  As for the Lakers and T-Wolves, what can you say, the T-Wolves give it all they have each night.  The Lakers are quietly tanking in hopes of top 3 draft pick this summer to make one last run with Kobe.  Nothing would please me more than to see the Lakers add Kevin Love this summer, get Randle back and add a strong small forward to the mix, who can shoot threes.  You keep Lin and Clarkson as your point guards and now the Lakers might compete for the 7th or 8th seed next year.  We finished the night with Rockets holding off a late surge by the Pelicans, 95 – 93.  What was crazy about this game was the fact that the Pelicans were up 16 early in the first half, only to relinquish it in the second half.  They were down 12 when Anthony Davis jumped up and stole a full court lob.  As he came down, he tapped shoulders with Cory Brewer and went to the ground.  I immediately thought to myself, there he goes again, he can’t stay on the court and will he be another tragedy of big men who can’t stay healthy.  He did return and almost lead a come back but clearly his shoulder is going to require surgery.  I welcome the thought of an NBA player, playing through the pain, attempting to make the playoffs.  We just don’t see that these days and instead we get a bunch of guys complaining about chartered flights, back to back games and an otherwise grueling schedule #INeedRest.  Don’t get me started on that again but thank you Anthony, you put a glimmer of hope back into my mind that not everyone is as soft as these guys are today. That said, I fully expect Davis to require surgery this summer and hope that he will be back at it next season because the Pelicans are not going to make the playoffs.  The last game was the Spurs and Thunder.  A marquee matchup, highlighted by ESPN, we got what the Thunder really are, HOPELESS!  They got blown off the court and no MVP that I can remember every took a beat down like that so good-bye to this notion that Westbrook deserves to be in the MVP race.  No one put Kevin Love in the MVP race last year, while he put up 26 points and 11 rebounds per game, every night. The reason for this is simple, they didn’t WIN and neither are the Thunder.  Good thing there is only 10 games left and they have a three game lead.

It’s On The Way

Let’s have a quick breakdown of the NBA playoff picture and highlight some key games coming up over the next few days.  In the East we have a crazy race to the 8th spot. It’s going to come down to who can win games against each other down the stretch.  EasternBoston, Indiana, Charlotte and Brooklyn will probably all finish 8 or 9 games under .500 and yet they will be rewarded with a first round playoff birth against the Atlanta Hawks.  Most might think that they would get blown off the court but come playoff time a team that I think can beat the Hawks is the Indiana Pacers. It appears that Paul George is going to return here shortly and if the Pacers can squeak in, while George gets game ready, they would be a team that has the ability to compete with the Hawks.  That said only one game separates these four teams, with the Heat and Bucks, only two and four games ahead.  If one of those teams hits a cold spell or catches the injury plague then we might get two of these bottom feeders in.  It does however, appear that we are going to get three teams under .500 to make the playoffs in the East and that makes me sick!

The Western Conference is an entirely different situation.  If you watch or listen to any sports radio or talk shows on ESPN, they are constantly talking about the WesternThunder and Warriors potential matchup.  I certainly hope that last night’s beat down of the Thunder will quiet these folks.  I don’t care how well Westbrook appears to be playing.  If you actually watch his games, like I do, then you would quickly see that he loses just as many games for his team as he wins.  Yes, he is playing lights out when you look at the stat sheet and for guys like me that are constantly after fantasy value, he is your guy.  If you want to win games in the West, you cannot afford to have a turnover machine and a guy that jacks up 15 foot jumpshots with a one on four break.  That team NEEDS Durant if they are going to have any shot and that has seemingly been shot down.  Look for the Suns to make a push down the stretch and squeak in this year and leave three All-Stars watching from home.  It’s not that I don’t like the Pelicans chances but as I continue to say, Davis is hurt, he is giving it everything he can but he is not enough. Tyreke Evans is not a point guard and until the Pelicans have one that can actually take the court.  I do believe that we will have ten, yes count them, ten teams that go over .500 in the West.


Teams like the Jazz, who have been playing very well during the back half of the season are going to finish a few games under .500 for the season with a bright future.  The talks of just taking the top sixteen teams to the NBA playoffs in the future is something that I embrace.  Embrace change and think outside of the box.  It is visionary people that lead our country, fortune 500 companies and I would like to think lead our major sports.  Do we really need to watch teams that can barely beat the Nuggets on a night in a night basis for a 7 game series?  I say NO!  Make this change while at the same time rewarding the team that makes the last spot in the draft with a top 5 lottery pick.  You reward the teams that want to win and take away from the teams that seemingly want ten centers on their team, Philadelphia.  I can’t even tell any of your players apart with the exception of Noel and Covington.  Noel is your big man and Covington should be your shooting guard.  The rest should be sent to the D-League along with your management team for building a team of centers in a league full of guards.

Score It

Let’s breakdown how we are doing in our daily NBA Fantasy leagues.  It has been a journey but after two months of full-time, NBA work, we are proud to produce a $2,840 profit on Fan Duel and almost $700 on DraftKingsWe have finalized our lineup analyzer, salary breakdown analysis and highlighted Must Haves, Sleepers and Notable players for each night.  While we do highlight some of these features, for one day only, I will be providing you the full breath of this offering tomorrow.  We get a return of 26 teams into action for a Friday night frenzy.  I will show you all the science and math it takes in order to truly be profitable on these sites, while providing you the end result you are after, winning. Come back tomorrow and check out my DiRTy Plays!

