• Hello and welcome the Sunday Dish! It was a relatively quiet night for a eight game slate in the NBA as we had a fair amount of blowouts and rested players which doesn’t make for particularly interesting basketball. Still there were plenty of big lines to be had and there’s a lot of young guys emerging down the stretch of the season. The end of the season is one of the best times to be adding relative unknowns, especially young guys, as they end up getting a lot of minutes for teams who are now in full blown development mode. Unfortunately the other side of that coin is some players getting shut down like Eric Bledsoe, who has a sudden “sore knee” and had this to say about it on Twitter.

    So take some risks on young guys in your playoff run or to spark a last minute move in the standings for your roto league. Make sure you commit these younger names to memory for next years draft or as potential keepers in your league as well as many of these young guys are going to have an opportunity to fight for a starting spot come next year. Every year at least one or two rock solid keepers springs up out of nowhere from the malaise of tanking teams. Let’s dig into the Dish!

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    Kings 94 Thunder 110

    The Kings were missing Tyreke Evans (ankle), Arron Afflalo (personal), and Ben McLemore (personal) which allowed Garrett Temple to draw a start at shooting guard where he hit 2-of-8 shots for seven points, four assists, three rebounds, three steals and a 3-pointer. He’d be worth owning if he were getting the minutes consistently but the Kings are in full on tank mode so don’t bother. Buddy Hield scored 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting with two 3-pointers and a steal and nothing else, that’s just what you’re going to get from Hield this season. Darren Collison played just 27 minutes despite the lack of guard depth tonight and scored 10 points with no assists and no steals while going 4-of-13 from the field. He should be dropped at this point as the Kings aren’t going to let him play the minutes he deserves and even if he did I’m not sure what he’d be able to do with it. Willie Cauley-Stein played just 26 minutes and scored four points with two steals and three boards while contributing next to nothing else. He’ll have better nights but he’s still being encroached on by Skal Labissiere (13 points in 18 minutes).

    Russell Westbrook scored 28 points with eight rebounds, 10 assists, four steals and four 3-pointers while shooting 9-of-20 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line, he’s pretty good. Victor Oladipo has really come around this last half of the season but shot just 4-of-15 tonight for nine points with four boards and an assist, he just wasn’t feeling it on the offensive end tonight. Steven Adams scored 16 points with 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block while shooting 6-of-7 from the field. Doug McDermott has his best game in a Thunder uniform as he played 20 minutes off the bench and scored 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting (4-of-5 on 3-pointers) while adding five rebounds, but he’s still not worth owning due to the lack of peripheral stats and playing time. Enes Kanter only needs 17 minutes to do something useful as he scored 14 points with four rebounds and a block in his limited time. He’s worth owning, but just barely, as he’s scored in the double digits in 11 straight games.

    Trail Blazers 113 Hawks 97

    Damian Lillard scorched the Hawks for 27 points on 9-of-17 shooting while adding five boards, five assists, two steals and three 3-pointers while hitting a perfect 6-of-6 from the line. C.J. McCollum scored 22 points with six rebounds, five assists, a steal and two blocks while hitting 10-of-19 from the field and committing zero turnovers. Jusuf Nurkic continues to be a revelation for the Blazers as he scored 12 points with nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and five blocks. He’s been the 39th overall player in nine-cat over the last month and there’s no reason he ought to slow down. Noah Vonleh started at power forward where he double-doubled with 10 points and 11 rebounds, but he did commit five turnovers as well. It’s his second double-double recently and at 21 years old there’s still room for him to grow into being  a solid player. Maurice Harkless played 29 minutes and scored 12 points with four boards, four assists, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer, it’s pretty clear Evan Turner is not going to effect him too greatly. Allen Crabbe played 29 minutes off the bench and scored 16 points with two steals and four 3-pointers.

    Kent Bazemore suffered a knee contusion during this game and it’s unknown how severe it is or if or how long it will keep him out. Bazemore still played 32 minutes and scored 12 points with two assists and a block and nothing else. Ersan Illyasova got the start for Paul Millsap who had a tight left knee, Illyasova scored 23 points and added four rebounds, two steals, a block and four 3-pointers to go with it. Dwight Howard scored 14 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, five steals and a block while hitting 6-of-10 from the field in what has been a quietly good season for Howard. Dennis Schroder scored eight points with seven assists and four steals but shot 2-of-14 from the field and was a massive -25 in plus/minus in his time on the floor. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points in 29 minutes off the bench while adding two assists, a steal, and two 3-pointers, he’s been the 51st overall player in nine-cat over the last month. Taurean Prince scored eight points with six rebounds, two assists, and three blocks and deserves to be owned purely for his defensive stats already, but now that Bazemore could miss time he’s a must add as he’ll earn heavy minutes whether he comes off the bench or starts.

