• Sunday brought us basketball action throughout the day with games spread out between noon (EST) and 9:30 pm (EST). Maybe Bruski is onto something here with his prediction of the NBA overtaking the NFL as the most popular sport in the U.S.A. by 2020. We shall see. With a recap of Sunday’s action, here’s Monday’s Daily Dish.

    KNICKS 104, HAWKS 94

    The game was close throughout, but there was one key difference…Carmelo Anthony. Luckily for the Knicks, he was on their team.

    The Good

    Carmelo Anthony played 38 minutes and scored a game-high 31 points on 12-of-22 shooting. Melo added seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and four 3-pointers to help the Knicks pull away in this one.

    Helping Melo was none other than Kristaps Porzingis. KP chipped in 19 points and added 11 rebounds in 31 minutes of action. There were definitely some empty stats in his line, but the double-double was enough to help the Knicks get the win.

    Courtney Lee played a team-high 38 minutes and scored 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting. Lee added five rebounds, five assists and two steals in one of his most well-rounded lines this season.

    For the Hawks, Paul Millsap led the attack with 19 points on 8-of-17 shooting. He added seven rebounds, five assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes of action. This is the type of line that Millsap owners have been waiting for.

    Dwight Howard also played well securing his 10th double-double of the season. D12 scored 18 points and added 18 rebounds with two blocks and a respectable 6-of-12 from the line (for D12 standards at least).

    The Bad

    After a breakthrough performance in his last game, Brandon Jennings followed it up with a big stinker. Jennings scored five points with four rebounds, three assists and three steals in 28 minutes of action. For now fantasy GM’s can view him from the wire.

    Dennis Schroder played his worst game of the season shooting 0-of-8 from the field and finished the game with one point with two rebounds and three assists. Schroder has not played well over the last two weeks basically returning top 180 value. Let’s hope he can turn it around sooner rather than later.

    The Takeaway

    This was a huge win for the Knicks, despite them missing Joakim Noah due to an illness in this one. The Knicks move to 6-7 on the season and have a four game week up ahead including a back-to-back with the Hornets on Friday and Saturday. The Hawks meanwhile dropped to 9-4 after this disappointing loss. The Hawks also have an upcoming four game week, with three of the games on the road.

    BLAZERS 129, NETS 109

    This was a game that pegged two teams in the midst of losing streaks against one another, so something had to give. The first half was pretty closely contested, but in the second half C.J. McCollum took over and propelled the Blazers to victory to snap their three-game losing streak.

    The Good

    If it’s not Damian Lillard, it’s C.J. McCollum and in this one it was McCollum’s turn to shine. C.J. paced the Blazers with 33 points on 12-of-19 shooting. He added six treys, four rebounds and five assists to pad his line.

    Not to be outdone, Damian Lillard scored 18 points of his own on 8-of-14 shooting. He added four rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block. He was however, 0-of-5 from downtown.

    Off the bench, Evan Turner scored 19 points on an efficient 8-of-12 from the field. Turner added four rebounds, four assists and one block and seems to finally be acclimatizing to his sixth man role with the Blazers.

    Myers Leonard also surprised with his first double-double of the season. He scored 14 points and added 11 rebounds with not much else. We’ve seen Leonard play well in spurts this year, so we’d wait for some consistency before we recommend picking him up.

    The Nets attack was led by big man Brook Lopez who scored 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting. He added six rebounds, four assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and one block in 29 minutes of action. Overall, a very well rounded line for Lopez brother number one.

    Trevor Booker continued his strong season as well chipping in with 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting. He added four rebounds, two 3-pointers, one assist and two steals.

    The Bad

    Moe Harkless got the start for the Blazers but was pretty quiet with 10 points and four rebounds. Considering that Myles Leonard double-doubled in 27 minutes tonight, Harkless could be moving back to bench for the next one.

    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was the only Nets starter who did not score in double figures. RHJ scored eight points on 4-of-11 shooting. He did add three rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block, but will need to be better for the Nets to succeed.

    The Takeaway

    The Blazers stopped a three-game losing streak and moved to 8-7 on the season. The Blazers have four games upcoming this week including a tough road back-to-back vs. the Knicks and Cavs. The Nets on the other hand dropped their fourth consecutive game and fell to 4-9 on the season. The Nets have three games upcoming this week and hopefully get the services of Jeremy Lin back. We’ll update his status as we hear more.

    PACERS 115, THUNDER 111 (OT)

    The game of the night took place in Oklahoma City where it was supposed to be the Russell Westbrook vs. Paul George show. Unfortunately, PG13 was out due to a sore left ankle and so it was only the Westbrook show once again, only this time it wasn’t enough.

    The Good

    Jeff Teague led the Pacers in this one scoring 30 points (eight of them in the overtime session) on 9-of-16 shooting. Teague added five rebounds, nine assists, six steals, three treys and was a perfect 9-of-9 from the line. This was easily his best game of the season.

    Thaddeus Young double-doubled scoring 20 points and adding 11 rebounds. Young shot 9-of-18 from the field and added one assist and two steals to round out his line.

    Glen Robinson III started for the injured Paul George and played a game-high 45 minutes in this one. Perhaps coach McMillan felt he had the freshest legs on the team and decided to ride him. Robinson III scored 16 points and added 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. If PG13 is forced to miss extended time Robinson III could make for a sneaky pick up. For now, we suggest you hold until we hear more about George’s injury.

    Russell Westbrook got his league leading fifth triple-double of the season by scoring 31 points with 11 rebounds and 15 dimes. The shooting wasn’t all that great as he only hit 13-of-34 from the field, and he did have seven turnovers, but the overall numbers were still fantastic.

