• With Kyle Korver being traded to the Cavaliers, it looks as though trade season is starting early! Paul Millsap, we’ll be waiting for you #WeTheNorth. On a busy Friday night of NBA action, Hoop-Ball has got you covered! James Johnson is “Heating” up, Chris Paul takes over 10th place on all-time assists list, and the Warriors choke again. Week 11 is almost over so let’s hop right into Saturday’s Daily Dish! Also follow @HoopBallTweets for up to the minute updates or hit me up on Twitter (@NguyenTDanh) if you have any questions!

    Rockets 100, Magic 93

    Playing back-to-back games didn’t seem to slow the Rockets down at all as they come out with a W in Orlando. James Harden didn’t have his best game by any means, going 5-of-15 for 14 points, but still managed to rack up seven rebounds, 10 assists and one steal. Harden would have to be my MVP selection at this point and it’ll be interesting to see how far he can lead his team. Patrick Beverley (wrist) looked great, finishing tonight with 17 points (three treys), nine rebounds, three assists and three steals.

    Although Eric Gordon won’t be making the All-Star Game, he did rack up 17 points tonight (three treys), with three rebounds, four assists and one steal. He could end up leading the NBA in 3-pointers made and is also making a strong case for Sixth Man of the Year. Montrezl Harrell also added nine points, four rebounds, one steal and one block in the win.

    Aaron Gordon kept it going tonight with 18 points (two treys), six rebounds, a career-high seven assists and one steal. Patient owners are being rewarded now and if he’s on your waiver, go grab him. Serge Ibaka double-doubled with 16 points and 12 rebounds and this big-two category line is yet another great line to sell him with. D.J. Augustin had 19 points (four treys) off the bench but will need to do it again (and again) before we recommend anything. Evan Fournier (heel) coming off his injury had just 10 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Wizards 112, Timberwolves 105

    After a terrible start to the season the Wizards are now just one game away from .500. John Wall continues to lead his team, scoring 18 points with two rebounds 18 assists and two steals. The Eastern Conference Player of the Month for December will have to keep this up if they’re going to make the playoffs.

    His team responded tonight and we got contributions from the usual suspects. Otto Porter scored 17 points with six rebounds, one steal, two blocks and three treys, Marcin Gortat went for 19 & 10 with three blocks on 9-of-9 shooting, and Bradley Beal scored 22 points with five treys in the win. Also, Kelly Oubre is now off the stash list after another slow night with six points and one rebound.

    Andrew Wiggins exploded tonight with 41 points, one rebound, two assists and two steals. Usually if he goes off, Zach LaVine doesn’t and that theory held true tonight. LaVine had just eight points, five rebounds and three assists and the two don’t really fir with one another on the floor. Karl-Anthony Towns had his efficiency issues continue, hitting just 7-of-17 shots for 18 points to go along with 10 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block.

    Celtics 110, Sixers 106

    The Celtics managed to fend off the persistent Sixers tonight in a close game. Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas combined for 50 points tonight. Bradley scored 26 points (six treys) with nine rebounds, two assists and one steal while Thomas had 24 points, four rebounds, three assists and seven turnovers. Both are studs in terms of fantasy and reality. Al Horford chipped in with his double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds to go with four assists and two blocks.

    Marcus Smart continues his solid run with 14 points (two treys), two rebounds, eight assists, one steal and two blocks. If you’re desperate in a 12-team league, give him a look while he’s hot. Amir Johnson also put up a solid line with 13 points (two treys), five rebounds, three assists, one steal and four blocks. Give him a look if you need a big man.

    The Sixers are one of the most exciting teams to watch and I don’t care what anybody says. Joel Embiid heard “trust The Process” chants in Boston as he went off for 23 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. T.J McConnell scored nine points with four rebounds, a career-high 17 assists and two steals. He’s a must-start player any time period in which Sergio Rodriguez (ankle) is out.

    Robert Covington added six money counters with two 3-pointers, two steals and two blocks to go with his nine points, and Ersan Ilyasova hit four treys with two steals and two blocks to finish with 20 points, two boards and three assists. We also welcome back Nerlens Noel, who had 13 points with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks in his solid 25 minutes off the bench. I love Philly.

    Cavaliers 116, Nets 108

    The Cavs started off slow but eventually turned it on to beat the Nets tonight. LeBron James did his thing, scoring 36 points with nine rebounds, six assists and two steals. Kevin Love put up 17 points (four treys), 13 rebounds and two assists upon his return from illness. Kyrie Irving also returned to action tonight but was a bit rusty to start off the game. He did end up torching them with 32 points (three treys), three rebounds, four assists and two steals so the end result was the same. Owners should keep a close eye-out for rest days but besides that, enjoy the ride.

    Sean Kilpatrick couldn’t keep up with Irving tonight and finished with just four points, two rebounds and no other stats. Yuck. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (hip) continued to disappoint scoring just four points with four rebounds, one assists and two steals. He has failed to take off and there are other promising young players pushing for his fantasy value.

