• Welcome to another busy Friday night! Dame D.O.L.L.A continues to make his case for M.V.P., DeMar DeRozan’s onslaught continues, and the young Lakers show that they can hang with the big boys.  It’s already November so let’s hop right into Saturday’s Daily Dish! Also follow @HoopBallTweets for up to the minute updates or hit me up on Twitter (@NguyenTDanh) if you have any questions!

    Wizards 95, Hawks 92

    Bradley Beal led the way for the Wizards tonight, scoring a season-high 28 points in a 95-92 win over the Hawks on Friday, adding two rebounds, three assists, one block, five turnovers and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes. John Wall added 21 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals and one 3-pointer. He will be sitting out the next game so be aware of that.

    The Hawks kept it close till the very end. Kent Bazemore continued to struggle, going scoreless in 27 minutes with three rebounds, five assists, one steal and two blocks. Hold onto him, he will get better. Mike Muscala has been an interesting pick-up for a lot of owners and he continued to provide solid stats off the bench. He finished with 10 points; seven rebounds and one steal, and is now moving onto the radar for the 14-team league.

    Tim Hardaway Jr. also played 28 minutes and finished Friday with 10 points, four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one turnover. Hardaway will continue to be the backup to Kyle Korver and Thabo Sefolosha.

    Raptors 96, Heat 87

    DeMar DeRozan continued to roll for the Raptors scoring 34. Kyle Lowry also filled it up with 13 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals, three blocks, five turnovers and two 3-pointers. He should start picking things up now.

    While the two stars for Toronto lead the way, Terrence Ross put up some solid stats for a second straight game. He scored 20 points with four rebounds, one steal and three 3-pointers. He’s too inconsistent to rely upon but if you were to pick him up it would be nothing more than for his 3-point expertise.

    Josh Richardson made his season debut but ended up with no points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and two turnovers in 12 minutes. He will only get better from here and should be claimed if he hasn’t been already. Hassan Whiteside cruised with 21 points and 16 rebounds.

    Hornets 99, Nets 95

    This game was a lot closer than most anticipated considering Jeremy Lin was out with a strained left hamstring. Without Lin, Kemba Walker was able to do what he wanted whenever he wanted. He dropped 30 points to lead the Hornets. There is nothing more to mention besides Nicolas Batum scoring 18 points and nine rebounds.

    Despite the early struggles so far, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson stuffed the stat sheet in Friday’s 99-95 loss to the Hornets with 11 points (4-of-5 FGs), eight rebounds, six assists, four steals and two treys. It could be time to pick him up if he’s on the waivers, Isaiah Whitehead made his first career start, finishing with eight points, three assists, two rebounds, two steals, one block and three turnovers. He could have short-term value with the Nets lack of depth.

    Sean Kilpatrick also scored 19 points on 5-of-15 shooting with four rebounds, four assists, two steals and could be seeing a heavy workload leading the second unit.

    Knicks 117, Bulls 104

    It was the return of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah to Chicago Friday night. It ended up in a victory for the Knicks. Rose scored 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting with seven rebounds, a season-high 11 assists, one steal and one block, and Noah scored 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting with nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. Round one goes to the Knicks. These two clearly wanted to make a statement and it’s hard to see them doing much better than is.

    Jimmy Butler tried to carry the Bulls with his 26 points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal but failed to do so. Dwyane Wade also double-doubled with 35 points and 10 rebounds while Rajon Rondo disappointed, shooting 2-of-10 from the field for four points with five rebounds, five assists, one steal and two turnovers. Seems like the return of Rose and Noah was too overwhelming for the Bulls new unit.

    Clippers 99, Grizzlies 88

    The Clippers rebounded from a disappointing loss to the Thunder with a solid win over the Grizzlies. Chris Paul posted a monster fantasy line with 7 points with 11 assists, four rebounds, two blocks, six steals and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes. Blake Griffin also double-doubled with 14 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal. Although the Clippers pulled off a victory, Blake has to do more in order for the team to be considered as title contenders. Look for him to improve as the season progresses.

    Mike Conley did what he could to keep his team in it by scoring 30 points with 10 assists, two rebounds, one steal, two blocks and seven 3-pointer. Marc Gasol also bounced back on Friday with 21 points, nine rebounds, four assists, two blocks, one steal and one trey. Nothing really excites me about the Grizzlies as of now but once Chandler Parsons returns he should be an interesting asset for the team.

    Suns 112, Pelicans 111

    For those who have been waiting for Devin Booker to show up, here he is. He exploded tonight with 38 points and three 3-pointers. He was clutch tonight so hopefully this will boost his confidence. T.J. Warren scored 18 points with six rebounds, one assist, four steals and one 3-pointer. He should be owned right now.

    Anthony Davis continued to do his thing with 22 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and four blocks. If he can stay healthy, oh man. The surprise of the night was Terrence Jones, who was on fire in his first start of the season, finishing with 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists, one steal, four blocks and one 3-pointer. I dropped him prematurely and it looks like I could be paying for it. His upside has always been there so pick him up if you have someone to drop.

    Trail Blazers 105, Mavericks 95

    I’m all aboard the Damian Lillard M.V.P hype train and tonight he put on a show. Without a real solution to Lillard, he erupted for 42 points with four rebounds, four assists, one turnover and five 3-pointers. C.J. McCollum had an off night with just nine points but Mason Plumlee picked up the rest of the slack with 19 points. Besides the Blazers’ backcourt, all other players will be very inconsistent just based off of playing time and skillset.

    J.J. Barea started with Andrew Bogut resting on Friday and boy did he provide a spark for the Mavericks. He finished with 23 points, six assists and five 3-pointers. He’s going to get consistent minutes and could see more playing time if Deron Williams goes down. Harrison Barnes also added 17 points and 10 rebounds. He could prove doubters wrong if he starts making his shots.

    Spurs 100, Jazz 86

    Kawhi Leonard did his thing scoring 29 points with 11 rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one triple. Patty Mills has been a hot topic as of lately and he showed why he should be owned in most leagues by scoring 16 points with three rebounds, three assists and four 3-pointers. He should be owned over Tony Parker. Any hype surrounding Jonathan Simmons and Kyle Anderson was answered tonight with both players putting up duds. Hard to own some players with San Antonio’s unpredictable rotations.

    Seems like the Jazz can use Gordon Hayward right about now but Rodney Hood has been trying his best to fill those shoes. He finished tonight with 18 points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers. Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert both struggled Friday scoring six and five points apiece. They should bounce back in the next game so there is nothing to worry about.

    Lakers 117, Warriors 97

    This has to be a shocking outcome for most NBA fans after a dominant win by the Warriors over the Thunder. Julius Randle played a significant role in the Lakers victory over the Warriors, scoring 20 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 30 minutes. With so many injuries he could be looking at some solid numbers.

    Brandon Ingram also scored a career-high 12 points on Friday and should be on everyone’s watch list. D’Angelo Russell continued to play well tonight with 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Between Russell and Ingram it seems as though the Lakers are rolling with Russell to start the season.

    After a dominant win over the Thunder, the Warriors took a surprising loss against the Lakers. Kevin Durant isn’t slowing down, scoring 27 points with five rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers. The struggles continued for Klay Thompson as he can’t seem to buy a show at this point. He only connected on 4-of-18 shots Friday but owners should remain patient. At this point you should try to buy-low on Thompson while you can before he finds his form.

    That’ll do it for Saturday’s dish. Make sure to stay warm and have a great weekend everyone. Cheers! #HoopBall

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