Spin: Melo will be re-evaluated in one month and it's very interesting that an MRI revealed the tear only after he'd played in a number of games to help the Knicks' slim chances of making the playoffs. While his toughness is commendable, the Knicks' medical staff and management has some questions to answer about letting their star risk aggravating a serious injury. Carmelo is expected to enter free agency via his early-termination option, and once the playoffs end he'll be the focus of this summer's FA frenzy.
Andre Iguodala will not play on Monday against the Wolves.
Spin: Iguodala has been in and out of the lineup throughout the stretch run so this is no surprise. Andrew Bogut is out, too, so look for Marreese Speights and Draymond Green to get a bunch of minutes. Green is a strong spot play tonight and Speights is a risk-reward play, while Harrison Barnes is much too risky to use unless the team is sitting a bunch of their scorers.
Spin: The Bucks have a Guys Night Out special tonight, so those fellows won't have the luxury of seeing Udoh in the lineup. The former Warrior has dealt with knee issues for much of his career and will likely never have a chance to be anything more than a role player.
Spin: They'll start Tony Parker, Marco Belinelli, Damion James, Tim Duncan and Aaron Baynes. But just because Duncan and Manu Ginobili haven't been ruled out for this one, doesn't mean they're guaranteed big minutes.
Reggie Jackson (neck) struggled in Monday's loss to the Pelicans, scoring four points on 1-of-7 shooting with two rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes.
Spin: The whole team looked bad but Jackson was on the top of the list. Hopefully for Thunder fans his up-and-down role won't come back to bite the team in the playoffs, and now the Thunder need a win on Wednesday to assure themselves of the No. 2 seed, so Russell Westbrook is probably a lock to play. This makes Jackson a borderline play on a busy 15-game night.
Spin: It will be his second consecutive have out of the lineup and the Magic have run some messy rotations without him this season. Victor Oladipo will start again and the team has also given more minutes to guys like Doron Lamb and E'Twaun Moore. Nelson can be cut in all leagues and is probably out on Wednesday.
Spin: He's been dealing with a knee injury for most of the second half of the season and went down on Sunday, failing to return. The details of his injury on Sunday are not known, but he missed five weeks with a bone bruise to his right knee. It'll be Gorgui Dieng time on Monday.
Spin: The broken rib is close to his lung and he could risk puncturing his right lung by playing. And since it generally takes a broken rib about six weeks to heal, Bogut sounds extremely doubtful to play again this season. It's a tough blow for the Dubs, and means Jermaine O'Neal and Marreese Speights are going to see a lot of minutes in the postseason.
Spin: Gay returned to action on Saturday, scoring 16 points in 34 minutes, but he may have aggravated his injury in the process. Derrick Williams will fill in at SF in his absence, and it's unclear if Gay will attempt to return for Wednesday's season finale.
Spin: He has tendinitis in his knee and it was a bit of a surprise to even see him on the court for 11 minutes on Friday. Humphries can be cut in all fantasy leagues while Kelly Olynyk and Brandon Bass will get some extra playing time in a very thin frontcourt.
Spin: Deng's had an interesting season, being traded from Chicago to Cleveland and then struggling upon his arrival to the Cavs. The award will help make him feel better about what went down, but the fact he's not with the Bulls getting ready for the playoffs is still probably a tough pill for him to swallow.
Spin: He didn't travel for Monday's game and it would almost be a shock to see Sullinger back out there. He had an interesting season and shot a whopping 208 shots from beyond the arc, which doesn't make much sense considering he made just 26.9 percent of them. Fantasy owners can expect Brandon Bass and Kelly Olynyk to see big minutes.
Spin: He was ruled out for Monday's game very early and his knee injury from Friday has already cost him one game. Bayless was brought on the team more for his contract, but he played fairly well in his 41 games with the Celtics. Avery Bradley and Phil Pressey will get some extra run.
Spin: Livingston has now missed four straight games, but as long as the toe's not broken, you have to think he'll be ready for the playoffs. Marcus Thornton should once again see big minutes in his absence.
Spin: He has a torn peroneus longus tendon and was ruled out for the season last week. Bazemore's role with the Lakers is unclear, but he's unlikely to be a key part of the rotation once the team is back to full strength. He's a lot of fun to watch, but his careless style will likely hurt his allotment of playing time.
Spin: He didn't even travel and that makes him almost a lock to be out for the season. Aaron Brooks has seen tremendous opportunity in the starting lineup and has been filling up the stat sheet, but he hasn't shot the ball well. In all likelihood, Lawson's season will finish with averages of 17.6 points, 3.5 boards, 8.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.2 triples. He'll still be a high pick in fantasy drafts next year despite some injury woes in the second half.
Spin: He was doubtful to play all day and is on the inactive list. Williams is likely not going to come back on Wednesday and can be cut in all fantasy leagues. The Jazz will start Trey Burke, Alec Burks, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter.
Spin: With the Pistons firmly out of the playoff picture, there's no reason for Smith to rush back from his injury and it's very likely Smith could be a shutdown candidate. Rodney Stuckey will draw the start, and he makes for a decent plug-and-play for those seeking points.