    Wizards 93 Hornets 98

    The Wiz are even thinner than usual as Markieff Morris (illness) was out his second straight game. Otto Porter scored 16 points with three rebounds, an assists, three steals and four 3-pointers and continues to roll for an unexpectedly fantastic season. Jason Smith started at power forward and scored eight points with four rebounds with three blocks in his 27 minutes, he’s not worth picking up as he won’t normally pick up this many blocks. Marcin Gortat scored six points but grabbed 16 rebounds with a block in 27 minutes, now that Ian Mahinmi is playing consistent minutes Gortat will likely continue to see his minutes shrink. Mahinmi played 20 minutes off the bench and scored seven points with seven rebounds and nothing else. John Wall scored 19 points with eight assists, a steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer but shot just 5-of-16 from the field and Bradley Beal scored 18 points with three boards, two assists, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers.

    Cody Zeller had a big night as he scored 19 points with five rebounds, four steals, and two blocks while hitting 8-of-10 from the field. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist also brought the defense as he scored eight points but grabbed two steals and swatted four shots of his own. Frank Kaminsky came off the bench to score 14 points on 4-of-14 shooting with four rebounds, two assists, a block and two 3-pointers in his 29 minutes. Marvin Williams has been unaffected by the return of both Zeller and Kaminsky as Williams played 33 minutes tonight and scored 16 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers. Williams has been the 25th overall player in the last month of action. Kemba Walker scored 16 points but shot just 5-of-18 from the field while adding six assists and four 3-pointers while Nicolas Batum scored eight points with 10 rebounds and five assists but no 3-pointers or defensive stats.

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    Cavs 78 Clippers 108

    The Cavs held out Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, and Kevin Love for rest so this game was a complete non-factor on the night. Deron Williams started at point guard and scored 11 points with five assists but turned the ball over five times. J.R. Smith shot 4-of-17 for 10 points and six boards but didn’t even manage to get a 3-pointer in on any of those attempts while Iman Shumpert scored 10 points with five rebounds and three assists and nothing else. Tristan Thompson scored 11 points with six boards and a steal while Channing Frye scored 10 points with four boards and two 3-pointers. Somehow every Cavs starter managed to score double-digit points while also having no fantasy impact overall, a truly impressive feat.

    DeAndre Jordan took full advantage and scored 13 points with 17 rebounds and a steal and registering a team high +23 in plus/minus. Chris Paul got bored and missed all eight of his shots from the field to produce a five point and seven assist dud, but the Clippers play five times during this stretch so it’s not a surprise for him to take a virtual night off. J.J. Redick scored 16 points with two 3-pointers while hitting 6-of-11 field goals, he’s much better anytime Paul is in the lineup. Blake Griffin scored 23 points with eight rebounds and four assists and even drained a 3-pointer while shooting 10-of-17 from the field. Jamal Crawford scored 13 points with three 3-pointers and three assists off the bench but isn’t worth owning in any format as he’s too inconsistent at this point in his career.

    Jazz 86 Bulls 95

    This was an incredibly boring game as well as it was slow paced and a Jazz brick festival. Gordon Hayward scored 14 points but shot 5-of-16 from the field while adding six rebounds, two assists, four steals and three 3-pointers. Joe Johnson continues to start at power forward with Derrick Favors (knee) still out of the lineup, Johnson played 33 minutes and scored eight points on 3-of-12 shooting to go along with six rebounds and little else. Rudy Gobert scored 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting while adding 13 rebounds and five blocks while Joe Ingles scored 10 points with three boards, five assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in his 35 minutes on the court his a start for Rodney Hood (knee). George Hill scored 18 points with seven rebounds, four assists, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers though he did turn the ball over three times.

    Paul Zipser played 29 minutes in his start at small forward and made his only attempt from the field (a 3-pointer) to score four points with four rebounds, a steal, and two blocks. He’s worth keeping an eye on if he can get usage, but it’s hard to come by on the Bulls at this point. Nikola Mirotic started at power forward but played just 17 minutes and scored five points with four boards and a 3-pointer, he gave way to Bobby Portis off the bench who played 30 minutes and hit 10-of-13 shots to score 22 points with five boards and no supporting stats. The Bulls will continue to play whoever is hitting their shots and I won’t pretend to tell you who it’s going to be game to game. What I can tell you is Mirotic is capable of going bonkers any game where as Bobby Portis is really only ever going to help you in points, even on his best nights. Jimmy Butler scored 23 points with four rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks and will continue to be the focal point of this team moving forward.

