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: Heat center Chris Bosh has scored 22 or more points in three of the past four games.
Insight: Bosh had 24 points, seven rebounds and two threes Wednesday against the Nets. He added the 3-point shot to his regular arsenal in January and has made 1.4 triples per game over his last 25 games.
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: Kings forward Rudy Gay drained 5-of-12 from the field and 16-of-19 from the free-throw line to reach the 20-point mark for the third straight game Wednesday against the Sixers.
Insight: Gay had 27 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals at Philadelphia. He has averaged 23 ppg on .486 shooting his last 11 games after a brief slump in mid-February. In 41 games with the Kings, Gay has made over 49 percent of his field-goal attempts.
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: Washington F/C Kevin Seraphin (knee) will play Wednesday, according to the Wizards on Twitter.
Insight: Seraphin missed the last seven games. With Nene out with a knee injury until next month, Seraphin will split time at power forward and backup center with Trevor Booker and Drew Gooden, limiting the fantasy value of all three.
Description: Pacers coach Frank Vogel said he'll hold Andrew Bynum out of practice Thursday to protect his knees with the hope that he'll be able to play Friday and Saturday.
Insight: Bynum had eight points and 10 rebounds over 16 minutes in his team debut Tuesday against the Celtics. He probably won't play much more than that as Roy Hibbert's backup. The Pacers signed him to serve as insurance in the playoffs should Hibbert get into foul trouble or injured.
Description: Los Angeles PF/C Jordan Hill (knee) missed Wednesday's practice and is doubtful for the next two games, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Insight: Hill is dealing with knee soreness and missed the last five games. Ryan Kelly has averaged 34.9 minutes, 18 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3.0 threes, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steals the last two.
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: Marcus Morris will start in place of P.J. Tucker on Wednesday, according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. Tucker is suspended for hitting Blake Griffin on Monday.
Insight: If Eric Bledsoe wasn't making his return from an injury we probably would see a starting lineup that included Bledsoe, Goran Dragic and Gerald Green with Tucker out, but Bledsoe is being eased back into action after missing two and a half months with a torn meniscus.
Description: Philadelphia center Nerlens Noel (torn ACL) is not expected to play this season. SOURCE: Marc Narducci, Philly Inquirer
Insight: He was hoping to return on April 4th so he could debut against his hometown Celtics but that was always a bit of a longshot. Noel is definitely a part of the team's plans, just not this season.
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: Knicks center Tyson Chandler will miss his second straight game Wednesday against the Celtics. SOURCE: Al Iannazzone, Newsday
Insight: He's out for personal reasons. Amare Stoudemire (10.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg) got the start at center Monday versus the Sixers, though he's also out for tonight's game (rest). With those two sidelined, Cole Aldrich (0.9 ppg) will make his first career start.
Description: Pistons center Andre Drummond suffered a right finger injury in Tuesday's win over Sacramento. SOURCE: Vincent Goodwill, Detroit News
Insight: He played through it so we don't think fantasy owners have much to be concerned about. Even with the bad finger, Drummond still produced 15 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots. The win snapped Detroit's three-game losing streak.
Description: Thunder forward Serge Ibaka was all over the glass Tuesday in a win against the Rockets.
Insight: Ibaka finished with a game-high 16 rebounds while also shooting 6-of-14 from the field (12 points). He's been unstoppable since the All-Star break, averaging 16.2 ppg, 9.6 rpg and 2.7 bpg over his last nine contests. We're expecting another big game from him Thursday against the Lakers.
Description: T-Wolves forward Kevin Love was on his game Tuesday against the Bucks.
Insight: Love came through with 27 points, ten boards and six assists. He's been insanely consistent, averaging 27 ppg, 11.7 rpg and 6.3 apg over his last three appearances. Despite winning seven of their last ten, the Wolves are still five games out of a playoff spot. They would be the seventh seed if they played in the Eastern Conference.
