• Welcome to Wednesday’s Daily Dish!  Tonight featured nine games, which is actually fewer than several Wednesdays in recent weeks.  How can owners benefit from all this information? Let’s begin reading the tea leaves.

    Adds of the Night

    Seth Curry, G, Dallas Mavericks – 25 minutes, 20 points, four rebounds, two assists, four 3-pointers, 8-of-13 FG

    It’s safer to consider him a short-term pickup with Luka Doncic out and Tim Hardaway Jr. holding an expensive contract.  Regardless, Steph’s younger brother is showing off the skill for which the Curry family is known. Seth has scored 20 or more in three of his last four appearances, including 26 versus the Bucks on Monday and 30 on December 12 against the Pistons.  Curry had at least one made triple in every game going back to November 26, and only lack of playing time prevented that streak from being longer. He’s 13% owned in Yahoo and it should arguably be higher even if he’s just being streamed.

    Derrick Jones Jr., F, Miami Heat –  32 minutes, 13 points, six rebounds, one assist, two 3-pointers, 5-for-9 FG

    For a player who holds under 10% ownership in Yahoo, there’s a lot to like about Jones.  He has been hovering around 30 minutes per night for close to the last two weeks. He fought through migraine headaches to face the Sixers and looked none the worse for wear.  Aside from gaining Erik Spoelstra’s trust, he has helped push Kelly Olynyk to the margins over the last couple of contests. Justise Winslow’s back injury has kept him out of the mix for two weeks and Jones has certainly capitalized.  He even totaled 10 steals in the four games preceding this one.

     

    Drop Zone

    Here are a couple of players who could be worth cutting if you find a promising free agent.

    Coby White

    White was an intriguing pickup as the season began.  After all, he was selected seventh overall and averaged 19.2 points during preseason play.  Even as the regular season began, he scored 42 points over his first two contests and had plenty of double-digit games thereafter.  Even as his shooting numbers cratered (34.9 percent from the floor for the season), there was reason to hope for fantasy value. However, the bottom has really fallen out in December.  White has just 10 points over his last four appearances and hasn’t exceeded 20 minutes in any of them.  Frankly, 26% ownership in Yahoo seems excessive at this point.

    Markieff Morris

    Despite Christian Wood’s injury, Morris only played 16 minutes against Toronto after being displaced from the starting lineup.  He took full advantage of ailments to Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond over his last three games en route to 53 total points, but that window appears to have closed unless Griffin continues to be in and out of the lineup.  I can understand that his 13% Yahoo ownership is mostly based on the premise of not trusting Griffin’s health, but there may well be better options available in your league. Wednesday represented a resounding return to earth as he scored two points along with four rebounds and an assist.

    Injury Report

    Lonzo Ball (bruised right hip) scored 10 points in 21 minutes against the Wolves.

    J.J. Redick (left groin soreness) managed to play 30 minutes and score 12 points.

    Kevin Porter Jr. overcame left shoulder soreness to score seven points in 16 minutes.

    Karl-Anthony Towns sat out with a left knee sprain.

    Fred VanVleet missed the game against the Pistons with a right knee contusion.

    Malik Monk left during the first half against the Cavs with a left hip contusion.

    Joel Embiid shook off an illness that cost him one game and posted 22 points.

    Wendell Carter Jr. was listed as probable with tailbone and abdominal injuries but played 39 minutes in the Bulls’ narrow win.

    Mario Hezonja was questionable with back spasms and ultimately did not play.

    Norman Powell suffered a left shoulder injury during the fourth quarter in Detroit and did not return.

    Christian Wood hurt his left knee during the second quarter against the Raptors and remained out.

    Paul Millsap (strained right quad) returned from a two-game absence and played for 26 minutes.

    Gordon Hayward sat out with left foot soreness.

    Marc Gasol only played eight minutes before leaving with a left hamstring issue.

    Grayson Allen was sidelined with right ankle soreness.

    Jarrett Culver was held out due to illness.

    Lonzo Ball (bruised right hip) appeared for 21 minutes.

    Ryan Arcidiacono (right elbow discomfort) played 14 minutes during which he scored two points.

     

    Firing Pistons

    The Raptors went into Detroit and won 112-99, but the Pistons did get some good news when their two starting big men returned to the lineup.  Andre Drummond had missed two of the team’s last three games due to an allergic reaction to an avocado that led to left eye inflammation. Meanwhile, Blake Griffin left Saturday’s game early with left knee soreness and was unable to suit up on Monday.  Griffin has missed 13 of his team’s 27 games so far, but he bounced back from some recent poor play to score 15 points, collect two rebounds, dish out four assists, and block two shots in this one. I had expected a longer absence, but time will tell whether he can remain healthy down the stretch.  Drummond’s double-double included 22 points and 18 rebounds, not to mention two thefts and two swats. All in all, not much different from his average game this season.

     

    Clarke Bar

    Despite receiving minutes in the mid-twenties, Brandon Clarke is on a nice run lately.  This year’s 21st overall pick from Gonzaga has shot 34-of-48 (70.8 percent) from the field over his last four games during which he scored 20.3 points per night and hauled in 6.8 rebounds.  On Wednesday, he hit 27 points which represented a career high just two games after scoring 25. The oblique injury that cost him four games no longer appears to be a hindrance.  Clarke is shooting 64.9 percent from the field and 80.6 percent from the line over the course of season with the occasional trey thrown in. Add to all of this the fact that he blocks about a shot per game and you are very far from a guy with Butterfingers.

     

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