Spin: Nash is also likely to sit out for the rest of the season, according to coach Mike D'Antoni. He turned 40 this season and it showed as he was unable to finish just about every game he played. Kendall Marshall will start while Jordan Farmar will get plenty of chances to score and hit triples.
Spin: The Wolves aren't playing for anything in their final three games so it makes sense to keep Pekovic on the bench. He tried valiantly to play through his ankle bursitis but ultimately the injury shut him down again, allowing rookie Gorgui Dieng to thrive with extended minutes in the starting lineup.
Nikola Vucevic (Achilles) has been ruled out for the season by the team.
Spin: It's a strange story for Vucevic and his injury suddenly popped up on Apr. 4. He was ruled out minutes before that game tipped and it will cost him the final seven games of the year. He built off his breakout 2012-13 with averages of 14.2 points, 11.0 boards and 0.8 blocks in 2013-14. Vucevic be a No. 1 center option in fantasy leagues next season. Kyle O'Quinn is still a must-start player while Tobias Harris also gets some added value.
Spin: He is expected to make a full recovery and the rest will definitely help Henry's knee. While the ligament issue in his wrist isn't exactly minor, his knee injury has been the main reason why he's missed 39 games. He's not going to be on the fantasy radar with the Lakers hopefully having better health as a team next year.
Spin: Doc Rivers is hoping to have him back for the playoffs and all indications are that he will be ready to play. He won't be a huge part of what the Clippers do, but could help them win some playoff games if he can get hot off the bench occasionally.
Spin: It was a surprise to see him in the lineup on Saturday, but he did leave the game with another injury and did not return. Chandler is likely looking at a game-time call and we probably won't know much until Tuesday night. There are only two games on Tuesday, so owners in daily leagues certainly should gamble on Chandler. Evan Fournier takes a hit.
Spin: "I don't really have that much time," he said. "I've got a certain amount of time before it fatigues because it's not strong enough yet." The Cavaliers wrap up their season with games on Saturday and Wednesday, and we're not expecting Miles to risk a setback with unrestricted free agency looming on the horizon.
J.J. Hickson had surgery on Tuesday to repair his torn right ACL.
Spin: Hickson, who is owed a guaranteed $11 million over the next two seasons, may not be fully recovered in time for opening day of the 2014-15 season. The Nuggets are currently relying on Timofey Mozgov, Jan Vesely and Anthony Randolph to step up with both Hickson and JaVale McGee out of the picture with injuries.
Spin: Landry's four-year pact with the Kings is off to a horrible start, as he appeared in just 18 games this season and averaged 4.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.3 assists in 13 minutes per game. He's expected to be fully recovered in time for training camp, but that doesn't mean he'll be worth drafting in typical fantasy leagues.
News: The Sacramento Kings say recently acquired guard Jason Terry will spend the remainder of the season rehabilitating his left knee.
Spin: The announcement Saturday came two days after the Kings got Terry and Reggie Evans from the Brooklyn Nets for guard Marcus Thornton. Sacramento traded Thornton to give rookies Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum more playing time, leaving Terry's role on the rebuilding team in question.
Spin: We've still yet to see a report of an "unsuccessful" season-ending surgery, but it's good to hear that all went well with Crash's procedure. His minutes will most likely be gobbled up by Jerryd Bayless, Chris Johnson, and the potentially soon-to-return Avery Bradley.
Spin: It's a sign of tangible progress for the artist formerly known as the Brazilian Blur. Barbosa was slapped with a 4-6 week table after fracturing his hand in early March and is now targeting the playoffs for his return. He won't travel with the Suns to Portland Friday.
Spin: "The knee ... will let me know if I can come back and play, if that's an option," Billups said. He hasn't completely ruled out a return this season but it seems very unlikely since Detroit has five games remaining and Chauncey hasn't done any 5-on-5 workouts since having surgery in February. The veteran has repeatedly said he wants a job in NBA management or possibly coaching once his playing days are over.
Spin: It's unfortunate timing for Ayon, who was seeing significant minutes thanks to Al Horford's season-ending injury. Ayon's first season in Atlanta ends with averages of 4.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.0 steals while playing 16.5 minutes per night in 26 games. The Hawks will continue to lean heavily on the likes of Mike Scott and Elton Brand as bigs.
Spin: This is rare good news for the Bucks and they'll have their center to start the 2014-15 season, assuming he doesn't do anything else in the offseason. It's not quite clear how the Bucks were able to pull this off because Sanders was expected to miss the rest of the season with his eye injury. After a horrific 2013-14, we're not going to be excited about drafting him next year.
Spin: The Knicks are solely focused on making the playoffs and they've won eight straight games without K-Mart or Andrea Bargnani, neither of whom is a likely fantasy option for the rest of the season.
Spin: Robinson has a $2.1 million player option that he will have to exercise in order to return to the Nuggets and it sounds as if he's planning on doing so. When asked if he'd be ready for training camp, Robinson answered, "Yeah, for sure." While Robinson could be a decent option in deeper leagues next season, he won't be helping any fantasy squads this season.
