Description: It looks like Spurs guard Danny Green's right wrist is feeling better. He has hit 9-of-15 from 3-point range the last two games.
Insight: He made 10 field goals total and zero free throws in the two games, so 27 of his 29 points came from behind the arc. He had 15 points, five boards, five threes, two assists, two blocks and a steal in just 22 minutes Friday. Believe it or not, his 22 minutes led all Spurs starters as Gregg Popovich used a blowout over the Lakers to get everyone some rest.
Description: Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal was carried off the court Friday night with a right ankle sprain, according to J. Michael of csnwashington.com.
Insight: X-rays came back negative, but Beal still needs an MRI to see if there's any major structural damage. The injury comes at a terrible time for the 20-year-old gunner, as he has averaged 20.3 points and 2.5 threes per game over his last six.
Description: Suns shooting guard Gerald Green played just 21 minutes and made 2-of-9 from the field (0-5 3PT) for four points Friday.
Insight: This is what we were afraid would happen when Eric Bledsoe returned to the starting lineup. Green averaged 31.7 minutes, 18.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.4 threes and 1.2 steals in 33 games with Bledsoe out of the lineup, but there's only so many minutes to go around. It doesn't help that Green is mired in a 12-of-37 (.324) shooting slump his last three games while hitting 0-of-11 3-point attempts his last two.
Description: Pacers G/F Evan Turner had just two points in 21 minutes Friday at Philadelphia, his former team.
Insight: As predicted, Turner has averaged far fewer minutes with the Pacers than he did with Philadelphia. He has played 22.6 minutes, 8.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game over 10 games with Indiana.
Description: Pelicans shooting guard Eric Gordon (15.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.2 spg) participated in shootaround and is expected to play Friday against the Blazers, according to Jim Eichenhofer of pelicans.com.
Insight: New Orleans was without both Gordon and Tyreke Evans (also out sick) Wednesday but both should play Friday.
Description: Pelicans swingman Tyreke Evans (illness) will return Friday after missing Wednesday's game, according to Jim Eichenhofer of pelicans.com.
Insight: Evans has averaged 22 ppg, 6.3 apg, 6.2 rpg, 1.0 spg in six games since he joined the starting lineup in place of Al-Farouq Aminu. Make sure he's in your lineup Friday against the Trail Blazers.
Description: Suns guard Eric Bledsoe will move back into the starting lineup Friday, according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.
Insight: Phoenix brought Bledsoe off the bench in his return from knee surgery on Wednesday but still played him 32 minutes. He'll replace Gerald Green in the starting lineup. Green has averaged 31.8 minutes, 17.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.5 threes and 1.1 steals in 46 starts this season, compared to 22.8 minutes, 11.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.3 threes and 0.4 steals off the bench. However, after he excelled with Bledsoe out of the lineup, look for the Suns to still try to get Green close to 30 mpg.
Description: Lakers swingman Nick Young (knee) is hoping to return Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.
Insight: Young (16.8 ppg) suffered a non-displaced fracture in his knee on Feb. 5 and missed 15 of the last 16 games. Los Angeles plays Friday but then has off until Wednesday against the Spurs. Young will take minutes away from Kent Bazemore, Xavier Henry, Wesley Johnson and Jodie Meeks.
Description: If you have been using Suns shooting guard Gerald Green during his hot March (23.3 ppg) be prepared for the possibility that just back from the injured list Eric Bledsoe will replace him in the starting five.
Insight: Phoenix is 3-7 over their last 10 games and coach Jeff Hornacek is looking to make some changes, according to an Arizona Republic report.
Description: Pelicans swingman Tyreke Evans did not play Wednesday due to an illness and is questionable for Friday's game against Portland
Insight: Evans has averaged 22 ppg, 6.3 apg, 6.2 rpg, 1.0 spg in six games since he joined the starting lineup in place of Al-Farouq Aminu. If he's dressed, fantasy owners must start him, but it appears it will be a game-time decision.
Description: Cavaliers shooting guard C.J. Miles (ankle) didn't practice Thursday and isn't expected to play Friday, according to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Insight: Miles (10.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.0 apg) missed the last 10 games and probably will sit out an 11th Friday. Jarrett Jack has been starting in his place at shooting guard and Dion Waiters is seeing playing time as well.
Description: Bobcats guard Gary Neal didn't play Wednesday due to "an internal team matter," but should be back in the mix for Friday against Minnesota.
Insight: Neal has limited value with Gerald Henderson back from a five-game absence. He's averaging 11.9 ppg in seven contests with Charlotte, but most of that work was done getting a healthy workload. He'll be lucky to see 20 minutes as a backup to Henderson.
Description: Boston point guard Rajon Rondo should be ready to go for Friday's matchup against Phoenix.
Insight: Rondo has averaged 34.6 minutes, 14.4 points, 10.2 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.4 threes since the start of February. Boston GM Danny Ainge said on a radio appearance Thursday that point guard Rajon Rondo probably won't play back-to-backs for the rest of the season, however, the Celtics were off Thursday so Rondo is expected to play.
Description: Chicago G/F Mike Dunleavy gutted out a 37-minute, 21-point, seven-rebound performance Thursday against the Rockets, hitting four triples in the process.
Insight: An elbow to the face sent Dunleavy to the locker room with blood gushing from above his right eye and caused him to get 10 stitches, but he returned to start the second half and had his best scoring game since Feb. 25 after five straight games with single-digit points.
Description: Chicago G/F Mike Dunleavy suffered a laceration above his right eye during Thursday's game and needed 10 stitches. However, he was able to start the second half, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Dunleavy was elbowed in the face and ran to the locker room with blood gushing from above his eye during the second quarter.
Description: Boston GM Danny Ainge said on a radio appearance Thursday that point guard Rajon Rondo probably won't play back-to-backs for the rest of the season, according to Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe.
Insight: Rondo has averaged 34.6 minutes, 14.4 points, 10.2 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.4 threes since the start of February, but he sat out four games in that span. The Celtics have four more back-to-backs in their last 17 games.
Description: Suns coach Jeff Hornacek is contemplating whether or not to put Eric Bledsoe in the starting lineup Friday, according to Matt Petersen of suns.com.
Insight: Phoenix brought Bledsoe off the bench in his return from knee surgery on Wednesday but still played him 32 minutes. He had 15 points, nine assists, three rebounds and two steals and is a must start in all fantasy leagues even if he remains on the bench. We'll see how the Suns divide the playing time of Gerald Green, P.J. Tucker and Marcus Morris now that Bledsoe is back.
