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Gaining ValueMike Conley, MEM: Conley is always a focal point of his team's attack, but he's kicked it into another gear recently amid trade rumors. The veteran has racked up over 20 points in five straight games, his second-longest such stretch of the campaign. The surge has largely been the byproduct of efficient shooting, as Conley has found the net on 50 percent of his attempts in that span. It's also worth noting the boost in scoring has done nothing to curb his production as a facilitator, as the 31-year-old has dished out between seven and 11 assists in six consecutive contests. It's still possible Conley could be on
Monte Morris, DEN: Jamal Murray has now missed six straight games with an ankle injury, an absence that Morris has parlayed into a boost in his overall production. The second-year guard actually began his surge even prior to Murray's current sabbatical, as he'd scored in double digits in three straight games off the bench from January 19-25. He's averaged 18.3 points, 7.0 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals over the last four games, seeing extended minutes as the starting point guard. Morris is draining 62.2 percent of his shots over the last nine contests, and while Murray appears to be nearing a return, Morris was already enjoying a significant, second-unit role prior to the injury.