The Results 1/30/2014 + The Matchups 1/31/2014

The Derrick Rosie O’Donnells

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50 Shades of Aaron Gray

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Matchup Scoreboard

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ANALYSIS

After taking a dominant 8-0 lead in the wake of a busy Wednesday, my D-RODs relinquished their lead in one category (field goal percentage) on a light Thursday night. I’d probably still be on track for a clean sweep of Dan Favale’s squad if not for the combined 0-fer from Alex Len and Alonzo Gee, who missed all six of the shots they took.

Not that I have much about which to complain. Even with the inaccuracy of those bit players, my D-RODs sit less than seven-tenths of a percentage point behind 50 Shades in field goal percentage. It certainly could’ve been worse had Goran Dragic not exploded for 28 points on 11-of-21 from the field against the Indiana Pacers. Without Dragic, my D-RODs would’ve had but a single point (from Gee) with which to combat the tandem 29-point performances from Carmelo Anthony and Tim Hardaway Jr.

With any luck—of which I’ve admittedly had a significant share this week—my 7-1 advantage will hold firm into the weekend, if not extend to within smelling distance of a clean sweep…

The Derrick Rosie O’Donnells

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50 Shades of Aaron Gray

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ANALYSIS

Looks like I could be commemorating David Stern’s last official day as commissioner of the NBA with a fairly firm flattening of 50 Shades. The simple math advantage figures to flip to me on account of the injury-related absences of O.J. Mayo and Jeff Teague from Dan’s team.

My fivesome isn’t all that fearsome, what with Paul Pierce and Serge Ibaka doubling as the top contributors and all. But, next to Favale’s four-pack of Jimmer Fredette, J.J. Hickson, Marcus Thornton and J.J. Barea, I might as well be fielding the Western Conference All-Stars against a collection of D-League stragglers.

As much as I pity what could happen to 50 Shades after Friday’s eight games are through, I—as someone who’s spent most of the season toiling at the bottom of the standings—would tend to agree more with the sentiments of the Public News Team…

No mercy, indeed.

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