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Date Player
2/27/2017 Brandon Jennings, NY, PG
The Knicks are set to waive Jennings and plan to sign guard Chasson Randle.

Analysis: Jennings has averaged 8.6 points and a team-high 4.9 assists in 58 games, mostly as the backup to Derrick Rose. But the Knicks are again focusing more on the triangle offense, which isn't Jennings' strength. Look for him to sign with a contender once he clears waivers.
2/27/2017 Chasson Randle, NY, PG
The Knicks plan to sign Randle after waiving Brandon Jennings.

Analysis: Randle was cut by the Knicks in preseason and went on to play eight games with the Philadelphia 76ers. He probably won't play a ton, but New York clearly thinks he's worth another look.
2/27/2017 Blake Griffin, LAC, F-C
Griffin scored a season-high 43 points and added 10 rebounds and five assists as the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Charlotte Hornets 124-121 in overtime.

Analysis: Griffin is averaging 24.6 points and shooting 50.7 percent - including 10 of 22 from 3 - since returning from the injury that cost him five weeks. ''He's played like he's on a mission,'' teammate J.J. Redick said. ''I don't know what that mission is, but he's been dominant. That's as good as I've seen him play.''
2/27/2017 J.J. Redick, LAC, SG
Redick scored 22 points Sunday as the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Charlotte Hornets 124-121 in overtime.

Analysis: Redick went 9 of 16 from the field, hopefully a sign he's emerging from a slump that saw him shoot 32.9 percent over his previous eight games.
2/27/2017 DeAndre Jordan, LAC, C
Jordan had 20 points and 19 rebounds Sunday as the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Charlotte Hornets 124-121 in overtime.

Analysis: Jordan's stats have taken a bit of a hit since Blake Griffin came back, but he's still very capable of pulling down nearly 20 rebounds on a given night.
2/27/2017 Chris Paul, LAC, PG
Paul, in his second game back from a thumb injury, had 15 points, 17 assists, nine rebounds and no turnovers in 41 minutes Sunday as the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Charlotte Hornets 124-121 in overtime.

Analysis: Paul reported no ill effects after playing 33 minutes in his first game back Friday from a torn thumb ligament. ''He came out great. (But) you can see there are things he needs to work on,'' coach Doc Rivers said before the game.
2/27/2017 Kemba Walker, Cha, PG
Walker had 34 points but just two assists in the Hornets' 124-121 overtime loss to the Clippers on Sunday.

Analysis: Walker has averaged 26.6 points in his last five games - hitting 18 of 35 from 3- but the Hornets have lost four of those as they continue to struggle.
2/27/2017 Nicolas Batum, Cha, G-F
Batum had 31 points and was 8 of 13 on 3-pointers in the Hornets' 124-121 loss to the Clippers on Sunday.

Analysis: Batum had been in a terrible slump in his last three games, shooting 30.2 percent overall and hitting 4 of 20 3s.
2/27/2017 Jeremy Lamb, Cha, G-F
Lamb had a solid game off the bench with 19 points and six rebounds in the Hornets' 124-121 loss to the Clippers on Sunday.

Analysis: ''He did a good job,'' coach Steve Clifford said. ''He was on the attack, got the ball going to the basket and made a huge shot at the end. He played well.'' There are still signs of Lamb being a solid rotation player, but there's one problem - he can't shoot.
2/26/2017 Stephen Curry, GS, G
Curry hit 5 of 10 attempts from 3-point range and scored 27 points in Saturday's win over Brooklyn that clinched a playoff berth for the Warriors. The reigning MVP added five rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Analysis: Curry has come out of the All-Star break on fire, going 11 of 20 from 3 while totaling 62 points in Golden State's two wins following the stoppage. The sharpshooter made just 10 of 40 tries from beyond the arc and averaged 16.2 points over a five-game slump that preceded the hiatus.
2/26/2017 Klay Thompson, GS, G-F
Thompson helped offset Kevin Durant's absence by producing 24 points with four rebounds and four assists in Saturday's win over Brooklyn.

Analysis: The All-Star guard ended 8 of 18 from the field, ending a stretch of five straight games in which he shot 55.6 percent or better. Thompson has been on target for a month now, knocking down 51.7 percent (45 of 87) of his 3-point tries over a 10-game run in which he's averaged 27 points.
2/26/2017 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Bkn, F
Hollis-Jefferson posted a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds in Saturday's loss at Golden State.

Analysis: The second-year forward appears to be given an expanded role following the All-Star break, as his 24 field goal attempts over the past two games are one more than his entire total over the Nets' final five contests before the stoppage. That's a positive development, as Hollis-Jefferson is shooting an efficient 54.7 percent from the floor in February.
2/26/2017 Trevor Booker, Bkn, PF
Booker recorded 12 points and 10 rebounds in the Nets' loss at Golden State on Saturday.

Analysis: It's the fourth straight game with double-figure points for the veteran forward, who's quietly put up some solid numbers off the bench for the hapless Nets of late. Over his past eight games, Booker has averaged 13.1 points and 8.8 rebounds and notched four double-doubles.
2/26/2017 Brook Lopez, Bkn, C
Lopez was held to nine points on 3-of-13 shooting in Brooklyn's loss at Golden State on Saturday, though he did manage five assists.

Analysis: Lopez didn't seem to have it on the second night of a back-to-back. He's still averaging 21.1 points and two blocks over his last 13 games and remains the Nets' most dependable fantasy player, albeit by default.
2/26/2017 Ben Bentil, Dal, PF
The Mavericks have signed Bentil to a 10-day contract.

Analysis: The former Providence player was drafted in the second round by Boston but was waived during the preseason. Bentil has played in the NBA Development League and in China since the Celtics let him go. He played 13 games in two stints with Fort Wayne in the D-League, interrupted by an 11-game stint with Xinjiang in China.
2/26/2017 Ben Bentil, Dal, PF
The Mavericks have signed Bentil to a 10-day contract.

Analysis: The former Providence player was drafted in the second round by Boston but was waived during the preseason. Bentil has played in the NBA Development League and in China since the Celtics let him go. He played 13 games in two stints with Fort Wayne in the D-League, interrupted by an 11-game stint with Xinjiang in China.
2/26/2017 Quinn Cook, Dal, PG
The Mavericks have signed Cook to a 10-day contract.

Analysis: Cook, who went undrafted out of Duke in 2015 before getting waived by Cleveland and New Orleans the past two preseasons, was MVP of the D-League All-Star Game last weekend in New Orleans.
2/26/2017 Briante Weber, Cha, PG
The Hornets have signed Weber to a 10-day contract after he was released from the Warriors.

Analysis: The former Virginia Commonwealth standout struggled with the Warriors. He averaged 1.7 points and shot 35.7 percent from the field in seven games. He averaged 6.6 minutes per game. Weber has had previous brief NBA stints with the Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies. He has a 3.1 average in 14 career games.
2/26/2017 Reggie Jackson, Det, G
Jackson was questionable for the Pistons' Sunday game against the Celtics due to neck spasms, but started anyway.

Analysis: Jackson has had a brutal month of February, averaging just 9.3 points and shooting 36.3 percent, yet the Pistons are somehow 7-3.
2/26/2017 E'Twaun Moore, NO, G
Moore will play Sunday at Oklahoma City after missing Saturday's loss to Houston due to personal reasons.

Analysis: It's unclear whether coach Alvin Gentry will start Moore or bring him off the bench.
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