Description: Los Angeles guard Steve Blake is going to be on the shelf for at least six weeks after tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. SOURCE: Janis Carr, Orange County Register
Insight: Ouch. All three of the Lakers' point guards (Blake, Steve Nash and Jordan Farmar) are out with injuries. Kobe Bryant will function as the point guard on an interim basis until the team acquires another ball handler or one of either Nash, Blake or Farmar gets healthy.
Description: The other player in the Greivis Vasquez trade, Rudy Gay, should be available for Friday's game in Phoenix. SOURCE: James Ham, Cowbell Kingdom
Insight: Gay's fantasy value shouldn't change much now that he's in Sacramento. He's a volume scorer with good hops, meaning he's going to score about 20 ppg with a handful of rebounds and a few blocks here and there. Derrick Williams will serve as his backup.
Description: With Greivis Vasquez now in the fold, Kyle Lowry's days in Toronto could be numbered. SOURCE: Yahoo Sports
Insight: New York is his most likely destination as the Knicks have already offered up Metta World Peace, Raymond Felton and a future first round pick for him. The Nets could also get involved if the Knicks drop out. Expect the Raptors to deal Lowry sometime within the next week.
Description: Golden State center Jermaine O'Neal is headed for arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist. SOURCE: Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: That's going to sideline the veteran indefinitely. Former UConn standout Hilton Armstrong has been called up from the D-League to take O'Neal's roster spot. This isn't going to have a major fantasy impact.
Description: Houston will be without center Omer Asik (bruised thigh) at least one more week.
Insight: It's no secret the team is trying to trade him. It's possible that Asik has played his last game as a Houston Rocket. We'll be able to get a better feel for his fantasy value after he's dealt.
Description: Tim Duncan hung 21 on the Bucks Wednesday in a 109-77 Spurs victory.
Insight: Duncan was superb, knocking down 75 percent of his shots while hauling in 16 rebounds in just 24 minutes of court time. The big man is as efficient and intelligent as any player in the league, even in his late 30s. He's going to go down as one of the greatest power forwards to ever play the game.
Description: Minnesota guard Kevin Martin will suit up Wednesday despite a lingering knee injury. SOURCE: Nate Sandell, 1500 ESPN AM
Insight: Martin attempted just nine shots Tuesday in Detroit, his lowest output of the season. Fantasy owners are hoping he'll be back to his usual workload (16.9 attempts per game) Wednesday versus the Sixers.
Description: Utah SF/PF Marvin Williams (heel) is expected to play Wednesday, according to Jazz broadcaster David Locke.
Insight: Williams averaged 14 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.1 threes in eight games prior to missing the last four with heel inflammation. It's unclear if he'll rejoin the starting lineup in place of Enes Kanter.
Description: Utah PF/C Derrick Favors (back) should be able to play Wednesday, according to Jazz broadcaster David Locke.
Insight: Favors missed Monday's game with a llower back injury which has been troubling him for a while. When on the court he's an good fantasy option averaging 13.4 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.2 bpg.
Description: Warriors center Jermaine O'Neal (wrist) is questionable for Wednesday's game, according to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: O'Neal is averaging just 18.5 minutes per game this season and doesn't have any fantasy value. Even if Andrew Bogut goes down, the Warriors are unlikely to extend his minutes enough to give him fantasy relevance.
Description: Washington guard Bradley Beal (leg) did some work on the court Wednesday.
Insight: Beal hasn't played since late November due to a stress reaction in his fibula, but was cleared to resume basketball activities this week. Beal's return will push Martell Webster back to the bench. He was averaging 40 mpg, 20.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 3.5 apg prior to going down.
Description: Wizards G/F Martell Webster (ankle) practiced Wednesday, according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post.
Insight: Webster may be able to play Friday against Atlanta. He'll return to his role as one of Washington's starting wings next to Trevor Ariza once he's healthy and will occupy that spot until Bradley Beal returns. The 27-year-old is averaging 37 minutes, 14.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 3.0 threes over his last 12 games.
Description: Grizzlies power forward Ed Davis (ankle) was a limited participant in Wednesday's shootaround but he isn't expected to play against San Antonio.
Insight: Davis only has fantasy value when Zach Randolph is out of the lineup. He has averaged 13 minutes per game in 13 games off the bench, compared to 31 mpg in two starts. Jon Leuer has played at least 24 minutes in five straight games.
Description: According to Grizzlies sideline reporter Rob Fischer, Tony Allen (hip) is not expected to play Wednesday.
Insight: Allen has missed three straight games with a hip injury and likely will sit out a fourth. He might be close, however, after his limited participation in Wednesday's shootaround. Allen is averaging 2.31 steals per game, good for fourth in the NBA, as well as 10.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.5 blocks.
Description: According to ESPN, 76ers coach Brett Brown said after Wednesday's shootaround that PG Michael Carter-Williams (knee) will miss his fourth straight game Wednesday at Minnesota.
Insight: Carter-Williams is dealing with a bacterial skin infection in his right knee. He traveled with the team for its two-game road trip and will continue to do so but won't play until his infection is gone and his knee has healed. That leaves him without a definitive return date. Tony Wroten has put up fantasy-worthy numbers as a starter this season and should be added in most leagues for a short-term boost.