    Enes Kanter chipped in 16 points off the bench with four rebounds, three assists, three blocks and one steal.

    The Bad

    The bench for the Pacers did not offer much support in this one as all the starters played at least 38 minutes. Rodney Stuckey and Aaron Brooks led the bench with eight and 10 points respectively.

    The supporting cast for Russell Westbrook was pretty quiet in this game. Andre Roberson, Domantas Sabonis and Steven Adams combined for 21 points on 8-of-22 shooting. If the Thunder have any chance of competing in the ultra competitive Western Conference Russell Westbrook will need his supporting crew to step up and help out.

    The Takeaway

    The win brought the Pacers back to .500 at 7-7 on the season. The Pacers have four games this week (all at home) beginning with a showdown with the Warriors on Monday. This will be a tough game with no Paul George in the lineup. The Thunder meanwhile drop to 8-6 on the season and will look to bounce back on Tuesday as they head out on a mini road trip to face the Lakers. That one should be exciting to watch.

Fantasy News

  • Anthony Davis
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    When asked by Chicago Tribune reporter K.C Johnson on how he'd feel about wearing a Bulls jersey someday, Anthony Davis said that "If the opportunity ever presents itself and when that time comes, I’d definitely consider it.”

    The chances of that time coming is more likely for 2025 than 2020, but still, until Davis is firmly committed to the Lakers long-term speculation of his future will remain. It's nice to know if you're a Bulls fan that he imagines playing for his home town at some point, but don't expect him bolting LA for them after one season.

    Source: Chicago Tribune

  • Kenny Wooten
    PF, New York Knicks

    The Knicks have signed Kenny Wooten to an Exhibit 10 contract.

    Wooten posted 10 blocks in only 52 minutes during Summer League and possesses some serious leaping ability. He will spend most of his time in the G-League and should not be on the radar in drafts.

    Source: Marc Berman of The New York Post

  • Oshae Brissett
    SG-SF, Toronto Raptors

    The Raptors have signed Oshae Brissett to an Exhibit 10 contract.

    Brissett, a Toronto native, went undrafted after two seasons at Syracuse and played with the Clippers at Summer League, where he averaged 6.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 17.6 minutes a night across five games. This puts Toronto's roster at 20 for the time being, so barring any further transactions the Raptors have their camp group set.

    Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter

  • Jordan McLaughlin
    G, Minnesota Timberwolves

    The Wolves have inked point guard Jordan McLaughlin to a two-way contract.

    McLaughlin went undrafted in 2018 after a four-year USC career where he averaged 12.8 points, 7.8 assists and 2.0 steals in his senior season. After his strong play for the G-League's Long Island Nets last season, he earned a spot on this years Wolves summer league roster where he continued to impress, leading his team to a 6-1 record. He is unlikely to get many NBA minutes this season with Jeff Teague, Shabazz Napier and Tyrone Wallace on the roster.

    Source: Jon Krawczynski on Twitter

  • Emmanuel Mudiay
    PG, Utah Jazz

    The Jazz have officially announced the signing of Emmanuel Mudiay, Jeff Green and Ed Davis.

    All three project to come off the bench this season with Green and Davis part of the frontcourt second string while it is unclear if Mudiay or Dante Exum will assume the backup point guard duties. Davis is coming off a career-high 8.6 rebounds per game in only 17.9 minutes last season while Mudiay enjoyed his best year as a pro with the Knicks but all three players can be left undrafted in standard leagues for the time being.

    Source: NBA.com

  • CJ McCollum
    SG, Trail Blazers

    C.J. McCollum has withdrawn his name from the Team USA training camp and 2019 FIBA World Cup.

    Following the trend, McCollumn is the fourth player to withdraw his name this week in order to focus on the upcoming season. The original 20 invites are now down to 16 with the final 12-man roster expected to be announced on August 17.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Frank Mason
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    The Bucks have agreed on a two-way contract with Frank Mason III.

    Mason did not get much opportunity with the Kings last year and sat out all of Summer League with a sore hip. He projects to spend most of his time in the G-League and called up only if Eric Bledsoe or George Hill need to miss time. The Bucks recently signed Cameron Reynolds to a two-way deal and still have Bonzie Colson on one from last season so they are one over the limit. They still have an empty roster spot even after signing Kyle Korver so maybe one of their two-ways gets a standard deal instead. Otherwise, one of them will need to be waived.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Kyle Korver
    SF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Kyle Korver has agreed to a one-year deal with the Bucks per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

    This is not the worst landing spot for Korver but he will strictly be a backup and entering his 17th season, he should not be relevant in standard leagues. He was able to knock down 2.1 triples per game in only 20.1 minutes last season so he may have value as a specialist in super-deep leagues however.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Chris Paul
    PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Chris Paul has reportedly settled on the idea of starting the season for the Thunder.

    Although Oklahoma City and Miami did not have formal discussions regarding a Chris Paul trade according to Brian Windhorst, the Thunder were willing to discuss giving back the Heat some picks but the Heat would have also wanted Paul to decline his $44 million player option in 2021-2022, which is not going to happen. The Heat want to remain flexible in the next big free agent class of 2021 and adding Paul on his current deal would take that away. Paul's usage rate will likely increase on the Thunder but keep in mind that he has missed at least 21 games in each of the three seasons before drafting him as the 9-time All-Star enters his 15th season in the league.

    Source: ESPN.com

  • Eric Gordon
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Eric Gordon withdraws from Team USA training camp for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

    Gordon is the third player to withdraw this week after James Harden and Anthony Davis. The original training camp list of 20 is now down to 17 and the official 12-team roster will be announced on August 17.

    Source: Shams Charanis on Twitter