• With eight games on tap we had yet another eventful Monday night in the Association.  Big names shined, the Magic looked borderline unwatchable and the Clippers embarrassed the Nets.  With that, here’s Tuesday’s Daily Dish.

    Pacers 88, Magic 69

    After missing Saturday’s game with a sore right ankle Paul George returned to action on Monday, scoring 13 points in a full line.  His shot wasn’t falling, but he looked fine.  Elsewhere, C.J. Miles impressed to the tune of 16 points, four 3-pointers and four combined defensive contributions.  His usage rate has been significantly higher when he comes off the bench, so a return to his 6th man role may actually help his fantasy value.

    As has been the case all season the Magic struggled offensively.  Serge Ibaka made just 3-of-13 from the field and finished with six points and zero blocks or steals (again!).  His 13 rebounds were nice, but he continues to struggle as the lead option for Orlando.  Conversely, Elfrid Payton showed signs of life, scoring 12 points on reasonably efficient shooting (5-of-11 from the floor and 2-for-2 at the line) and grabbing two steals.  The talent is certainly there for the young guard, but his game remains deeply flawed.

    Pistons 104, Thunder 88

    The Pistons handed the Thunder their fourth consecutive loss behind Tobias Harris and Aron Baynes.  Harris played a team high 37 minutes and finished with 22 points, six rebounds, three assists, two treys, one steal and two blocks, flashing the versatility that makes him a mid round value.  Baynes started in place of Andre Drummond (ankle) and notched an efficient 20 points to go with eight boards and one assist.

    More than ever, tonight was the Russell Westbrook show for OKC.  The superstar point guard shot the ball well on his way to a whopping 33 point, 15 board and 8 dime line.  Interesting, Jerami Grant started the second half at the four spot, totalling two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes of action.  He deserves heavy consideration if you’re looking for a high upside stash.  Things were pretty barren down the rest of the roster, however, as Victor Oladipo and company continued to struggle.

    Knicks 93, Mavs 77

    The Knicks went small throughout Monday night’s contest, playing Kristaps Porzingis at center for long stretches.  The sophomore big man tortured Andrew Bogut on the perimeter, using his quickness to draw contact time and time again.  Porzingis finished with 24 points, 11 boards, two threes and a block.  He’s the epitome of a modern NBA center, and could see his value continue to climb if he sees more time at the five.  Carmelo Anthony also benefited from the extra breathing room, posting 24 points and three 3-pointers.

    On the Mavs’ side of the ball, Harrison Barnes continues to post high scoring lines without much else to show for his efforts.  He poured in 20 points tonight, and while he did add a steal and a block, his game simply lacks versatility.  Popular waiver wire pickup J.J. Barrea stayed hot, scoring 17 points with four assists and one 3-pointer.  He’ll never give you much beyond those three categories, but he’s worth streaming right now.

    Rockets 115, Sixers 88

    As we’ve come to expect this season James Harden was a one man wrecking crew, obliterating the Sixers to the tune of 33 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, four 3-pointers, one steal and one block.  What else can you say?  He’s a top-3 fantasy asset the rest of the way.  Meanwhile, the Trevor Ariza bounceback continued, as the swiss army forward scored 17 points, including five treys, while chipping in three steals and a block.

    For the Sixers The Process remained effective despite his minutes restriction, double-doubling with contributions across the stat sheet.  We can only wait in anticipation for the day the organization finally takes the training wheels off of Embiid.  Despite the loss, the news was also positive for Dario Saric.  He chipped in across the board tonight, and is now averaging 9.5 points, 6.5 boards, two assists, 1.3 3-points, one steal and 0.5 blocks over the past week.

    Pelicans 106, Celtics 105

    Anthony Davis continued his torrid pace in Monday’s nail biting home win.  He finished with 25 points, 16 boards, four steals and two blocks.  The injury risk isn’t going away, but he’s the top player in standard leagues right now by a decent margin.  Alvin Gentry may finally have caught up to what fantasy owners have known all season: Terrence Jones is a near perfect fit next to Davis.  In 30 minutes Jones scored 15 points with 10 rebounds, one steal and one block.  Go get ’im!