Description: According to the New York Daily News, Nets coach Jason Kidd indicated he may keep Paul Pierce in a bench role. "I liked him being a leader with that second group," Kidd said. "Will it stay that way? I don’t know. We will look at the video tomorrow as a team and coaches. I will talk to Paul and see what his comfort level is, but I would like to get him back, give him more minutes and get him used to that glove."
Insight: Pierce came off the bench for the first time since Feb. 9, 2007 Tuesday in his return from a fractured hand. He wore a brace on his right hand and had four points, seven rebounds and three assists. Pierce was open to continuing to play off the bench. "It's all about winning," Pierce said. "If that's what's best for the team, then so be it."
Description: Sixers coach Brett Brown said that point guard Michael Carter-Williams (knee) would travel with the team for its two-game road trip that starts Wednesday at Minnesota, according to Christopher A. Vito of delcotimes.com.
Insight: Carter-Williams has missed three straight games due to a bacterial skin infection in his right knee. He's questionable for Wednesday.
Description: Knicks point guard Raymond Felton aggravated his left hamstring injury in the third quarter Tuesday night and is doubtful for Wednesday's game, according to the New York Post.
Insight: Felton has been bothered by the injury since the preseason and suffered a pinched nerve in his hip because he was overcompensating. "The way I feel right now, I have no chance (for Wednesday)," Felton said Tuesday.
Description: According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Jimmy Butler is "close" to returning from turf toe.
Insight: Butler missed his 10th straight game Tuesday. "I can run, jump and I'm starting to change directions -- like in a defensive push-off motion," Butler said. "But it's just gradual steps for me." Thibodeau said that Butler may not get his normal minutes initially due to conditioning concerns.
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant played much better in his second game back, scoring 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting with three assists, two rebounds and three turnovers in 29 minutes Tuesday against the Suns.
Insight: Bryant had nine points on 2-of-9 shooting, eight rebounds, four assists and eight turnovers Sunday in his return from an Achilles tendon tear. According to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com, Bryant's Achilles is fine but he said his ankle joint still "locks up and gets tight" during lapses in games.
Description: Nets point guard Deron Williams had 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting with seven assists and three boards in his return to the lineup Tuesday against Boston.
Insight: Williams missed the previous nine games due to a sprained ankle. He's dealt with ankle issues since the preseason but should be healthy going forward if he can avoid rolling his ankles on the feet of other players like he did on Nov. 15 and Nov. 20.
Description: Bucks PF/C John Henson had a season-high 25 points with 14 rebounds, three steals and six blocks Tuesday at Chicago.
Insight: Since stepping into the starting lineup six games ago, Henson has averaged 16.3 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. Zaza Pachulia is out with a fractured foot and Larry Sanders isn't expected to return until later this month, so Henson will continue to play big minutes and should be owned in all leagues.
Description: Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving went off for 37 points Tuesday in a 15-point victory over the Knicks.
Insight: Irving could not be stopped on Tuesday night. He shot 14-of-23 from the field including four out of seven from three-point distance. He also contributed his second-highest assist total of the season (11 dimes in 36 minutes). If Uncle Drew can keep this up, he should be headed to his second All-Star Game in as many seasons.
Description: Indiana forward Danny Granger expects to return Friday against Charlotte. SOURCE: Brian Windhorst, ESPN
Insight: His coach doesn't, but at least we know Granger is getting close. He's been out all season with a calf injury. Granger's return will probably impact Lance Stephenson's fantasy value more than Paul George's.
Description: Rockets guard Jeremy Lin will be back for Thursday night's game in Portland. SOURCE: Jason Friedman, Rockets.com
Insight: Lin missed about two weeks with a sprained knee. He's averaging a career-high 15.3 ppg on 50.3 percent shooting through his first 16 games. Fantasy owners would be wise to start him against a Blazers team that hasn't defended well this season (19th in the league in points allowed).
Description: Houston will be without center Omer Asik Thursday against Portland. SOURCE: Jason Friedman, Rockets.com
Insight: The Rockets are saying he has a bruised thigh but it's no secret the team is trying to trade him. It's possible that Asik has played his last game as a Houston Rocket. We'll be able to get a better feel for his fantasy value after he's dealt.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade will play against Indiana on Tuesday night. SOURCE: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Insight: Wade was held out on Sunday and the team will continue to rest him sporadically throughout the year because of his chronic knee issues. LeBron James is probably going to be covered by Paul George, which could give Wade a little extra breathing room on offense.
Description: Detroit guard Rodney Stuckey won't be available for Tuesday's game against Minnesota. SOURCE: Pistons.com
Insight: Stuckey is dealing with tendinitis in his left quad. Consider him day-to-day. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will handle the shooting guard duties in his absence though fantasy owners would be wise to avoid him after the Heat held him scoreless in 18 minutes on Sunday night.
Description: Nets small forward Paul Pierce will return from a broken hand Tuesday against the Celtics. SOURCE: Nets on Twitter
Insight: Pierce (12.4 ppg) was expected to sit out between two and four weeks but ended up missing only one. He'll be coming off the bench, the first time he's done that since 2007. This will also be the first time in 1,118 career games that Pierce has played against Boston.