Description: Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said 10 days ago that he "doubted" Steve Nash (back) would play again this season and it's now official.
Insight: Nash (7.6 ppg, 4.7 apg) has been battling nerve issues in his back all season. Jordan Farmar and Kendall Marshall will continue to share point-guard duties, with Farmar serving as a better fantasy option.
Description: Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson will miss Friday's game against the Cavaliers due to the death of his grandfather, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: He's starting Wednesday's game against the Clippers and will travel to the Bahamas for the funeral afterward. He'll be back in time for Sunday's game against the Blazers. Steve Blake and Jordan Crawford will fill in for Thompson Friday, though Draymond Green may also see some extra minutes.
Description: Philadelphia shooting guard James Anderson has produced 17.5 ppg, 4.0 3pg, 3.0 rpg and 2.3 apg his last four games.
Insight: Anderson had 17 points, three assists, two rebounds and five triples in 31 minutes Wednesday against Sacramento. His long-range shot has really come along over his last 11 games as he has made 2.8 threes per game in that span. He made just 1.1 threes per game with a .299 3P% his first 53 games.
Description: Magic shooting guard Arron Afflalo scored 24 points with two threes Wednesday against the Nuggets.
Insight: Afflalo threw up scoring efforts like this regularly earlier this season, but he came in averaging 16.9 ppg over his last 27 games. That's still good, but nowhere close to the 21.9 ppg he put up in his first 29 games.
Description: Pelicans swingman Tyreke Evans will not play Wednesday due to an illness, according to Jennifer Hale of WVUE Fox 8.
Insight: Evans has averaged 22 ppg, 6.3 apg, 6.2 rpg, 1.0 spg in six games since he joined the starting lineup in place of Al-Farouq Aminu. With Eric Gordon also out sick Wednesday, look for Aminu, Anthony Morrow and Austin Rivers to play most of the SG/SF minutes.
Description: Boston point guard Rajon Rondo will sit out Wednesday in the second game of a back-to-back.
Insight: Rondo has averaged 34.6 minutes, 14.4 points, 10.2 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.4 threes since the start of February, but he still hasn't progressed to playing back-to-backs yet. Phil Pressey will start in his place Wednesday against the Knicks.
Description: Lakers swingman Nick Young (knee) didn't practice Wednesday and is doubtful for the next two games, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Insight: Young (16.8 ppg) suffered a non-displaced fracture in his knee on Feb. 5 and missed the next six games before returning on Feb. 23. He obviously returned too soon the first time. The Lakers will continue to go with Jodie Meeks, Wesley Johnson, Kent Bazemore and Xavier Henry on the wings.
Description: Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson (calf) participated in shootaround and is expected to play Wednesday against the Wizards, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
Insight: Henderson (14.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.6 apg) missed the last five games with a strained calf. Chris Douglas-Roberts has averaged 29.9 minutes, 12.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 threes and 1.8 steals over the last five games while Gary Neal has put up 11.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 threes per game in that same timeframe, but both will have their minutes cut with Henderson back.
Description: ESPN's Arash Marzaki reports Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (knee fracture) is officially out for the season.
Insight: So is Steve Nash (nerve/back issues). Bryant only played in six games this season, generating 13.8 ppg over that span. Bryant, who is expected to be back for the start of next season, turns 36 in August.
Description: Pistons shooting guard Kyle Singler had 11 points, seven rebounds, five steals, three assists, two threes and a block in 40 minutes Tuesday against Sacramento.
Insight: Singler has averaged 35.5 minutes, 11.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.6 threes, 1.5 steals and 0.6 blocks in 17 games since he inherited the starting shooting guard job from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Description: In 10 games since he returned from a fractured wrist, Memphis guard Tony Allen has averaged 22.7 minutes, 10 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.8 steals per game.
Insight: He saw 26.6 minutes per game and put up 10.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game prior to the injury, but the Grizzlies picked up Courtney Lee while Allen was out of the lineup. His steals were the only thing keeping his fantasy value afloat earlier this season and now that he's not even getting one a game he's not worth owning.
Description: Detroit guard Brandon Jennings hit just one of his 10 field-goal attempts Tuesday and had five points.
Insight: One thing we've seen with Jennings is that when things go bad with his shot, they go REALLY bad. For example he shot just 26.7 percent in 10 games from Dec. 28 to Jan. 20 and has hit only 49-of-150 (.327) in his last 13. In between those two frigid streaks, however, he put up 24.7 ppg on .426 shooting in 10 games. You just have to ride out the slumps when it comes to owning the Pistons point guard.
Description: Boston point guard Rajon Rondo logged a season-high 41 minutes on Tuesday, though he wasn't able to do much with it.
Insight: Rondo (eight points, eight assists, three rebounds) didn't come out the entire second half. With Rondo scheduled to rest Wednesday against the Knicks, head coach Brad Stevens knew he could give him a heavy workload. Phil Pressey (2.3 ppg) will start in Rondo's place tomorrow night.
Description: The Lakers are close to ruling Kobe Bryant out for the season. SOURCE: Scooby Axson, Sports Illustrated
Insight: Bryant hasn't played since injuring his knee in mid-December. Jodie Meeks (15.3 ppg) has actually done a nice job filling in for Bryant at shooting guard. He's coming off a career-best outing Sunday against the Thunder (42 points on 11-for-18 shooting).
Description: Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson (calf) thinks he'll be ready to play Wednesday against Washington, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
Insight: Henderson (14.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.6 apg) missed the last five games with a strained calf, but he practiced Tuesday. Chris Douglas-Roberts has averaged 29.9 minutes, 12.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 threes and 1.8 steals over the last five games while Gary Neal has put up 11.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 threes per game in that same timeframe, but both will have their minutes cut when Henderson returns.
Description: Clippers guard Darren Collison continues to post big numbers with Jamal Crawford out of the lineup.
Insight: Collison is averaging 18.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.8 spg over the past six games. Crawford has missed four of the past five games and apparently came back too soon from his calf injury and could miss more time.
Description: Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry almost had his second triple-double in as many nights Monday versus Brooklyn.
Insight: Lowry generated 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. The night before against Minnesota, he had 20 points, 12 boards and 11 dimes. He's logged at least 35 minutes in seven of his last eight games.
Description: Sixers guard Michael Carter-Williams produced his second career triple-double Monday in a loss to New York.
Insight: Carter-Williams finished with 23 points, 13 boards and ten assists. As bad as the 76ers have been lately (17 straight losses), Carter-Williams is still a leading candidate for Rookie of the Year.
