• Welcome to the Dish! We’ve got a doozy of a 12 game schedule on our hands so we’re going to go rapid fire through these games and only hit the most important lines and topics. The biggest one which I’ll mention here at the top is that LaMarcus Aldridge is going to be out indefinitely with a minor heart arrhythmia. Aldridge has a history of heart issues dating back to his rookie season in Portland where he was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, an electrical abnormality that leads to rapid heartbeats and dizziness. It’s not going to heavily alter the landscape of fantasy as his production will be absorbed into the Spurs Borg-like hive mind but it’s going to radically alter the landscape of the NBA playoffs and could end up deciding the Western Conference representative for the finals. Goran Dragic got an elbow to the face but looks like he intends to play today for owners looking for info. That’s the most important top of the day news, so now we’ve got a ton more to dive into, on to the Dish!

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    Jazz 104 Thunder 112

    It was a bit of a rough game for the Jazz who were down by 14 points at the half and no starter scored double digits. Rudy Gobert (leg) was a late scratch for the game and Jeff Withey did vey little in his 22 minutes of action. Withey is capable of being a solid big man if he does play more consistent time. Derrick Favors (knee) did not play Saturday after three days rest and the uncertainty around his knee means he should be cut in redraft leagues at this point. Joe Johnson started for Favors and contributed virtually nothing in his 19 minutes on the court. Dante Exum came off the bench to play 26 minutes and he scored 22 points with an assist and one 3-pointer while hitting 7-of-9 from the free throw line, an encouraging performance from the young point guard. Alec Burks played 23 minutes off the bench and scored 21 points with seven rebounds, two assists, three 3-pointers and he went to the line to hit 8-of-9 free throws. No Jazz player had more than Joe Ingles three assists off the bench, so this was largely just a throw away game for fantasy.

    Russell Westbrook triple-doubled for 33 points, 11 rebounds, and 14 assists while adding two steals, two blocks, and three 3-pointers while going to the line to hit 12-of-13 freebies. He did shoot 9-of-26 from the field and have five turnovers but you’re used to that by this point. Victor Oladipo has been a much improved player his second half of the season and tonight he scored 22 points with four assists, a steal, and three 3-pointers on excellent efficiency. Enes Kanter played just 18 minutes off the bench but still produced 16 poiints iwth six rebounds and two blocks, he’s been the 110th best player in fantasy since his return and ought to end up being that number by 10-20 or more spots.

    Sixers 100 Clippers 112

    Dario Saric continues his late season push as he scored 16 points with five rebounds, two assists, and a block while adding two 3-pointers. He did struggle from the field making just 6-of-17 shots and committing four turnovers, but that’s the Sixer life. Robert Covington scored 13 points with six rebounds, three steals, and two 3-pointers and that’s basically and cold night for him at this point. Jahlil Okafor scored 14 points with four rebounds, four assists, and three steals while shooting 6-of-10 from the field and playing 21 minutes. It’s an encouraging sign for his knee and if he’s available he’s worth streaming, but I don’t know about committing to owning a guy not playing back-to-backs and limited minutes the rest of the season. Richaun Holmes should be owned as he played 27 minutes off the bench and scored 24 points with nine rebounds and two 3-pointers while going 10-of-14 from the field. He’s possibly a starting caliber center and he’s just always been in a bad situation.

    Chris Paul scored a season high 30 points while adding three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and his usual sterling efficiency. DeAndre Jordan scored 19 points on 6-of-7 shooting and 7-of-10 free throws while pulling in 20 boards and swatting three shots in a beastly performance. Blake Griffin scored 15 points with 10 rebounds, six assists, and three steals but shot just 5-of-12 from the field, including two missed 3-pointers. J.J. Redick scored 12 points with two assists, two steals, and two 3-pointers while Jamal Crawford played 31 minutes but was cold and scored his eight point son 2-of-13 field goals. Nothing to see here.

    Knicks 92 Pistons 112

    The Knicks kept it close-ish in this game until the fourth quarter where the Pistons outscored them 23 to 11. Kristaps Porzingis scored 18 points with six rebounds, four assists, three 3-pointers, and a whopping six blocks, though he did struggle with his shooting from the field and the line in this one. Willy Hernangomez scored 14 points with nine rebounds, three assists, and a steal but was a pretty big net negative on the defensive end tonight for the Knicks. Carmelo Anthony scored 13 points with four assists and only nine field goal attempts while Derrick Rose scored 11 points with two assists and four turnovers while hitting 5-of-12 field goals.

