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As expected, Patrick Beverley will start at point guard on Monday.

This should not come as a surprise as the only Linsanity that has occurred this season has resulted in Lin owners cursing at his disappointing play, especially over the last month while Beverly has been out. Lin is the 196 ranked Fantasy player over the last 30 days, that is D-League quality. ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Aaron Afflalo scored 14 points (4-of-15 FGA, 2-of-7 3PA, 4-of-4 FTA) and grabbed five rebounds on Friday night against the Grizzlies.

He started out mighty cold on Friday night, however down the stretch Afflalo really turned on the clutch gene, as he rattled in two 3-pointers in the final minutes, one of which was with only a handful of seconds left. On the night, he finished with 14 points – his season average – while his five rebounds came in just above par. Hopefully the time off during the break gives him a chance to rest up good, as the Knicks are going to need the Afflalo of December and early January if they plan on making a second half playoff push.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Jose Calderon scored 18 points (7-of-14 FGA, 3-of-7 3PA, 1-of-1 FTA), grabbed eight rebounds, and recorded five assists on Friday night against the Grizzlies.

An appropriate moniker for Calderon right now might be “Two-Face,” as he, just a night ago, finished with zero points in what will likely be remembered as his worst 13 minutes of basketball of his career. On Friday night, he bounced back in a strong way, proving to be much more aggressive on both ends of the floor. He finished with 18 points on the strength of 50-percent shooting and three 3-pointers, while he also added five assists, and a totally out of character eight rebounds. Unfortunately his bounce back big game wasn’t enough to get the Knicks the win in the absence of Carmelo Anthony. Hopefully this is a performance that he can build off of headed into the second half.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Kristaps Porzingis scored 17 points (6-of-12 FGA, 3-of-6 3PA, 2-of-2 FTA), grabbed 10 rebounds, and blocked six shots on Friday night against the Grizzlies.

Just a night removed from where it seemed solidified that KP had hit the “Rookie Wall,” he goes out and drops a tremendous stat line of 17 points – on the strength of three 3’s – 10 rebounds, and six blocks against a streaking Memphis Grizzlies team. His field goal percentage, at 50-percent, was his best in weeks, while he looked more active since he fell ill to a respiratory infection almost two weeks ago now. Hopefull this is something that he can build off of headed into the break, while he hopefully recharges his batteries and gets ready for a second half Knicks playoff push.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Marc Gasol scored 10 points (5-of-11 FGA) and grabbed seven rebounds on Friday night against the Knicks.

Gasol did nothing particularly special in the box score on Friday night, however his defense was supreme, as he held his counterpart, Robin Lopez, to under 10 points in 30 minutes to go along with a -15 plus/minus rating. This unfortunately will not help fantasy owners much, as his statistical decline this season has really hurt owners who drafted him as a top fantasy center. During the game he flashed plenty of ability, the same of which he had just a couple of years ago when he was dominating opposing bigmen, so maybe his usage is just down due to the overall struggles that the Grizzlies have faced this season. In any event, Gasol is locked up for another five years, so he likely isn’t going anywhere carrying a top-dollar price tag, so he and the Grizzlies are just going to have to figure things out. Expect his stats to return somewhat back to form as the second half rolls around.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Matt Barnes scored 12 points (4-of-9 FGA, 2-of-5 3PA, 2-of-2 FTA) and grabbed seven rebounds on Friday night against the Knicks.

In his return to The Garden, Barnes really heard it from the New York faithful, which was in blind support of their fearless leader in the form of head coach, Derek Fisher. If you didn’t know by now, Fisher and Barnes have recently been connected in a very messy love triangle where Fisher apparently stole Barnes’ ex. Barnes was very outspoken about he wants to physically confront Fisher and teach him a lesson about home wrecking. Barnes just recently came off of suspension due to his actions and wouldn’t you know it, one of his first games back happened to be against Derek Fisher’s New York Knicks. Well, instead of stabbing Fisher for real, Barnes focused his emotions in hurling proverbial daggers into coach Fisher and the Knicks in the form of incredibly clutch three point jumpers. He was integral in the Memphis victory, and for now has the upper hand in this “Days of our Lives” like saga.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Jeff Green scored 16 points (5-of-11 FGA, 6-of-6 FTA) and grabbed five rebounds on Friday night against the Knicks.

Believe it or not, Jeff Green’s 16 points off the bench led all Grizzlies scorers on Friday night against the Knicks… and they won. Most of his damage was done off of turnovers with electric finishes in transition either on do it yourself points or via assists. His team leading 16 points speaks for how well rounded the Memphis attack was, as all players who played scored and contributed in a positive manner. Although highly skilled, Green’s resume speaks for him in inconsistent terms. He can’t regularly be relied upon to create positive energy as a starting wing, so his role as a bench spark seems pretty solidified at this point. If his production is what you are looking for in deeper leagues, by all means enlist his services, as his immense talent provides him with the opportunity to go off on any given night.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Jeff Teague scored 16 points (5-of-9 FGA, 6-of-7 FTA), grabbed five rebounds, and recorded four assists on Friday night against the Pacers.

Teague has really taken a step back from last season where he earned himself an Eastern Conference All-Star nod. This year, above his head are trade swirls and ragged point guard play, making him seem sloppier than ever in his career as a Hawk. It is still unclear if the Hawks are really considering trading him, but they have also yet to deny suspicions. On Friday night he wasn’t bad by any stretch, but outside of his February 1st performance, he has really struggled to make his stat lines pop like they did last year. A mutual parting of ways seems likely at this point and possibly it might all happen before the trade deadline strikes.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Al Horford scored 21 points (8-of-16 FGA, 1-of-4 3PA, 4-of-4 FTA), grabbed seven rebounds, and recorded six assists on Friday night against the Pacers.

