• With nine games on tap we had yet another eventful night in the Association.  Bradley Beal erupted, the Sixers looked downright respectable and Giannis Antetokounmpo again devoured an entire team whole.  With that, here’s Tuesday’s Daily Dish.

    Warriors 120, Pacers 83

    There frankly isn’t a ton to report here.  Stephen Curry and Draymond Green were their typical dominant selves, and while he only scored 14 points Kevin Durant managed to make up for it with 11 boards, six assists and plenty of defense.  More  notably, Klay Thompson broke out of his recent slump to the tune of 25 points and four 3-pointers.  He continues to be an elite contributor in treys, but has taken the brunt of Durant’s added usage rate.

    Indiana again played without Paul George, and Myles Turner sat out this contest as well.  X-rays on both their ankles came back negative, and until we get more information we’ll consider them questionable for Wednesday’s tilt against the Hawks.  They may be joined by Jeff Teague on the injury report, as he left Monday’s game with an ankle injury of his own.  The Warriors were in cruise control by the time Teague got hurt, however, so his inability to return might not be cause for concern.

    Grizzlies 105, Hornets 90

    Mike Conley was everywhere for Memphis, as he shredded Kemba Walker and company to the tune of 31 points on 11-of-21 shooting and three steals.  He’s been absolutely terrific over the past two weeks, and should remain a top-40 option as long as he’s healthy.  Not to be outdone, Marc Gasol nearly triple-doubled with one steal, three blocks and two threes.  His efficiency has taken a hit this season, but owners have to love his impact in 3-pointers.

    For the Hornets, Kemba Walker struggled with jumper but still managed to score 17 points.  He’s been spectacular this season, and should maintain top-20 value the rest of the season.  Elsewhere, Frank Kaminsky bombed away from deep, finishing with 23 points, three treys, one steal and three blocks in just 20 minutes.

    Wizards 106, Suns 101

    Bradley Beal went positively supernova on Monday, scoring 42 points with four boards and five 3-pointers.  While he still isn’t contributing much beyond scoring and threes it’s nice to see him tap into his potential once and awhile.  Conversely, John Wall was as versatile as ever on Monday, scoring 18 points with 15 helpers, four boards, four assists and three blocks.

    Phoenix’s stars came to play, but simply couldn’t get enough going from their supporting cast to pull out the win.  Eric Bledsoe dominated across the board and Devin Booker poured in 30 points, but Alex Len was the only other Suns’ player to finish in double figures.  Let’s move on.

    Sixers 101, Heat 94

    The Sixers continue to look downright respectable, offing the Heat on Monday behind a balanced team effort.  Joel Embiid tortured Miami’s bigs in his 23 minutes, and Jahlil Okafor looked polished in his reserve role.  Despite finishing double figures in each of his last five games, Dario Saric saw just 17 minutes of action behind Ersan Ilyasova.  Saric has looked better coming off the bench so owners shouldn’t be too concerned just yet.

    As the rest of the roster crumbled Hassan Whiteside continued his tear, scoring 32 points with 13 boards and two blocks.  He’s a monster.  Josh Richardson, on the other hand, posted his first dud since returning to a full complement of minutes.  He shot 1-of-11 from the floor and finished with just four points.

    Rockets 99, Pistons 96

    What can you say about James Harden at this point?  He nearly triple-doubled, again, and will continue to challenge for fantasy’s top spot all season.  He got some help on Monday, too, as both Trevor Ariza and Clint Capela played well.  The buy low window is probably shut on Ariza at this point, and Capela remains a top-100 player despite his dreadful free throw shooting.

    The Kentavious Caldwell-Pope breakout continues in Detroit, as he scored 26 points with two steals and three 3-pointers.  Andre Drummond posted his expected line on Monday, loading up on rebounds and missed free throws, while both Ish Smith and Jon Leuer continue to make solid streaming options in standard leagues.

    Celtics 99, Wolves 93

    The Celtics mounted a second half comeback behind Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford.  Thomas got into the paint at will, earning several easy buckets and 10 trips to the line.  Meanwhile, Horford has looked splendid since returning from his concussion, and again flashed his versatile game on Monday.  He finished with 20 points, six boards, five assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and three blocks.  He looks primed for a career year in Boston.

    The Wolves gave this game away in the third quarter, which has unfortunately become a bit of an habit this season.  The starting front court was as dynamic as ever, but Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins struggled to hit shots as the game progressed.  Sometimes it actually is a make-or-miss league.

    Bucks 93, Magic 89

    Giannis Antetokounmpo started quietly against the Magic, earning one foul and no other counting stats during the first eight or so minutes of action.  From that moment forward, however, he tore the Magic asunder.  The Greek Freak triple-doubled to the tune of 21 points, 10 boards, 10 assists with five steals and three blocks.  The Magic’s only real defense once he turned the corner was to foul him, and he responded by going 9-for-9 from the stripe.  All fans and owners can do is marvel at the way his game has come together.

    It’s nice to see Serge Ibaka actually blocking shots again, and he finished with a nice line tonight, but don’t overreact.  He continues to look overwhelmed as Orlando’s number one option.  Meanwhile, Aaron Gordon completely disappeared in his 21 minutes on the floor.  Until Orlando manages to trade one of their big bodies up front the path to consistent playing time for Gordon looks murky.

