April 2, 2017, 11:37 pm
With 12 games on the NBA slate on Sunday we’ll dive right into all the action. In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook was looking to move one step closer to the triple-double crown, but could Kemba Walker and the Hornets ruin the party? In Oakland, John Wall was looking to get his Wizards past Steph Curry and the Dubs. With a recap of all the action, and with Sia and Kendrick Lamar playing in the background, here’s Monday’s Daily Dish.
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CELTICS 110, KNICKS 94
The Celtics won a game they were supposed to win and maintained their slim lead over the Cavs for the number one seed in the East.
Six Celtics scored in double figures led by Isaiah Thomas’ 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting (including 4-of-9 from downtown). He added six assists, two rebounds and one steal in the win.
Jaylen Brown shot 5-of-6 from the field for 16 points to go with two rebounds, two triples and one assist.
Al Horford and Marcus Smart each chipped in 14 points on a combined 12-of-20 from the field.
Courtney Lee was the only bright spot for the Knicks scoring a team-high 16 points to go with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one triple in the loss.
Jae Crowder shot 2-of-7 from the field for eight points before departing in the second half with an elbow injury. X-rays came back negative but he will most likely receive an MRI once the Celtics return to Boston. He could miss Wednesday’s showdown vs. the Cavs.
With Derrick Rose (torn meniscus) out for the season, Ron Baker started at PG but only scored four points on 2-of-5 from the field. He added three rebounds, three assists and one steal in 29 minutes of action.
Sasha Vujacic shot 1-of-10 from the field for four points. He did grab five boards and four assists but is not worth rostering in fantasy leagues.
With the win the Celtics reach the 50 win mark and sit atop the East with a 50-27 record. They play three times this upcoming week including a tough showdown with LeBron and Co. on Wednesday night. The Knicks meanwhile dropped to 29-48 and play four times this week. They’ll look to bounce back on Tuesday when the Bulls come to town.
HORNETS 113, THUNDER 101
The Hornets won their third straight and find themselves 1.0 game out of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot despite triple-double number 40 for Brodie.
Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 29 points on 10-of-20 from the field. He added six triples, four steals, four assists and three rebounds and he’s a huge reason why the Hornets are knocking on the door in the East.
Frank Kaminsky continued his solid play off the bench scoring 18 points on 5-of-9 from the field in 26 minutes of action. He added He added three triples, two rebounds, two steals and a block in the win.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist chipped in 16 points on 5-of-9 from the field and added six rebounds, two steals and one dime while connecting on 6-of-6 from the line.
For the Thunder it was the Russell Westbrook show once again as Brodie put up 40 points with 13 rebounds and 10 assists. He added three steals and seven triples but also committed eight turnovers in the loss. Nonetheless, Westbrook is only one triple-double away from tying Oscar Robertson’s record. He’ll look to do it on Tuesday when the Bucks come to town.
Victor Oladipo scored 19 points for the Thunder on 6-of-14 from the field. He added six rebounds, three assists, two triples and one steal in 33 minutes of action.
Marvin Williams shot 1-of-6 from the field for four points in 31 minutes. He did add six rebounds, three blocks, one steal and one assist to salvage his line.
Taj Gibson returned from a one-game absence but only played 13 minutes and was limited to four points with four rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one assist.
Steven Adams scored two points on 1-of-5 from the field. He added seven rebounds, two steals and one block but will need to be better if the Thunder want any chance of making it past the first round of the playoffs.
The Hornets improved to 36-41 with the win and are now only 1.0 game back of the eighth spot in the East. They play three times this coming week beginning with a huge showdown in Washington vs. the Wizards on Tuesday night. The Thunder meanwhile dropped to 43-33 and remain in sixth spot in the West 1.5 games up on the Grizzlies. They play four times this week with a Tuesday night showdown vs. the Bucks to start their week.
LAKERS 108, GRIZZLIES 103
I guess the Lakers ignored the “tank” memo for one afternoon as they beat a depleted Grizzlies team en route to their 22nd win of the season.
D’Angelo Russell bounced back from Saturday’s atrocious outing to score a game-high 28 points on 9-of-17 from the field. He added six rebounds, five assists, three triples and hit all seven of his free-throw attempts.
