• So this is what it’s like to be a fantasy writer. Thank you @aaronbruski for the opportunity. Without further ado, let’s talk ball. Could the Warriors bounce back after their Saturday night loss to the Spurs? Would the Spurs suffer a letdown after keeping their home winning streak against the suddenly hot Hornets? Here’s the Tuesday morning Daily Dish.

    HORNETS 91, SPURS 88

    It didn’t take long to witness the evening’s first upset as the Hornets surprised the Spurs 91-88. After falling behind by 21 points in the first quarter, Charlotte stormed back to outscore San Antonio 84-60 over the final three quarters. On a night when Kemba Walker had one of his worst games of the year (2/11 for six points), Jeremy Lin stepped up in a major way.

    Linsanity produced a solid line of 29-7-2-1 on 11/18 shooting and 4/4 from the stripe. Courtney Lee also chipped in with 17 points on 8/13 from the field. With the win, the Hornets moved to 10 games above .500 and inched to within half a game of idle Miami for third; and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

    The Spurs on the other hand suffered only their 11th loss of the season. San Antonio was once again led by LaMarcus Aldridge who put up yet another double-double (18 points, 12 rebounds). Tim Duncan returned to the starting lineup and put up a good line with 16-10-2-2-4 in 30 minutes of action.

    Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard also scored in double-digits, but Danny Green continued his inconsistent season shooting 0/7 for two points. The Spurs have three more games this week, but have a back-to-back against the Grizzlies and Thunder on Friday and Saturday night, respectively. The “POP” alert is in full effect.

    PACERS 91, 76ERS 75

    There was no way the Pacers were going to lose this one. Indiana is currently fighting with the Bulls, Wizards and Pistons for one of two playoff spots available in the East. The Pacers’ starting five all scored in double-digits, led by Paul George with 15 points. All was not good with PG though, as he only shot 4/16 from the field. He salvaged his night with six rebounds, three assists, two steals and a perfect 6/6 from the line.

    Ian Mahinmi played 30 minutes and produced 12 points and 10 rebounds with an efficient 6/8 from the field. George Hill also produced a solid line of 12-4-4 with no turnovers and 6/8 from the field. The Pacers have three games remaining this week, and PG and company look safe to deploy as usual for those games.

    On the other hand, the miserable season continued for the shorthanded 76ers. With Jahlil Okafor and Robert Covington both out the 76ers relied on Hollis Thompson and Isaiah Canaan to produce. Thompson played 32 minutes and shot 6/13 for 15 points and added six rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Meanwhile, Canaan played 30 minutes and shot 6/14 (3/7 from downtown) for 15 points, four rebounds and nothing else. Ish Smith shot a horrible 2/15 from the field and finished this game with a line of 4-9-4-3 with one turnover. Rumor has it that Covington could be back for Wednesday’s game, but when you score less than 76 points, there may not be anything to save you.

    CAVS 124, NUGGETS 91

    There was no surprise here as the Cavs took a page out of BTO’s book and took care of business. A usual, LeBron James led the way with his second triple-double of the season. LBJ posted a line of 33-11-11 while shooting 12/19 from the field and 8/11 from the stripe. No other Cavs player surpassed 30 minutes of playing time tonight.

    J.R. Smith scored 15 points with four rebounds and five assists, while Channing Frye made another spot start for the injured Kevin Love (back) and scored 14 points with another 3 made from the land beyond. With upcoming back-to-back games this week against the Bucks and Nets, coach Tyronn Lue may prioritize resting his starters as opposed to playing for top seed.

    The Nuggets were coming off a big road victory in Charlotte on Saturday and everyone except Will Barton showed up for this one. Barton scored 27 points on 9/12 shooting with four rebounds, two steals and 5/6 from the charity stripe. Gary Harris and Nikola Jokic also scored in double-figures with 11 points apiece. The one interesting tidbit to take away from this game was that Jusuf Nurkic started the second half and had a line of 11-7-3-1-3 in 25 minutes of action. If Nurkic proves that he can stay healthy to end the season, he may be worthy of a pickup in standard leagues. Up next for the Nuggets is a date with the lowly 76ers at home on Wednesday night.

Fantasy News

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    In a recent fan question session Bucks' GM Jon Horst hinted towards signing Giannis Antetokounmpo to a supermax extension when eligible.

    Horst mentioned that he cannot technically discuss an extension until he is eligible, but said Antetokounmpo will be a Buck for a long time. The Greek Freak will be eligible next summer and is all but sure to get a supermax extension.