    The Celtics were led by Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley, but simply didn’t get enough from their bench to pull out the win.  Thomas went off for 37 points, seven assists and three 3-pointers, and Bradley double-doubled with 19 points and 10 boards.

    Spurs 94, Heat 90

    While he wasn’t exactly the model of efficiency we’ve grown accustomed to Kawhi Leonard still managed an impressive 24 points with 12 boards and four assists.  He didn’t manage to accrue any defensive stats (surprisingly) but his owners have little room to complain.  Aside from Leonard, the Spurs spread the scoring around, as four of their five starters – along with Patty Mills – each finished in double figures.

    Hassan Whiteside and Dion Waiters kept the Heat afloat for most of the night, as the team continues to struggle offensively without Goran Dragic (ankle).  Whiteside scored 23 points with 17 boards, two steals and two blocks.  If you took him in the first round of your drafts you’re probably feeling pretty good right now.  Despite his impressive line tonight, Waiters remains too mercurial to warrant a bench spot in most leagues.

    Grizzlies 102, Jazz 96

    On a night of impressive performances, perhaps the most heartening was Vince Carter turning back the clock.  He scored 20 points with three 3-pointers and seven rebounds, and while he’ll never be a fantasy staple again it is fun to remember the good ol’ days on nights like tonight.  In more fantasy relevant news, Marc Gasol scored 22 points and hit two 3-pointers, but didn’t bring his usual assists or blocks to the party, while Mike Conley posted a well rounded line of his own.  The threat of injuries looms for both players, but they remain solid starters as long as their health holds out.

    The story was fairly simple for the Jazz tonight: their bigs disappeared and Gordon Hayward looked overwhelmed trying to carry the offense in the absence of George Hill.  Derrick Favors looked hobbled, seemingly not over the knee injury that plagued him earlier this year, and Rudy Gobert continued his return to earth after a hot start.

    Clippers 127, Nets 95

    Yuck.  The Clippers were up by 24 at the half and never took their foot off the gas.  Chris Paul lit up the box score with 21 points, nine assists, four rebounds, four 3-pointers and five assists.  There isn’t a more complete point guard in the NBA.  Similarly, Blake Griffin went off for 20 points, six rebounds and six assists.  The Clippers remain one of the hotter teams in the league and show no signs of letting up.

    The Nets looked completely lost without Jeremy Lin and Brook Lopez.  In Lin’s place they started Sean Kilpatrick who struggled to shoot the ball on his way to 14 points and five boards, and Bojan Bogdanovic saw 25 minutes on his way to 18 points and one 3-pointer.  Hoop Ball favorite Justin Hamilton did virtually nothing in his start, but should bounce back tonight against the Lakers.  Nothing to see here, let’s just hope for a better slate of games tonight.

    That’ll do it for this Tuesday’s dish.  Follow @HoopBallTweets for up to the minute updates or hit me up on Twitter (@AbyssAlsoGazes) if you have any questions.  See you all next week.

Fantasy News

  • Donovan Mitchell
    SG, Utah Jazz

    Donovan Mitchell did his best to carry the Jazz in Monday's 117-126 loss to the Rockets with 36 points on 14-of-25 shooting to go with three boards, four assists, three steals and three 3-pointers.

    Mitchell tried to keep the Jazz in the game and the lack of numbers outside of scoring were due to the fact that no one on the Jazz had it going on offense besides him and Bojan Bogdanovic. The good news is that he kept up his efficiency with his high-volume scoring tonight. The rest of the stats will trickle in soon.

  • Rudy Gobert
    C, Utah Jazz

    Rudy Gobert double-doubled on Monday with 12 points and 14 rebounds to go with a steal and two blocks.

