• The last few weeks have seen big name players such as Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, John Wall, Blake Griffin, Mike Conley and now Devin Booker go down (among others), just to name a few. Things are getting more cutthroat as we are in the middle of Week 8.

    Let’s start with Mr. Curry himself.

    The Warriors still gave Curry a doubtful tag initially for his hometown return to Charlotte on Wednesday, but he was quickly ruled out. He was seen wearing a boot at the Davidson game on Tuesday, where he told reporters that he should be back “in a couple of weeks” and sounded optimistic. Expect the Warriors to take it easy on Curry. You obviously have to hold. Shaun Livingston and Patrick McCaw will see an uptick in minutes.

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    DEVIN BOOKER CARRIED OFF AGAINST RAPTORS

    The Raptors made quick work of the Suns in a 126-113 blowout on Tuesday, but the big story was the late injury to Devin Booker.

    With 2:40 remaining in the game and the Suns down 11 points, Booker came up lame in a non-contact injury and was carried off the court by two teammates. He was not able to walk on his own power. The Suns quickly diagnosed Booker with a strained adductor, the exact same injury as Anthony Davis suffered on December 1 against the Jazz. Booker finished with 19 points, five boards, eight assists, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

    Why was he playing 40 minutes in a blowout on the second night of a back-to-back? Good question. It’s the Suns! Booker will certainly miss time as results will be out in the coming days. Josh Jackson and Troy Daniels should see an increase in opportunity in his place.

    The Suns also continued their game of musical chairs at center, starting Greg Monroe after a DNP-CD last night. Monroe put up a useful 11-10-3-3-0 line in 25 minutes. Alex Len relieved Monroe with a 14-7-1-0-1 line in 18 minutes. It was apparently Tyson Chandler‘s (rest) turn to sit this one out. With Mike James‘ contract situation due to be cleared up today, this situation should become a lot more clear. I would hold Len and Monroe.

    As for the Raptors, Kyle Lowry continued his scorching hot resurgence. Lowry finished the game shooting 7-for-12 from the floor for 20 points, six boards, 10 assists, two steals and five 3-pointers in 35 minutes. Your buy window opportunity ended a while ago. For studs like Lowry, law of averages always wins.

    THUNDER STORM BACK TO BEAT JAZZ

    After trailing by 12 to start the fourth quarter, the Thunder rallied around their defense and defeated the Jazz 100-94. Russell Westbrook rendered his seventh triple-double of the young season, pouring in 34 points, 13 rebounds, 14 assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Paul George (21-3-1-2-0) and Carmelo Anthony (14-8-1-2-1) chipped in on both ends of the floor, holding the Jazz to just 14 points in the fourth quarter.

    The Thunder clogged the middle with big man Steven Adams, who had a superb game shooting 9-for-10 from the field for 20 points with nine boards, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes. He is averaging 22 points and eight boards during the win streak.

    The loss overshadowed Donovan Mitchell‘s 31 points (11-for-22 FGs), one boards, four assists, five steals and five 3-pointers. Mitchell is unreal. It’s hard to believe this guy is a rookie.

    REAL-DEAL BEAL DROPS 51

    The Wizards to it to the Blazers in a 106-92 victory. Still without their all-star point guard John Wall, the Wizards searched for answers and found it to the tune of 51 points from Bradley Beal. He finished the game with 21-for-37 shooting from the field for 51 points, three boards, two assists and five 3-pointers in 43 minutes. After multiple games of struggling, the kid is alright.

    Beal’s monster usage didn’t leave room for much else. Otto Porter shot 1-for-8 for two points with 10 boards, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 30 minutes.

    On the Blazers side, Jusuf Nurkic left the game in the middle of the fourth quarter with a nasty ankle injury. He got up to shoot the free throw, but then limped off to the locker room under his own power. If Nurk misses time, Meyers Leonard and Ed Davis become adds in his absence. Stay tuned for more details later today.

    Damian Lillard dropped 30 points with eight boards, nine assists and three 3-pointers in 42 minutes. Dame always quiety does his thing.

    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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