Always a skilled passer out of the post, Horford’s six assists shouldn’t surprise anyone, however considering his ever-advancing age and closing window of his prime, the high assist total comes as a slight shock. His seven rebounds come in right around his season average, while the 21 points are a number that he is always capable of reaching on any given night. Entering free agency this season, it’s nights like Friday that remind us of what a change of scenery did for Pau Gasol as he grew tired of Los Angeles. If Horford does indeed walk in free agency this offseason, playing for a contender might spur him into some of his best years yet.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Kent Bazemore scored 15 points (5-of-11 FGA, 2-of-5 3PA, 3-of-4 FTA), recorded eight assists, and three steals on Friday night against the Pacers.

The smooth shooting lefty had himself a fine night on Friday night, as he bested some of his season averages including points, steals, and assists. Probably his most impressive statistic on Friday against Indiana was his tally of eight assists, as he was hardly the main ball handler, but always seemed to be the wing willing to make the extra pass into the post or the corner for a knockdown three. Sure he could have shot better, but anyone worrying about that after the other great things that he did on Friday night is just nitpicking. The more comfortable he becomes as a starter, the better fantasy option he should blossom into. Fantasy owners should remain aware of his stat lines going forward.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Paul Millsap scored 24 points (10-of-14 FGA, 3-of-6 3PA, 1-of-5 FTA), grabbed two rebounds, and recorded four blocks on Friday night against the Pacers.

This was a very odd performance from Millsap on Friday night, as he had a mixed bag of very good and disappointing aspects of his stat line against the Pacers. For starters, Millsap was excellent from the field, finishing 10-of-14 on field goals and 3-of-6 from three, good enough for 24 points. On the flip side, he struggled mightily from the free throw line, finishing a paltry 1-of-5 from the stripe. To go along with this disappointment was the fact that he only managed two rebounds from his power forward position. Seemingly making up for these transgressions, Millsap blocked four shots on Friday night, adding a solid defensive element to his game and ultimately helping the Hawks get the win over Indiana. Fantasy owners should take Friday night as an overall good night, as the positives seem to outweigh the negatives, however those disappointments in his stat line are exactly that and are things that he really needs to work on going forward.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Lavoy Allen scored 13 points (6-of-10 FGA, 1-of-1 FTA) and grabbed 14 rebounds on Friday night against the Hawks.

Allen strung together a nice double-double off the bench, proving that things can be accomplished while coming off the bench. Rookie starting power forward, Myles Turner’s foul trouble can largely be attributed to Allen’s extended playing time, however that doesn’t take away from what Allen managed to accomplish in the slightest. What this proves is that right now Allen is the go-to big off the bench for the Pacers, especially while Ian Mahinmi is sidelined with a lower back issue. In much deeper formats, Allen might be considered a desperation frontcourt option if Turner continues to get into foul trouble early on in games. .  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Myles Turner scored 12 points (6-of-11 FGA) and grabbed seven rebounds on Friday night against the Hawks.

Now fully entrenched in a starting role, the only thing holding back the rookie forward/center is his foul trouble. This persistent issue reared its ugly head on Friday night once again, as his four fouls limited him to only 23 minutes of on court action. Luckily his sheer talent allowed him to compile a respectable 12 points and seven rebounds in that short period of time, but if fantasy owners are going to consistently rely upon him as a starter going forward, he’s got to get his erratic play in check. He is a wildly talented big with tons of potential, so it’s best to assume that he will sort things out soon, just like Kristaps Porzingis did early on this season as a starter.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Paul George scored 31 points (11-of-21 FGA, 7-of-12 3PA, 2-of-2 FTA), grabbed nine rebounds, and recorded six assists on Friday night against the Hawks.

The All-Star forward loaded up the stat sheet on Friday night, as he not only dropped 31 points on the Hawks, but he also grabbed nine rebounds, and distributed six assists. To put into perspective how good he has been this season, most people weren’t surprised to see such a stat line from George, as dominating performances have become commonplace for him. Particularly on Friday night however, such a big performance was important for him and his momentum headed into the break because he hadn’t scored over 20 points in any game over his last four matchups. Expect a huge night like Friday to get him back on track for the second half of the season.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Nicolas Batum scored 21 points (7-of-12 FGA, 4-of-7 3PA, 3-of-3 FTA), grabbed six rebounds, recorded seven assists, and three blocks on Friday night against the Heat.

The Frenchman is having himself a fine bounce back season, as it seems that his move to New Orleans has really benefited his career. On Friday night he had one of his better performances of the year, as he either bested or matched his season averages in the box score. He finished with 21 points on 4-of-7 from three, six rebounds, seven assists, and three blocks, terrorizing Loul Deng all night long. Unfortunately for the Hornets however, Batum’s spirited performance wasn’t enough to get the job done, as they fell to the Heat by three. Regardless of the final score outcome, Batum had himself a fantasy night that owners won’t soon forget.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Kemba Walker scored 20 points (7-of-18 FGA, 4-of-8 3PA, 2-of-2 FTA), grabbed five rebounds, and recorded six assists on Friday night against the Heat.

Kemba finished up scoring right around his season average on Friday night, as he poured in 20 points on effective shooting from both the floor and from three. His five rebounds and six assists come in right around where he typically will be on a good night, leaving fantasy owners with no surprises against the Heat on Friday. What does make this performance important from his plethora of other 20 point, 5-plus rebound, 5-plus assist games this season is that it came on the heels of a night in which he had a significant amount of fluid drained from his knee. Many were worried that Walker’s knee injury was going to set him back for a little bit, but his ability to jump right back into action after only missing one game proves that he should be fine going forward.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

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