December 4, 2016, 9:53 pm
Sunday was a relatively quiet day in the Association with only four games on the slate. Russell Westbrook looked to continue his chase of Oscar Robertson’s single season triple-double record, (it’s 41 if you didn’t know) while Paul George made his return to the court and looked to lead the Pacers to a season sweep of the Clippers. With a recap of all of Sunday’s action here’s Monday’s Daily Dish.
MAGIC 98, PISTONS 92
If you subtract the second quarter from this game it may have very well turned out differently. Instead, the Magic turned a strong second quarter into a tough road win and ended Detroit’s three-game winning streak in the process.
Serge Ibaka is back baby! Orlando’s big offseason acquisition continued his recent strong play scoring 21 points and adding seven rebounds with four assists, three steals, four blocks and two 3-pointers. Ibaka is now flirting with top 30 value on the season and will look to keep his strong play going in Washington on Tuesday night.
Off the bench, Jeff Green and Nikola Vucevic contributed some much needed secondary scoring with 16 and 14 points respectably. Green shot 6-of-11 for 16 points with five rebounds and three assists while Vucevic shot 8-of-14 for 14 points with eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Unfortunately for Vucevic, this game marked the end of six consecutive double-double streak.
In his first game of the season, Reggie Jackson played 23 minutes and scored 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting. He added one rebound, four assists and two treys. It was great to see Jackson back on the court and his minutes should increase as he gets more comfortable on the court.
Andre Drummond was great as well scoring 10 points and collecting 10 rebounds for his 14th double-double of the season. He added three assists, three steals and two blocks to round out his line.
Marcus Morris connected on a season-high five 3-pointers while leading the Pistons with 21 points on Sunday. He added five rebounds, one assist and two steals in the loss.
Evan Fournier was quiet for the Magic connecting on only 1-of-7 from the field for five points in Orlando’s victory. Fournier did add one rebound, two assists and three steals with one from downtown to save face for his owners.
Aaron Gordon was quiet in another start for the Magic. He scored 10 points on an efficient 4-of-8 from the field but only added three rebounds in an otherwise disappointing line.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was limited to nine points on 4-of-12 shooting thus ending a streak of seven consecutive double-digit scoring games for KCP.
The win moved the Magic to 9-12 on the season, good for 11th in the Eastern Conference. They have two back-to-back dates this week and will look to keep their strong defensive play going when they take on the Wizards on the road. The Pistons meanwhile dropped to 11-11 on the season and will look to bounce back on Tuesday when they host the Bulls.
THUNDER 101, PELICANS 92
Another Thunder game, another triple-double for Russell Westbrook. This is becoming quite the storyline and as long as the Thunder continue to win, Westbrook’s name will be front and center as the face of the NBA all season long.
Russell Westbrook collected his league-leading 10th triple-double with 28 points, 17 rebounds and 12 assists. Add to the fact that a point guard is collecting 17 rebounds and this just makes it that much more amazing. This was actually a quadruple-double as Russell turned the ball over 10 times in this one. Let’s not dwell on the negative though as Westbrook became the first player since Michael Jordan himself to achieve five consecutive triple-doubles in a season. Simply amazing.
Enes Kanter collected a double-double of his own with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Kanter played more minutes tonight with Steven Adams leaving in the first quarter with an ankle injury. Kanter added one assist, one steal and two blocks to round out his evening.
Andre Roberson put up a very nice line for his owners scoring 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting. He added five rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 37 minutes of action.
For the Pelicans, Anthony Davis was his usual beastly self scoring a game-high 37 points and collecting 15 rebounds. Davis added two assists, two steals and four blocks in 43 minutes of action. Only Buddy Hield provided any type of scoring help for AD tonight and he’s going to need more assistance if the Pelicans are going to turn their season around.
Domantas Sabonis was quiet in another start chipping in only five points in 25 minutes on the court. With Steven Adams going down tonight the Thunder will be looking for him to help pick up the slack.
Anthony Morrow was invisible off the bench scoring two points in 25 minutes of action. Morrow shot a disappointing 1-of-7 (including 0-of-5 from downtown).
Omer Asik started at center for the Pelicans but they may as well have played with four players on the court to start this one as he went scoreless and only grabbed three rebounds in 16 minutes of action.
At 13-8 OKC is now 5th in in the Western Conference. The Thunder are looking at three games this upcoming week beginning with a road tilt with the Hawks on Monday night. The loss meanwhile drops the Pelicans to 7-14 on the season. They have a four game week upcoming beginning with a home matchup vs. the Grizzlies on Monday evening.
KNICKS 106, KINGS 98
Don’t look now but the Knicks have won eight of their last 11 and three in a row overall. The notorious rowdy MSG fans are even getting their mojos back as noted by their chants of “Derek Fisher” as Matt Barnes was inbounding the ball this evening (see video below). The Garden is rocking again and it’s nice to see.
