April 20, 2016, 9:30 am
Tuesday night saw a soft two-game slate where the home teams blew out the visitors. The Hawks buried the Celtics in the early minutes of the game behind hot shooting from Kyle Korver, who redeemed himself after shooting 0-for-7 from beyond the arc in Game 1. Credit to Korver for a short-term memory. More on that below. The second game on Tuesday night seemed like a replay of Game 1, as Pop got ample rest for his starters in another blowout win. All you need to know is that Tony Allen led the Grizzlies in scoring with 12 points. Yep, it was that kind of night. Let’s get to the recaps of Tuesday night’s games in our Daily Dish:
HAWKS 89, CELTICS 72
If there was a way to declare a win in the first few minutes of a game, the Hawks came really close on Tuesday night, as they took a 24-3 lead in just over six minutes into the first quarter and never trailed in this one. Fans were still trying to find their seats while Kyle Korver hit his fourth three-pointer of the game to take a 21-point lead early. Korver finished with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting and five threes, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. When he’s on, he’s on.
The Hawks set a franchise playoff record for blocks in a game with 15 swats. Al Horford led the block party with five of his own, finishing with 17 points (6-for-11 FGs, 2-for-2 FTs) and three treys, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and five blocks in 30 minutes. He was terrific on Tuesday. As usual, Horford and Paul Millsap trade off stud games so Millsap was not his best in Game 2. Millsap went cold with a 1-for-12 line from the field (0-for-5 3PT) for four points, seven rebounds, one assist and four blocks. If you told the Hawks that Millsap would be 1-for-12 and score just four points and blowout the Celtics, they’d take it in disbelief.
Hawks fans would be even more skeptical if you told them that Kent Bazemore shot 2-for-14 from the field in the win as well. Bazemore finished with five points, nine boards, four assists and two steals in 29 minutes. He found other ways to help the Hawks with his hustle. Jeff Teague only had to play 27 minutes in the blowout, shooting 5-for-9 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line for 13 points with six assists, one rebound, two steals and one block. Teague has been huge for owners over the last month.
The Celtics went extremely cold from the field, shooting 31.8% as a team. Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart combined to shoot 2-for-20 for just five points total, but tried to help fantasy owners by other means. Crowder was 1-for-9 from the field for two points with seven boards, three assists, four steals and two blocks in 34 minutes. Smart was 1-for-11 from the field for three points with one three ball, two boards, three assists, one steal and two blocks. The Celtics need a lot more offense if they want to extend this series.
Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics in scoring but wasn’t too efficient either, as he shot 4-for-15 from the field and 7-for-8 from the line for 16 points with one three ball, three rebounds, two assists and one block. These certainly don’t look like the Celtics who beat the Warriors a few weeks ago.
The only Celtics starter who shot over 40% was Amir Johnson, who shot 6-for-11 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line for 14 points with eight rebounds and one block in 20 minutes. Evan Turner came off the bench for 12 points with five boards, three assists and one block in 33 minutes. The Celtics will look to defend home court on Friday in Boston.
SPURS 94, GRIZZLIES 68
Game 2 went a lot like Game 1, as the Spurs blew out the Grizzlies and had 11 players play over 13 minutes each on Tuesday night. Pop has certainly gotten as much rest for his bunch as he could in these first two games. Kawhi Leonard was only needed for 26 minutes, shooting 4-for-10 from the floor and 5-for-5 from the line for 13 points with three boards, two steals and one block. LaMarcus Aldridge also only played 26 minutes, shooting 5-for-11 from the field for 10 points with eight boards and four blocks.
It has to be a great feeling as a Spurs fan knowing that Patty Mills can lead the team in scoring and you win by 26 points. Patty Mills saw 19 minutes in Tuesday’s win, scoring 16 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field and 2-for-4 from the line with four threes and two assists. Mills is coming along strong off the bench with all of these blowouts in the first round.
The Spurs are such a well-oiled machine these days that Tim Duncan only had to attempt one shot in the blowout win. Duncan was 0-for-1 from the field and 3-for-4 from the line for three points with nine boards, four assists, one steal and one block in 26 minutes. Tony Parker didn’t have to do much in this one either, as he scored six points with four assists, one rebound and one steal in 22 minutes. The Spurs did so well that the third musketeer Manu Ginobili got 14 minutes of playing time, scoring eight points with one three, one assist, one rebound and one steal. The dynasty will be just fine once this trio leaves.
The Grizzlies picked up exactly where they left off on Sunday. Zach Randolph struggled again with 5-for-17 shooting, making his totals a putrid 8-for-30 from the field this series. That’s the power of Pop. Z-Bo finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and one steal. Matt Barnes didn’t help in the shooting department either, going 3-for-11 from the field for nine points with one three ball, six boards, two assists and one steal.
