• There were six games on the NBA slate on Sunday including a possible finals preview between the Cavs and the Rockets. With Iggy Pop playing in the background, here is Monday’s Daily Dish.

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    CELTICS 100, BULLS 80

    This one wasn’t even close as the Celtics jumped out to a 22-9 first quarter lead and held the Bulls to 26 first half points en route to their 42nd win of the season.

    THE GOOD

    Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 22 points on 9-of-14 from the field in only 24 minutes of action. Thomas added one rebound, two assists, four triples and three steals. He should be well rested for Boston’s next game which isn’t until Wednesday night when the Wolves come to town.

    Avery Bradley scored 17 points on 7-of-16 from the field in 26 minutes of action. Bradley added six rebounds, one assist, three steals, three triples and one block in the win. The bigger news from this one is that his minutes restriction was lifted, so expect Bradley to be full go as the fantasy playoffs loom.

    Al Horford played a team-high 32 minutes and shot an efficient 5-of-7 from the field for 12 points. Horford added seven rebounds, six assists, two triples, one steal and two blocks. As many leagues start their fantasy playoffs this coming week, Horford will be ready to rock during Boston’s three-game week.

    Robin Lopez was probably the only Bulls player with a decent line in this one. Lopez scored 13 points on 5-of-6 from the field to go with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in 25 minutes of action.

    THE BAD

    Jimmy Butler put up a stinker in this one scoring five points on 2-of-11 from the field. He did grab seven rebounds with three dimes and two steals, but overall owners will not be happy with this line.

    Dwayne Wade shot 4-of-11 from the field for eight points. He added three rebounds and two steals and with the Bulls season on a downward spiral Wade could be a shut down candidate if nagging injuries creep up on him.

    Jerian Grant started again at point guard but was once again invisible going scoreless with only two rebounds and one steal in nine minutes. He should not be owned anywhere right now.

    THE TAKEAWAY

    The Celtics improved to 42-25 and currently sit in third in the East (percentage points behind the Wizards for second). They are off until Wednesday when KAT and the Wolves come to town. The Bulls meanwhile dropped to 31-35 and fell to 10th in the East. They have now lost five in a row and are 1.5 games back of the Bucks for the final playoff spot. They head to Charlotte on Monday night to square off with Kemba and the Hornets.

    PACERS 102, HEAT 98

    The Heat have been the hottest team since the start of the calendar year, but PG13 was a tad hotter in this one.

    THE GOOD

    Paul George scored a game-high 28 points on 9-of-19 from the field with 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one triple in 37 minutes of action. PG13 has been great over the last two weeks averaging 24.3 PPG and flirting with top 15 value. He’ll be a strong play this week but the Pacers only play three times, so keep that in mindful of that.

    Thaddeus Young played a game-high 38 minutes and despite scoring only 13 points on 5-of-9 from the field owners have to be happy with the minutes played here as he seems to be over the wrist injury that cost him some games earlier this season.

    Hassan Whiteside posted a monster 26 point 21 rebound game. Whiteside shot 11-of-21 from the field but only added one block to his line. Nonetheless, owners will be ecstatic with this 20/20 line.

    Dion Waiters continued his strong play scoring 20 points on 8-of-18 from the field. He added eight rebounds, six assists and three triples in 36 minutes of action.

    THE BAD

    Myles Turner, C.J. Miles and Jeff Teague combined to shoot 11-of-33 in this one. They each scored 15, 8 and 12 respectively but will need to shoot better if they plan on having any shot against one of the top three teams in the East.

    Luke Babbitt started for the Heat but went scoreless in 11 minutes of action.

    Rodney McGruder played 19 minutes and scored four points to go with three rebounds and three assists.

    Josh Richardson shot 2-of-7 from the field but did add eight rebounds, three assists and one block in 37 minutes of action.

    THE TAKEAWAY

    The Pacers improved to 34-32 and currently sit in sixth in the East. They travel to New York on Tuesday to take on the Knicks. The Heat dropped to 32-35 and are 1 full game behind the Bucks for eighth in the East. They have three home games this week, beginning with a date vs Fire and Ice on Wednesday and the rest of the Pelican squad.

    NETS 120, KNICKS 112

    The battle of New York ended up going to the lesser ranked team, despite a furious comeback by the Knicks in this one.

    THE GOOD

    Brook Lopez returned from a one game absence and scored a team-high 25 points on 8-of-17 from the field. Lopez added six rebounds, six triples, two assists, one steal and one block in 29 minutes of action. As long as he’s healthy and in the lineup owners should roll with him.

    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson posted a strong game shooting 6-of-8 from the field for 14 points and 11 rebounds. He added one block and was in foul trouble in this one but he should see plenty of action down the stretch for the Nets.

    Trevor Booker played well in 25 minutes off the bench in this one scoring 14 points and adding nine rebounds. Booker started off the season strong but over the last two weeks he is only averaging top 140 value. His minutes could continue to trend downward as the youth movement takes over in Brooklyn.

    Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 27 points on 10-of-26 from the field. He added seven rebounds, three assists, one block and one triple.

    Kristaps Porzingis double-doubled in 34 minutes of action. He shot 7-of-16 from the field for 19 points and 10 rebounds. He added four assists, five blocks and two triples in the loss. Oh and if you look below, there was also this disgusting rejection.

    Jeremy Lin scored 13 points but only shot 3-of-14 from the field. He added four rebounds, five assists and one steal but we expected more from a revenge game.

    Randy Foye started but only scored two points in 12 minutes of action.

    Kyle O’Quinn only played six minutes of action off the bench in this one. O’Quinn had some really nice games this season but with Guillermo Hernangomez starting now he has taken a back seat.

    THE TAKEAWAY

    The Nets improved to 12-53 on the season and have actually played well over the last week beating the Grizzlies on the road and playing the Hawks and Mavs tough on the road as well. They host Russell Westbrook and the Thunder on Tuesday night. The Knicks dropped to 26-41 falling 7.0 games out of the final playoff spot in the East. They host the Pacers on Tuesday night at MSG.

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