New York fans taunt Matt Barnes with "Derek Fisher!" chants 😬 pic.twitter.com/IyKTyJRnR0
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 5, 2016
Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose led the Knicks with 20 point apiece. Anthony shot 8-of-20 (3-of-8 from downtown) with four rebounds and one assist. Rose on the other hand shot 9-of-14 from the field with six rebounds and six assists.
Kristaps Porzingis double-doubled with 15 points and 14 rebounds in 35 minutes of action. Porzingis added two assists, four blocks and one from downtown to round out his line.
Off the bench, Brandon Jennings scored 19 points on 5-of-7 shooting. He added one rebound, three assists and was a perfect 7-of-7 from the charity stripe. The scoring numbers look nice but owners shouldn’t become accustomed to this type of line.
DeMarcus Cousins led the attack for the Kings. Boogie shot poorly as he connected on only 9-of-30 from the field but did score 36 points while collecting 12 rebounds. Cousins added four assists, one steal, four 3-pointers and three blocks in 43 minutes of action.
Rudy Gay also played well scoring 22 points on 7-of-18 shooting. Gay added nine rebounds, four assists, three steals and two from the land beyond.
Joakim Noah returned from a two game absence and played 25 minutes. Despite the decent minutes, Noah only chipped in two points, five rebounds and one steal. He is not worth owning at this point, even in deep leagues.
Arron Afflalo started for the Kings but only played 17 minutes and only chipped in three points with two boards and one steal.
Ty Lawson played less than 10 minutes off the bench and only chipped in one assist and one steal. He had played at least 20 minutes in his last eight games, so this may be the end for Lawson’s fantasy relevance.
The Knicks moved to 11-9 on the season, good for 7th in the Eastern Conference. They play four games this week, three of them on the road. The home date will be a tough one as King James visits MSG, where he is known to have big games. The Kings meanwhile fall to 7-13 and it’s only a matter of time until Boogie Cousins is wearing another team’s jersey. Sacramento plays three games this week beginning with a road game in Dallas before a re-match with the Knicks on Thursday at home.
PACERS 111, CLIPPERS 102
The return of Paul George was all the Pacers needed to get back on the winning track. PG13 returned from a three game absence and propelled the Pacers to a tough road win and second victory in a week over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night.
Paul George played 34 minutes and scored 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting. Despite the perception that PG’s minutes would be limited, the 34 minutes would seem to show otherwise. George added seven rebounds, five assists, three 3-pointers and three steals. Here’s to hoping that he can play without limitations on Monday vs. the Warriors.
Thaddeus Young played 30 minutes and scored 17 points with seven rebounds, two assists and one block. This was a nice bounce back effort from the four-point game on Wednesday.
Rodney Stuckey played well off the bench scoring 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting. He added three rebounds and three assists in 21 minutes of action.
Blake Griffin was a workhorse for the Clippers scoring 24 points and adding 16 rebounds in 34 minutes of action. The 16 boards were a season high. Griffin added five assists one steal and two blocks to round out his line.
Chris Paul scored 18 points and added 11 dimes in 35 minutes of action. CP3 added two rebounds and one steal but had an uncharacteristic five turnovers in the loss.
DeAndre Jordan was a perfect 3-of-3 from the field for nine points while collecting 15 rebounds. He chipped in with two blocks, two steals and even hit 3-of-5 from the line.
With the return of PG13, it was inevitable that Glen Robinson III would see a reduction in minutes. Robinson III played 14 minutes and only contributed one rebound and one steal. If you added him as a speculative add, it might be time to see what else is on the wire.
The Clippers put up a fight in the fourth quarter but their comeback attempt could not be completed. The loss dropped them to 16-6 on the season, good for third in the Western Conference. They have two games upcoming this week including a home showdown with the Warriors on Wednesday night. The Pacers improved to 10-10 and back to .500 on the season. They continue their West coast road trip with a date vs. the Dubs on Monday night.
Mike Conley, Paul Milsap, Dirk Nowitzki, Nikola Jokic, Courtney Lee and Steven Adams highlight some of the more prominent week 6 injuries.
Troy Daniels (Memphis), JaMychal Green (Memphis) and Patrick Patterson (Toronto) should be snagged up if they are available in your league.
That does it for another tasty dish. Make sure to keep it locked on hoop-ball.com and follow us @hoopballtweets for the best in NBA coverage. I’m @radiomunoz so feel free to hit me up on Twitter for any ball related talk. This week has the Raptors and Cavs dueling it out for Eastern Conference supremacy, while the Dubs and Clippers square off on Wednesday night in LA. Also, Russell Westbrook looks to extend his triple-double streak in Atlanta. It should be fun. Check you next week.