The Trade Proposal Verdict + The Results, 12/10/2013 + The Matchups, 12/11/2013

Terrence Ross | Toronto Raptors

Terrence Ross | Toronto Raptors (Photo credit: Basketball Schedule)

Before I delve into the specifics of the tilt between the Derrick Rosie O’Donnells and the Chicken Bargnani Heroes, I’d first like to thank all of you who participated in the poll to help influence what I should to about the trade proposal I recently received from fellow Bleacher Report scribe Adam Fromal. The overwhelming majority of you—46 out of 59, nearly 78 percent (!!)—suggested that I not swap Terrence Ross for Shaun Livingston.

Of those 46, 35 said I should decline the trade outright. While I respect the opinion of the majority, I ultimately went with the 11 of you who thought I should allow the proposal to expire. The Lazy Man’s goal is to put as little effort as possible into the management of this here fantasy team, and simply doing nothing in the face of this proposal fits best with that stated goal.

Speaking of the consequences of inactivity…

The Derrick Rosie O’Donnells

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Chicken Bargnani Heroes

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Matchup Scoreboard

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ANALYSIS

Good news: my D-RODs are even on the cards, with burgeoning leads in points (thanks to Goran Dragic‘s 31 against the Los Angeles Lakers), field goal percentage and free throw percentage (Dragic went 11-for-11 at the line for the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday). Terrence Ross played a whopping 38 minutes in Rudy Gay’s place for the Toronto Raptors, tallying 14 points on a Rudy-like 4-of-13 from the field.

Bad news: my night could’ve been even better if I’d have paid closer attention to the news coming across the wire. Little did I know that Paul Pierce was making his triumphant return for the Brooklyn Nets, albeit off the bench, against the Boston Celtics. Pierce didn’t exactly torment his old squad.

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But those numbers would’ve come in handy for my D-RODs had they not been left to rot on IR. Now, I’ll have to move forward with a 10-rebound deficit instead of a three-rebound one, a five-assist hole instead one that’s just two assists deep, and a draw in steals as opposed to a one-theft lead.

To be sure, these aren’t insurmountable shortfalls by any means. If my D-RODs are good enough to win, they’ll overcome them.

But, as I’ve learned in weeks past, even the smallest slip-ups can have lasting consequences in Fantasy Land.

Let’s hope that isn’t the case tonight…

The Derrick Rosie O’Donnells

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Chicken Bargnani Heroes

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ANALYSIS

Simple math: I either have the advantage (5-4) or am tied with Jon Wasserman (4-4) on the evening’s player tally, depending on whether or not Joakim Noah plays for the Chicago Bulls against the New York Knicks. He sat out Tuesday’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks with a thigh injury, though he could play through the setback in the Big Apple tonight. Either way, he’ll be with the team at Madison Square Garden (per ESPNChicago.com’s Nick Friedell).

Noah aside, my odds for the evening aren’t terrible, though they could certainly be better. Serge Ibaka should have some success against the Memphis Grizzlies’ banged-up front line, while Jameer Nelson figures to have his hands full with Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Bobcats’ third-ranked defense.

Boris Diaw should get some run against the Milwaukee Bucks, as well, especially if the San Antonio Spurs take care of business early. And if Kris Humphries gets some run against the Los Angeles Clippers‘ short rotation of bigs, he’ll help to close the rebounding gap between my D-RODs and Wass’ Barg Sandies.

Stay tuned…

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