With 3 critical Championship match-ups on the line last night, I did what any hardcore fantasy hoops aficionado would do… I watched Wrestlemania 27! Didn’t everyone? We are Give Me THE ROCK, after all, right?
Yeah, corny, I know. What are you gonna do about it, choke slam me?
Alas, it wasn’t written in the stars for me to win all of my championship matches. But that, as they say, is how the ball bounces.
And as you know all three of our Give Me The Rock leagues are now done. Patrick came in second in the Auction league, losing to team Ogre Tactics 3. I came in second in the GMTR Dynasty League, getting thrashed 1-8 by Rain Dogs. Nels’ team came in third. So that’s a cool two-of-three podium finish for the host bloggers. And last, but not the least, I bring home the bacon, laying the smacketh down in Give Me The Rock’s Standard, Head to Head Readers’ League; beating team Noy101 by seven to two. (Insert compulsory “Dikembe Mutombo, Not-in-my-House finger wag” image HERE).
Overall, I’d like to be the first to thank everyone who participated in our three leagues. It was one good and challenging fantasy basketball season you all shared with us, and for that we at GMTR are truly grateful. My sentiments are best summarized by my all-time favorite tag team’s tagline: “Oh What a Rush!”
In my third match for the week, GMTR (c/o Me) bows to Rotowire 4-5, losing down the wire by a margin of 11 points scored.
Line of the Night belonged to George Hill (1.91), who was like a hurricane as the Spurs eliminated the Suns from playoff contention and putting a tombstone on their hopes this season. The Spurs starters were non-existent, just like the Undertaker’s total losses in his 19 Wrestlemania appearances, so it was up to George and the rest of the bench to take Phoenix down for the count. George was the big boss man of the bench as he led all reserves with 29 points (4 threes, 10-16 from the field, 5-5 from the line) and 4 assists.
Andray Blatche (1.73) may not be known for his basketball IQ, but he’s a junkyard dog on the court when push comes to shove. And like leaping off the top rope with a flying elbow, Blatche pummeled the Bobcats into submission via his 25 points, 17 boards, and 3 steals. Yup, he was an animal on the glass!
Like a hot rod, Chauncey Billups (1.62) led the New York Knicks to its first playoff appearance in since 2004. Sharp as a razor’s edge, Mr. Big Shot crippled the Cavs, like he had them in a camel clutch. Old? Yeah, but this one’s still had some of that second wind left in him, rallying his team with 23 points (3 threes, 6-6 from the line), dishing 7 dimes, and getting 2 steals.
Josh Smith (1.41) was his usual Ultimate Warrior self as he valiantly fought off the Rockets in a backbreaking 109-114 loss. Even with the Hawks’ backs to the ropes, Smith’s 21 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals were not enough escape Houston’s relentless barrage of blows and buckets.
Paul “the Truth” Pierce (1.35) didn’t need a shamrock to get the Celtics to K.O. the hapless Pistons 101 to 90. He was in vintage form with 22 points (3 threes, 7-10 from the field), and 6 rebounds. Unfortunately for the Cs, Big Daddy Diesel hurt his achilles, but initial reports point to it as being minor. There was no big show in his short lived comeback from injury. He should be fine. He’s one tough Celtic warrior.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: While the Spurs recent bouts with injuries made them look like a series of natural disasters, Matt Bonner (1.47) was a shining light from the bench with 16 points (3 threes, 6-10 from the field), 11 rebounds, and 4 assists. He’s 7% owned and might just be of value in the last week of the regular season as it will take more than a new world order, or even a “Doomsday Device” to prevent Poppovich from resting Tim Duncan more and more down the stretch.
Pick Up Lines: Chuck Hayes (1.41) played the role of “big boss man” for the Rockets as he speared Atlanta in the gut with 19 points (8-9 from the field), and 12 rebounds, 3 steals (49% owned)
Kyle Weaver (1.35) was clearly not utilized by anyone as he is 0% owned in Yahoo. He did, however, surprise us all with 19 points (3 threes, 7-11 from the field) and 2 blocks. That performance was just a power bomb; impressive, but not likely going to happen again any time soon.
George Hill ended up getting our LOTN. Why? Well because Tony Parker (-0.61) sucked! Big time! He finished with 7 points, 5 rebounds, and 8 assists, while shooting 2-11 from the field. OMG! Those 11 points I needed to win my match against Rotowire SHOULD have been produced by Tony, and for that I have two words for him…. “Suck It!”
*If you can’t count the number of wrestling references in this post, then you’re one candy-assed jabroni! That’s IF you can smell what Give Me The Rock, was cooking!
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