    Tobias Harris started at power forward and played 32 minutes on his way to scoring 28 points with seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks, and three 3-pointers. Marcus Morris scored 7 points with five boards, two assists and a block but was just a little off tonight. Andre Drummond scored 24 points with 15 rebounds, three steals, and a block while hitting 10-of-12 from the field while Reggie Jackson finally got it going as he scored 19 points with eight assists, a steal, and four 3-pointers while hitting 7-of-14 shots. I truly thought Ish Smith was going to overtake him but it looks like Jackson is going to manage to come back around a bit for an end of the season push. Just keep an eye on the situation and if you’re a Jackson owner proceed with caution.

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    Cavs 116 Magic 104

    It was a cruise control win for the Cavs. LeBron James triple doubled for 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 13 assists while adding a block and two 3-pointers to boot. Kyrie Irving scored 22 points with eight rebounds, seven assists, a steal and two 3-pointers while hitting 9-of-22 shots, he’s just been a much better fantasy player since Love has been out. Tristan Thompson scored 14 points with 13 rebounds though he did sabotage your free throws tonight by going 2-of-7 from the line. Deron Williams is getting good minutes as he played 25 tonight but only scored 10 points with four assists and a pair of 3-pointers. J.R. Smith is working his way back in and he scored 11 points with three 3-pointers and little other supporting stats, but that’s likely to be his profile the rest of the season.

    Nikola Vucevic scored 20 points with 16 rebounds and a block while hitting 9-of-20 shots for the Magic. Aaron Gordon scored 16 points with five rebounds and three assists but had no other defensive stats to his name on the night. Terrence Ross scored 11 points with four rebounds, an assist, and a steal, and while he looked spectacular in his first few games there he’s probably going to be something just a little better than this moving forward. Evan Fournier scored 15 points with a pair of steals and 3-pointers but added little else and Elfrid Payton scored just eight points on 4-of-16 shooting but did add 10 rebounds, six assists, and three steals.

    Pelicans 125 Hornets 122 OT

    This was a tight tight game and the Pelicans have Jordan Crawford to thank for the victory. Crawford played 27 minutes off the bench and scored 19 points with six assists and five 3-pointers, he’s worth at looking to add especially since he’s getting more run than any other two guard on the team. DeMarcus Cousins was benched late after scoring just 11 points with four boards and four assists while turning the ball over a ridiculous six times in just 25 minutes of player. It wasn’t his game and it’s some of what you have to eat for the Boogie experience. Anthony Davis scored 46 points with 21 rebounds, a block, and four 3-pointers while hitting 18-of-31 shots from the field, there are no words for how good he’s been. Jrue Holiday scored 15 points with 13 assists, three steals, a block and a 3-pointer while shooting 6-of-14 from the field, he’s continued to be a very good fantasy player after some initial adjustment to Cousins. Solomon Hill and Dante Cunningham managed to score 16  and 14 points respectively, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that were their best performances through the end of the season.

    Marvin Williams is absolutely killing it since Frank Kaminsky (shoulder) has been out of commission, and it looks like Kaminsky could be out for the entire season. Williams scored  27 points on 12-of-20 shooting with 10 rebounds, three assists, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers in a massive 39 minutes. Kemba Walker scored 24 points with eight rebounds, 12 assists, and four 3-pointers but hit just 9-of-24 shots, including 4-of-15 from beyond the arc. Nicolas Batum scored 24 points with six rebounds, eight assists, and four 3-pointers while shooting 9-of-21 from the field and he’s just been a rock solid fantasy asset this season.

    Raptors 89 Heat 104

    Corey Joseph was benched for Delon Wright during the game and Wright responded with 13 points, three assists, three rebounds, and three steals while shooting 5-of-8 from the field during his 25 minutes. Joseph has been a ninth round value, solid but unspectacular, and should continue to be so moving forward but keep an eye on Wright in case he surges. DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points with four rebounds, two assists, and a steal while shooting 5-of-16 from the field, he misses the presence of Kyle Lowry as does the entire Raptors team. Jonas Valanciunas double-doubled with 10 points and 10 boards in 21 minutes, but at this point he’s not even worth rostering due to his minutes. Serge Ibaka had a bad game as he scored nine points on 3-of-11 shooting with four rebounds, but he did manage three blocks.

    Goran Dragic played just 17 minutes in this game as he took a brutal elbow to the eye and had to exit, though it’s come out late that he’s traveling with the team and “intends to play” against Indiana on Sunday. He still managed to score 15 points with two assists in his limited time. Dion Waiters scored 20 points with five assists and four 3-pointers but did manage five turnovers and hit just 4-of-8 from the line. Even with how well he’s been playing he’s still just the 99th overall player in nine-cat due to his bad turnovers and even worse free throws. James Johnson scored 12 with five boards, five assists, a steal and two blocks while Tyler Johnson scored 16 points with three assists while coming off the bench. Hassan Whiteside scored 12 points with 14 rebounds and four blocks.