Julius Randle double-doubled scoring 18 points and adding 11 rebounds in 36 minutes of action. He added one steal, one block and one triple in the loss.
Larry Nance Jr. started again and scored 12 points while grabbing 14 rebounds in a game-high 40 minutes of action. Nance Jr. added three steals, one assist, one block and one triple. Look for him to close out the season on a high note with the extra minutes that are coming his way due to the injury to Ivica Zubac.
Thomas Robinson played well off the bench again scoring 12 points and adding 10 rebounds in 20 minutes of action. He added two steals and one assist in the loss.
Mike Conley double-doubled scoring 20 points while adding 12 assists in 36 minutes of action. Conley played well considering that 3/5ths of the Grizzlies’ starting lineup was out due to injury. He added four triples, three rebounds, one steal and one block in the loss.
Troy Daniels came off the bench to score 20 points on 7-of-13 from the field. He added two rebounds, three assists and one steal while knocking down 6-of-11 from downtown.
Jordan Clarkson posted his second consecutive dud scoring seven points on 3-of-12 from the field. He added three rebounds, four assists and one triple in the loss. If he continues his poor play down the stretch he could be playing his way out of LaLa land.
Marc Gasol and JaMychal Green sat out again for the Grizzlies with injuries.
The Lakers improved to 22-55 on the season and the basement battle with the Suns continues to seesaw as the season winds down. The Lakers play three times this coming week beginning with a with a road matchup vs. the Spurs on Wednesday night. The Grizzlies dropped to 42-35 and sit 1.5 games behind the Thunder for sixth in the West. They play four times this coming week and will also take on the Spurs in San Antonio to begin their week on Tuesday night.
MAVS 109, BUCKS 105
Chalk this one up as one that the Bucks might look back on with regret as they look to lock up the fifth seed in the East.
Harrison Barnes led the Mavs’ attack scoring 31 points on 9-of-13 from the field and a perfect 10-of-10 from the line. Barnes added two rebounds and one steal in the win.
Dirk Nowtizki scored 17 points on 7-of-11 from the field before leaving this one with a mild discomfort in his Achilles area. Nowitzki added five rebounds, three triples, one assist and one block in what could have been his last game of the season with the Mavs simply playing for pride at the moment.
J.J. Barea came off the bench and hit 7-of-11 from the field for 17 points to go with six dimes, three triples and two rebounds in 23 minutes of action.
Despite all five starters for the Bucks scoring in double figures it was only Giannis Antetokounmpo who really made his presence felt scoring 31 points on 10-of-18 from the field. Alphabet added 15 rebounds, nine assists, four steals and two blocks in the loss. Look for him to go in the top 3 in fantasy drafts next year.
Dorian Finney-Smith started for the Mavs but went scoreless in 16 minutes of action. He concluded his line with three rebounds and one assist.
Wesley Matthews shot 3-of-10 from the field for eight points to go with six assists, two triples and one rebound in 34 minutes of action.
Greg Monroe was quiet off the bench for the Bucks scoring only six points on 2-of-2 from the field. He added six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 24 minutes of action.
With the win the Mavs improved to 32-44 on the season, good for 11th in the West. The Mavs play four times this coming week beginning with a road test in Sacramento on Tuesday night. The Bucks meanwhile dropped to 40-37 and sit one game up on the Hawks for fifth in the East. The Bucks play three times this coming week starting off in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night.
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SPURS 109, JAZZ 103
The Jazz are a good team but even with key starters missing the Spurs are still too much for most teams.
Kawhi Leonard led the way for the Spurs scoring 25 points on 8-of-15 from the field. He added seven assists, four rebounds, three triples and two blocks in 36 minutes of action. As long as Leonard is playing the Spurs will always have a chance to win.
Tony Parker played well in this one scoring 21 points on 7-of-15 from the field. He added four rebounds and five assists in the win.
Pau Gasol double-doubled in only 28 minutes off the bench scoring 13 points and adding 12 rebounds to go with three assists, one triple and one block. It’s such a luxury to have a player of Gasol’s calibre coming off the bench.
Rudy Gobert had a monster game for the Jazz scoring 19 points to go with 14 rebounds, five assists and a game-high six blocks. Gobert has flirted with 10 value all season long and should finish the season strong as the Jazz try and wrap up home-court advantage for the first round of the playoffs.
