• Sunday was a busy day in the association with nine games on the slate including the re-scheduled Saturday night game between the Pistons and Blazers. It ended up being our game of the night. With a closer look at all of Sunday’s action here is Monday’s Daily Dish.

    SIXERS 105, NETS 95

    The battle of basement dwellers took place in Brooklyn where the Nets battled the Sixers in a Sunday matinée matchup.

    THE GOOD

    Joel Embiid once again led the Sixers on Sunday afternoon with 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting. He only played 24 minutes in this one but was still able to add five rebounds, four assists and two blocks to his line. At this point, we’re all “trusting the process”.

    Robert Covington lit up the stat sheet with 15 points, 11 rebounds, one assist, five steals, one block and one triple in 37 minutes. He’s had more downs than up this season but this is a clear reminder of the type of potential that Lord Covington holds.

    Dario Saric was strong off the bench scoring 18 points (although he only shot 5-of-13 from the field). He added five rebounds and three triples but also turned the ball over four times.

    Brook Lopez had a strong game in a losing effort. He scored 26 points on 8-of-16 from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 from the line. He added three triples, two assists, two boards, one steal and one block in 32 minutes. He’s a candidate to be moved before the trade deadline.

    Justin Hamilton came off the bench to score 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting. He added five boards, two triples and two blocks in 23 minutes of action.

    THE BAD

    Sergio Rodriguez returned from injury and played 12 minutes scoring four points and adding three dimes. Despite the return, he seems to have fallen behind T.J McConnell on the depth chart and owners may have to search for some other type of PG help on the wire.

    Joe Harris started for the Nets but went scoreless in 16 minutes of action. He added five boards and one assist to an otherwise empty line.

    Trevor Booker left this one with a left hip contusion, although he was available to return. He chipped in four points, four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block before he departed.

    THE TAKEAWAY

    With the win the Sixers improved to 10-25, matching their win total from last season. They have three days off before they host the Knicks on Wednesday. The Nets meanwhile dropped to 8-28 further cementing their status as the worst team in the NBA. They will look to get back on track when the Hawks come to town on Tuesday.

    WIZARDS 107, BUCKS 101

    We knew it would be tough for the Bucks with the Greek Freak out with an illness on Sunday afternoon. Despite the strong showing, they still lost.

    THE GOOD

    Bradley Beal led the Wizard’s attack on Sunday with 26 points on 10-of-19 shooting (only 2-of-10 from 3-point land though). He added four rebounds, two assists and one block and has now scored 20+ points in four consecutive games.

    Otto Porter filled up the stat sheet with 13 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, one steal, two blocks and three triples. Porter is playing some great ball right now and is flirting with top 10 value in 9-cat leagues.

    Markieff Morris chipped in with a double-double of his own on Sunday scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 boards in 38 minutes of action. He added three steals, one assist and one triple in the win.

    Kelly Oubre Jr. had a nice game off the bench for the Wizards scoring 17 points with five boards, one assist and one steal. He’s not a must add, but has shown flashes this season so keep an eye on him this upcoming week.

    Jabari Parker was outstanding for the Bucks leading the way with 28 points. He added eight rebounds, seven assists, one steal, two blocks and three triples in 41 minutes of action. Parker has really stepped up this season and should be in the running for Most Improved player this year.

    Malcolm Brogdon continued his strong play, despite the return of Matthew Dellavedova in this one. Brogdon scored 22 points on 9-of-15 from the field to go along with one rebound, five assists, three steals, two triples and one block in 36 minutes. If for some reason he’s available in your league (currently owned in 52% of Yahoo leagues) you should probably go grab him.

    Greg Monroe had a strong game off the bench double-doubling with 12 points and 12 rebounds. He added three assists, four steals and one block in 33 minutes of action.

    Michael Beasley scored 18 points off the bench in 16 minutes of action.

    THE BAD

    Mirza Teletovic, starting for the sick Giannis Antetokounmpo, only scored five points  in 31 minutes of action. He had four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one triple in the loss.

    John Henson was also quiet in 15 minutes scoring two points with two rebounds and one steal.

    Tony Snell started and played 34 minutes but only shipped in seven points to go along with two boards.

    THE TAKEAWAY

    With the win the Wizards reached the .500 mark at 18-18. They are tied with the Bucks for 8th in the Eastern Conference. They will host the Bulls on Tuesday night in what should be an exciting one. The Bucks head to San Antonio to take on the Spurs on Tuesday night.

    CLIPPERS 98, HEAT 86

    Hassan Whiteside returned for the Heat, but it didn’t matter as CP3 took control of this one and led the Clippers to victory.

    THE GOOD

    When Chris Paul is on it’s a marvel to see and on Sunday, Chris Paul was on. CP3 led the Clippers with a monster double-double of 19 points and 18 assists. Paul shot 7-of-11 from the field and added six rebounds, two steals and one triple for good measure.

    J.J. Redick led the Clippers in scoring on Sunday with 25 points. He shot 9-of-19 from the field (including 4-of-8 from downtown) with seven rebounds and two assists. Redick is averaging 21.3 PPG over his last four games and 3.5 3-pointers in that same stretch.

    DeAndre Jordan gobbled up a game-high 18 rebounds in this one while shooting 2-of-4 from the field for seven points. He shot poorly from the line (3-of-8) and only added one block in 33 minutes.

    Marreese Speights came off the bench for 19 points in 14 minutes of action. Mo Buckets was at his best in this one putting up points in a short period of time. He added three triples, two boards, one assist and one block to complete his line.

    Hassan Whiteside made his return to the court and promptly collected his 25th double-double of the season. Whiteside scored 15 points to go along with 13 rebounds and two blocks in 31 minutes of action. Get him back in your lineup.

    Goran Dragic led the Heat in scoring with 24 points on 9-of-18 from the field. He added five rebounds and five assists, but also had five turnovers in the loss.

    THE BAD

    Jamal Crawford was invisible in 31 minutes off the bench. He only accounted for two points on 1-of-12 from the field with one rebound and one assist. Crawford has not been very good this year and is offering owners only top 150 value in 9-cat leagues.

    Derrick Williams made a spot start for the injured Luke Babbitt but only chipped in two points with three boards, two assists and one steal. He can be left on the wire in all leagues.

    Wayne Ellington and Rudy McGruder both also started for the Heat but were only able to contribute nine points combined on 2-of-14 shooting. McGruder at least added four boards, two assists and one steal to his line. Both can be ignored in most fantasy leagues.

    THE TAKEAWAY

    The Clippers won their fourth in a row and improved to 26-14, good for fourth in the Western Conference. They will host the Magic on Wednesday night. The Heat meanwhile dropped to 11-28 on the season and now sit in 14th in the East. They next play on Tuesday in Golden State.

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