Clayton Kershaw (back) played catch prior to Sunday night's game, but there is still no definite timetable for his return.
While we'd like to take the "no news is good news" approach here, we have to update you bitter, irate Kershaw owners out there. We're not trying to rub it in at all that you used a first round pick on a starting pitcher. Seriously, we're not. As we said, there's still no timetable for Kershaw's return. Some estimates have him at least a month away, but we'll just have to wait and keep tracking his progress. Tough to sell him, but surely there's someone in your league willing to trade based on name alone.ANALYST: Howard Bender
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