Spin: A report earlier in March suggested that Bargnani might miss the rest of the season, a fate which becomes more likely with each passing day. With New York thriving thanks to small lineups, there's even less incentive for Bargnani to get back onto the court.
Spin: He had surgery last week on Jan. 29 on his right knee to remove loose bodies, but he's not going to be making it back to the lineup. The Pelicans are a mess at center right now and fantasy owners in most formats shouldn't be paying much attention to guys like Greg Stiemsma, Jeff Withey and Alexis Ajinca.
Spin: The Tuesday surgery on Anderson's cervical spine for a herniated disc was deemed a success. Given the timetable, it's possible that he'll be ready to return for the start of the 2014-15 season. It's an injury to monitor closely as Anderson is a candidate to lead the league in 3-pointers anytime he's getting 30+ minutes a night.
Spin: "This injury is a little more severe than the other one," Horford said about this pectoral tear compared to the one in 2012. He's not going to be coming back, but this is a great sign for upcoming offseason. The Hawks have went back to Pero Antic at center and he's been productive on offense as a stretch five.
Spin: It's been a rough year for Jenkins, who was hopeful that rest and rehab would be sufficient to heal his back. He averaged 3.1 points in just 13 appearances this season, but on the bright side he should be healthy and ready for training camp.
News: Taylor will miss the rest of the season because of a ruptured right Achilles tendon. Coach Steve Clifford said he's not sure if the tendon is completely or partially torn and won't know Taylor's recovery time until after he has surgery.
Spin: Taylor, a native of Sweden, was injured in the first half of Friday night's game against the Detroit Pistons. He stepped into a starting role after Michael Kidd-Gilchrist broke his hand. He averaged 8.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 26 games. Kidd-Gilchrist will be evaluated again on Dec. 27.
Spin: He suffered a season-ending injury to his right foot, so this is a different issue entirely. Lopez's feet have kept him out of the lineup numerous times in his career and hopefully he doesn't have to deal with it much more in the future. He is expected to be ready for basketball activities in June and his surgeries shouldn't affect his status for the 2014-15 season opener.
Spin: This is pretty much old news and has been expected for almost two months. Bryant is recovering from a fractured lateral tibial plateau, which is just below his left knee. The team doctor determined Kobe's fracture will not heal in time before the season ends. He should be "100 percent for the start of the [2014-15] season," according to team trainer Gary Vitti.
News: Pondexter has had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot that has him sidelined indefinitely.
Spin: The 6-foot-6, 225-pound Pondexter hurt his foot Dec. 7 in a loss to Golden State. The 25-year-old was averaging 6.3 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 18 minutes this season after signing a four-year contract extension Oct. 31.
News: Rose will have an opportunity to show he is healthy enough to play for the U.S. at the World Cup of Basketball.
Spin: USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo says the injured Chicago Bulls guard will be invited to training camp in July and ''is welcome to show us where he is.'' Colangelo said Wednesday that if Rose is ready, ''he has a chance to make the team.'' Rose had surgery in November to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, and the Bulls said he would miss the rest of the season. But Colangelo says Chicago is encouraging Rose and USA Basketball to consider him playing this summer.
Spin: "I told JaVale even before he had season-ending surgery, `Timo's coming for you. It's not a given that anything is going to be handed to you when you come back.' " Shaw said. McGee was a wild disappointment this year, only making it through five games averaging 7.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks. However, Mozgov put together a very impressive run to end his 2013-14 campaign, as he's averaged 17.4 points and 9.6 rebounds over the last seven games. With how often McGee finds himself "Shaqtin' a fool," it would be far from surprising to see Mozgov overtake McGee for the starting gig. But for now, this is just something to file away for next year's draft.
Spin: This news was expected for a while and the Bobcats certainly don't need any help with Al Jefferson playing great ball these days. Haywood's days in the NBA could be numbered after a solid career.
Spin: It was reported earlier this week he would stay in Argentina, but he'll use the team facilities with head athletic trainer Scott Barthlama. Delfino is out for the season and has not played a single minute with the Bucks this go 'round.
Spin: Okafor may not see the court this season, but his contract could play a large part in the Suns acquiring Pau Gasol. In the rumored swap, the Lakers would take on Okafor's expiring $14.5 million contract in exchange for Gasol as they attempt to gain some salary relief. Fantasy owners don't need to concern themselves with what happens to Okafor, but he could still play a part in what might be the biggest trade before the deadline.
Spin: "Yeah, I had some setbacks. I don't know," Richardson said Saturday. "Like I told [Brett Brown] when we talked a month ago, if it's 10 or 15 or two games, I want to come back. That's my goal." It's nice to hear that the veteran wants to return to the court, but that may not be in the cards for a team that is more than content to tank away the season. Richardson is on his last legs, and can safely be left on the wire in all leagues.
Spin: The Warriors' 24-year-old center hasn't played all season after surgery last June to repair his MCL and PCL ligaments. His return to health is a welcome sight for Golden State, but he's unlikely to play as long as Andrew Bogut and Jermaine O'Neal are active.