• After starting the season 0-2 with losses to the Cavs and Bucks, the peanut gallery was quick to dismiss the Celtics from being contenders in the summer of 2018. They had just lost Gordon Hayward for the season. Couldn’t beat two Eastern Conference favorites. Then Kyrie Irving took over.

    CELTICS 109, NETS 102

    Masked Kyrie was in full force on Tuesday night, easily dissecting a watered down Nets squad sans D’Angelo Russell (knee). Fresh off of a facial fracture, Irving was gritty, shooting 8-for-20 from the field and 7-for-8 from the line for 25 points, three boards, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes. It’s lucky win number 13-in-a-row for the three-leaf clovers. They will be around in May.

    Marcus Morris double-doubled with 21 points (8-for-12 FGs, 3-for-3 FTs), 10 boards, one assist and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes as a starter. Morris owners, your sell high moment is now.

    Al Horford joined the double-double party with 17 points (8-for-10 FGs), 11 boards, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes. He has been as steady as a rock this season. You got what you paid for.

    While we await word on the severity of D’Angelo Russell’s injury, Hoop-Ball has let it be known that Spencer Dinwiddie is the add. Dinwiddie double-doubled with 12 points, 11 dimes, four boards, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes. The opportunity is there. He will eat.

    Joe Harris caught fire with five 3-pointers, scoring 19 points in the Nets loss. He can be ignored.

    Caris LeVert stepped up and had a solid outing, shooting 6-for-7 from the field for 15 points with four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes. He won’t shoot so efficient every night.

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    RAPTORS 129, ROCKETS 113

    The Rockets had a tough time defending home court and just playing defense in general on Tuesday, allowing the Raptors to drop 129 points on 51.9% shooting. DeMar DeRozan led the way for the Raptors with 27 points (7-for-16 FGs, 13-for-16 FTs), six boards, five assists and one steal in 33 minutes. He is as consistent of a scorer as they come.

    Kyle Lowry double-doubled with 19 points (4-for-12 FGs, 9-for-10 FTs), 10 assists, five boards, one steal and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes. His shooting percentages should get better and average out, but his steals have dropped by 0.9 per game since last season. That is hurting his value and is alarming going forward.

    The Raptors were without Norman Powell (hip) so OG Anunoby got the start. If you slid him for dirt cheap on to your DFS lineups, kudos to you. Anunoby finished with a 16-2-1-0-1 line with three 3-pointers in 29 minutes. If Powell is ever out, this is your one-day rental moving forward.

    Ignore the C.J. Miles six threes game. Check back with us in ten games and we’ll tell you the same thing after another similar night.

    As for Houston, Harden was up to his fat stat lines with some glaring inefficiencies. Harden shot a putrid 8-for-25 from the field but made up with it by going 19-for-19 from the line for 38 points with 11 assists, six boards, one block and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes. His nine turnovers tell the story. Hopefully if you own him you punt turnovers or play in an 8-cat league.

    Trevor Ariza is finally back up to par after a rocky start to the season. Ariza shot 6-for-11 from the field for 20 points with eight boards, two assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 37 minutes. He is officially back and should stay at these levels the rest of the year.

    Clint Capela put up a quiet 11 points with 11 boards, one assist and two steals in 28 minutes. He is one of the fantasy community’s biggest surprises in the first month.

    Better nights are ahead for Eric Gordon. He won’t shoot 0-for-7 from downtown on most nights. Hang in there.

    SPURS 97, MAVS 91

    With the return of Kawhi Leonard looming “sooner rather than later,” LaMarcus Aldridge was taking reigns of the box score as he has during the first month of the season. Aldridge couldn’t be stopped, scoring 32 points (12-for-21 FGs, 8-for-10 FTs) with five boards, four assists, one steal and two blocks in 35 minutes. Your sell-high window is closing every minute until Kawhi gets back. He will still be solid, but the usage will dip.

    Patty Mills added 19 points with three boards, two assists, four steals, one block and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes. He seems to break out every other game. He should be at the end of your bench.

    The Mavs got another big game out of their prized rookie Dennis Smith, Jr. in the loss. Smith shot 10-for-23 from the field for 27 points with six rebounds, two assists and five 3-pointers in 36 minutes. He has boxsprings for legs. Let’s hope we see him in the Slam Dunk competition in February.

    Harrison Barnes stayed relatively hot with 16 points, eight boards, two assists and three steals in 37 minutes. He is having an excellent two weeks of stat-stuffing lines.

    That will do it for Wednesday’s Daily Dish!! As always, be sure to follow me on Twitter, I’m @RiazD. Catch me on the Fantasy NBA Tonight ($) pod on Tuesday nights where we answer your questions and go over box scores. Don’t forget to follow all of our breaking news and rumors @HoopBallTweets. Happy hump day!!

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