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The aches and pains of a stretch drive

Leandro Barbosa should return to action this week.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - We're coming down the home stretch and it's rare for a player to be 100% healthy, but staying on the floor is a key to your fantasy fortunes.

Below are eight key contributors and their latest injury updates.

New Orleans guard Chris Paul (20.4 ppg, 11.2 apg) is finally working out and the second he returns to action rookie Darren Collison's value (16.1 ppg, 11.4 apg in March) will take a huge hit. Paul's rehab should take 7-10 days.

Charlotte forward Gerald Wallace missed Sunday's game and will likely miss Tuesday's game as well, but at least there was no structural damage to the ankle he hurt when knocked down by a Baron Davis flagrant foul in the first half of Friday's Bobcats-Clippers contest. Charlotte has games scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and it's possible he could be back by Friday.

Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams is playing with the pain of a lingering wrist problem and now a shoulder injury. He got through Sunday's game after briefly leaving the floor to score 27 points and dish out 14 assists, but you'll have to watch closely at game-time and be prepared with a backup plan in case Coach Sloan decides to rest him. The Jazz are already shorthanded with Mehmet Okur and Andrei Kirilenko hurting, so it will take a lot to keep Williams off the floor.

Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng has had a very good "comeback" year after missing 33 games in 2008-09. He's averaging 18.0 ppg and 7.3 rpg. He'll miss a second consecutive game on Monday night with a strained calf and likely will miss a couple more.

Deng's teammate Derrick Rose is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game but should return sometime this week. He had been averaging 25.7 ppg and 6.7 apg before the injury.

Leandro Barbosa has been out since January 22nd, but should return to action this week. He'll be worked in slowly, meaning he's not a viable option yet. It will however, take away some value from Jason Richardson and Goran Dragic.

Kevin Love missed a second straight game, but he and his 15.0 ppg and 11.2 rpg could return on Tuesday as long as his sprained left foot doesn't regress.

Rodney Stuckey's well-publicized collapse on the bench, the second time in his career, will have Detroit being very conservative about his return. Since the Piston's (23-43) aren't in contention to win anything this season, Stuckey (17.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.0 apg) could be out for a while.

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