• The first Sunday of NBA action was certainly filled with its share of tricks and treats. Afternoon action from LaLa land brought fans an intriguing matchup between the Jazz and Clippers. The evening action had superstars Kawhi Leonard down south in Miami while Russell Westbrook was in a scary mood looking to keep his triple-double streak going. With the Hallowe’en spirit in the air and the Guess Who’s “Clap For the Wolfman” playing in my head, here’s Monday’s Daily Dish.

    CLIPPERS 88, JAZZ 75

    While many predicted a high scoring game here, it turned out to be the complete opposite as the final score fell well below of the 192 over/under line.

    The Good

    Blake Griffin double-doubled scoring 18 points and adding 10 rebounds in 30 minutes of action while shooting 7-of-14 from the field.

    DeAndre Jordan grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds, but only scored nine points on an inefficient 3-of-10 from the field.

    Off the bench, Austin Rivers scored a team-high 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting. If Rivers can consistently contribute points off the bench it might be a game changer for the Clippers as the season progresses.

    For the Jazz, point guard George Hill once again had a strong game. Hill led the way with 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting while adding two rebounds, three assists and two steals.

    The Bad

    Chris Paul was surprisingly quiet on Sunday afternoon scoring nine points and adding nine assists on 3-of-8 shooting. He did add four steals to save his day.

    J.J. Redick was limited to nine points with no rebounds or assists and two steals. This is the second game in a row where Redick was held to single digits in scoring.

    Rodney Hood shot an ugly 2-of-10 for five points and three rebounds in 28 minutes of action. After a 26 point explosion in the opener, Hood has scored only 20 points in the last two games.

    The Takeaway

    With the win the Clippers moved to 2-0 while the Jazz fell to 1-2. This week has both teams playing four games each against the Western Conference powerhouse San Antonio Spurs. We wish them the best.

    PISTONS 98, BUCKS 83

    This game should have been a lot closer but strong second and fourth quarters by the Pistons vaulted them to victory.

    The Good

    Andre Drummond led the way for the Pistons with a monster 20 points and 23 rebounds. He shot 50% from both the field and the line and added two steals and three blocks to cement his strong line.

    The remaining four Pistons starters (Smith, Caldwell-Pope, Harris and Morris) all scored in double figures and cumulatively the Pistons shot a respectable 44% from the field.

    For the Bucks, their young buck Giannis Antetokounmpo once again led the team with 17 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals. He is looking like the real deal.

    The Bad

    Off the bench Greg Monroe was limited to 18 minutes and only contributed 11 points and five rebounds and two steals.

    After a game winning shot last night John Henson crashed back to earth by committing five fouls in only 12 minutes of action.

    The Takeaway

    This marks consecutive wins for the Pistons after an opening night loss to the Raptors. Meanwhile the loss drops the Bucks to 1-2 early in the season. The Pistons have three games this week while the Bucks have four games including a back-to-back with the Kings and Mavs.

    SPURS 106, HEAT 99

    The Kawhi Leonard tour made its way to South Beach on Sunday night for a date with the Heat. Despite the absence of LaMarcus Aldridge (rest) in the lineup, the Spurs were able to keep their undefeated record intact.

    The Good

    Kawhi Leonard once again led the way scoring a team-high 27 points with two rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block. Leonard was limited to 30 minutes due to an eye issue otherwise his line could have been better.

    Pau Gasol also played well producing a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. He added three assists and two steals and even made a 3-pointer. My crystal ball tells me that at some point in the near future it will be Gasol’s turn to rest.

    The Heat were led by their big man Hassan Whiteside and their little guy Goran Dragic. Whiteside scored a team-high 27 points while adding 15 rebounds and four blocks. Dragic on the other hand chipped in 25 points with three rebounds and five assists. Combined they shot an impressive 19-of-32 from the field.

    The Bad

    Tony Parker returned to the starting lineup for the Spurs but was limited to three points on 1-of-4 shooting. Kyle Anderson also started again at SG but could only muster five points in 20 minutes of action.

    Dion Waiters and Luke Babbitt started for the Heat but shot a combined 5-of-15 from the field for 15 points. They will have to be better if the Heat have any chance of staying competitive in the Eastern Conference.

    The Takeaway

    The Spurs moved to 4-0 with the win while the Heat dropped to 1-2. The week ahead only has two games for the Heat while the Spurs have three. With a home and home vs. the Jazz and a home date against the Clippers the Spurs can easily be 7-0 at this time next week.

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