Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and a season-high 20 rebounds in the Friday loss to the Clippers. Anthony made only 4 of his 23 shot attempts, but made all 16 of his free throws.
We have grown accustomed to seeing scoring outputs like this from Anthony, but pulling down 20 rebounds is not something we see on a daily basis. Friday night's performance marked his third double-double of the New Year, raising his average up to nine boards per game. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Devin Hester (toe) has been cleared to return from injury in Week 13.
Hester has been on short-term IR all year with the toe injury and has finally been cleared to return. Considering the offensive struggles for the Falcons, he may be used as more than just a return man. There's been little help opposite Julio Jones so perhaps Hester will get a crack at some extra snaps. He certainly couldn't do worse than what the team has there right now. Of course, Matt Ryan still has to wake up as well. Analysis: Howard Bender