Description: Phoenix guard Eric Bledsoe won't be available Monday against the Clippers but he's still hoping to play Wednesday versus Cleveland. Bledsoe has been out since tearing his meniscus in late December. SOURCE: Paul Coro, Arizona Republic
Insight: Gerald Green has been a stud in Bledsoe's absence, averaging 18.7 ppg in 31 games since January 1st. We'll see how those two co-exist Wednesday when Bledsoe makes his long-awaited return.
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade will play Monday against Washington despite it being the second game of a back-to-back. SOURCE: Shandel Richardson, South Florida Sun Sentinel
Insight: The Heat are back home after dropping three straight on the road to Chicago, San Antonio and Houston. Wade (19.2 ppg) averaged 37.7 mpg in those contests and should see another heavy workload on Monday.
Description: Milwaukee shooting guard O.J. Mayo is probable for Monday's game against Orlando after serving his one-game suspension.
Insight: Mayo is averaging 11.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.2 apg in a nightmare season for the 26-year-old. They are the worst numbers of his career and he's having to endure it with a team that has won a league-worst 12 games.
Description: Houston shooting guard James Harden went ballistic Sunday against Portland.
Insight: Harden's three-pointer with eight seconds left forced overtime. Overall, he finished with 41 points, ten rebounds, six assists and six steals in 47 minutes. He'll have one night to rest before Tuesday's matchup with OKC.
Description: Boston guard Rajon Rondo was feeling generous Sunday in a win against the Pistons (18 assists in 33 minutes).
Insight: That's a season-high for Rondo and his most assists in a game since November 17, 2012 (20 against Toronto). The four-time All-Star has registered a double-double in four of his last six games.
Description: Lakers guard Jodie Meeks came out of nowhere to score 42 points Sunday in an upset win over OKC.
Insight: Meeks shot the lights out, connecting on 11 of his 18 field goal attempts including 6-of-11 from long range. He also helped defensively by providing four steals. The 42 points represents a new career-high for the five-year veteran.
Description: Lakers swingman Nick Young (knee) will sit out for the eighth straight game Sunday against the Thunder, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Insight: Young (16.8 ppg) suffered a non-displaced fracture in his knee on Feb. 5 and missed the next six games before returning on Feb. 23. He obviously returned too soon the first time. The swingman will try to practice this week to test his knee. His return will complicate Los Angeles' wing rotation, as Mike D'Antoni will have to find minutes for Jodie Meeks, Wesley Johnson, Kent Bazemore, Xavier Henry and Young.
Description: Los Angeles guard Jamal Crawford (calf) said he returned too soon from his injury and will miss Monday's game, according to Arash Markazi of ESPN.
Insight: Crawford played just 10 minutes in his return Saturday after missing three games with a left calf strain. He said he needs to strengthen the calf before attempting another comeback. Darren Collison will continue to start after averaging 33.6 minutes, 17.6 points, 4.0 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.8 threes his last five games.
Description: Bucks swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo has averaged just 6.4 ppg on .346 shooting his last 14 games.
Insight: Antetokounmpo's minutes have dipped to 22.6 per game over his last five games and he has scored single-digit points in four straight. The 19-year-old has loads of potential but won't realize it this season, especially when the Bucks are more concerned with getting minutes to Khris Middleton and Nate Wolters.
Description: Philadelphia point guard Michael Carter-Williams has made just 21-of-72 (.292) from the field over his last five games.
Insight: MCW's shooting percentage slipped under 40 percent for the season during this recent slump. He made just 2-of-13 from the field and had four points Saturday against the Jazz, though he did add nine assists, seven rebounds and five steals.
Description: Jazz guard Alec Burks has scored double-digit points in 14 straight games and 23 of his last 26.
Insight: Burks has been good for 16.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 0.8 steals per game over his last 26 games despite coming off the bench in 21 of them. He had 19 points (three threes), two assists and two steals Saturday against the Sixers.
Description: Los Angeles guard Jamal Crawford (calf) will play Saturday against the Hawks, according to Dan Woike of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Crawford (19.0 ppg) missed the last three games, and he'll come off the bench in his return after starting his last nine games. Crawford has averaged nine fewer minutes per game in his 37 games off the bench than in his 23 games as a starter. Los Angeles will stick with Darren Collison (19 ppg, 4.0 apg, 2.0 spg, 2.0 3pg last four games) at shooting guard for now.
Description: Washington G/F Martell Webster will play Saturday after missing the last two games due to back spams.
Insight: Webster averaged 32.9 minutes, 13.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.4 threes, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals over his first 22 games, but has generated just 9.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.8 treys, 1.0 assists and 0.4 steals in 26.4 minutes per game his last 35.
Description: Detroit guard Rodney Stuckey didn't play in the second half Friday night because interim coach John Loyer "just decided to" go with rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Insight: The Pistons continue to jerk Stuckey's minutes around, making him a frustrating player to own in fantasy. After averaging 28 minutes, 16.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists from Jan. 17 to Feb. 10, Stuckey has put up just 10.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.6 apg in 24.6 mpg his last 11 games.
Description: Atlanta shooting guard Lou Williams did not play due to coach's decision Friday after playing just five minutes Wednesday. According to ajc.com, coach Mike Budenholzer opted for a bigger lineup Friday and Williams was not a part of it.
Insight: It's a curious time to bench Williams, as he had scored in double figures in seven straight games while averaging 14.4 ppg, 4.0 apg and 2.0 3pg prior to Wednesday's contest. His next longest streak of games with double-digit points this season is four.
Description: Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (knee) said he likely will return to action Wednesday against the Cavaliers, according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.
Insight: He'll sit out at least two more games, adding to the 37 he's already missed due to a torn meniscus. Bledsoe averaged 33.5 minutes, 18 points and 5.8 assists before the injury and will reduce the fantasy value of both Goran Dragic and Gerald Green when he returns. However, all three players are still worth rostering in all leagues.
Description: Milwaukee shooting guard O.J. Mayo has been suspended for one game for hitting Greg Stiemsma in the throat on Friday.
Insight: Mayo is averaging 11.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.2 apg in a a nightmare season for the 26-year-old. They are the worst numbers of his career and he's having to endure it with a team that has won a league-worst 12 games.
Description: Cavs shooting guard C.J. Miles (ankle) is apparently targeting a Mar. 12 return, according to the Akron Beacon-Journal.