    Spurs 96 Grizzlies 104

    Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points with seven rebounds, three assists, a block and two 3-pointers while hitting 8-of-9 from the field, a fine line considering he had the Grizzlies defense on the road tonight. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points with nine boards, four assists, and a block while shooting 9-of-18 from the field, and thankfully it looks like his heart issues were just a minor bump in the road. Tony Parker started but struggled as he scored just four points with two assists in his 24 minutes while Pau Gasol came off the bench and scored eight points with nine rebounds and one assist in his 24 minutes. Jonathon Simmons scored 14 points in his 17 bench minutes, but overall this game was just a defensive struggle and the Spurs are a thinner fantasy team than in years past.

    Mike Conley led the way for the Grizzlies with 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists, two steals, a block and three 3-pointers while getting to the line to hit 6-of-7. Marc Gasol scored 16 points with five rebounds, seven assists, and a 3-pointer while JaMychal Green scored 13 points with four rebounds, a steal, and two 3-pointers of his own. Vince Carter is probably the Grizzlies best small forward at this point and he drew the start as he scored 10 points with four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers. He’s worth streaming on just about any night but it’s hard for me to recommend him as a pickup. Tony Allen started at shooting guard and scored eight points with seven rebounds and two blocks and he brought the defense tonight as always. Zach Randolph scored 18 points with seven boards, two assists, and a 3-pointer in 26 minutes off the bench and is worth rostering any given night for the points and boards.

    Rockets 109 Nuggets 105

    James Harden triple-doubled with a massive 40 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists while adding two steals and three 3-pointers and fantastic efficiency from the field, though it should be noted he turned the ball over eight times. Clint Capela scored 16 points with eight rebounds, a steal, and a block while Ryan Anderson scored 10 points with four rebounds and one 3-pointer. Trevor Ariza hit just 1-of-4 shots for two points with nine rebounds and a block in what was an off game for him. Patrick Beverley hit just 1-of-7 shots for three points while adding five rebounds, two assists, and a steal in his 30 minutes on the floor. Eric Gordon played 33 minutes off the bench and scored 10 points with three rebounds, two assists, a steal, a block and one 3-pointer. Nene scored 14 points with seven rebounds in 23 bench minutes while Lou Williams scored 12 points with three assists and a rare two blocks for the guard.

    Nikola Jokic played just 21 minutes due to foul trouble but still managed to produce 16 points with five rebounds, four assists, a block and a 3-pointer during that time while shooting 7-of-14 from the field. Mason Plumlee started alongside Jokic and scored nine points with nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocks to his name. Wilson Chandler (groin) and Danilo Gallinari (knee) both missed this game and do not have a target date to return which lead to Juancho Hernangomez drawing the start at small forward, and he responded by scoring 15 points with five rebounds, an assist, a steal and three 3-pointers. He’s a capable young player and deserves a speculative pickup at this point in the season. Jameer Nelson scored 15 points with seven rebounds, 11 assists, a steal and two 3-pointers in his massive 39 minutes on the floor and it’s clear the Nuggets are better without Emmanuel Mudiay at this point. Gary Harris scored 17 points with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and a 3-pointer and has been the 25th overall player in the last month of action. Will Barton played 33 minutes off the bench and scored 10 points with four assists, a block, and a 3-pointer while Jamal Murray scored 12 points with four rebounds, two steals, and two 3-pointers in his 23 minutes. It was a bad loss for Denver who is still holding off the Blazers for the eight seed in the West.

    Bucks 92 Warriors 117

    Giannis Antetokounmpo probably played his worst game of the season as he shot 4-of-14 for nine points iwth three boards, three assists, two steals and three blocks and a giant -25 in plus/minus on the night. Khris Middleton scored 11 points with two rebounds and five assists while hitting a pair of 3-pointers while Tony Snell scored 12 points with three rebounds, two assists, and a pair of 3-pointers of his own. Malcolm Brogdon started and scored 18 points with four rebounds, three assists, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers in his 40 minutes on the floor. Thon Maker started at center as usual but played just 13 minutes and scored nine points with five rebounds, a steal, and a block. Greg Monroe played 17 minutes off the bench to and scored 12 points with seven rebounds and a steal while John Henson disappeared with no points or blocks in his 10 minutes.

    Stephen Curry only needed to hit 9-of-13 shots to drop 28 points alongside his four rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and six 3-pointers. Klay Thompson scored 21 points with three boards, an assist, a block and three 3-pointers. Draymond Green only scored eight points but grabbed eight rebounds and dished 10 assists while adding a steal, he’ll always be good for something even if he’s not scoring. Andre Iguodala scored 15 points off the bench with four rebounds, four assists, a steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer. Iggy has actually been the 44th overall player in nine-cat over the last month thanks to his across the board contributions and near elite steal rate. He’s the only fantasy relevant player to materialize from the Kevin Durant injury.

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Fantasy News

  • Bradley Beal
    SG, Washington Wizards

    Bradley Beal scored at will on Sunday against the Hawks, putting up 40 points (12-of-22 FG, 15-of-18 FT), six assists, three rebounds, one 3-pointer and one steal.