Boris Diaw returned to his old stomping grounds and shot a perfect 9-of-9 from the field for 19 points to go with three rebounds, two assists and one triple in the loss. We’ll chalk this one up as a fluke and nothing more than that.
Rodney Hood did not have a good game for the Jazz scoring only five points on 2-of-9 from the field. Hood added two assists, one rebound, one triple and one steal in 27 minutes of action.
The Spurs improved to 59-17 and seem destined to finish second in the West as they sit 3.5 games behind the Warriors with only six games remaining. The Spurs play four times this week starting with a home date with the Grizzlies on Tuesday night. The Jazz meanwhile dropped to 47-30 and sit only0.5 games up on the Clippers for fourth in the West. The Jazz have three games this week and will play a tough home game vs. a hot Blazers team on Tuesday night.
BULLS 117, PELICANS 110
Don’t look now but the Bulls are playing well and that is not good news for Raptors fans as they could meet in the first round of the playoffs.
Jimmy Butler is carrying the Bulls these days and it was no different on Sunday as he scored a game-high 39 points on 14-of-26 from the field. He added six rebounds, five assists, three triples, one steal and one block in what was a full line for his owners. Butler could have easily won a few fantasy championships with his line tonight.
Bobby Portis played well off the bench scoring 21 points and adding 11 rebounds in the win.
Rajon Rondo flirted with another triple-double despite shooting 5-of-14 from the field. Rondo scored 10 points to go with nine rebounds, nine assists and three steals in 34 minutes of action.
Anthony Davis posted another monster line scoring 30 points to go with 11 rebounds, three steals, two assists, one triple and one block all while connecting on 13-of-14 from the line. This guy is an absolute stud.
Not to be outdone, DeMarcus Cousins chipped in 26 points of his own to go with 18 rebounds, three assists, two triples and one block. He did have a game-high seven turnovers in this one but he also connected on 8-of-8 from the line. It will be interesting to see if Cousins re-signs with the Pelicans this offseason.
Nikola Mirotic only connected on 3-of-9 from the field for eight points to go with four rebounds, three blocks and two triples.
Robin Lopez was also quiet in 26 minutes scoring eight points and adding four rebounds in the win.
Solomon Hill and Tim Frazier combined to score seven points on 3-of-13 from the field. When 2/5ths of your starting lineup is only contributing seven points you are not going to win many games.
Don’t look now but the Bulls are now 38-39, good for seventh in the East. The Bulls play three times this coming week and it starts for them in NYC as they take on a depleted Knicks team. The Pelicans dropped to 33-44 and are officially eliminated from playoff contention, something that Boogie Cousins is all too familiar with. The Pelicans play three times this week and it all starts when the Nuggets come to town on Tuesday night.
CAVS 135, PACERS 130 (2 OT) (GAME OF THE NIGHT)
This one had it all, blown leads, teammates arguing and big time shots and in the end it was the Cavs that came out on top.
LeBron James willed the Cavs to victory here scoring 41 points to go with 16 rebounds and 11 assists. This was King James’ 11th triple-double of the season, just to give some context to how difficult it is to nab a triple-double (see Russell Westbrook above). James added three triples, two steals and one block in 52 minutes of action. It wouldn’t be shocking to see his minutes limited on Tuesday vs. the Magic, especially with the big showdown looming on Wednesday when the Cavs head to Boston.
Kyrie Irving scored 23 points, despite shooting only 5-of-20 from the field. Irving added seven assists, five rebounds, two triples, one steal and one block in the win.
Kevin Love double-doubled in 37 minutes of action scoring 20 points and adding 12 rebounds in the win. He shot 8-of-12 from the field and added three triples and one assist.
Paul George led all scorers in a losing cause putting up 43 points on 16-of-33 from the field. George added nine rebounds, nine assists, six triples, three steals and one block in a fantastic overall line. Unfortunately, the Pacers are now on the outside looking in.
C.J. Miles chipped in a season-high 27 points on 8-of-13 from the field. Miles added six rebounds, five triples, two assists and one steal in the loss.
Iman Shumpert came off the bench but only chipped in two points in 23 minutes of action. He added two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in the win.
Myles Turner underperformed again scoring only eight points on 3-of-8 from the field. Turner added three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block and will need to be better if the Pacers are going to see the postseason this year.