Insight: Miles (10.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.0 apg) suffered an ankle sprain and has missed eight games. Dion Waiters, just back from injury himself, has looked good with additional minutes over the past two games.
Description: Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (20 points, nine assists, seven rebounds, four steals) was impressive Friday in a win over Brooklyn.
Insight: Rondo (12.2 ppg, 8.2 apg) is quietly rounding into form. The C's are going nowhere this season but if Rondo stays and Boston lands a top-five pick in the draft, this team could be in the playoff mix in 2015.
Description: Milwaukee shooting guard O.J. Mayo played just three minutes before getting tossed Friday against the Pelicans.
Insight: Mayo was thrown out for elbowing Greg Stiemsma. He'll finish the night with zero points and could be facing a suspension. It's been a nightmare season for the 26-year-old and a suspension would just add insult to injury.
Description: It doesn't look like Los Angeles guard Jamal Crawford is close to returning from a strained calf. SOURCE: ESPN Los Angeles
Insight: Crawford (19.0 ppg) has sat out three games in a row and we doubt he plays Saturday against the Hawks. Darren Collison has benefited the most from his absence, averaging 19 ppg over his last three appearances.
Description: Grizzlies swingman Mike Miller is in the lineup Friday against Chicago. SOURCE: Memphis Commercial Appeal
Insight: Miller (6.9 ppg) took a shot to the face Wednesday against the Nets and needed six stitches to close the wound. He's been held without a point in two of his last three games. Fantasy owners should be looking elsewhere.
Description: Nets guard Joe Johnson missed shootaround with an illness but he's going to play through it Friday against Boston. SOURCE: Tim Bontemps, New York Post
Insight: Johnson has shot an efficient 15-for-24 (62.5 percent) from the floor over his last two contests. That includes an 8-of-11 (72.7 percent) clip from long range. Make sure he's in your starting lineup.
Description: Houston guard Patrick Beverley (broken nose) is expected to play Friday.
Insight: Beverley took a shot to the face from Magic forward Tobias Harris on Wednesday. He has limited fantasy value averaging 9.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.6 apg, but his expected court time will stop fantasy owners from jumping on Jeremy Lin.
Description: Brooklyn shooting guard Joe Johnson is questionable for Friday's game against Boston due to illness.
Insight: Johnson missed the morning shootaround, but will be a game-time decision, according to Tim Bontempts of the New York Post. JJ is averaging 15.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.7 apg this season, but has averaged 20.0 ppg over his last two starts. Marcus Thornton would get the start if Johnson can't go.
Description: Clippers shooting guard Jamal Crawford won't be in the lineup Thursday against the Lakers.
Insight: Crawford's calf has been bothering him for about a week. There's a decent chance he'll be back for Saturday's game with Atlanta. Until then, expect Darren Collison to absorb most of his minutes.
Description: Golden State guard Stephen Curry hurt his leg Wednesday against Boston. Despite the injury, he expects to suit up Friday against the Hawks. SOURCE: Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: Curry (23.8 ppg, 8.7 apg, 4.5 rpg) was limited to 22 minutes on Wednesday but if the game had been close, he probably would have seen more playing time. Fantasy owners have no reason not to start him on Friday.
Description: Celtics guard Avery Bradley is expected to miss the next two weeks with a bruised ankle. SOURCE: Boston Herald
Insight: Bradley's MRI came back negative. The Celtics are angling for a high draft pick and won't be rushing Bradley back into action. With Gerald Wallace out for the season, Jerryd Bayless (8.6 ppg) has emerged as the team's best option at shooting guard.
Description: Pacers star Paul George blames last night's poor performance on a stiff back. SOURCE: Indianapolis Star
Insight: George had the worst shooting night of his career on Wednesday, missing all nine of his attempts in a 22-point loss to Charlotte. Despite the injury, George fully expects to play Friday against the Rockets.
Description: Suns guard Eric Bledsoe will return from his knee injury sometime within the next week. SOURCE: Arizona Republic
Insight: He could be back as early as Sunday, though it's more likely Bledsoe (18.0 ppg, 5.8 apg, 4.3 rpg) will return Monday against the Clippers or Wednesday versus Cleveland. We haven't seen him play in a game since December 30th.
Description: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry sat out most of the second half Wednesday against Boston. According to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle, the absence was related to a right leg injury.
Insight: It's hard to tell if Curry was really hurt or if he was just resting because the Warriors had a big lead. Either way, he finished with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Golden State begins a three-game homestand Friday against the Hawks.
Description: Clippers guard Jamal Crawford (strained calf) has been downgraded to doubtful for Thursday's game against the Lakers, according to Dan Woike of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Crawford was given a timetable of 2-3 games and he has missed the last two. Darren Collison started in his place in both and should have another strong game Thursday, as should Matt Barnes, who had 28 points Tuesday.
Description: Wizards sixth man Martell Webster (back) missed shootaround Wednesday morning and probably won't play, according to J. Michael of csnwashington.com.
Insight: Webster went through non-contact drills Tuesday after missing Monday's game due to back spasms. He was a terrific fantasy option when Bradley Beal was out of the lineup, but he has averaged 26.4 mpg, 9.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.8 3pg his last 35 games. Washington's starters all saw extra minutes on Monday with Webster out.
Description: Charlotte shooting guard Gerald Henderson will miss at least the next three games with a right calf strain, according to the Bobcats on Twitter.
Insight: Henderson will be reevaluated after that. Gary Neal started Monday and had 10 points, five assists and two threes in 33 minutes, while Chris Douglas-Roberts played 24 minutes and had 12 points.
Description: Magic shooting guard Arron Afflalo (ankle) will play Wednesday after a five-game absence.
Insight: Afflalo was dealing with an ankle sprain. Moe Harkless started all five games in his absence and averaged 35.7 minutes, 14.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 threes, 1.5 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals his last four, but he'll go back to a reserve role.
Description: Clippers guard Jamal Crawford (strained calf) could return from his injury Thursday against the Lakers. "Jamal is doing great, actually," coach Doc Rivers said. "I anticipate (him playing) maybe as early as the next game or maybe a couple of games after that." SOURCE: latimes.com.
Insight: Crawford was given a timetable of 2-3 games and he has missed the last two. Darren Collison started in his place in both but will go back to backing up Chris Paul when Crawford returns.
Description: Lakers point guard Jordan Farmar has generated 18.8 points, 6.0 assists, 3.8 threes and 1.5 steals in just 25.2 minutes per game over his last four games.