    Timberwolves 95 Bucks 102

    Karl Anthony-Towns scored 35 points with 14 rebounds, a steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers in an attempt to drag the rest of the Wolves to victory. Andrew Wiggins scored just 11 points on 3-of-13 shooting while adding four rebounds and a steal, his fantasy game is just flat out bad if he isn’t hitting shots. Ricky Rubio played fantastically as he scored 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting and added eight assists with two 3-pointers, but in the end it was just him and Towns playing well for the Wolves tonight. Nemanja Bjelica scored eight points on 4-of-8 shooting with five rebounds, three assists, and a block in 32 bench minutes, it’s worth noting that he’s improved but he’s still struggling to put up enough shots to make a fantasy impact.

    Giannis Antentokounmpo scored 18 points with four boards, seven assists, and two blocks in what can only be described as a “slow” night for Greek Freak. Khris Middleton scored 11 points with eight rebounds, four assists, and a steal but hit just 3-of-9 from the field for no 3-pointers. He’s been more or less himself though in any game he’s managed to play since his return. Thon Maker started but played just five minutes as Greg Monroe managed 33 minutes for 12 points with six boards and a steal. John Henson started the second half at center technically but only played 19 minutes overall as he scored 11 points with six boards and two blocks, so just calm yourself Henson-ites.

    Warriors 85 Spurs 107

    Both teams benched all their studs so this was a game of bench players and backups taking control. Ian Clark has shown significant flashes every time he’s given good time this season and tonight was no different. Clark played 33 minutes off the bench and scored 36 points with five rebounds and a steal with three 3-pointers on 15-of-21 shooting. He can clearly score the rock, but I’d be more interested in seeing how he fits in as a true off-ball player next to an elite point guard like Steph Curry. Matt Barnes scored 14 points with nine boards and five assists while Zaza Pachulia scored 11 points with 12 boards in two lines that were only relevant for daily fantasy purposes.

    The Spurs announced on Saturday that LaMarcus Aldridge will be out indefinitely with a heart issues. Heart problems were a problem for Aldridge as far back as his rookie season when he was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, an electrical abnormality that leads to rapid heartbeats and dizziness. It’s a tough blow for the Spurs and it’s going to be a lot of David Lee and some Davis Bertrans trying to fill the void he’ll leave. Lee Started at power forward and played 18 minutes on his way to scoring 12 points with six rebounds and two assists while Bertrans played 21 minutes off the bench for 13 points with three boards, two assists, a block and three 3-pointers. Patty Mills scored 21 points with two boards and four assists while Kyle Anderson scored 13 points with eight rebounds, six assists, and a block. Pau Gasol did play but came off the bench for just 20 minutes and scored 10 points with seven rebounds.

    Suns 100 Mavs 98

    Devin Booker scored another game winning shot and dropped 36 points with five rebounds, two assists, and two 3-pointers in the Suns narrow victory over the Mavs. T.J. Warren scored 16 points with eight rebounds and a block while shooting 6-of-10 from the field. He’s a good player and has been the 51st overall guy in nine-cat in the last month. He gets a trickle of defensive stats but his biggest advantage is incredibly strong field goal percentage on high volume scoring which is tough to find outside of the elite players in fantasy, especially at small forward. Eric Bledsoe scored 12 points on 4-of-16 shooting with six assists, a steal, a block, and a 3-pointer, he just had an off night but he’s been a beast for much of the season. Tyler Ulis played 28 minutes off the bench and scored eight points with five assists, a steal, and a block while hitting just 4-of-11 from the field. He’s been getting a lot of hype and I’m not sure why as he will only become truly relevant if Bledsoe is shutdown for some reason. Alen Len did not play in this game which let Marquese Chriss sneak a start at center, but he scored just five points with eight rebounds in 23 foul plagued minutes.

    Dirk Nowitzki manned the center spot for the Mavs and scored 23 points with 11 rebounds and his usual excellent efficiency from the field. Seth Curry had a bad game as he scored just three points with three assists and shot 1-of-8 from the field, but he’ll have much better nights. Harrison Barnes scored 23 points on 5-of-16 shooting (13-of-14 from the line) and added seven rebounds. Wesley Matthews shot just 1-of-6 from the field for seven points but added seven boards and three assists to try and make up for it. Yogi Ferrell just isn’t as hot as when he burst on the scene as he scored 13 points with just one assists and two steals. It was a disappointing night for the Mavs who struggled to shoot the ball against a really bad defensive team.