LeBron James arguing with Tristan Thompson was just awkward to watch. King James apologized after the game so this should be water under the bridge for the next one.
The Cavs kept pace with the Celtics and improved to 49-27, remaining 0.5 games back of first place. The Cavs play four times this week and welcome the Magic on Tuesday before heading to Boston on Wednesday night. The Pacers meanwhile dropped to 37-40 and despite having the same record as the Heat, they do not own the tie breaker so they sit in ninth currently. They play three times this week beginning with a home date vs. the Raptors on Tuesday night.
NUGGETS 116, HEAT 113
Desperation sometimes brings out the best in teams, and the Nuggets are a desperate team at the moment. Unfortunately for the Heat, it cost them.
Danilo Gallinari led all scorers with 29 points in this one. He shot 11-of-19 from the field adding five rebounds, three triples, two assists and one steal in 37 minutes of action.
Nikola Jokic flirted again with yet another triple-double scoring 19 points with 10 rebounds and seven assists. The Joker shot 9-of-16 from the field and added two steals but failed to record a block or a triple in the win.
Wilson Chandler played well off the bench scoring 19 points on 8-of-13 from the field. He added nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one triple in 31 minutes of action.
Goran Dragic led all Heat players with 22 points on 8-of-15 from the field. He added six assists, one rebound and one triple in the loss.
Hassan Whiteside double-doubled yet again scoring 16 points and adding 12 rebounds to go with three blocks and two assists in 33 minutes.
Gary Harris shot 3-of-10 from the field for nine points in the win. He added three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 37 minutes as a starter.
The Nuggets picked up a huge road win and improved to 36-40 on the season and now sit 2.0 games behind the Blazers for the final playoff spot in the West. The Nuggets play four times this week and will start with a road test in New Orleans on Tuesday night. The Heat meanwhile dropped their second consecutive game and now sit at 37-40. They currently sit in eighth in the East but are tied with the Pacers and are only 1.0 games up on the surging Hornets. The Heat play three times this coming week and will look to get back on track on Wednesday night when they take on the Hornets on the road.
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NETS 91, HAWKS 82
In keeping with the theme of regrettable loses, this one could definitely come back and bite the Hawks as they battle for playoff positioning.
Brook Lopez led all Nets scorers with 29 points on 12-of-21 from the field. Lopez added five rebounds, five assists, five blocks, three triples and two steals in a very dominating performance on Sunday evening.
Jeremy Lin also put up a very serviceable line scoring 15 points and adding six rebounds, six assists and two triples in 31 minutes of action.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson shot 4-of-8 from the field for 11 points to go with five rebounds, three steals, two triples, two assists and one block in 27 minutes of action.
Dwight Howard double-doubled for the Hawks scoring 11 points and adding 11 rebounds. He chipped in one block and also hit 3-of-4 from the line in the loss.
Paul Millsap made his long-awaited return to the Hawks’ lineup and scored 14 points on 4-of-14 from the field. He added four rebounds and two assists and despite the poor shooting that fact that Millsap was back on the court was a sight for sore eyes for Hawks fans.
Randy Foye started again for the Nets but only played 14 minutes and chipped in three points, three rebounds and three assists to go with one steal.
Ersan Ilyasova did not play well in this one scoring four points on 1-of-5 from the field. He added two rebounds,, one steal, one block and one triple in the loss.
The Nets improved to 18-59 and might actually break the 20 win plateau this season. They play three times this coming week and head to Philly on Tuesday to take on the Sixers. The Hawks meanwhile suffered a critical loss and dropped to 39-38 on the season. They currently sit in sixth in the East, one game behind the Bucks for fifth but also only one game up on the Bulls. The Hawks play three times this week as well and will get it kicked off on Thursday night when host the Celtics.
RAPTORS 113, SIXERS 105
There were some sluggish spurts, but for the most part this one was never in doubt.
Welcome back Serge Ibaka! The Raptors’ big man scored 24 points on 11-of-17 from the field to go with six rebounds and a season-high six blocks. He added one steal in 28 minutes of action and if he’s able to keep the blocks up the Raptors might become very scary.
DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points on 6-of-11 from the field. He added nine assists, one rebound and shot a perfect 5-of-5 from the line in the win.