Insight: Farmar hasn't entered the starting lineup yet but he's getting more minutes than starter Kendall Marshall, who has averaged 2.0 ppg on .176 shooting and 8.3 apg in his last seven games. Steve Nash is doubtful to return from his nerve issue this season, so Farmar should be owned in all leagues.
Description: Lakers guard Kent Bazemore had 23 points, four rebounds, four threes and three assists in 35 minutes Tuesday against the Pelicans.
Insight: Bazemore has averaged 32.8 minutes, 16.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.3 threes and 1.6 steals in seven games since the Warriors traded him to Los Angeles. He should be added in all leagues.
Description: New Orleans shooting guard Eric Gordon had 28 points, six assists, four triples and two steals in 38 minutes Tuesday.
Insight: Gordon has been on fire from downtown over his last 10 games, making 47.8 percent from behind the arc. He has averaged 16.3 points, 3.0 assists, 2.2 threes and 1.0 steals in that span. The 25-year-old Gordon making it through 58 games is one of the biggest surprises of the season after he played just 51 combined in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
Description: Hornets point guard Brian Roberts had 19 points, two assists and one three in 29 minutes Tuesday at Los Angeles.
Insight: Roberts has averaged 12 points, 4.0 assists, 2.4 rebounds, 1.1 threes and 0.8 steals in 28 starts this season and will remain in the starting lineup the rest of the season after Jrue Holiday was shut down.
Description: Pelicans swingman Tyreke Evans had another excellent game Tuesday, scoring 24 points with 11 assists, seven rebounds, one steal and one block in 43 minutes.
Insight: In four games since he replaced Al Farouq-Aminu in the starting lineup, Evans has averaged 40.1 minutes, 21.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.3 threes. We're surprised the Pelicans took so long to make the change after giving Evans a four-year, $44 million contract in the offseason. He averaged just 24.8 minutes and 12 ppg in 49 games off the bench.
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley has drilled 10-of-19 from behind the arc the last two games and score 19 points in both.
Insight: Beverley added two assists, two rebounds, three steals and a block in 33 minutes Tuesday against the Heat. Jeremy Lin is struggling and dealing with a back injury, so Beverley should continue to play big minutes at point guard.
Description: Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook needed just 20 minutes to pick up his eighth career triple-double Tuesday against the 76ers.
Insight: According to Elias, that's the second-fastest triple-double in NBA history. Westbrook (13 points, 14 assists, ten rebounds) and the starters watched most of the second half from the bench as the Thunder rolled to an easy 125-92 victory. The Sixers have now lost 15 straight.
Description: Indiana small forward Paul George didn't shoot the ball well Tuesday against the Warriors (8-for-23) but still managed 26 points, 12 rebounds and four assists.
Insight: George has been anything but efficient over his last five games, shooting just 39 percent from the field during that span. But when you're taking as many shots as George is (17.5 field goal attempts per game), fantasy owners tend not to complain. As long as George (22.7 ppg) keeps shooting, fantasy owners should be able to look past his low percentage.
Description: Klay Thompson's contested two with less than a second remaining gave Golden State a 98-96 win over Indiana Tuesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Insight: He also played solid defense on Paul George, who watched his three-pointer rim out as time expired. Thompson logged a game-high 41 minutes and led the Warriors with 25 points on 10-for-20 shooting. He's made at least two threes in each of his last five games.
Description: Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha (calf) said Tuesday that he'll be on crutches for a couple of weeks, according to Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman.
Insight: Sefolosha is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a calf strain. Caron Butler made his Thunder debut off the bench Tuesday but could soon enter the starting lineup. Reggie Jackson also will play starter's minutes going forward as he'll pick up extra time at shooting guard. Perry Jones and Jeremy Lamb will get whatever minutes are left over from Sefolosha's absence.
Description: Rockets guard Jeremy Lin (back) is expected to play Tuesday against the Heat, according to Mark Berman of myfoxhouston.com.
Insight: Lin has contributed just 7.4 ppg on 31.7 percent shooting, 4.0 assists and 3.1 rebounds his last eight games, and now he's battling a sore back. Fantasy owners should look elsewhere for backcourt help.
Description: Boston guard Avery Bradley (ankle) will have an MRI Wednesday, according to A. Sherrod Blakely of csnne.com.
Insight: Bradley sprained his ankle twice the week prior to the All-Star break and will have missed 15 of the last 18 games if he sits out Wednesday. The guard told coach Brad Stevens that he feels "much better" this time around compared to his first return from the injury.
Description: Phoenix guard Eric Bledsoe (torn meniscus) is feeling "spring-training type" soreness after his last practice session.
Insight: The 24-year-old Bledsoe averaged 18 points, 5.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in 24 games before undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus on Jan. 10. He'll practice again on Wednesday and could return as soon as Thursday against OKC as long as he doesn't have any setbacks.
Description: Clippers guard Jamal Crawford is expected to miss Tuesday's game against Phoenix with a minor strained calf injury.
Insight: The team just signed Danny Granger and will need him and Darren Collison to fill in for Crawford. Prior to suffering the injury in Wednesday's game, Crawford had scored 19 or more points in 18 of his previous 19 games while averaging 24.2 ppg in that span.
Description: Rockets guard Jeremy Lin sat out practice Monday with a sore back and will be a game-time decision.
Insight: Lin has contributed just 7.4 ppg on 31.7 percent shooting, 4.0 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 0.5 steals over his last eight games. Even if he plays Tuesday against the Heat, fantasy owners should look elsewhere for backcourt help.
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade did not play Monday night (rest), but is expected to return for the second half of the back-to-back set.
Insight: Wade had played in all five games since the All-Star break and scored 23+ points in each of the last four. His return should take some of the workload from LeBron James, so a repeat of his 61-point night is unlikely.
Description: Indiana point guard George Hill missed a second straight game Sunday, but is expected to return on Tuesday, according to the Pacers' site.
Insight: Hill is dealing with a bruised shoulder. C.J. Watson replaced him the past two games, but has minimal fantasy value. Hill doesn't get much attention, but is a solid PG averaging 10.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.4 threes per contest.
Description: Cavs guard Dion Waiters (hyperextended left knee) is questionable for Tuesday's game against San Antonio.
Insight: Waiters missed the last seven games, but he expected to be ready. He averaged 16.8 ppg on 47.9 percent shooting in the five games before the injury, but that was pre-Luol Deng and before Jarrett Jack allowed Kyrie Irving to play some SG.