    Hawks 107 Grizzlies 90

    Paul Millsap scored 16 points with 11 rebounds, six assists, a steal, a block, and a 3-pointer and that line pretty much characterizes Millsap’s last few years as a fantasy player. Dwight Howard sat out this game to rest and Kris Humphries took over the center spot where he played 19 minutes and scored just a single point with eight rebounds and two blocks. Kent Bazemore played 25 minutes and scored 15 points with three 3-pointers and little else to fill out the stat sheet. Thabo Sefolosha started and scored eight points with four boards and a steal in 22 minutes while Tim Hardaway Jr. came off the bench to score eight points with three reboudns in 21 minutes. Taurean Prince played 30 minutes off the bench to score 17 points with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block, his defensive abilities are beginning to hurt Bazemore and Hardaway Jr. Both guys should be relevant regardless but it may be in a streaming or end of the roster type situation instead of the full blown top 80 value they were putting up before Sefolosha’s return and Prince’s increase in minutes.

    JaMychal Green played 25 minutes and scored 20 points with 11 rebounds to go along with a block and a 3-pointer. He has outbursts like this game but still remains just outside the top 120 players pretty consistently. Mike Conley scored 16 points with five assists and five steal though he turned the ball over three times and went 5-of-12 from the field. Marc Gasol went 3-of-11 from the field to score eight points with six rebounds, two assists, a steal and a 3-pointer, he’ll obviously have better nights. Sadly no one else is really making themselves relevant on the Grizzlies and even with the “lineup shakeup” that’s being talked about I’m not sure who could make themselves relevant without a full 36 minutes of consistent playing time.

    Wizards 125 Blazers 124 OT

    This was a crazy close game where the Wizards outscored the Blazers 30 to 21 in the fourth quarter in order to send it into overtime. John Wall was spectacular with 39 points and nine assists while shooting 13-of-23 from the field and 10-of-12 from the free throw line and chipping in three 3-pointers. Otto Porter is playing well again as he scored 18 points with 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers while shooting 8-of-14 from the field. Bradley Beal remains hot as he scored 26 points with six assists, a steal, and five 3-pointers while shooting 9-of-18 from the field and only committing a single turnover. Marcin Gortat scored 15 points with 15 rebounds and 6-of-8 shooting while Markieff Morris scored 13 points with 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks. Bojan Bogdanvic has found a proper home and he scored 11 points with two boards and two 3-pointers in 19 minutes, he should really only be relied on for streaming 3-pointers except in exceptionally deep leagues.

    Damian Lillard dropped 33 points with three rebounds and seven assists while making 13-of-27 shots from the field, including four 3-pointers, though he did turn the ball over six times. C.J. McCollum topped that with 34 points and six assists while making five 3-pointers and an incredibly zero turnovers. The only stain on their nights was a lack of defensive stats, but that’s not what you have them for anyways. Maurice Harkless is still rolling as he played 33 minutes and scored 15 points with five rebounds, two assists and a 3-pointer. Jusuf Nurkic had a rough night with foul trouble and played just 28 minutes on his way to scoring seven points with seven rebounds, two assists, a steal and three blocks. He always seems to contribute regardless now that he’s motivated in Portland. Allen Crabbe and Al-Farouq Aminu both played 34 minutes off the bench and scored 14 and 11 points respectively while each contributed three 3-pointers and a handful of defensive stats.

    Nuggets 105 Kings 92

    Gary Harris scored 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting while adding three rebounds, two assists, two steals, a block and two 3-pointers. He’s a well rounded player whose been top 30 over the last month. Nikola Jokic scored 20 points with 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a 3-pointer and excellent efficiency overall, he’s a beast and will be in contention for a high first round draft pick next year. Danilo Gaillinari scored 15 points with five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a 3-pointer while Wilson Chandler scored just six points on 3-of-13 shooting and four rebounds. Jamal Murray came off the bench to play 19 minutes and scored 14 points with two steals and two 3-pointers in that time, he’ll be remarkably good if the Nuggets give up on Emmanuel Mudiay who was given a DNP-CD.

    Willy Cauley-Stein’s time is now here as he played 35 minutes and scored 13 points with five rebounds and five assists. Cauley-Stein has played 33 minutes per game over his last seven, but his lack of rebounding and blocks has really hurt his fantasy value during that time. He should be better in those two categories moving forward but I wouldn’t expect more than top 100 value at this point. Buddy Hield played 30 minutes in his start at shooting guard and scored 17 points with six rebounds, three assists, and three 3-pointers while shooting 6-of-8 from the field. He’s not a must own player at this point, and it’s probably not worth picking him up unless he really gets hot. Darren Collison was disappointing as he played 24 minutes and scored eight points with five assists, he’s just been bad since the Cousins trade. Tyreke Evans played 23 minutes off the bench and scored 16 points with three rebounds, two assist, a steal and a block and may end up being the most reliable fantasy asset moving foward on the Kings, but that’s saying very very little. This team is a nightmare in fantasy right now as the Kings are in full rebuild mode and minutes fluctuate between every player on a nightly basis.

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