December 12, 2016, 12:03 am
Sunday had five games on the slate in the Association. Russell Westbrook looked to keep his triple-double streak going while Nerlens Noel and D’Angelo Russell made their returns to the court. With a look at all of Sunday’s action here’s Monday’s Daily Dish.
SIXERS 97, PISTONS 79
It was supposed to be an exciting return for Nerlens Noel, instead it ended up in disappointment as he exited early with an ankle injury. Despite the win, the Sixers can’t seem to catch a break.
With Sergio Rodriguez out, T.J. McConnell stepped up in a big way. McConnell shot 6-of-9 for 12 points with 10 rebounds, nine assists and three steals. Despite the flirtation with a triple-double, McConnell is only worth a look in deep leagues.
Robert Covington was finally able to find his shot in this one. Covington shot 6-of-9 from the field for 16 points to go with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block. It looks like he’s healthy again so keep him locked in your lineups.
Ersan Ilyasova continued his strong play scoring 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Ghostface added eight rebounds and two steals and has put together five consecutive double-digit scoring games. He’s flirting with top 100 value in 9-cat leagues at the moment.
Marcus Morris led the Pistons with 28 points in the loss. He shot 10-of-16 (4-of-7 from downtown) with two rebounds, one assist and one block.
Andre Drummond double-doubled in 36 minutes of action. He scored 14 and added 14 boards to go along with one assists and six steals.
Nerlens Noel looked good in his debut off the bench, but his outing was cut short due to an ankle injury. The Sixers are known to play it safe with their players, so consider him questionable for Wednesday’s game.
Dario Saric was quiet off the bench scoring four points with two rebounds and two assists. Ilyasova has really hurt his value.
Reggie Jackson looked rusty connecting on only 5-of-17 from the field for 10 points to go along with one rebound, three assists and two steals. He should turn it around sooner rather than later.
The win marked the sixth victory of the season for the Sixers. They now sit at 6-18 and take on the Raptors at home on Wednesday night. For the Pistons, the loss drops them to 13-13. They were playing without starting SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (right knee contusion) in this one and hopefully he’s back on the court when the Pistons travel to Dallas to take on the Mavs on Wednesday.
WARRIORS 116, WOLVES 108
You just knew that the Warriors would look to bounce back after a disappointing loss on Saturday night, but it wasn’t until the 4th quarter that they finally took control of this game.
After an ugly eight point outing on Saturday vs. the Grizzlies, Klay Thompson bounced back with a game-high 30 points on Sunday evening. Thompson shot 11-of-21 (4-of-12 from 3-point land) with six rebounds, two assists and one block.
Kevin Durant shot poorly by his standards (6-of-21) but was still able to chip in 22 points with eight rebounds and five assists.
Stephen Curry also scored 22 points on 6-of-13 shooting. He added four rebounds, nine assists, one steal and two treys.
Draymond Green scored 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting with five rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block. Combined, the big four scored 92 of the 116 Warrior points.
Karl-Anthony Towns chipped in a double-double of his own in the loss. He scored 25 points and added 18 rebounds with two dimes in 39 minutes of action.
Andrew Wiggins scored 25 points with five rebounds and two assists. The scoring numbers are great, but the lack of defensive stats hurt his overall value.
Zach Lavine also contributed 25 points in a game-high 42 minutes of action. Lavine added three rebounds, four assists and five treys to complete his line.
Ricky Rubio and Gorgui Dieng shot a combined 7-of-20 in the loss.Their overall lines weren’t terrible, but the Wolves needed one of them to step up in order to keep up with the Warriors. It didn’t happen.
Zaza Pachulia sat out his second consecutive game with a wrist injury. Despite the starting label, his value is more suited for deep leagues.
The Warriors eluded back-to-back losses and improved their record to an NBA best 21-4. They close out their road trip with a matchup vs the Pelicans in New Orleans on Tuesday. The Wolves meanwhile dropped their fourth in a row and eighth in their last nine to drop their record to 6-18 on the season. They travel to Chicago on Tuesday in coach Thibodeau’s return to the Windy City.