    Source: Fox Sports Wisconsin on Twitter

  • Tacko Fall
    C, Boston Celtics

    Tacko Fall (mild knee sprain) is expected to miss one week after a collision in workouts.

    With training camp two weeks away, Fall should be ready to roll by then. He is currently on an Exhibit 10 contract, battling for the final roster spot with Javonte Green (partially guaranteed) and Kaiser Gates (Exhibit 10). Fall is an intriguing talent at 7'7" but is not expected to be fantasy relevant in his first season even if he does make the team with the Celtics already carrying four center eligible players on guaranteed contracts.

    Source: Jared Weiss on Twitter

  • Nicolas Batum
    SG, Charlotte Hornets

    According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, Nicolas Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist have been informed that, "The agenda is youth and development."

    The article adds that both players will have a chance to compete for minutes but the Hornets' top priority will be to develop their younger players which bodes well for Dwayne Bacon, Miles Bridges, Devonte Graham, P.J. Washington and Willy Hernangomez. Miles was already putting up near top-100 value to close the season at around 25 minutes per game while the rest of the players could all produce fantasy value if given the minutes so they should at least be put on the watch list to see how the preseason plays out.

    Source: Charlotte Observer

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    Bogdan Bogdanovic finished with 32 points on 10-of-17 shooting and drained seven triples as Serbia topped Czech Republic 90-81 to finish in 5th place.

    Bogdanovic also added four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block and was certainly one of the most impressive players in the tournament. Although he has the talent to be a successful full-time starter, the 27-year old will likely be relegated to a similar 25-27 minute, off-the-bench role he played last season with Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes and newly added Trevor Ariza also on the wings. Nikola Jokic also did his usual thing this game with seven points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. Boban Marjanovic and Nemanja Bejlica were not really involved in this one, playing only two and eight minutes, respectively.

    Source: FIBA

  • Donovan Mitchell
    SG, Utah Jazz

    Donovan Mitchell scored 16 points with 10 assists as US beat Poland 87-74 on Saturday to finish seventh place in the tournament.

    Mitchell was an efficient 5-of-6 from the field and 4-of-4 from downtown but the bigger story of course was USA's disappointing showing as this was only the second time that they finished outside the top-3 in the FIBA World Cup since 1978. Kemba Walker (neck), Jayson Tatum (ankle) and Marcus Smart (hand/quad/calf) all sat out the final game as they now have two weeks to rest before the start of training camp.

    Source: FIBA

  • Evan Fournier
    SF, Orlando Magic

    Evan Fournier scored 16 points to lead France in their semifinal loss to Argentina by the score of 80-66.

    This was a really poor showing all around in an elimination game by the French team. Fournier scored an inefficient 16 and was joined by Frank Ntilikina's 16 as two of just three French players in double figures.

  • Rudy Gobert
    C, Utah Jazz

    Rudy Gobert was invisible in France's loss to Argentina in the semifinals of the FIBA World Cup, scoring just three points and pulling down 11 rebounds in 29 minutes.

    This just wasn't enough from Gobert, who couldn't impose his will against a weaker Argentina squad on paper. Joining him in the "forgot there was a game" club was Nicolas Batum, who consistently finds a way to do nothing in heavy minutes. Batum's line in this one was a paltry three points (1-of-6 shooting), five boards, one assist and a block.

  • Patty Mills
    PG, San Antonio Spurs

    Patty Mills was the star for Australia, scoring 34 points and hitting four triples against Spain, but Australia fell in double overtime 95-88.

    Mills did as much as he could but he just didn't get enough help from his supporting cast. Joe Ingles couldn't find the basket and only had four points (to go along with 10 rebounds and seven assists). With that off night of shooting from Ingles, the Aussies needed someone like Matthew Dellavedova (six points) or Aron Baynes (six points) to step up.

  • Ricky Rubio
    PG, Phoenix Suns

    Ricky Rubio approached a triple-double in the semi-final win over Australia with 19 points, seven boards and 12 assists in 38 minutes.

    It was another big line for Rubio in the semis, who has been a stalwart for this Spanish run to the finals. He was inefficient from the field (6-of-19) but ran the offense well and should be a factor again in the final game.

  • Marc Gasol
    C, Toronto Raptors

    Marc Gasol carried Spain to the FIBA World Cup Final in a double-OT win over Australia, finishing with 33 points, six rebounds and four assists.

    Gasol had a great outing to lift Spain here and they should have a great shot at winning the title against Argentina. We'll see how this high workload summer affects him going into the new season.