Fantasy Basketball Daily News: Injuries Everywhere Edition (2/4/10)

It seems like just about every player in the league is suffering from an injury right now and the All-Star Break can’t get here soon enough for some teams.  It will be a great time for guys to get some rest.  Be careful with your daily cash games as the break approaches, since some players may get a few extra days off to get healthy.  It will hard to predict these, so some surprise DNP’s may occur.

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Fantasy Basketball Player News and Notes:

  • Jason Thompson missed Wednesday and he will be out again Friday to attend a funeral.  Spencer Hawes and Jon Brockman will pick up extra minutes.
  • Gerald Wallace missed Wednesday with a hamstring injury.  He says he’ll be back Saturday, but it certainly isn’t guaranteed.
  • Dirk Nowitzki suffered a thumb injury against the Warriors, but played through it.  Check his next gametime status.
  • Jerryd Bayless suffered a wrist injury but played through it.  His run is likely coming to an end anyway with Brandon Roy expected back soon.
  • Hedo Turkoglu hopes to return Sunday.
  • Marcus Thornton missed practice with a sore back.  Check his next gametime status.
  • Erick Dampier missed Wednesday with a knee injury.  Eduardo Najera got the start.
  • Corey Maggette returned after missing a game with a hip injury.
  • Carlos Boozer expects to be back Saturday.  It will be interesting to see what happens to Paul Millsap’s minutes.
  • Lamar Odom stepped on Kobe Bryant’s foot, which aggravated Byrant’s previous ankle problem.  It might be time for a rest with the All-Star break coming up.
  • Earl Watson will miss a couple of games for personal reasons, A.J. Price will get the starts.
  • Willie Green got the start in place of Allen Iverson.  It was a bit surprising to see Green starting ahead of Lou Williams.  Lou was one of my favorite sleepers this season and one of my planned keepers, but I’m not so sure about him now.
  • Caron Butler missed last night with a bruised knee, DeShawn Stevenson got the start.  Randy Foye also got good minutes.
  • Tony Allen got the start in place of Paul Pierce.
  • Tony Parker expects to play Thursday, but there is no guarantee how effective he will be.  There are only two games tonight, so finding a better option might be difficult.
  • Beno Udrih got a DNP-CD Wednesday.  Maybe he finally decided to rest the plantar fasciitis injury for a few games.
  • Nicolas Batum suffered a shoulder injury, but played through it.
  • Caron Butler missed against the Knicks with a bruised knee.
  • Al Harrington returned for the Knicks after missing two games with a knee injury.
  • Chris Duhon got benched for the entire second half last night.  He could be close to losing the starting job to Nate Robinson.
  • Carmelo Anthony missed again last night, Joey Graham got the start.  Anthony says he’s probably out for the next two games.
  • DeMar DeRozan should return Saturday.  Marco Belinelli got one start and put up some nice numbers while DeRozan was out.  Antoine Wright got the other start and also had a good game. Toronto has some nice depth on the club.
  • Tyreke Evans returned form his hip/ankle injuries and put up 32 points against the Spurs.  You can play him, but check his gametime status just to make sure he isn’t sore.
  • Taj Gibson, Tyrus Thomas and Joakim Noah are all terrible plays right now in daily cash games.  Vinny Del Negro’s rotation minutes are evenly distributed and each of the three are trying to play through various injuries.
  • It looks like Jose Calderon will be out for a few more games, Jarrett Jack will continue to start.
  • Chauncey Billups tried to play through a bad ankle against the Suns, but had a really bad game.  Might be a good idea to bench him for a game or two, becuase he may sit for a few if Melo can return.
  • Antawn Jamison is also dealing with a few injuries that are limiting his play.
  • Stephen Jackson didn’t seem to be affected by his ankle injury.  Keep playing him.
  • Monta Ellis’  sore right wrist didn’t slow him down, he put up a career high 46 points against the Mavs.
  • Udonis Haslem has been dealing with back spasms, but that didn’t slow him  any last night.
  • Jermaine O’neal returned after missing a game with back spasms.
  • Kyle Lowery is still another 7-10 days away from returning.
  • It’s almost time to drop Mike Bibby.  I’m giving him a few more games and then I’m probably cutting him from one of my teams.

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