It has to be a poor offensive night if Tony Allen leads your team with 12 points. Allen played through his hamstring injury for 21 minutes, shooting 4-for-7 from the field for 12 points with three rebounds, one assist and two steals. With all of the injuries to Memphis this season, they are probably just happy to be here. Game 3 is on Friday.
August 17, 2019, 8:35 pmDennis SchroderPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Dennis Schroder scored 19 points to lead Germany to a 83-62 win vs. Hungary as the teams prepare for the Wold Cup.
Schroder filled the box score tonight by adding three rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and four treys. He will come off the bench again next season behind Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Anyone who drafts the often-injured Chris Paul may want to handcuff him with Schroder. Fellow countryman Daniel Theis scored 11 points with six rebounds, two assists and one steal.
August 17, 2019, 2:10 pmTyler DorseySG, International
Tyler Dorsey has signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C. of Israel.
Dorsey played 21 games for the Grizzlies last year after being acquired midseason from the Hawks via trade. He played well over that span with 9.8 points in 21.3 minutes but will take his talents overseas where, "He'll have a chance to showcase what great things he can do," according to his new head coach. Maccabi has signed several former NBA players this offseason as Dorsey will be joining Omri Casspi, Nate Wolters, Quincy Acy and Tarik Black.
Source: Macabi Tel Aviv on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 12:57 pmRayjon TuckerPG, Milwaukee Bucks
Rayjon Tucker will be signing with the Bucks on a partially guaranteed deal.
Tucker is a little older than most rookies and will be 22 before the start of the season but he played well enough at Little Rock last year to deserve a look, scoring 20.3 points per game and knocking down 2.4 triples per game at a 41.1 percent clip. He rounds out the Bucks 20-man training camp roster but since they already have 15 guaranteed contracts and both two-way spots occupied, he is very unlikely to make the team and could very well end up in the G-League.
Source: Darren Wolfson on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 12:45 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
Per Chris Hayes of Yahoo, De'Aaron Fox will be withdrawing from the FIBA World Cup in order to focus on the upcoming season.
Fox follows the trend set by many other players that have withdrawn for the same reason. Maybe this is related to him only playing six minutes in the exhibition against Spain on Friday but either way, he should be in line to improve last year's huge leap in production and could even be in the All-Star conversation. Derrick White is much more likely to make the final roster now with Fox out.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 11:39 amKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker leads US in 90-81 victory over Spain on Friday.
Walker impressed in the exhibition with 11 points, six rebounds, eight assists, and two steals in 22 minutes with Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum and Khris Middleton also playing well as his co-stars. Four Celtics are expected to be on the final roster which will serve as a great opportunity for Walker to develop a good rapport with his new teammates ahead of training camp. Marc Gasol was the top scorer for Spain with 19 points, four rebounds, three assists, a steal and two blocks while Ricky Rubio finished with 16 points, seven assists and five steals.
August 17, 2019, 9:05 amKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch led all scorers with 18 points as Canada lost to Australia in the second game of their mini-series exhibition.
Birch also chipped in four rebounds, two steals and a block in 23 minutes. He recently signed a two-year extension with the Magic but he currently sits as their third string center so he is off the fantasy map for now. For Australia, captain Joe Ingles put up eight points on 2-of-10 shooting with six assists and three steals in 31 minutes while Jonah Bolden chipped in 12 points, five rebounds, a steal and two triples in 18 minutes off the bench.
August 17, 2019, 8:24 amJuancho HernangomezPF, Denver Nuggets
Juan Hernangomez was back in action on Friday after undergoing core surgery in May.
Hernangomez did not do much in his 20 minutes of action in Spain's exhibition against the US on Friday but at least he has recovered from his surgery. He is entering a contract year but it will be difficult for him to get much playing time with the Nuggets at full health. He played only 8.4 minutes per game over the last two months of last season.
Source: Nick Kosmider on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 8:03 amJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum's intent is to increase his scoring this season according to Keith Smith.
Tatum has been working on being stronger with the ball, drawing fouls and finishing through contact which should result in an increase in free throws, points and efficiency. He was already a top-60 player in only his second year in the league by providing a little bit of everything from a fantasy perspective and should only continue to grow going into his third season.
Source: Keith Smith on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 7:36 amDaulton HommesSF, San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs have signed rookie Daulton Hommes.
This is likely a camp deal for Hommes as the Spurs already have 15 guaranteed contracts on their roster. The NABC Division II Player of the Year averaged 8.4 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.4 triples and 1.0 threes in in 17.7 minutes for the Bucks in summer league action. He is unlikely to play in the NBA this season.
Source: Jeff Garcia on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 12:01 amMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
In the NBATV broadcast on Friday night, Marcus Smart said he is "100% confident" that his health won't be an issue to start the World Cup.
With the news of PJ Tucker having to drop out due to an ankle injury, it's good to see Smart won't have to do the same. His presence will be a key factor on defense for Team USA.
Source: Jay King on Twitter