January 22, 2017, 6:18 am
It was a large night in the association with plenty of highlights, game winners, and ejections. This is going to be a long one so buckle yourself in and prepare yourself for Sunday’s Dish!
Blazers 127 Celtics 123 OT
C.J. McCollum poured in 35 points, and wasn’t even the highest scoring guard in this game. Evan Turner drew a start against his most recent former team but didn’t do a ton in his 40 minutes of playing time as he only scored 12 points with four assists and four rebounds. Damian Lillard scored a tidy 28 points and added seven assists, he also made a cut to the basket in overtime that led to the Blazers big road win. Meyers Leonard scored a season high 17 points, but that pretty much tells you all you need to know about how his season is going. Noah Vonleh drew a start at power forward but only played 17 minutes, while Mason Plumlee had a nice line as he scored 10 points with 11 rebounds and eight assists while adding a block.
Isaiah Thomas remains a man possessed as he scored a game high 41 points while adding six assists, though the six turnovers definitely hurt as well. Al Horford had a well rounded line as he scored 17 points with nine rebounds and five assists, but he failed to block a shot or grab a steal. Marcus Smart started for Avery Bradley (Achilles) who is going to miss the upcoming week. Smart scored 17 points on a typical 5-of-15 shooting while adding six rebounds with six assists and two steals. Kelly Olynyk played 25 minutes and scored 10 points with eight rebounds while committing four turnovers, he was really hot recently and should warrant pickup consideration if his minutes remain steady.
Wizards 112 Pistons 113
The Wizards barely lost this game on an excellent tip from Marcus Morris as he out jumped his brother Markieff Morris in the final second of the game. Things don’t get much more dramatic than that! Markieff played a solid game as he scored 19 points with nine rebounds, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers. John Wall scored 19 points with 10 assists and seven rebounds while adding two steals but committed the typical four turnovers. Bradley Beal struggled to shoot the ball as he was 4-of-15 from the field for 17 points with five rebounds and four assists. Otto Porter had a well rounded box score as he scored 11 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers but he also struggled with his efficiency. Marcin Gortat only played 25 minutes but scored 11 points with seven boards and two steals in that time.
It was all about Marcus Morris as he dropped 25 points with 11 rebounds, three assists, a steal and three 3-pointers all while hitting 8-of-9 free throws. Tobias Harris was in the starting lineup and scored 18 points with nine rebounds and five assists and two 3-pointers. Andre Drummond got into foul trouble quickly and only played just over 17 minutes, that contributed to Marcin Gortat’s low minutes. Drummond scored three points but grabbed 10 rebounds and three steals in his short time. Reggie Bullock started for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) but did nothing worth mentioning. Reggie Jackson scored 19 points with eight assists which is a welcome sight to owners of the struggling guard. Jon Leuer scored 10 points with two steals and two blocks in his return to the bench.
Sixers 93 Hawks 110
Robert Covington had a typical line as he scored 15 points with 10 rebounds while hitting three 3-pointers with a steal and a block. Ersan Illyasova continued his awesome stretch as he scored 21 points with three rebounds and four assists while adding three 3-pointers. Joel Embiid sat this game to rest so Jahlil Okafor played 29 minutes, but only took eight shots on his way to 12 points with four rebounds and three blocks. Sergio Rodriguez did not play in this game which gave way to T.J. McConnell playing 37 minutes and scoring eight points with 11 assists and three steals. Nik Stauskas played 35 minutes and scored seven points with six rebounds and three assists while shooting the ball poorly.
Paul Millsap dismantled the 76ers where he scored 22 points with 10 rebounds, an assist, a steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer. Dwight Howard scored 13 points with 15 rebounds though he failed to block a shot. Dennis Schroder shot 6-of-18 for 15 points with nine assists and two steals. Kent Bazemore is as weird a fantasy player as they come, he scored 16 points with a little bit everything. Tim Hardaway is showing some promise of a fantasy breakout as he’s been trending more and more up since the Kyle Korver trade. Hardaway scored 13 points with three rebounds, six assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.
