• This time of year is usually pretty slow for basketball news, making for some pretty dry “Daily Dish” pieces.  However, this summer we are lucky enough to have a Summer Olympics to help pass the offseason.  In addition, the NBA schedule for the 2016-2017 season was released on Thursday, providing for some exciting matchups to analyze and look forward to.

    Team USA came through against Australia, winning by ten after trailing for a majority of the game.  Carmelo Anthony had to carry the team and give USA the lead with less than eight minutes left in the game.  After scoring 31 points, Carmelo became the all-time leading Olympic scorer for the United States.  Australia has had some solid team through pool play, led by Patty Mills, Andrew Bogut and Matthew Dellavedova.

    I’m keeping the Olympic coverage light in this Dish, as one of our other writers is providing more in depth coverage on a regular basis on the site.

    The main news for this Dish is the release of the new season schedule.  Commissioner Adam Silver reduced the number of back-to-back sets this season, which will hopefully reduce player injuries.  As expected, the NBA made sure to highlight some key matchups to add for premium drama on the biggest days of the season.

    Opening night will take place on October 25th with a double-header on TNT.  Viewers will get to catch the defending champion Cavaliers versus the revamped Knicks in the first game.  The second game of the night will feature the top two teams in the western conference last season as the Warriors battle the Spurs.  Portland will also be hosting the Jazz that evening, but will not be featured in a primetime slot like the other two games.

    With some big name players changing teams in free agency this offseason, there will be added drama when these players face off against their old teams.  Dwyane Wade will return to Miami for the first time in early November.  Kevin Durant will face off against his old team in early November as well, but does not return to Oklahoma City until February.

    Christmas day is one of the biggest days of the NBA season each year and the matchups for the five games on the schedule this season are: Celtics @ Knicks, Warriors @ Cavaliers, Bulls @ Spurs, Timberwolves @ Thunder and Clippers @ Lakers.  The choice of matchups for this marquee day are very interesting and may be a sign of expectations by the league for certain teams this season.

    The Knicks have an opportunity to make some noise in the eastern conference with some big name free agent additions, but will really need to stars to align with all the injury liabilities on the roster.  It is no surprise to see the first finals rematch between the Warriors and Cavaliers on the biggest day of the season.  The game I think is the most intriguing is the Timberwolves @ Thunder matchup.  The Timberwolves are a team that I think could make some serious noise in the western conference playoff picture and the league seems to agree.

    In other big news, Lebron James has signed a three-year deal with the Cavaliers.  Many expected him to continue to ride short term contracts so he had the ability to control his NBA future, so this was an interesting twist to the offseason.

    That will sum up today’s Dish as we look forward to the season opener in a little more than a couple months.  Keep checking back to the site for news on Olympic updates in hopes of a successful run by Team USA.

Fantasy News

  • Ben Simmons - G/F - Philadelphia Sixers

    Ben Simmons scored 15 points with eight boards and eight assists in Saturday's 112-108 win against the Nets.

    Simmons took more of a back seat with Joel Embiid back, as expected. The Sixers ended up eeking out the win in this one and the Jared Dudley/Simmon feud got some more fuel under it. The Sixers are up 3-1, but this series has been incredibly entertaining from the start.

  • Blake Griffin - F - Detroit Pistons

    Blake Griffin (left knee soreness) is feeling "much, much better" according to coach Dwane Casey and is will go through warmups to determine his status for Saturday's game.

    Detroit has not been able to make the first two games of this series competitive and it would make sense for them to let him give it a go for the home crowd. Either way, the Bucks look to be in total control of this series.

    Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter

  • Spencer Dinwiddie - G - Brooklyn Nets

    Spencer Dinwiddie scored 18 points with four boards and one steal in Saturday's 112-108 loss to the Sixers.

    Dinwiddie continues to play well off the bench along with his fellow guards Caris LeVert and D'Angelo Russell. The Nets let this one slip away and will now have to win in Philly to keep their season alive.

  • Jarrett Allen - C - Brooklyn Nets

    Jarrett Allen scored 21 points with seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block in Saturday's Game 4 loss to the Sixers.

    Allen had a nice final stat line, but he was getting worked by Joel Embiid all game. He also had a costly turnover at the end of the game when Tobias Harris, Embiid and Ben Simmons trapped in on the block – Harris may have gotten away with a foul.

  • D'Angelo Russell - G - Brooklyn Nets

    D'Angelo Russell scored 21 points with six assists, seven boards, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers in Saturday's loss to the Sixers.

    Russell played well in this game outside of his 2-for-10 shooting on 2-pointers, and even hit a few clutch shots down the stretch. He continues to give the Sixers fits on offense, but the Nets came up just short in this one.

  • Caris LeVert - G - Brooklyn Nets

    Caris LeVert played 42 minutes in Saturday's Game 4 loss scoring 25 points with five rebounds, six assists, one setal and three 3-pointers.

    LeVert was expected to play more in this game after only logging 23.7 minutes per game over the first three. He once again looked healthy and commanded the game at times. After watching today's game you could not have guessed he suffered a gruesome injury earlier this season.

  • Joel Embiid - F/C - Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid was unstoppable in the Sixers' Game 4 win, posting 31 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and six blocks on Saturday.

    Jarrett Allen had absolutely no chance against a one-legged Embiid. He's clearly the best player on the floor in this series and the Nets will have to get creative in defending him, or hope for an injury, if they want any chance at coming down from a 3-1 deficit.

  • Tobias Harris - F - Philadelphia Sixers

    Tobias Harris tallied 24 points, eight boards, six dimes, one block and one steal in 43 minutes of work in Saturday's win against the Nets in Game 4.

    Harris seemed fairly quiet in this one but he still managed to come away with a great line, as he does sometimes. We'll see if he's tired for Game 5, but they will get an extra day of rest for travel.

  • Mike Scott - F - Philadelphia Sixers

    Mike Scott logged 27 minutes on Saturday and hit a go-ahead three with 19.7 seconds left in the game and the Sixers held the lead to take a 3-1 series lead.

    Scott also grabbed eight boards in this one and played a lot down the stretch with Jimmy Butler out due to ejection. The Sixers could not get past the four or six point mark for most of the game but finally closed the gap and took the lead towards the end. This game was surely the most exciting of the playoffs so far.

  • Jimmy Butler - G/F - Philadelphia Sixers

    Jimmy Butler was ejected in the third quarter of Game 4 for escalating a fight started by Jared Dudley, who was also ejected.

    Butler was protecting Joel Embiid after Dudley shoved Embiid following a foul on Jarrett Allen. Butler was 4-for-6 from the field with 11 points, four boards, four assists and two steals and the Sixers will certainly miss him as they try to come back against the Nets in this one.