• With seven games on tap we had yet another eventful night in the Association.  Robert Covington and Richaun Holmes filled it up in OT, Klay Thompson went supernova from downtown and James Harden reminded us all of his MVP resume.  With that, here’s Tuesday’s Daily Dish.

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    Hornets 105, Hawks 90

    After an underwhelming return to action on Saturday, Nicolas Batum looked like his dynamic self again against the Hawks.  He scored 16 points with six assists in an efficient line, and should remain a solid mid round player throughout the fantasy playoffs as long as he’s healthy…  Cody Zeller started again, but struggled with foul trouble and was outplayed by Frank Kaminsky.  He saw 14 more minutes of action than Zeller, and finished with 14 points and six cash counters.

    With Paul Millsap nursing a tight left knee, Ersan Ilyasova was pulled into the starting lineup.  He played well enough, but the general shuffling of the rotation hurt the team.  The Hawks got practically nothing from their bench in this one, squandering a solid performance from their starters…  Dennis Schroder paced the team with 20 points, and added a surprising three triples and two blocks.  He’s been a fifth round value over the past month, and owners in the playoffs will have to keep their fingers crossed that he can keep knocking down shots from downtown.

    Pacers 107, Jazz 100

    Despite some inefficient shooting the Pacers were carried by solid performances from their principal players.  Paul George and Myles Turner both filled it up defensively, and Jeff Teague went for 21-5-5 with three 3-pointers, a block and a steal….  C.J. Miles  got hot in just 23 minutes, knocking in three triples to go with three steals.  He’s a hit or miss option in fantasy, but should do enough from beyond the arc to help desperate owners in 3-pointers.

    Of the seven players the Jazz brought of the bench only one of them scored more than four points.  Such lackluster contributions from their reserves were doubly disappointing compared to the colossal lines posted by Gordon Hayward and Rudy Gobert.  Fantasy owners probably don’t care how well the rest of the Jazz performed, and are simply delighted by Hayward’s 38 points and Gobert’s eight blocks.

    Magic 112, Sixers 109

    Nikola Vucevic recorded his second straight double-double, finishing with 26 points and 13 boards.  He won’t ever do enough defensively to be an elite fantasy player, but he’s efficient and getting all the minutes he can handle for the post-Serge Ibaka Magic…  They might not have posted stellar fantasy lines on Monday, but the Magic really might have found something in pairing Elfrid Payton with Evan Fournier and Terrence Ross on the wing.  Payton is thriving with more spacing around him, and Fournier seems to have returned to his early season form of late.

    While they took the loss in this one the Sixers have to be encouraged by what they saw on the floor.  Richaun Holmes played 42 minutes with Jahlil Okafor (knee) out, and made the most of them.  He finished with 24 points, 14 boards, four assists and the elusive 1-1-1 in the money categories.  It’s insane to think he started the season as the team’s fourth center, but he looks like a league winner down the stretch…  Similarly, Robert Covington made a huge splash for his fantasy owners with 24 points, 14 boards and nine money counters on Monday.  He’s been much more efficient since the All-Star break and contributes immensely in the most critical categories.

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    Celtics 110, Wizards 102

    After struggling with injuries for large chunks of the season Al Horford is rounding back into form.  He’s done it all over his last four, and continues to provide a unique combination of blocks, triples and rebounds from the center spot…  Boston’s starting backcourt was the team’s key to victory in this one, as both Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley were confident from beyond the arc and taking mid range jumpers.

    The Wizards came out flat on Monday and simply struggled to hit shots.  John Wall still turned in a nice line, and Bradley Beal, Bojan Bogdanovic and company will be fine.  Let’s move on.

    Rockets 125, Nuggets 124

    What more can you say about James Harden?  Seriously.  He went for 39 points, 11 assists and seven boards to go along with four steals and four triples.  Harden’s been the best player in eight cat formats and continues to put up MVP numbers just about every night…  Eric Gordon knocked in four triples off the bench, adding to his Sixth Man of the Year credentials, while Lou Williams was quiet in just 17 minutes of action.

    The Nuggets’ offense looked constipated during the first quarter, but Gary Harris kept the team afloat during that early stretch.  He shot the ball well from every spot on the floor, played some stellar defense and even showed some flashes as a facilitator…  Nikola Jokic continues to return first round value over the past two months, and is likely going to cost you your first selection in drafts next fall.

    Warriors 111, Thunder 95

    The Warriors turned this one into a laugher in the third quarter, as Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry got hot from distance (shocking, I know).  They finished with seven treys apiece and have both stepped up to fill the void left by Kevin Durant…  Elsewhere, Draymond Green turned in a typically funky line, scoring just two points but chipping in plenty of boards and assists.  Owners would have loved to see more in the way of money counters, but nights like this are simply part of owning Green.

    Steven Adams and Andre Roberson were virtually invisible in this one.  Yes, a lot of their contributions don’t show up in the stat sheet, but don’t be fooled: the Thunder needed their supporting players to shine and they simply didn’t show up…  Russell Westbrook couldn’t buy a bucket throughout the first half, and then when he finally got going in the game quickly slipped away.  He played just 27 minutes and didn’t take the floor in the fourth quarter.