    Gobert did his best against a Rockets offense that sought to drag him out on the perimeter. He was still able to grab double-digit boards, but he didn't look comfortable all game against Houston's small ball lineups.

  • Joe Ingles
    SF, Utah Jazz

    Joe Ingles started on Monday, but his shot was off as he scored seven points on 2-of-8 shooting to go with two rebounds, six assists and a 3-pointer.

    Ingles drew the start again on Monday, but was off the mark with his shot again. He's getting enough minutes to keep up his top-100 play, but he just isn't producing as of now. He's worth holding on to for a few more games as he was too good prior to this stretch to let go of after a few bad nights. Mike Conley () had a decent stretch as well, but the bench role will severely limit his upside. It's hard to imagine a world where both players produce high level fantasy lines.

  • Bojan Bogdanovic
    SF, Utah Jazz

    Bojan Bogdanovic was one of the few Jazz players to hit any shots on Monday, scoring 30 points on 10-of-18 shooting to go with one rebound, two assists and seven 3-pointers.

    Bogdanovic was able to put up his usual scoring numbers alongside Donvoan Mitchell. He'll continue to be a solid source of points and triples.

  • Eric Gordon
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Eric Gordon drew the start on Monday and responded by setting a new career-high with 50 points on 14-of-22 shooting (16-of-20 FTs) to go with six rebounds, three assists, two steals, a block and six 3-pointers.

    Gordon was the trigger man tonight and did his best James Harden impersonation. The Jazz just couldn't stop him on the pick-and-roll dives and couple that with his hot shooting from deep and you have what may be his best game of the season. His value goes back to 3-point streaming specialist when the Rockets are healthy as Gordon usually doesn't handle the ball this much.

  • Danuel House
    PF, Houston Rockets

    Danuel House started and logged a game-high 45 minutes on Monday, scoring 21 points on 6-of-14 shooting to go with 11 boards, two assists, five steals and two triples.

    House looked much more aggressive out there tonight on both ends of the floor, as displayed by his stocks. Maybe this game will snap him out of his cold spell as the Rockets desperately need him to stay this aggressive on offense.

  • Austin Rivers
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Austin Rivers started on Monday and scored a season-high 21 points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and two triples.

    Rivers drew the start and was in attack mode from the beginning. He was comfortable out there as the main pick-and-roll ball handler, seeking out mismatches and attacking the rim. His fantasy value dips back to irrelevancy when either Russell Westbrook (rest) or James Harden (thigh) return, but his streaming appeal is there when either sits.

  • PJ Tucker
    SF, Houston Rockets

    P.J. Tucker scored nine points on 2-of-4 shooting to go with 10 boards, five dimes and a triple-one line on Monday.

    Tucker continues to play through his stinger, but his minutes were much lower than usual tonight as Coach D'Antoni ran a nine-man rotation. This is actually good news as Tucker can still provide a triple-one in around 30 minutes a night.

  • Kris Dunn
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Kris Dunn was active as usual in the Bulls' 110-109 win over the Spurs on Monday as he produced 10 points (5-of-9 shooting), six rebounds, eight assists, three steals and one block in 35 minutes.

    Dunn played tough defense on DeMar DeRozan, though nothing seems to be able to stop him at this point. With Otto Porter Jr. out, Dunn has carved out a good role this season. Fantasy-wise, he's most valuable for his elite steals and decent assists. In fact, this marks six straight games with at least two steals for Dunn. Most fantasy teams could use an elite specialist like him.

  • Luke Kornet
    PF-C, Chicago Bulls

    Luke Kornet had a strong game on Monday in a win over the Spurs with 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting, nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Kornet has been hit-or-miss since he joined the starting lineup, mainly due to low minutes. In this game, however, he showed some of his Knicks magic from last season. He should have a handful of games left in the starting lineup, so if you're looking for some blocks and threes, give him a look. Thaddeus Young was solid in his starting effort as well, putting up 13 points, nine rebounds, two assists and a pair of threes in 29 minutes in the win.