    There was some good news tonight for the Nets as Caris LeVert scored 19 points to go with four rebounds and five assists. Isaiah Whitehead also had 10 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and one steal and both players could be worth a lot more after the All-Star break. Bojan Bogdanovic finally made an appearance with 23 points, two rebounds, four assists and one steal. Our man Justin Hamilton looked like the Hamilton of old, scoring nine points (one trey) with six rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Knicks 116, Bucks 111

    The Knicks rallied back to earn the hard-fought victory over the Bucks tonight, snapping a six-game losing streak. Carmelo Anthony took over tonight, finishing with 26 points (four 3-pointers), six rebounds, 10 assists and one steal. Kristaps Porzingis returned from a three-game absence and put up 24 points, six rebounds and three blocks. He did end up fouling out of the game but he looked great throughout.

    Other than those two there wasn’t much going on elsewhere. Brandon Jennings played a season-low five minutes and belongs on the wire in standard leagues. Joakim Noah cooled off with just eight points and nine rebounds tonight. Derrick Rose shot poorly, hitting just 29% of his shots to finish with 12 points and eight assists. Lance Thomas did have his best game of the season with 10 points, two rebounds and a steal but that doesn’t really matter.

    Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker almost carried the Bucks to a victory but came up a bit short. Antetokounmpo had 25 points with six rebounds, two steals and five blocks while Parker had 25 points (four treys), five assists and four rebounds. Malcolm Brogdon slowed down with just 10 points, six rebounds and five assists. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him keep him job despite Matthew Dellavedova coming back soon. Greg Monroe also added 19 points with seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block, and remains a road block for one, John Henson.

    Clippers 106, Kings 98

    Chris Paul returned to action picked up right where he left off. The point god had 14 points, six rebounds, 12 assists and three steals tonight, moving passed Rod Strickland for 10th all time in NBA assists. Austin Rivers started on the wing and went bonkers tonight, scoring 24 points (four treys) with six rebounds and two assists. Although he’s too inconsistent to own, it’s nice seeing him prove he belongs. J.J. Redick did his usual thing with 19 points (five treys) while DeAndre Jordan chipped in 20 points with nine rebounds, one steal and one block.

    The Kings made a great comeback attempt in the fourth, but fell just short. DeMarcus Cousins got back to his old levels of production, finishing with 25 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks. Rudy Gay returned and put up a solid 18 points while grabbing seven boards. It’ll take him more time to get back to where he was before the injury but don’t be surprised if he gets some rest days soon. Ty Lawson got the start tonight and finished with 17 points, four rebounds, six assists and one steal, while Darren Collison ended with 20 points and five rebounds.

    Lakers 127, Heat 100

    The Lakers dismantled the Heat tonight and things aren’t looking so good in South Beach right about now. Lou Williams came off the bench and lead all players with 24 points (five treys), three assists and one rebound. Luol Deng returned from his bicep injury and had himself a nice game against his former team, scoring 19 points (three treys) to go with 14 rebounds and two assists. Tarik Black double-doubled with 10 points, 11 rebounds and a block, while Julius Randle also chipped in with 15 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in tonight’s win.

    Brandon Ingram played well tonight despite returning to the bench. He finished with 17 points, six rebounds and four assists and could be looking at some nice value post All-Star break. D’Angelo Russell had his fair share with 19 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals as well.

    It wasn’t looking good for the Heat all night long and Goran Dragic being ejected along with Jordan Clarkson for their little scuffle capped it all off. The Dragon finished his night with 16 points, three assists and three rebounds. James Johnson was hot during the game, and I mean his performance on the court, not the technical foul he got for sticking up for Dragic. Johnson scored 20 points (four treys) with five rebounds, two steals and one block. Hope you hopped on the train before it left the station. Willie Reed also did his best Hassan Whiteside impression with 22 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.

    Grizzlies 128, Warriors 119

    I don’t know what happened here or how the Grizzlies did it… but they did it. The Grizzlies overcame a 24-point deficit and won the game in overtime thanks to the heroics of Mike Conley. He hit the shot that sent the game into over and finished with 27 points (three treys), four rebounds, 12 assists and one steal. I still think they overpaid for him but no complaints tonight.

    Zach Randolph showed he still has plenty left in him by going off for 27 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Marc Gasol also helped dominate the paint with his 23 points, five rebounds and three assists tonight. I have to show my respects to Mr. First-Team All-Defense, Tony Allen. This man showed us why if you can defend, there will be a spot for you in the NBA. He had six steals tonight to go along with his 11 points, 12 rebounds and three assists.

    The Warriors must be stunned right now and they should be. Stephen Curry put up 40 points (five treys), with four rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block but no W. Kevin Durant added 27 points with 13 rebounds, four assists and three blocks, and Draymond Green scored 11 points with eight boards, four assists and three steals. Klay Thompson also chipped in 17 points with six boards in the loss.

    That’ll do it for Saturday’s dish. Thank you to all the readers and subscribers! Cheers! #HoopBall #WeTheNorth

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