• Welcome to the Sunday Dish! It was a light Saturday night by normal standards and that’s because we have a massive 10 game slate tonight that’s going to end up deciding a lot of playoff hopes around the fantasy landscape. March Madness has been thrilling to say the least, I had Oregon over Kansas (bonus points as a Mizzou Alum living in Kansas City), but honestly my eyes are entirely on the fantasy playoffs as I can’t keep my eyes off of even miserable games for my extended championship matchup. We’ve only got a five game slate to go over though so we can just dig right into.

    Best of luck to all of you as we wrap up the fantasy playoffs! On to The Dish.

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    Jazz 95 Clippers 108

    The Jazz conceded a 14 point lead to end the first quarter and were in catch up mode the entire game. Gordon Hayward had a sub-par performance as he scored 13 point son 5-of-12 shooting with five rebounds, three assists, and two 3-pointers and suffered a bruise to his left leg but coach Quin Snyder said he believes Hayward to be “fine.” Rudy Gobert has had a monstrous stretch for playoff owners and he came through yet again with 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting with 14 rebounds and two blocks. He’s likely single handedly winning your field goal, rebounds, and blocks in the last two weeks. George Hill had a bad night as he scored just nine points on 4-of-11 shooting with one assist, one rebound, and one 3-pointer while turning the ball over four times. Boris Diaw drew the start at power forward but played just 20 minutes on his way to six points with five rebounds and five assists while Joe Johnson came off the bench to play 26 mintues with 17 points, three rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers.

    The Clippers were ahead this entire game and thus conserved their players since they have a five game week. Blake Griffin scored 15 points with six rebounds, one assist, and three steals while also hitting a 3-pointer, though he was just 1-of-5 from outside the arc (6-of-16 overall). DeAndre Jordan scored seven points but grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked a shot in 25 minutes. Chris Paul scored 14 points with five assists and a steal but also turned the ball over three times and shot 5-of-18 from the field in his 28 minutes on the court. He’s been having a bit of a rough week as far as studs are concerned. Jamal Crawford was huge off the bench with 28 points on 8-of-12 shooting (3-0f-6 from deep) along with three assists and two steals. J.J. Redick scored 12 points with four rebounds and a pair of 3-pointers in just 23 minutes on the night.

    Wizards 127 Cavs 115

    The Wizards raced out to a massive 40 point first quarter largely thanks to the John Wall who finished the game with 37 points, 11 assists, four rebounds, two steals and two 3-pointers while shooting 14-of-21 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line. Markieff Morris scored 14 points with six boards and a block while shooting 5-of-12 from the field while Marcin Gortat scored 10 points with five rebounds in just 22 minutes on the floor. Morris ended up playing some decent minutes at center in matching up with Tristan Thompson tonight. Otto Porter bounced back with 10 points, six rebounds, three steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers which makes up somewhat for his lackluster nights previously this week. Bradley Beal scored 27 points on 9-of-19 shooting with six assists and two 3-pointers while hitting all six of his free throws. Kelly Oubre made an appearance off the bench by playing 26 minutes and hitting 7-of-8 shots to score 16 points with seven rebounds and a steal. Still Oubre is not getting enough burn in order to make an impact on a nightly basis except as a possible streaming option.

    LeBron James scored 245 points with 11 rebounds, eight assists, and a block while hitting 10-of-21 shots in this game. He and the the other big names will be a candidate to rest another time, maybe even two, down this stretch but he’ll still give you upper echelon production even with a missed game. Kevin Love scored 17 points with seven rebounds, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers in a full 32 minutes, his first time playing full time since his injury. If you’ve been able to hold onto him for a playoff run he should benefit you a lot now. Tristan Thompson scored nine points with four rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block while J.R. Smith continues to struggle with just 2-of-6 field goals for six points and two assists with two 3-pointers. Kyrie Irving scored 23 points on 8-of-23 shooting with four assists, a steal, and two blocks while hitting 1-of-7 from beyond the arc.

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    Raptors 94 Mavericks 86

    Serge Ibaka scored 18 points with eight rebounds and two 3-pointers while shooting 8-of-16 from the field, but he failed to block a single shot unfortunately. P.J. Tucker played 34 minutes and scored nine points with nine rebounds, three assists, four steals and a 3-pointer. He’s the perfect role player for a fantasy team in the playoffs needing defensive stats, and the trickle of 3-pointers certainly doesn’t hurt as well, he needs to be owned I believe. DeMar DeRozan scored 18 points with three rebounds, six assists, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer while hitting 8-of-17 from the field and he continues to dominate the offensive workload while Kyle Lowry is out. Cory Joseph scored eight points with seven rebounds and five assists and seems to be worth a stream on occasional nights but isn’t really worth owning full time. Jonas Valanciunas scored nine points with six rebounds and a steal in only 22 minutes and should be on your waiver wire where he belongs. Patrick Patterson scored 14 points with five rebounds and hit all four of his 3-point attempts for a solid line in 24 minutes.