    Beal has been on a hot streak over the last three games, topping 35 points in each of them, while averaging over 22 shots a night. He is presumably feeling well-rested after missing several games to start the month. The only worry for Beal's owners is his long-term health at this point, he had been a warrior in prior seasons, and it would be great if he does not miss any games down the stretch. If you have any concerns now is a good time to sell.

  • Davis Bertans
    F, Washington Wizards

    Davis Bertans struggled from deep on Sunday against the Hawks, going 2-of-9 from 3-point range, but still put up 12 points, five rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block.

    Bertans cannot be stopped. His versatility to bring a handful of rebounds, assists, steals and blocks makes him an easy mid-round value. His role should be secure whether or not Thomas Bryant's minutes rise. Bryant still started ahead of Bertans, but he only received 18 minutes, during which he registered 11 points and five rebounds. The minutes should go up with time for Bryant, just hang in there.

  • JA Morant
    PG, Memphis Grizzlies

    Ja Morant made 8-of-18 shots from the field an 7-of-11 from the line to end Sunday night's win over the Suns with 23 points, five rebounds, eight dimes and one steal.

    Shooting inefficiency and 3.0 turnovers per game have kept the rookie Morant outside the top-230 in 9-cat over the last week. While that may not be pretty, he's still oozing with potential and is someone to watch down the stretch. Once the game begins to slow down for him more and more, Morant's lines should be far more fantasy-friendly than they are now.

  • Kyle Anderson
    SF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Kyle Anderson drew the start for the Grizzlies on Sunday and brought his unique stat set to the table, recording 12 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and six points on 2-of-5 shooting in 29 minutes.

    Anderson has not been right this season, mostly slowed by injuries. His 29 minutes tonight is a good indicator of improved health as well as his solid performance off the glass. Until he shows up more, Slow-Mo remains just an ultra-deep-league asset.

  • Troy Brown Jr.
    SF, Washington Wizards

    Troy Brown was good for 19 points (7-of-11 FG), three rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers on Sunday versus the Hawks.

    Brown has been struggling offensively of late, and it would have been nice if he filled out this line with some steals or blocks. He has some talent to elevate his appeal as the season progresses, but things are crowded in the Wizards' lineup right now. They are hanging around the playoff race to a degree, which could limit Brown's ability to bust out into a larger role. Jordan McRae is one of his main competitors for minutes, and tweaked his ankle towards the end of the game, leaving him day-to-day as a result. Before going down he was having a strong showing with 12 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and one steal.

  • Dillon Brooks
    SF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Dillon Brooks did it all for the Grizzlies in a 114-109 win on Sunday, chipping in across the board with 20 points on 9-of-17 shooting with five rebounds, four assists, two 3s, three steals and two blocks in a team-high 36 minutes.

    Wow. Brooks has truly come into his own this season and has emerged as a burgeoning two-way player. The 3-and-D wingman is just inside the top-120 value range in 9-cat, earning him end-of-bench status in standard leagues.

  • Elfrid Payton
    PG, New York Knicks

    Elfrid Payton did it all vs. the Nets on Sunday, totaling nine points, nine assists, three rebounds, one 3-pointer, one steal and one block.

    Payton remains a great resource for assists, and he is now bringing healthy doses of steals and blocks to the equation. The jumper is good enough for now, and he clearly has won the point guard battle in New York. He deserves to be owned in 12-team leagues at this point.

  • Michael Carter-Williams
    PG, Orlando Magic

    Michael Carter- Williams benefitted from a bit of garbage time in Sunday's blowout loss to the Clippers and was able to provide a team-high 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting.

    MCW was able to record seven rebounds, eight assists and one 3-pointer to round out his line for the night. He has some fringe value in 16-teamers, especially during this time that D.J. Augustin is sidelined with an injury.

  • Julius Randle
    PF, New York Knicks

    Julius Randle had a strong showing on Sunday with 22 points, 15 rebounds and one block against the Nets.

    This is Julius Randle we're talking about, so naturally, his line had some issues, including 10-of-22 FG, 2-of-4 FT and six turnovers. Randle will be a roller coaster to own, but you simply take the strong counting stats and assume he will be a pain on your percentages. Markieff Morris also helped guide the Knicks with 21 points, four rebounds, one 3-pointer, one steal and one block. Morris puts up less flashy rebound and assist totals, but he carries the solid percentages that Randle lacks.

  • Nikola Vucevic
    C, Orlando Magic

    Nikola Vucevic had an off Sunday night as he struggled with both foul trouble (six fouls) and poor shooting (5-of-15 from the field) to finish with 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

    It was simply not Vucevic's night. This low-end performance is pretty much close to his floor, so a bounce-back game should be in the cards.