Description: Denver point guard Ty Lawson (broken rib) is officially back in the starting lineup Monday after missing the last nine games.
Insight: Lawson (18 ppg, 8.8 apg, 3.5 rpg, 1.5 spg) has averaged a career-high 35.6 minutes per game this season. His return will bump Aaron Brooks to the bench and take some minutes away from Evan Fournier.
Description: Wizards sixth man Martell Webster has a sore back and will miss Monday's game, according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post.
Insight: Webster was a terrific fantasy option when Bradley Beal was out of the lineup, but he has averaged 26.4 mpg, 9.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.8 3pg his last 35 games. Andre Miller, Al Harrington and Chris Singleton will absorb Webster's minutes.
Description: Magic shooting guard Arron Afflalo (ankle) is expected to play Wednesday, coach Jacque Vaughn said, according to NBA.com.
Insight: Afflalo missed the last five games with an ankle sprain. Moe Harkless started all five and averaged 35.7 minutes, 14.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 threes, 1.5 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals his last four, but he'll go back to a reserve role when Afflalo returns.
Description: According to NBA.com, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich doesn't have plans to rest Tony Parker during back-to-backs.
Insight: Parker returned Sunday after missing seven of the previous 10 games with various ailments and had 22 points, seven assists and three rebounds in 32 minutes. "I'll see how he feels, how his body does," Popovich said before Sunday's game. "But I don't think (Parker will be rested). It's not what I'm thinking right now." San Antonio has five back-to-backs in the remaining 23 games.
Description: Cavs guard Dion Waiters (knee) expects to be back in the lineup Tuesday, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: Waiters missed the last seven games with a hyperextended knee. He averaged 16.8 ppg on 47.9 percent shooting in the five games before the injury, but it probably won't carry over after the long layoff.
Description: According to Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman, Thunder guard Caron Butler will be available to play Tuesday and may even start at shooting guard.
Insight: Butler signed with the Thunder after clearing waivers Saturday but didn't play Sunday because of the weather. With Thabo Sefolosha out for 4-6 weeks with a calf strain, Butler is worth a look in deeper leagues. Reggie Jackson also will continue to play starter's minutes with Sefolosha out, while Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones will receive extra playing time as well.
Description: Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni says he "doubts" Steve Nash (back) will play again this season, according to DAve McMenamin of espn.com.
Insight: Nash (7.6 ppg, 4.7 apg) has been battling nerve issues in his back all season. Jordan Farmar and Kendall Marshall will share point-guard duties, with Farmar serving as a better fantasy option.
Description: Rockets guard Jeremy Lin sat out practice Monday with a sore back, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Lin has contributed just 7.4 ppg on 31.7 percent shooting, 4.0 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 0.5 steals over his last eight games. Even if he plays Tuesday against the Heat, fantasy owners should consider other options.
Description: Based on comments coach Monty Williams made, it sounds like Pelicans swingman Tyreke Evans will remain in the starting lineup the rest of the season. Evans has started the last two games and averaged 38.1 minutes, 18 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.5 threes.
Insight: "I try to commit to lineups," Williams said, according to nola.com. "We had Al-Farouq (Aminu) in the lineup for a good portion of two years. When you commit to a guy, you commit to him, you try to help him as best you can. But then it reaches a point where you're like, 'OK, we've got to move in a different direction.'" Evans came off the bench the first 49 games of the season and averaged just 24.8 mpg, 12 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 4.4 apg.
Description: Los Angeles guard Steve Nash is questionable for Monday's game against Portland.
Insight: Nash (7.6 ppg, 4.7 apg) has been battling back and nerve issues all season. Don't look for Kendall Marshall anymore, now that Jordan Farmar is back, if Nash doesn't play Farmar is the best Lakers' fantasy option at PG.
Description: Denver point guard Ty Lawson (broken rib) says he will return to action Monday.
Insight: This is a huge surprise since as of this weekend there was no timetable for him coming back. he might be rusty after missing nine games, but his return relegates Aaron brooks and Evan Fournier to back up duties.
Description: Suns shooting guard Gerald Green dropped 33 points on the Hawks Sunday night.
Insight: Green made 9-of-14 from the field, 5-of-8 from 3-point range and 10-of-10 from the free-throw line for his second 30-point game in the last two weeks. He has averaged 19.6 points and 3.4 threes over his last 16 games. Unfortunately, Eric Bledsoe's impending return from a torn meniscus will likely push Green back to the bench.
Description: Hawks guard Jeff Teague scored 26+ points for the fourth straight game Sunday against the Suns.
Insight: Teague had 29 points, nine assists, two steals and one block in 31 minutes Sunday and has averaged 17.8 field-goal attempts and 7.3 free-throw attempts per game over his last four. With Al Horford done for the year and Paul Millsap out with a bruised knee, Teague is the only game in town at the moment.
Description: Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has made 25-of-41 (.610) from the field (10-of-17 3PT) while scoring 23.7 ppg his last three games.
Insight: Westbrook shot just 6-of-24 in the first two games back from his knee surgery but has returned to top form quickly. He scored 26 points (10-12 FG) with five assists, four threes, two rebounds and two steals Sunday against Charlotte.
Description: Spurs guard Manu Ginobili has scored 15+ points in four of the last five games.
Insight: Ginobili has played just 20.5 minutes per game in six games since he returned from a hamstring strain, but he's still finding a way to produce fantasy-worthy numbers. Over his last three games, Ginobili has averaged 25.3 minutes, 15.3 points, 7.0 assists, 1.6 threes, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks.
Description: Spurs point guard Tony Parker returned from a five-game absence to score 22 points with seven assists and three rebounds in 32 minutes Sunday night. Parker sat out to rest numerous injuries.
Insight: Parker missed seven of the last 10 games and only averaged 21.9 minutes, 8.0 points and 4.3 assists in the three games he did play during that span. Patty Mills excelled while Parker was injured but played just 16 minutes Sunday.
Description: Phoenix guard Eric Bledsoe (torn meniscus) has progressed to five-on-five scrimmaging, according to the Arizona Republic.
Insight: The 24-year-old Bledsoe averaged 18 points, 5.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in 24 games before undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus on Jan. 10. He'll increase his activity in scrimmages in the coming days.
Description: Bulls guard D.J. Augustin scored 23 points with four 3-pointers in 26 minutes Sunday against the Knicks.
Insight: Augustin put up just 6.5 ppg on 18.9 percent shooting his previous four games, but he has averaged 31 minutes, 14.1 points, 5.4 assists, 2.2 threes, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals his last 37 games.
