The Results 2/3/2014 + The Matchups 2/4/2014

This week, my Derrick Rosie O’Donnells are up against Grant Hughes’ creatively named Team Hughes—one of the few squads with a worse record than mine. He doesn’t have many heavy-hitters left, due in large part to Al Horford’s season-ending injury, though a healthy Deron Williams, a happy J.R. Smith and a starting Isaiah Thomas can all be serious threats, as they were on Monday night…

The Derrick Rosie O’Donnells

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Team Hughes

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Matchup Scoreboard

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ANALYSIS

As I hinted earlier, D-Will, J.R. and Thomas all came out to play on Monday. They combined for a whopping 70 points (30 from Smith), which, not surprisingly, gave Team Hughes the upper hand in scoring.

Not that my D-RODs didn’t come to play. Paul Pierce, Serge Ibaka and Nene had solid evenings. Devin Harris came out of nowhere to score 16 points in just 19 minutes. If not for Joakim Noah’s profanity-laced ejection and Terrence Ross’ bouts with youthful inconsistency, my squad might be in better position right now.

Then again, my D-RODs aren’t exactly off to a poor start. They’re tied a 4-4, with eminently bridgeable gaps in points, assists, three-pointers and field goal percentage standing between them and victory over Team Hughes.

Let’s see if Wednesday will yield some significant change in that regard…

The Derrick Rosie O’Donnells

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Team Hughes

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ANALYSIS

A light evening of NBA action—there are just four games on the slate for Tuesday night—likely means there won’t be much movement on the scoreboard between now and Wednesday.

Or wouldn’t be, rather, if not for my D-RODs’ advantage in both simple math and skill. I’d expect the contributions of Goran Dragic and Joakim Noah to overwhelm those of Jordan Crawford, who’s averaged about six points and two assists in 15 minutes per game since joining the Golden State Warriors. Heck, I wouldn’t be entirely surprised if Alex Len’s contributions for the Phoenix Suns outweighed those of Crawford for the Dubs.

But that’s why they play the games, right? We’ll see soon enough.

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