    Harrison Barnes scored 23 points with seven rebounds, two assists, and three steals while shooting 8-of-17 from the field and 7-of-7 from the free throw line. Dirk Nowitzki scored just nine points with five rebounds in 28 minutes and just had a general rough night. Nerlens Noel is being “experimented with” at center and only scored three points with eight rebounds and a block while taking three field goal attempts in 25 minutes. If I’m in a championship run it’s really difficult to want to own and put him out any given night as the inconsistency is just too high. Wesley Matthews scored four points on 2-of-12 shooting with six rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks, obviously he had a bad shooting night but the peripherals helped ease the pain. Seth Curry started at point guard and scored 11 points but only handed out two assists while adding a steal and two 3-pointers. In my opinion the experimentation at point guard is likely a bad thing for his value as most players who are asked to run the point and inexperienced at doing so tend to struggle.

    Knicks 98 Spurs 106

    The Dark Wizard Mindaugas Kuzminskas scored 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting with two assist sand three 3-pointers in a start at small forward for the Carmelo Anthony who sat out his second straight game with knee soreness. Kristaps Porzingis scored 12 points on just 3-of-8 shooting with five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block and he turned the ball over five times. It’s inexplicable to see him get just eight shots with no Anthony on the court and the reason is Derrick Rose, who scored 24 points on 10-of-22 shooting with five rebounds and five assists. It’s scary to think just how good Porzingis could be without the occasional offensive anchor and stopper that Rose has developed into. Willy Hernangomez scored 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting while adding 13 rebounds, a steal, and a block while Courtney Lee played 40 minutes and scored six points but came through with eight rebounds, seven assists, two steal and a block. The Knicks are going to play a ton of Hernangomez down the stretch as Joakim Noah is officially out of the picture as he was suspended 20 games for an over the counter supplement. Kuzminskas should be owned as the Anthony situation reeks of a shutdown.

    Kawhi Leonard was having a bit of a down last couple weeks by his standards but came through with 29 points, five rebounds, five assists, a steal, two blocks and four 3-pointers while shooting 11-of-18 from the field on Saturday night. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 19 points with 10 rebounds, a steal, and a 3-pointer while shooting 9-of-21 from the field. Dewayne Dedmon started but played just 20 minutes and scored five points with 13 rebounds in that time while Pau Gasol played 26 minutes off the bench and scored 19 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers while shooting 8-of15 from the field. Tony Parker scored 10 points with three assists and two steals in 22 minutes while Patty Mills came off the bench to play 26 minutes and score 10 points with seven assists, a steal, and two 3-pointers of his own. Jonathan Simmons started for Danny Green (rest) and Simmons scored just six points with three turnovers in his 24 minutes.

    Timberwolves 100 Blazers 112

    Andrew Wiggins scored 20 points but had just two assists and a steal to his name while going 8-of-19 from the field and 4-of-7 from the line tonight. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 16 points with five rebounds and a block, and he’s been so good over the last two months it’s hard to appreciate the scoring stretch he’s been on until this game. Gorgui Dieng scored 13 points with seven rebounds, two assists, four steals and two blocks while hitting 7-of-8 from the free throw line in an exceptionally well-rounded line from the big man. Ricky Rubio only played 25 minutes but managed to score 16 points with four rebounds, four assists, a steal and a 3-pointer while shooting 6-of-11 from the field. The big news of the night was Kris Dunn who scored a career-high 17 points with four rebounds, one assist, two steals and a 3-pointer while shooting 8-of-13 from the field. He shouldn’t be picked up but it’s nice to see him make some noise in what’s been a rough rookie season.

    C.J. McCollum was the man as he scored 32 points with four rebounds, four assists, a steal and four 3-pointers while shooting 11-of-13 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free throw line. Damian Lillard scored 21 points with six rebounds, eight assists, and three steals while hitting three 3-pointers and shooting 8-of-13 from the field. Jusuf Nurkic scored 14 points with nine rebounds, four assists, and a block while hitting 7-of-14 from the field and there’s no doubt he’ll be a fantasy asset the rest of the way and a very tempting mid round guy next year. Maurice Harkless played 26 minutes but scored just four points with two assists and nothing else while Noah Vonleh started at power forward and only scored three points with three rebounds. It’s a bit odd to see the Blazers fighting for their playoff lives and still giving large minutes to Vonleh. Al-Farouq Aminu scored eight points with six rebounds and two steals off the bench in 26 minutes as he gave way to Vonleh.