Jonas Valanciunas shot an efficient 7-of-9 from the field for 14 points to go with eight rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block in only 28 minutes of action.
Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot led the Sixers with 23 points on 7-of-15 from the field. If you rolled with him in DFS leagues, you probably did well. He added three rebounds, three triples and one steal and should continue to play heavy minutes for the Sixers as the season winds down.
Richaun Holmes was the only disappointing sight on the Sixers roster. He scored only four points on 2-of-5 from the field but did have seven rebounds, two assists and one block in 23 foul-plagued minutes.
The Raptors improved to 47-30 and with the Wizards’ loss (see below) they now have a 1.0 game cushion for third place in the East. The Raptors play four times this week and it starts with a road tilt with the Pacers on Tuesday night. The Sixers meanwhile dropped to 28-49 on the season. They play three times this coming week beginning with a home date with the Nets on Tuesday night.
WARRIORS 139, WIZARDS 115
The Warriors led from start to finish and a lot of it was thanks to the wizardry of Steph Curry (see below).
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— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) April 3, 2017
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— NBA (@TheNBASoul) April 3, 2017
Steph Curry scored 42 points on 15-of-22 from the field to go with nine triples, eight assists, one rebound and one steal in the win.
Draymond Green triple-doubled scoring 11 points to go with 12 rebounds and 13 assists. Green added one steal, one block and one triple while shooting 3-of-9 from the field in the win.
Klay Thompson dropped 23 points on 9-of-20 from the field to go with four triples, three assists, one rebound, one steal and one block in 33 minutes of action.
John Wall posted a double-double scoring 15 points to go with 11 assists, five rebounds and one steal in the loss.
Bojan Bogdanovic led the way for the Wizards with 20 points on 6-of-11 from the field. He added six rebounds, four triples, two steals and one assist in 29 minutes of action.
Matt Barnes was quiet in 20 minutes off the bench. Barnes scored two points to go with two rebounds and two assists and one block.
Marcin Gortat had another underwhelming performance scoring seven points to go with three rebounds and one block. Over the last two weeks Gortat is only offering top 250 value and has really struggled. He’ll need to improve if the Wizards want to make a deep run in the playoffs.
The Dubs improved to an NBA best 63-14 and continue to lead the Spurs by 3.5 games for the number one seed. The Warriors play three times this week beginning with a home date with the young Wolves on Tuesday night. The Wizards meanwhile dropped their third straight game and now sit at 46-31, good for fourth in the East. They play three times this week beginning with a tough home date vs. the Hornets on Tuesday night.
ROCKETS 123, SUNS 116
No Harden? No Problem! The Rockets use a balanced attack to outpace the Suns in this high scoring affair.
Patrick Beverley posted a strong game scoring a team-high 26 points on 11-of-19 from the field to go with nine assists, eight rebounds, four triples and one steal in 35 minutes of action.
Lou Williams came off the bench to score 23 points on 7-of-14 from the field. He added four rebounds, two assists and two triples in the win while shooting 7-of-8 from the line.
Eric Gordon scored 22 points on 9-of-24 from the field. Despite the poor shooting Gordon put together a solid line adding six rebounds, five assists, three blocks, two triples and one steal in 37 minutes of action.
Troy Williams started in place of Trevor Ariza and promptly chipped in 21 points on 7-of-12 from the field. He added six triples, five rebounds, three assists and one steal in 39 minutes of action.
Tyler Ulis posted a career-high 34 points on 15-of-22 in the loss. He added nine rebounds, nine assists, three triples and one steal in 45 minutes of action. It should be an interesting offseason for the Suns’ brass as they decide what to do with their backcourt situation.
Devin Booker scored 27 points on 7-of-22 from the field while adding nine assists, five rebounds, one triple and one steal although he did commit a game-high eight turnovers in the loss.
Sam Dekker started but went scoreless in 19 minutes of action and only contributed two rebounds to his line.
Alan Williams only played seven minutes off the bench scoring two points on 1-of-6 from the field and adding four rebounds and one block in the loss.
The Rockets improved to 52-25 on the season and will finish in third spot in the Western Conference. The Rockets play three times this week beginning with a tough home matchup vs. the Nuggets on Wednesday night. The Suns meanwhile take over the basement spot in the West with the loss. The Suns play three times this week beginning with a home date with the Warriors on Wednesday night.
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