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: Detroit forward Josh Smith threw up a second straight 20-point game Tuesday against Sacramento, finishing with 24 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two threes.
Insight: Smith has hit five threes on eight shots his last two games, which is scary because it may encourage him to take more of them. He's shooting just 24.5 percent from 3-point range on 3.3 attempts per game this season.
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: Andrew Bynum played well in his debut for Indiana Tuesday against Boston.
Insight: In 16 minutes, Bynum corralled ten rebounds while shooting 3-of-4 from the field. Best of all, Bynum actually played with enthusiasm and heart. He's not going to be much of a fantasy asset with Roy Hibbert standing in his way, but Bynum could be an important factor when the Pacers get to the playoffs.
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: Suns swingman P.J. Tucker has indeed been suspended for Wednesday's game against Cleveland. SOURCE: Paul Coro, Arizona Republic
Insight: Tucker (9.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg) took a swing at Blake Griffin on Monday and the league has rules against that sort of thing. It's a huge break for Gerald Green (15.7 ppg), who was probably headed back to the bench with Eric Bledsoe (torn meniscus) set to return from a two-month absence.
Description: Milwaukee forward Ersan Ilyasova (ankle) will not play Tuesday, according to the Bucks on Twitter.
Insight: Ilyasova has picked up his play as of late, averaging 15 points and 7.6 rebounds over his last nine games, but he'll have to miss his 14th game of the season Tuesday. John Henson will start for the Bucks and should be in all lineups.
Description: The Cavaliers will gradually increase center Anderson Varejao's minutes, according to news-herald.com.
Insight: Varejao missed 12 games due to a back injury and played nine minutes in his return Sunday. With Anthony Bennett out at least three weeks with a knee injury, the Cavs will be able to give Spencer Hawes and Varejao enough minutes to make both players solid fantasy options.
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: Sixers coach Brett Brown thinks practicing 5-on-5 by the end of the season is a realistic goal for Nerlens Noel (knee), according to beat writer Chris Vito.
Insight: Noel hasn't played since tearing his ACL at the University of Kentucky over a year ago, but a tweet he sent out Sunday indicated that he was targeting April 4 for a return. However, Brown's comments Tuesday suggest that the center won't be back this season.
Description: Washington F/C Kevin Seraphin (knee) is expected to return to action Wednesday, according to J. Michael of csnwashington.com.
Insight: Seraphin was a full participant in Tuesday's practice after missing the last seven games. With Nene out with a knee injury until next month, Seraphin will split time at power forward and backup center with Trevor Booker and Drew Gooden.
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: Suns center Miles Plumlee took two games to return to form after returning from a knee injury. On Monday he scored 12 points and hauled down nine rebounds with a pair of blocks in 26 minutes of action.
Insight: Plumlee (8.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg) had played just 10 minutes in his first game on Sunday. His Monday numbers are encouraging and he should be watched to see if he can consistently reach those totals.
Description: Trail Blazers center Joel Freeland sprained his right MCL Tuesday on Feb 11. and was supposed to be back in 4-6 weeks, but he doesn't appear to be near a return, according to a csnnw.com report.
Insight: Freeland's absence has freed up a few more minutes for starter Robin Lopez, who is averaging 11.5 ppg and 9.7 rpg over the past 11 games. Meyers Leonard has averaged 9 mpg in Freeland's absence.
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: Suns center Miles Plumlee will draw the start Monday against Los Angeles.
Insight: Plumlee (8.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg) returned from a knee injury Sunday versus Golden State but he came off the bench and only played ten minutes. Rookie Alex Len averaged 5.0 ppg on 45.5 percent shooting during his three-game stint in the starting lineup.
Description: Los Angeles forward Jared Dudley will miss his third game in a row Monday against Phoenix. SOURCE: Dan Woike, Orange County Register
Insight: Dudley's back is still giving him problems. Hedo Turkoglu (2.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg) and Danny Granger (8.1 ppg) will continue to backup starter Matt Barnes (9.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg) at the small forward position.