Nets 105 Hornets 112
Brook Lopez scored 24 points with five boards, four assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers and outside of the occasional rest has been great this year. Sean Kilpatrick started at shooting guard as Joe Harris (ankle) did not play in this game. Kilpatrick scored 13 points with four rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Spencer Dinwiddie started at point guard and posted a big zero points and little else, and without Jeremy Lin (hamstring) that position is going to continue to be abysmal for the Nets. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 16 points with four 3-pointers while Trevor Booker scored eight points with nine rebounds and two steals.
Kemba Walker scored 16 points with six assists but had a bad four turnovers and only shot 6-of-17 on the night. Nic Batum was similar in that he scored 16 points with nine rebounds, six assists, four steals and three 3-pointers but shot only 6-of-16 from the field. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist went off for 17 points with 14 rebounds and two blocks, he’s been up and down all season. Marco Belinelli scored 14 points with five assists and two 3-pointers off the bench. The Hornets also got 17 points out of Ramon Sessions, it was just one of those nights as the Hornets had little trouble with the Nets.
Bucks 97 Heat 109
This was a bad loss for the Bucks. Giannis did his thing by scoring 24 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and a couple of 3-pointers. Matthew Dellavedova got the start in order to get a confidence boost and he responded with 15 points and seven assists on nice efficiency. Malcolm Brogdon still played 30 minutes off the bench but had a miserable game where he only scored four points on 1-of-10 shooting. Jabari Parker came off the bench as Thon Maker started (and did very little), Parker was scored 16 points with seven rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block. John Henson was the only other Buck in double figures as he scored 11 points with nine rebounds and a block.
Dion Waiters went off for a game high 33 points and added three boards, three assists, a steal and five 3-pointers in the win. He’s worth a pickup with how many guys the Heat have injured. Goran Dragic scored 25 points with six assists and a steal on very nice efficiency. Hassan Whiteside scored 16 points while grabbing 15 boards with a block and 7-of-8 shooting. Tyler Johnson (shoulder) did not play this game and it’s a bit concerning since it’s the same shoulder he had surgery on last year, he couldn’t lift it above his head at one point.
Suns 107 Knicks 105
Eric Bledsoe lived at the line as he scored 23 points with 10 assists and a perfect 10-of-10 at the stripe. Devin Booker scored 26 points but committed five turnovers, and that’s just his modus operandi at this point. T.J. Warren is alternating good games with disappearing acts as he scored just four points tonight, a trade to any Suns would massively benefit him. Brandon Knight is the same way, though he was able to at least contribute 11 points with five boards and a couple assists on Saturday night. Marquese Chriss scored 15 points with five boards, three steals, a block and two 3-pointers which highlights his skill set, but he’s been massively inconsistent.
Derrick Rose scored 26 points but had to shoot 12-of-26 from the field to do it, and he’s more or less making or breaking the Knicks nights with his ridiculous shot selection. Kristaps Porzingis had a bad game as he scored 14 points but did very little else in the box score. Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points with seven rebounds, six assists, a steal and five 3-pointers and it’s a wonder how he deals with Rose jacking up 26 shots in a night. Courtney Lee scored 13 points with four rebounds and three assists and is as irrelevant as the rest of the Knicks roster.
Rockets 119 105
The Rockets were more or less a three man show. James Harden scored 29 points with six rebounds and 10 assists while adding three steals and two blocks. Sam Dekker started in place of the sick Ryan Anderson and Dekker scored a team high 30 points with four rebounds and two steals. He’s been a very nice rotation player this year and if Eric Gordon or Ryan Anderson go down he should be picked up immediately. Eric Gordon scored 21 points with three rebounds, five assists, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers as his awesome season continues.
The Grizzlies were a one man show as Marc Gasol dropped a game high 32 points with five rebounds, two steals, three blocks and two 3-pointers. Mike Conley scored 15 points with six assists but shot a miserable 6-of-17 from the field. Chandler Parsons looked solid in hiss 22 minutes as he scored 12 points with four assists and three steals. Zach Randolph scored 11 points with eight boards and nothing else, and that’s the case with the rest of the Grizzlies as they just played a bad game.
Spurs 118 Cavs 115 OT
Kawhi Leonard scored a career high 41 points in 46 minute workload while contributing across the board in typical Leonard fashion. It’s one of the best regular season games of his career and shows how far he’s come as a scorer. Tony Parker (foot) was out so Dejounte Murray started at point guard and scored 14 points with six assists, he’s someone to keep an eye on if Parker’s foot is troublesome. Pau Gasol (broken finger) is going to be out a little while and in the meantime David Lee is going to make a rock solid pickup as he scored 14 points with 11 boards, an assist, and a block. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 16 points with 12 rebounds and six assists and stands to gain from Gasol’s absence as well.