Description: Indiana point guard George Hill will miss a second straight game Sunday against Utah, according to Jazz PR man Jonathan Rinehart.
Insight: Hill was bumped by Ersan Ilyasova after a drive-and-kick and landed hard on his left arm in the fourth quarter Thursday. He's dealing with a bruised shoulder. C.J. Watson started Saturday but he isn't worth a roster spot, as the Pacers often use Lance Stephenson to handle the ball.
Description: Magic point guard Jameer Nelson will not play Sunday against the Sixers due to a sore calf, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Insight: Nelson has had a terrible run as of late, putting up double-digit points just once in his last 12 games while shooting 32.4 percent in that span. Ronnie Price, E'Twaun Moore and Victor Oladipo will handle the point in his absence.
Description: Raptors guard Kyle Lowry is active for Sunday's game against Golden State.
Insight: He rolled his ankle Thursday against Washington though we never expected him to miss any time. With Terrence Ross (sprained ankle) out, Lowry (16.9 ppg, 7.7 apg) and DeMar DeRozan (22.7 ppg) should both see a heavy workload on Sunday.
Description: Raptors shooting guard Terrence Ross (sprained ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game with the Warriors. SOURCE: Raptors Media Relations on Twitter
Insight: We figured as much after Ross was only able to use the stationary bike during yesterday's practice. John Salmons (5.6 ppg) is likely to start in his place though his fantasy impact should be minimal.
Description: The Bobcats waived guard Ben Gordon on Sunday. SOURCE: John Schuhmann, NBA.com
Insight: If Gordon had been released one day earlier, he would have been eligible to play in the postseason. Now he must either sign with a non-playoff team or wait until July when free agency begins. Gordon is only averaging 5.2 ppg and won't be a fantasy option even if he gets signed before the end of the season.
Description: In a surprise move, New York guard Iman Shumpert will return to the starting lineup Sunday against Chicago. SOURCE: Alan Hahn, ESPN New York
Insight: Shumpert missed five games with a sprained MCL. He could be on a minutes limit at first, which means fantasy owners may want to wait a few days before starting him. Shumpert's return will force J.R. Smith (12.9 ppg, 3.1 apg) back to his more familiar sixth man role.
Description: Brooklyn guard Deron Williams played through a right wrist injury Saturday in a win against Milwaukee. SOURCE: Tim Bontemps, New York Post
Insight: Williams (15 points, four assists) had an ice pack on his wrist after the game. It doesn't sound like he's going to miss any time but it wouldn't hurt to check on D-Will's status one more time before tipoff Monday against Chicago.
Description: Boston guard Rajon Rondo flirted with a triple-double Saturday versus the Pacers.
Insight: Rondo collected 12 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in a season-high 38 minutes of court time. The Celtics point guard drilled three of his six three-point attempts in the contest. He's shooting a career-high 36.4 percent from that distance this season.
Description: Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving followed up his triple-double Friday with another strong outing Saturday at Memphis.
Insight: This one didn't have all the bells and whistles (only one rebound and three assists) but 28 points is still 28 points. Love him or hate him, you have to admit Irving (21.5 ppg) is one of the most explosive scorers in professional hoops. We'll see what he can put together Tuesday against the Spurs.
Description: Wolves guard Kevin Martin looked sharp in his return from a broken thumb Saturday against Sacramento.
Insight: Martin (26 points) couldn't find his three-point stroke (1-of-5) but he made eight of his 11 shots from inside the arc. He didn't seem to be on any kind of minutes restriction, logging 34 minutes in his return. Make sure Martin is in your lineup Monday versus the Nuggets.
Description: Washington guard John Wall matched a career-high with 16 assists Saturday against the Sixers.
Insight: Most of them went to Trevor Ariza, who finished with 40 points. Even though he only played 29 minutes (his fewest since December 2nd), Wall still managed 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting. The Wizards are now just a game and a half out of third place in the Eastern Conference.
Description: Former Kings guard Jimmer Fredette has signed with Chicago. SOURCE: Nick Friedell, ESPN Chicago
Insight: Fredette (5.9 ppg, 49.3 percent on three-pointers) cleared waivers on Saturday. It's unknown if he'll play Sunday against the Knicks. Even if he does, fantasy owners shouldn't expect much out of him.
Description: San Antonio point guard Tony Parker practiced Saturday and is expected to return to the court on Sunday.
Insight: Parker (17.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 6.2 apg) is being called a game-time decision, but he's going to play so make sure he's in your lineup. Patty Mills goes back to being a part-timer with limited fantasy value.
Description: Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha exited Friday's game with a left calf strain and already has been ruled out for Sunday's game.
Insight: Newly signed Caron Butler is an interesting fantasy target with Sefolosha missing time. Sefolosha has averaged 26.9 minutes 6.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals through 54 games this season. Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb also will see more playing time with Sefolosha out.
Description: Indiana point guard George Hill injured his left shoulder Thursday against Milwaukee and won't play Saturday in Boston. SOURCE: David Benner, Pacers Media Relations
Insight: Hill was bumped by Ersan Ilyasova after a drive-and-kick and landed hard on his left arm in the fourth quarter. He did not return. Hill is often overlooked in the Pacers lineup, but he still averages 10.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 3.5 apg. C.J. Watson (6.3 ppg) will get the start in Hill's absence.
Description: Denver guard Wilson Chandler's knee sprain is not a serious, but he is not expected to play Saturday, according to a Denver Post report.
Insight: Chandler has averaged 31.1 minutes, 13.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 threes this season. He sat out Thursday, allowing Evan Fournier to start and play 44 minutes, and is without a timetable for his return.
Description: Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings exited Wednesday's game with a sprained toe and is questionable for Saturday's game against Houston.
Insight: Jennings has put up excellent fantasy numbers this season (16.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.5 spg, two threes per contest), in addition to a career-high 7.9 apg and the Pistons will be hard-pressed to fill the void if he can't run. Will Bynum is the most likely candidate to try.
Description: Indiana point guard George Hill sustained a left shoulder injury Thursday and is questionable for Saturday's game against Boston.
Insight: Hill was bumped by Ersan Ilyasova after a drive-and-kick and landed hard on his left arm in the fourth quarter. He did not return. Hill is often overlooked in the Pacers lineup, but averages 10.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.5 apg.
Description: Spurs guard Patty Mills had 14 points, six rebounds and two assists Friday against Charlotte and has averaged 17.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.8 threes his last 10 games.