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  • Started with $100 deposit on January 16th, 2015.
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  • Profit for the week of March 23rd is a total of $223.50 as we have looked to increase our overall number of entries and entry fee contests to validate results on all levels of players.

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Day After Sediment

Tis the season…

what the day after feels like to the uninitiated

Still truckin’ and without sleep, I shall descend into the depths of slumber and await the visions of hours past cascading my cortex with rivulets of joy.  Then I’ll drive back home.  Consult with my attorney, because we may have a whole new set of issues to deal with…But on with the DiRT in your morning coffee…

Ball 1

The Yankees are sell outs…

Word is, the Yankees are retiring more numbers and placing more plaques in Monument Park.  Now the Yankees have a storied history and clearly have some that are deserving; but Pettite, Posada, Bernie Williams and Willie Randolph?  These are all-timers? Remember when retiring your number meant you died AND were great – or just all-time-generationally great?!  The Yankees might run out of numbers – because after they retire Jeter’s – and they will – no player can wear a single digit – the lowest number goes to 11.

I guess if your gonna sit thru this upcoming season, suffer thru the saga of A-(f)Rod; a few marketing ploys will take your mind off the C.H.U.D.S. on the field.


 

Ball 2

Kobe comes out in GQ…

that Finals patch is so looooong ago

Kobe says he has no more fuQs-2-give, and looking more and more like an A-hole.  Has he thought about which Montana cabin he’s gonna evacuate to when he retires?  Watching his post-basketball-career could be as much fun as A-(f)Rod’s.  You really have to feel bad for his wife, because if he says he doesn’t have any “real” friends, she’s gonna be spending a lot of time supervising Kobe’s roundtable, (#TeddyBearTeaParty).  Here are some excerpts about friendship – best of luck out there Mamba:

So how much are you willing to give up? Have you given up the possibility of having friends? Do you have any friends?

I have “like minds.” You know, I’ve been fortunate to play in Los Angeles, where there are a lot of people like me. Actors. Musicians. Businessmen. Obsessives. People who feel like God put them on earth to do whatever it is that they do. Now, do we have time to build great relationships? Do we have time to build great friendships? No. Do we have time to socialize and to hangout aimlessly? No. Do we want to do that? No.We want to work. I enjoy working.

So is this a choice? Are you actively choosing not to have friends?

Well, yes and no. I have friends. But being a “great friend” is something I will never be. I can be a good friend. But not a great friend. A great friend will call you every day and remember your birthday. I’ll get so wrapped up in my shit, I’ll never remember that stuff. And the people who are my friends understand this, and they’re usually the same way. You gravitate toward people who are like you. But the kind of relationships you see in movies—that’s impossible for me. I have good relationships with players around the league. LeBron and I will text every now and then. KG and I will text every now and then. But in terms of having one of those great, bonding friendships—that’s something I will probably never have. And it’s not some smug thing. It’s a weakness. It’s a weakness.


Ball 3

Melo has one less person to pass to and compete for shots…

Betrayed by bad knees and never withered from the pressure in New York, was let go and is expected to sign with Dallas soon and get a shot a ring.  Good for him.  New York knew what they were getting when they signed Stoudemire as a free-agent and when healthy, got solid play from Amar’e.  He’s better off getting out of that sinkhole, but does he have to be so cheezy?  Exhibit A:

Poem by: Amar’e Stoudemire

NY NY what a beautiful city

A place where you can hang out with Anna, JayZ & Diddy

Its a place absent of excuses and patience

If your smart, you can meet leaders of every nation

NY NY big city of dreams

Everything in NY isnt always what it seems

In the land where the jungle is concrete

The money flows Dow Jones and Wall Street

Home of #STATcity and the #KnickstapeOrginator,

Shalom to all my fans, Salute to all my haters.

Peace and Love

Amar’e Carsares Stoudemire Sr.

…word is he might have strained a tricep patting himself on the back…Is Dallas a front-runner now?


Strike 1

When I get back I’ll check the situation of the guy working on our NBA fantasy info.  When I left him, he had plenty of food and water and said he was close to solving it…


Ball 4 – take your base

Why?

Opening act before Skiing’s newest hip-hop star Super-G?

Marketing – not sure how, when or why somebody felt this was needed – but this is ‘Murka and who doesn’t want to see beautiful women representing their country.  Ok, but who are these women really that say they want to dance outside in snow-boots?  Could they not wear their Uggs at the strip club, make more money and remain warm?

They have names like, Dee, Ashlee, Phearri, Rockshanna, Pi, Ashley and Brassel – They have bios and life motto’s like: “Work Hard, Play Hard: it’s like YOLO but with a brain and accountability” – r u sure?  They have special talents like being able to touch their nose with their tongue and applying lipstick with their boobs – just like Molly Ringwald!  Sure they could run Zumba circles around any of us but think how much different it is to cheer at altitude.  Ashley told, Amanda Ruggerri (freelance journalist), : “The elevation is a huge challenge, for sure…Just to breathe, to get through a minute and a half routine, is one thing in Denver. It’s another thing when you get up to Beaver Creek. And then it’s a whoooole other thing when you put it in the snow, because you’re using all of your stabilization muscles.

“And your voice,” she adds. “In 20 seconds, you can be out of breath just cheering, and trying to get the crowd to cheer.” – *<gasp!> the horror (added for effect)

Clearly it means this is now serious business and we were just waiting for the iron will of a few ‘dancers’ to make it all happen.  Now if we can just do something about those outfits being a bit more spangly…