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Fantasy News

  • Yante Maten
    PF, Miami Heat

    The Celtics are signing F Yante Maten to an Exhibit 10 contract on Tuesday.

    Maten had a strong season with the Skyforce in the G-League last year averaging 23.5 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. He was also productive in Summer League action with the Heat this summer.

    Source: Adam Himmelsbach on Twitter

  • Paul Millsap
    PF, Denver Nuggets

    Paul Millsap, Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray are all candidates for "load management" next season, according to Nick Kosmider of The Athletic

    This is pure speculation by Kosmider, but this does hold some weight after the Nuggets' playoff run last season and the league-wide popularity of resting players. Millsap would seem to be at the most significant risk to get rested due to his age and quality of depth behind him. Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee would be the biggest beneficiaries should Jokic or Millsap miss time.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Thabo Sefolosha
    SF, Utah Jazz

    Thabo Sefolosha is among the attendees at Rockets minicamp in Las Vegas with a host of other notable free agents this week.

    Sefolosha will be joined by the likes of Nick Young, Luc Mbah a Moute, Raymond Felton, Terrence Jones and Corey Brewer. The odds of someone making the Rockets' roster increased with Iman Shumpert declining an offer sheet from the team.

    Source: Kelly Iko on Twitter

  • Iman Shumpert
    SG, Free Agent

    Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, Iman Shumpert has decided to decline the contract offer from the Rockets and will not attend team minicamp in Las Vegas this week.

    It'll be back to the drawing board for Shumpert. It's unsure exactly where he'll end up now, or if he and the Rockets will come to a new agreement in the future. Shump can get steals and threes, but otherwise isn't much of a fantasy asset, unless he finds himself in an ideal situation.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Anthony Davis
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    After an extraordinary summer of 2019, which saw a cavalcade of stars change teams, executives around the league expect that this year’s transaction wires will be dominated by the trade market.

    “We’ve been getting calls all summer,” one general manager said. “I think if you look at the market, there is going to be a very robust trade market this winter for a few reasons.” The big driver figures to be the open, empty crater that the 2020 free-agent class has become. Teams hoping to make significant changes in their direction won’t have free agency to lean on and trades will be the only way to go. If you enjoyed the twist and turns that came with the very busy NBA free-agency period this summer, then buckle up as the trade market means more could be on the way this season.

    Source: Sean Deveney on Twitter

  • Michael Beasley
    PF, Free Agent

    The Shanxi Loongs of the Chinese Basketball Association are trying to bring Michael Beasley back to China.

    Beasley agreed to terms with the Pistons last month but he never officially signed with them as the team opted to go with Joe Johnson instead. Beasley has already played in China with Shanghai, Shandong and last year with Guangdong averaging 22.4 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists.

    Source: Sportando

  • Justin Simon
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Former St. John’s guard Justin Simon has signed an Exhibit-10 contract with the Bulls.

    Simon is 6’5” and went undrafted out of St. John’s, where he averaged 10.4 points and 5.1 rebounds last season, while also being named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year. The Bulls currently have 14 players on guaranteed contracts with guard Shaquille Harrison all but locked in to the 15th and final one, so that means Simon is likely headed to the Windy City Bulls of the G League.

    Source: Adam Zagora on Twitter

  • Mychal Mulder
    PG, Miami Heat

    The Heat have announced the signing of guard Mychal Mulder.

    Mulder played last season with the Windy City Bulls of the G-League and averaged 8.8 points in Summer League this year. He has good range but is unlikely to contribute much at the NBA level in 2019-20.

    Source: Miami Heat

  • Vincent Poirier
    C, Boston Celtics

    Nicolas Batum praised the play of Celtics center Vincent Poirier at the FIBA World Cup.

    According to Batum, Poirier "is a center that can block shots and control the paint." A native of France, Poirier has performed well over six seasons in Europe. Nevertheless, he should only be a depth option for the Celtics with Enes Kanter starting.

    Source: NBC Sports Boston

  • Zach LaVine
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Zach LaVine has been fine tuning his playmaking skills in the offseason, according to an interview with FanSided.

    LaVine enjoyed the best field goal percentage of his career for the Bulls last season. He also scored a career best 23.7 points per game. However, LaVine averaged 3.4 turnovers and his fantasy value will increase if he can take better care of the ball.

    Source: FanSided