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    Clippers 114, Knicks 105

    To the surprise of absolutely no one the Clippers rolled at home.  Blake Griffin erupted for 20 points in the first half alone, and finished with a bloated stat line despite getting extended rest in the fourth quarter…  Chris Paul broke this game wide open in the third with his passing, tallying a double-double in the lopsided win.  Austin Rivers looked good running the offense during the game’s final frame, but he’s an afterthought in fantasy when Paul’s healthy.

    Willy Hernangomez posted an empty line in limited action, as he struggled to find his shot against DeAndre Jordan and company.  There’ll be better days ahead and tonight shouldn’t lead anyone to conclude he won’t be a top-100 player going forward…  The Knicks’ decided to leave Kristaps Porzingis on the floor despite the one sided affair, as he almost led a comeback late surrounded by mostly bench guys.  In fantasy Porzingis was a bit of a disappointment in the second half but he still possess absolutely elite upside, and the Knicks will hopefully begin to tailor the team around him as early as this offseason.

    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

  • Milton Doyle
    G, Chicago Bulls

    Milton Doyle, formerly of the Nets and Spanish club UCAM Murcia, has agreed to a partially-guaranteed deal with the Bulls.

    Doyle played 10 games with the Nets in 2017-18. He's facing an uphill battle but will try to earn a roster spot in training camp.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Joakim Noah
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Joakim Noah plans to join workouts with the Clippers this week, per Shams Charania.

    Noah hasn't been in the news since he was up for consideration with the Lakers, but he would be a nice bench pickup for the Clippers. They could use a big-bodied center to crash and bang in certain matchups, and Noah would fit in as a strong defender. We'll see if anything comes of this week's workouts.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Carmelo Anthony
    PF, Free Agent

    As of right now, the Nets are "very unlikely" to sign Carmelo Anthony, according to a report from Shams Charania.

    Brooklyn is more likely to sign players that they have worked out recently, with Charania naming Lance Thomas and C.J. Williams as possibilities. At least more people can complain about Melo being unsigned now.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Chuma Okeke
    PF, Orlando Magic

    According to Shams Charania, the Magic plan to redshirt rookie Chuma Okeke, who is recovering from a torn left ACL.

    Earlier in the summer Magic POBO Jeff Weltman said that he believed Okeke could return this season, but there's no rush for him to get back on the court. The 16th overall pick will be able to focus on rehab this season, and he's off the board in all redraft formats.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Chris Paul
    PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Though the Thunder are prepared to open the season with Chris Paul as a "veteran star and leader," Shams Charania is reporting that the Heat have "a level of interest" in CP3.

    The Heat and Paul were said to have mutual interest back when CP3 was first traded to Oklahoma City but the teams couldn't work out a deal. It is now expected that Miami will play out the start of the season and see how things are going before they make a big play for Paul, as acquiring his three years and $124 million would require a trade of major contracts. A deal would certainly improve Paul's fantasy outlook but as it stands he figures to stay on the cusp of early-round production as long as he's on the court, even for a Thunder team that's looking to the future.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Antonio Blakeney
    SG, Chicago Bulls

    Antonio Blakeney has agreed to a deal with Jiangsu in the CBA.

    Blakeney was let go by the Bulls a couple weeks ago. A strong scorer at the G-League level, he should be able to drop some huge games in China. We'd expect to hear his name on the mid-season free agency market if all goes well overseas.

    Source: Sportando

  • Furkan Korkmaz
    SG, Philadelphia Sixers

    After an injury-plagued sophomore campaign for the Sixers, Furkan Korkmaz knows this season will be crucial for his future and he is hoping to make big strides this year.

    The one thing Korkmaz has going for him is his shooting ability and that is something the Sixers could surely utilize on this roster. It did not click last season, but Korkmaz will get another chance to prove his worth at some point this season. Still, it is hard to picture him coming out of the gate with a big role on opening night.

    Source: Sixers.com

  • Nikola Mirotic
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    On Sunday, Nikola Mirotic dropped 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting for Barcelona.

    Mirotic's opening appearance for his new EuroLeague club, Barcelona, resulted in a victory, and he did not have to work too hard for most of his buckets at the Supercopa Endesa versus Valencia. Mirotic should find quick success during his return to European basketball, but NBA fantasy players will surely be missing his presence stateside.

    Source: Eurohoops

  • Bruce Brown
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Coach Dwane Casey spoke highly of Bruce Brown’s defensive play, calling him an ‘elite defender.’

    Brown remains in contention for a starting spot with the Pistons, but he is not a high-usage player, and the Pistons have stocked up with offensive threats such as Derrick Rose and the immortal Joe Johnson. It will be tough for Brown to rack up enough touches or minutes this season.

    Source: Pistons.com

  • Kevin Durant
    SF, Brooklyn Nets

    There is some optimism in league circles about Kevin Durant's (Achilles) chances of playing this season, according to Brian Lewis of the New York Post.

    Looking back on Durant's decision to return during the Finals, the Nets may want to exude caution when considering KD's return to action. However, Durant is pursuing his rehab with a sense of purpose, and it would be great to see him get back on the court this season. We'll keep you posted when a real timeline on Durant's rehab emerges. This news does not make him a target on draft day for standard leagues.

    Source: New York Post