The starters for the Cavs were all in double figures and no one else was. LeBron James scored 29 points with six rebounds, seven assists, and two steals but committed an ugly seven turnovers. Kyrie Irving scored 29 points as well and added nine assists with two steals and three 3-pointers. Kevin Love scored 13 points with 11 rebounds and three assists but struggled shooting the ball. Iman Shumpert scored 11 points with two steals and chipped in across the board, he’s worth looking to add when he plays large minutes like this. Tristan Thompson scored 14 points with 12 rebounds and a block and is still little more than a boards specialist.
Kings 99 Bull 102
It was one of the worst performances of the season from a team all around as Boogie Cousins was the only player in double digits. Cousins scored 42 points with 14 boards, three assists, a steal, two blocks, and two three pointers to go with 16-of-28 shooting and 8-of-9 from the charity stripe. It was a phenomenal performance, but an empty one as he simply had no help to get the win. It’s the DeMarcus Cousin’s show from here on out with Rudy Gay now down with a ruptured Achilles’.
Jimmy Butler scored 23 points with seven rebounds and five assists and a perfect 10-of-10 from the line. Dwyane Wade was the primary ball handler once again as he scored 30 points with six rebounds, four assists, three steals, four blocks and 12-of-15 free throws. It was fantastic throw back performance from Wade. Michael Carter-Williams played 20 minutes at point but did very little outside of trying on defense, he should be dropped. Rajon Rondo played six minutes and has been miserable this season anyways, he should also be dropped. Nikola Mirotic does just enough to warrant in standard leagues, he scored 11 points with five boards, a steal and a 3-pointer.
Clippers 98 Nuggets 123
Marreese Speights started and scored 18 points with three boards and two assists, he can be useful but Blake Griffin (knee) is nearly 100%. DeAndre Jordan scored 14 points with 13 rebounds and a block but the Clippers are so thin right now that they’re still getting crushed. J.J. Redick scored 14 points with two 3-pointers and two steals and he’s still been solid without Chris Paul. Austin Rivers scored 15 points with five assists, he’ll have moments but he’s just not a reliable asset. Raymond Felton scored 14 points off the bench and played 29 minutes, if his minutes stay above that he’ll be able to hold low end value, if not then cut him.
Emmanuel Mudiay aggravated his back injury in this game and exited after playing 16 minutes, he’s probably going to miss a few games. Jameer Nelson will step up in his place, he scored six points with eight assists and will be worth owning as long as he starts. Nikola Jokic played 21 minutes due to the blowout but turned in a team high 19 points with 10 boards and three assists in that time. Danilo Gallinari scored 18 points with four boards and two assists while Will Barton contributed 18 points with three assists. Wilson Chandler came off the bench and scored 18 points with seven boards. Jusuf Nurkic got some extra run and scored 12 points with five boards and three assists.
Pacers 100 Jazz 109
Paul George fouled out and then got ejected for arguing with the referee, he scored 19 points with four boards, two assists, and three 3-pointers in his 29 minutes. Thaddeus Young scored 19 points as well and added three assists, a block, and a steal. Jeff Teague didn’t want to be left out so he also scored 19 points with seven assists and three steals on the night. Mylers Turner scored 13 points with seven boards and a steal while Glen Robinson III did next to nothing in his time on the floor. Monta Ellis finally saw a decent game as he scored 15 points with four boards, an assist, two steals and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes. I wouldn’t add him yet but it’s worth monitoring.
Gordon Hayward scored a tidy 27 points and hit two 3-pointers while going 9-of-10 from the line, but did little else. Rudy Gobert continues to be a sensation as he scored 19 points with 11 boards and one block. George Hill, when healthy, has been magnificent and he scored 30 points with six boards, five assists, a steal and three 3-pointers all on top of excellent efficiency. Joe Ingles played 32 minutes in his start and only scored two points but added six assists and three steals to help out owners. Derrick Favors only played 24 minutes but contributed eight points with seven boards, on steal, and one block. Alec Burks scored 13 points off the bench in 19 minutes, he’s a limited player but is a potential trade candidate.