Description: Bulls small forward Luol Deng is out for Tuesday's game against the Bucks. He's battling multiple injuries including a tight calf muscle and a swollen Achilles.
Insight: Deng missed shootaround today so his absence shouldn't be a surprise to fantasy owners. If the swelling in his Achilles subsides, Deng could be back in the lineup as soon as Wednesday against the Knicks.
Description: Washington guard Bradley Beal (leg) has been cleared to increase basketball activities, according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post.
Insight: Beal hasn't played since late November due to a stress reaction in his fibula. He was averaging 40 mpg, 20.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 3.5 apg prior to going down. Beal's return will push Martell Webster back to the bench.
Description: Grizzlies power forward Ed Davis (ankle) will miss Monday's game against the Magic.
Insight: Davis only has fantasy value when Zach Randolph is out of the lineup. He has averaged 13 minutes per game in 13 games off the bench, compared to 31 mpg in two starts. Jon Leuer has played at least 24 minutes in four straight games and will back up Randolph Monday.
Description: According to Geoff Calkins of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Grizzlies guard Tony Allen (hip) will miss Monday's game against the Magic.
Insight: Allen is averaging 2.31 steals per game, good for fourth in the NBA, as well as 10.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.5 blocks. Quincy Pondexter started at SG in his place on Saturday, but he's done for the year with a stress fracture in his foot. Look for Jerryd Bayless to play plenty of minutes.
Description: Wizards PF/C Nene (foot) will miss Monday's game, according to J. Michael of csnwashington.com.
Insight: Nene missed a game at the end of November with Achilles tendinitis, and he aggravated the injury Friday night. He admitted Saturday that he's "suffering" with multiple injuries. Trevor Booker will see more playing time with Nene out.
Description: Sixers point guard Michael Carter-Williams (knee) will not play Monday, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Insight: Carter-Williams has a bacterial skin infection in his knee and just spent four days in the hospital. He rejoined the team Monday but was limping during shootaround and should be considered questionable for Wednesday's game. Replacement Tony Wroten has averaged 36.5 minutes, 19.8 points, 5.3 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals in six starts this season.
Description: Pelicans G/F Tyreke Evans (ankle) will miss 1-2 weeks with a left ankle sprain, according to nba.com.
Insight: Evans sprained the same ankle in the preseason and aggravated it in early November. Al-Farouq Aminu already has been seeing a lot of playing time since Anthony Davis' injury and should continue to play 35-40 minutes per game. Evans' minutes will be absorbed by a collection of players.
Description: Wizards G/F Martell Webster (ankle) will miss Monday's game, according to J. Michael of csnwashington.com.
Insight: Webster exited Friday's game with a sprained left ankle after just 12 minutes of play. He came into Friday averaging 40 minutes, 15 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 3.1 threes over the last 11 games. Look for Chris Singleton and Otto Porter Jr. to pick up extra playing time while Webster tries to get healthy for Friday's game.
Description: Grizzlies guard-forward Quincy Pondexter could miss the remainder of the season with a stress fracture in his foot, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.
Insight: Pondexter had just started the last game replacing the injured Tony Allen. Memphis is having a lot of bad luck with injuries. They will be down to Jerryd Bayless and Nick Calathes at shooting guard until Allen is ready to go.
Description: Wizards G/F Martell Webster's ankle felt better Saturday but he missed practice and will be a game-time decision.
Insight: Webster exited Friday's game with a sprained left ankle after just 12 minutes of play. He came into Friday averaging 40 minutes, 15 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 3.1 threes over the last 11 games. If he has to miss Monday's game against the Nuggets, Chris Singleton and Otto Porter Jr. will pick up some extra playing time.
Description: Wizards PF/C Nene (foot) is doubtful for Monday's game against Denver with right foot tendinitis.
Insight: Nene missed time last week due to Achilles tendinitis, and he aggravated the injury Friday night. He didn't sound optimistic about playing Monday. Trevor Booker will get more playing time with Nene out.
Description: Utah SF/PF Marvin Williams (heel) is questionable for Monday's game against Portland.
Insight: Williams is dealing with inflammation in his surgically repaired heel, but the injury reportedly is not related to his surgery. If Williams and Derrick Favors (questionable) both sit out, the Jazz will be extremely thin up front.
Description: Spurs center Tiago Splitter exited Saturday's game after aggravating his calf injury and is questionable for Tuesday's game against Toronto.
Insight: Splitter logged just eight minutes in this one, scoring two points on 1-of-3 shooting. Tim Duncan moved over to center after he left with Boris Diaw and Matt Bonner splitting minutes at the four. That would be the plan again if Splitter can't run.
Description: Magic center Nikola Vucevic (sprained left ankle) is questionable for Monday's game against Memphis.
Insight: Vucevic is close, but he has lingering pain in his sprained left ankle. He suffered the injury Monday when he stepped on the foot of a cameraman and has missed three games. he's a fantasy stud when healthy averaging 14.7 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.1 bpg.