• It was a busy Sunday in the Association with eight games on the slate. The Cavs almost blew it in Philly while the Beard tried to keep pace with Russell Westbrook in the 2016-2017 triple-double race. With a look at all of Sunday’s action here’s Monday’s Daily Dish.

    CAVS 112, SIXERS 108

    Many wondered how the Cavs would play after attending the classic MSU/OSU game on Saturday afternoon. The Sixers almost pulled off the upset, but Kyrie and Bron Bron would not let that happen.

    The Good

    LeBron James played a team-high 42 minutes while notching a triple-double in the win. The King scored 26 points with 10 rebounds and 13 assists to lead the Cavs to the win.

    Not to be outdone, Kyrie Irving led the Cavs in scoring with 39 points. Irving shot 14-of-27 from the field (5-of-11 from 3-point land) to go with a perfect 6-of-6 from the line. Irving added four rebounds and two assists to round out his line.

    Kevin Love double-doubled in 28 minutes of action. Love scored 25 points and added 11 rebounds with four 3-pointers. His line could have been even better if not for the stitches required to close a gash on his forehead.

    Joel Embiid led the way for the Sixers in a mere 25 minutes of action. The Process, while still on a minute count, scored 22 points on 8-of-18 shooting. He added nine rebounds, four assists and three blocks. He even got into a bit of a verbal exchange with LeBron in the first quarter after fouling Richard Jefferson. This kid is going to be something special.

    The Bad

    J.R. Smith shot 0-of-11 from the field (including 0-of-7 from downtown). He added five rebounds in 39 minutes of action. Luckily for him, his shooting woes did not cost the Cavs the win.

    Robert Covington continued his putrid shooting by connecting on only3-of-9 from the field. Usually Lord Covington will at least provide excellent defensive stats, but in this one he was limited to six rebounds and one steal in only 21 minutes of action.

    The Takeaway

    A win is a win but this game should not have been this close. The Cavs took control in the fourth quarter on the back of Kyrie Irving’s 39 points and moved to 13-2 on the season. Expect a much better effort on Tuesday when the Cavs travel to Milwaukee to take on the Bucks. The loss meanwhile dropped to the Sixers to 4-13 but they won’t have too much time to dwell on the loss as they travel to Toronto for a Monday night showdown with the Raptors.

    NUGGETS 120, SUNS 114

    A 20 point Nuggets halftime lead was cut to three early in the fourth quarter, but luckily for the Nuggets the Suns could not get any closer.

    The Good

    The Nuggets were led by Wilson Chandler’s 25 points in this one. Chandler shot 8-of-17 from the field and a perfect 6-of-6 from the line. He added eight rebounds, two assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in a team-high 39 minutes of action. Chandler is playing great ball right now, but his injury history always has to be kept in mind. Roll with him for the time being.

    Nikola Jokic double-doubled off the bench scoring 13 points while corralling 11 rebounds. Jokic added three rebounds, one block and shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the line. Jokic outplayed Jusuf Nurkic 31 minutes to 16 this may be something to keep an eye on as the week progresses.

    Emmanuel Mudiay scored 19 points with four rebounds and six assists. He only shot 5-of-13 from the field but was able to connect on 8-of-10 from the line and limited his turnovers to two in 37 minutes tonight.

    Eric Bledsoe paced the Suns with a career-high 35 points on 10-of-23 shooting. Bledsoe grabbed six rounds, six assists, four treys, two steals and two blocks in 40 minutes of action.

    Devin Booker also chipped in with 30 points on 11-of-27 shooting. He added three rebounds, four assists, four treys and one steal.

    Tyson Chandler played 38 minutes and chipped in a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds. Chandler shot a very efficient 5-of-6 from the field and also added two blocks for his owners.

    The Bad

    Jusuf Nurkic was limited to 16 minutes on the court scoring eight points, six rebounds and two assists. The big man carousel in Denver might be starting to shift again.

    Suns rookie Marquese Chriss started again but was limited to 10 minutes and only scored two points while chipping in one block. A line up change might be imminent.

    The Takeaway

    With the win the Nuggets improved to 7-10 on the season and have a three-game week upcoming starting with a home date vs. the Heat on Wednesday. The loss meanwhile dropped the Suns to 5-13 and they have a quiet week upcoming with only two games as they attempt to re-group. They are back in action on Wednesday at home vs. the Hawks.


    The trip out East has not been very kind to the Clippers so far. Trying to bounce back from a disappointing loss in Detroit on Friday night, they were instead completely stymied by a tough Pacers defense en route to their second straight loss.

    The Good

    Glen Robinson III paved the way for the Pacers scoring a co team-high 17 points in 39 minutes of action. Robinson III shot an impressive 7-of-9 from the field and also chipped in with six rebounds and one assists. He is starting to garner attention as someone to add to your team while PG13 is out.

    Myles Turner double-doubled in 25 minutes of action. Turner scored 17 points and added 12 rebounds while dishing out three assists and collecting one block. Turner continues to produce top 20 numbers on the season.

    Off the bench, Al Jefferson scored 16 points and added eight rebounds in 21 minutes of action. Big Al shot 8-of-17 from the field and also added two assists. If Jefferson could continue to produce these types of numbers he could become relevant again in the fantasy world.

    The Clippers were led by Blake Griffin who scored 16 points on 6-of-15 shooting. He added nine rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes of action.

    DeAndre Jordan also played well on Sunday scoring eight points on 2-of-3 shooting but really produced on the glass by collecting 14 rebounds and adding three blocks. He even shot a respectable 4-of-7 from the line.

    The Bad

    Monta Ellis and Jeff Teague combined for 12 points for the Pacers on 5-of-20 shooting. They did combine for eight rebounds and 12 assists, but the shooting was horrible tonight.

    J.J. Redick shot 1-of-7 in this one for only five points. He added two rebounds and one assist in 22 minutes. We’ll give him a pass in this one.

    Chris Paul shot poorly (3-of-11 from the field and 0-of-6 from downtown). He did shoot a perfect 7-of-7 from the line and chipped in four assists, four rebounds, two steals and one block. But we expect more from CP3.

    The Takeaway

    The win brought the Pacers back to .500 on the season at 9-9. A quiet two-game week awaits the Pacers and it might be the best time for it as they continue to play without the services of superstar Paul George. They will be back in action on Wednesday as they travel to Portland to square off against the Blazers. The Clippers meanwhile dropped their second straight to a lesser opponent. The Clippers are now 14-4 and have a four-game week upcoming. They are right back at it on Monday with a date with the Nets before travelling to face the defending champions on Wednesday.

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