• Sunday’s games started early and brought us the return of Gordon Hayward. The evening games had the Kings invading the North to square off against a confident Raptors team, while the bright lights of LaLa land were in full display again as the Lakers hosted the Suns in the Sunday night special. With a recap of Sunday’s action, here’s Monday’s Daily Dish.

    JAZZ 114, KNICKS 109

    The return of Gordon Hayward could not have gone better for the Jazz as Hayward paced Utah to a key road victory over the Knicks in Sunday afternoon action from MSG.

    The Good

    Gordon Hayward returned to the court without missing a beat. Hayward played 36 minutes in his return and scored a team-high 28 points on 6-of-17 shooting. He added five rebounds and was a perfect 14-of-14 from the line. Gordon’s return pushed Joe Johnson to bench and his owners couldn’t have been happier with the debut.

    George Hill continued his hot start scoring 23 points on 8-of-12 from the field. He also added nine assists and two steals and looked good playing with Hayward. Look for Hill to continue his high level of play as he plays out the final year of his current contract.

    For the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony and Krisptaps Porzingis led the way scoring 28 points apiece. Anthony shot 12-of 20 from the field with nine rebounds and three assists. Porzinigis meanwhile shot 10-of-18 from the field with eight rebounds and two blocks.

    The Bad

    With George Hill and Rodney Hood each playing over 35 minutes it meant that Dante Exum did not see much court time in this one. In his 11 minutes on the court Exum was limited to only two assists.

    Coming off a strong game in Chicago, Joakim Noah could not replicate his previous output. Noah was limited to 20 minutes and scored only four points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. Noah will need more minutes in order to have a chance of being relevant for owners.

    Lance Thomas played 29 minutes off the bench for the Knicks but was limited to five points and two rebounds. Thomas does not hold any fantasy value right now.

    The Takeaway

    The win moved the Jazz to 4-3 while the loss dropped the Knicks to 2-4. Utah continues its week with four road games vs. Eastern Conference foes, including a back-to-back vs. the Heat and Magic. The Knicks have a three-game week upcoming with a tough back-to-back divisional road test vs. the Celtics and Raptors.

    BLAZERS 100, GRIZZLIES 94

    C.J. McCollum had himself a career afternoon as Damian Lillard took a backseat and watched his backcourt partner pace the Blazers in this one.

    The Good

    The Blazers were led by C.J. McCollum’s 37 points in this one. McCollum shot 13-of-23 in a game-high 39 minutes of action. He added six rebounds, seven assists and six from the land beyond. McCollum definitely won his owners some matchups with this performance.

    Maurice Harkless was impressive in 34 minutes scoring 18 pints and adding seven rebounds. Harkless shot 8-of-15 from the field while adding two treys, one steal and two blocks to round out his afternoon.

    The Grizzlies were paced by Marc Gasol’s 21 points on Sunday. Gasol shot 7-of-14 in this one while adding three rebounds, two assists and one steal. Over the last two games Gasol had shot a combined 10-of-36, so hopefully Sunday’s line is a step in the right direction for his owners.

    The Bad

    Mason Plumlee was quiet for the Blazers scoring seven points and adding sever boards in 24 minutes. He did add three assists and two steals but was limited with four fouls on the afternoon.

    Evan Turner was scoreless off the bench for the Blazers adding four assists, one steal and one block in 23 minutes of action.

    For the Grizzlies, JaMychal Green once again got very healthy minutes, but also failed to produce again scoring five points in the loss. Green added eight rebounds, two assists and one block. Owners will need to continue to be patient with him.

    The Takeaway

    With the win, the Blazers moved to 4-3 on the season, while the loss dropped the Grizzlies under .500 to 3-4. The Grizzlies only have two games this upcoming week while the Blazers play four including a back-to-back matchup vs. the Suns and Clippers. Look for the Clipper game on Wednesday night to be a good one.

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