Insight: Unfortunately, his fantasy value is about to take a hit when Tony Parker returns from resting various injuries. Parker has missed six of the last nine games and only played 19.3 minutes per game the last four games he played. Parker may be back Sunday, and when he returns the Spurs will have Parker, Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green all healthy at the same time for the first time since Jan. 7.
Description: Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson nailed five treys and had 25 points Friday against the Knicks.
Insight: He did his damage in 29 minutes of play. It was his third straight game with less than 30 minutes. Thompson averaged 19.4 points and 3.0 threes his first 41 games, but even with Friday's results factored in he has averaged just 14.5 points and 2.1 triples his last 17 games.
Description: In his first game at Madison Square Garden since he exploded for 54 points almost a year ago to the day (Feb. 27, 2013), Warriors guard Stephen Curry had 27 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and five threes in just 30 minutes of action Friday against the Knicks.
Insight: Curry picked up his triple-double late in the third quarter and with the Warriors blowing out the Knicks didn't have to play much in the fourth. He had shot just 8-of-25 the last two games so it was good to see him put a quick stop to his cold streak.
Description: Thunder point guard Reggie Jackson played 34 minutes and had 14 points, three assists, two rebounds, two steals and two threes Friday against the Grizzlies.
Insight: Jackson averaged 31.5 minutes per game in Russell Westbrook's first three games back in the starting lineup, but put up just 8.0 points on 30 percent shooting. Thabo Sefolosha's calf strain should lead to a few extra minutes for Jackson, though newly signed Caron Butler may cut into his playing time once Sefolosha comes back.
Description: Phoenix guard Goran Dragic (ankle) will start Friday against the Pelicans.
Insight: Dragic twisted his ankle Tuesday and while he stayed in the game after the injury, his condition worsened overnight and he had to miss Wednesday's game. Ish Smith will move back to the bench after a couple of decent games.
Description: Pelicans swingman Tyreke Evans will start for the first time all season Friday against the Suns.
Insight: New Orleans paid Evans $44 million over four years last summer, but it has played him just 24.8 minutes per game this season. He's averaging 12 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game.
Description: Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha exited Friday's game with a left calf strain and will not return, according to Royce Young of dailythunder.com.
Insight: All of a sudden, the newly signed Caron Butler is an interesting fantasy target, especially if Sefolosha has to miss time. Sefolosha has averaged 26.9 minutes 6.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals through 54 games this season. Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb also will see more playing time with Sefolosha out.
Description: Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha exited Friday's game with an apparent foot injury.
Insight: Sefolosha has averaged 26.9 minutes 6.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals through 54 games this season, and the Thunder just acquired Caron Butler. Look for his fantasy value to fall even lower, especially with an injury.
Description: Bobcats guards Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour will play Friday night against the Spurs, according to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News.
Insight: Neal was traded from Milwaukee to Charlotte along with Luke Ridnour at the trade deadline and didn't play a minute in his first two games with the Bobcats. Neal and Ridnour will probably cancel each other out fantasy-wise.
Description: A Lakers spokesperson said Friday that he doesn't think Nick Young (knee) is "real close" to returning, according to Bill Oram of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Young (16.8 ppg) missed two weeks with a knee fracture before returning for a game, then missed the last two games. His scoring average is nice but because he contributes almost nothing else, Young isn't a must-own. His absence will be good for Kent Bazemore (17.3 ppg, 3.0 apg, 2.3 rpg, 2.0 spg last four games), Wesley Johnson, Jodie Meeks and Jordan Farmar.
Description: The Pelicans announced Friday that Jrue Holiday underwent a successful surgery to correct a stress fracture in his right tibia and will miss the rest of the season.
Insight: Holiday last played on Jan. 8 and will finish his first season with the Pelicans with averages of 14.3 points, 7.9 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals over 34 games. He made the All-Star team with the 76ers in 2012-13 before being traded for the rights to Nerlens Noel and a 2014 first-round pick.
Description: Denver coach Brain Shaw said the Nuggets trainer told him Wilson Chandler's knee sprain is not a serious injury and that doctors didn't see anything major. SOURCE: Denver Post
Insight: Chandler has averaged 31.1 minutes, 13.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 threes this season. He sat out Thursday, allowing Evan Fournier to start and play 44 minutes, and is without a timetable for his return.
Description: Caron Butler agreed to terms with the Thunder and will sign with them when he clears waivers on Saturday.
Insight: Butler has missed six of the last eight games with a sprained ankle but should be able to return soon. He'll take minutes away from Jeremy Lamb and Thabo Sefolosha, but not enough to be a fantasy option.
Description: Clippers guard Jamal Crawford is expected to miss 2-3 games with a minor left calf strain, according to espnlosangeles.com.
Insight: Prior to suffering the injury in Wednesday's game, Crawford had scored 19 or more points in 18 of his previous 19 games while averaging 24.2 ppg in that span. The team just signed Danny Granger and will need him and Darren Collison to fill in for Crawford.
Description: Boston guard Avery Bradley (ankle) will be reevaluated next week at some point, according to the Celtics on Twitter.
Insight: Bradley sprained his ankle twice the week prior to the All-Star break and will have missed nine of the last 10 games after sitting out Saturday. Coach Brad Stevens said Bradley will be checked out in the middle of next week or later, so he may also have to sit out next Wednesday and Friday too. Jerryd Bayless has averaged 19.3 ppg his last three games and should continue to see big minutes with both Bradley and Gerald Wallace out.
Description: Phoenix guard Goran Dragic (ankle) may be able to play Friday, but it will be a game-time decision, according to beat reporter Matt Petersen..
Insight: Dragic twisted his ankle Tuesday and while he stayed in the game after the injury, his condition worsened overnight and he had to miss Wednesday's game. As one of the last games on Friday's docket, that doesn't leave much wiggle room if he doesn't play.
Description: Los Angeles guard Steve Nash is doubtful for Friday's game against Sacramento.
Insight: Nash (7.6 ppg, 4.7 apg) has been battling back and nerve issues all season. With Nash likely out and Steve Blake gone, Kendall Marshall should be a viable option for fantasy owners, but has gone scoreless in his last two games. Avoid the point guards.
Description: San Antonio point guard Tony Parker will not play Friday, according to a San Antonio Express-News report.
Insight: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he should be ready to go on Sunday versus Dallas. Patty Mills had been putting up huge numbers (23.3 ppg, 51.8 pct from the field over three games) until the most recent two games in which he's struggled from the field (7-for-21).
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