    Spurs 96, Mavs 91

    With Tony Parker (rest) inactive Patty Mills looked dynamic off the bench for the Spurs, scoring 17 points with three boards, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers.  He continues to look like the real deal in fantasy, and if Parker were to miss significant time he’d be a hot pick up.  Elsewhere, Paul Gasol picked up the slack on offense in LaMarcus Aldridge’s absence, while Kawhi Leonard remained as efficient as ever.

    Empty calories All-Star Harrison Barnes again got his 20 points without much else to show for it, while Wesley Matthews continued his long journey back to respectability with his jumper.  The real story for Dallas, though, was Seth Curry’s 23 points in 36 minutes.  He’ll obviously see less time on the court once the rest of the roster gets healthy, but Chef the Younger continues to impress.

    Clippers 123, Raptors 115

    The Clippers looked like world beaters once again behind sterling performances from Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.  Their core has never played this well together, and both Griffin and Paul are early season MVP candidates in both fantasy and reality.  Moreover, J.J. Redick got hot from deep to put the game away in the second half, and finished with 20 points, three treys and a perfect 9-for-9 from the charity stripe.

    On the Toronto side of the ball, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry combined for 52 points and 14 assists, but simply couldn’t keep the Clippers in check defensively.  Similarly, despite posting a nice line Jonas Valanciunas was abused by the Clippers big men, often resorting to simply hacking them inside.

    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

  • Patrick Beverley
    PG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Patrick Beverley (sore right groin) has been upgraded to doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Hawks.

    Beverley was ruled out earlier in the day, but now there looks to be a glimmer of hope that he will suit up. The doubtful designation doesn't look promising, but this is a situation to monitor against a bad Hawks defense and both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George sitting out.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Anthony Davis
    PF-C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Anthony Davis (glute) and Rajon Rondo (finger) are available to play in Wednesday's game against the Knicks.

    Davis and Rondo returned to the court for Monday's blowout loss against the Celtics and look good-to-go moving forward. Play both of them as you normally would.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Bruce Brown
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Bruce Brown (illness) is being ruled out ahead of Wednesday's game against the Kings.

    This isn't ideal timing for Brown with Reggie Jackson making his return to game action for this one. The Pistons backcourt is going to be an interesting development to watch with Derrick Rose's name being mentioned in trade rumors and Luke Kennard working his way back to the court in addition to Jackson, as discussed above. Keep an eye on this situation.

    Source: James Edward III on Twitter

  • Derrick Rose
    PG, Detroit Pistons

    Derrick Rose will remain in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Kings despite the return of Reggie Jackson.

    Jackson is going to get integrated into the offense while likely starting on a minutes limit. When Jackson is back up to full speed, he could reclaim his starting PG spot from Rose. Rose has been the subject of trade speculation, so this is a situation to monitor in the coming weeks,

    Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter

  • CJ McCollum
    SG, Portland Trail Blazers

    C.J. McCollum (left ankle sprain) was spotted going through a shootaround after Tuesday's practice.

    McCollum has missed the past two games because of the ankle injury but seems to be on the right track to return to game action. The Blazers' next game is on Thursday against the Mavs. Check back in closer to tip-off to see what McCollum's status is.

    Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter

  • Zach Collins
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Zach Collins (labrum surgery) participated in solo workouts with both arms while also getting some shots up during Tuesday's practice.

    Collins came into the season with some hype as the unquestioned starting PF for the Blazers before injuring his shoulder in the third game of the season. Collins is trying to get back before the season ends, but even if he does, there will be a few more options to battle minutes for than there was the last time he was healthy. He isn't likely to have an impact in fantasy leagues this season.

    Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter

  • Jusuf Nurkic
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Jusuf Nurkic went through a full practice on Wednesday, according to teammate Damian Lillard.

    Lillard said that Nurkic went full speed and was took contact during the practice. While Nurkic isn't expected to return to game action until at least March, he remains a quality stash for teams that have an open IR spot or can afford it. He will surely have restrictions when he does return, but he has shown to be an across the board contributor as evidenced by the 15.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 steal he averaged in 72 games during the 2018-19 NBA season.

    Source: Jason Quick on Twitter

  • Nicolas Claxton
    PF, Brooklyn Nets

    The Nets have downgraded Nicolas Claxton (shoulder) to doubtful for Thursday's game against the Lakers.

    Claxton was injured when Giannis Antetokounmpo set a screen during the game on Saturday. He managed to play well on Monday but is apparently still dealing with the issue. If Claxton and DeAndre Jordan cannot play, Jarrett Allen will have a lot of responsibility.

    Source: Chris Milholen on Twitter

  • Alfonzo McKinnie
    SF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Alfonzo McKinnie is expected to sign a second 10-day contract with the Cavs on Thursday.

    McKinnie has played solid bench minutes over the last month. He's not a recommended fantasy play but does provide some rebounding.

    Source: Chris Fedor on Twitter

  • Kyrie Irving
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Kyrie Irving (hamstring) is considered probable for Thursday's game.

    Irving missed Monday's contest but is likely to face the Lakers. He has been a force during his first 15 games with the Nets. So far, Irving is averaging 26.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 6.9 assists.

    Source: Kristian Winfield on Twitter